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PorterPounder (277) Tallahassee, Florida | October 31, 2010
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Visited here in late October í10 while in DeLand for parents weekend at Stetson. Felt right at home - made it by there twice during the weekend. Excellent selection of taps (about 15 or so) and bottles (at least 60 or so). Had some Cigar City, Terrapin, Odell, SKA on tap to name a few. Many hard to find Belgians, a handful of JW Lees, some Colorado micros and they were featuring Dogfish Head - had at least half a dozen from them. Great atmosphere - big garage-type door opens up to the street when it gets busy. Servers are knowledgeable and friendly and always offer a taste before the pour. Food is from the restaurant across the street (Norville Barnes) which just so happens to be owned by the same folks. Had lunch there earlier in the day - excellent. Stop by if in the area and plan on staying a while!
cratez (165) Toronto, Ontario | March 17, 2011| Updated February 25, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Our final stop on a recent trip to Daytona Beach, and the 20 minute drive down the 400 was well worth it. Abbey is a modern, cosmopolitan beer bar with ample seating throughout its lounge, dining area, bar, and patio. On our visit we were greeted by a full house of diverse patrons. A chalkboard informs customers of the current tap offerings while the wine rack lines the wall beside the performance stage.
Upon snagging a table we received knowledgeable and attentive service from a young bald man with a goatee and pronounced southern accent. He helped me navigate the large draught lineup - 18 craft taps - and suggested a 2006 vintage bottle of Dogfish Head Raison DíExtra as an alternative to the J.W. Lees Harvest Ale, which was out of stock. He also assisted the rest of my table with food choices and ensured that everything came to us as quickly as possible. Top-notch waiter.
The beer selection is substantial with a focus on high gravity, Belgian-style brews and expensive dinner bottles from Fantome, Allagash, Dupont, Ommegang and others. I ordered a pint of Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale and Victory Yakima Glory and a bottle of Weyerbacher Hops Infusion. The Vertical and Infusion were good while the Yakima was absolute dynamite. The menu could benefit from more 12oz bottles, session beers, and American offerings, and the prices are quite steep, but thereís tons of quality stuff to be had and the existing bottle list is consistent with the barís theme.
For food we had the Carolinian and Portuguese pulled pork, veggie mac and cheese, smoked meatloaf, salmon remoulade, and red velvet cake. All of the dishes were fresh, tasty, and affordable. As we were paying our tab we noticed a band setting up on stage, and Iím sure the live music only enhances the fun and bustling atmosphere.
Overall, Abbey is the standout beer destination in Volusia County and I will undoubtedly return here on future trips to Daytona. Great open and welcoming vibe, unrivalled selection for the area, and superb service to boot. I canít see how anybody wouldnít enjoy themselves here.
kiefdog (120) Tampa, Florida | June 23, 2008
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Tried this place for the first time a few months ago and was definitely not disappointed. The day we visited was sunny and cool, so the entire front of the Abbey was open to the street which gave it a very European street pub atmosphere. The Belgian beers on tap that day were pretty excellent St. Bernardus, Piraat, Leffe, and a few others. Very nice bottle selection as well. Unfortunately, they were out of Trappist Rochefort 10, so I had to settle on a bottle of the 8, served in the appropriate Rochefort glass. The food we had for lunch was very good and they had a decent selection of it. Prices are competitive. Sadly this place is two hours or more from our house or we would visit more frequently.
changeup45 (108) Mount Dora, Florida | April 23, 2011| Updated April 26, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
I finally made it out to this place. I was looking for a new place to try to get some good beer and food. Iíve known about this place but never knew you could get food here before now; thought it was strictly a bar (the food is from a place across the street). This is one of the better beer bars Iíve been to. A wide range of draft and bottle choices. I love the vibe here; quiet and relaxing, nice bar area, pub style tables, and an area with couches for more relaxed lounging. The patio area is small but you can enjoy a brew outside too. Seems like the best of both worlds for me; a nice quiet atmostphere to enjoy a good brew, some TVs to watch a game if thatís what you want to do, and large enough to not feel cramped. I admit, we went when it wasnít busy at all so I canít comment on the regular weekend night scene. As far as the food, it wasnít great, but overall pretty solid. I think more bars are teaming up with restaurants to offer food and I think itís a great idea. Nice friendly service and the guy we talked to certainly knew his beer. Would be a great local bar and I wonít mind traveling a little out of my way to go back to.
dchmela (102) Orlando, Florida | April 14, 2008
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Had a group of friends all go try this place out and we really liked it. The wines were good and I had a flight of IPAs (Acme, Redhook, Hebrew, and 90 minute), plus they have an impressive bottle selection. Relaxed decor and couches plus a nice bar. Service was outstanding and staff was fairly knowledgable. While it is a haul from Orlando, a neat new place to visit.
BeerVirgin72 (96) Pickerington, Ohio | September 4, 2008
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Okay. This was a strange little place. Definitely not what I was expecting. First, its kinda in the middle of nowhere, and was a bit hard to get to. However, once we were there, the interior was very nice and welcoming. We sat in the little couches and I could have taken a nap. The waitress was very knowledgable, very friendly, and took great care of us. The beer list was awesome. And the food was basically paninis and salads. A bit limited for my tastes. I dont think I would go out of my way to go here again, but if I was in the area, I would definitely drop by.
DragonStout (96) Pickerington, Ohio | September 17, 2008
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Stopped here on our way home.It was a chore finding the place.It was a cozy little place that had great service.The beer selection was above average and had a decent menu.The food was good.
dimenhetfield (56) , Florida | November 28, 2010
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 20/20
Visited over Thanksgiving with my family from Daytona. They arenít big into the beer scene like me but they wanted to give this place a shot. The inside has a great ambiance to it. Art on the wall, comfy couches, live music and great beers on tap and bottles. The only problem is that there arenít any tvís, which was sort of a bummer, but I wasnít complaining. I will most certainly be back.
redlight (50) Orlando, Florida | October 22, 2006
88 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Great great beer bar! Anywhere you can buy a bottle of Scaldis Prestige is going to be one of my favorite places! The staff is very knowledgable and hospitable!
mgumby10 (47) Jupiter, Florida | January 18, 2007
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
This place is great, ive been there 4 or 5 times now as it is a trek from orlando for me. Usually go with boboski and solan but i am always up for making the journey. Todd is a great guy, and his passion for trying new beers and making his bar the best it can be is very encouraging. Great selection on tap and in the bottle. Also, have had the luxury of trying a few home brews on more than one occasion from friends of his bringing beer to the bar. You know its a great bar when you got people coming to the bar for beer, and people bringing beer as well. Keep up the good work and see ya soon!
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