United States > Virginia > Charlottesville
brigg (11) Washington DC | April 28, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
If I had to choose a "bar" (more on that later) in town, this is the one I would go to. It can get really crowded sometimes, but it is a huge space with plenty of room to spread out as long as your not near the bar area. It has comfy chairs in one part, and intimate, high-backed booths that are good for talking with friends. Not sure how to rate the selection, since they just serve their own brews, but they are good. I only ate there once and didnít expect anything from their food, but it was actually really good, and Iíve been meaning to go back. I think of it as more of a "bar" than a "restaurant that serves beer" and in that case it has better food than any "bar" in town, but I suppose that is not a fair characterization. Prices are pretty reasonable, and they have a great happy hour. These are good, strong beers (for the most part), not some cheap house brew, and I think the prices are better than average in terms of the quality. Getting a beer at the bar annoys me at any place, but if youíre sitting somewhere, a server will walk by occasionally and you can order that way.
Vir4030 (21) Chicago, Illinois | September 18, 2010
70 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Great atmosphere. Service was friendly, yet slow. Understaffed, I think is the correct word. The beers are all original, but they could be higher quality. They served me a "cask porter" which the server did not know the name of. The food was delicious.
Velkyal (70) Charlottesville, Virginia | September 7, 2010
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Beautiful bar, great proper boozer feeling to it, but there is just something that stops it being a truly great place to go for a beer - although their beer is generally good (a little too much reliance on Cascade for my tastes having said that). It is definitely a better place later on in the evening when the "family friendly" crowd have taken their screaming precious darlings home.
italianjohn (155) Penndel, Pennsylvania | May 5, 2010
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Located near the downtown mall and just in front of train tracks .... parked in a pay lot across the street ..... nice ambiance old brick building with wooden ceilings ... old basement tavern feel ... bar filled with young working adults .... nice seating area and the food was good ..... brews were average not a bad place to stop in
bigbobdog (4) | July 16, 2009
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
For the town it is in and location it is a great value. After one time easily a new favorite. A couple nice beers. THe food is also excellent from the appetizer the the flank steak dinner. The boot was huge i was able to enjoy sitting there with my food and drink.
phukktifano (12) Baltimore, Maryland | May 27, 2009
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Crowded and parking can be tricky. The beer ranges widely and can be quite interesting. The food is good when you can catch a server and are willing to wait on a slow kitchen. The sampler makes it worth it.
Elwood (102) Leesburg, Virginia | May 9, 2009
54 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 7/20
Good atmosphere, but doesnít open till 4:30 p.m. on a Saturday? Pretty empty when I was there at 6:00 on a Saturday evening. Sat down to have a sampler of beers and was pleased to find they had seven diverse beers on tap. The staff was friendly and semi knowledgeable. The beer was pretty dreadful. Watery and lacking any kind of depth or flavor all the way down the line. As I got toward the end, the bartender noticed that I was taking notes. She recommended that I check out Blue Ridge Brewery and noted that their former brewer moved over there taking some of the best recipes with him. Canít say I was impressed in the least.
Drake (415) Free Union, Virginia | April 18, 2008| Updated September 18, 2008
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Nice atmosphere though it can get really crowded at times. It doesnít open until 4 or 5, which sucks when a bunch of us get off of work at 3:30 and want a pint or two. On site brews range from bland and boring to excellent. Iíve only had the tostada, but it was excellent. Sampler for $6. Parking gets crowded, but there is a pay lot directly across the street that is 50 cents an hour or free after 6PM.
Butters (170) Richmond, Virginia | March 2, 2008
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Last stop on the www.jrhb.org 2008 Brews Cruise. I had their Satay with Tuna and it was delicious. Service was really slow, but it was a Saturday night so thatís to be expected. The headbrewer was awesome and gave a great tour. I actually learned a lot and he gave us HUGE samples of all his beers. Satanís Pony was my favorite beer they had on tap.
maniac (98) Baltimore, Maryland | October 28, 2007
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Friendly environment with a nice view of the brewery from behind the bar. Moderately well lit and fairly quiet before the evening crowd rolled in. Excellent food, appetizers are tasty and reasonably priced. The taco salad was filled with juicy steak. Staff was friendly and relatively knowlegable about the beer. Overall, a very nice place with an excellent sampler.
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