It’s been some time in the making, but at last Chef John Howie’s ambitious brewpub-concept restaurant is open for business in Bothell. They’re being somewhat tight-lipped about it because they know they’re going to get swamped, and I have a feeling they’re right. I visited Beardslee Public House on Saturday for a sneak peek and I share some pictures below.
So what is Beardslee Public House? It’s a 10,000 square-foot restaurant, brewery, charcuterie kitchen, and distillery. The restaurant and brewery are now up and running, the other two pieces of the puzzle are still coming together. (Note that because of state liquor laws the distillery is actually a separate business: Wildwood Spirits.) The entire thing is the brainchild of local celebrity-chef John Howie, who operates Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar, Sport Restaurant, and John Howie Steak.
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The project has been in the works for quite some time and by their own admission has taken longer than expected. You’ll notice the Est. 2014 mark on lots of stuff. That’s all history now. They are open, but remember that they’re new and expecting to be very busy.
Everything is new. Beardslee Public House is part of the Beardslee Crossing urban village project – mixed housing and retail. The space is expansive, with a large bar area just inside the door, which is separated by a wide hallway from the even-larger dining room. Patio seating is available out front in the shadow of the grain silo. One thing that is uncommon for a brewpub, the actual brewery is not visible from the bar/restaurant. It’s one level below you.
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Manning the brewhouse at Beardslee you’ll find Drew Cluley, formerly of Big Time Brewing and Pike Brewing. When I visited they were pouring three beers: a pale ale, an IPA, and a porter. They were all good and it was tough to decide which beer would best accompany my meal. The pale ale was particularly pleasant, nicely balanced and extremely quaffable, and it paired very nicely with the Coppa, Rocket and Parmigianino pizza. More beer is on the way. A lot more beer. Drew’s got chops; it’ll be good.
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The food menu features salads, burgers, sandwiches, and hand-tossed pizzas. Like the beer, everything is constructed by hand onsite, whether it’s the amazing Italian-Parmigianino salad dressing or the especially toothsome, rustic, pizza crust. Eventually they will also make the sausage and other charcuterie onsite. You’ll notice that this is an elevated approach to pub grub, as one would expect from a chef of John Howie’s stature.
I should note that Beardslee Public House will be one of the participants in Craft Beer + Food this year, as they were last year when they provided an early peek at what they were working on in Bothell. They won the Peoples Choice award for best pairing.
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Sunday through Thursday 11:00 to 11:00
Friday, Saturday from 11:00 to midnight
19116 Beardslee Boulevard, Bothell, WA