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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
4133 University Way NE
phone: (206) 545-4509
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 36 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
My orgiginal review was nearly four years old since I moved away to Korea and CA for several years. Not much has changed but I am re-reviewing from old to new now.
A: On a Saturday after lunch we walked in and there was perhaps 20 people here. I did notice the change to there minor policy. Old and new folk here.
Q: The establishment is quality as are most of the Big Time beers
S: Always nice and prompt
S: Very good. They always have a wide variety ranging from IPAs x 2, Stouts, Belgians and a nice spectrum of American styles and staples. Today I had the Jack Candi Grand Cru which was ehhh and I picked up an overpriced bomber of Old Wolly Barleywine
F: I have had the pizzas here which are usually pretty good
01-22-2012 00:53:07 |
More by barleywinefiend
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
high quality brewpub in the university area - easily accessible to my ballard home via the 44/46 bus.
very warm and cozy interior - stuck in a 1966 time warp with TONS of old brewery swag, seemingly always fantastic music (outside of the time warp - recent indie) and just lots of interesting things to look at.
lots of taps - heavy focus on IPA's but i've had the wheatwine and barleywine as well, both of which were really nice. bottles/growlers available to go.
reliable twitter over-tweeters.
food available - but all i've had is frites, with plenty of dipping sauces to go around.
service has always been fine - a few tv's but a definite beer focus
12-20-2011 18:05:45 |
More by dirtylou
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
The first brewpub in Seattle, so they say, and certainly one of the best. Nice wooden bar and plenty of tables make this place open, spacious, and "homey" feeling. The quality of the beers I had were great, and they had 3, count em' 3 IPAs on tap, during my visit! I went with the hoppy Scarlet Fire, and than went with the Meerkat to follow it up since I have already sampled the Best, which is also available in bottles. I think they had 8 beers on tap during my visit, and none of them looked bad at all. Plus, did I mention the fact that they have 3 IPAs going!? Service was fast and friendly and the pints were very cheap as well ($3.50?). Definately a good place to grab a few if you are wondering around in the U-District. Recommended.
05-12-2005 20:55:52 |
More by francisweizen
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Ten taps and one cask serve four regular ales and a host of diverse rotationals. Big Time may feature any of four different pale ales or IPAs - often several concurrently - assuring multiple interpretations of even routine beer styles. Several varieties are available in bottles to go. And quality is worthy of sustained appreciation.
While beer quality is commendable, the food menu is rather plain, especially in comparison with dozens of competing restaurants in the immediate neighborhood. As a rule, I don't consider any food I could prepare myself worth dining out on, though if all you crave is a simple sandwich, a plate of nachos, or college town pizza, Big Time's grub will serve your purposes well enough. Table service is not provided so food must be ordered at the counter, beer at the bar.
The walls at Big Time are adorned high and low with an array of breweriana that looks so old as to have been collected before it was collectable. You know the stuff - posters, old advertisements, serving trays. It's all comfortable somehow and authentic in appearance, like it's gotten good mileage as barroom décor yet still tirelessly entertains. Big Time's two rooms project the air of a comfortably mature public house with their weathered wooden floors and sturdy furniture, brass coat hooks and good lighting. The long and skinny brew house can be seen behind glass along the south wall.
I don't usually notice the ceiling in a bar (not until after the eighth beer or so, when floors and ceilings gain greater prominence). But I spent some time examining Big Time's ceiling before concluding that its irregular yellowing is a clean depiction of an intended pattern and not necessarily the result of decades of cigarette smoke.
In sum, great place for a beer. Atmosphere varies between boisterous at peak flow to a collegiate study hall on quiet afternoons.
03-29-2008 03:57:40 |
More by RedDiamond
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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 | $$
It's been many years since I've been here.
Atmosphere is pretty cool, wide open, old and rugged looking, with a bunch of old beer nostalgia decorating the walls.
Quality was pretty good. I had a sampler of four beers, 2 IPAs, an Amber and a Tripel. The Tripel was quite good, the others were not bad, but I wanted the IPAs to a little hoppier. I did like how the beers were served cool and not too cold.
Service was good, a little odd how you have to order beer and food separately, but it made it nice when everything was already paid for, and you could just leave whenever you wanted.
Selection was about 9 beers, decent variety of styles. The cask wasn't on though, bummer...
We got a couple of appetizers, they were ok, but they were cheap, which is always good.
Prices were reasonable.
All in all, a pretty good place, but I remember better.
06-17-2011 00:01:05 |
More by flexabull
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
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
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
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