United States > New Hampshire > Keene
jonnyg3323 (3) north shore, Massachusetts | March 26, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Finally stopped in for the first time yesterday at 3:00pm. A little hard to find in the big old mill building but I was glad I found it. It was mostly empty, but I was there in between meals on a Wednesday.
Nice bright atmosphere with what looked like plenty of seating inside and a large patio outside for the warmer months. Very clean and well kept. A couple of boards showed the tap list AND what was going to be on in the near future - nice touch, makes me want to go back.
On tap was a good variety of styles including an Irish Stout, Kolsch, a couple of fruit beers, strong ale, scotch ale, and a couple of others. Also a nice full liquor and wine stock behind the bar.
Knowledgeable bartender offered me samples before I even ordered - good start. As I was trying to decide the brewer, Bill Dunn, came out and joined in the decision making process. I wish that would happen every time I go to a brewpub.
I started with the stout. Delicious! Beautifully creamy, well rounded, roasty black stout. I couldnít dream up a more well made stout. This guy can brew. Before I get too wordy, everything I tried was great. All the beers exhibited excellent balance that was true to style in each case.
I could have stayed all day and night but I had to leave. Bill offered me a quick personal tour and I took a growler of strong ale to go.
Come here and drink the beer. Great experience, Iíll be back.
MaBeer1972 (88) Taunton, Massachusetts | July 11, 2006
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Nice place in an historic old brick mill. Great bar area - very friendly and helpful staff - quick - quick matters. My last visit, I was totally surprised to learn that they had a new brewer with much better stuff than a few years ago.
j12601 (285) Poughkeepsie, New York | August 25, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
My wife and I did a nice three day trip that involved a Friday night in Brattleboro VT, up to Hill Farmstead on Saturday, then up to Montreal for Sunday. On that Friday night in Brattleboro we took a quick trip over to Keene and came to Elm City for dinner. None of the beers were mind blowing, but most were well made. Looks like they do have a good amount of interesting and new stuff regularly, so if this was a local place for me Iíd certainly be happy. Food was quite good and the service was quick and friendly. It was a fairly busy night but we didnít feel like we had to wait for very much. Worth a stop if youíre in the area.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | June 1, 2009
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Hard to find, but once you know it is behind the Colony Hill Marketplace, itís not that secluded. The classy interior design with lots of brick and dark wood carries over onto the terrace. The very comfortable patio chairs helped too. The crab bisque we had was truly delicious, and we regretted we werenít hungry for more. The beers we had were all decent, but none stood out in the "masterpiece" category. I thought the German styles were done especially well, moreso than the English. I bet they could do a great unfiltered Pilsener. All in all, Iíd come back here more often because I love well-crafted lagers (and there are so few in Northeastern America), but this is out of way somewhat. I would like to come back for dinner.
johnnnniee (118) Bedford, New Hampshire | August 6, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 12/20
Iíve been here a couple of times, but decided to review after stopping here on the way home from vacation. Located a few blocks off of the main drag behind a mill building turned mall this can be a bit tricky to find. We stopped in today for a late lunch and were quickly seated at one of the empty tables outside. I think the few times Iíve been here weíve always eaten outside. There are maybe a dozen tables outside and probably 3 times that inside as well as seating at the bar in the back. The food is typical pub grub and the beer is average. There were 7 beers on tap today including a roggenbier which I have been dying to tick. Today our waitress was a bit on the un-attentive side as I sat for much to long with an empty glass. The table next to us saw their waitress 3 times as much as we saw ours so I will chock that up to a bad day. Decent brewpub overall and fairly reasonable prices.
changeup45 (109) Mount Dora, Florida | April 16, 2008
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Have been there a handfull of times. The beer selection wasnít the greatest and there have been only a couple I really liked. Seemed like a lot of fruity beers but they are constantly changing them out. The service however is outstanding. They arenít afraid to give out free samplers! The food is pretty good as well. Great place to enjoy a couple beers with dinner or lunch. Not much of a bar scene if youíre into that.
mcox90 (57) Wilton, New Hampshire | May 2, 2009
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Iíve heard of this place and finally made it out to Keene to check it out. As others have stated, itís in an old brick mill building so the decor is all brick with old wood floors. Great looking, but on the down side, very noisy. My wife and myself were there at lunch time and the service was very good. We were seated right away and the waiter was there in minutes. Meal was good, typical pub fare. They do have higher priced entrees, but only serve them later in the day. The one beer I had was pretty good. My wife had a raspberry wheat beer which I sampled and it seemed tasty. Now Iíve found the place Iíll have to go back.
HereForTheBeer (12) Brattleboro, Vermont | March 17, 2009
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
We go to Elm City about quarterly. We love the location, the old mill is awesome. The food is typical pub fare and is good. The beers are good and constantly changing, though nothing has ever stood out as outstanding. The service is always good, all of our severs have been friendly. Overall, this place is average.
AirForceHops (157) Epping, New Hampshire | January 14, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 11/20
Located in an old mill that was converted in shops and this restaurant & pub. They have an outside patio when the weather permits. Our waitress was very pleasant and tentative. Our meals and appetizer where severed promptly and steaming hot. The peanut butter tort was an great dessert paired very nice with the Espresso Stout. Overall I think the prices are a tad bit high, however the food and beer makes me think about a return trip in the summer time.
fbennett (23) Portland, Oregon | March 15, 2006
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Elm City is placed in downtown Keene in a renovated mill with lots of little shops. There is a toy store, some other shops, but the gem is a little kitchen store with some nice beerware imperial pints, pilsner glass, etc in there for $2-3/glass not bad at all. The outside/inside is brick decor with a nice antique look.
We were a party of 7 (3 kids, 4 adults) and there wasnít a wait which was great. The service was very slow, which surprised us since it was not very busy in there. When the waitress arrived she was very attentive. It just took her 20min to get to us, in a half empty restaurant.
I ordered the NoName IPA which I paired with the philly cheesesteak. I also had the peachy keene kolsch for dessert. The beer menu was great it explained what they had on tap clearly and they had some guest beers (Unibroue, Shipyard).
Overall it was a great experience, the beer and food were great. The only bad note was I wanted to take home a growler of their beer and they were out. Next time it will teach me to keep a growler in the car for such an occasion, but that had never happened to me before so lesson learned.
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