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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
35 Sunset Way
phone: (425) 557-1911
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 21
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 2 | $$$
Owned and operated by Rogue Ales, this local brewery was independently owned and operated until Rogue purchased the establishment (the first one they ever expanded to.) Issaquah is a nice, moderately sized mountain town just outside of Seattle. The brewhouse reflects this.
Simply decorated with brown and dark green, clean lines and a friendly atmosphere. Right off the bat, I liked this place for its look and feel. I wish my neighborhood brewpub were as warm and cozy.
The menu is extremely upscale brewpub style. They feature kobe beef in many dishes and their own, house-made bleu cheese. Some interesting dishes on the menu include froglegs, bacon (both appetizers), meatballs made of kobe beef stuffed with bleu cheese, wild coho salmon sandwich and various styles of hot dogs.
I ordered a sandwich made of the kobe/bleu cheese meatballs and was not terribly impressed. Though the meatballs tasted good, they were tiny, and there were only five of them. The accompanying megamart chips were a disappointment as well, since they make their own potato chips, I had thought I would be receiving those.
My friend ordered a smoked salmon melt with a side of freshly made Idaho potato fries. The melt was good, but again small, and nothing that I couldn't put together at home in about five minutes. The fries were also fine, but not outstanding. Overall, I wasn't really impressed.
Issaquah's logo is a frog, so their beers feature a ton of hops. I mean a ton. So much that I really didn't care for any of the samples I got. The hops even overshadowed the pumpkin taste of their harvest ale. If you are a hop-head, you'd love this place. However, I am not, so I didn't.
But besides the Issaquah brews, they also feature a full line-up of Rogue beers, many of which are solid. So if you want a dark beer, you're covered, but it isn't made by Issaquah.
The service wasn't terrible, but it wasn't really good either. I had to ask multiple times for some water, and we weren't checked on very often.
01-27-2010 23:14:45 |
More by bigkingken
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 4
The Issaquah brewhouse is in a row of shops in "Historic Downtown Issaquah". As you walk in the door, stacks of Rogues products and the Issaquah brew room are all saluting you on the right. The atmoshphere is nice with a large bar area and around 12-15 tables of varoius sizes. There is a gift shop selling Rogue and Issaquah specific shirts.
The beer selection rotates regularly and included 12 taps of Rogue beers, 3 taps of Issaquah beers, and 2 guest taps. We had the McMonk's Dubbel (Issaquah), Bullfrog Ale (Issaquah), St Rogue Red (Rogue), Chocolate Stout (Rogue) and the Mocha Porter (Rogue). The food selection was standard pub far, but tasted a lot better than the food you will find at a TGI Friday's.
Service, on the other hand, was quite spotty. There were 2 waitstaff on hand and the waiter we had seemed to be the slowest. He forgot to bring water to the table and hardly checked on us all night. The waitress on the other hand seemed to be on the ball and taking good care of her tables. I will revisit the brewpub at some point and re-evaluate their service.
In the end, I would recommend checking it out if you are in the area if only for the beers.
07-15-2002 08:32:59 |
More by jreitman
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Atmosphere This place is now owned by Rogue, and it has the typical pubbish character just like the Rogue Alehouses in Portland. There is Rogue paraphernalia overkill in every corner of the building, and when you walk in on the right the glass room with the two beer vats lets you know that they mean brewing business.
Quality The furniture is all of high-quality and I especially liked the padding on the tables, but this is an older building and looks like it could use a makeover.
Service Ive thus far been in here twice, once when it was a madhouse and another time when it was slow. Both times the service was marginal. The staff seemed more interested in bullshitting with each other and the few patrons they knew well instead of doing their job. I didnt have a bad experience at all it was just so-so.
Selection For a pub that only sells its own beers this place has selection galore. They have over 30 different beers on tap ranging from hoppy to malty, from IPAs to Belgian sour ales, and everything in between.
Food Ive scarfed down truckloads of onion rings here along with a giant half-pound high-quality Kobe burger and fries, and the quality of the raw ingredients in the food is as good as it gets. I ordered the Kobe burger with homemade blue cheese on it, and that cheese was better than what you would find in a high end restaurant or grocery store. The chocolate cake had little chocolatey chips in it and was killer definitely save room if you can.
Price The food is a little pricey for a pub but well worth it. The problem with Rogue is that their select big beers like the barley wine and double IPA are through the roof.
05-19-2006 02:09:21 |
More by RoyalT
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75 | $$$
Where do I start? I have a love/hate relationship with this place so I will keep it unique and unlike most other reviews, I assume, since do not read other reviews b/f posting. Have had great experiences here and some that have allowed me to leave with regret. Had some of the best beer (Alluvial) and some of the worst (many others), some quite good service and some so negligent that I felt like the staff was hinting that I should leave without paying my bill so I do not say anything to management. Weekends suck since they must push all the shitty food on snowboarders and others suspected of being snowboarders or generally malnourished, staff is only part-timers on weekends which leads to all sorts of troubles, as many of us know. Understaffed most of the time but the food always turns out great except for my last visit which may be my last visit. Consolation gifts were given but my memories will not be washed away, time may heal, so that is what I will hope for. $19+ growler fills are also insane, but I loved Alluvial, you waited for 15 minutes to get a menu one time, but Alluvial was so tasty and you had a great time...I could go on forever.
03-09-2013 07:45:52 |
More by Hopmodium
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
I really like, yet dislike this place. So I'll just work through them one by one.
Atmosphere: I like it, because it's a convenient place to stop for lunch when I'm on the way from Bremerton to North Bend to spend the weekend at my parents cabin. It also has a nice cozy feel inside (plenty of wood to warm the place up), and there's always room for me and my family.
I dislike it, becaue it's on Front Street in Issaquah, which can be a colossal pain in the ass to get to and get back from. Issaquah traffic is (possibly) the worst in the greater Seattle area.
Quality: I like it, because I've never had anything bad here either beer or food. It's always prepared correctly, and generally brought to the table quickly.
I dislike it simply because the menu is so boring it'd be hard to screw anything up. You'll never hear me say that about the beer, however.
****Edited on 08/22/05: I'm downgrading quality from 4.0 to 3.5, and again, this is a reflection of the food, not the beer. There are so many better places to eat in the Seattle area (hell, in the Issaquah area for that matter. Go to the XXX Drive In for a grease bomb, and then come over to the Brewhouse), that it simply isn't worth the cost and effort to eat here. Drink the beer, however. Arlen's stuff is damn fine.
Service: I like it because the waitstaff/bartenders are always quick with a hello, and instructions as to where to place my big fat ass (and my wife and sons much smaller asses).
I dislike it, simply because once you are finished with your meal, it takes FOREVER to get paid up and get out.
Selection: I like it, because they carry a very large selection of Rogue beers on tap, as well as the beers they brew locally (Bullfrog, Chamomellow and Wide Awake Drunk were the ones they had last I checked). I've never counted their taps, but I would have to guess that they have at least 20 going at any given time.
****Edited on 08/22/05: I've downgraded the selection from 4.0 to 3.5. While the beer selection is great, and the brewed in house selection is getting ever larger, the food choices really just blow. If they'd put some effort into developing an interesting menu, they'd have a helluva place here.
I dislike it because the menu is rather pedestrian, and their kids menu is a joke. (Three, count them, THREE options for kids. And come on, $5 for a freaking PB&J? Not that my kids would ever eat one, but that's just plain ridiculous. We end up splitting a fish & chips more often than not).
Food: I like it, because everything is well made, and I can generally find something I like (hell, they even have Kobe beef burgers).
I dislike it because it's overpriced. They are, on average, $2-$3 dollars more per entree than most other brewpubs in the greater Seattle area for comparable dishes.
I've been going to the Issaquah Brewhouse since long before it was bought out by Rogue. The beers that they brewed there were always decent (I was a particular fan of the Cougar Mountain Brown), and the food was good. The menu hasn't changed much since ownership changed hands, and I wish it would. If nothing else, go for the beer. Great stuff.
07-21-2005 20:02:00 |
More by Knuckles
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
This was definitely a nice place to kick back, drink a couple beers and eat some good food. They had a great selection of Rogue beers (though sadly NONE of the XS brews) on tap along with a nice array of guest taps. Among the guest taps were Sierra Nevada Torpedo, Unibroue (not sure which one because the server never found out for me), North Coast Pranqster, and a couple others.
Yes the service could have been better. The guy who served us was strange in that he didn't seem to know very much about beer but pretended to not only know a lot but was arrogant about it. Plus after about half an hour of promptness on his part, he completely ignored us.
The food was tasty. We had two beers each (4) 2 entrees, an appetizer and the total was $60. A little steep IMO. I'd definitely go back, but I'd be prepared to shell out some dough in doing so.
06-28-2007 17:23:50 |
More by TheBungyo
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
So I moved to Issaquah a while back. And let's face it, this is by far the best tap list closest to my house. The atmosphere is typically brewpub with lots of Rogue signage and memorabilia around the dining room and bar. There's another big room off the main that houses the to-go bottle 'fridges and a suffleboard game. Children are welcome (which is important to me these days.)
If you've been to any Rogue tap house then you pretty much know what to expect from the food menu. I have to agree that price/quality is a little off. My favorite menu item is the Mediterranean salad. It's really good, but it's an $11 salad. The Kobe Burgers rock, so does the chili and the Reuben. Good appetizers too. I'm not wild on their fish&chips but they're not bad. I'd say average meal with a pint will be around $14-15.
Beer selection is mostly Rogue but they are a brewery as well so there are house beers that are unique to this location. Occasionally these house beers are stellar (the Smoked Frog is one of my favorites, smoked impy porter, mmm.) There are also some local guest taps too.
Service is usually pretty good but on really busy nights it seems like they don't have enough people and things come down to a crawl.
Definitely the best beer spot in the vicinity. Worth a trip to the Eastside from Seattle, yes. Worth a special effort if you're an out-of-towner visiting, not really.
01-02-2008 17:54:27 |
More by czechsaaz
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Atmosphere is just like any other bar/restaurant/brewrey. If you sit at the bar you can see the fermentaion tanks. Piles of Rougue products everywhere.
Beers are Rouge ales and a few Issaquah Ales holdovers. All high quality brews.
Service was friendly but not too knowledgeable about the beers. They poured samples to help people find what they want.
Selection of beers ranges the spectrum of styles.
Food is typical pub grub with some seafood options done right. I've had the burger and it was average. The clams were great.
03-29-2005 02:14:07 |
More by zacharius
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I really enjoy this brewpub, and it is an unfortunate mixed bag of great beers, good foods, and often sub-optimal service. The bar is situated in downtown Issaquah, Washington and has a nice nearly-mountain town Pacific Northwest pub feel to it. You can tell its been around a while and the bar and booths are well worn. There is brewery décor everywhere as well as a tremendous assortment of bottled beer to take home as well as pub wear. The selection of beers here is very good with nearly 20 of their own beers on tap and a few select guests. They have a printed menu of beers, but its often very important to check at the bar which beers that have that are not printed on the menu. My first complaint about the waitstaff is that two times I have been there, they seemed unfamiliar with all but their standard always-on-tap brews. This is not helpful, especially when seated too far from the bar to see whats on tap. The food is fine, with a strong recommendation coming for the Kobe beef burger. The veggie burger is a standard frozen one; not very interesting. It was very busy on a Friday night and we were seated in a newer room with much less ambience, and our food took over an hour from the time we ordered it. And it was just burgers. We were also told at 35 minutes that our food would be right out. The beer and selection is so good, that I overlook the poor service and will continue to go back, but Im more hesitant to bring out of town guests, for example, as opposed to just hardcore beer lovers. If the service were turned around across the board, this would be a great brewpub, rather than just a very good one.
10-15-2006 05:06:20 |
More by xoqx
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
This is a Rogue establishment. It has brewed the Trolley Ale in honor of their heritage trolley.
I stopped here to have dinner with friends who work nearby. We go seated quickly in the front dining area and had brews quickly. It was good to the Rogue beers and also good to try the Bullfrog ale.
Typical of Rogue there were stacks and stacks of 22 oz cases. I guess this is the corporate decoration. We had a great dinner. My soup, salad, and fish special were well done. The beer was a good match for fish.
03-27-2005 21:35:46 |
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