andrewje41 (137) Kenmore, Washington | November 6, 2016
- AMBIANCE 5/5
- SERVICE 8/10
- SELECTION 12/15
- FOOD 8/10
- VALUE 6/10
- OVERALL 14/20
Very busy place every time I go. Convenient, easy to get to location, though it’s difficult to park in the small UW Bothell village center. With an extremely busy bus stop for the campuses being right out front, this place makes for a perfect jump in and grab a beer really quick while I wait for the bus. Or in my case, swing in for a few minutes on my way home from work. Very expensive, modern looking place. The bar area doesn’t have TV’s, though the dining area does. I found this to be extremely strange and backwards. I’ve experienced the restaurant from both sides and it’s an overall enjoyable experience. Very loud. The echos of the restaurant crowd noise can probably be heard from the distillery downstairs. The beers are always good, and the conversation from the staff is always entertaining. The food is solid, and a little different than your usual pub grub. Not surprised with the chef behind the business. Family friendly pub. A little pricey, but not too much to keep me from coming back. About a dozen house beers crafted onsite, constantly rotating to something new, which is nice. Just don’t try to order the Crafted Onsite. They say it’s very dry.
after4ever (322) Mukilteo, Washington | January 11, 2016
- AMBIANCE 3/5
- SERVICE 9/10
- SELECTION 9/15
- FOOD 9/10
- VALUE 6/10
- OVERALL 14/20
Dear god, this place is noisy. They clearly chose to emphasize the noise, if not amplify it. They built this place from dirt, and spent millions upon millions doing it, and they put not one single stitch of acoustic baffling anywhere in the room. They went for almost a converted-industrial-space look in a sense; it’s very Spartan, so some baffling panels would not have looked weird, either. Maybe they wanted people to flash back nostalgically to college parties or something? Who knows…but, man, it’s loud. You have to lean way over to get close enough to the staff’s earholes to place your order.
The parking lot makes you feel like you’re in an office park a little bit; that other building is probably residential, but the materials make it look like an office. There’s a grain silo out front of Beardslee, so you can tell it’s a brewery, if you recognize it as a grain silo. Parking is tight, especially on weekend evenings, because this place gets PACKED. It looks almost like a simple shed from the outside, and it doesn’t really seem like it will be huge indoors. But it is.
You walk in to a large waiting area, with more waiting area over there. (Seriously). There’s a huge bar over to the right. Off to the left, there are a bunch of dining rooms and patios and decks, all with seating (when the weather’s nice). The staff are bubbly and seem like they’re barely old enough to serve alcohol (but that says more about my age than theirs). We posted up in the bar, where the seating was just comfortable enough, all the construction materials were high-grade, and the system of menus, specials, beer lists, and other literature in front of us would have done Leo Tolstoy proud—seriously, so many pages of words.
We had the meat candy, which is awesome—pork jerky, sliced very thin, grilled with sweet teriyaki sauce and sesame seeds. It’s so good, even though on paper it sounds dirt simple. The pretzels were also great, with awesome dipping sauces. The charcuterie plate was just alright; good value, but the chicken liver pate was way too sweet. The pickled chanterelles were fantastic, though. The chicken mole sausage special was great, but it just tasted like any other sausage, not especially chocolatey or peanutty or spicy or anything that would make you think it was mole. Good, though.
In the end, these four appetizers, five beers, and a cocktail cost us $84 before tip. The cocktail was made with house vodka and added $12 to the bill, so the tab would have been even lower without that. Damn good gimlet, though. On the ground floor, they’re brewing (and another, related business is distilling) all kinds of house stuff. The beers are all very good, sometimes great, and the beer prices are right in line with everybody else’s.
Given the pedigree of this place, it might seem more expensive than it is. It’s not cheap, but it’s doing wonderful stuff, and they deliver value for the prices. If you stick with beers, your tab won’t be a heck of a lot higher than most other watering holes.