So, this is basically everything Fishtale should be, but clearly isn’t. That goes for the food, that goes for the atmosphere, and–in my less than definitely humble opinion–that definitely goes for the beer.
For having only been around for a few months, Three Magnets’s offerings of the latter have been decidedly positive. That’s not to say every beer has knocked me in the teeth with awesomeness, but their Major Tompkins Oatmeal Imperial Stout ranks high on my oatmeal stout meter. (It is a short meter, but either way…)
With a quick turnover of styles, the brewery is clearly evolving quickly, and I’m very curious to see where this all will end up. Early beginnings are promising.
That, too, goes for the food. Here we have what one would probably call gastro pub food with a northwest twist… Both are, of course, cliched and overused adjectives, but it’s true nonetheless. A personal favorite is the Jamburger, which is pretty much what one would expect it to be–a burger with a savory jam. During our visits, the meat was cooked perfectly to medium-rare, and, as opposed to many other spots, Three Magnets served it on a proper bun. The spent grain roll was one that could be eaten like proper bread, which is a step up from your average Wonderbread-grade offering.
The Moonrocks, too, are quite good. These are beer battered cheese curds, which really are as wrong and good as they sound. Same goes for the mac and cheese–it might not be a culinary inventive masterpiece, but come on… Mac and cheese with a beer base? Only a communist would hate that.
For those familiar with Manito Tap House in Spokane, you will have a good idea what to expect from Three Magnets. Give it a bit of time, and Three Magnets could even rival that spot’s food–things are looking promising so far, at least.
It’s a good place to hang out, Three Magnets. It has an unassuming atmosphere (all ages welcome, something Fishtale for whatever reason has deemed a bad idea) and the beer is good. The food is close to excellent. There are new microbreweries and tap houses set to open in Olympia soon, and that’s a development we all can celebrate. For now, we’re glad Three Magnets is around to lead the way.