Just across the 4th Avenue North bridge from the Queen Ann District and into the Fremont area lies the Trolleyman Pub. The adjacent Redhook brewery sees little action these days but the pub is still a great neighborhood attraction. What the bar lacks in size is more than made up for in the great beers served. The tiny "kitchen" is actually whatever the bartender can cook up from behind the bar. The comfortable living room furniture gets full quickly, often long before the live music starts. No minors are allowed on the premises and there are no TVs. The featured Redhook "Blue Line" beer cycles every two to three months. The cask-conditioned selections are served in "dimpled" Imperial pint glasses.
The Blue Line Nut Brown is a dark amber color, well-carbonated and producing a fine white head. This full-bodied brew boasts a very malty flavor with a dry, slightly toasted character to match its creamy mouthfeel and dry finish. The cask-conditioned Black Hook Porter offers a creamy head, sharp, dark-malt complexity, mostly chocolate malt, and an overall even flavor balance and full body. The Unfiltered Wheat is a hazy gold with a full body, nice even balance where the hops start early and a light, malty-sweet character takes over later. The brewery's production slowdown does not seem to have impacted the Trolleyman so far. For the sake of this great neighborhood bar let's hope it stays that way.
Trolleyman Pub at Redhook Brewery
3400 Phinney Ave.
Seattle, WA 98103
Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - May, 1994 & Updated July, 1998
Closed by Redhook corporate on September 14, 2002.
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