The Issaquah Brewhouse has been brewing up their own delicious beer for a long time. The mainstay on Sunset, right off of the Front street intersection is one of the great eating and drinking establishments in all of East King County.
The only Rogue Ale brewhouse outside of Oregon, the odd shaped building (due to the coal trains that used to run behind the building) is home to not only a wide array of the Rogue Ale series of beers, but the Issaquah chapter also continues to brew their own Frog Ale line of beers including the award-winning Bullfrog Ale and my personal favorite, the seasonal Frosty Frog. Other Frog Ales include: Menage-a-Frog, Hippie Frog Chamomile Ale, Grapefruit Frog, Frog Rye IPA, Summer Frog Wit, Frog in the Rye, Quadruple Frog, Smoked Frog, Kilted Frog, Wicked Frog and MacFrog Scotch Ale, most of which have earned world wide fame and recognition.
In addition to the long line of Rogue ales (personal favorites include Big Ass Barrel, Anniversary, Double Dead Guy, John John, and Captain Sig’s Northwestern – named after Captain Sig himself of Deadliest Catch fame), the locally brewed Frog line, the Issaquah Brewhouse does an awesome job of keeping 3-5 guest rotating taps for their ravenous fans. Bottom line, if you like beer, and NW Craft beer at that, this is the best spot to quench your hoppy thirst. Oh, and one more thing…they have a TON of 22 ounce bottles for sale, including the pepto-pink Voodoo Doughnut maple bacon ale, and will also gladly fill up your growler, or sell you a keg.
You can now tell that I am a pretty big fan of NW craft beer and you are right. I think we are honestly spoiled rotten here in the Pacific Northwest when it comes to micro brew. Hops from the Yakima Valley, and a local commitment to artisanal ale making, means our citizenry doesn’t have to look very far to find delicious, unique, flavorful beer.
It would be wrong of me, however, to simply focus on their 15-plus handles of beer at the Issaquah Brewhouse, because their food menu is quite extensive, and very delicious as well. Because of the connection to the Rogue Brewery, the neighboring Rogue Chatoe Farm (Newport, OR) becomes a supplier of artisanal cheese (Rogue River Blue wrapped in grape leaves), grass fed beef, as well as other local ingredients.
I personally have tried several items on the menu but some of the family favorites include their Idaho Buffalo Chips (think ‘flat’ jo-jos only better), BBQ and chipotle wings, a corn dog that rivals anything found at the fair, and their Reuben sandwich. Usually served with chips, you can sub with fries, Buffalo chips, or tater tots, just don’t forget to ask for the Morimoto ketchup to go with. This spicy, immensely flavored ketchup is due in large part to the Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s brew recipes that rogue carries () and goes excellent with your meal at the Brewhouse.
Family-friendly for most of the day and night, if you are coming off the mountain skiing (have been known to see families roll in the Brewhouse in their ski gear), or taking a walk through historic downtown Issaquah, whether your hungry or thirsty, make sure you stop by this unassuming building, and be swept away by the tastes of artisanallly crafted micro brew, and delicious, mostly-local, better-than-the-norm pub food.