United States > Virginia > Sterling
azlondon (40) Fribourg, Switzerland | August 24, 2013
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Five of their own beers on tap, two fixed and three seemingly rotating over 30 or so different seasonal/specials. Nice outside bar area and attentive service inside. Food is pretty good, but not special. Samplers of their five beers on tap is recommended.
Travlr (1256) Washington, Washington DC | March 1, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
The outside bar was closed, and the inside bar was packed. So I sat on the outdoor terrace with a view of the "lake." Service was actually excellent, even though it was very crowded at lunchtime, and the server knew the beers, the brewing process and upcoming events pretty thoroughly. Five beer samplers were $8.50. Of the two staple beers, the light lager was boring, but the pale ale was decent, and the rest were very solid. Overall, this place exceeded my expectations.
DiarmaidBHK (712) Pennsylvania | July 5, 2011
56 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
Sat at the bar of the outdoor patio which had a nice view of the artificial, man-made lake. They have the typical 6 beer color palate brew pub selection. We went on a Friday night where the service was a bit dodgy. I hate having to ask for water multiple times. I also hate it when our bartender disappears for30 minutes at a time. The crowd was a typical under 30 crowd who enjoys smoking and talking over really loud noise. Many of the folks there didnít seem to be into the beer. The food was decent though nothing to write home about. It wasnít a bad experience but there was nothing particularly special about it either.
magsinva (138) Virginia | July 4, 2011
52 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 11/20
sat at the outdoor bar. The bartender was pushing the mixed drinks (at a brew pub? why?), forgetful, and kept disappearing with no one taking his place. The house beer was OK, not great, and the food was nothing to come back for. Disappointing, hopefully the other locations where better.
Drake (415) Free Union, Virginia | April 30, 2011
42 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 9/20
Finally visited the last of the three Sweetwater Tavern locations. Nice vibe here. The typical Southwestern decor, but more natural light than I remember from the other locations (and I visited both in the day) leading to a more open feel. Nice looking outdoor bar, though I sat inside. Did not eat. Customer service sucked. Whoever is managing this place is not doing a good job with the staff. One girl was running herself ragged doing everything while everyone else was disinterested and lazy. Parking was ample. The beers kinda sucked but I only tried two of the options. Despite the nicer decor, Iíll be patronizing the other two locations in the future.
Balazs (36) Den Haag, Netherlands | August 28, 2010
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Nice brewery onsite, make sure to take a peek. Clean facilities, good service, and really good food. A bit pricey, but great service and the ever changing beer selection makes up for it. Beers could be even more aggressive, but overall you wonít be disappointed here.
BeerandBlues2 (547) Hanover, Maryland | August 23, 2010
60 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
Nicely decorated corporate restaurant in a corporate area of town. The place was all but empty at 3:30 PM, so the service was attentive without being overly aggressive. Five house beers were available along with an assortment of other beverages. The beer was average, with nothing too spectacular. The food was good and the menu terse, with the prices being typical of a large restaurant.
blutt59 (136) Dallas, Texas | May 18, 2010
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Nice restaurant that happens to brew beer. Beers are ok and do have good rotation of styles. Food is good and staff is friendly and somewhat knowledgeable about what they brew
ben4321 (196) Hoboken, New Jersey | June 7, 2009
52 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
Went on my 2nd trip to a Sweetwater Tavern yesterday, this one was the one in Sterling, and it was pretty similar to the other location I had previously visited. The beer I tried was OK, nothing too special, but drinkable. Food was pretty good, a nice place to grab a bite and a brew.
Elwood (102) Leesburg, Virginia | March 29, 2009
58 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 12/20
I recently went to Sweetwater after a significant hiatus. The is always fairly solid, but a bit overpriced in my mind. The staff is friendly but not overly knowledgeable about the beer they serve. The beer can be hit or miss depending on the style you get. I look forward to having the imperial stout whenever it shows back up at this location. You can definitely do worse in terms of places to go for a beer and something to eat.
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