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Elliot Bay Brewing Co – West Seattle, WA

July 14, 2010

The West Seattle SummerFest is one of a few can’t miss summer events for us.  A weekend  where the West Seattle Junction  closes its streets to vehicles and opens it up for three days of food, fun, music, arts, crafts, and booze. This year was no different.

If all the festivities weren’t enough, it coincides with Elliot Bay Brewing Company’s (EBB) Anniversary.  For thirteen years they have been a pillar of the Junction, and for twelve years they have been our home brewpub.  We’ve been to a few brewpubs and breweries in our time, but have been to EBB more than any other. We will return for many years to come and are Mug Clubbers for life.

For the SummerFest, they expand from their normal cozy confines on to the sidewalk with lots of sunny and shady outdoor seating.  This year, I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived and was able to get a seat in front of a 55” TV they brought out for the World Cup Third Place Futbol Match.  I got there right before the opening kickoff and was stoked.  We ended up staying for the entire game, rooting for the underdog Uruguay, who couldn’t overcome the Germans.

On any other visit we would normally be inside the long narrow building that is the pub.  It’s lined with the bar and kitchen on one side, wood booths on the other and tables down the middle. House Beer logo flags hang from the ceiling and the brick walls are the perfect display for local artists. (Often paintings from their long-time, now former, waiter extraordinaire TS Pew).  There is an upper mezzanine in the back with additional seating and a large TV for sporting events. This used to be the home of the smoking section, but to EBB’s credit, they went non-smoking way before the law said they had to.  They are very family friendly, making them a go to stop for many. It is a rare evening or weekend that they are not packed.  My only wish is that they had more bar seating.

The menu at Elliot Bay is the typical pub fare made with local, organic and sustainable ingredients.  We enjoy their burgers, fish and chips, salads, sandwiches, wings and their monthly specials.  One of the best deals on the menu though is their daily homemade soup or chili and salad deal.  Really, you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.

Blackened Salmon Salad

Elliot Bay has one of the largest selections of handcrafted, certified organic ales on tap in the N.W, including most of their year-round beers and many of their seasonal beers. (Per their website)   Their beers range from good to exceptional and I’ve only met a few that I have not liked. Some of our favorites include: Demolition Ale (Imperial Pale Ale), Black IPA, B-town Brown, Coffee Stout, No Doubt Stout, Riot Ale (American Strong Ale), and their Orange Infusion.  If it’s your first visit, you may just want to start with a sampler so you can try everything they have.

On this visit, since I knew I might be there the full 90, I wanted start of light and got a Klondike Gold.  It came out a nice golden orange, with a thin head and a sweet aroma.  It is a nice pleasant summer beer, with tastes of honey, malt and nice subtle hop finish.

Meanwhile LushC, thinking the same as me, went with the Pilot Light. It pours a golden yellow, with a thin head, and is well carbonated.   The aroma is of sweet malt and it has a nice crisp light malt flavor with a hint of honey.  Definitely brewed as their light macro alternative, this beer has more flavor but, not too much to scare away the beer shy.  LushC thought of it as a nice nod to the light Mexican style beers, but with more flavor.

For our second round, LushC went with the Klondike Gold and I opted for the Anniversary Beer, Lucky 13 Saison de la Chance. Billed as a Belgian Amber, this beer was a cloudy orange, and had a spicy (clove) aroma.  Drinking it was pleasure. It started off with sweet malt, clove, and Belgian yeast flavor and finished with a distinctive hop bite.

If the location, food and beer wasn’t enough the, the staff, many who have been there for years, are super friendly.  It gets a near perfect score in my book.   Keep in mind; it is my local brewpub so I might be a bit biased, so you should  head on over to the Westside and judge EBB for yourself.  Just remember it’s a bridge not a freeway.



P.S. Thank you Emily from Shadowlands for letting us park in your spot.

Dear FTC, I am not affiliated with Elliot Bay Brewery and did not receive anything in return for this post. Although, as a Mug Club Member, I do receive 20 ounces of beer for the price of 16.

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