This place was a great stop, with darkened decor and two-level seating and great music in the background such that even my non-drinking friend planned on going back (the fact that Theo chocolate is less than a block away doesn’t hurt). Enormous bottle list, lots of great PNW beers on tap, and just a really nice variety of aged and rare beers at reasonable prices. Still had things like Brouwer’s Imagination Saison with Brett for about $30. Loads of other beers and oozing ambience, although I did catch on to the fact that I was one of the only people there who wasn’t wearing predominantly black.
The neighborhood is nothing to write home about, somewhat industrial, and the outside looks of the building reflects this, save for the cute patio section next to the front door and the few Belgian brewery signs here and there. However, the atmosphere inside is quite stunning, sort of a mix of old medieval/European with modern flair. Good looking bar section with the fridges behind them, with a mezzanine that circled the whole place but was a little too far from the action for me, so we bellied up to the bar. The menu was absolutely fantastic. Both local and imported, bottled or draft, it’s been a while since I’ve been to place with such an extensive menu carrying so many interesting styles. The draft list alone could have easily satisfied me for more than one session, and the bottle selection made me wish I brought along a few friends to share bombers with! The food was also very good. Steamed clams for me, rabbit for Minou. The Barleywine crème brulée was a great nightcap. The only somewhat sour note was the service, which I could only describe as bi-polar. Our bartender was standoffish and kept us waiting at first, then was all smiles for a minute or two, then went right back to being cold and annoyed. Not enough to make me walk away from selection like this. The few interactions with other staff members however were quite friendly, so I’m giving passing grade on service. The rest was just stellar. It was well worth the expensive cab ride to and from.
Amazing selection, atmosphere, food and ambiance. Does everthing right. It is like the Disneyworld of the brewing world. Very upscale decor that is clean and invitining. Great bar, lighting, tables and booths. Unmatched selection and amazing food. You really could not ask for more.
This place does have RR Deviation. The downside? It is $40 and cannot be taken home. Despite this, this place rocks. Some amazing PNW beers on tap, the food is decent, and the ambiance is definitely Belgian.
I would just take up residence here if I lived near Seattle again. Great location, love coming down to Fremont whenever I get a change when I’m in town. I always make a jaunt over to Gasworks for purely sentimental reasons and come here and enjoy their amazing food and tap selection. It is so refreshing to be around a staff that is that knowledgeable. Been here several times in additions to Bigwood and Hard Liver.
ajm (202) Los Angeles, California | July 3, 2008| Updated August 14, 2008
I will go back, because they were having a barleywine/high percentage fest when I was there so I cannot speak to their normal arsenal (rated high on reputation and on the heat they brought for the fest). Staff gets a little bashful when it comes to throwing out drunk idiots, which I don’t respect, but other than that this rivals Brookline’s Publick House in execution.
Best combination of craft brews and atmosphere of any bar in Seattle, or any place else I’ve been. Kinda of a brooding yuppie bar feel to it at first but the geeks and freaks clientele quickly quashes that notion. Just a block from the Burke-Gilman bike trail so you can cycle here from Redmond if you so desire. Across the street from the original Redhook brewery and tap room (now in Woodinville). Perfect location in the Fremont district.