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Big Time Brewery & Alehouse
Active Beers: 43
Beer Ratings: 379
Beer Avg: 3.9
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
4133 University Way NE
phone: (206) 545-4509
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 36 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Come here semi often after grad seminars, the atmosphere is upscale dive, collegiate, and brewpub rolled into one. The decor reflects a nostalgic sensibility, empty beer bottles of varying quality (macro and micro) line the upper wall ledge- I think I even saw a New Glarus Belgian Red bottle. Service can be spotty, depending on the relative position within the academic quarter, day of visit (Wednesday vs Friday), and time of day. People who work here seem very friendly albeit busy, but that is t counted against them. Food is ordered at a separate window and is charged on a separate tab. Taps are varied, they reflect the style de jour. On tap the most recent visit- bond, pale, coal porter, saison, IPA, oatmeal stout, RIS, lager. 22oz bottles are also available for sale, and types are dependent on what has been bottled recently by the staff. Food is good, above average pub fare, but no fried food. I recommend the pulled pork sandwich or the cascade. Pizzas are good as well.
Great place to do lunch or early dinner; average tab for a meal and 4 drinks- $22.
03-11-2011 03:01:23 |
More by youradhere
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
This is the first brewpub I remember entering. When I moved to Seattle, I frequently ate my lunch here (and got my fill of good craft) on those days when I wasn't working and didn't have a girlfriend (or wife, now).
The beer is very good and crafted with love and care. The brewmaster is often around and more than willing to strike up a conversation.
It's a college place, situated a block from the University of Washington campus. It's loud and crowded in the evenings but quiet and cozy during the afternoons.
They serve chili, sandwiches, and pizza. All good. Inexpensively priced for the quality of the food.
There are very few waitstaff and the bartenders (especially one in particular) can be stand-offish, but otherwise decent folks. Very knowledgeable about their beer and food.
11-12-2010 18:54:44 |
More by BuckeyeOne
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
It's pretty amazing to have such a great brewery close to campus. I can bring my work there at the end of the day and enjoy a few world class pints (Dr. not student). The clientele is surprisingly a bit more well-behaved and seasoned than you would imagine for a campus brewpub. I've met many young intelligent professionals sitting at the bar. I guess the frat guys go elsewhere. There are also some old salts.
The beer here is great. I've never had a disappointing pint. From ambers to belgian IPA's to oatmeal stouts they do it all and do it well. I love walking down the ave on brew day.
Can't recommend this place enough.
08-05-2010 06:25:10 |
More by chemicalcraig
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I love me the Big Time. It was my go-to joint during college (the UW is only a block or so away), whether I was having a beer after class or just skipping class altogether. I have been there a few times since then, and I'm glad to see that little has changed.
The place is an honest-to-god brewpub, with a dozen or so beers on tap (one on cask) and windows so you can look in on the fermentation tanks. Hoary old wooden tables are scattered around the front and the back of the place and provide a convivial and collegiate atmosphere. The whole pub is decorated with old beer memorabilia (think ancient bottles and old ads for Ballantine and Schlitz).
Their beers are each quite delicious and they always have many styles available -- the aforementioned dozen taps. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable about their product.
Food is good -- they serve pizza, nachos and sandwiches. My old standby is the Roxie (corned beef on rye with cole slaw) and, while it is simple fare, you can't really go wrong. There's no deep-fried stuff here (sandwiches come with tortilla chips), but it is good drinkin' food nonetheless.
Going back to the Big Time today makes me wonder why I ever stopped going there in the first place.
08-05-2010 02:09:10 |
More by flagmantho
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Located on a busy street near the UW, Big Time is a truly great brewpub. A separate family dining area keeps the ankle biters away from the beer drinkers. The beer is always top-notch with a great variety of styles, even if sometimes IPA's are over represented. The Old Sol Wheatwine is a personal favorite. Service has always been friendly and efficient without being clingy or nosy. I recently ate here for the first time, and found my roast beef sandwich to be top shelf. The pries are fair for a big city. If you're in Seattle, Big Time is a must hit stop.
06-23-2010 09:34:25 |
More by beertunes
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Located on a highly commercialized street just south of Washington University, this brewpub somehow manages to shrug off the pop-culture surrounding it and exude a local bar feel. The interior is woody, rustic, homey and exactly what I look for in a neighborhood bar. I would think I was in some Midwest blue-collar bar if I didn't know any better. I loved the eclectic decorations and the random table sizes and chairs.
The menu is very limited. You can get pizza, sandwiches, chili and baked potatoes. That's about it. And it's also expensive. A 8-inch personal pan pizza will run you about $9.00. If it were about two bucks cheaper, it'd be perfect. Because even though the pizza and chili is very good, it is still overpriced. Minus points for no dessert but pre-wrapped cookies.
Astoundingly good beer for such a small operation. There were 10 to choose from, and each was impressive. I could go on and on about seven of their beers which I found to be above average, but I'll focus on the coal porter, which was offered on cask. The smooth creamyness, slightly warm beer with a deep, complex taste profile knocked my socks off. If you like beer, this is the place to be. I can't believe a place with this good of homemade beer is on a college campus.
But again, it's overpriced. A sampler of 4, 4-ounce beers ran $5, which is more than a pint. I'd rather smaller samplers of each beer for less per ounce than a pint, which is the way most places run it.
The bartender was on top of her game. Food orders are taken by the customer directly to the food window, which I'm fine with. The order comes out promptly. Not bad.
04-01-2009 18:15:16 |
More by bigkingken
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Another stop on my weekend trip to Seattle. Big Time kind of looks like your typical bar on the inside with lots of wood. We were there around lunch time on MLK day and the place was mostly empty though based upon the size of the place I would guess it gets pretty busy. The bartender seemed a little disinterested in us which I found a little annoying. The beer on the other hand was mostly good to excellent (did not care for their Belgium IPA). I especially enjoyed the Coal Creek Porter. Worth stopping to at least have a pint or a sampler.
01-21-2009 21:28:09 |
More by Trailmix242
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
On the "ave" in Seattle's U-District, Big Time is a brewpub masquerading as a college bar. The main brewpub is minimally decorated with lots of wood paneling and floors; inevitably, it will remind you of some similar bar in your college town. The one detracting factor from the atmosphere is the smell. There is a little bit of "old brewhouse funk" lingering in the air, and though you get used to it, it isn't entirely pleasant. Perhaps that's a sign of character...
They had twelve house pours on tap when my friends and I visited, most of which were pale ales (three), IPAs (two), and reds/ambers (three). Additionally, they had a tripel, Irish stout, and porter on. All of the beers were exceptionally good--one of the most well rounded and consistent brewpubs I've been to in the US--and only the tripel tasted a little off-style. I especially loved the Bhagwan's Best IPA (flagship brew) and Coal Creek Porter, which were flavorful and well balanced.
The key to a successful visit to Big Time is to skip the food. They mostly serve sandwiches, pizza, and nachos, all oriented toward the college crowd. The menu is uninspiring, and the food is mediocre. Go somewhere else in the U District to eat.
Overall, Big Time is a great Seattle brewpub. It's a must visit for out of towners and a good spot for residents to frequent as well
04-11-2008 13:46:38 |
More by benito
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Ten taps and one cask serve four regular ales and a host of diverse rotationals. Big Time may feature any of four different pale ales or IPAs - often several concurrently - assuring multiple interpretations of even routine beer styles. Several varieties are available in bottles to go. And quality is worthy of sustained appreciation.
While beer quality is commendable, the food menu is rather plain, especially in comparison with dozens of competing restaurants in the immediate neighborhood. As a rule, I don't consider any food I could prepare myself worth dining out on, though if all you crave is a simple sandwich, a plate of nachos, or college town pizza, Big Time's grub will serve your purposes well enough. Table service is not provided so food must be ordered at the counter, beer at the bar.
The walls at Big Time are adorned high and low with an array of breweriana that looks so old as to have been collected before it was collectable. You know the stuff - posters, old advertisements, serving trays. It's all comfortable somehow and authentic in appearance, like it's gotten good mileage as barroom décor yet still tirelessly entertains. Big Time's two rooms project the air of a comfortably mature public house with their weathered wooden floors and sturdy furniture, brass coat hooks and good lighting. The long and skinny brew house can be seen behind glass along the south wall.
I don't usually notice the ceiling in a bar (not until after the eighth beer or so, when floors and ceilings gain greater prominence). But I spent some time examining Big Time's ceiling before concluding that its irregular yellowing is a clean depiction of an intended pattern and not necessarily the result of decades of cigarette smoke.
In sum, great place for a beer. Atmosphere varies between boisterous at peak flow to a collegiate study hall on quiet afternoons.
03-29-2008 03:57:40 |
More by RedDiamond
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Since 1988 offering, college students a place to shoot the shite, and have a good pint and sandwich to boot.
With exposed walls that display the wort and mash tun tanks, this place has a little of everything. If you want a brew, step on up to the bar, complete with a cask.
Want a sandwich, turn around and between the nachos, the sandwiches, or bake potatoes, its here. Be advised, they do take both credit and cash, but the two sections (beer / food) require separate transactions.
Good selection of dark and light ales, and the occasional seasonal. If you want to venture further back you can sit amongst the wooden booths. So swing by have a brew and a sandwich.
03-04-2008 04:16:29 |
More by mnapier
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