United States > Connecticut > Hartford
AlKHall (11) West Hartford, Connecticut | May 21, 2006
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
This place was alright - there are 9 levels! but some of them are realy more like landings or steps - its not like this place is 9 stories high. The food is decent and the beer I had was pretty good. I’ll definetly be stopping by again to check out the other beers.
TrevorFloyd (8) Connecticut | May 19, 2006
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Interesting decor, with art in odd places and a number of different levels. Service was a let down, and the selection was lacking at the moment, but the beer I received was fantastic. I only had some appetizers, but they were great as well. Worth the trip into Hartford (and from me, that’s saying a lot). Oh, and the hand dryers rule.
CTwriter (4) | February 27, 2006
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
For Hartford, which doesn’t have a lot going for it anymore, this restaurant/pub stands out. Far from your average sports bar, this area immediately around the taps is very inviting. In the back there are pool tables, but if you’re interested in sampling the liquid, the bar is the only place to go. I’ve been there during lunch and dinner, and found lunch to be the better time, if only because of the attention you receive. There was a selection of about 8 brewed beers to choose from, including a barleywine, IPA and stout.
Cletus (233) Connecticut | February 20, 2006
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Interior is a typical brewpub look with the industrial thing going on, pool tables in the back and a terrace dining area. The menu’s above average with some nice snacking foods. Not all the typical burger and nacho crap usually associated with brewpubs. When I was there, there was a belgian ale, barleywine, scotch ale and several staple brews of their own on draft each of which was above average to very good. The service was excellent and the waitress who served us knew a great deal about beer and brewing. I can see this place being a headache at night, but during lunch time on a weekend, it’s definitely worth a stop.
Cottrell (6) Connecticut | June 15, 2005
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
We started with dinner, on one of the upper floors that overlooked the staircase and some lower floors. It’s a cool setup, nice atmosphere. The food was great, had a peppercorn coated steak with a gargonzola cheese sauce. Superb food, was very pleased.
After that, we headed to the bar for some good brews. They had about 8 or 9 house brews on tap. I didn’t notice if they carried any guest beers, nor did I really care. The styles ranged from biere de garde, to dortmunder, to ipa, to bock, to light lager. Interesting range, and everything I tried was excellent, especially the biere de garde.
Service was excellent, and barkeep even threw us a couple free pints after we had sat for a while. There’s a monster flat screen TV above the bar, which was playing a basketball game while I was there. In a separate room from the dining and bar area, there is a pool table room, with 7 or 8 pool tables. We played one game, but our table was on a monstrous slant, so we gave up pretty quick, and couldn’t get another table. There’s also a comedy club downstairs, which I haven’t seen yet.
The night we were there, a band stopped in and played for a couple hours. They played directly in the bar area, and it got pretty crowded, of course this was a Saturday night... so I guess I should have expected that. Regardless, we still managed seats at the bar.
DYCSoccer17 (315) Woodland, California | June 11, 2005| Updated April 21, 2007
34 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 1/20
Well, crap I havent rated this place. Anyway, this is a standard brew pub/restaurant in the front with a few pool tables in the back. They typically have about 8-10 of their own beers on tap. Bartenders are pretty clueless and the beer has this weird anise twang to them. The food is ok and they have a few HDTVs which are cool. Parking can be a bitch depending on the time and day. I wouldn;t support this place now that I’ve read the brewmaster’s ignorant comments regarding ratebeerians.
tiggmtl (117) Vancouver, British Columbia | November 18, 2004
48 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 7/20
Layout allows for many different areas - couches, bar area, dining area, pool room. Everything was clean and shiny. The brass and mahogany motif is perhaps a bit overdone and there were TVs everywhere you looked in the bar area although the only person that seemed to be paying attention to the football games on each of them was the bartender. Service was friendly. Beers were generally uninspired despite the wide array of styles attemted and the imaginative naming. Food was really not very good. Stale and greasy. Overall this seems to be a case of style over substance and I wouldn’t go out of my way to return.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | October 23, 2004| Updated December 19, 2007
58 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Second visit, in 2007: The place is still gorgeous, although I’d take away a few televisions, but that’s just me. The selection was still made up of numerous house brews, which is enticing for the craft beer lover. We didn’t eat this time around, having had a scrumptious meal at The Cambridge House in Granby a few hours earlier. The overall quality of the beers I tried that day were better than when we first visited three years ago, but there were still a few duds in the lineup. I rather enjoyed their Norwegian Wood and Joltin Joe though, both decent dessert offerings. There are some better brewpubs around imho (Willimantic and Cambridge House, for example), but I wouldn’t mind coming back here again when I’m in the area. First visit, in 2004: The building is impressive, the layout is interesting as well since it allows a relatively calm noise level while still servicing hundreds of people at the same time. The beers were less than spectacular (in my tastes) and the lagers were particularly watery and uninspired. The main problem I had this particular afternoon was that the food I ordered (a Gorgonzola burger) was simply awful. Stale bread, burned patty with crumbles of Gorgonzola which didn’t know what to do with the mediocrity of its uncared-for companions. I hope I visited on a bad day.
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