United States > North Carolina > Durham
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.
maxwelldeux (140) Snohomish, Washington | October 8, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Went here for lunch yesterday and quite enjoyed it. The food was pretty high quality, and the bartender working was a really cool dude. I was a little disappointed that they only have five selections (at least, when I was there), and three of them were fairly average. The other two I did enjoy, especially their Harvest brew. Very chill and laid-back location.
JCB (246) 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.
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.
Travlr (1927) Washington, Washington DC | July 28, 2015
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 15/20
Visited on National Hamburger Day. Only the US could have such a stupid thing like that. Looks like this place used to be an old fountain/pharmacy sort of thing. Medium sized countertop bar to the left. Open space. Brewhouse visible behind glass. Order food from the kitchen straight ahead. Or order food from the bar, which is what I did. Burgers are small but filling and very creative. My veggie burger was a polenta burger with tasty toppings and sauce, first time Iíve seen that. Lots of students drinking massive towers of beer. Everyone else had pints. They have pre-filled crowlers of a small selection of their beers, and growlers of almost everything. Friendly staff. Worth a stop.
DiarmaidBHK (752) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | September 12, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting place located in downtown Durham! they have basically a fast food counter where you can order burgers and they give you a take away number or you can get full service from the bar. The bar it is. They had six things on tap. One was pretty solid, the other eh. The food was fantastic especially for the money. Parking is probably an issue during the day but there seemed plenty on street at night. Solid place, nice place to have in a neighborhood.
nearbeer (218) Knoxville, Tennessee | August 27, 2014| Updated September 13, 2014
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Ate and drank here a couple of times while in town on business. Sat at the bar for a while and then in the little back alcove to watch the World Cup, and service was good in both areas. While itís more of a hipster/family burger joint that collided with a small brewery, thatís completely fine with me. Itís really unpretentious, they locally source many products and the beef is grass-fed. I even sampled some locally produced dog-food made from the spent grain, and it was pretty tasty. However what irritated me is the "artisanal burgers" that are "cooked to order". Both times I couldnít order a medium-rare burger. Both times, they insisted that it MUST BE either rare or medium, but not medium-rare. WTF? If I prefer half-bloody burgers to full bloody or burnt, whatís the big deal burger artiste? I can get a m-r burger at any number of places that charge less and they taste better than yours. But now Iíll simmer down from my burger rant and get to the most important thing, since this is ratebeer. The overall saving grace for this place rating is the beer. The 4 beers I had were pretty good overall and they seem to have a decent rotating variety, based on 2 visits 3 weeks apart. The service tried to do as best they could, and prices were reasonable. The duck fat fries were greasy, floppy and a bit tasteless compared to other places where Iíve indulged, but the two different burgers I had were decent, if unmemorable.
swoopjones (312) Buffalo, New York | March 12, 2014
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
burger was VERY good, beer was OK. IPA was prettygood, bitters were ok. Duke U heavy crowd, busy place, did i say Burgers rocked. Come for the burger & enjoy a few local pints
BeerFlavoredBeer (17) New Hampshire | November 16, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
Great atmosphere inside with the brewery to the right, behind glass, a picnic-style seating area in the center of the main space, and a nice bar to the left. In the back, behind the brewery, is an alcove well-suited to small parties. Very casual, well-lit, very clean. Lots of recycled materials, bamboo counter-tops, etc.
Service has always been excellent at the bar, and all the employees are warm and friendly.
The food is fantastic - focusing on build-your-own burgers and dogs. A great deal of the menu is sourced from local and state-wide farms. The burgers are delicious, pasture-raised beef. Great selection of toppings that compliment each-other. Great appetizers (especially the pickle chips... oh god, get those). The aioli, BCBB sauce, and the Ghost of Rogerís Alley hot sauce are all fantastic.
The beer selection is limited to what they brew in-house, but I have never been disappointed. Bartlettís Ordinary Bitter and the Bryant Bridge Gateway Ale pair exceptionally well with the appetizer lineup and the burgers. The Boars Russian Imperial Stout and the lemon pound cake (make sure to get it with the spicy chocolate sauce) is a fantastic finisher for the meal.
Seven bucks for a grass-fed NC burger (figure around $10 if you get a bunch of toppings), great daily specials, interesting monthly specials, solid beer lineup. The full bar also offers a few single malts, Titoís vodka, and other solid staples. Thereís also a good wine selection and a great self-serve Enomatic system.
Seven taps and a beer engine for their small-batch experimental stuff (which is always interesting - I think they have a dry-hopped bitter coming up).
Overall, the local menu items and the grass-fed beef burgers are the strong point, with the microbrews not far behind. I have never left disappointed... or even remotely unimpressed, even. It has always been great.
beernovice39 (249) Montana | October 1, 2012
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Dropped in for a flight. Younger crowd. Decent service and prices. Will stop in to eat next time.
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