2016 update - now brewing, some decent stuff in a range of different styles. Also has started to hold a beer festival where micros and homebrewers (and those in between) are invited. Oh - it’s the earliest good bar in town to open, as it does breakfasts for Finns who have boats to catch (or some equivalent reason).
Not brewing yet, but I can see their fermentation/maturation vessels already set up. They say it will be 2-3 months (Jun 2012) before they’ve got their own beer. Stunning stone building, in part stunning because of how open and spacious it is. Full of wood and furs. We’d eaten before we came, but we forced (hehehe) a carrot cake down us, and it was delicious - I expect fairly high quality food from this place. I was right, on our 2nd trip we had some excellent nosh - loved the liver! Alas the beers currently here are the same boring macro crap that you can get at other places - I guess there were well over 20 utterly useless pale lagers to chose from. A few non pale lager imports, but you can get most of those elsewhere too (Youngs Double Choc, Schlenkerla Marzen, Schofferhoffer Weiss). So, one to watch, but at the moment not a place for a true beer lover. Unless you particularly like the Estonian live music that they plan on having almost every weekend.
Big, quite cosy place. Service was generally good, but they did replace one beer on the sampler to something else, and didn’t say anything until asked about if they actually replaced it. Really tasty food, and quite cheap compared to similar in Finland. Apart from the replacing of the one beer in the sampler and not telling automatically they did so the service was nice. Nice place, with good opening hours!
Even though it’s close to the harbour, the atmosphere is nice and it’s very good value for your money, at least if you come from outside Estonia. Great sampler plate of beers. Food is a bit hit and miss, but falls a bit on the positive side. Waitress tried to charge us on a beer she thought we ordered even though we clearly didn’t, which was a small bother.
Large place which was pretty empty at the time of my visit (early Friday evening). Nice interiour and pleasant ambience. Friendly service, but as other has mentioned some strange things going on with pouring of the beer. I just had a couple of small ones and sat at the bar. Most of them were poured right from the tap, but one of them was first filled in a large glass, then poured into a small glass by holding a beer mat over the large glass and pouring? Never seen that before. The beer was fairly okay, but I don’t think the beer mat improved the taste. All in all a nice place and I would go back, but...
A nice czech (or bavarian)- style brewpub near the harbor. The ambiance is pretty good. It’s pretty new, well bavarian-beery- decorated without seeming too touristy or fake. Nice woody interiour, big and spacious. I’ve only been there lunch-time though, so I have no idea how crowded it might get. They brew their own brews there (which are ok, and served in samplers if wanted), so the place does reek of wort (a good thing, usually). Food was good, service ugric-slavic- timid & unobtrusive. Definitely worth visit, way better than that ridiculous Beerhouse or what’s called downtown.