Maritime Pacific Brewery tied for best brew pub

We know that Maritime is a popular brew. It’s so good, in fact, that they’re moving to a larger space in Ballard. Now the Washington Beer Blog has pitted brewery against brewery and Ballard’s own Maritime Pacific Brewery is tied with Capitol Hill’s Elysian for “Best Brew Pub.”

We’ve been running a poll for a couple of weeks now. The question, “What is your favorite Seattle brew pub?” The plan was to pull it down today and announce the results. Change of plans. We’ll run it for the rest of this week to see if the tie can be broken between Maritime Pacific and Elysian Capitol Hill. Big Time is close on their heels.

You can vote for your favorite brew pub right here. As we’ve written before, Maritime is in a transitional stage and moving into a larger location down the road. We’ll keep you posted on when they plan to open in their new digs. (Thanks CHS Blog.)


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Edog
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Edog

Hurray Beer!

NoraBell
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NoraBell

First I've heard of this poll. So, all they are doing is extending it another week to break the tie? What if I want to vote for Naked City? (just kidding, Maritime).

Kelly
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Kelly

Elysian is spanking the competition when I looked….but turns out, you can vote as many times as you want!

Bangoskank
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Bangoskank

Lame…. as for which I prefer, that's a toughie! Both make outstanding beers…

Roadkill
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Roadkill

Elysian's beer is so much better than Maritime's IMO. Maritime's beer has a common flavor / funk which I can't hang with. Beer drinkers, you know what I mean, like how every Sam Adam's (yuck) has that common taste regardless of the style.

I like that it's local, I just don't like the beer. I'm having a Deschutes IPA at I type this.

impliedobserver
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I can't even believe it's a contest. I really don't like the food at the Elysian. Sure they have good beer, but… Maritime has excellent food.

Roadkill
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Roadkill

But it's all about the beer! You can get great food anywhere in this town.

Gurple
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I'm really surprised that Elliott Bay Brewery, in West Seattle, isn't doing better in this poll. They're standout — maybe people don't know them so well because they're way out in the 'burbs.

Has Naked City started making beer on-site? I saw the “not-on-site” disclaimer by Pillager's, but not by Naked City. Last time I talked to them, they were still brewing their beer at Lazy Boy up north.

Gurple
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I should hasten to add that, of course, I voted for Maritime… one of the times I voted, at least!

Marmar
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Marmar

No, they only count the first vote. If you notice, it says “Thanks, but we already counted your vote.”

Gurple
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That's funny, I would say something kind of similar, but about Elysian. I don't think their beer's funky — it's mostly quite good — but I do think there are common decisions about malt and hops that seem to run through all of them. In a blind taste-test, I could probably pick out a beer by Elysian easier than I could a beer by anybody else around here.

Them and Big Time. A lot of their beers taste similar to each other, too. Good beers, just a lot of similarities.

NoraBell
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NoraBell

They were planning on-site brewing. I haven't seen evidence of it yet, though.
Don't know where they would do it even. The Sip & Ship seems to have all the warehouse space.

Roadkill
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Roadkill

I went to Naked City once. I saw that they charge $5 for a can of Rainier. They lost my business on principal alone.

Edog
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Edog

Elysian's beers are good but they all have a very sweet finish.

Gurple
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I'm headed there tonight. It's true, they're pricey. But their beers are very well-chosen and often hard to find.

And if they spank the Rainier-drinkers with a $3 bad-beer surcharge… well, that's not so bad in my book. :)

(Nothing against Rainier-drinkers, actually; that's just not what Naked City is about)

NoraBell
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NoraBell

Drinking Rainier in a brewpub?
Well, to each their own, I guess.

Edog
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Edog

Speaking of a bad beer surcharge – When George W. Bush was first elected, I drank a lot of cheep beer in cans, it helped me better understand the president especially when I drank the first 4 in like 15 minutes. After I finished the last two of the six and crashed, I'd get up with a wretched hangover look at myself in the mirror, and swear the pain I wore on my face was the same confused look W. always had on. Even as recently as Kennedy's funeral, the guy just looked horribly hung over.

Gurple
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Busch.

impliedobserver
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Well I dooooo like Maritime's beer. And I've got two growlers that I love to bring for carry out. And it does say “best brew pub” not best beer or best brewery.

Roadkill
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Roadkill

Sometimes you just gotta have a cold Rainier. But not at Naked City I guess.

Foo Barolo
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Foo Barolo

You must not remember the Mountain Room. The original Seattle brewpub.

Miss Wahoo
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Miss Wahoo

Jolly Roger has excellent food, and OK beer. I find it way too hoppy, even their brews that are supposed to be more malty. They've had beer that is to my liking, but it's seasonal, and usually only sold in the winter.

But their sandwiches are SO damn good! Now, just coat the deep-fried pickles in batter (instead of breading), serve them with that TDF jalapeno tartar sauce, and all would be well with the world.

Edited to say that the younger fella, who wears spectacles, always gives great customer service. It's hit-and-miss with the rest of the staff.

NoraBell
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NoraBell

Great food at Jolly Roger. But where Naked City really blows the rest outta the water is the staff. Nicest, most patient guys ever anywhere. It's a long and complicated draft list and they know it.

NoraBell
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NoraBell

I remember it. Never went there, though. There's nothing wrong with a cold Rainier sometimes. I just don't drink Rainier when I'm out in a Pub, with so many other choices.

BeerBlog
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BeerBlog

Naked City is brewing onsite now, they just officially started. Brewing happens in a magical back room. http://www.washingtonbeerblog.com/naked-city-ta