Front bar closes earlier than the basement area. Loud, impersonal, neutral environment. Smoking allowed in the basement.
Braudog (827) Yorktown, Virginia | June 26, 2005| Updated October 26, 2009
First Visited in June 2001 and finally made it back in October 2009. Stopped by at 6pm on a Monday and found the place damn near empty. Inside was dark and broody. No one was in the dining room, just at the bar. With a glance at the menu I knew I wouldnít eat either ... It ranged from $3 popcorn to $13 pizza to $25 entrees. Odd selection. Thank God for good beer! I know 5 Seasons has a solid rep, and I was not disappointed in the beer. Too bad I had to drive or I wouldve run the table.
Oakes (805) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 29, 2009
Big, corporate brewpub. They had a wide range on tap, some of which was quite enjoyable. The staff seemed kind of tired, which was something of a downer. A decent stop.
This is a very good, solid brewpub. The offerings are eclectic and of reliably good quality. The food is all free range/organic and very, very tasty from what Iíve tried. The prices are great for the tremendous quality of the food and beverage. The only let down was on my latest visit, the tap of Wired Straight had just run out. Oh, the owner is extremely nice to beer enthusiasts.
Located towards the back of a big, unwieldy shopping center. Brewpub chain feel, but fairly dark and woody. Nice vibe. The menu features some less than usual proteins, and I had an antelope dish which was solid. Beers were all solid with a couple of standouts. Prices are solid. Staff was nice, but I was with TBS who knows a lot of the staff here so I canít comment on the normal customer experience. Overall pretty nice.
Glen is the brewmaster, dave the head chef, and daniel was our bartender. Non smoking section area is huge, 325 people seating. Comfortable, high friendly enjoyable. Good selection of 6 guest taps, good secelction of 7, willing to experiment. Big garvity styles and they work. Glen let us sample aged bottle conditioned that were interesting. Try the aged dubbel. My favorite is the barley wine, which aged 10 months. The Terrapin brewer apprenticed here. My travelling buddy liked the food. Must stop.
Mid-afternoon visit made it easy to find and park my motorcycle directly out front.
Nice location in the back of a shopping plaza with the bar in the middle with the brewing directly behind bar. Good selection of their brews and let me sample them at my pace to rate. Staff had good knowledge of the beers and were very freindly and the management work with to sample their bottle selections. Due to time of day, I did not get to eat. Nice place and well worth the visit. Thank You for the gift.
This is one of the few brewpub restaurants Iíve been to which caters to quality food lovers as much as craft beer lovers. The Duck 2 Ways was an exquisite dinner, just like the crab and cream cheese ravioli. The atmosphere is upscale and maybe a little too dark for my liking, but the open room setup somehow made it possible for everyone to feel comfortable, which is always appreciated. Our waiter was perhaps a newcomer to the trade and was nothing more than polite, but Dennis, the owner, came to join us after the meal and letís just say he knows how to take care of his customers! There were 5 beers on tap that day, all of which were very competently brewed, including a beautiful Vienna, which is rather rare in North America. Some bottle-conditioned beers are available for on-site consumption if you ask for them, but I would have preferred that list to be advertised as we were only made aware of it after our meal. Overall, this is a brewpub very much in the vein and quality of Iron Hill (DE), Trou du Diable (QC), and Cambridge Brewing (MA), just to name a few, in other words a restaurant where fine dining meets fine brewing. Iíd definitely like to see more of those around!
Have stopped in a few times for a drink and/or food. Usually 10 taps on that seem to rotate semi frequently as well as a few bottles for sale. Food I have had has been fine but nothing out of this world. Service has been fine, but never been in when it has been busy. Prices are nice.