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Beer Available At Jackie O’s Brewpub & Public House (arranged by most recent)
Jackie O’s Mandala Mimosa , Jackie O’s Kaiju , Jackie O’s Humulus Union , Jackie O’s Hibernator , Jackie O’s Limelight , Jackie O’s Ricky , Jackie O’s The Schwarz Awakens , Jackie O’s Mandala Centennial , Jackie O’s Ultra Razz , Jackie O’s Bourbon Barrel Dark Apparition 100, Jackie O’s Oil Of Aphrodite 99, Jackie O’s Dark Apparition 99, Jackie O’s Bourbon Barrel Black Maple 99, Jackie O’s Skipping Stone 86, Jackie O’s Basic Pumpkin , Jackie O’s Old Soul , Jackie O’s Secret Password , Jackie O’s Poire , Jackie O’s Paw Paw Berliner Weisse 87, Jackie O’s Bourbon Barrel Wood Burner 98
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AndyReynolds (56) Dayton, Kentucky | June 16, 2011| Updated July 4, 2011
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
Really an awesome place. Mention you are a ratebeer mamber and they may share a special or limited beer with you. Pizza is awesome with a whole grain crust. Try the cheese curds too. They have a great selection of their own beers, but also a good guest selection, including old rasputin on nitro. Awesome service and a good overall experience!
DrSilverworm (110) Cincinnati, Ohio | May 18, 2011| Updated June 4, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Best bar in Athens for craft brews, although it can be expensive. House ales are half off from 8-9, which is always an excellent value. Nice wooden furniture, long bar, frequent live music. No awful hip-hop top 40 is ever blasting through the speakers here, which is always appreciated. Pool table, TVs. Customers here are always super-friendly, people love to introduce themselves here. Awesome 2nd-floor patio. Constantly rotating menu of ~8 house ales, which range from average to very good, and about ~8 more premium craft brews, which can be more expensive but are always amazing. Food can be relatively expensive as well - $9 for a bacon burger and fries - but very filling and extremely satisfying while hot. Very good fried pickles w/ chunky bleu cheese, as well. Edit 6/4/2012: About to graduate pretty soon here, and since I’ve been coming to Jackie-Os about twice a week, I figured it deserved a re-rate. I’ve been to far more bars since I first reviewed this place, and that kind of exposure has helped me realize what a gem this brewpub is. The prices are as reasonable as they can be for beer, although the food can be expensive. But it’s hyper-local and goddamn amazing, so I keep on ordering it. Of the 30+ taps, a bit over half are guest ales, and there’s two coolers for bottles... All the choices are solid, but they only carry as much as they have room for. But this is, at the moment, the only place in the world where you can get the amazing beer that Jackie-Os brews, so the selection deserves another point I think. The open-air 2nd floor patio that connects the two sections of the brewpub is such a chill place to enjoy your food and brews. I’m sure I’ll be making many special trips in the future back out to Athens to revisit this place. The huge amount of special release beers I’ll probably miss out on keeps me up at night. Their stuff is that good.
jrallen34 (457) Chicago, Illinois | March 31, 2011
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
I drove down for the Barrel Aged Fest. The event itself was well organized, easy to get tickets and the system for selling the beer was easy, nice to go to a beer event that was not so crowded. The atmoshere is nice, a great location, cool campus pub. The feel inside is very homey, I could see myself hanging out here day after day if I went to school there. The servers were nice, pretty knowledgable. Cool to see Brad actually running the show and doing everything. The quality and selection of beerrs was really nice, great to see an event put on with tons of care shown in making their own beers but they also brought in some really good stuff. Sucks that I was only there 2 hours becauase I headed back to Columbus for the OSU game because there were so many beers I didn’t get try. My gf commented she didn’t want to leave either, as its just an awesome place to chill and drink at. Didn’t have food but my buddy did and it looked awesome.
Great event, great selection of beer, awesome home feel that makes you want to stay. What isn’t there to like?
Dogbrick (793) Columbus, Ohio | March 24, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
(Visited 05/2009 and many times since): Jackie O’s is located near the OU campus in Athens on West Union not too far off 50/33. There is metered parking all around.
The interior is narrow with a pool table and small stage immediately inside. The bar is in the rear and is relatively small, and there are a few other places to sit as well. There is an upstairs area as well that I did not check out. The fermenters are viewable from the bar, and there is an old fashioned cash register. Since my first visit the place has expanded next door, effectively doubling their space.
Jackie O’s has around 12 taps, 7 of which are their own beers. The beers range from a Raspberry, Cream Ale, and IPA to a Sour Ale and Imperial Stout. All of the beers are above average, with a couple like to mostly organic Chomo-Lung-Ma being standouts. There are also a few guest taps from the likes of Lagunitas. All of the current beers are listed on a board, and the house beers are available in a sampler.
Service was great on a weekday late lunch. The bartender was knowledgeable about the beers and introduced me to the brewmaster, who was kind enough to take me on a tour including the cellar and some of the brews he is aging for release during Ohio Brew Week.
I had the fish sandwich for lunch and it was very good.
Overall this brewpub is well worth visiting. It is a mistake to assume that because the place is in a college town that there is not an emphasis on quality brews. One of the best brewpubs in the state.
msante79 (342) Mount Prospect, Illinois | March 9, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome little brewpub is pretty cool college town. Went on Saturday night around 7pm and thought it was going to be packed, but was pleasantly surprised to find it half full with college kids and was able to find a bar stool. Ten or so house beers on tap with a nice selection of guest taps. All the brews I had were high quality. Got a growler with glass for only $11. Wish it wasn’t an hour and a half from my hotel otherwise I would go every night. A must stop and definitely worth a road trip.
chriso (446) London, England | March 5, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Visited in March 2010. This was fantastic stop. Great beers. Great people. We had intended to have a look at some other places in Athens but ended up staying here for 6 hours. Got an impromptu tour of the brewery with the owner - the number of barrels in there with various things aging in them was mind-boggling. No bottles to go when we were there but one of the very generous regulars went home (unprompted) and picked up a couple of bottles from his personal stash to give us as a gift. The spent grain pizza hit the spot nicely. A few minor quibbles. Firstly, the place is in two completely separate parts next door to each other which I sort of realised. What I did not realise was that the two parts have different beers. As I was not inclined to venture into the "pub" part, where a very loud band was playing (and I think there was a cover charge), I missed a few beers. Secondly, there wasn’t much seating in the "brewery" part. I don’t know whether they had taken out some because there was live music. However, we got seats at the bar and stayed there so it wasn’t a problem. Thirdly, most of the beers are big, high ABV numbers which is fine for the interest. However, since we were there for 6 hours, a few more session strength beers might have made things a bit easier (and less drunken). Overall though, a brilliant experience.
jedidiahcore (2) Ohio | January 5, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
This is great place to get together and have some really great beer. They are a brew pub so you can always try something new which I find a pluse. Great in the summer when the students are not around and still mellow when they are. Best Bar in Athens as far I think.
bluejacket74 (5) Reynoldsburg, Ohio | December 31, 2010
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
I finally made it back to Jackie O’s yesterday. There have been a lot of changes since my last visit there 4 1/2 years ago, the big one being they have since bought the pub next door so they now have a brewery side and a pub side, with both having different beers on tap. Since I only had an appetizer there I can’t say much about the food, but the other people there who were eating around me seemed to enjoy what they had, so I’ll assume the food is all pretty good like my appetizer was. The service was great, and it’s a cool environment there just to hang out, chill and have some beer. After a couple brews and some samples on the pub side, I went over to the brewery side and talked with Brad for a few minutes (who was nice enough to take a few minutes out of his day to talk about beer with me), and had more samples of different brews, including 6 different versions of their Dark Apparition stout, all of which were excellent. The beer there is just flat out incredible. Everything I tried was great, and I can’t think of any other places that have as many barrel aged beers on tap as Jackie O’s does. I could have spent all day there, and I might have to make a trip back down there soon just to do that. If you’re in the area (or even if you’re not), it’s definitely worth it to make the trip. I’ll have to come back to Jackie O’s more often, that’s for sure!
JStax (192) Devola/Marietta, Ohio | December 4, 2010| Updated April 4, 2012
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
I went here on the fifth anniversary celebration around lunch time and was shocked to find that it was not all that busy. I walked right in and picked a seat at the bar right in front of the beer taps. Within a short amount of time I had a lengthy tap menu placed in front of me and a snifter of delicious beer in my hand. The bartender was very knowledgeable about their beer and friendly to boot. The pizza I ordered came out pretty fast and was delicious. They have the normal pub foods but all of them seem to have a gourmet touch to them. Parking would be difficult if you didn’t know your way around town, but Athens is not an intimidating town so that should not be a big deal. If a person ever finds themselves in Athens and passes this place up, they are crazy.
steelhead3686 (9) Athens, Ohio | November 10, 2010
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
For a place in Athens (a college town) you can’t ask for a better atmosphere to sit and enjoy a few drink, good food, and conversation with friends. They have darts, a table shuffle-board, and patio. If you’re just in town to visit or what have you then this place is a must. Also, they are their own brewery. So, many of the beers they have on tap are their own and almost every one is a good choice.
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