Location: Seattle, WA
Brewery: Pike Brewing Company
Reason: Post Mariners game beer.
With the Mighty Mariners taking down the A’s of Oakland. It was time to continue our journey. With our hearts warm from the win and our bellies empty of beer, we pressed on to Pike Brewing Company. Pike Brewing, located in the historic Pike Place market is a destination for many, and for that night, a destination for Sam-wise and myself.
Pike Brewing is all about location location and location. If you are not from Seattle, this is a place to stop by after wandering the Pike Place market. As a local of the Seattle-area, this is not an easy bar to get to. I hate driving around that area. It is a pain. If you live down there, maybe its another story and you frequent this place often. I’ve had a lot of Pike brewing in my life. A LOT. Not cause it is the best, cause there is better, but because you are getting something drinkable and constant, and that means something to me. They have some staples of every grocery store around here, Kilt lifter (Not my style), Monks Uncle (I’m a fan), and the Pike stout (good). They have some solid food also. I haven’t eaten there in years, but from what I remember. Solid.
I’ll give a 5/10. I would highly advise you to try the Monks Uncle though. You can get a bomber of it at almost any grocery store
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Location: Bellevue, Wa
Brewery: Bellevue Brewing
Reason: Long Day, Cold Beer
As with any great journey, there must be a day (or two) of rest, but determined to slay another dragon, we pressed on. We came from north and south (of Lake Washington) and found that dragon at Bellevue Brewing. Guys, the dragon was friggin awesome.
Bellevue Brewing is pretty much perfect. It still feels like a brewery with an open floor plan and at least six of their own beers on tap AND a dining room with a legit menu. There is also a gigantic projector TV pointed at a gigantic white wall that usually has a baseball game on.
Matt ordered the Cascadian Dark Ale, the Oatmeal Stout Nitro and the Barbecue Chicken Pizza. I ordered the India Session Ale, the ESB and a classic Pepperoni (don’t call me boring until you check out the picture…). Ultimately we were probably both more enthusiastic about the food than the beer on this particular trip, but its hard to use that as a criticism of the beer when neither of us had eaten in hours.
This place has something that I really like. The staff is beyond friendly and even switched the projector from a basketball game to the Mariners when I asked if they might be able to change one of the TVs. They also checked on us frequently without being overbearing or rude. I should also note that there are a couple back rooms in this place that you can rent out for a special occasion, and honestly, this would be a really really fun place to have a birthday party for any beer enthusiast. I would go so far as to give this place an 8.5/10.
P.S. Happy Seattle Beer Week Everyone! CHEERS!!
Location: Bellevue, Wa
Brewery: Geaux Brewing
Reason: Sounders Game
After a most harrowing afternoon Matt and I knew that our only real option was to forge ahead and continue our WABL-y Journey. That beer is not going to drink itself, and by God, we are not going to let it go to waste.
The sixth and final stop this weekend was Geaux Brewing in Bellevue. Of all the breweries we visited in the last weekend I would say this one felt the most like a brewery. Hidden in the way back of an industrial park, with a fenced off hop and beer garden outside, barrel tables and a dog. This place FEELS like a brewery.
Bonus points to Geaux brewing for having a TV, this is a feature not everyone in the brewing community agrees on. I myself am torn, while I enjoy my boyfriends undivided attention I also occasionally (often… ok… always) prefer watching sporting events at a brewery.
Matt sampled the Pirates Alley Pale Ale, the Gulf Coast Session IPA, and ended with the Treme IPA. I sampled the Wee Y’at Scottish Ale, then the BTR Red, and also finished with the Treme IPA. We both agreed the Treme was far and away the best of the beers we tried there.
I like Geaux, and if I lived closer to it I might make a better effort to visit more often, but I will say that its not one of my favorites. Its good, but it doesn’t stand out to me. I would give Geaux a 7/10.
Also, if you DO happen to find yourself at Geaux, check out the bathroom, but read the instructions before you just start pressing buttons… You’re welcome.
Location: Issaquah, WA
Brewery: Issaquah Brewhouse (Rogue Ales)
A frog is much more than a cute little amphibian, it is the symbol of the Issaquah Brewhouse. The day we encountered the legendary frog of Issaquah is a day to remember. Well, maybe not so much. We were hungry over our attempt to conquer Snoqualmie Falls. We grabbed our food and we drank our pints, and sang till the kegs ran dry. Or not.
Issaquah Brewhouse doesn’t stand for Washington beer as much as it used too. Being they were purchased out by the mysterious Rogue of Oregon. But, they still craft several of their own beers. While I’m not the biggest fan of Rogue (They are meh) and Issaquah Brewhouse ales are not quite my style (Wheat beer is the biggest seller), I still frequent Issaquah Brewhouse often. Because of the Kobe beef burger. It is one of those burgers that you would take home to meet your mother. It is that amazing. I give the Issaquah Brewhouse 5/10.
Location: Snoqualmie, WA
Brewery: Snoqualmie Falls Brewing
Reason: It was a beautiful day out, might as well go visit Snoqualmie falls and hit up a brewery.
After barely making it out of Schooner Exact alive, we had a day to rest and then we had to take on the treacherous Snoqualmie Falls. Very few attempt to brave the falls, but Sam-wise and I were eager and ready. The journey to this point has been fairly easy, rarely having to leave the Seattle area, but now. We move east, towards middle-Washington.
Riding out on FIAT was uneventful. Until we see the falls. Many attempted it, but no one has conquered it, until now.
Sam-wise taking on the falls.
We finally make it to Snoqualmie Falls Brewing. It is beautiful as always. The beer, refreshingly cold and tasty. The Mariners on the TV. It is a stop I’ll never forget. Mostly because of the Spring Fever. ALL HAIL SPRING FEVER! The greatest beer in the all the lands.
(On a side note, this is one of my favorite breweries. They do many things right. They have a huge selection of beers, they always have a delicious seasonal, and for those who do not drink, they have amazing root beer that they make themselves. Snoqualmie falls also has a kitchen for those who are famished. Pizzas and sandwiches mostly.)
I give this place a 9/10. VISIT!
Location: Seattle, WA
Brewery: Schooner Exact
Reason: Not ready to Uber home yet
Is this real life? Or is this just fantasy? Regardless, after a few stops at Pyramid and Ghostface and a Bacon and Beer festival. The fellowship of the beers ran into some trouble at Schooner Exact.
The crossing between Ghostface and Schooner exact was trying. Many obstacles and many roads stood between Sam-wise and myself. But with the help our of majestic steed (Uber) we were able to cross this devilish distance in about 3 minutes.
After several pints and Pyramid, unlimited beer at the beer and bacon festival, and 8 tasters at Ghostface, our bellies were not as empty as they were at early morning rise. But with the sun setting and time ticking, we marched into Schooner Exact, pride in one hand, WABL passport in another and we ordered beers.
And then Ubered home. I love Schooner Exact, I wish I could remember more. But the hops goddess casted some illuminist spell of forgetfulness on us..
I wish I could review this better but Beer and Bacon festival makes things difficult. But having their beer before, I will gladly give this place an 8/10. They also have a kitchen and a giant beer selection. A must visit if you’re in the Georgetown/SODO area.
Location: Downtown Seattle, WA
Brewery: Ghostfish Brewing Company
Reason: The Bacon and Beer Festival was over.
Reviewed by: Sam-wise
After three short hours of drinking beer and eating bacon it was time for us to take our journey back on the road. We pushed on despite the elements (it was a temperate spring day), we defied the odds (it was a pretty flat mile away) and found ourselves face to face with the elusive, and often feared Ghostfish.
Now, I WANTED to like this place. The staff was friendly and the atmosphere was great. It is located in an open space, with a bar up front. The logo is nothing short of bad-ass. The beer? Gluten Free.
Now, don’t get me wrong. If I was gluten free this place would be AWESOME, but as someone who gets down with gluten from time to time, It may not have been my jam. Matt and I split a sampler and while the beer was… ok. It wasn’t outstanding.
I would recommend this place to any of my gluten free friends, and I wouldn’t tell anyone NOT to go here, but I might not go out of my way to visit again.
I will say, we left a pint glass we purchased on the table and when we came back for it an hour or so later, the staff was incredibly friendly and replaced it with no problem. I LIKED this place, but I may be a woman who needs a little gluten in her beers.