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19Ei8hty (85) Washington | February 6, 2014
46 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 9/20
Waitstaff was annoyed with my large group consisting of a couple of young children. Slow service. Needed to approach the bar for aid when the waitress went MIA for some time. The menu selection looked great but the execution was lacking in all aspects. I had a Cuban sandwich that seemed like just some random grinder with nothing to suggest its namesake. Sampled others plates and was equally disappointed. Not one person at my table thought the food was impressive and most chose not to finish their meals. The beer selection looked pretty food however we were informed that they were out of a few of the offerings - which were those we most wanted to try. That was particularly annoying considering the poor execution of the dinner items. Overall this place was a resounding dud which really is a shame considering its convenient location for meetup.
Packard (31) Kirkland, Washington | January 1, 2014
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
Iíve been coming here for about a year, and it grows on you. Itís more comfortable and less formal than International Taphouse. They have a projection TV, so itís terrific for sports.
Food is pub fare, but there are
real exceptional offerings:
1. You can get pulled lamb in both a sandwich and taco format.
2. Tacos are street style with pulled pork, lamb, chicken, or beef and outstanding
3. Mussels are great, in a cream sherry sauce with smoked salmon
They have good fundamental base beers on which to build some special stuff. My personal favorite is their Scotch Ale, which isnít as overwhelmingly malty as your average one. I rank their IPA above Trickster and below Triplehornís. One advantage of coming to the brewery is to get some of their limited release barrel aged beers...yum! Good selection of guest ciders (FinnRiver and Tieton). Limited guest beers (Iron Horse Irish Death, Double Mountain Kolsch).
Management is experienced...Scott was founder of the original Leavenworth (not Icicle) Brewery years ago.
Overall, a non-pretentious, bigger craft brewer thatís Bellevueís best informal beer destination.
22415brewery (32) redmond, Washington | February 13, 2013
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
We visited on a Sunday afternoon, the dining room was about half full and the bar area was full. We sat at a table and were immediately greeted and given menus (which was nice). We then proceeded to wait about 10 minutes until our server came back to us. Itís a revamped industrial space that has a fully exposed walk-in fridge along with a semi-open kitchen. House-made beers are decent and the guest tap list although short is interesting. Food consists of the expected slap-and-serve brewery grub...and the prices are reasonable (in the Bellevue sense). With all the hype and buzz regarding Bellevueís first microbrewery I hate to say that I am somewhat disappointed. I really wanted to LOVE this brewery but in reality I do not. It feels like a shell of a brewery-restaurant operating in a space that still seems temporary.
Aubrey (74) Bellingham, Washington | February 11, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
I expected your typical new-brewery experience, but I was pleasantly surprised. Very spacious and open, relaxed, clean and well laid out (keg cooler is directly behind the bar), though it could use some large-format art or photographs to break up the minimalism ... although that may be in the plans (this brewery has only been open for a month and a half). Thereís also a huge projection screen and some flat screens. I didnít eat but I overheard great things about the food, and everything I saw pass by us looked good. All the bartenders that took care of us were attentive and very friendly. The five beers on tap were all tasty and above average or well above average, and Iím sure they plan on having more on tap on a regular basis, based on the open taps. If youíre a hophead, youíll really love this place. Iím not sure how they acquired Citra hops just starting out, but they use them in their IPA and CDA. This place is definitely worth visiting.
BrewDad (426) Olympia, Washington | January 12, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 15/20
Great new place and the beers are of the hooks awesome. The food was very nice and they got tons of room for expansion. This is going to be a great addition to the WA beer scene.
after4ever (229) Brier, Washington | December 21, 2012
58 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 10/20
Facebook Brewing Company finally opens its doors. After two years of "Coming Soon!" announcements, status updates, pictures of concrete floors, and all the other preamble, they have finally opened their doors.
These guys are 100% motivated to be the absolute best in the world. This sets them apart from almost every other brewery on the planet. Everybody else wants to make great beer, be a part of the community, maybe serve some great food, give back with jobs, have fun, and enjoy time with their friends. BBC makes no bones about the fact that they want to get big, create revenue, and attain recognition as top dogs. You know what? Thatís perfectly fine.
Theyíve already secured more square footage than many breweries that have been around for years, and already have a brew system in place (20bbl) thatís larger than many established breweries. They do have a couple of employees with brewery experience, and their first couple of beers are good.
The kitchen is already operational, with a menu of appetizers, sandwiches, salads, and entrees. Good choices for brewpub far. The dining room itself is full of matching furniture, high ceilings, flat screen TVs, and lots of prefabricated materials locked tidily into place.
These guys are working hard at getting the most out of the millions of investment dollars they have behind them, and no doubt they will succeed. I wish them all the best.
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