The Pike Brewing Company

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The Pike Brewing CompanyThe Pike Brewing Company
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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1415 First Ave
Seattle, Washington, 98101
United States

(206) 622-6044 | map
pikebrewing.com

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1,654
Ratings:
3,540
PLACE STATS
Score:
87
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
185
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
8.85%
 
 
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Reviews: 104 | Ratings: 185
Photo of CU570M
4.95/5  rDev +28.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place was great. The beer selection was really decent. They had all their own brews plus some Belgians and German beers. They even had cups and jars of hops and barley out there for you to smell. I think it was cool, because i myself have never smelled these things. The also had one of the better bratwursts i have had. It came with sour kraut and a Pike's XXX Stout mustard. It was a great mustard. The server was on top of his game as well. I went to go use the restroom and when i came back my food was allready waiting for me. It was excellent. Would definitely go back again for sure.

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Photo of WoopWoop
4.8/5  rDev +25%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

We visited the Pike Pub and Brewery for a tour of their facilities. The tour guide we had was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and understood what we were interested it. The brewery was bigger than I had imagines, and looked very well established. And the few beers we tried tasted great. I would definitely recommend the tour to anyone. And try their Barley Wine, it's fantastic!

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Great place to visit whether you live or are visiting Seattle. Located in historic Pike Place Market, this brewery has a huge selection of beers and good food as well. There is also a small, but very cool beer museum. This is a must visit for fans of craft beer

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Photo of HerbGuy42
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Good beer and good food. Has separate, spacious bar seating (self-serve), as well as general seating. Whenever I go somewhere for a growler fill, somebody (often an attractive lady) "ooh"s and "Aaahh"s at my Pike Brewery euro-style growler, which they sell here for a decent price. They have beer history and memorabilia plastered all over the walls, and I always find myself reading newspaper clippings on the wall whenever I come here. It is loud and busy, but I kind of like that. They are pretty vegetarian friendly.

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Photo of Hawksfan79
4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Took the whole family for a brewery tour and dinner. Our tour guide was outstanding. She was friendly, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about Pike beer and beer in general. The tour was fun and extremely informative, we learned a lot about the ingredients they use (including getting to smell fresh hop), Their brewing process, and lot of other information about their brewery.
Dinner was fantastic, the food was excellent and they even have a really decent kids menu. The beer selection was great mostly Pike beers, but it is after all their brewery and they make some pretty excellent beers. The price was pretty spot on for what you get which is a great atmosphere, great food and beer, and extremely helpful and friendly service.

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Photo of box299
4.64/5  rDev +20.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I had a weekend in Seattle in July of 09. I was able to make it to two brewpubs and found the selection at Pike to be excellent.
The location to one of Seattle's tourist spots, Pike St. Market, worked well for me because I was a first timer... The brewery would make it worth returning to deal with the crowds.

The Bar itself was not too crowded at Noon on a Saturday but by the time we left it had filled in quite a bit.

Bar tender was entertaining and generous with an extra item added to the sampler.

Food looked good but we didn't try anything.

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Photo of beals
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped by during a whirlwind 3-day tour of the city following a business trip. Looking for lunch and perhaps a tour. They don't run scheduled tours, but the maître d' said he'd go try to find a brewer or the owner. We ended up getting a semi-private tour with the owner, Charles Finkel.

The atmosphere was much more brewery-centric than many other brewpubs, in which the brewing equipment sits behind glass or in the back of the place. At Pike, the brewpub is literally built around the brewery, with the equipment in a vertical setup through the center of the place. Very cool.

They had quite a few beers, so we picked up a flight with lunch, and were not disappointed. The pale and IPA were standard and solid, but the rest of the beers were well above average. Great stout, excellent tripel. The top two beers, however, were their Kilt Lifter (Scottish Ale) and their Tandem (double ale).

Our server was great, giving us recommendations on the food and stopping by to see if we needed anything else.

The beer selection was solid -- even though they mainly served their own beers, there were plenty to choose from. And the food selection was excellent, as well. Far more variety than the standard pub fare.

I ended up getting a beer-braised sausage and my buddy got a burger... at this point in the day, we were famished, so perhaps our opinions were a little biased, but it was one of the best lunches we had in Seattle.

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Photo of bobsy
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I really liked this spot in wonderful Pike Place market, and we visited it several times over the course of our stay to enjoy the delicious brews they had there. It has a strong brewpub vibe, with a lot of the machinery visible. I popped by in the afternoon one day, and they were roasting barley, which made for the most wonderful smell.

After ordering a sampler I found that I'd be happy to have a pint of any of the brews they brought out. Particularly good was the XXX Stout, which I managed to get a couple times before we left. Other standouts included the IPA and the Monk's Tripel.

Service was decent, and the food was standard pub fare, and nothing remarkable.

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Photo of TreeTopFlyer
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I stopped into The Pike again today for lunch and a beer. Once again it did not disappoint. The bartender was prompt and immediately told me what was not on the menu. Today's treat was the XXXX Stout on cask dry-hopped with Saaz hops. It was excellent. The IPA was tasty but seemed to lack the big hop aroma I was hoping for. With no Double IPA available on draft, I finished up with the Tandem--very nice and drinkable Belgian-style dubbel. The ruben was delicious and the only disappointment was they had no Double IPA on draft and no tours today. If you are in Seattle near Pike Place market, make this a priority.

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Photo of CBFanWish
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Of all the places to have a drink in Seattle, this one is my favorite. There are few places in the world as great as Pike Pub and Brewery to have a beer and kick back. I don't know how many beers I have tried there, I do remember that they were all pretty damn good. When you go, don't forget to purchase a cigar from their awsome selection. I, myself enjoy drinking whatever they have on tap with a Macanudo while playing a game of pool. It's in a great location in downtown Seattle with Pikes Place right out the door. Piuoneer square is also right down the street. In my opinion, this is the perfect place to end the night.

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Photo of sespourteille
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I visited this place when i was looking at colleges back in 2008 but it made quite the impression on me. The staff was extremely friendly and even though i was not of drinking age, they were more than happy to enlighten me to some of the finer aspects that go into making the beers they offer. The food was standard, with a decent selection, burgers sandwiches, fish, steaks etc. What i remember most was the selection of merchandise available, decor and location, that made the atmosphere one regrets leaving. All in all, this place made a large impression on me and i felt that they deserved to be recognized for this on the best beer reviewing site in the world.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Really cool beer 'memorabilia' if you will. While the location may turn some off, because of its popularity or tourist aura, its nonethelesss pretty cool that a brewery of this caliber is in the Pike Market.

The service was outstanding and knowledgeable. Damn if that Old Bawdy ain't the greatest barleywine I've ever had. I mean, that v. Bigfoot on tap whooo. And drinking it at that beautiful back bar? I was close to giving a 5.0 on the atmosphere. Selection is good as well, couldn't get the DIPA, but the ipa, the stout, the barleywine, that is about just right for a visit. Wish the gift shop stuff was a little more reasonably priced, I mean, there is the advertising component of having peope wear your stuff you know. That is my only complaint. All around, very enjoyable, always check it out when I'm in Seattle, or WA in general.

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Photo of Bunman3
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

This place is near and dear to me. I first visited in 1997, when craft breweries were popping up all over the Pacific Northwest. The combination of funky location, great food and interesting beer had me hooked immediately. Each of my return visits have been equally favorable. They make great burgers, but my absolute favorites are the Penn Cove Mussels or the fish and chips. For me, no visit to Seattle is complete without a stop by the Pike Pub & Brewery.

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Photo of maddogwit
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place looked small upon arrival but stretched out inside to be an absolutely delightful atmosphere full of memorabilia and interesting knolls. Everything about the food, service, and beer were excellent. A place not to be missed when in Seattle.

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Photo of Offa
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

This is a great place.

The place itself is interesting and attractively designed, a bit different from the normal place, modernistic and pseudo-industrial in some ways, with old-fashioned/traditional elements in others and plenty of decor harkening back to Seattle's past. The layout is varied and interesting, comfortable even though often extremely busy.

Beer quality is on the whole excellent, especially with respect to reasonably sessionable beers of 4.5-6.5 %, with a good range of beers on tap although fewer than many other places.

Service is very good in our experience, friendly and efficient. It is even very good when the place is extremely busy, which seems to be often. In fact, it seems to be one of those places where the service is better the more busy it is.

Food is really good, with some variety. The best part of the food is the pairing of certain dishes with certain beers, especially those dishes made with the particular beers as they go really well together and very nicely complement unusually well. One example is the Kilt Lifter wee heavy, not that great with most foods, but pairing wonderfully with the macaroni & cheese that's made with it.

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Photo of tph767
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

Visited Pike Pub and Brewery for lunch after a quick Beerfly search while in Seattle for a day. Pike Pub and Brewery is a wonderful place and I could have sat there all day! The decor seems to remind me of a Belgian Beer bar, complete with the old style serving trays from breweries around the world.
I visited on a Friday at about 11am and there was already a small line building up, however I just went directly to the bar. Scott the bartender was very friendly, helpful, and quick to answer any question I had. The beers I had (Tandem and Monk's Uncle) were very tasty and at $5.00 a pint, well worth every penny I spent!
I really hate to say anything negative about this place as it is one of my new favorite places to visit, and I will be back, however the food was not so good. I had the Halibut fish and chips. The fish was okay, however the chips tasted like they were severly freezer burnt.
Minus my small exposure to the food, this place will be a new favorite spot. If you are one of those people who hates the touristy places, you may be turned off at first. However, don't judge a book by it's cover! Very intimate service by the staff, you feel at home, and the atmosphere makes you feel at home!
Growlers are available for purchase, and I think the initial purchase is $12.00 and $11.00 for refills. They also have clothing, glassware, and other souvenirs.

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Photo of Schwab
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I visited Seattle during Labor Day weekend 2008 and made two stops at Pike. During both stops we enjoyed food, great service and great beer! I tried all beers but their stout during the two visits and was very impressed.

The brewpub itself is in a kinda odd location. It is in a larger office/shop/entertainment building on more or less two floors. Brewery is custom built into the building and you can walk around some the individual parts of brewery. They also have a small museum and a gift store plus beer store.

Service is prompt and beer is great. Servers knew what they were talking about. Beer was awesome! I tried all sorts of local beers I could get my hands on and we don't have in FL and this was some of the finest.

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Photo of BillyB
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Huge space inside an addition to the Pike Place Market. The actual bar was surprisingly small. They had a nice lounge area in the middle with big comfy chairs and couches.
Tried all the beers and I was quite impressed. They had the kilt lifter scotch ale, a smooth and drinkable example of the style. The pike pale ale was a nice refreshing pale. The IPA was hoppy and quite an apertif for our meal. Also tried the Pike Weiss but the star of the show for me was the xxx Stout. Along with the mussels in white wine sauce this was phenomenal. I also tried a bread and cheese plate with some truly funky and unique cheeses from local producers.
This is a great spot for fresh seafood and fresh beer!

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Photo of skillerified
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Had a nice Sunday lunch here over the weekend. Loved the look and atmosphere of the place. Dark, rich wood with black iron accents. Lots of beer paraphernalia on the walls and elsewhere. A few well placed neon signs add a little color to the place. Lots of different seating options too, booths, high tables, regular tables, the bar, etc. Most visitors shouldn't have trouble getting comfortable one way or another. The service was good, our server in particular was always there when needed, but didn't stay too close. The food was alright. The bacon cheddar burger I had was cooked right and all, but the sauces used to accent it weren't quite my kind of flavor and other than that nothing really stood out about it. My wife did enjoy here salmon sandwich though. The fries were great too.

I really felt the quality of the beer on hand was excellent. I had a Pike's Kilt Lifter and a Celebrator Doppelbock, both on-tap and both of which were served in fine glassware and at perfect temps. Poured properly, with a good look at the head still there when it got to the table.

All in all, this was a great little establishment. I'd give the food another chance. The location isn't half bad. They're in Pike's Market, but still have relatively close street access. Price wise, this was one of the more reasonbly priced meals we had downtown during our stay in Seattle.

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Photo of FirstMan
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I'm not sure I could ever possibly count the number of pints I've had at the Pike.

Sure, during the summer herds of fat tourists find their way onto my comfortable leather couches, and sure, they often order from the bottled beer selections or - worse yet - wine. But this will not deter me, for the Pike has a few wonderful things going for it:

(1) Awesome beer. The 5X is something I drink all winter and then crave all summer. The Kilt Lifter is a personal favorite. And the rest ain't bad either.
(2) Proximity to the market. Where else can you buy your vegetables from the vegetable guy (Franks!), your sausage from the sausage guy (Uli's!), your cheese from the cheese guy (that guy to the right of Franks!), and then get great, locally brewed beer just a few steps away!?
(3) A great bar and the afore mentioned leather couches.
(4) Really hot waitresses. I don't know who does the hiring around that place, but I'd like to shake his hand. I have no doubt it's a "he".

I love the Pike.

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Photo of porter17
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Really cool place where I enjoyed a sampler with my wife. We also had a couple of appetizers. They have a very large selection of beers (their own root beers) and you were very satisfied with both the food and the beer. The decor was very good and the place was overall a good vibe place. I will say that the lighting at the tables was extremely bright. I felt like a surgeon in the operating room. Other than that, awesome place and absolutely worth a stop when in Seattle.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Pike has moved up (literally) from its original setting under the Pike Place Market to its present digs at the Market's perimeter on 1st Ave. To find it, look for the Pike sign and step inside a shopping corridor. The brewpub is one flight down and may be accessed by stairs or elevator.

Many, if not most breweries exhibit some sort of breweriana on the walls of their pub. But Pike showcases a museum-like display of more bottles, posters, and beer related materials than any brewery in the northwest. Personally, I find this display fascinating, especially the older, historic stuff. Most people go to a pub to talk; here you can walk and gawk. Touristy? Perhaps. But the place is dazzling and classy in my view, and it's quite apparent that the Finkels spent a lot of energy and cash on the collection. Enjoy it.

After absorbing the visual milieu, you may order a beer at one of three bars. Though often the main bar is the only one operating, the multi-level, slanted, stepped, and pocketed floorplan provides an odd array of seating arrangements and party schemes amid steel and copper brew kettles and an exposed atrium. Pike serves nine or so standards, mostly of Anglo-Celtic and American designs and mid- to upper quality. Their bottled beer is perhaps preferable to their draught though some seasonals are not bottled. Pike's simpler recipes with their immaculate filtration and clean lines work best, including the IPA, Naughty Nellie Golden, and the Kilt Lifter Scotch. The food menu is ambitious and laden with seafood. Service is entirely professional.

Pike's central location in the heart of downtown assures a steady influx of scenesters and party people. But the warmth and congeniality inherent to brewpub culture assures a relaxed vibe almost in spite of its cosmopolitan clime. Just be advised that although the neighborhood is as safe as in any American city, drug activity in the area is quite notorious. So keep alert.

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Photo of Hobbz
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

One of these days I'll also have a food-rating score at a US-establishment (beginning to notice a trend here)! For me, Pike's Pub is a traditional, must-stop at least once while visiting Seattle. The quality micro-beers produced by the house-brewery, supplemented with a unique array of imported varieties both on draft and in bottle (draft Celebrator & Lindeman's lambics served in their respective glasses!! -- I never knew these could be had on draft), courtesy of partner and importer "Merchant du Vin," substantiates my high regard for this place. I also do like the interior (though I wish sometimes the main bar were larger).

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Photo of clarkm04
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Really enjoyed my visit to The Pike.

Situated right inside Pike Place Market makes it a great location for a brewpub. The atmosphere when I went for lunch was laid back and much more quiet than the hassle at the Market.

The beer lineup was impressive. I appreciated the amount and wide range of beers on tap. I tried a taster tray and was impressed with quite a number of their beers. Drank their IPA which is listed in Protz's 300 Beers to Try Before You Die and loved it. Pike's IPA is a traditional American IPA so it's not as aggressive as the current connotations but was very tasty. I also had the Monk's Uncle and found it a very unique Tripel. It struck me as having a unique flavor profile to it.

The food was great. I especially enjoyed the beer float which my girlfriend and I shared. It had chocolate ice cream inside a stout. Very yummy!

The service was above average and the waiter was able to answer some questions about the beer. Their beer menu is laid out very well so it was easy to pick beers that you would enjoy drinking.

I'm good we stopped here after shopping at the various market areas. Definitely worth a visit if you are nearby.

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Photo of jreitman
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The Pike Pub and Brewery is located in the "basement" of the southern section of the Pike Place Market. While walking down the hall you can see the brewery equipment popping out from the middle of the floor. The atmosphere at first seems quite odd, but started to appeal to me after a while. There are two bars one more social bar and the other more akin to a sports bar with pool tables and darts. Table seating is also available for those who wish to dine. The beer selection featured all the Pike Brew's plus Lindeman's lambics and Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout as the featured beer. I had avoided this place figuring it was a tourist trap, but I regret that now as the bar has a lot to offer. Definitely check it out if you are in the area.

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