In the heart of Pike Place Market, The Pike Brewing Company has food, beer and an ever-changing mix of tourist and locals. It was opened on October 17, 1989 by Charles and Rose Ann Finkel. The original location was on Western Avenue until they moved in to their current location in 1996. Luckily, Nic and I sat down in the bar just in time for happy hour. But before we talk about the food, we've got to talk about the brews.
You can see the full list here.
Since my taste in beer tends to be light and fruity, the Naughty Nellie Ale won me over with the first glass. According to their website, this beer was named for Nellie Curtis, madam of the LaSalle Hotel, where Pike Brewing was founded. "Nellie Nightingale Curtis was a notorious, outrageous citizen of Seattle in its rough and tumble years in the early 20th century. We think she would be honored to have a smooth, blonde ale with surprising fruity and bitter character share her name."
Nic likes to try a few before he picks a favorite, so he tried the Pike IPA and the Kilt Lifter (oh la la!). The IPA has "a caramel malt backbone that lifts and balances its aromatic and bittering hops," while the Kilt Lifter features layers of sweet malt and peat-smoked flavors, which have helped make this the best-selling beer in the company’s 25-year history.
Don't let all the beer talk fool you. This spot has delicious food to to pair with the long list of drinks. Since it was happy hour, we ordered the Hoppy Hour Nachos and the Mediterranean Hummus Plate to share. If you happen to stop by between 4-6 p.m. they offer a pizza and a pint deal that will fill your belly with a pepperoni or cheese individual pizza and a Pike beer of choice. That deal will have me visiting again very soon.
And that's just the happy hour menu! Their full menu includes salads, burgers, ale braised bratwurst and grilled fish tacos.
It is clear that this restaurant has won the hearts of Seattleites and visitors alike. So if you have a few free hours and are hankering for a brew, I'd suggest you grab a bouquet from the market and visit Pike Brewing.