Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl BrewpubFish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

515 Jefferson St. SE
Olympia, Washington, 98501
United States

(360) 943-3650 | map
fishbrewing.com

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BEER STATS
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47
Reviews:
1,501
Ratings:
2,734
PLACE STATS
Score:
88
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
41
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
9.77%
 
 
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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 41
Reviews by Slatetank:
Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I went to Olympia with a friend who was under 21 recently and visited Fish Brewing. Unfortunately he was not allowed in since it was a Sunday and only the bar area was open. I noticed the fish nets and Keg decorations with fish as I walked in. The beer menu was prominently displayed on a chalk board with descriptions. The place has a cafeteria type feel with wooden tables and bar. I took a stroll around a picked up some shwag at first, then settled down to order us some food to go.

I was impressed with the menu - Gyros, Ostrich burgers, falafels, salmon, bratwursts and oyster sandwiches. I got to sample 4 different ales including a cask barlewine and belgian triple before choosing a Mudshark Porter. I ordered an Ostrich burger with mushrooms and blue cheese which was delicious even though the add-ons cost extra. the fries were delicious and the number of Organic ale choices was out of the ordinary. the Leavenworth beers: Pilsener, Ipa, Weizen etc. were a nice alternative.

The place is spacious with beautiful art and signage on the exterior and they offer three types of hard cider also. I found the visit to be enjoyable albeit brief. I picked up a growler of Hodgson's IPA to go and I hope to return since the service was prompt and friendly. The selection will leave you satisfied with the many styles and even a cask and guest tap choice.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Canada_Dan
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

This was the second stop on my mini "crawl" through Olympia, and also the 9th stop on my South Sound Crawl passport, which means I earned my free pint glass!

Clientele seemed older, 30s up to god knows how old. Wasn't PACKED, but had a nice livelihood to it on a a Sunday afternoon.

Great looking tap list. Nice variety of beers, which means it was nice to see something other than IPAs offered on tap.

Our beers were decent. I had a porter, my date had some barrel aged saison, which outshone my porter by a good furlong. I was stuffed at this point and couldn't muster tasting anything else, but these two beers seemed well made.

Big thank you to the younger gentleman server. Upon presenting my 9th pass port stamt (entitling me to my free South Sound Crawl pint glass) he not only brought me a glass, but one for my date as well--without even asking! As it would happen, she accompanied me on my 8 other stops for stamps, but the fact that he did this without even asking was a really nice gesture.

Definitely worth checking out while in Olympia.

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Photo of MissYa
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Happy hour here is fricken GREAT! No hard liquor served here. So far I've had the apple cider & the pear cider. Comparing the two, the pear seems a bit less sweeter, which in this case is he favorable choice personally

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of jdhansen63
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Erik-P
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of GeoChase90
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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3.96/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Keepnitrl
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Coopdaddy
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of dunix
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DrMindbender
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of chad_e_martin
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Hobbit
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Hopmodium
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

4/19/12 - Visited the Fish Tale Brew Pub while on vacation after a long day on Hurricane Ridge.

It was a busy Thursday night and we seated ourselves next to some dude heavily engaged in his electronice device, after asking him if the seats we wanted were occupied and seeing his reaction on his face, we decided to sit elsewhere. The group of people we chose to sat next to wound up being rude and self-involved to the point where we wondered if we had stumbled into some dimension where the ego is all that exists. Luckily the patrons were the worst part of this visit.

Our patient waitress talked to us about some of her favorite brews so we decided to try Soundkeeper Organic Pale Ale. I had tried an organic beer from Deschutes the day before and was pleasantly surprised by the presence of flavor and lack of gimmick so once again I was happy with my choice to go with organic beer on recommendations. I liked it so much I went with their organic IPA to join my Wild Salmon & Chips which was tasty and fresh. Since I had to drive back to Seattle after dinner I convinced my wife to order the Hodgson's DIPA to go with her Fishbowl Salad with smoked salmon and she quite enjoyed the unusual pairing. Fair prices, quality service, above-average pub fair and diverse beers will keep me coming back here next time I am in town.

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Photo of ds21tango
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Have had their beers numerous times but have just recently decided to check out the place. The food is really good but the portions seem a little small. The prices are relativity decent. You do get your food really quick. I ordered food to go and barley had time to finish my beer. The beer selection is good and they sell full gallon and half gallon growlers, but they did recently raise there prices. They have WiFi and a comfortable sitting area. Overall a good place to hang out. Will definitely be going back.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.93/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

The artwork on the building is very becoming, but the parking seems not although on this rainy day it was my luck to find such (later I found out the lot was specifically for the brewery, other areas parking was more limited). I ordered a sampler after some wait and while the beers were solid, there was nothing really exceptional at least to me. It appeared to be a popular place, which made me question my Midwestern palate versus one possessed by a local. I am unsure if they have any food, for I did not have any. They did have a many choices, but only a few deviants from standard pub fare. I would consider stopping again if I was in the area again, but I wouldn't make a special trip with so many other options in the area.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A: I was a regular here for years, before and after the rennovation. The sound attenuates alot here since the rennovation. Parking is available on the street or the lot to the side and its always warm and cozy inside. The bar is big and greets you when you walk in.

Q: The beer has always been good but since about 2006 I have noticed a big decline in quality on many beers, a few have improved and some how manged winning at GABF

S: Service was always decent to me, I mixed and mingled with the staff and they never forget me or my name. If you are new and you sit in a corner that is how you will be treated. This place is BIG on locals and the college crowd nearby.

S: Usually a dozen handles or more including a Cask. Growlers and bottles to go..kegs too. You won't find anything uber exciting here.

F: Has always been pretty good

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Average atmosphere inside, horrible marketing, their apparel is super expensive, not at all creative or distinctive. I usually like to roll out with something from a place while on beercations, but this place, just couldn't drop like 45-50 on a hoodie.

Decent enough beers, haven't had the stout, but wouldn't really stray far from the pale or ipa here. Nothing too exotic have I ever seen from these guys. Enjoyed my salmon there, but seemed a little pricey overall. In downtown Olympia, cooler artwork and ambiance outside as opposed to inside the place. Worth checking out, but don't go out of your way to get here. Streets can be kind of weird downtown.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

One of my first stops in Olympia and a good one. A top-notch brewpub with great seating outdoor and indoor, raised table and booths inside; upstairs seating and a comfortable lounge area in the back. This brewpub has a great feel to it, littered with locals and a small-brewery feel. Big windows at the head give off a great look and ambiance. Was worried about the organic brews, but the IPA I tried several times had a very good hoppy flavor that could have been most any IPA. Also tried the Whistling Pig hefe from Leavenworth, which hit the spot on a warm day; and they also offer. Ate three separate meals, and the house favorite seemed to be the fried cod or salmon with chips, which was really solid. Also stopped in for a great breakfast as the pub also does brunch. Just a great local brewpub here that is a must visit for those in the area

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

my local brewery is a place i don't visit often, mostly because they make average beer. granted it is organic, or most of it, but that does not mean you have to make a beer that tastes merely ok. they have their fish lineup, consisting typically of about 7 beers, as well as the leavenworth line that they bought a few years back, which is another 6 beers or so. i only come here to see what they have on cask, which occasionally is awesome, like 10 squared or leviathan, but more likely it'll be the mudshark porter which is ok. they do beer to go, and growlers, but not of everything. they also have 3 ciders on tap, one of which, the dark and dry, is of incredible flavor. however, i just found out that they make their cider from concentrate, which hardly counts. it makes me a little sad. the food is pubby, and on the good side of pubby. personally, i always get the emu burger, because its the only place i know that'll serve me ground emu on a bun. cooked, too.

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Photo of GJ40
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I stopped into the Fishbowl Brewpub while in Olympia on business.

The Fishbowl is a no-nonsense, humble establishment with a solid commitment to craft beer. Maybe it's as much the town but unlike some more flashy beer bars, it seemed to be filled with locals enjoying good, local beer.

They had at least 12 on tap with some listed as Fish Tale and others as Leavenworth. I had a Leavenworth Hodgsons IPA and a Fish Tale Winter Fish. Both struck me as great, representative west coast beers but the Winter Fish was a touch better. I didn't have time for the Fish Tale 10 Squared but I plan to get back before I leave.

I really enjoyed the Fishbowl and highly recommend it for authentic, west coast beer.

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Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub in Olympia, WA
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