I moved to West Seattle in the spring of 1997. Hard to imagine, but back then it was a vast desert of woeful beerlessness. Lucky for me, that changed a few months later when Elliott Bay Brewing opened its first location on California Avenue in The Junction. Or as we call it, Downtown West Seattle. Pictured above: Todd Carden, co-owner; Doug Hindman, brewery ops manager; Brent Norton, co-owner.
In time, West Seattle’s beer landscape changed for the better, with top notch beer destinations like Beveridge Place Pub, The Beer Junction and others hitting the scene. Still, I have a special place in my heart for Elliott Bay Brewing and the comfortable, familiar surroundings of the pub that has served as my local for nearly 20 years. The company now operates three brewpubs around Seattle, opening a second location in Burien in 2007 and a third location in Lake City in 2012.
Today I’m happy to welcome Elliott Bay Brewing as our newest sponsor. As the ad says, the Burien and Lake City locations are available to provide you with kegged beer, but there’s a lot more to the story. Elliott Bay Brewing in a certified organic brewery, one of a very small handful of breweries that has bothered to go the extra mile to gain that status. Other breweries dabble in organic brewing, but Elliott Bay is USDA certified, which is not an easy thing to accomplish.
Another thing you should know, the Burien and Lake City locations are ready to meet your group’s party needs. I am fortunate enough to have attended events at both locations and they did not disappoint.
The Burien pub has a private dining room that can be reserved for parties of 32 or less for a full sit-down lunch or dinner. Order off the menu or work with the staff to put together something unique. The private dining room can accommodate closer to 45 people for a buffet-style party with less seating.
The Lake City location offers a couple of different party options: the Brewers Room and the Cascade Hall.
The Brewers Room is located at the back of the main dining area and is a semi-private room complete with closing barn doors that allow you to enjoy your own space but still be part of the action. It is great for up to 40 guests and the seating arrangement can be modified to allow a sit-down meal or more of a “heavy appetizer” event. The menu for this space can range from appetizers, to a buffet style lunch/dinner, or order directly off menu.
The Cascade Hall is a private space located downstairs. It can accommodate up to 100 guests ad is a great great option for larger parties or those wanting more private accommodations. The Hall is a large and open room with its own bar serving 11 house drafts and 1 guest cider. Menu options for this space are a family-style meal, a coursed meal, or a full buffet. There are also TVs for watching the big game or plugging into your laptop for presentations and the like.
One of my personal favorite things about Elliott Bay Brewing is the culture of good service they instill in their employees. I don’t know exactly where it comes from, but even though the faces change over the years (impossible to avoid in the restaurant biz) the level of service never suffers. Simply put, it is always impeccable.
And one last shout-out: Elliott Bay Brewing’s hamburgers are among the best in Seattle. Not just a “good old pub burger,” but naturally raised beef patties served on buns made using spent grain from the brewery. They are, simply put, sublime.
Oh, and the beer is great too!
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