TheRealMGD (59) Lakewood, Washington | July 24, 2011| Updated April 2, 2012
Iím re-writing this review based on a recent change in management which has markedly improved the place and changed the whole ballgame at E9. First the not-so-good news: the menu is only slowly changing and itís still pretty much average pub food. The quality of what is served has got better however. Service is still only fair, but I expect this to improve as sub-standard servers move along. Prices are unchanged - so far. The good news is that the brewers are reinvigorated and are being allowed free reign to innovate and experiment. Sours, barrel-aged beers, collaborations with talented local homebrewers: itís all happening at the new E9. Beer lines have been changed and are being cleaned regularly. Ditto for improved conditions in the brewing area. Brewers nights are being put on the schedule and the E9 brewers are holding their brews up to be examined in direct comparison to famous regional and national craft brews. Looking for even better things from E9 soon!
A fun place where I always manage to have a good time. Great selection of their own brews and some unusual ones (including cask ales), average pub food, good service (though often very busy), pub quizzes, etc. Prices are good, not to be missed during a Tacoma pub crawl.
I went to college around the corner, and ended up spending probably a couple thousand dollars there learning about beer. My name is on the wall several times. I became a professional brewer with the help of their beer club and Doug Tiede, the Head Brewer there,.
This place is a conundrum. Reclamation of historic buildings rocks, and this place is one of the better ones. You can still see the arches that fronted the horsesí stalls theyíre still part of the architecture. Itís got a nice, diverse, friendly, lively crowd, like any college bar should. Good service. Plenty of other good beers on draft, and the food is solid. But the brewing effort here is woeful. Still, the night we went, they had The Dissident and plenty of other gems pouring. Iíll be back without a doubt.
The house brews are all dull, weak & uninspired. Especially their E9 IPA. The food turned into a real bummer for me which overshadowed the entire experiance. Sandwhichs come with a mountain of fries, for $1 you can upgrade to onion rings. I figured, what the heck, spend the extra buck...they brought out my lunch with a total of 4 onion rings, What a rip off. Nice building & decor, the rest of the experiance blows! Their pale ale looks & tastes like bud:(
BrewDad (464) Olympia, Washington | May 27, 2007| Updated September 9, 2008
This was a great place. I loved the old fire house and the look inside and out was just what we all look for. The beers where good not perfect but hell the atmosphere made up for that. The service was good and the food was also very nice. Kids are Ok and the 10 regularís taps and 10 guest taps where awesome. They also have some out of country brews by bottle. A must see and have some food sing songs and have a great time. Cheer and have some beer they are getting better in this department also.
My Favorite place for a pint! Friendly
staff & brewers. Although I donít like
karaoke nights. But they do have music
blues and jazz. My favorite brew would
have to be Tacoma Brew or the Roasted
Crit (147) Surrey, British Columbia | March 25, 2005| Updated September 18, 2008
A good range of beers, most of which are drinkable, but average. A couple of good beers. Not great service. The food ranges from average to good.
Quite a charming style
Oakes (816) Vancouver, British Columbia | March 10, 2005
Based a quick visit...the beer wasnít much to speak of, unfortunately. In an old fire hall, it looks great on the outside and has a pleasant, "casual dining" sort of feel on the inside. The staff tried to tell me that beer gone off was perfectly fine, so clearly they lack in the training department. They have other taps as well.