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Beer Available At Machine House Brewery (arranged by most recent)
Machine House Oatmeal Stout - Bourbon Barrel , Machine House Anniversary Barleywine , Machine House Crystal Maze , Machine House Oatmeal Stout 44, Machine House Bitter 51, Machine House Mild 73, Machine House Rye ESB , Machine House Gold 49, Machine House Winter Ale , Machine House Pumpkin Ale , Machine House Bramling Cross IPA
notalush (386) Denver, Colorado | January 11, 2015
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 15/20
In an industrial area of town that seems to be gradually transforming into a hip and trendy area to hang out and/or shop - tucked in an alley, so keep your eyes peeled for small signs on the street - very large interior that rather spare and cold - not the kind of environment conducive to the beer you will experience here - the cool thing about this place is that they make exclusively British styles and only serve them on cask - that kicks some serious ass - the beers are extremely affordable as well, with most being served for 4 bucks a pint and 2 bucks a half pint (for comparison, a British brewery in my town charges 7 bucks for a proper pint of cask ale and 4 bucks for a half pint) - I love the fact that more breweries are taking on British session ales - one downside here is that this beer is nothing spectacular - nothing really off, just kind of subdued and flat in character - overall, though, a generally cool place, despite its flaws.
Ferris (892) Burnaby, British Columbia | December 8, 2014
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 11/20
In a nice trendy area with great restaurants and bars. In a historic building this brewpub is open and quite sparce with some art for sale on the walls. English hand pumps and not an official taster flight, but they work something out for you. Unfortunately the beer was quite underwhelming, even bad. I would give this a miss unless you are in the area.
mcberko (535) Vancouver, British Columbia | December 8, 2014
60 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 11/20
Cool little place in the industrial Georgetown. 5 beers on hand pump cask, all traditional English style. Unfortunately, there seemed to be a bit of an infection problem with all the beers, as they all had a similar wet cardboard / stale flavour. Very reasonably priced and the British gentleman at the bar was very friendly. Worth a stop if you’re in the area -- hopefully the beer problem is fixed soon.
luttonm (190) Seattle, Washington | December 2, 2014
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
I adore this place. The brewer Bill is a good guy with a passion for his brewing philosophy. Five beer machines and the occasional gravity keg. Spacious room, plenty of comfy brewpub seating. They support the local photography community too. Great neighborhood for beer and this is a must visit. Beer is fantastic, you won’t find a better selection of it (nor have it cared for as much) as here.
Smurf2055 (53) Seattle, Washington | July 7, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Fun little place, everything is on classic english style pump casks. Down in the Georgetown area, and it is a pretty spacious place. Specialize in traditional English style ales. Check it out if you are in the area.
BuckeyeBoy (175) Boise, Idaho | August 18, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 17/20
I stopped in to check it out. I was accross the street at the bottle shop. Walked over and they were closed, but as any beer guy would do, I startyed to look in the windows and knock on the door. My lucky day one of the brewers was inside and let me in. He gave me the run down and some free samples. A pretty cool place big and open inside. The brew was all pretty good on a English session idea. I will stop in again next time I am in Seattle for sure.
after4ever (258) Brier, Washington | February 17, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 16/20
At Machine House you can step simultaneously into both brewing history and brewing tradition. The building is an amazing old structure built at Seattle Brewing and Malting Company many, many decades ago (in Seattle architectural history, that’s the paleolithic age), now given over to producing classic English session ale styles, thankfully on fairly modern equipment.
This would easily go five stars, but the setting is incredibly spartan. Really, all there is to do here is sit on a stool (or a keg), and drink golds, bitters, or milds by the pint or the half-pint. There’s a bit of soccer on the small flat screen, and they’re equipped enough to take credit cards on their iPad, but generally speaking, it’s an industrial setting. The bathroom is bare concrete and it’s a bit chilly in the winter. I saw at least one GF with a thousand-yard stare on her face while her BF chatted merrily about beer with his neighbors at the bar. It’s not a boy’s club, but it’s a certain kind of ambiance, to be sure.
And the ambiance is also its strength. You can pull down a little cut between brick buildings off Airport Way. It’s exactly across from Full Throttle Bottles. There’s a ton of parking back there, and that’s where the entrance is, right under the big ol’ smokestack. The tasting room is bare bones. There’s a little bar they built, with three beer engines pulling their classic English styles. There is a big bank of gigantic windows with arched tops, and there’s about a thousand square feet, maybe a bit more, of open area. There’s a cooling room, a keg storage room, and tanks and kettles at one end. You could spend ten minutes messing stuff up and you’d be able to convince anybody the place had been abandoned. But they’re brand, brand new, and they probably have day jobs, so this is all part of the charm.
The beers are fantastic. They’re on cask, so the carbonation levels are low, but they’re doing amazing things with old styles in the 3-4% ABV range. They’re just knocking them out of the park (or whatever the synonymous British idiom would be for doing things very well). It’s a charming and low-cost way to soak up Seattle brewing history and UK brewing tradition from your stool. Or keg. Whatever it is you happen to be sitting on.
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