A large brewpub near the centre of town. It’s in a grand old building and from the entrance I thought it was going to have an ornate interior but the main ground floor area is quite basic and also dark as the brewing kit and some shelves obscure the large window at the front. It felt a bit grubby but actually it has “character” - a proper working brewpub rather than a sterile cooker cutter sort of place. There’s another room with a pool table on the ground floor, a comedy club downstairs and an upstairs room with balconies at different levels and some elegant arched windows and wrought iron banisters (what I’d expected from the outside in fact). There’s a solid line up of beers available as samplers with the strength given in Platos.
(Visited 30 October 2012).
Visited fairly late on a cold Monday night and found a decent sized crowd. Local feel, traditional American pub with several large screens showing sports. They had at least 8 house beers to choose from in a wide variety. Had three beers which were fair to good, and the Thai chicken skewers which were a bit dry but tasty. The bartender was an amicable fellow. All in all a good visit and I’d go back. (Brewery #593)
A nice bar downtown. You can find parkig fairly close. Busy, it was pre-Tom Petty concert. A working guy’s place, the several tables and the bar were all taken. The beer was nothing too special, the macros were the guest beers. Heavier drinking bar, cocktails and the like. Service was good considering the activity. Worth a stop if and only if you are in the downtown core. A restaurant more than a ber bar.
This has to be one of the best looking pubs I’ve ever been in. The outside is a massive 4 story stone building with lots of original stained glass. On the inside, the huge stained glass windows illuminate a multi-storied pub with polished brass everywhere. I could do without the TVs, but there are very few places these days without them, it seems. The beer is fairly lacklustre, although there are a few decent samples. It certainly isn’t one of the better brewpubs I’ve been to, but I do enjoy the ambiance of the place. It’s proximity to the I-95 is one of it’s greatest attributes.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | October 23, 2004| Updated December 19, 2007
Second visit, in 2007: The place is still gorgeous, although I’d take away a few televisions, but that’s just me. The selection was still made up of numerous house brews, which is enticing for the craft beer lover. We didn’t eat this time around, having had a scrumptious meal at The Cambridge House in Granby a few hours earlier. The overall quality of the beers I tried that day were better than when we first visited three years ago, but there were still a few duds in the lineup. I rather enjoyed their Norwegian Wood and Joltin Joe though, both decent dessert offerings. There are some better brewpubs around imho (Willimantic and Cambridge House, for example), but I wouldn’t mind coming back here again when I’m in the area. First visit, in 2004: The building is impressive, the layout is interesting as well since it allows a relatively calm noise level while still servicing hundreds of people at the same time. The beers were less than spectacular (in my tastes) and the lagers were particularly watery and uninspired. The main problem I had this particular afternoon was that the food I ordered (a Gorgonzola burger) was simply awful. Stale bread, burned patty with crumbles of Gorgonzola which didn’t know what to do with the mediocrity of its uncared-for companions. I hope I visited on a bad day.
Large, very large, very very large place. Something like three floors. There’s even a room with a bunch of pool tables. TVs everywhere, you won’t find a seat without a TV in plain view. Overall this place feels like an extra-large sports bar. Not unpleasant but very impersonal. A good selection of homebrews on tap (about 10 or 12) and they sure try to go beyond the ‘Blonde’, ‘amber’, ‘stout’, etc. Unfortunately the average quality is quite low. I tried 6 different beers and they were all below 3 (but above 2) in my book. I didn’t eat there but I saw plates going around and they looked like standard greasy food pub fare. It’s worth a stop, because anyway what else is there to do in Hartford.
If you’re in Hartford, this is the place to go for a brew. I first visited back in 2008 and got a sampler of their regular beers and wasn’t terribly impressed at the time. Finally came back again in summer 2015 and had a much better experience. A nice open brewpub, plenty of seating, including outdoor seating. There is also a room with pool tables. The beer selection was better than I remembered, with about 10-12 beers on tap, including a few interesting IPAs and an imperial stout. The beers I tried were quite good (a couple in the 3.8-3.9 range). The food menu was pretty extensive as well, pretty much standard American fare (I had a chicken wrap, which was good, and some soup). I’d definitely recommend this place, especially given the paucity of brewpubs in Hartford, but actually the beer quality seems to have improved quite a bit in the last few years.
Well, crap I havent rated this place. Anyway, this is a standard brew pub/restaurant in the front with a few pool tables in the back. They typically have about 8-10 of their own beers on tap. Bartenders are pretty clueless and the beer has this weird anise twang to them. The food is ok and they have a few HDTVs which are cool. Parking can be a bitch depending on the time and day. I wouldn;t support this place now that I’ve read the brewmaster’s ignorant comments regarding ratebeerians.
Interior is a typical brewpub look with the industrial thing going on, pool tables in the back and a terrace dining area. The menu’s above average with some nice snacking foods. Not all the typical burger and nacho crap usually associated with brewpubs. When I was there, there was a belgian ale, barleywine, scotch ale and several staple brews of their own on draft each of which was above average to very good. The service was excellent and the waitress who served us knew a great deal about beer and brewing. I can see this place being a headache at night, but during lunch time on a weekend, it’s definitely worth a stop.