Just realized my review for South Street was for the old ownership - time to do some updating. Ambiance is nice - I preferred the look of the old place, but the fireplace is still there. Service has improved quite a bit from the old days - all of the bartenders have been quite friendly without being too involved. Food has taken a step up - Cheese Curds are great - if they cook them long enough (ask them to leave them in the deep fryer for an extra minute or two). Selection... this is where I sometimes have an issue. Because I stop by on a regular basis (2-4 times a month or so), there’s frequently nothing I haven’t had before... so the rotation is not that great, but the beer itself is generally average+ to good.
Review of the old place below:
Nice atmosphere. Service can be either good or bad, usually not in-between, and usually not good. Burgers are great, the pizza is not. PLEASE stay away from it... I’m not sure how they can call it pizza anyway. Beer selection is good, and all of their own brews (once when I was there they had a guest tap), and their brews are usually pretty tasty.
Saturday afternoon visit. Pretty busy with various college football on the many tv screens. Decent music playing. Attentive service. Mostly so-so beers and decent food. Me notable but would not go too far out of my way for this one.
First time for lunch. Nice! Amanda greeted us and I had a beer waiting for me at the table. Great service. The fish taco was good. The purchase by Blue Mountain was an excellent decision. The South Street beers for distribution will be produced at the barrel house near Lovingston,. This should help keep brewery at capacity. Great layout with large bar and a large fireplace as you enter. The Virginia Lager is in the Richmond market and Barhopper (IPA) will be coming soon.
South Street Brewery is a bit of an enigma. While none of the beers are extraordinary they also sell them during Happy Hours for prices that make even average beers a great option. Even the flights are worthwhile with the four ounce pours manageable as you work your way through the entire tap list.
When I visited the place was bustling because all taps under 7% ABV were $2.00. If I’d had more time I may have tried the food. As it was the price for a six beer flight enabled me to try a number of their beers for about $1.50 each. Two will let you cover most of the available beers at any given time.
Don’t expect anything too amazing. However as a local place to hangout I can imagine worse options. If this was my local I might swing by to get a few rates or just drink some fresh local beers every week or two. Make it a fourth or fifth option on a tour of the Charlottesville area.
Went to c’ville to see Monticello and wanted to lunch before going up the hill....
Found South Street here on rate beer.
Frankly I was a little worried after reading the reviews.
Tried 4 beers and all were excellent. I’m a hop head and my wife loves saisons. the Fruit Lups hoppy saison rocked!!!
They had a $10 lunch pick 2 deal. Also excellent.... Go there!
Combination warehouse and modern setting, with the building being an old brick factory, and the furnishings having an almost Art Deco look. They feature their own brews, available in flights. Drinkable, not memorable. Service is so attentive, it seems they may fear you won’t like the brews.
Okay brewpub, parking in the open lots across the street and a parking garage nearby. Pretty standard brewpub atmosphere. Friendly service, slowed a bit towards the end of our visit. 11 house beers on draft and one from Blue Mountain. They have a shandy available year-round, who knows why. Didn’t try the food but it sounded like average pub fare. Okay beers, nothing really stood out to me. Okay stop if you’re place ticking nearby but I wouldn’t go out of my way just for this.
This is a modernly renovated restaurant/bar/brewery pouring twelve of the South Street brews on tap. The beers are not the most exciting by any means but brewed OK. Stock standard brewpub fare like burgers, sandwiches and salads etc. Staff were fine.
UPDATE: 12/16/14. South Street was recently purchased by Blue Mountain and completely refurbished. Ratings entered before the fall of 2014 aren’t really relevant anymore. Anyway, this place has received a facelift. The place is still cavernous and feels more like a restaurant than a bar. The food menu looks tasty if pricy. Swag and merchandise is tackily available at a booth right when you enter the brewpub.The beer recipes have also been tweaked. Unfortunately, I can’t say that the beer’s really improved. On my most recent visit I tried a flight of all 12 house beers. About half were obviously flawed. The lager styles all had problems with DMS. Other beers were strangely astringent. Only one beer was better than mediocre (JP Pale). Overall, come to check out the refurb, but don’t hang around for drinks. Honestly, I’m surprised that a solid brewery like Blue Mountain haven’t sorted out the house beers. Shame.
09/05/13 Bizarrely empty during my 11pm visit on a Friday night. Maybe the townies went into hiding? Anyway, the layout’s pretty cavernous. Plenty of places to sit and relax. The bar’s probably 50 feet long. On the plus side, South Street offered plenty of their house beers. Unfortunately, none of them were particularly impressive. Prices were acceptable, though certainly not cheap. The service was friendly, kind. This is the kind of place to accumulate ticks at then visit sporadically.
New review after the renovation. Old review follows below. Just purchased by Blue Mountain, this place was closed for a few months and re-opened with a new line of beers and a new atmosphere. I visited opening night and it was crowded, despite that I got good service. The layout is the same, and some major features were preserved including the large central fire-place and the bar back. New long bar identical to the old one in shape, atmosphere widened and booths have all been converted to tables. All in all, the combination of old and new feels comfortable. Parking is obviously the same. The lot across the street is free after 6 or so, but it can get tricky as it serves for parking for all of downtown. I usually have no problem. 12 taps now, serving new recipes as well as old. Old recipes might be tweaked or changed significantly. Beers were old solid and the two old recipes I tried were improvements over the old recipes. Full pours are 4.50 to 5 and six beer flights are 5. The flights are set but I was able to substitute two beers with no problem. The hours are much better than the old place, 11AM-1AM. Good, cheap beer in a good atmosphere, I will be here a lot.
Nice atmosphere though it can get really crowded at times. It doesn’t 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. I’ve 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. 4/7/12/7/7/14/74