corpsuckle (3) Washington | January 16, 2014
30 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 1/10 OVERALL 2/20
Tap selection is pretty good - 41 taps rotated regularly... Mostly west coast breweries. Extremely limited bottle selection. Food is okay. Service is consistently horrible. This place is woefully understaffed, and the staff they have are unhelpful, rude at times and completely lacking in customer service. If you're not sitting at the bar, don't expect to drink a beer any time soon. I got served a beer every 60 minutes (and only that frequent because I chased down the waitress).
Packard (31) Kirkland, Washington | January 1, 2014
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
Hands down, the best selection on the Eastside.
Their 41 taps rotate very quickly, so when one keg is gone, itís history. But they only serve the very best stuff from all around the country. Heavy NW presence, as you would expect, but special selections from all over. Sam Adams was host at a Brewerís Monday last month (serving their low volume beers), and Southern Tier (Gemini, Pumpkin) are examples of the wider geography. Closer are beers from Port Brewing and Epic. And they tend to choose only the best offerings from each brewery, not just the high volume stuff.
Collective is owned by two women and managed by a third, so the decor and ambience are comfortable. Most important, the wife likes it for the wine and food choices. Some wine on tap, but some better glass and bottle selections... wifeís favorite is the Limberger.
Best food choices involve the smoked pulled pork in either the street taco or Cuban sandwich iteration. Thereís a working smoker outside.
You can get the regular pint size or samplers, but I usually have four of their 7 oz schooners, which gives you a good combination of volume and selection.
Best place both for the wife and beer selection...canít beat it.