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Dogbrick (783) Columbus, Ohio | June 1, 2011
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
(Visited 08/2010): Found this place somewhat by accident while visiting Universal City, although itís impossible to miss. It is located upstairs from one of the hubs on the main drag. Valet or theme park overpriced parking are the only options, although getting your stub validated does make it much cheaper.
This Strauss location has a patio/beer garden and the inside is very open. The oval-shaped bar is on the immediate right with a spacious seating area taking up the rest of the space. There is a chalkboard that describes all of the available beers. In addition there is a 6-beer sampler available.
Karl Strauss in general goes outside of the brewpub-safe styles and this location is no different. They do have their standard offerings on tap and in bottles but additionally had some seasonals and unique offerings such as Off The Rails, a Schwarzbier and Tower 10 IPA to name a few. The beers were all above average.
Our bartender was very personable and knew a lot about beer to boot.
We did not try any food on the visit.
Overall I donít know if this place is worth visiting in and of itself but it is a no-brainer for a beer lover visiting the theme park or City Walk.
Sledutah (414) Utah | October 20, 2014
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
Stopped on our way into Universal Studios. Plenty of seating inside and out. Cool U shaped bar. The service was frazzled with 3 people at the bar, not sure what happens when itís busy. Standard Karl Strauss beers and 6 special releases. $6/pint, much better than the $11.50 inside the park.
BMan1113VR (379) Los Angeles, California | June 17, 2008
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Will return again, really enjoyed this brewpub that does actually brew on site. Ambiance is a little wierd, an otherwise classy interior brought down by kegs and cases of beer randomly placed all over. The waiter was very nice. I explained that I had already had most of the standards (but their were 4 special releases that I was interested in getting samplers of (10 beers on tap total). He brought out all 4, and brought back another two of my favorite two (all this at no charge on the bill [it red 4 samples @ 0.00 ]). Food was pretty good, my friend and I split calamari to start which was great. My chopped salad was good, and he said his burger was fine. Reasonably priced too. I ended up drinking the Red Trolley, Rye IPA (my favorite), the Altbier and the Scottish/Scotch ale (which the server commented was a bit off compaired to last yearís batch). Will return.
PorterPounder (318) Tallahassee, Florida | August 15, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 13/20
Visited here for dinner while on vacation in early August í13. Nice polished corporate-brewpub decor. Sat outside overlooking the Citywalk - nice atmosphere. Had about a dozen of their beers on tap - I went with the sampler which was pretty solid. Waiter was quite knowledgeable and attentive. Food was was good and plentiful - menu full of a wide variety of regional favorites - moderately priced for the area. Worth a visit.
SHIG (206) Wasilla, Alaska | September 27, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Visited here at opening time, large dining are and almost 360 bar. The bartender was very knowledgeable and very helpful. I had food and a flight for under $20. They have a rather large tap and bomber selection. Worth the visit if you have the time.
ryanfolty (205) Bourbon County, Minnesota | March 27, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Stopped in after a full day at Universal. Great location, it was cool just walking around the area outside the park. Solid beers on tap and the food was very good. One entree was complimentary because they said it took too long to bring out. We have waited much longer for food before, so that was nice.
BeerLimey (113) California | November 18, 2004
64 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Well if youíre at Universal Studios what could be better?
ghawener (85) San Salvador, El Salvador | July 12, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Nice place to relax and enjoy a great craft beer after a long day of amusement park fun or to party all nite long at the City Walk. Food is average. Beer is great.
jb (79) Rochester, New York | September 29, 2014
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty decent, lots of selections, some decent, all Karl Strauss, so that limits it a bit. Service and knowledge of the beer was decent. Went when family wanted one last Tram tour at Universal but I did not. Handy.
LtDan (65) Los Angeles County, California | January 16, 2010
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Much like other places at City Walker, this is larger than life. Brightly lit, and very homey. The service was always average to above average. Nothing ever rubbed me the wrong way. The selection is meh, obviously because its only KS beer to pick from. On the upside, you get to try some of the bigger better brews that they are testing out for production. The food was above average, and on par with any other plate of food at city walk. Think about two notches above Applebees. The prices were fine, didnít piss me off. Overall, a fun place, which should get better as KS beers keep getting better.
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