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$, far more expensive than I’d have paid at Clark’s whre they had even a few under 3$.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
UDBeernut (285) Earth & Jacksonville (weekends), Florida | October 13, 2012| Updated December 16, 2012
I went here on a thursday afternoon for a few after work beers. They were busy for 5 but I found a spot at the bar. Ambience was ok and selection seemed good enough. The problem lies with their service. I kept flagging down the multiple tenders for service but just walked by. Many other customers were waiting too. After 10 minutes I just walked out an went to empire instead. I was happy about that.