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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 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
Worth the drive each time I've gone, though parking was never a cinch. Beers were ok to solid and occasionally just short of spectacular - missed the oatmeal stout last trip, which was a shame as that is a good beer. Hopfest is a little rough around the edges but otherwise a tasty brew. They usually have a cask selection, and I can't recall when it was NOT the Bhagwan's Best IPA.
I have enjoyed a roast beef sandwich - forget what they called it, as well as a better than average pizza margherita and disappointing chili. Prices were in line, and perhaps a bit lower than expected on average. A good value, nice warm atmosphere, and the help generally knew specifics of at least some of their beers. Good place; I'll be back again.
02-21-2008 03:15:58 |
More by udubdawg
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $
Local brewpub in the U district making solid beers- especially IPA. Atmosphere is very much college hangout, Lots of cheap wood, open, spacious, comfortable. All of there beers are solid, and when I was there last they had three IPAs on. Nothing all that experimental or unusual on tap, just solid session beers. Service is basically non-existant, No table service, you order your beer from the bar and your food from a food window, Sometimes the server knows something about the beer, sometiomes not. I would say service is more effecient than friendly, but that's not always a bad thing. Food is not great, but it's fine for what it is. Very basic college fare of pizza, calzones, and really basic nachos. No burgers. Just there to line your stomach while you drink beer. This isn't my favorite place in Seattle, but It has quality beers and its a real place, not some corporate wannabe. I usually stop in for a pint of Baghwans Best.
12-21-2007 14:54:14 |
More by Georgiabeer
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Big Time is 1st Brewpub in Seattle and is still going strong. All the beers served are made there. Bill Jenkins is the current head brewer and continues the traditional 4 offerings (Atlas Amber is de best) as well as new concoctions. My last visit they had a tap for Serrano pepper beer. Look for the exceptional Old Wooly Barleywine in December. I visit here mainly for the cask conditioned ales. Reasonable in price and I haven't tried the food yet. Parking is hit or miss since you're in the U-District. Still, a must visit, it hasn't changed much in 20 years and it's the original Seattle Brewpub.
11-09-2007 18:25:53 |
More by jkdrummer
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
Stopped in on a Friday afternoon. The U-District was swarming with students and locals, and parking was an adventure. If you're morally opposed to paying for parking, stop reading now, cuz if you mean to come here, you'll have to, and you might still have to walk a few blocks.
As you can imagine, being a couple of blocks from UW's campus means there's lots of Husky paraphenalia on hand. This doesn't obscure the fact that this place looks like a classic bar, with lots of wood everywhere. The bar is towards the rear of the establishment, on the left hand side as you walk in. Opposite it is the window that orders are placed through for food. There is no table service - you order your food, pay for it, and pick it up at the window when they announce it's ready. I was kind of jonesin' for a small pizza, but they aren't served before 5pm, so I settled for a tasty roast beef sandwich. The food, while not high-end, is well-made and very reasonably priced, and my sandwich was ready in about 4 minutes.
I believe there were somewhere between 8-10 beers on. I had both of the IPAs that were on (Bagwhan - as always - and the more citruisy Scarlet Fire), as well as the porter. All were excellent. Growler fills were available for $8.75 if you provide the growler, but I decided to save that for when I headed back to Spokane a couple of days later (I wound up blowing my beer budget on my first visit to Bottleworks, later that day, so I'll do that next time I'm in Seattle).
Service at the bar was friendly but somewhat perfunctory. There were several regulars at the bar, so the bartender spent much of her time chatting with them, but I never had to wait for long for another pint.
If you're going to be in anywhere near the U, and you dig IPAs, this is the place for you.
10-02-2007 05:02:19 |
More by woemad
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped into Big Time Brewery a couple times as my friend lived down the street. Both times the service was friendly, the bar clean, and the beer good. A big place with television, lots of wood and a shuffleboard table in the back of the bar. The decor is lots of old bottles from many different breweries. I had a few of their beers and the best one was the porter. From what my friend tells me they get very packed with students during the year but it was a great place to chill out, watch sportscenter and drink some good beers.
08-09-2007 23:14:48 |
More by Murchmac
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A short walk from the hotel I was staying at. The space itself is not that spectacular, just a big open room with some random beer stuff on the walls. You order food at one window, and drinks at the bar. I like this nice and easy ordering set-up, similar to Bell's in Michigan. We tried the vegetarian pizza, it was good. Grabbed a couple of beers and sat with some friends at one of the worn wood tables. The beers were good, and there was a decent selection of Big Time brews. Overall not a bad place to grab a beer and some food, and the neighborhood is great.
04-10-2007 16:39:55 |
More by shivtim
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Took the short drive from downtown to the University area to check this place out. Street parking is tough, and ended up in a pay lot down the street. The building brings back the old college bar memories - simple, worn down, and an old rustic bar. Tons of college age kids standing in line at the food window. I found out later the bar and food are seperate areas, and if you want food you need to stand in the line. Paid the $1 for the pint glass full of pretzels to ease the hunger since there were 20 people in line for food.
9 beers were on tap - Pale Ale, Porter, IPA, Best IPA, Dublin Stout, Red Ale, ESB, Amber. and a Blond. The pints we had were all of good quality and very tasty. The bartender had the typical college bar attitude (short and crass), but efficient navigating the full bar while also serving the tables.
They had 4 of the beers available in bomber bottles. Plenty of tees available on the far wall. Definitely worth the stop for some tasty beers, but not the atmosphere.
07-10-2006 17:34:06 |
More by Gavage
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $
I had been meaning to go to Big Time for a while. I finally made it today. The dining room is somewhat divey, bordering on grungey. There are no menus or servers. To see the food selection one need only look at the immense chalkboard over the kitchen, which is where you place your order. If you want a beer (which you surely do otherwise you wouldn't be reading this review on this site) you must make a separate trip to the bar. The menu I must say is pretty unappealing. In essence it is limited to pizza, nachos and sandwhiches. I had a very tough time deciding on what I wanted to order because none of what they had was appealing. Don't get me wrong, I love a good pizza, but I am very picky about my pizza and average just doesn't cut it. I opted for the nachos with chili and cheese instead. They were good but nothing special. The beer selection was quite nice. With 10 taps, it should be easy for any beer lover to find something they enjoy. During my trip they had a porter, red ale, 2 IPA's, a pale, an Irish stout, a wheatwine, and several others. Both of the beers I tried were very good. Service was friendly and very personable.Bill the brewer can be spotted from time to time and he always seems willing to chat a little, like an old friend even though you may have only just met him. With two beers and nachos my tab was less than $20. Not bad.
07-09-2006 06:02:32 |
More by TheBungyo
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This is the first place we hit on our vacation as soon as we checked in to our hotel. Arrived around 10pm or so on a Monday night and the place was near empty. Square room with tables up front and the bar near the back on the left side. Kind of a local dive type feel for a brewpub, but it seemed like you could get used to it. Sat at the bar and ordered the anniversary IPA which was just ok. Regular IPA was hoppier and more drinkable. Did not drink anything else but the IPA was well crafted and very drinkable, but I don't think it lived up to the hype that I experienced when telling people I was going to Seattle. Looks like Happy Hour is the time to come since they have cheap beer and food.
06-21-2006 18:27:08 |
More by Longstaff
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
I come to Big TIme every time I visit Seattle, and with good reason: they have a solid tap selection, cheap, filling, tasy food, and GREAT specials. (And how many brewpubs do you know that have a buy ten pints, get the 11th pint for 50 cents punch cards?) The Sunday night special is one of the best I've ever had at a brewpub: buy either the vegetarian or meat special pizza ($16 total, with tax), and you get a pitcher of your choice for ONE DOLLAR. Yes, one dollar.
The BEER: We delighted in our dollar pitcher of Scarlett Fire IPA, after the bartender happily sampled us the other two IPAs on tap (Bhagwan's Best IPA, and Meerkat IPA.) None of the IPAs are super over the top hoppy like I love, but all three are solid and tasty. The Hopgoblin Pumpkin Ale is light bodied and colored, but fiercely tasty, and fully delivers at around 8% ABV. What is great about Big Time is that they make solid house standards, with plenty to choose from, but also provide a great selection of seasonals and specialties.
The atmopshere is mellow and pleasant, and unpretentious, especially given its location on The Ave, right around the corner from UW (pronounced "you-Dub") The front room is big and open and has plenty of tables, the food is order-at-counter, and they bring it out, and the bar is off to the left. In the back is a dingy, disgusting smoking room which you have to hazard to get to the bathrooms, and bizarrely and repulsively, smoking is allowed at the back half of the bar (which is approximately 12 stools long), so the entire bar area is effectively smoking, and contrary to what others have reviewed, it can often make the entire front room stink. Here's to hoping Washington voters shitcan smoking in all public places on Nov 8!
The staff is typcially friendly and tolerant and helpful, and they deal with all walks of life who come in from The Ave, including student study groups. To wit: my Emerald City beer companion wrote most of her senior thesis in the table under the south window in front.
I like the food, and it's cheap and easy: the soups, salads, pizzas, and sandwiches provide a needed respite from the annoyingly overpriced restaurants in the U District. Is it high end cuisine? No. But I typcially don't want my brewpub to focus on fancy food, since the beer can often take second stage (which is wrong, wrong, wrong.)
I'll keep going back for the solid beer and tasty food. It's not the most amazing beer in Seattle, but it consistently delivers, and the specials are second to none!
11-01-2005 00:37:35 |
More by warmstorage
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