Great atmosphere inside with the brewery to the right, behind glass, a picnic-style seating area in the center of the main space, and a nice bar to the left. In the back, behind the brewery, is an alcove well-suited to small parties. Very casual, well-lit, very clean. Lots of recycled materials, bamboo counter-tops, etc.
Service has always been excellent at the bar, and all the employees are warm and friendly.
The food is fantastic - focusing on build-your-own burgers and dogs. A great deal of the menu is sourced from local and state-wide farms. The burgers are delicious, pasture-raised beef. Great selection of toppings that compliment each-other. Great appetizers (especially the pickle chips... oh god, get those). The aioli, BCBB sauce, and the Ghost of Roger’s Alley hot sauce are all fantastic.
The beer selection is limited to what they brew in-house, but I have never been disappointed. Bartlett’s Ordinary Bitter and the Bryant Bridge Gateway Ale pair exceptionally well with the appetizer lineup and the burgers. The Boars Russian Imperial Stout and the lemon pound cake (make sure to get it with the spicy chocolate sauce) is a fantastic finisher for the meal.
Seven bucks for a grass-fed NC burger (figure around $10 if you get a bunch of toppings), great daily specials, interesting monthly specials, solid beer lineup. The full bar also offers a few single malts, Tito’s vodka, and other solid staples. There’s also a good wine selection and a great self-serve Enomatic system.
Seven taps and a beer engine for their small-batch experimental stuff (which is always interesting - I think they have a dry-hopped bitter coming up).
Overall, the local menu items and the grass-fed beef burgers are the strong point, with the microbrews not far behind. I have never left disappointed... or even remotely unimpressed, even. It has always been great.
Well-lighted and yet cozy, nice long bar, plenty of seating. Food is good - burgers are on the small side, but they will stick to your ribs. Beer is what you're there for anyway, and their brews range from OK to excellent. Do ask for a taster - you'll love how they serve it! If you can, take a crowler home. Servers are alert and efficient, but friendly and welcoming. A must if you live in or near Durham, and recommended if you are visiting.
02-27-2013 - A busy, noisy clean place. The burgers are too small in size for the price plus cheese is a dollar extra. I had a beer sampler and the aromas were difficult to detect, but they were good tasting beers. This is a place worth stopping at.
I came here for lunch on 27.10.2015. Only had a burger, which was outstanding. Unfortunately I could not taste the beers. The ambiance of the brewhouse and the restaurant were mediocre. I heard the beers are quite good. Will come back.
Burgers looked good. Didn’t eat. Beers not as much. Flight was inexpensive enough.
Travlr (2989) Charlotte , North Carolina | July 28, 2015| Updated November 27, 2016
Visited on National Hamburger Day. Only the US could have something like that. Looks like this place used to be an old fountain/pharmacy sort of thing. Medium sized countertop bar to the left. Open space. Brewhouse visible behind glass. Order food from the kitchen straight ahead. Or order food from the bar, which is what I did. Burgers are small but filling and very creative. My veggie burger was a polenta burger with tasty toppings and sauce, first time I’ve seen that. Lots of students drinking massive towers of beer. Everyone else had pints. They have pre-filled crowlers of a small selection of their beers, and growlers of almost everything. Friendly staff. Worth a stop.
nearbeer (248) Knoxville, Tennessee | August 27, 2014| Updated September 13, 2014
Ate and drank here a couple of times while in town on business. Sat at the bar for a while and then in the little back alcove to watch the World Cup, and service was good in both areas. While it’s more of a hipster/family burger joint that collided with a small brewery, that’s completely fine with me. It’s really unpretentious, they locally source many products and the beef is grass-fed. I even sampled some locally produced dog-food made from the spent grain, and it was pretty tasty. However what irritated me is the "artisanal burgers" that are "cooked to order". Both times I couldn’t order a medium-rare burger. Both times, they insisted that it MUST BE either rare or medium, but not medium-rare. WTF? If I prefer half-bloody burgers to full bloody or burnt, what’s the big deal burger artiste? I can get a m-r burger at any number of places that charge less and they taste better than yours. But now I’ll simmer down from my burger rant and get to the most important thing, since this is ratebeer. The overall saving grace for this place rating is the beer. The 4 beers I had were pretty good overall and they seem to have a decent rotating variety, based on 2 visits 3 weeks apart. The service tried to do as best they could, and prices were reasonable. The duck fat fries were greasy, floppy and a bit tasteless compared to other places where I’ve indulged, but the two different burgers I had were decent, if unmemorable.
Had a great time here last night, closing the place down. Barley wine was solid, as was the porter. Pale ale, IPA and amber were ok, but the you go there for the food and interesting atmosphere. Burger was very good.