After the visit to Avery this place didn’t blow my mind. 12 of their own beers on tap. 31 guest beers on tap. I was a bit disappointed as they didn’t have any special brews of their own available. The food was tasty and service somewhat friendly. Flight of 5 beers available.
From the outside it looks like a converted barn housing a restaurant with a grain silo painted to look like a can of Dale’s Pale Ale and a cool barbecue pit type patio area out back. Inside it is full of booths, dark wood and a central bar with both Oskar Blues & plenty of guest taps. Staff were friendly cheerful young ladies - generic bar staff was the feeling I got from them. Nice but not super into beer. A decent place with a nice atmosphere.
I had high hopes for this place given my love of Oskar Blues. And the décor of the restaurant is really fantastic with lots of cool and original touches (love the keg fountains by the front door and the tap handles from the ceiling). Nonetheless, I found the food to be average at best even given the originality of some of the deScriptions. Add to that some off flavor Jack’s Abby Hoponius Union IPL on draft that I wanted my Colorado friend to try for the first time (a favorite of mine that I know well from living in the same region it’s brewed)...and overall the visit was a bit of a letdown...not saying bad...just not up to the standards of my taproom experiences in their Colorado and North Carolina Tasty Weasel’s...but then they are not about food of course. Note that I had the same beer on draft a couple of nights later at a different place and it was as it should be...a great beer.
This is what happens when a brewery is the victim of its own success. We were there on a Saturday night and the place was packed. It had the same feeling as one if the big restaurant chains. Food was mediocre at best (we had a pizza). The server didn’t know the beers and wasn’t really interested in them. You can’t really blame anybody, but this place just doesn’t have the feel of a local brewpub. But I still like their beers... a lot.
Visited on 10/10/12. GABF Week (Stop #3 of the day)
A: The place is very open, has a large bar area and plenty of tables. There is also a back patio area with additional seating and standing area. The decor is full of craft beer breweriana all over the place.
Q: The beers were decent, lots of decent beers not only In House but local and regional too.
S: Service was decent, the server was attentive and polite although not overly aware of the beers they served.
S: Selection was decent, they carried roughly 15 In House beers and an additional 20+ guest taps from the area.
F: Food was good but nothing great...the cost of their food was slightly higher than most places visited in the area.
V: Beers were slightly above the average in cost but nothing that will make you think twice about ordering.
Overall, a nice place to visit and stop in but there are better places in value/quality in the area.
Stopped by for lunch on a Tuesday. Not too busy. Nice blues themed ambiance with blues playing. Serve fights of five which is a good way to sample a bunch of beers - and the have a big bunch to choose from. Friendly vibe. Great place.