The Pike Brewing Company

The Pike Brewing CompanyThe Pike Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1415 First Ave
Seattle, Washington, 98101
United States

(206) 622-6044 | map

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Photo of benito
2.09/5  rDev -45.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

Near Pike Market, the Pike Pub is like a Hard Rock Cafe of brewpubs--there's tons of interesting breweriana adorning the walls, but one can't help feel slightly manipulated by the commercialized nature of the place. It's located downstairs a few storefronts down from the actual Pike Place Market, and they carry all of their house beers on tap. The pub is enormous; there are several dining rooms, a large bar area, and, of course, a dry goods section that hawks lots of Pike-beer merchandise. The bar is tucked behind the t-shirts.

My friend and I sampled all of the house wares and were so thoroughly unimpressed that we left without ordering a single pint. All of the beers tasted over-attenuated (dry) and metallic. Only the Weisse Beer, their American wheat ale, was passable, but it wasn't good enough to merit a pint or schooner on its own. It may have only been passable by comparison. Their tripel and barley wines were not on tap, but the first seven beers were enough to make me pass on buying bombers.

Between the dizzying atmosphere and the mediocre beer, stay away and save yourself a headache.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
2.45/5  rDev -36%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I noticed a word in a previous review that struck me as being very true - this place is spooky. It's big and laid out kind of oddly, with short flights of stairs going up and down and handrails dividing different sections of the dining room. There are interesting posters of other non-Pike beers adorning the walls, most of which they serve.

I went on a Sunday night and the place was almost deserted, but I still stood in the doorway in front of the 'Please Wait to be Seated' sign with my thumb up my bum for five minutes while various servers, hosts, and busboys rushed past me doing other things. Finally a bartender noticed me and took me to a table - stopping to take care of two customers' checks on the way (with me standing there feeling like an idiot). An emo looking server wandered over eventually and grunted a few unisyllabic responses to my order (IPA and spicy chicken sandwich) and dissappeared. I got the beer five minutes later without a word and spent a while soaking up the atmosphere; I went to the restroom and returned to find my food waiting for me with no server in sight. (I'd prefer the server to wait until I've returned to the table to give me the food and ask me if I want anything else).

The food was marginal, the beer decent, the service absolutely terrible (No tips for these guys, and I am a good tipper by nature). I'd avoid this place.

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Photo of wspscott
2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

The first impression is a good one, when you walk in you can see all of the brewery equipment in the middle of the restaurant, , but it also looks like a sports bar (lots of TVs). We stopped in the the middle of the afternoon so it wasn't very busy, mostly people watching the NBA Finals. Given the number of people in the place, the service was pretty erratic. I don't think our waitress felt like working that day :)

My wife had a root beer and I started with the sampler ($8). They give you 8 beers on a numbered wooden tray (with a page that describes each numbered beer), unfortunately they don't let you pick which beers you get. I used the wheat as a palate cleanser between samples (not impressed). I liked a couple of the beers the Kilt Lifter -( "a scottish style ruby ale") and the extra stout (I'd give both of those a 3.5-4). I could do without the rest, not that they were bad, just not that good. After the sample and mediocre service, I decided that a whole pint was not in my future.

We also tried the chicken nachos. This was a huge plate of nachos with black beans, corn, tomatoes,... again good but not great. We did not have any other food, but it looked like standard bar food.

Maybe worth stopping by if you are doing the tourist thing at the Market, but I would not make a trip for it. It also seemed a little pricey but I suspect that is because of the tourist location.

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

Stopped in here for some food and a sampler with the
Girl. Prices seemed decent, they had an ok selection, I wish they had more seafood dishes though. The place is quite large with lots of cool old brewing stuff and old bottles and that kinda stuff - it's neat if not a little tacky, like a tgif or something.

Beer was ok, nothing amazing but a decent line up of standard brewpub beers. I thought the scotch ale was solid. The smoked salmon was quite tasty but it was one of only 3 fish dishes which is odd given that the fish market is about a block away...

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Photo of RoyalT
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Atmosphere – This is in the heart of Seattle at Pike’s Market. Even though it’s on Pike Street, you can take Union all the way down to the water and find some good parking.

Since it’s downtown, there are lots of kids hanging out. There are several bars and lots of room to wander. They have everything from unkempt pool tables to lounge chair seating and even a “bar museum.” This is a great place to hang out or to wind up a tour of the city with visiting family or friends.

Quality – The condition of the place is average at best. As I said, it’s in downtown so there’s nothing fancy here. The pool tables, balls, and sticks are in horrible condition, and I think a 2.0 quake would bring the place down. Having said that, you don’t come here for an uppity time anyway.

Service – The service was good, but business was slow so I don’t know how it is when the place is jumping. It thought that was kind of strange because my wife and I were there during prime time Saturday night (about eight to ten or ten thirty).

Selection – As is typical of a brewpub, they had a bunch of bad beer except for their own in depth supply. You could get just about any style of Pike on tab, but other than that it was slim pickin’s.

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Photo of dnichols
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

I had not visited the Brewery in many years so when I was last in Seattle I stopped by with a friend for a couple of beers.

When we visited the bar was packed but because we were not ordering lunch we were required to fit into the bar area in a portion of the facility that did not offer table side service. Despite the poor service the atmosphere was entertaining and upscale. The beer selection featured the current Pike Brewery selections and there were several micro and import bottles of beer available (I was impressed that Rochefort 10 was available). We did not order any food but did scan the menue. They had a decent selection of food for a bar and the prices were reasonable. Additionally, the Brewery had available tee-shirts, caps, glasses and other memorabilia.

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Photo of estlinska
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4

Visited in October of 2012. We decided to visit this place while we were being touristy in the Pike Place Market. I was with my wife and in-laws, so we just dropped in to have a beer while the women were shopping nearby. I wish I would have had time to do a tour, but the last one had already gone for the day. My first impression was that this place was new and shiny and somewhat over-the-top. My last impression held up. It was extremely crowded (3pm on a weekend), but we found a table eventually. There were servers we thought, but they were more interested in clearing tables, so we went to the bar to get beers. My father in law had a Scotch Ale and I got an IPA and we both, being perveyors of those styles, thought they were good, but not mind blowing. There were several special taps available, so the selection was there. We didn't stay long, but it wasn't really the kind of place you want to stay at. It was more like a busy, trendy bar than a brew pub. Overall, it just wasnt for me.

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Photo of weefisheads
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I've been to Pike's twice now, and I can say with great authority that this place has three great things going for it, and two rather glaring shortcoming.

In it's favor are it's location, it's beer, and it's location. Situatated in a very touristy section of downtown, it's almost impossible to visit Seattle and not at least pass by Pike's. The actual bar/restaurant is very large and open, and beer artifacts and paraphanalia litter the place (I especially liked the original lable from a New Albion beer!).

As for the beer, you really can't go wrong here. Nothing extraordinary, mind you, but if you go for the sampler like I did you're sure to find a brew or two you'll find quite quaffable.

On the surface this place would appear to be quite the find, but...

Remember the two glaring shortcomings? Well, they're really one and the same - location. Because this place is blocks from Pike's Market (right where all the tourists want to be), it's amost always crawling with people, most of 'em tourists. So, despite all the beer and beer stuff, I'm not terribly keen on the atmosphere because it's hard to enjoy a fine pint sitting next to the Joneses from BFE and the Smith's from who-knows-where as they chat about how great Seattle is.

And because it's so popular and crowded all the time, we come to the Achilles heal of the joint - the service is pretty terrible. The last time I was there I tipped the bartender a small handfull of change (47 cents, I think) because he actually huffed and puffed when I asked for a glass of water! He went so far as to explain how busy he was and how we should've asked for it when we put in the rest of our order, but by then I was already counting out all the change I didn't want in my pocket.

Overall a decent place to hoist a few, but don't expect to be wowed by cozy atmosphere and stellar service.

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Photo of sleazo
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Classic brewpub vibe with the machinery in full view. Plenty of beer related parphanalila don the walls. The location is in the basement of a shopping arcade a block or so down from the Pike Public market. This makes it a good location as the market may be a bit touristy it still is a good place to get some quality eats. I had a couple of the beers and they were decent but not great. They have a good selection of styles though. Had the sampler and the winners were the Nellies Golden Ale and the XXX Stout. I got a full pint before this which was their Kilt lifter which was mediocre at best. I had just eaten some fantastic sushi down the block so I did not try the food. Servvice was meh, I got a free sample from the bartender but she didnt come around when I wanted to have another or even to drop off the check.

All in all this is not a bad place to grab a beer but the actual beers really did not blow me away.

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Photo of Gavage
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

Easy to get to after hitting the Public Market. Large spacioius building with several different sections including a cigar room off the bar. Nice large comfy chair section behind the gift area. The bar section was pretty large as there were about 17 patrons cramming the bar. Mostly tourists, as several sounded like they knew nothing about beer. One guy stated the Kilt Lifter tasted like Killians. Ugh.

The bartender was very disinterested, especially with basic questions on the beers from the patrons. While I waited for a second pint, the bartender repeatedly served walk-up patrons.

The beers were average at best, nothing overly noteworthy here. They had about 10 on tap, with a few guest brews like Ayinger and Lindenmann's. Wiess, IPA, Naughty Nellie, Pale Ale, Kilt Lifter, Oatmeal Stout, and a brewer special winter beer Auld Acquaintance which was strange to see in July.

Worth a trip to see the interior, but beer wise this leans towards pleasing a tourist market with average tasting beers.

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Photo of TheBungyo
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I've visited here several times and only once had great service. I've asked about beers that Pike brews and gotten funny looks as if the server had no idea they even made them. The food is pretty forgettable while the beer definitely has a soft spot in my heart though it isn't otherwordly. They do fine selection-wise as most of the more mainstream styles are represented (pale, IPA, Stout, Scottish Ale, Tripel, etc ...). Each time I visit I feel I'm in no hurry to return, even though it is the closest brewpub in proximity to me.

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Photo of dbalsock
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Looking from up-above, this place seemed like chain-restaurant, and it actually discouraged me from going at first. Once I got down the stairs though, it looked a little better, but still wasn't the most appealing place to get a beer. It was huge with a ton of tables and multiple bars. I sat at one bar, but the bartender was finishing her shift. She was very nice and would have been great, but she said I had to go to the other bars to get service... which I promptly did. I got a taster and the other bartenders showed a lack of personality and a lack of care for their job. They were seemed hurried, even though the place was not very crowded, and were careless with the way poured and served the sampler, spilling beer and creating a general mess. The sampler was good, with a decent pale ale and a very very good scotch ale. They had numerous beers on tap, probably about 8 or 9, but I didn't really count. The place was above average compared to a lot of brewpubs in the country but I won't be stopping by again because there are better in Seattle.

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Photo of Trailmix242
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

Probably a victim of its location but definitely has a very touristy feel about it. Had a sampler which comes with 6 predetermined beers kind of following the standard light to dark lineup. The bartender did not appear to be interested in us at all and it was not very busy at the time. In addition to the Pike lineup of beers they had a small selection of Belgium Trappist beers which I did not expect to see. Worth visiting once but would not be a place I would frequent especially since Pike beer is readily available in the Seattle area.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

Conveniently located within Pike's Market in Downtown, Seattle. Pike's has been brewing for a good long while in Seattle. The vibe is kind of chill, considering its tourist local and the place has lots of vintage decor. The quality of the beer is solid, though the service could be better along with the selection. Solid if you need a quick drink!

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Photo of beertunes
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Pike often gets overlooked in the regional beer scene because of the touristy nature of the market. Pike makes damn tasty brews and because we can get them at most any mini-mart or grocery store we sometimes skip right past them.

The market location is a fine spot. There is brewing equipment visible, and there is a ton more downstairs, and a lot of breweriana on display. Pikes food is tasty but not outstanding. The same can be said for the service, I've always had competent, professional servers but given the nature of the beast they don't generally have the chance to spend quality time with you.

The place is usually very busy days during the summer tourist season, but if you swing by at night, after the market is closed for the day, the place is more relaxed and a better example of PNW brewpub life. If you're visiting, Pike is a must hit. Those of us that live here, maybe we should visit more often.

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Photo of reymic
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Located in the middle of the most touristy Seattle area, which can be a drawback for some. Couldn't get over the size of this place, it's huge. The beers were pretty good, nothing I had was outstanding. There is tons of beer-decorum upon the walls everywhere, and brewery equipment behind the bar's glass wall.

The beers were reasonably priced, but could not get over how much the merchandise was ($75+ for a sweatshirt and a t-shirt).

Was surprised to read that Pike is a steam brewery and also liked that it was a husband and wife owner.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

A pretty decent place in downtown Seattle. Bright and cheery atmosphere, with tons of crazy crap on the walls, I guess to appeal to tourists. Seems to also cater to a college kid crowd, and can get pretty noisy at times. TVs for sports, tables for families, etc. A fairly decent selection of microbrews available on tap, with good variety. Food menu consisted mainly of comfort foods, but still tasty and decently priced. Our bartender was friendly, attentive, and outgoing. Definitely worth stopping in if you're in the area, but perhaps not worth going out of your way for.

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Photo of bbothen
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Mid April 2008 visit on my whirlwind 36 hour Seattle visit.

Located right off the Pike Place Market. Huge place that is filled with lots of brewania, taps, tins, trays, etc lining the walls. Has the feel of a touristy type place. That is to be expected considering the location.

The beers I sampled were all good. Nothing mind blowing, but all well executed within their style. I had the stout, IPA, Monk's Uncle Triple. I enjoyed them all.

The service was fine. I sat at the back bar with all the brew equipment in the background. The bartender was talkative & seemed to enjoy his job & talking beer with customers like me. When I ordered the stout he poured me a sample that was topped off with Lindeman's Lambic as a suggestion. Not my thing, but nice of him.

Considering the location of this place & the types of folks who come in, I can see why some Advocates may frown on it, but I would go back if ever in the neighborhood.

And it's a great place to people watch while enjoying a nice house made brew.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I used to go here every weekend but I didnt like it. Does that make sense? Its in a nice spot by the marketust to much for me to relax. I have never been impressed by the beer. XXX Stout and IPA are good but I never have been impressed with anything else. The food has always been decent and the service has never been good in my opinion. I thought it was pricey for what you got, I guess you can do that considering the location. It is an ok place.
3/6/2010- Back after a lengthy break. 3 years and nothing has changed, other than having to get a code to get nto the bathroom now. I do understand with all of the traffic in and out. I have waited in line here and I am glad to see that change. Still super busy, beer has upped a bit in quality, I really liked the IIPA and left with a growler of Tandem. Selection is now better and more competetitive. Service is still the same, prices I believe edged up a tad but not to bad.

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Photo of warmstorage
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

July 13, 2007 update: Happily, since all of Washington State has gone non-smoking, I can now re-review Pike without bashing them for the repulsive cigar room. That old bashing is in [brackets] below. Basically all of my earlier comments remain intact. The beers are good enough, and well enough done, without being particularly adventurous or interesting. A "double dry hopped" ale on cask was a big disappointment, and the "double ale" at 7% was almost infected with fruity esters.

---historical review below---
Yes, Pike Pub is in a touristy location, but it wasn't populated with many camera toting tourists when we went in (8:30pm on a Sunday night.) Some conventioneers, but not the annoying, "I'd like an iced tea" people who don't seem to realize what a brewpub is. The atmosphere is big and sort of spooky, and hard to explain until you see it: you walk down long stairs into an industrial theme, with a U-shaped bar at the far end, and tables here and there, and a nasty smoking pool hall room.

[There is also a really, really foul cigar room in the back end. We asked the first server we saw (the host station was abandoned) where we could sit non-smoking, and she said it was all non-smoking, but then when we saw people smoking in the pool hall room, she said "except in there." Overall, though, there was plenty of safely non-smoking seating, and the bar was mostly okay, though the pool hall didn't have doors to keep the poison in.]

The bartender's service was excellent, especially when it was dead slow when we arrived. We had already eaten, so I can't speak to the food (but I don't really care how food is: I'm going for the beer, even when I do also eat.)

The in-house tap selection was pretty average: five or six, and one keg kicked (IPA) while were were there and didn't seem like it was going to be replaced. The IPA was pretty good, and the XXX Stout was excellent. (NOTE: This version of their specialty is FIVE X's, but the BA system keeps reducing it to XXX, for no reason I can tell.)

The bartender was initially a little tight on the tastes (I'm willing to pay for them if I have to, but I really only wanted to taste a sip of each to decide what pints to drink.) He warmed up, though, and seemed slightly entertained as I explained gravity to my friend. When another guy at the bar was paying his tab, he asked for another small taste of the 5X Stout, and the bartender brought out a (free) full-to-brimming six ounce tumbler of it: good, smart service there, for sure.

The three house beers we had were all solid and drinkable, but none were amazing, and they seem fairly conservative in their style philosophies. I'd like to see what they could do if they experimented with less mainstream styles and interpretations.

They are owned by Merchant Du Vin, the (somewhat famous) beer importer, and it shows. They had an excellent bottle selection, including Rochefort 10 ($9 for 11.2 ounce bottle) and Rochefort 8 ($8 for 11.2 ounce bottle), Westmalle Dubbel ($7.50) and Tripel ($8.50) both in the 11.2 or 12 ounces bottles, and Tranquir House ale, among others. (This bottle availability is why they get the bump in Selection, even if they aren't in-house brewed.)

Since my friend hadn't had Rochefort before, I splurged on a 10, poured into a proper, branded goblet, and the bartender inquired before pouring if I was "pro yeast" or "anti yeast". I responded pro, which seemed to gain approval. He also asked when I ordered it if I wanted it opened, so the implication was that it was available to buy bottles ot take out. It was fantastic, of course, and seemed well cared for.

I'd certainly go back if we were in the neighborhood, and it was perfectly fine for a place to have a few beers, but I wouldn't choose it over Elliott Bay, Big Time, or Elysian.

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Photo of brdc
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Location, location, location. As you might expect, at least for a tourist, it has a great location, steps from the public market. If it had a view, would just be perfect.
It has your standar bar vibe, although when looking from above (it is on a lower level), you get to see all the brewing apparatus.
Nice food selection, with pairings suggested. Food and beers are good, not great, but certainly well above the average for a touristic location. It has most major styles covered with their own beers, but not much else. Service is nice and courteous but they know very little about beer.
Worth your time if you are in the area.

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Photo of froghop
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

the place has lots of awards, as being family friendly, best singles, best bartender etc. and it is good. yet it is a little busy, loud, and the food prices are a little higher than i would expect.

$9 hamburgers, and $15 cheese and meat plate that gives you 4 pieces of cheese and 7 slices of meat.

the brew prices are about right, and they have lots of tee-shirts "been there, got the tee-shirt".

atmosphere is a nice brew pub type.

serves the basic brew house fair, burgers, sandwiches, pizza, just wish that they had some steak or a good rib-eye.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped in here on 13 Sep 2009 for a drink during lunch. A bit touristy, but it's in the Pike Market, so to be expected. The thing that struck me the most about the bar is the amazing collection of breweriana. Trays, adverts, etc of all types and vintages line the walls throughout the bar. Almost all the beers we tried on tap were available in bottles except for the double IPA, $5 per pint. Too bad we missed happy hour when they are $3.50. Also had a cheese plate, $10 for four different cheeses, maybe 3 oz cheese total. Thought that was a bit pricey. Server was decent but did not know much about the beer she was serving.

The market is worth seeing, so might as well stop in here to have a beer.

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Photo of youbrewidrink
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We stopped by while visiting the market place.This place is huge, there is a resturant area and at least two different bar areas.

The resturant was full so we opted to sit in one of the bar areas and do our own ordering at the bar.

The beers on tap covered a good range of styles, there were a number of small batch brews as well as the regulars.The beers we had were quite good.

The sandwiches were very good and delivered to the table by a server.

All in all a pretty decent place, just a step above your typical chain type brewpub resturant.

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Photo of gixxerman
3.56/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

I stopped in on April 7th, and they were having an anniversary of the repeal of prohibition special - 10 oz for 10 cents when you buy a pint. I had a few of the Pike Street Stouts, which were very good.

The bar itself was packed, it was lunchtime. There were quite a few beer conversations, not what I had expected after reading reviews pegging this as a 'tourist trap'.

The bartender was very attentive and quick, despite the large crowd.

I didn't try the food, since there are many other options in the area, but the beer was solid, and the place had a good vibe.

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