Unique place that features almost strictly bar seating downstairs and a separate room upstairs with all sorts of weird games. Feels like someone’s run-down living room. 8 house beers on tap, which we sampled for a very reasonable price. Service was super friendly and accommodating. Beer quality was fairly average, though the "Time Capsule" beers were definitely well-made and enjoyable. Would come back to check out the special beers.
(Visited 09/2012 on the Seattle Road Dogs Tour): Big Al Brewing is located on the south side of Seattle in the White Center area on 14th St. Street parking in front.
There is a large patio in front of the building. Inside there is a small bar downstairs, and more space upstairs.
Big Al’s has 8 house beers in the taproom, including Irish Red, Brougham Bitter, Löwman Bräu, Tutta Bella Amber, Big Hoppa and one of the "Local Hero" series. The beers were all decent for the most part.
Service on our fairly busy weekday afternoon visit (seemed like pretty much all locals) was pretty good.
All in all this is a pretty solid spot to visit in Seattle.
Big Al Brewing out in the West Seattle suburbs is just what the doctor ordered. Big Al Brewing is a huge breath of fresh air the Pac NW beer scene is looking for. Al and I talked for a few hours talking - beer, brewing and the beer business. It was awesome. Oh don’t forget all during which I was also sampling some great beers. Started out with a great Belgium and finished with a thick one time only brew (Lil Al 80 Series Stout). This is a brew they are experimenting with and only do a one time only batch on the smaller barrel system they have set up. Now if the Lil Al brew goes over well that beer then will become a beer they will brew on the large system. So from the start the 5 main brews on tap where just awesome. Loved the Smoked Porter which is the newest of the beers they had just put out. Wow the smokiness was just perfect. So after trying all the beers it was time for the tour. Al took me all over the brewery showing me everything. This was a great time. Al really loves what h
Alejandro’s got it goin’ on for sure. As of Nov 08, he’s still functioning at kind of a neighborhood level, bringing out new beers all the time and not pouring in every bar in town--yet. What he does pour is great, though, and the vibe at this place is awesome. he has about 8-10 beers in steady production, and a very cool staff. The place looks SO much nicer now than it did as PRB. Brighter, cleaner, friendlier, more welcoming, happier. Upstairs feels like a living room, downstairs feels like a basement bar at your house. Al will give you a tour and he’s a modest, approachable, cool guy. Dig it. Worth the trip over in combination with BPP and Elliott Bay for sure, if you’re an out of towner, and if you’re local, you need to hit this place eventually regardless.
White center isn’t exactly a beer geeky destination. The crowd inside seemed very local and I felt the cold shoulder a bit at first. Tender warmed up eventually and I got to exchange some words with the locals. Bartender even included the 2 Time Capsule beers for free in my sampler. Sundays are soup competition days. Space is a bit dark and gloomy inside. Can’t see the brewing space. Second floor for seating and outdoor patio. A working man’s brewery, if you are tired of the Ballard scene. Beer ranged from below average to stellar. Come on a Sunday, get a sampler and taste some soup.
Stopped in while on my holiday vacation. Just down the road from were i was staying. I guess this is the same location as the old Pacific Rim Brewing. Some guy that was in there was telling me a crazy story about how Al bought this place on EBAY??? I don’t know. But any how. They have a good line up for just getting going. The brews were tasty and a very good price. I will stop in every time I am in town.
Nice place. We went there just after it had opened, so needless to say, it was dead. The bartendress was very affable and prompt. The prices are fucking amazing. The thing is is that the growler fills are actually one hell-of-a deal! The place upstairs is free to reserve, if you have a big party. The seating downstairs is scarce, but it is quite comfortable. They adhere to the free pretzels rule; I love the free pretzels compliment. The brews are quite nice; I was expecting mediocre stuff, but honestly, their beers are quite delicious. For six pints we spent $26, which is quite good. You must stop here if you’re in the area. Overall, this place was kick ass. They don’t serve food, but everything else makes up for it.
Definitely worth the trek to White Center to drink tasty beers and get growler fills. Highlights from the sample platter included the Black IPA, Chili Beer and Winter Warmer. I would certainly be a regular if I lived in the area.
Spartan, sheet metal buiding with small bar and good-sized beergarten.
They only serve beer, but they allow you to bring your own food.
The selection of beers is very good--especially for a place this small.
Price is four dollars per pint.
The beers were very good and it was a nice place to relax on a summer day.
I checked this place right after they opened. 7-8 Taps most of which were excellent. The bartender was really knowledgeable about the beer and friendly. It is basically a local hangout. I think you can bring your own food from other restaurants. Great beer for a good price. I left with a growler of their Belgium beer.