Currently, Oregon-based Rogue Ales has one out of state location–located 20 miles east of Seattle in Issaquah, a prime location for hikers in need of an ale!
As mentioned last week in my post about West Tiger 3, there’s dozens of options for hiking trails in or near Issaquah, not to mention it’s near the terminus of hike-filled I-90 as well. The variety of beers at the Rogue Issaquah Brewhouse is nearly as good as your variety of hikes to do nearby beforehand, with them churning out tons of brewhouse-only brews along with classic Rogue flagships (my favorite being the Dead Guy). The Issaquah Brewpub is coming up on their 20th anniversary, and clearly beloved by locals and hikers alike.
We easily found street parking and headed in. It was fairly soon after opening so the place wasn’t crowded. After being briefly overwhelmed by choices, we went with the Outta Line and 7 Hop IPAs, which were perfectly distinct from each other (as you’d hope a place with tons of IPAs would be). The menu had tons of pub fare goodness on it, but in an attempt to be slightly healthy, I went with the honey kolsch pork belly lettuce wraps. Our food came quickly, which was nice as the place was starting to fill up! We weren’t quite ravenous, but when you have the perfectly spicy-sweet-crispy-soft combination of pork belly, lettuce, and avocado, why eat slowly?
If we didn’t have to drive, we could have easily sipped beers (and ciders!) all afternoon. They are constantly churning out new offerings, like the Batsquatch Hazy IPA and the Combat Wombat (why yes, beer names do matter!). With the trails along Tiger and Cougar Mountains available year-round, you can easily sample tons of seasonal and flagship beers at the Rogue Issaquah Brewhouse!
In summary (to the best of my knowledge)…
- Full kitchen: Yes
- All-ages: Yes
- Dog friendly: Yes
- Merch: Tons of apparel and more
- Coasters: Yes
- Outdoor seating: Yes, cafe-style sidewalk seating