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Beer Available At Fifty West Brewing Co. (arranged by most recent)
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ARH (96) Chicago, Illinois | March 12, 2015
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
It’s a cozy and comforting brewpub with a lodge-like feel to it. The waiter was friendly, welcoming, encouraging, and knowledgeable about the beer. The had an abundant selection of their brews available - roughly 18 taps of their own brews as I recall. They only offered fixed flights; although our server mentioned we could swap out a couple if we really wanted. The food was tasty too, very hearty, and not overly reliant on salt, oil, or fat. We arrived just at the front end of the dinner hour and it was nearly empty on a Wednesday, but business ramped up pretty quickly to fill the bar area (nice playlist too!). Definitely a good brew and grub stop.
Brigadier (291) Clevelandish, Ohio | December 29, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Stopping here on the recommendation of many locals, I discovered a nice local which might deserve future visits if it were not so far from downtown. Tucked away a few miles from the interstate, Fifty West looks more like a bed and breakfast than a brewpub from the outside. Once you walk in and see the extensive beer list your assumptions will change.
Arriving fairly soon after it opened the place was quiet. If you sit up in the bar area the noise from the televisions might make talking difficult. Off the side the ambiance makes it possible to have conversations despite the cramped arrangement of some of the tables.
The beer list covers a variety of styles. On Sundays flights of six beers are half price which makes it an excellent time to come if you just want to tick 12 to 15 new rates. Unfortunately most of the beers are average at best. I did not get an opportunity to try any special releases - maybe those are better than the regular IPAs, Belgians, and stouts. At $5.00 for six 3.5 ounce samples though I did not feel too cheated.
The food menu is limited but not your typical brewpub fare. An upscale menu attempts to differentiate itself but stumbles a bit. The pancakes, while visually appealing, lacked much flavor and the toast underneath the eggs benedict was slightly overdone. I would go back again with tempered expectations.
If Dilly’s had been open this would make a nice loop along with Dutch’s and a couple of other spots northeast of downtown. I would not recommend going out of your way to visit though - with other options such as Rhinegeist, Mad Tree, and Ei8ht Ball to choose from this slips to the second tier of "must visit" places.
jrallen34 (479) Chicago, Illinois | December 8, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
Unique looking building, doesn’t look like a brewery, easy to drive by. Much smaller inside that it looks from outside. Clean new decor, a couple of tvs. They have about 15-18 beers on tap plus a couple of their bottled beers. They do samples, kegs and growlers. Nice spot to come by if you’re a ticker because they do 3.5 ounce sample pours, you won’t get wasted. Service was nice but overly helpful or descriptive of the beer. They had a stand out session, a couple good dipas and a great cask stout. Most beers were drinkable. This is a cool spot worth checking out.
beername99 (8) Cincinnati, Ohio | July 29, 2014
56 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
shrubber85 (281) Greenville, Indiana | March 30, 2014
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Cozy place - was a bit crowded when we were there but were served quickly. Nice guest tap selection along with their own beers. A very pleasant place.
alexsdad06 (41) Ohio | March 9, 2014
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
One of the best new places in the city. Their beers were solid to start, but are always getting better. Consistently trying new things and put out a consistent product. The food they have added is very good and not typical of most brewpubs. Ambiance is solid. Staff is friendly. Owners and brewers are present, friendly and do a great job.
rondphoto (151) Lakeside Park, Kentucky | March 3, 2014
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
Warm and friendly atmosphere, great service, good brews. All taps are their own, but the selection is varied and the quality is good. The Coffee Please is worth a special trip. Really good place.
Dogbrick (796) Columbus, Ohio | January 13, 2014
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Fifty West is located in Mariemont on Wooster Pike, east of Cincinnati. There is a private parking lot next to the building.
The interior is laid out like a house, and opens to a small foyer with merchandise in a case. To the right is a bar are with high tables and a bar in back. There is a separate room on the left with more seating, shuffle puck and a view of some of the brewing equipment. The bar offers a view of their uniform tap handles. There is a chalk board in the bar seating area and another behind the bar listing the available beers.
The brewpub has around 10 of their beers on draught. On my visit this included a Speed Bump Light, Penny’s Pils, an Imperial Stout, a Barley Wine and Coffee Porter, as well as a collaboration Belgian beer with Yellow Springs. All of the beers were decent with a couple stand outs. A 6-beer sampler is available, and it is only $5 during happy hour ($9 normally).
Service on a late Saturday afternoon at the bar was good. The bartender was very personable and knew the beers.
We did not have any food on our visit.
Overall this is a solid brewpub, and being right up the road from Dilly Cafe is a bonus. I would definitely visit again.
Drjohnrock (28) Cincinnati, Ohio | October 12, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Located in the old Heritage Restaurant building on US 50/Wooster Pike. Nice atmosphere but timing is important--can get super crowded on weekend nights. Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Two sampler flights are offered--pretty decent brews, and the place seems to constantly be rolling out new ones. If you’re going there to eat, be aware the menu is tapas style, so the portions, while tasty, are not large.
50belair (211) Florida | October 10, 2013| Updated October 13, 2013
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Really groovy German style chalet. Fantastic food. Good variety of 50 West beers. The patio is the goods, especially on a brisk night. Also really dig the turntable, record collection, and shuffleboard.....
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