Reasonably nice place, friendly staff, decent food. Disappointed by the beers, both the selection and the taste. Most winter brews were gone. Three drain pours of eight beers.
3fourths (1537) Boulder, Colorado | April 13, 2005| Updated January 22, 2013
Large brewery building, tough to find parking, so you may end up parked in the Fred Meyer parking lot out back. Has as indoor dining area enclosed within the brewery, with a long bar and a big back room of dining tables. The pub only beer selection is worth the trip.
Huge and great at one time, but very dated and a bit tired now. Service was good, but nothing great. Beer flights available. Lots on the beer list, menu for food was bit tired as well. Go to see some local beer history and its close to other breweries, but a little disappointing.
Visited on a Friday night in November 2015. The smell of brewing draws you to the place. It reminds me of a German style brewpub with plenty of wood, booths and lots of space. Classic beer range and specials range, tried some of both. Beer was Ok but nothing special. Service was pretty slow. I’d probably call in again but only as it’s convenient to get back to Downtown Seattle.
(Visited 09/2012 on the Seattle Road Dogs Tour): Hale’s is located north of downtown Seattle in the Fremont area on Leary Way. Street parking is available right next to the building.
The building opens up to an entry way with a door leading to a bar and seating area. Some breweriana around the bar. Outside the bar is the brewery complete with some historical information.
Hale’s has 10 or 12 of their beers on tap including HSB, Cream Ale, Troll Porter, O’Brian’s Harvest and Red Menace. They have a sampler as well. All of the beers I tried were pretty average. A couple of other craft breweries on tap like Everybody’s Brewing.
Service at the bar was pretty good for my one-person tour group. I also got to meet the brewer which was nice.
My sandwich for lunch was tasty.
Overall this is a pretty good beer spot in Seattle.
Cool expansive brewpub with lots of seating. A bunch of house beers on tap, none of which were very impressive but all competent. Service was a bit lackluster, taking a bit of time to bring our beers and bring us the bill. Cheap samplers / flights makes this a decent stop for tickers. Not really a must stop but if you’re in the area, it’s not a bad one.
Visited on a rainy January Tuesday afternoon. Place was pretty slow, but did seem to have a few regulars hanging about. The Pub itself sits off to one corner in the middle of the production brewery. They did a nice job designing the space to be both a part of of the brewery and still be apart from the brewery, if that makes any sense. The bar and seating areas have a nice, worn classic pub feel. They serve their beers in a variety of sizes from taster to pitcher, which I always appreciate. Service was attentive, though not really that friendly. I was there during happy hour, and they had some really nice prices. I had a personal size sausage and mushroom pizza along with two schooners, and I think my total was below $10. Enjoyed the visist, not sure if I would put in in the upper tier of beer places in Seattle, but certainly worth the visit.
Upon entering I am right in front of a full scale, functioning brewing system. To the left through some glass doors is where the actual pub is. Atmosphere in here is basic brewpub ambiance. The beer lineup is solid, not knock-my-sock-offs, but decent.
Nice pub, a lot of space inside, with view on the copper tanks, and a small patio for sunny days; many beers on tap (13 own, 5 guests); the quality of the beers is rather low, don’t expect much, indeed the guest taps may be better; they may enforce a self-rule of max 4 tasters per person. Wifi available; clean toilets. Didn’t eat there, but they have a reasonable menu. With all the things happening in Seattle, I don’t understand why they don’t improve the beers.
Walkable from Fremont and Brouwer’s, Hales is a classic, above-average brewpub, making fine NW pale ales and otherwise predictable but clean renditions of many other styles. The location is not the most spectacular, on a largeish brewpub between Fremont and Ballard, featuring only a smallish dining/tap room, but a nice open view on the brewery when you enter. It can’t be tagged a priority, but is a quality brewpub that should be on your list if stayign in Seattle several days.