The Blue Tusk | Syracuse, New York
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The Blue Tusk
Exceptional based on 38 ratings
Type: Bar

165 Walton Street
Syracuse, New York United States 13202 [ print map ]
315 472 1934

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Hours: Monday to Saturday 11am - 2am; Kitchen 11am-11pm


Mayor: AirForceHops (1) | Taps: 70 | Bottles: 10


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Beer Available At The Blue Tusk (arranged by most recent)
Stone Coffee Milk Stout 91, Allagash Bourbon Black 98, Southern Tier Live 96, Victory DirtWolf Double IPA 99, Jack’s Abby Kiwi Rising 99, New England Gandhi-Bot Double IPA 99, Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA 96, Elysian Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale 88
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38 reviews for The Blue Tusk
 Ambiance  70%
 Service  63%
 Selection  81%
 Food  72%
 Value  62%
 Overall  73%
 Rating  83%
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60
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 10/20
Rastacouere  (664) Montreal, Quebec | July 29, 2005
Rather generic pop music atmosphere. Very loud crowd, party-ish. Nice tap selection, but I much prefer the clark’s ale house ambiance which is only a few blocks away. Efficient huge staff behind the counter. College crowd. Lots of taps, but nothing truly out of the ordinary, I had SNPA to give you an idea and it was 5$, far more expensive than I’d have paid at Clark’s whre they had even a few under 3$.
66
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 12/20
Sammy  (552) Toronto, Ontario | June 12, 2005
I only saw about 2 dozen of the reported 70, but Venom and others insist they are there. There are many more beers listed, but not all were available. Mostly local but a few guest taps for popular stuff, like ARogant B. Very full for a Monday, but loud music and people were shouting above it which made it on highly obnoxious side for any bar I have been to in 30 odd years. Fresh and well-served out of tap although did not see custom glassware.
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT  (521) Montreal, Quebec | February 2, 2004
Awesome, quality tap list, from barley wines to pale ales. Prices are reasonable, atmosphere relax and friendly, you just wish you had more time to get through those taps. Little tip: go do your shopping at Party Source beforehand and then come for your tasting. A lot of the beers on tap here are available in bottles at the Party Source, so shopping prior to coming will make your choice of tap much easier with a few bottles of this tap and that tap in your trunk!
76
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere  (450) Ottawa, Ontario | October 23, 2006
Been there a few times, but this Saturday was rather exceptional in terms of selection: Maharaja by Avery (4.50 for 12 on...ouch), SN Harvest, and a host of many others. Up to 72 taps. Service was good, and its possible to ask the barman for samples.
62
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones  (308) Buffalo, New York | March 19, 2007
Good sandwiches, huge tap selection. too many Middle Ages IMO. But nothing real special aside from the beer. Buffalo chicken sandwich is really good.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
DYCSoccer17  (300) Woodland, California | May 28, 2004
This is the quintessential beer bar. I have not been to a ton of tap houses, but this one is remarkable. There are at least 70 taps with lots of weird stuff that you can’t even buy in bottleshops. If anyone has ever been to the Pizza Plants in Buffalo, you can multiply their selection by about 5. Prices are decent as well. My only complaint is that the one bartender I had seemed like quite an asshole.
66
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
Capa  (270) Manama, Bahrain | January 25, 2011
Was there the evening after a Syracuse basketball game that afternoon so this may be a bi off, but wow...crowded. Extremely loud, drunk college kids being, well, drunk college kids, no place to sit, and barely able to hear the person next to you. With that out of the way, the beer selection was quite nice. Had some of the local stuff on tap, some classic craft beer standbys, and a rarity here and there. Prices may have been a little high but I didn’t notice it too much. Had it not been so loud and crowded I would have wanted to stay longer but only had one. I would love to visit on a less crowded day to really get a handle on what it can be like.
82
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
muzzlehatch  (255) Burlington, Vermont | December 22, 2004| Updated January 1, 2006
Dec 2004: At first I wasn’t terribly impressed...the tap list doesn’t have a lot of rarities or surprises, focusing fairly heavily on NY state stuff...and the ambiance seems sort of mall-ish to me. BUT the Middle Ages and Southern Tier stuff makes it worth a stop alone, the pints are very generous and cheap, and there are some nice private booths to the right of the bar. Definitely worth a stop.

Dec 2005: two more stops this year included the fine Middle Ages X, another Dragonslayer just as majestic as last years’, and a 9-year-old glass of Rogue Kriek! Plus a terrific prosciutto/parmesan sandwich and crab chowder...this place rocks!

76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL  (241) Montréal, Quebec | October 27, 2008
Établissement visité le mardi 14 octobre vers 13h30. Ambiance: Boiserie, brique et marbre. Présence de cubicule intime pour petit groupe. Musique du monde et jazz. Service: On commande à un comptoir pour la nourriture. On paie et on attend que notre buzzer sonne et on va chercher notre repas. On doit se rendre au bar pour nos consommations. Sélection: Environ 100 fûts et 10 bouteilles comme choix. Nourriture: Nous avons pris: Quesidillas au poulet et fromage et un roulé au poulet et tomates séchées. Le tout était correct. (112e rating d’établissement)
68
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber  (236) Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), Poland | July 25, 2012
When went there they were very busy. It was pain to order beer. Selection was very good. Service was average. Did not order any food. Generic design.

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