52 Weeks: Noble Fir, Seattle, WA
Week 21 of 52
5316 Ballard Ave
Seattle, WA 98119
Type of Establishment: Beer Bar with an added sophistication
Visit: Wednesday, June 23, 2010. A visit with friends for a few cocktails. Sole purpose was to catch up with friends and have a chat.
BEERS ON TAP —>Served in 20oz Imperial Pints unless otherwise noted
|Double Mountain Molten Lava (17.5 oz)||Double Mountain Brewery|
|Agate Pass Amber||Hood Canal Brewery|
|Evo IPA||Two Beers Brewing Co.|
|Boddington’s Pub Ale (Nitro)||Anheuser-Busch|
|Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale (17.5oz)||Dogfish Head Brewery|
|Diamond Knot Brown Ale||Diamond Knot Brewery|
|Red Barn Saison Ale||The Lost Abbey – Port Brewing Co.|
|Fox Barrel Black Currant Cider (17.5 oz)||Fox Barrel Cider Co.|
|Victory Prima Pilsner||Victory Brewing Co.|
|Guinness Stout (Nitro)||St. James Gate Brewery|
|Double Mountain India Red Ale||Double Mountain Brewery|
|Laurelwood Organic Red||Laurelwood Brewing Co.|
|Magners Irish Cider||Magners|
|Mirror Pond Pale Ale||Deschutes Brewery|
|Eel River Organic IPA||Eel River Brewing Co.|
|Spire Mountain Dark & Dry Cider||Fish Brewing Co.|
|Terminal Gravity IPA||Terminal Gravity Brewing|
There are also plenty of wines by the bottle and the glass.
FOOD OPTIONS: This is the perfect place to grab a drink and snack on some delicious cured meats and cheeses. Pick and choose your delicious plate. Fill it with hot coppa, salami, procuitto and various artisan cheeses. Light and delicious sandwiches are available as well as a few dessert options.
BAR OPINION: Noble Fir is the new kid on the block with so many great restaurants, bars and boutiques on Ballard Ave. I glance up at the sign, a single evergreen tree. The Noble Fir is a western North American fir, native to the Cascade Range and Coast Range mountains of extreme northwest California and western Oregon and Washington in the United States. This bar was opened by Rick and Ellen, after 10 years at REI and 10 years working as an attorney respectivly, they decided to combine their love of the great outdoors with their love of food and drink. Noble Fir was born.
This bar brings the great outdoors in. Large windows welcome the sun light as it streams directly into the bar, coating the patrons. Slick wooden booths with a long wooden bar and a bookcase full of travel books, I am ready for an adventure. I immediately grab the beer list. My eyes light up, Port Brewing/Lost Abbey’s Red Barn and Port Brewing/Lost Abbey’s Wipe Out IPA (not listed above) are both ordered and savored over the course of an hour.
A pre-dinner drink and appetizer plate would be the perfect complement to a night out. This bar has a pretty damn good tap list with a range of styles and a lot of love to West coast brewers. We only had an hour of so that night, but this bar is worth a trip back and several after that.
A quote from Rick and Ellen:
Together, we hope to bring a festive approach to your enjoyment of some of the best things the Pacific Northwest has to offer – hops, barley, fermented grapes and miles of trails…
Couldn’t have said it better myself.