Back on March 20th, 2012, my wife Lynn and I were fortunate to attend a pre-opening industry party for what has become one of my favorite craft beer bars in Seattle, The Pine Box. After being open for less than a year, The Pine Box is already being haled as one of the best beer bars in America. They’ve been listed on Draft Magazine’s list of the 100 best craft beer bars in America 2013, Seattle Beer News’ list of the top 10 craft beer spots in Seattle, as well as appearing on many other ‘best of’ lists.
Located in a space originally occupied by the Butterworth Funeral Home (the same funeral home where Bruce Lee’s funeral was held in Seattle in 1973) and later occupied by The Chapel bar, partners Ian Roberts, Dean Hudgins and Mark Eskridge transformed the former funeral home-then-nightclub into a World Class beer bar with 33 taps as well as a full bar and impressive menu. Ian Roberts is the previous manager of Brouwer’s Cafe and co-founder of Seattle Beer Week.
The exotic and varied tap list (including several IPA’s, Belgians, Sours and more) is complimented by Seattle’s only permanent hop Randall installed behind the bar. The tap list is displayed above/behind the bar on big, easy to read HDTV’s, allowing for quick and easy tap list updates, as well as providing the ability to keep their website always up to date regarding what’s on tap. The tap list you see on The Pine Box’s website, is always the same, live tap list that’s displayed at the bar.
The menu at The Pine Box started out simply, but continues to evolve and grow. They have delicious soups, salads, gourmet pizzas, a unique brunch menu on the weekends (including breakfast pizza) as well as other amazing dishes like (from their current menu):
- Oven Baked Prawns With Walnut Pesto
- Braised Short Rib With Tzatziki
- Truffle Mayonnaise And Crushed Potato Salad (With Optional Duck Egg)
Fun and creative events are also never in short supply at The Pine Box. They have special brewer’s nights, cocktail specials and their fully covered outdoor patio allows them to hold outdoor events, rain or shine. A few of the great events I’ve attended at The Pine Box over the past year included a delicious Boulevard Brewing and Kansas City BBQ event, with home-made BBQ ribs and all the fixings, a special 12 Randalls of Christmas holiday event, where they had 12 different beers pouring through 12 different randalls, and an event that’s become a regular: The Pine Box Can Derby Races (Catch a video HERE) and more.
Coming up on Thursday, March 21, 2013 The Pine Box celebrates their first anniversary. They’ve had a truly amazing first year, and things can only get better from here. To celebrate, they’ll be releasing a special anniversary beer, brewed for them by Fremont Brewing. If you plan on attending, you’d better take Friday off, as they’ll be partying into the wee hours. I’m not sure what my March schedule looks like yet, but I hope to be there.
The Pine Box has posted a preliminary draft list of some of the beers in their cellar they plan to have on tap for the anniversary celebration, including:
- Firestone Walker Sucaba
- Fremont Pine Box Anniversary Imperial Stout!
- Hair of the Dog Adam
- Logsdon Oak Aged Bretta
- New Belgium / Lost Abbey Mo Betta Bretta
- Russian River Supplication
- Schooner Exact No Sacc Sour
- Stone Oak Smoked Old Guardian
- Tilquin Geuze
I’m gonna need a cab….. lol
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.