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Engine House No.9
Active Beers: 12
Beer Ratings: 53
Beer Avg: 3.79
Taps: 27 / Bottles: 30
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
611 N Pine St
phone: (253) 272-3435
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Reviews by Slatetank:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The praise Engine House #9 gets is well deserved. I went on a Tuesday afternoon with a friend and enjoy the visit wholeheartedly. The building has a lot of character, first of all. It is an old firehouse with an open patio out front. Inside the bar is made of fine wood and the layout is superb. All of the ornamental beer related materials are well placed and the old neons add to the character. Everything inside looks like time was taken to make sure it was well placed. You can view yourself while you use the facilities in beer mirrors- that's how serious they are.
The atmosphere was very relaxed and welcoming. It felt like one of the kinds of places where you could feel at home the whole time you were there.
The quality was very good. I share wings with my friend and they were done to perfection -just slightly buttery and sweet. I ordered a Mushroom Gorgonzola burger and it was prepared just right without even asking. All the beers I sampled were fresh and of high quality.
The selection is also very good. They serve 22 drafts including macros and imports, so slightly less for the mainstream, but they have 3 cask ales: 2 local and one house. They have a good selection of imports in bottles. The food menu was creative and full of variety, so you can't go wrong.
I enjoyed the special which was a 22oz of Mai Bock for the pint price. The food was reasonably priced and I couldn't argue with prices since you get a decent amount for what you order and portions are right on.
I would definitely come back for more at the best place I visited since I have been in WA. The only negative I could give is that they don't have beer to go. I would have enjoyed a growler of their excellent barleywine at another time.
06-20-2007 01:07:10 |
More by Slatetank
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
My first visit to this Tacoma craft beer hotspot. It will certainly not be my last.
I really like the layout and feel of EH-9, and I like how the owners have retained the feel of an old fire house. The place has high ceilings in the dining area, lots of wood all around and several TV sets in the seperate, back bar area, showing various sporting events. The vibe here is informal and quite relaxed, and this struck me as a very comfortable place to hang out with a beer or three.
The beer selection was pretty impressive on this day, consisting of 24 beers on tap and 3 beers on cask. I think they had around 5 or 6 house beers (brewed on premise), but with guest beers this day including duvel, La Chouffee Nice, Maritime Jolly Roger, etc. I sampled the house IPA, which was well made and an easy to enjoy IPA. Service was pretty good. I didn't get the impression that the staff here were all that knowledgeable or well informed about the beer selection, but they were friendly and I never had to wait long for a refill. Prices were likewise pretty reasonable. I got a bottle of lagunitas sucks and a schooner of the IPA, and my cost was right at $7 or so. Didn't try the food, though the menu was large and extensive.
I spoke to a local sitting next to me, and my understanding is that the qaulity and quantity of the beer selection and food menu have both improved considerably under the new ownership. Apparently the place was bought out 5 or 6 months ago, and I heard several folks mention that the place seemed cleaner, more open and better lit. In any event, I thought this a very good place to hang our and enjoy a beer, and there's no doubt this will not be my last visit here.
12-31-2011 18:33:57 |
More by johnmichaelsen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
A: A Tacoma landmark. This old, converted firehouse is a prime craft beer spot. The inside has been well preserved and is very appealing. I have been coming here for nearly six years and it is on the up for the first time in a long time. The atmosphere is pretty laid back on most times but the weekends can be packed and hectic with college students. Trivia, TV's, darts offeer good entertainment
Q: No quality issues with a quality beer lineup ranges from average to good but the special realease and big beers here are DYNAMITE
S: Service has much improved since the new ownership. Sometimes, the newer staff is slow and know less about the beer but never rude. The veteran staff know how to get it done as do most of the new ones because they worked or work at brother/sister restraunts around the corner.
S: Usually 7-8 house beers, a good selection of guest handles,and usually something BIG, a special or seasonal now which is surprising.Bottle selection is also good and ecclectic
F: Food is pretty good for pub food.
12-20-2011 03:15:23 |
More by barleywinefiend
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $
Ah, good old E9. A staple of Tacoma of sorts, it's definitely worth a visit if you're in the area!
A - This place has a very chill, relaxed atmosphere. The walls are decked out with lots of old Firefighter/Tacoma memorabilia. Seating has never been an issue, even on busier nights. Has an overall very "brewpub" feel, although you can always watch sports in the main bar area too.
Q - Beer-wise, I've always personally liked the house beers E9 has to offer, although I'd say overall, they range from average to very good, depending on what it is. I can honestly say the seasonal house Oktoberfest I've had here is one of the best I've come across in the style. The Tacoma Brew is also a good Pale Ale, with a cool name to boot.
S - Service has always been good for me here, even on busier nights. Waitresses have always been friendly, and pretty fast with getting food and drinks out on the table. No issues here whatsoever.
S2 - Selection is very good here on both the beer and food fronts. There are typically about 20-25 beers on tap, with 6-9 of them being E9 house beers, and the others being various rotating micros or imports. Food-wise, you have your typical pub grub (burgers, nachos, sandwiches), as well as a couple other random offerings, such as pizza, the E9 taco, and Steak.
F - And about the food. The food has always been pretty good in my experience. Not mind-blowing, but definitely up to pub-grub par. The Reuben and the E9 Taco are my personal favorites from here. The fried macaroni and cheese bites are a must!
V - Everything here is very reasonably priced. Some things are even on the cheap side I'd say. The House beers are a good value.
Overall, it's one of the cooler brewpubs in the south end, and is definitely worth a visit. Be prepared to park somewhere nearby and walk if you're driving though, as parking tends to be very limited most of the time.
11-02-2010 08:37:17 |
More by Flightoficarus
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Very cool old building that appears to be an actual fire house. Nice selection of very good beers on tap here. They had 2 or 3 cask handles as well. I had the barleywine on cask that was amazing. They have a bunch of TV's going some with trivia and some with regular TV. Didn't try any of their food so I cant comment on that one. Overall a pretty cool place, I wish I had something like this in my town...i'd hang out here quite a bit if I lived in the area. The only bad thing I could say about the place would be the lack of parking, went there on a friday nite and was very difficult to find a spot to park at.
04-19-2010 15:46:09 |
More by loren01
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $
I have plenty to say about this place. I have been to many pubs, breweries, bars, etc. I have what I think we all have--a critical palette. I have read a sampling of the reviews on this page and feel inclined to offer my polite disagreement.
Let me say that overall the service was good and the food was decent. It's quite a unique place; littered with Firefighting paraphernalia and located in a family neighborhood with a opening garage door that joins the dining room with the outside patio. The restaurant was fun and lively with a somewhat secluded bar in the back. However, this is what gave me my first worry. I don't know many breweries that include a full bar. The beer should speak for itself.
Our server was nice and polite as well as personable. Having been in the serving business for years, I was very pleased with his demeanor and pace. I can say the same for another server who was serving outside. Lots of smiles and a generally flirty/fun attitude. I would go back for the service.
The beer. Oh the beer. Where do I start? Well I did start with the sampler. Six beers were brought to me: Belgian White, Hefe, Pale (ish), Porter, Amber and IPA. OG details as well as ABV and tasting notes are located on the sampler paper. Things started off right with a grainy Belgian white that has a nice wheat flavor--definitely true to the style and very drinkable beer (same color as white grape juice). The Hefeweizen was budding with intense flavor, which is something I am not used with Pyramid hanging around the corner. It smacked of clove and banana.
Unfortunately, this is where the fun stopped. I would like to go on and on about the Amber, IPA and pale, but the truth is they are almost identical. Sadly, they share a very similar appearance that is helped by their assertively bland flavor. I can appreciate a beer if you give me a characteristic, a flavor, SOMETHING to grab onto. These all fell flat in every category. None had appreciable mouthfeel (I'm sure they all shared very low FGs) or color. You simply could not smell anything on the nose and the flavor--what little there was--reminded one of only the cheapest beer kits. It was muted carbonation and perhaps a slight metallic finish that let you know you were in fact drinking beer. To be honest, I could identify the IPA by the bitterness, but it was not pleasant.
I ordered a red that wasn't part of the sampler that promised "assertive NW hops". I can only assume they forgot to include them when brewing this particular batch. Another derivation of the same amber brought before three times over--how sad.
What I can say is the food is cheap and decent. They do have other beers available, which I view somewhat as a harbinger of the overall impression of this place. Why drink theirs when you can buy a reputable brand?
In the end, I likened their breadth of beer to Crystal Light or Kool Aid. They all have different names and promise an inviting refreshing experience; however, there just isn't enough character or flavor to make it worthwhile. While Crystal Light is sweet and fruity, it at least has flavor. Sadly, this is more than I can say for the beer here. Come for the atmosphere and service, but don't come to experience a brewery.
06-21-2008 04:26:50 |
More by JohnnyWash1
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
Cool place, if you are a fireman and beer advocate, it might be heaven. I am not really that familiar with the firefighting equipment they have decorating the place, so I probably did not fully appreciate the decor. I did notice an assortment of hose nozzles which were used to seperate the bar area from the sit down side, and there were a bunch of those things people jump into from a window to escape a fire(firefighter rings maybe?), and a bunch of ladders. Along with a myriad of items I could not identify.
Parking was a bit of a challenge, this is sort of a busy section of town. They do have their own spaces, but they were all full.
Upon approach the first thing you will notice is the brewing equipment behind a large glass window. It was a bit chilly so the garage door where the firetrucks used to park was shut.
Seating was not an issue, I sat at the bar (there are only about 8 seats there). It seemed like most of the people were doing some trivia thing. Then there were the people behind me arguing about Star Wars.
I had the E9 burger and a few Roasted Porters. The burger was average, but the beer was above average. They also have a great selection on tap, as well as bottles.
04-19-2008 16:53:12 |
More by gixxerman
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $
Great place to visit, great atmosphere. Went during summer months an was met with an open front style pub, where garage doors open up to the street for indoor streetside dining as well as actual streetside dining. Great beer and great food, good selection that is not just deep fried bar crap. They actually serve good and health dishes along with the deep fried crap! At the time we visited they were having some trivia competition of some sort, so it was very crowded and service suffered thusly. Definately plan on visiting several more times.
03-06-2008 17:52:41 |
More by youradhere
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | $$
iI've been to the Engine House No 9 several times. Each experience was worse than the last. The first time I went there with my wife on a nice summer day. We decided to sit outside on the patio under a huge chestnut tree. I went inside and ordered our first round at the bar, I especially like their Scottish Ale, and informed the bartender that we were going to sit outside. We had planned on having lunch as well. After being ignored for at least thirty minutes I went back inside and reorder another round and once again I told the bartender that we were outside and would like lunch. After another half hour we left and ate down the street. I really like the beer and the atmosphere and I thought that they must have had the lousy shift working there that day. We decided to try it again late in the summer this time with another couple. Once again we sat outside, but this time there were other diners outside. I went up to the bar with my friend and we order ours and the girls beers and told the bartender we were outside and would like lunch. Once again we were ignored and we left hungry. I like the beer so much that I thought I would try them one last time. This time I came in the evening with a friend and sat at the bar. I had two beers and signed up for their wall of fame beer club. When i tried to get a third beer I was totally ignored. I was so angry that I tore up the wall of fame card and left it on the bar. It's a shame that the have so poor management and rude staff that no matter how good the beer the service is intolerable. An excellent beers ruined by bad management. Too bad I'll never go back.
02-08-2008 07:49:11 |
More by theautorestorer
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Engine House No. 9 is an historic firehouse converted into a brewery and restraunt. 25 taps with about halfo of them E9 brews. There were also 3 cask conditioned choices. Plus they had a bottle list of about 50 beers. Beers on tap other than the E9 selections included Pyramid, Deschutes, Guiness, Bass, Harp, Stella Artois, and others. Cask conditioned selections at the time of my visit included Maritime Imperial IPA (excellent!), North Coast Red Seal Ale, and E9 Barley Wine (which they were unfortunately out of). Overall the atmosphere was great, food was great, and I went on Thurs. so the beers were cheaper. This place is a Tacoma classic and definitely worth the trip south for anyone in the Seattle area looking for a great place with great beer and good food.
09-07-2006 19:25:12 |
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Engine House No.9 in Tacoma, WA