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Fish Tale Brew Pub

Posted in OlyCOOL—the premier-ish guide to Olympia.


I shall save my opinions about the beer for another occasion–and I’m sure you’re waiting with bated breath–but the actual brew pub? It is… not so good.

It’s not like I really feel the need for a brew pub to be super exciting; classics like bangers and mash, tacos, and fish and chips all have place on this type of a menu. As long as it is served fresh and flavorful, it makes for good pairing with beer.

When those two criteria aren’t being fulfilled, however, you’re skidding down a rocky road.

The cod tacos I tried during our visit weren’t exactly a source of joy and delight. The dish had that kind of Food Services of America quality to it, in which “quality” is a serious misnomer. ”Flavorless” is a more apt adjective. Not “offensively bad”, just “… eh”.

You know what I’m talking about: the crumbly corn tortillas you find way in the back of a Safeway shelf, topped with runny tomatoes, and flavorless cod… I mean, come on, you’re Fish Tale… At least serve up some fresh fish.

The nachos went pretty much the same way. These reminded me of what we’d make on a particularly lazy Sunday, the kind where you find some stale chips in the cupboard, which you mix up with whatever you find in the fridge. “Can you really do anything particularly exciting with nachos?”, you may ask. The answer is yes. Senior level OlyCOOL executives have fondly spoken about QB’s take on the dish, and they’re just blocks away.

So it goes… Call me picky, but if I’m drinking quality beer, I also want quality food. Again, it’s a discussion for another day if Fish Tale really serves up quality beer or not, but the food is something I’d stay away from. There are many spots right around the brew pub that hold high quality. Eat there, then go drinking, if that is what you so wish.