Blue Lab Brewing Company (OUT OF BUSINESS)

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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 3/10
  • SELECTION 4/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 4/10
  • OVERALL 5/20
Braudog  (901) Yorktown, Virginia | April 30, 2016
I guess you could call this place "quaint," a block or two off the main part of historic downtown Lexington. A small, wood-laden bar. But it’s not well laid out, with the bar/service area at the end of a narrow choke point. There’s only about 20 seats in the place. The staff was nice enough but didn’t really seem engaged nor knowledgeable of beer basics. I stood for several minutes behind a large gaggle of middle-aged moms who’d apparently never had beer before, wanted to sample every one, and pay individually while I waited to just get a pint. One of the two bartenders could’ve easily come around to ask what I wanted but didn’t. The one beer I tried was borderline ... a rookie homebrew at best, but one the staff touted, so I shied from trying others. I love Labs, but am afraid this place is among the few of many, many small breweries I’ve visited that I wouldn’t recommend you at least check out. If you haven’t been, I’d recommend nearby Devil’s Backbone instead, even if it is now part of the evil empire. (Brewery #739)
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 5/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 3/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
tia  (168) Sandston, Virginia | April 3, 2016
Stopped though on the way to WV. Ambiance was nice, like a country home. Plus they had a decent singer-songwriter playing. Service was apathetic at best. They had nine of their own brews on tap, but (not being a brewer) at least half of them seemed to have major problems. The darker beers they seemed to do ok.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
Drake  (831) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | November 15, 2014
Some more notes. Since my first visit in February 2011, things have changed. The place no longer looks like a doctor’s office, with much expanded tasting room and seating. 8 taps now, one was vacant at my visit. I tried three, one was good, one was mediocre, one was bad. Someone who sounded like the brewer was in the tasting room bashing Devils Backbone and Redbeard, which is pretty classless. Staff behind the bar were very nice.

Newish brewery in Lexington, which isn’t really close to anywhere. Parking was easy for me, but it is street parking. The brewery is in what clearly used to be a medical office, with the register at what clearly used to be the receptionist area. Other than their livery and some dog paraphernalia they haven’t changed much else. The people there were nice. The brewer I believe is a scientist with a homebrewing background. The beers ranged from fairly poor to OK, but nothing was majorly off about them, so hopefully that means there is room for improvement. They offer three growler fills and will fill outside growlers, but insist on putting their sticker on the growler. They said they would charge me a fee on the first fill ($3) but they didn’t end up doing so. Easy access from I-64 and I-81. Might be worth a stop if you’re passing through.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
PRBeer  (681) Parsippany, New Jersey | March 7, 2013
Great little microbrewery in Lexington. I’ve been visiting since they opened. The owners are very nice people. I try to stop and fill a growler or two whenever in town (putting my second kid thru VMI). My only complaint is the off taste they sometimes have that seems to come from their water. I’ve been told it’s a PH thing or lime in the water or something similar. I believe this is fairly easily fixed although not suggesting it’s inexpensively fixed. Seems to be the only thing standing between them and really great beer.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Foxbush  (147) Richmond, Virginia | October 27, 2012
While in Lexington for a family gathering my brother-in-law took me to this very small brewery. Blue lab is a very small brewer. I got a nice tour from Bill Hamilton. They have 60 gal production for each batch. I purchased the IPA. It is a balanced ale. I hope to try more of their products. They serve 5 restuarants in Lexington.
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
KUEric  (124) Scottsdale, Arizona | October 8, 2012
A nice little tasting room. There isn’t a lot of room and the tap system is certainly up-start with coolers. But it was quite clean, it reminded me a lot of a winery tasting room. I thought parking was easy on a Friday afternoon (4:30pm?) and it was alumni weekend for W&L (wanted to stay to chat up a couple of the Lady Generals). The beers were all average, reminiscent of a brewpub chain, meaning fitting of their styles, but nothing special. The only other comment I had was the fact that the beers skewed a little bitter/carbonated in my opinion.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Jessica616  (1) , | January 7, 2012
Great new micro brewery in Lexington! Very nice owner and bigger selection than most other micro breweries. Beers have unique flavors. Highly recommend.

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