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Beer Available At The Sanctuary Pub (arranged by most recent)
Prairie Artisan Ales Somewhere 96, Bells Hopslam 100, Mikkeller 19 98, Ommegang Seduction 96, Toppling Goliath Millennium Falcon , New Belgium Lips of Faith - Brett Beer 65, Founders Backstage Series #5: 15th Anniversary Bolt Cutter Barley Wine 98, Evil Twin P.H.A.T. Porter 84, Ommegang Art of Darkness 98, Toppling Goliath Golden Nugget IPA 97, Toppling Goliath Biter Double IPA
KAF (100) Coralville, Iowa | January 27, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
With 20+ craft and import taps this bar has the largest tap selection of quality beer in Iowa City. The only issue is their prices tend to be a dollar or two higher for tap beer when compared with other local bars. Atmosphere is great and the bar tenders are friendly and know there beer. I always see a few beer on tap here that I donít see anywhere else in the area.
adnielsen (325) Fort Collins, Colorado | April 8, 2011
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Way cool, old pub and restaurant with an excellent bottle and tap list for beers. The pizza was also pretty good. I hope to make it back to this place some time in the future.
MarcatGSB (17) Eagle Harbor, Michigan | February 3, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
The Sanctuary is a fun, sophisticated bar in a great district of Iowa City. Vast selection of bottled beers, and always something fun on tap. Woody does a great job bringing in fantastic tap beers, and takes pride in keeping the lines clean, barrels fresh, and a nice selection. I would disagree with the above reviewer on the mark up of bottled beer...I feel they are very reasonable.
ekoerper (37) Iowa | January 4, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Ambiance is great; dimly lit pub with dark wood all around, very relaxed atmosphere. Service is usually prompt and friendly. Beer selection is pretty good (great for Iowa), and there is usually something interesting on tap, particularly new Rogue brews. My only mild gripe with the place is that their markup on the bottles is pretty steep, enough so to limit my visits.
civforprez (10) Galesburg, Illinois | December 8, 2010
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Sanctuary has a great selection and most of the staff are pretty knowledgable about that selection. Music is a hit or miss at this place. Food is generally good. Value is decent but not great for the good stuff.
FirmButtstone (2) Cedar Rapids, Iowa | April 8, 2010
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Just a great bar, great selection, food and service. Go there for the specialty Rogue beers, and now Bellís stuff also. The food is very good and quite above typical bar fare (lamb sliders). The owner (Woody) is just a great guy to have a conversation with.
BrianHagmeier (13) Coralville, Iowa | April 1, 2010
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 20/20
Yeah, Iím rating the place pretty high, but I like it, so piss off!
I have been reading some of the ratings and I agree the selection is not the most elaborate but, it is doing the best it can with what sells in Iowa.
I meet the owner the other day, what a gracious and engaging host. A person that is truly interested in bring his customers the best possible beer he can. Iowa City is lucky to have a place like The Sanctuary.
iabeerguy (4) Iowa | August 1, 2009
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Rogue Hazelnut brown nectar on tap. Donít need to say anything else.
marchcow (36) Coralville, Iowa | May 8, 2009
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Iíve been coming to this bar off an on for about 19 years. The selection is pretty good, but you may get an expired bottle if you pick anything thatís not on a decent rotation. Tap selection usually has a couple of very good options - compared to whatís available elsewhere. The food is decent and I really like the atmosphere. Overall, the best beer bar in Iowa City. Good place for conversation too as the music is not too loud except when they have live shows. We usually default to this place from lack of other options.
GJF (41) Mount Vernon, Iowa | February 6, 2008| Updated January 5, 2009
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
I love this place. Itís true the tap list is fairly standard, but itís a really nice belgian selection and pretty solid American (although itís iowa so weíre losing some of the goodíuns like Three Floydís, some of the Bells etc). Nice dark baroriginal rock and wooda fireplace in the side room, generally knowledgable staff and good pizza. I dig it.
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