Large place with a ton of beers, some if which are not found anywhere else. Selection of special stuff is heavy on locals and regionals. Live music was playing when I was there. The cooling strip running the length of the bar is an interesting gimmick I only tried the fries, but they didnít taste like potatos. Hmmmm...
Braudog (878) Yorktown, Virginia | August 26, 2007| Updated January 1, 2012
August 2007 - Enjoyed appetizers and a couple beers here after the Shockoe Craft Beer Festival. Nice place with a classic upscale tavern feel, dark wood and big windows up front. The food we did have was pretty good and the menu looked like it had a nice array. The huge beer menu is well put together with short descriptions for those who may not know their beers. On the day I went, the offerings included two regionals on cask, and about 40 draughts ... Allagash, Bells, Blue & Gray, DFH, Lagunitas, Legend, North Coast, Rogue, Smuttynose, Starr Hill, Stone, Stoudts, Troegs and a range of imports from German hefeweizens to a Flemish Sour. Impressive indeed. Well worth a visit if you find yourself in downtown Richmond! Update 2011: still a quality selection here, but the service is iffy, unless you sit at the bar.
These places tend to be really massive although under stocked with bathrooms. They have a ton of taps with a lot f regional stuff available. They typically serve their whole menu until late which is awesome. I was fortunate to find street parking but theres also a parking garage nearby. The only thing that ruined night a bit were the loud assholes at the bar bragging about what giant douches the are., but surely theyíve gone by now.
Drake (781) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | April 22, 2008| Updated August 9, 2010
Busy place. Had to eat outside in the rain, and while I like that, itís not everybodyís thing. Limited menu and beerlist in the outdoor seating area, but the burger was good. Have to go upstairs to the bar to get anything from the full beerlist. Itís worth it though, as the full beer list is amazing. Service is OK, thoughy one of our party wasnít served until the rest of us were finished. Not cool.
Update: Iíve been here several times since my initial review. While the service sucked the first time, generally itís very good, so that score has been upgraded, as has the food score a tiny bit, and the overall score to compensate.
Huge selections of terrific beers, and a great meal as well. More of a restaurant atmosphere. Give yourself plenty of time here - the beer menu takes a while to read through and get your head around (which is what makes it fun).
I actually prefer the West End location (but that may be a personal bias since Iíve spent a lot more time at that one). This one still gets the same level of quality beers, but it just isnít quite as well set-up or as much fun to visit. Still, a really solid place though.
Visited November 2011. One-off visits obviously only offer a snapshot of a place, but I was reasonably impressed during mine. The beer selection was wide and the cask ale on offer was served in good condition. The waitress was friendly and served up a burger and fries of decent quality. Prices werenít bad with as I took advantage of the midweek deal on Virginian beers. Worth a visit.
This is where my craft beer experience really kicked off rating is actually for 2009. I drank coors light or miller light before I had weihenstephaner hefeweiss on draft. I have been here many times, probably well over a dozen. Service was good every time except once when they were busy in the basement bar area. Great decor, parking is likely to be a challenge. Great selection of beer especially draft. The lamb burger is awesome, but be sure you bring an appetite.
Plenty of great beers on draft, and the bottles include the latest of whatís available in Virginia. The ice rail was interesting, though it didnít really add to my experience. Service was good, even though the friend I was with said thatís not always the case. Regardless, good experience, and Iíll go again the next time I swing through the area.