Canada > Ontario > St. Catharines
Slabjacker (34) | July 31, 2006
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
I always enjoy a stop at the Ale House when Iím in the area. The place is small which tends to make it noisy when a live band is playing. The place needs a/c for those hot, humid Niagara summers. Havenít sampled the food in years. The beer selection is decent but it only rotates one or two features; usually the menu is the same year after year. The Drunken Monkey Oatmeal Stout is fabulous. I find the staff tend to leave you be once youíve received your order. Polite and friendly but sometimes thereís a wait for refills.
joeycapps (7) Waterdown, Ontario | August 22, 2005
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
The Merchant Ale House is a decent brewpub. None of their beers are outstanding, but they have a fairly good selection and quite a few guest taps. The service is friendly and efficient, but the waitstaff is not overly beer-knowledgeable. The food is typical roadhouse/pub fare--edible & none offensive. The atmosphere is quite nice--somewhat rustic and very much a beer hall.
IPFreely (143) Sanborn, New York | August 15, 2005
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
NIce, somewhat older and gritty feel. Service was adequate, if not incredibly knowledgable. The house beer sampler came with quite large samples, about 4-5 oz. per beer. Food was pretty good, they like to use onions, thats for sure. The beer was decent and they have a handful of guest taps and one cask available as well. Not far from the border at all. Iíll be back.
Sammy (611) Toronto, Ontario | July 12, 2005
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
If you are in the Niagara Falls area, this is worth a stop. Before it gets dark, as its in a depressed tough blue collar town, considered the worst spot in Canada. The bar is very nice, with seasonals that have a good reputation. I lucked into the IPA. The food and the beer is cheap, parking is very easy, and service is tremendous. Some of the dishes were made with beer. John the owner and brewmaster is committed . There were about 12 guest taps, a good selection of what he can get, as he knows his craft beer. There was good variety.
Gorbalev (58) Ontario | March 23, 2004
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
This is an oasis in Brock town, good knowledgeable folks behind the bar and I've always enjoyed at least a couple of their brews (it's been a while, but I recall enjoying the old thyme hockey ale and the stout, my buddy liked the pumpkin ale, I hated it, but then again, I hate pumpkins!). Didn't try the food, dark atmosphere conducive to conversation.
Oakes (769) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 3, 2004| Updated January 12, 2004
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Casual brewpub/beer bar is an oasis in St. Kitts. Decent all round, worth a stop if you're in the neighbourhood.
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