Visited in the evening of the Derby, 7.5.16, after a session at West Six and 4 distilleries, so I didn’t remember much and had to read previous reviews and google photos to remember. I recall looking forward to drink their stuff after having a pint of their superb Oatmeal Stout the previous night. That stout was the best we had from the brewery, that focuses on more traditional European styles.
The bar was extremely high. I wonder if that’s an architectural mistake or well-intended. Don’t remember much other than that.
First stop after touching down. Blue Stallion is an interesting pace a bit off the beaten path. There is a large lot across the street with plenty of parking. Outer room is a live music area; nothing going on when I arrived, but a typical college folk band was setting up when I left. Back room has the bar, a really really high bar, oddly and offputtingly high actually, along with a few tables. Did I mentuion the high bar? A rollup door across from the bar opens up into outdoor seating on warm(ish) days. Monitors behind the bar display the taplist. Brewing equipment visible through the picture windows in the back. Flights available, choose five. Although they have 20 taps, only about 13 were pouring anything when I was there, and that anything included a few guest beers. Wireless available, no password. Service was solid. Beer was kind of all over the place, from good to pretty meh.
Very cool place I visited during a pit stop of the Bourbon Trail. Had some awesome different beers. The bartender was very friendly and knowledgeable. They have an experimental day at the brewery every week where they experiment with brewing new beers. This experiment resulted in Patch Kids, which was a light sour that reminded me of sour patch kids. Chill atmosphere with a pool table, shuffle board, darts, couches, and tables. Reminds me of a man cave. The bar is very high (about 5 ft), which was very cool and different. Many tanks that are visible from the bar/seating area. Food trucks on the weekends. The bartender recommended Country Boy Brewing, which was excellent as well.
The highlight here was the friendliness of the staff; owner was hanging out chatting, as were some of the other staff. There is a parking lot across the street which I didn’t notice at first, the two spots right inside the brewery lot are handicapped spaces. The taproom itself is large, and includes a shuffleboard table, very popular. The bar itself is uncomfortably high, and even with the high bar stools, it’s just not a good fit for anyone less the Andre the Giant’s size (RIP Andre). Tables all around, so no prob with seating, although standing works too. The beers were tasty and creative. Good vibe, decent place.
Stop 2 on my quick Lexington beer tour. With an interesting location at the end of a residential block, once you walk in you’re greeted by a wood-laden German beer hall feel. The bar is oddly high. Even sitting in a very tall bar stool, I felt like a 3-year old kid at the Thanksgiving table, the bar top even with my collar bone. Weird. Decent lineup of house and guest beers, but the sampler options were a bit too expensive, so I chose their pilsner to represent their wares. It was quite nice and authentic. The place was oddly empty for a "happy hour" time of day, too. Want German-style beers? Recommended. Brewery #684.
In a residential area - doesn’t look like much from the outside but very nice on the inside. Nice selection of beers including some guest taps. Very solid German style beers - very happy to see a nearby brewery have a regular selection of well made German styles. A great place.
A converted small factory building that is much more inviting inside than it appears outside. The bartenders (all female) were able to discuss the Blue Stallion brews, and were prompt and friendly with their service. The Blue Stallion beers are a little light on hops, but that doesn’t keep them from being enjoyable. Worth a visit.
Came here on a Tuesday between 6 and 9 pm. Like chudwick said, tallest bar I’ve ever seen. Up to some short people’s chins. A lot of comments from the (seemingly local) patrons overheard about this, too. Besides that, though, the space is large, and the ambiance is beautiful. Bartender was reasonably helpful. Seemed a little busy, with no patience for nerdy laptop crap, but I understand. 5oz tasters are offered for $2. Samples are offered, which I’d approximate to 2oz. A lot to try on tap. No food besides a food truck, which was priced $7-$10. No thanks, I’ll stop by Wendy’s later (yeah I’m cheap). Overall worth a stop, a lot of new stuff to try.
theisti (791) Kansas | February 21, 2014| Updated September 8, 2014
Visited on a Thursday evening. Parking is scattered next to the brewery, on the street and a lot across the street. Shiny new interior, with a social room as you enter featuring tables, dart boards, a separate area with a pool table, the large bar and then the copper brewery equipment. There were folks hanging out throughout the place, and there was a really nice relaxed vibe. As others have mentioned, they defining characteristic of this place (beyond the superbly well made lagers) is the height of the bar. I am 6’2” and felt like a dwarf. The super friendly guy next to me at the bar explained that the German brewer wanted to design it similar to bars in Germany. 8 house beers, focused on Lager styles (which I love) on, as well as 5 well chosen guest taps. I had a really great time hanging out here, and highly recommend a visit.
82 = ★★★½ (Solid place, near the top of the list for locals and visitors)
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