Fin (941) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | September 16, 2006
Went here May 2005. Large brewpub that serves reasonably good beers but like Gazza says it is much more expensive than some of the neighbouring bars, I didnít mind it but I can imagine it could get very crowded with the stag weekend crowd and weekenders in general.
Visited on April 10 with FatPhil (and Anna) and SaintMatty and again on April 11 by myself, 2009. First night I ate the Hock, which fills you up nicely. Also first night I asked for the ampler tray, which wasnít available, they really pushed the BH Premium as the beer to have, so I tried that one. Also tried the Medovar from Phil and the Dunkles Extra from Matt. Second night I didnít eat, but had the four remaining beers by myself. They had some live music as well as dancing going on, not really a peaceful environment if thatís what youíre after. Oh yeah, they really tried to sell me the BH Premium again, guess because itís the most expensive one? Itís pricey and touristy, but I think still well worth it since the beers are rather nice. Service could be better though, or at least not so "selling".
A massive, cheesey spot in tthe middle of Old Town, itís tough to pretend youíre not a tourist while youíre in this place. Having said that, the beer really is pretty damn good. A very fresh and zesty pilsner, an appropriately dark and malty dunkel and a lovely assortment in between makes it worth a stop. Try to get there early to avoid the worst of the touristy vibe (or embrace it and just have a good time). The beer is very expensive - even for Old Town (20 Euro for a sampler?!) but you may want a reprieve from the typical and ubiquitous Estonian lager.
Quite nice interior. Touristy place but the beer was decent enough and the service was quite okay. A bit touristy and impersonal, but still worth a visit.
FatPhil (451) Tallinn, Estonia | November 13, 2007| Updated May 20, 2009
Bavarian scene, piped oompah music. Tourist trap prices. All the beers are unfiltered, and thus vastly more flavoursome than pretty much all other baltic lagers. Food is high quality but quite expensive. A frew years back all beer was half price during happy hour, and it then actually becomes a pretty cheap venue - however that seems to have stopped now. Sit inside the big wooden beermug for more privacy.
What a story of missed potential! A perfectly adequate, large, íAustrian-styleí brewpub making beers in all the right colours to an acceptable standard but none of them shine. This is the only brewpub in Estonia but seems to choose not to enthuse. Its downstairs restauarant has a pirate theme - why on earth would you do that unless you had lost the plot?
Fairly big restaurant, in a very German feeling, however, not overdone like Old Hansa.
Tried the sampler tray and got almost 2 liters of beer, all for 20Ä. Could not finish all of them and was helped by 2 Fins who could not pass on the offer.
Friendly service, the whole place is very clean, well designed mostly of wooden furniture, seating and private table in some wood vessel-barrel.
All the beers designed by Braumeister Eve Toomela are in line with the German standards, showing no sign of infection but leaning very strongly on secular tradition without bringing anything new to the table. Iíd have loved to see some kind of seasonal offering with a small twist. Going the serving order on the tray, the last 3 got my attention, wished the other ones were a bit more hop forward even by noble hops standards.
A good place to grab your tankard and have a 50cl or 1L of beer. Food look exactly like the beer, big and well prepared.
Once you leave and go down the street you can easily see the brew installation which look rather big, and given the size of the place and how crowded it can get, I can only assume they brew some decent HL per year.
Massive place and mostly quiet when I was there, the German theme is great, particularly with the over-the-top back section done up like a traditional German villiage where each booth is a little house. Worth popping in just for that even though the beer is not great (Theyíre dark beer seemed the best). And then thereís the pirate ship and pirate to great you as you come in. Itís silly harmless fun.
This place blows. My parents were annoyed by the super kitchy german music that blares from speakers onto the street and I was not looking forward to going in the place. Prices were sky high, beer was crap. Atmosphere was crap and service was mediocre at best. Plus all beers were only in 500ml or bigger, which did not make it ideal for sampling. They had a sampler tray for about $30. You gotta be joking me! Get in and out as fast as possible is my recommendation.