Adam's NW Bistro / Twin Rivers Brewing Co.

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

104 N. Lewis Street (SR203)
Monroe, Washington, 98272
United States

(360) 794-4056 | map

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3.64/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I asked the owner of the Sailfish Grill why he assigned the brewery a separate name from the restaurant. After all, he owned both enterprises, they share the same space, and he is both the chef at the Sailfish Grill and the brewer at Twin Rivers Brewing Co. He gave a sensible, straightforward answer but I can’t for the life of me remember what it was. Damned beer.

But the effect of two names, intended or otherwise, is that the Sailfish Grill can be defined as a standalone restaurant associated with a microbrewery, moreso than a customary brewpub. Of course, it is by definition a brewpub. But it hardly resembles the standard model replete with bar games and bar food. It’s more of a sit-down fine dining establishment serving house-brewed beers than what most of us think of as a pub. A compact, finely lit bar serves an array of spirits, and as you take a seat, you’ll be handed a wine list that’s more extensive than the food menu. The beer is there, but it doesn’t feature as central to the overall Sailfish experience.

The Sailfish is only open five nights a week for five hours each night. That would be Tues–Sat, 5–10PM. Most entrees cost $20 or more, which for some of us is steep, though if you really want a Maine lobster tail or rack of lamb it’s not exceptional. The one room dining area features clean lines, spot lighting, minimal ornament, and a simple theme of red walls beneath a forest green ceiling. There is of course, one mounted sailfish on display as per legal requirements for any place called the Sailfish Grill.

In the adjacent storefront, the apparatus of Twin Rivers Brewing can be seen from the street. Though the brewing system is small (5-bbls?) the space housing it is cramped. Twin Rivers offers all their beers on a rotating basis. None are brewed year round. They feature eight taps with no cask and three non-alcoholic beverages such as root beer or vanilla-cream soda. They tend to pour beers a bit shy in the glass. I like mine filled to the brim, thankyou. But at $3 for an imperial or $2.50 for a pint I won’t complain. Quality varies but balances out respectably. Their German inspired ales are actually quite distinctive and the saison is enthusiastically spiced. I had a terrible time with the imperial IPA however, which was horribly burdened with acetaldehyde.

Though the atmosphere is somewhat dressy two bikers wearing chaps came in and ate at the bar during my visit and were made to feel welcome. If you ask for it, they do offer growlers.

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Adam's NW Bistro / Twin Rivers Brewing Co. in Monroe, WA
Brewery rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 14 ratings