Downtown Grill and Brewery

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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
N0AH  (10) Pennsylvania | January 29, 2011
Sitting in downtown Knoxville with a great priced craft beer in a brewpub can only mean Downtown Grill & Brewery. There really is only one downside - the selection. The beers are solid and consistent, but rarely change. Everything else is top-notch. The brewers and staff are personable and have spent many a long conversation explaining their process or talking about yeast. Donít complain because itís crowded - itís crowded because itís good.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 3/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
teemorton  (10) Louisville, | August 3, 2009
Beer has been a little iffy on my visits here. Food is great, awesome place for a non drinking lunch.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje  (393) Enghien, Belgium | July 26, 2009
In downtown Knoxville. Places gets very crowded for lunch. 5 beers selection on tap and some good pub food, fairly priced. Service was good, very corporate feel and atmosphere is just a lot of crowd noise. Good place but nothing exceptional.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
furious  (1) South Carolina | June 30, 2009
Iíve been here twice. I enjoyed it both times. The food is good but I wouldnít say great. I enjoyed their beer sampler to try out the different kind of beers they brew. Eating outside at sunset is a great atmosphere in downtown Knoxville. I love it.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
lithy  (156) Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania | April 2, 2009
Really mediocre brewpub beer. Nice brunch and dinner menus though. Great place to eat, I just wish theyíd get a bit more adventurous. I mean isnít the point of a brewpub to rotate your taps at a blinding pace? As long as Iíve paid attention in the past year the seasonal has been the Alt. The others have likewise not changed. Can get insanely crowded on busy nights
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
TearsforBeers  (12) Ohio | March 20, 2009
Nice atmosphere, I like the mash tun and conditioning tank that are in the main room of the restaurant. Service was pretty good, nothing amazing. The selection seems to be like one class of brewpubs - they only have their own beers on tap. Their beers are ok, they all seem to have somewhat harsh hop bitterness. I didnít have any food, just their beer sampler. The value is pretty good - pints are only $3, and the sampler with 7 4oz-ish samples for $6.50. Overall, a pretty nice place.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Butters  (188) Richmond, Virginia | December 26, 2008
I really liked the semi-classy atmosphere. The copper bar added a nice touch {i bet it is a bitch to clean though}. Unfortunately, it altered the appearance of the beers which made rating a tad difficult. I went here for an early lunch, and even though it was empty when I walked in, it was pretty busy by the time I left. The two bartenders were happy to just let me sit down and rate. Even though they did not really know anything about the actual brewing process, they had a good idea about the differences between each of the beers {which ranged from a little worse than average to a little better than average}. Didnt try the food.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
markwise  (192) North of Tampa, Florida | March 21, 2008
Visited for lunch on a Friday. The service was good, but the waitress could not tell me very much about the beer, except that the IPA was hoppy. I liked the food, but not the beers. They have typical sandwich/ pub fare, but with a few extra touches.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
37steel  (4) St. Charles, Illinois | March 3, 2008
Visited on a Saturday afternoon when UT was on a break. Really nice looking place in a cool location. The beer was decent. Food was typical of US brewpubs. Overall pretty nice.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
Jmichael  (34) Asheville, North Carolina | August 13, 2007
cool location, service is just college students that donít know/care much about what they are selling/talking about, much less the beer. pretty cool atmosphere, can be a little too teeny bop, I mean college, but not too bad.. the selection is ok, brewing thier own beer is a good touch. Pretty good place but have expectations...
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
nearbeer  (228) Knoxville, Tennessee | August 8, 2007| Updated August 11, 2013
The setting is one of the nicer historic downtown store-turned-brewpubs that I have visited. Food is decent-to-above average. Brew selection is weak and all seem to favor British yeast and no bold flavors. Stick to the porter and stout if you are forced to try the beers in this establishment. Nice sidewalk patio and bar area. Waitstaff is generally the interchangeable, working-through-college types who will always vary from the knowledgeable hit to a sad miss. The "seasonal" brew has been the Alt uninterrupted for at least the last 8 years. Donít go here for the beer. In fact donít go here at all; thereís a dozen places with much better food and atmosphere within easy walking distance of this place.

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