A tight little place that was very dimly lit with lots of high tables and a few large TVs. Bartender was friendly and helpful with pick out a sampler. They had about 10 beers on tap that varied in quality. They do not serve food but it appears you can order BBQ that looked delicious. Prices were in line with the area. A cool little spot.
Bad Jimmy’s is a cool little place where the brewery and tap room are housed in the same garage. The bartenders have always been genuinely friendly--they even bring a bowl of water for my dog every time. They have nine beers on tap, which is impressive for a place this small. They don’t serve food, but they allow you to bring your own and there are free pretzels (and free biscuits for dogs). They have some neat activities too--movie night, trivia and yoga and beer mornings. Dog friendly!
Cool little taproom in an old auto garage (assumed). Love the local vibe in here, kids, dogs, bikes, old dudes. BBQ available from next door. Beers ranged from mediocre to slightly above average. Flights were doable.
Basically a giant garage that is a bit hard to see. Just know its across the street from Hale’s. Some high tops, a bar, small space but gits a good deal of people. The real problem is every time I have come here in the past 2 years its been almost undrinkable beer. Real bad. Now, maybe that could change the place would be much better. But avoid until you hear different about the quality of the beer.
Minutes after opening on a Wednesday toward the end of March, the parking lot smells of brewing, and once inside it’s even more prominent. The space is full of the lovely smell of warm malts, grapenuts, just gorgeous. Does have a non neglible effect on the aroma of every beer I tried however, as that gorgeous mash smell is hard to ignore. They were making something with blood orange and honey while I was there, so in addition to smelling like lovely warmed malt cereals, there was a great note of sweet orange floating through the place.
80’s rock playing, and half of the people in the place, myself included, lightly lip syncing along with most of the songs. Logo work is very nice, evokes a very Vegas theme via the Seattle skyline while the place itself echoes that in lots of blacks and crimson reds. The branding is nice, the staff is nice. The beers were good, but nothing blew me away, but no big stinkers either.
I’m also amused that there’s not a happy hour, but instead there’s a Sad Hour – 10pm-Midnight Sun-Thursday. This is hysterical to me at the time of writing, though that could have something to do with it being my third stop of the day and I did every beer at Fremont and Hale’s before arriving, then every beer at Bad Jimmy’s as well.
Much like Fremont had the big bowl of pretzels with a scoop, they’ve got a big bowl of peanuts. I like those better than pretzels, so Bad Jimmy’s wins the ’free snacks’ competition. Well done Bad Jimmy’s.
Since they’re right across the street from Hale’s, it’s an easy time to hit both. People here were quite friendly and the beers were decent so I’m glad I stopped in. Possibly not a destination brewery, but a nice neighborhood one.
This is more like 2.5 stars rounded up because these guys are really not doing anything wrong, they’re just not really my cup of tea. What I need to get out of the way up front is that their brand positioning of "Intense Ales!" is a marketing statement, not a brewing philosophy, at least based on the beers I’ve tried so far. More on that later.
They’re carving out a nice niche for themselves as a neighborhood place for the new Ballard. There’s so much construction and remodeling and general bumping of market equity for the real estate around here these days—old Ballard has its funky old breweries and hangouts nearby, too, but these guys are all about the new Ballard. They have a cool garage space with roll-up doors right on Leary Way, minimal parking. There’s a teeny patio, which must be a pretty rad spot to have a beer on nice days. You’re kind of insulated from street traffic, but still close to everything, and the BBQ place next door is supposed to be pretty legit.
Inside, there’s seating for about 30, with flat screens everywhere tuned to the game, and one giant projection screen hanging overhead on one side. They show sports, and they also have movie Tuesdays, with upcoming showings listed in the loo. There are ace of spades logos on everything—it’s "Bad" Jimmy’s, you see, and they’re kinda rockin’ that outlaw vibe here and there. But they’re rocking it with custom carpentry, die-cut printing, professional paint finishes, and so on. You certainly can’t knock their professionalism with the build-out: everything is nice, all the glassware and swag and everything, that’s all nice. You can decide for yourself whether you pick up on any real Hell’s Angel-style menace in here. I wouldn’t be the least surprised to see drawings of brass knuckles and switchblades and whatnot showing up on future logos and tap handles. I like this kinda branding, but making everything so nice everywhere you look does sugar-coat it a bit.
The staff is here super boisterous and chatty, and every single patron I could overhear in the taproom seemed to have grown up somewhere other than Seattle. So did the staff. Nothing at all against transplants, but you certainly notice the absence of natives in some places, and this is one of them.
Now, about those beers. The bartender was very quick to announce their "Intense Ales!" brand positioning, and to explain that they make higher-ABV beers with explosive flavors, and so on. Their Blood Orange Wheat is a big seller, and he explained that they bring in fresh blood oranges from CA and spend a full 12 hours zesting and juicing them by hand. The funny thing is, that 12-hour zest shift didn’t really shake out to any citrus flavor at all in the beer. Similarly, their Girl Scout Drop Out, which is supposed to taste like chocolate, fresh coconut, and toasted coconut (all present in the kettle), just tasted like a medium-hoppy high-boost IPA.
Now, to be clear, these beers do NOT have any flaws or off flavors or anything, at least in the three I tried. The marketing is fun. The prices are fair, and the place is chock full o’ regulars. They’re doing things the right way, and people are responding. But the marketing and the brewhouse aren’t quite marching to the same drum at this point.
Located in an industrial district, just around back of The Dish (good breakfast place), this is a cool little place with a sort of garage feel. Service is very friendly. Unfortunately, the beers are just dreadful, half with infections and the other half just very poorly brewed. Let’s hope they improve with time.
A garage of sorts with a nice little patio. A very local feel and vibe, very friendly. Service was good and pleasant, but busy so no real interaction. A good amount of beers on tap, most were average at best. No food but you could order BBQ from next door. Prices were higher than other places close by, but still OK. I would give this a miss unless you had the time.
Second time in was yesterday, and the place has grown nicely. Same small location, but they are up to 9 different taps, which shows a nice bit of growth. They don’t serve their own food, but they have a deal with the restaurant they share a parking lot with that the restaurant will deliver to the brewery. Really creative offerings, including a chai chocolate milk stout.