Thursday 12th of July 2012 03:00:08 PM link
Georgetown Brewing Company is set in a large warehouse located in a fairly industrial area of Seattle. Greeted by a big red sign proclaiming "Beer this way" we made our way into the spacious tasting room to try some of the best beers I had on this trip to Seattle! The tour of the brewery was done with half of our group at a time to keep it more intimate. The head brewer, Manny, is the only brewmaster of Asian heritage that I've ever met, and really knew his stuff.
The space was large and clean, with no bottling facility as they just keg at this time. They do have growlers for sale though, and I wish I could have taken some home with me.
The beers! My favorite was the Johnny Utah session IPA, coming in at 3.9%ABV with the hop flavor and aroma of a big IPA...so well balanced! I could drink this all day, which I imagine is the idea. Every one of the hoppy beers was clean, with a perfect dry but not astringent finish, making you want to keep trying more. They let us sample every one of the 8 beers on tap, and I loved them all. I don't think that is just because it was the third brewery in our tour that day...
They also made one of the only porters I had in Seattle and that was quite roasty and smooth, making a nice break from all the IPA's.
Selection: 4.75 |
Atmosphere: 4.25 |
Service: 5 |
Tuesday 18th of November 2008 09:54:55 AM link
Was not sure what to expect when I arrived to Georgetown. First and foremost the place was not easy to find. Besides GPS better take a good map that you have printed out so you can find it. Maybe the dark rainy weather also made the sign hard to see. I came around the back alley and wham there it was and wow it was great. You walk into a back room and wow it was beervana. Ok the word has been used before and will be used many more times but it was purely awesome. This tasting/bottling/growler room was filled with the Georgetown trinkets and many many growlers waiting or had been filled with the sweet 9lb porter or, Mannys, Super Chop, I wish they had Bob ready to go. But in time I will just have to wait for. The sampling room was simple and right in the heart of the operations. They had a terrific guy up front and he helped and poured samples. He was so busy also filling and selling growlers no wonder Georgetown dose not bottle they sell like hotcakes out the back door. From what I heard they have quite a cult following and sell many growlers to the special Seattle people who make the trek to there back door. After trying the samples and buying a few trinkets I knew I will be back. I want to take a tour next time but then I better show up during the day when it would be better served. This is a great place to find and will add to your Seattle beer experience. Thanks Georgetown I had a great time. There goes another brewery from my journey seeking all Washington Breweries and Pubs. 96 total with about 53 to go.
Selection: 4.5 |
Atmosphere: 4.5 |
Service: 5 |
Friday 7th of March 2008 01:48:30 PM link
Washington state's Georgetown community is not like the famed Georgetown of D.C. fame. This is not the place where senators & congressmen hang their out when not in session. This is not the enclave of the wealthy & privileged. This Georgetown is a working class community with deep roots & a sense of pride in reclaiming their neighborhood.
There are ancient shells here, turn-of-the-century brick buildings that advertise what they were once. There are also record stores (not CD's but vinyl), 21st Century coffee houses mingle with 19th century taverns and 20th century motorcycle repair shops.
In the middle of this conglomeration of commerce is Georgetown Brewery. Sitting behind one of those brick buildings, facing the railroad tracks for easy access the brewery offers hats, t-shirts & the like for sale but to sample their beer, a customer has to visit a local bar.
Wife Persimmon & I asked about & discovered the oldest (1883) established tavern in Georgetown - Jules Ale's.
Long & dark & full of old wood & some artifacts, their were 3 other noon-time beer lovers at the bar when we entered, with a couple of young ones trying their luck in the back game room. This review then has to be not only about Georgetown beer but the tavern as well.
Here we snacked on rust-red tater tots, crisp on the outside - sweet & doughy on the inside We sampled Manny's Pale & Chopper Red, Roger's Pilsner & Bob's Brown - all named for current & former Georgetown people. Bob was Bob Hirsch who battled cancer & lost. This beer is brewed once a year and all proceeds go to Ronald McDonald house. It was delicious brew with a nutty, full taste that left me wanting many more.
The other special beer is the Nine Pound Porter. This one brewed for a saloon / restaurant down the street called, Nine Pound. Imagine that. This porter was deep, dark brown with coffee and chocolate flavors that exploded in the mouth. One of the best porters I've ever had.
So although Georgetown may not have the quantity of selection other breweries provide, what they do brew is outstanding quality beer - a little something for everyone's taste.
And even though the brewery may not give up their personality readily, everything you need to know is there in the neighborhood.
Just ask. And experience this beer.
Selection: 4 |
Atmosphere: 5 |
Service: 4.25 |
Tuesday 26th of February 2008 02:17:18 AM link
This person needs 3 or more reviews on the site for their scores to start counting.
Georgetown just celebrated their 5th year supplying Seattlites with fresh quality brew. They are located in the Malt House of the original Seattle Brewing and malting company. No food is served, no tables to sit at, but free samples of their four fine beers and $5 growlers draws me back weekly. Various size kegs are available, and they'll even help you design your keg system if you ask.
Stop by during weekdays as the weekends get really busy. Call ahead to find out about tours of the brewery.
Selection: 4 |
Atmosphere: 3 |
Service: 4 |