United States > Alabama > Huntsville
BeerandBlues2 (759) Hanover, Maryland | February 5, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
A hole in the wall place with likely the best beer selection in HSV. While there is food, and it is good, there is not much to choose from. I recommend the gumbo, jambalaya, and red beans & rice sampler. The wait staff is hit or miss. David is very attentive, but the others are not as swift.
DiarmaidBHK (739) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | September 3, 2011
34 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 1/10 OVERALL 4/20
Located in an office park with doctors offices and insurance agents. The place is two rooms divided by a wall with a bit of a patio section. Itís very bright in here especially at night and theyíre are mirrors all over the place. While itís nice they donít have tvís Iím damned if I can figure out how the place is organized and Iím double damned if this place feels like any kind of hangout. They have over 40 taps, including a number of locals, and theyíre located all over the place. They have taps between the two bars, outside, even in the customer seating area. I wouldnít be surprised if they have
a tap in the bathroom. They do allow you to build flights from their taps which is good and they have a lot of craft beers, over 300 in bottles, available. Again Iíd come here to try a new beer but I wouldnít hang out here. I wrote this before we got the bill. For 9 4oz. tasters of local beers, 1 $5 bottle, and 1 half pint of local milk stout the bill was a grand total of $44.00. We were told after the fact, there are no portion listings on the menu nor prices for the tasters, that the samplers for low gravity stuff, like a Paulaner Hefe were $2 and for high gravity stuff were $3.50. Unfortunately this explanation is complete bullshit since no beer on either list exceeded 7%. In fact the abvs between the two lists were quite comparable. So they charge the same price for a sampler of Straight to Ale lily flagg milk stout as the Churchkey, one of the best beer bars in Washington DC, charges for Life and Limb. Does that make any sense to anyone? This place is a joke. I will never go back.
sebletitje (307) Enghien, Belgium | July 26, 2009
78 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Went to the place several times. First time reviewing it.
What a lot of good the new abv law in AL has done to this place.
They do have an amazing selection of draft beers and bottles, all fairly priced and not much of an atmosphere to speak of.
I would definitely stay away from the food. For a place that wants to do good beers, they should serve dishes that are not just microwavable.
Outstanding service and definitely one bar to visit in AL.
sonnycheeba (176) Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland | January 28, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Having lived in Huntsville for a few years, I was all too familiar with the almost complete lack of a beer scene (I think things have improved in the past 3 years since Iíve moved away). This place was my beer oasis for the time I lived in the area. Amazing tap list that rivals beer bars in big cities. Great staff that knows their beers too. I was introduced to numerous new breweries and beer styles thanks to this place. For what it lacks in general style and food offerings, it more than makes up for it in fantastic beer.
lithy (156) Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania | October 1, 2010| Updated October 4, 2010
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 16/20
Nice up to date beer list, the menu is sort of hilariously simple. Good service. A bit pricy in my opinion but I was just trying whatever I hadnít had, most of which was on their "Just Passing Through" list of new or rare drafts. So my two flights and one large mug came out to nearly 40 bucks. Great bottle list. Boxes piled in the corner and a sort of weird layout for the place but seems like it is far and away the best choice in Huntsville.
magsinva (144) Virginia | September 17, 2011
42 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 2/10 OVERALL 6/20
Most beers served in 12 oz goblet, †patio, no wifi, 48 draft, 350+ in bottles, looks like an old apartment complex office thatís been converted into a bar. The rooms kind of zigzags and taps are stuck all over in random corners, or even outside on the patio. Music is 80ís on the night I visited. Itís well lit. Fridges are on the dark side and they donít keep the green glass bottles next to the lights. Clearly the best selection if local brews on tap. On the negative, the prices are much, much worse then the best beer bars in DC and Asheville, NC, aka beertown USA. Typically a flight of 4 beers will run you $5-6, they charged $8-15 for a flight. They charge more for higher alcohol beers. They define higher alcohol beers as over 7%, which is silly since the average craft beer is 6%. regardless, it doesnít make any sense to price them that way, since the percent alcohol doesnít necessarily correlate to price of the beer. Also, if they are going to price them that way, it should have been on the draft list, so we werenít surprised that our tab was DOUBLE what we were expecting. They have clearly lost the plot, because flights are generally slightly cheaper compared to the full pint, to encourage you to try new beers.
We sat at the bar near the dishwasher and the bartender only chatted with her friends, but didnít talk to us beyond asking our orders. She also showed a shocking lack of knowledge of the beers they serve and even made the silly recommendation of mixing cider and sprite to a lady. Parking was OK, but probably not enough for a full house.
Frankly, I would rather go to Stem & Stein where they may not have as many local taps, but the vibe is better, the staff is interested in learning more about their product, and the prices are MUCH more reasonable.†These folks are taking advantage of the Rocket City, and it is very sad to see.
bleeng (143) Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas | November 21, 2010| Updated February 6, 2011
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
As most of the other comments have said, this is by far the best beer selection in Huntsville. Selection in the hundreds for bottles and dozens for drafts. They carry all of the 4 local breweries plus specials. Hosts new arrivals and breweries in the area. Laid back professional clientele. Not much food but this place is for drinking beer.
GTAEgeek (140) Atlanta, Georgia | November 17, 2010| Updated August 16, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 2/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
An unassuming building with inadequate parking. It is an ugly white brick building, but the cars parked in the grass speak to its popularity. It is brightly lit and loud, with mirrors and oldies playing. The deck out back is the place to go, if weather permits. The servers are prompt and knowledgeable, but often overworked. Most of the patrons are older professionals. Not my kind of place, but the selection makes it worth it. The list is unquestionably the best in Huntsville. They have tons of great beers on the bottle list and on tap, but the rotating selection of rare beers is lacking. The food is horrible and overpriced. This is the place to go to try beers, but not a very good hangout or place for dinner.
Itzjerm (58) Taft, Tennessee | June 9, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
Other than the old lady who will stalk you, its a good place. Its the place to find good beer in Hville. Food selection not that great, and service marignal to good. But beer selection. Best in town... well for now.. competition coming. The outside deck is very nice... which sets amvieance high.
BeerHawk (52) Huntsville, Alabama | February 18, 2009
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
For a state with such jacked up beer laws, this place has got it going on. Itís very impressive to see such a large selection of under 6% beer. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. One of the things I notice right away way that this place was not only smoke free, but also fresh smelling for a bar which made rating all the more easier. They run some sort of specials on Monday nights whether itís a featured brewery or a special beer on tap and usually host Free the Hops gatherings about once a month. Itís just one of those places that you have a good feeling hanging out at.
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