Dec. 17, 2006. Good (if fancy) pub food. They have a system where you go to the kitchen to place the order yourself, and then take a number and wait for it. A lot of taps, always with something I haven’t been able to find in this micro-starved area. Young crowd. As another reviewer pointed out, the music (and shouting over the same) can be too loud & obnoxious at times. Unless I’m out for a full meal, I’d prefer to have my beer at Clark’s Ale House the next block over.
Been there a few times, but this Saturday was rather exceptional in terms of selection: Maharaja by Avery (4.50 for 12 on...ouch), SN Harvest, and a host of many others. Up to 72 taps. Service was good, and its possible to ask the barman for samples.
Rather generic pop music atmosphere. Very loud crowd, party-ish. Nice tap selection, but I much prefer the clark’s ale house ambiance which is only a few blocks away. Efficient huge staff behind the counter. College crowd. Lots of taps, but nothing truly out of the ordinary, I had SNPA to give you an idea and it was 5$, far more expensive than I’d have paid at Clark’s whre they had even a few under 3$.
Best Pub in the ’Cuse; it’s in the heart of the "action" in downtown, and the food is very good. Bar tenders are knowledgeable or sexy, but not typically both. Nice lineup of taps and a must see if you’re in the area.
I only saw about 2 dozen of the reported 70, but Venom and others insist they are there. There are many more beers listed, but not all were available. Mostly local but a few guest taps for popular stuff, like ARogant B. Very full for a Monday, but loud music and people were shouting above it which made it on highly obnoxious side for any bar I have been to in 30 odd years. Fresh and well-served out of tap although did not see custom glassware.
Dec 2004: At first I wasn’t terribly impressed...the tap list doesn’t have a lot of rarities or surprises, focusing fairly heavily on NY state stuff...and the ambiance seems sort of mall-ish to me. BUT the Middle Ages and Southern Tier stuff makes it worth a stop alone, the pints are very generous and cheap, and there are some nice private booths to the right of the bar. Definitely worth a stop.
Dec 2005: two more stops this year included the fine Middle Ages X, another Dragonslayer just as majestic as last years’, and a 9-year-old glass of Rogue Kriek! Plus a terrific prosciutto/parmesan sandwich and crab chowder...this place rocks!
This is the quintessential beer bar. I have not been to a ton of tap houses, but this one is remarkable. There are at least 70 taps with lots of weird stuff that you can’t even buy in bottleshops. If anyone has ever been to the Pizza Plants in Buffalo, you can multiply their selection by about 5. Prices are decent as well. My only complaint is that the one bartender I had seemed like quite an asshole.
The Tusk can really be hit or miss, however in general, it’s a nice place to go for a nice selection of some some very high quality beers. It tends to get too crowded, and could afford to expand just a little. But in general, a nice place to have good beer with friends.
Awesome, quality tap list, from barley wines to pale ales. Prices are reasonable, atmosphere relax and friendly, you just wish you had more time to get through those taps. Little tip: go do your shopping at Party Source beforehand and then come for your tasting. A lot of the beers on tap here are available in bottles at the Party Source, so shopping prior to coming will make your choice of tap much easier with a few bottles of this tap and that tap in your trunk!