United States > New York > Ithaca
MaBeer1972 (87) Taunton, Massachusetts | September 13, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
I was really looking forward to this place. Located in the basement of a funky old building, with brick walls, dark lighting - just what Ilike. They had 5 of their own beers on draft plus a slew of guest tap from all over. Got a flight of their 5 house brews. Nothing stood out, although I liked the Pirate Eye PA enough to get a full pint, and enjoyed it. The food was a bit pricy, but fresh and tasty. Got a good veggie burger with a side of mac and cheese. Dessert was excellent too. Waitress was very helpful and friendly. Worth checking out, but donít expect too much.
jb (63) Rochester, New York | November 8, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty quirky funky place. Nice prices especially for the core beers. Nice selection. Service is spotty on the bar side. Did not try food. Good beers true to style plus nice guest beer selection.
beerbill (112) Laurel, New York | November 1, 2014
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
We stopped in while visiting my daughter at school. As others have said, this place is located in the basement of an old building. You walk down a flight of old steps into the brewpub. The place itself had kitschy tables and chairs. One complaint would be that it was extremely loud. We had to yell at each other at the table in order to have a conversation, which I did not care for. Our server was slow to arrive and she didnít follow up well. I had a very spicy dinner, which was absolutely delicious by the way and worth stopping in just for that, I was long out of beer and she was no where to be seen. I could have easily ordered another beer or two while I was eating, but did not because of her inattentiveness. I would go back again just for the food alone. One of the better meals Iíve had in town.
Ron (63) Rochester, New York | February 23, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
We stopped there in late January with the Finger Lakes Beer Trail winter Passport. Late Friday night it was very crowded of course. Nice little under ground place. We felt very old in this college bar.
merc7186 (167) North Tonawanda, New York | November 17, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
The place is in downstairs of an old building, which on a 90 degree day, was very welcoming because it was cooler. I came on a monday around 8pm and most of the tables were full as was the bar. They offered 4 different flights on menu, bandwagon flight, NY flight, american craft flight, and beginners flight (also craft). They carried 4 store made brews and 16 other taps (mostly NY beers). The bandwagon flight came with their Moving Day Blonde Ale, Strawberry Cream Ale, Pirate Eye PA, Raspberry Jalapeno Ale, and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (they ran out of their 5th selectio due to american craft brew week). The beers were okay, not bad but nothing great and the food was decent. The only downfall is public street parking but all and all a good place to visit.
machfive55 (45) Columbia, Pennsylvania | October 28, 2013
50 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 8/20
Cool little underground (literally) place. We did not eat here. They brew some interesting beers, with some odd flavors, the chocolate peanut butter was very good the other beers were not that great.
pinkie (10) New York | August 16, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
I went here to pass a friday afternoon and have a couple of flights. I wasnít disappointed. The place is located down a flight of stone steps in the cellar but itís a tasteful bistro atmosphere. There are stone walls and white tablecloths, two rooms and a bar in each. The medal they won at the NYS TAP festival 2012 is on the wall. They have their own brewery flight and a flight that includes ithaca beer and southern tier, then they have one that includes great lakes and uinta. They have a bistro style menu that has good choices but I found that I went away without a burger and fries because itís 1/2 pound of beef. What am I gonna do with a half pound of beef on some bread? Thy have cocktails, and plenty of booze including bourbon, vodka, gin, rum and port. Nice place, nice time and I even met some nice people while I was there. It is not too expensive but the service is a little slow.
tgncc (81) Bellmore, New York | August 23, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
The restauarant is in a basement of a nice old building. Very attractive and well lit. The service is excellent, polite and attentive. The have great beers from local and international brewers on on tap, as well as their own brews. In fact, their own brews arenít even really front and center in their beer selection. And in fact, I didnít find their beers to be exceptional. However, the food was excellent. The prices were fairly reasonable as well. God overall.
DiarmaidBHK (736) Pennsylvania | July 25, 2011| Updated July 4, 2012
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Below ground Brewpub, gotta deduct a point from ambience for having to go down a flight of stairs, with a nice sort of artsy vibe which is to say it has the ubiquitious exposed stone and a clean color scheme with background music that was probably imported from Europe and many of the servers have tats and unshaved pits. I found the service efficient yet pleasant. I found the beer absolutely shocking. Itís some of the worst Iíve ever had at a Brewpub. The ubiquitous hamburger was tasty, nicely prepared taking advantage of local ingredients. (Iím pretty sure thatís bullshit but it sounds good.) in addition to 5 of their own on tap they have 15 taps of mostly craft. This is a nice place so if you come here, trust me when I say this, youíll want to sample one of those.
randomjuice290 (3) Pennsylvania | February 4, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
The beer brewed on site is terrific. Itís fresh and exciting, especially the raspberry jalapeno ale, first discovered during the 2010 Ithaca Brew Fest. Basically this place isnít afraid to try anything new. With a lot of great craft beer bars nearby in downtown Ithaca, this place holds its own not only with itís own beer but with a list of other craft beers as well. The food is a bit pricey but youíll be getting their take on classic American comfort food. Donít expect to be told what food to pair with what dish. They do update their menu every day, a major plus, however, the staff doesnít seem to be incredibly willing or knowledgeable about the beer. Iíd recommend this place for an already converted craft beer lover who loves to support small brewpubs and try something you canít get anywhere else. Great little place.
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