Hale's Ales Brewery and Pub
4301 Leary Way NW
Seattle, WA 98107
phone: (206) 782-0737
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cask ale available
public transportation available
proper glassware used
outdoor seating options
family friendly location
Overall Score: 81.7
Selection: 4.0 | Service: 4.0 | Atmosphere: 4.3 | Food: N/A
Date: Sun, Jan 6th 2013
Parking at this location can be kind of a pain, but we were able to find a couple of parking spaces on the street not too far from the brewery.
The atmosphere was cool, and it was obviously a brewery since the giant brewing equipment is clearly visible from within the pub area. Beer samples are done per beer, so you don't have to get a flight of 6 or 8 beers where you know you won't like a couple of them.
Overall Score: 91.7
Selection: 4.8 | Service: 4.5 | Atmosphere: 4.5 | Food: 4.0
Date: Wed, Jan 21st 2009
The first thing you notice when you step in the front door is that this is a brewery - the aroma is hops, wort, or both. Then you notice the fermenters (behind glass) on the right and the brewing vessels towards the back (not behind glass). Then you see the pub on the left and the restaurant further back (both separated by windows from the brewery).
The pub is a comfortable place with a long wooden bar with chairs and booths across from it and a bright section in front with lots of windows and tables as well as a few comfortable leather couches. The restaurant area is where kids are welcome and also includes a few outdoor tables. Overall the walls are sage green and the ceiling panels are in a matching darker green. The ceilings and windows are trimmed with a light warm colored wood. Several original oil paintings with Hales themes decorate the walls.
There’s a good beer selection from Hales on tap, including one beer on cask and a beer of the day. (You can also buy a growler of beer to-go.)
The atmosphere can be quit busy and happening at night or weekends (with a waiting list for dining) or more mellow during off times.
The food is edible but not particularly innovative.
Overall Score: 83.3
Selection: 4.0 | Service: 4.3 | Atmosphere: 4.3 | Food: 4.0
Date: Thu, Nov 20th 2008
I was there recently with a group of beer lovers. While I tried the Wee Heavy and stuck with it as it was delicious, with good body, a nice balance of malt and spice, and very drinkable, some of my friends were more adventurous. We tried the Happy Hour nachos and found them pretty standard but tasty and good portions. Its a great place for just conversation. No multiscreen TV's or background elevator music. The selection is pretty much their own beers, usually eight or so on tap. In the past I've tried the Porter and found it good. My friends like the IPA, the Pale, and the Amber.
Definitely worth a visit
Overall Score: 85.0
Selection: 4.5 | Service: 4.3 | Atmosphere: 4.0 | Food: 4.0
Date: Sun, Sep 14th 2008
Nice place but the parking can be rough. There is very little to be found for parking the side streets are your best bet. An old warehouse converted into a brewery/pub this was a great look inside. Loved that I can go watch and talk to the brewers. Brewing a Red amber ale as we where talking. The brews where fresh and pretty good. They have lots of stuff on nitro and over 12 fresh brews ready to go. The food was pub faire and also good. They allow kids so that is a plus and there is some great atmosphere to soak up while in the Fremont area. This is a must stop in Seattle for brew pubs. Hales has been around along time and will be there for a long time to come. The servers know the product and where helpful in getting some of the beer info that I was looking for. I will be back.
Overall Score: 75.0
Selection: 3.8 | Service: 4.5 | Atmosphere: 3.0 | Food: N/A
Date: Wed, Aug 27th 2008
Great beer (though I wish there was more on tap) and a friendly and helpful staff. My main complaint (and this is a personal thing) is I get the beer snob vibe from the place (and not in the good way). Still, its easy enough to get past the yuppie feel of the place and still enjoy the Dublin Stout or the Cream Ale. If you are a fan of Hale's Ale, I definitely recommend stopping by at least once.