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Strebs (206) St. Louis, Missouri | June 24, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Their beer is OK, but their burgers are wonderful...pricey but worth every penny.
Drake (564) Free Union, Virginia | February 22, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Located about half a mile from Fullsteam but its more downtownish so parking is a little tricker, but I did see a garage after I found a spot on the street. As for ambience picture a Five Guys (or casual burger join) with disco-ball lit brew kettles, a bar and beers that are actually pretty damn good. Short on cash so I had the $3 duck frites which accomplished what I expected them too. Samples are available for a buck each (4 ounces). Food is pretty cheap, prices are good and the beers, ranging from a golden ale to an imperial stout and two barleywines, were all solid to very good. Bartenders were helpful despite it being busy. "Table service" is available at the bar but you go to a window to order, and walk up to the bar with your beers, if you sit anywhere else. Despite this, the bartenders managed to do well despite having a full work-load. Seems like a very good addition to the Triangle beer scene. Oh yeah, gonna rerate this and boost the score just cause of the pastured beef. Because that is important to me. Go Bull City.
fredandboboflo (62) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | February 10, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Lively neighborhood feeling place with patrons from bar regulars to families with young kids. Great burgers. They may not come out bleeding, but they were oozing with juices for me and the quality of the meat really did shine through, as well as the super fresh other ingredients. Beer snuck up on me, in a good way. The hopping rates seem to be considerably lower than what is currently standard for American beer, which sort of tricked me at first into being underwhelmed. By the end of the couple pints though, I realized the beers were in fact complex, balanced, and very well made, showcasing the fermentation and the malt. That may not speak well of me, but I came around in the end. Great place.
LilBeerDoctor (345) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | December 2, 2011
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
A great brewpub and eatery in Durham. There is a somewhat small bar and a number of long tables. If you sit at the tables, you need to go up to the kitchen and wait in line to place your order (but if you sit at the bar, you are served by the bartender). A fairly extensive tap list with some interesting seasonals (bitter and stout with coffee and chili powder - just to name a few). The beers were good, not great, but certainly palatable and interesting too. The food is quite awesome- great burgers (from grass-fed cows), all-natural ingredients, you really canít go wrong! I was quite impressed by this place, I wish I could be a regular here!
JCB (237) Durham, North Carolina | September 17, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Been here probably a half dozen times now, in the company of family, friends, neighbors, and teammates, and itís been almost universally loved. After a slightly rough start - the layout is such that the brewery almost couldnít handle the initial crowds - the place has settled nicely into its own. Burgers are damn good, and while you do pay a bit more for your food politics, itís less than some other places in the Triangle (like Draft) and is fuckin tasty. Beers have ranged from unspectacular to very good, but I love the sessionable focus of most of their offerings and theyíre clearly headed in the right direction.
NachlamSie (631) Denver, Colorado | September 1, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 15/20
The idea of a brewery which specializes in burgers is wonderful. However, thanks to NC state law, all ground beef has to be burned so I donít see the point in doing a dedicated burger joint with some of the finest meat just to see it become dried out and tough. Anyway, I was already informed about the burger thing beforehand and I knew better. The duck frites are quite tasty. The beer is solid, though very "safe" and "English". I like the ambiance of the place and the service was very good.
emacgee (62) Chapel Hill, North Carolina | July 14, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
My first time here and I enjoyed it. Pretty cool layout and view of the brewery. The bar setup is neat, I liked the wooden tap handles. Check out the underside of the bar, its pretty interesting. Full of rocks held back by a grate. Ok, so go ahead and choose whether or not you want to sit at the picnic tables or bar, if you sit at the bar sit somewhere that people wont constantly bump into your bar stool. Iíve heard that can be an issue. Really liked the concept here, lots of do it yourself in the air. Most of the beers were pretty tasty and I liked my burger. Its kind of confusing ordering though since you pretty much build the meal entirely from scratch.
TURDFERGUSON (153) Durham, North Carolina | June 11, 2011| Updated November 17, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Okay. Went tonight. Pretty busy inside. Sat at the bar, ordered the sampler of all beers available, plus a burger and frites. Because of the way the long picnic tables were set up and where the bar is, people kept walking behind me and kicking my chair over and over again. Waiters, patrons, young, old. Very annoying. Food was okay--grass-fed burger was overly gamey, pretty good otherwise but not juicy at all. Beer is mediocre as well. Standard, mainly English style brews. Solid beers, but lack complex character like many in the area. Great service from Doug at the bar. Hope to see some good variety from these guys and look forward to trying more in the future. Overall, im happy to have a new brewpub around, but still left wanting a little more ,and for some crazy reason, and expecting better.
DukeBrewDevil (41) Chapel Hill, North Carolina | April 25, 2011| Updated October 28, 2011
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
This new brewpub has been open for a month or so now. Itís located in the heart of downtown Durham, and in typical Durham fashion, it specializes in local everything. Local, fresh ground burger meat, hand packed hot dogs, homemade ketchups, and on and on. The menu is small and pretty pricey for what you get, but good, particularly the dogs. [After many trips back, Iíd say the burgers have improved and are now possibly the best Iíve ever had.] The space is one large, open room with the bar on one wall, another wall with a view of the brewery, open kitchen along the back, and even a nice little kids play area. They have a few tables making up an outdoor patio tucked away behind the restaurant. Iíve been here pretty regularly now, and have had a ton of their beers. They tend to be sessionable styles, all very well made. They rotate beers so quickly, especially the stronger ones, that you can go every month and always find something youíve never seen before. Most beers are $4.50/pint and come in British style pint glasses, which makes sense for their current lineup. They do to-go growler sales. I would like a few bolder beer styles, but other than that minor complaint, this place is fantastic. Welcome to the Durham beer scene, Bull City!
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