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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
4133 University Way NE
phone: (206) 545-4509
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
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: 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
British Columbia (Canada)
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Atmosphere: Worn out wood and nostalgic. The place could use a renovation.
Quality: The beers are excellent and better than your average brew pub for sure.
Service: You have to serve yourself when it comes to both beverages and food which I found to be wanting considering the size of the place. If it didn't have a cafeteria type set up it would really add to the place.
Selection: I enjoyed the beer selection. Had about eight or so to choose from.
Food: Decent food, nothing special and definitely not gourmet. But this place isn't about the food, after all.
Value: Pints are more expensive than average for the Seattle area. But are worth it. Food is very inexpensive.
Overall: College student gathering place with a cafeteria type feel to it with the serve yourself atmosphere. It is worth checking this place out for the beers alone as it really has not much else to offer, other than cheap meals.
After being spoiled by the atmosphere, service, and food quality of the places in the Vancouver Canada area (The Alibi Room, Surrey Central Brewing Company, Uli's Restaurant, 6 Acres, St Augustine's) this place doesn't really compete. It seems to be just coasting by on its beer, which is very good by the way.
06-07-2011 21:49:33 |
More by DaftCaskBC
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
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: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
So I went on the head brewers last day...apparently the head brewer from Pike was going to take his place (can't remember names).
I went for a midday pint during spring break last year (APhA conference) and had one hell of a time finding the place...I ended up taking a bus out to visit that bar exclusively (it's not within walking distance from dt by any means).
The place had a decent lunch crowd (mainly mexican stuff) and the bar certainly had available seating. The place was set up a little strange as I remember, but had decent decor and atmosphere. It's definitely not a dive bar.
Their beer selection was relatively quaint, sever or eight taps running with growler fills available.
I'm glad I tried the breakfast cereal killer stout (house brewed) and snagged one of their coasters for my collection. It's a great addition to the campus scene and I would love a place like it in Buffalo.
01-30-2012 00:31:08 |
More by ThePorterSorter
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
For what it is, it’s great. Brewpub on a College Ave, usually has a decent selection, some really good special beers too, great food. I really enjoy it. My personal favorite bar on the Ave, I’m always convincing my friends to go here instead of Finn’s.
05-30-2013 18:08:07 |
More by Smurf2055
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Since 1988 offering, college students a place to shoot the shite, and have a good pint and sandwich to boot.
With exposed walls that display the wort and mash tun tanks, this place has a little of everything. If you want a brew, step on up to the bar, complete with a cask.
Want a sandwich, turn around and between the nachos, the sandwiches, or bake potatoes, its here. Be advised, they do take both credit and cash, but the two sections (beer / food) require separate transactions.
Good selection of dark and light ales, and the occasional seasonal. If you want to venture further back you can sit amongst the wooden booths. So swing by have a brew and a sandwich.
03-04-2008 04:16:29 |
More by mnapier
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
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
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