United States > New York > Syracuse
cratez (206) Toronto, Ontario | August 7, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
When I visited: Early August 2014.
What I had: 21st Amendment Bitter American, Boulder Beer 35th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA, and Dark Horse Edacsac Dekoorc Eert on tap, Sopressata, Prosciutto and Brie board to split, Mediterranean Veggie Wrap for myself, Caesar Salad and several glasses of Line 39 Sauvignon Blanc for my partner.
What I liked: Large and attractive interior, bustling atmosphere on a Saturday night, excellent draft list with a focus on hop-forward beers, good wine menu, fast and engaging service, bartender was happy to provide samples, prices are fair for what you get, even the door staff are friendly.
What I disliked: Wouldíve preferred to eat some quality gastropub fare over the barebones snacky stuff that they offer. And the tap lineup, while stellar, falls short of the better beer spots in Buffalo. But this is still a great bar.
Would I go back? Definitely.
Overall Rating: 78
pushkinwow (123) Ottawa, Ontario | November 28, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
So canít believe I have never rated this considering it was one of the first places in the US that got me into craft brews. Nice setup with a bar feel at the front and more quiet tables and private booths at the back. Have really stepped up their game in terms of selection the last couple of times Iíve been considering they had founders breakfast stout, Gandhi bot, and other tasty and fresh dipas plus more on tap. Food selection is good and weíll priced. Donít miss out on the chilli if that is up your alley. Kid and family friendly during the day. Prices are all over the map and donít always make sense but there seem to always be some deals and some head scratchers.
merc7186 (159) North Tonawanda, New York | November 17, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 15/20
I came to the Blue Tusk after leaving J.Ryans...not even close on comparison.
A: The atmosphere of the Blue Tusk is actually really nice and very craft beer centric.
Q: They had some decent beers on taps but also had some faux craft beers and dogs too.
S: Service was decent but not very timely while waiting at the bar for a drink.
S: A nice mix between the styles but had a lot of cheap faux craft beers on tap to make up that mix.
V: 7 bucks for a pint of Pyramid is obsurd (and that was their cheapest beer)...10 bucks for a pint of FW Union Jack, Ive never seen that pint over 7 anywhere else.
Overall, an over priced tourist trap, nice place but wont stop back.
AirForceHops (123) Epping, New Hampshire | July 29, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Stopped in after the Empire Brew Fest on July 19, 2013. We didnít eat anything, we were here strictly for the drafts. Honestly yeah, they do have a lot of craft taps however, nothing that made me drop my jaw or raise my eye brows. But still pretty good selections; Elysian, Founders, Ithaca, Middle Ages, Stone etc. I have had about 90% of the drafts after looking at the list. Perhaps I just stopped in on an off weekend. I only had one brew that I hadnít previously had. With the amount of taps this place has it has potential to really be great. And they have great breweries, they just really need to have some more small batch or one-off selections. We sat directly in front of the main tap handles at the bar, so itís really hard judging how good the bartenders are (since since we were hard to miss)
And Iím really glad no collage kids where running around. Iím sure this is RELLY over- crowded when collage is in session. I wouldnít go anywhere near this place after September 6 on any given calendar year.
UDBeernut (120) Moving to Jax, Florida | October 13, 2012| Updated December 16, 2012
34 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 1/10 OVERALL 1/20
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.
Radek Kliber (236) Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), Poland | July 25, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
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.
AleWife725 (66) Albany, New York | July 5, 2012
62 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 11/20
November 2011. Always crowded from open to close, making me less likely to get in there. Tons of taps, but they are spread all over the bar, and their tap list doesnít match what is truly available. Prices were decent, and I can see why people would love it for their selection, but it felt to me like they were trying to do "too much", and suffered from it. They were out of the first 3 beers I tried to order- and I had chosen them from the menus they were handing out! One fun note- they do have a less expensive "mystery tap", so at the end of the day, one can just roll the dice on that one!
rejtable (113) Ontario | April 16, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Got nothing to complain about this place. Great tap list, welcoming atmosphere, maybe a bit young, but not bad. Great location. Prices seemed decent. Good spot.
jessilea (12) edinboro, Pennsylvania | February 26, 2011
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 20/20
I loved the ambiance of this place, very comfortable, really nice beer selection, and very good food.
Capa (268) Manama, Bahrain | January 25, 2011
66 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
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 didnít 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.
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