Visited on a Friday evening in November 2015. Got the D line bus from Holy Mountain. Lovely pub style warehouse conversion with big wooden chairs. Staff were friendly. Food was decent. The beer was whelming at best. I’d go back for the venue but not the beer
Arrr...uuhhh I was expecting more of a pirate bar than this place. Minimal decorations, minimal brewania, but otherwise a clean and small pub with nice furniture and tall bar. The selection was extensive in numbers but lacking in quality, and the three versions of the IIPA (regular, dry-hopped and double dry-hopped) all were pretty poor. What’s the deal? I’ve had the Maritime IIPA at McCormick’s Fish House and it was amazing, unfiltered, sour and fruity. This stuff was all clear and bland. Loses a point on ambiance for the location, feels like it sits under the freeway and across the street from a bunch of auto body shops.
This place has a family restaurant type of feel that just happens to brew their own beer. The beer itself isn’t anything special, but there was at least nothing off that I tried. Service was friendly and the prices on the flights were reasonable. Not particularly worth going to when there are much better places in Ballard.
Visited Monday evening, January 12th. Location threw me off a bit, this is in a pretty industrial looking area, though close to Ballard. Really small place, with some Pirate themed decorations. Had a nice selection of their beers on, and all of the food looked really good. I had the tuna sliders, and was quite pleased. Based on the rave reviews, I also got an order of the onion rings and was not disappointed. I had a bit eof Tom’s steak and was really incredible. Super high quality cut of meat, excellently prepared. For a brewery, the food here is well above average. Service was pretty nonchalant, though not unfriendly. Worth a stop if you are a local or have a few days in Seattle
(Visited 03/2013 on the Seattle Road Dogs Tour): The Jolly Roger Taproom is located near Salmon Bay in the Fremont area of west Seattle. There is a parking lot in front of the building.
The interior is relatively small and reflects the Maritime theme. Red walls with a small bar in the center.
The beer selection consists of around 10 house beers, and there is a sampler of 5 beers. On my visit this included a Weizenbock, Pils, Red Alt and Nightwatch Dark Amber. The beers are all decent for the most part.
Service on our tour group’s evening visit was good. The server was attentive and had a good knowledge of their beers.
I did not have any food on my visit.
Overall this is a pretty good brewpub to visit in the Seattle area.
Visited early afternoon on Wednesday June 24, 2015. My friend drove us over and we got to park pretty much on the street outside. Left the car there for the evening while walking around breweries in Ballard. Nice enough place, wasn’t overly impressed by their beers.
I enjoyed both their Imperial IPA and the Portage Bay Pilsener, both of which were suitably hoppy! Some friendly locals and efficient staff. I could easily have stayed here for more but had to press on with my long pub crawl.
Late (by Seattle standards at 8:30PM) on a Friday night. Beers were mediocre, food was decent.
The beer was forgettable at best, but unfortunately, I couldn’t forget it. It was just dull and uninteresting. Got sample pours of everything on the menu, 5 ounces I think, and left about 4.5 ounces of each. They were just boring.
Hush puppies were quite solid. Should have skipped all of the beers and just gotten more of those.
Not worth coming here, in spite of the fact that it is one of two or three breweries in Ballard that has food. Get street food, or starve, but visit every other brewery over this one. Nothing here is worth the time (except maybe the hush puppies, those were damned good).