United States > Washington > Seattle
Dogbrick (561) Columbus, Ohio | November 11, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
(Visited 09/2012 on the Seattle Road Dogs Tour): Hilliardís brewery is located on the northwest side of Seattle on 49th Street near Salmon Bay. There is a parking lot next to the building.
The inside is spacious and the front door opens to a counter for to-go beer. Some tables made out of telephone cable spools. Beyond the seating area is the canning line.
Hilliardís had 4 beers available on our visit: Scottsh Blonde, Amber, Nautical Reference Pale, and Saison. They were all fairly average.
Service is good at Hilliardís. We got a brief tour of the brewery and explanations of the beer. Checkout was friendly too.
Overall this is a decent brewery to visit in the Seattle area.
after4ever (213) Brier, Washington | November 9, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
These guys are definitely off to a great start. They have a great light-industrial facility in Ballard that they have unobtrusively converted to a great brewhouse and taproom. They often have a good food truck parked right outside, and they often have a huge crowd of people parked inside.
You walk in and immediately feel like youíre hanging out in a cool garage. The chairs and tables are pretty second-hand, especially the biggest one, which is a giant cable spool they picked up somewhere. Nice reuse. Thereís a free pool table behind the bar. The bar has four taps, and they always have tallboys of four beers, for a total of eight different things pouring.
Thereís not much going on except hanging out, but itís kid-friendly and dog-friendly, and people certainly take advantage of that. Lots of wee ones and four-legged ones in the taproom. Itís got a great vibe, with old punk and metal playing (at least when I was in), and a nice kind crowd.
By the end of the night, youíve had a couple beers, maybe you shot pool, maybe you hit the food truck. Itís an uncomplicated proposition. They have these cool little touchscreen tablets that you use to choose a tip and sign out, and those are kinda neat. The beers range from good to great, with a couple detours into OK. Iíll definitely be back.
CampesinoTino (71) Seattle, Washington | May 21, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
Spacious, industrial chic type place to enjoy a few pints and chat with the brewers. Pretty good mix of beer styles to choose from.
BrewDad (408) Olympia, | January 15, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
This is a brand new place winter 2012. Has a small tap room up front but then there is a brand new 15 barrel brew house right behind. Plenty of brews on tap and bring your own food. They got 6 taps and 2 canned brews. Great feel and awesome service.
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