United States > Michigan > Grand Rapids
gavygavgav (3) Michigan | November 3, 2006
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Great bar, biggest selection Iíve ever seen! Food is good too, friendly service.
bubslang (4) Kentwood, Michigan | April 14, 2005
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Probably the best beer selection in grand rapids. About 20 taps, with a couple rotating seasonal and rarities, and a nice bottle selection. Food has improved tremendously with the addition of a full kitchen, and a similar menu to that of itís sister bar Cambridge house, although that oneís beer menu isnít quite as extensive. In regards to silphiumís occasional sweetness in their tap beers, I have noticed that occasionaly as well. probably need to clean the tap lines better. But overall a very good place to get a beer in GR.
Silphium (59) East Lansing, Michigan | February 1, 2005
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
A fairly nondescript bar with a handful of tables in the bar room and an additional room with a pool table, darts, and hockey. Huge menu with a fairly extensive beer list; 20 beers were listed on tap, and there were dozens of bottles available. Just prior to my visit, Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale and Summit Oatmeal Stout were available, both very rare beers in this region (in fact, Iím willing to bet this was the only bar within 100 miles that had those two beers). Others included Youngs Double Chocolate Stout, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, Great Lakes Nosferatu, Founders Breakfast Stout, and a handful of other locals and imports. In bottles, several Belgian, German, and British beers are available. I had the Nosferatu and the Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. The former seemed a bit stale to me, very sweet with little of the original hop character. The SNCA also had an odd sweetness to it; Iíve had this beer on tap elsewhere several times before and never detected this flavor. A revisit is in store to see if other beers on tap have the same flavor. Foodwise I was disappointed; I ordered a Reuben and got a hamburger bun with a smearing of sauerkraut, cheese, and a small stack of that cheap 99 cents/package corned beef, probably that Carl Buddig crap. Pretty lame. Their food menu is quite small, and I recommend eating elsewhere before visiting.
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