Review of Dad Watsons

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Likely to be the envy of everyone who lacks a comfortable neighborhood bar, Dad Watsons is one of the McMenamin's latest business ventures north of the Oregon border. Located in the Fremont district just north of the Space Needle, this austere red brick building is an easy walk for fortunate local residents and out-of-town visitors to the nearby Red Hook Trolleyman Pub. Inside, the winding S-shaped dark wood bar features traditional stools, hanging glow lamps from a 15 foot ceiling, and tasteful curtains draping the exterior windows. The hardwood floors and shaded lamps in window sills lend a comfortable, homey touch while the wall tapestries yield an artistic flair. One silent TV is visible from the dozen darkwood booths The business end of the bar is supported by a full liquor selection and 20 wall-mounted taps. The open kitchen stands exposed to the non-smoking dining area and smoking bar area while the 7 bbl. brewhouse sits in the secluded basement. Curious about the brews? A recipe book is readily available for customer inspection. A lone beer engine stands prepared to bring forth an available cask-conditioned creation.

The cask-conditioned Highlander Scotch Ale, at 1075 Original Gravity (OG), is a bright ruby red color with an intense malty aroma leading to a malty sweet flavor matched to a medium body, and offering just a hint of peat before finishing on the malty sweet side. The Dopple Bock is opaque and chocolately with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Can't get enough? To-Go sales offer 1 quart vessels for $3.85 and $7.70 for the 2 quart size.

Dad Watsons Restaurant & Brewery
3601 Fremont Ave. N.
Seattle, Washington 98103

Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - May 1997
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