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.
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).
I wasn’t expecting much since I am not a huge fan of the City Steam beers I have purchased from my local but this is a great brewpub. Good selection of decent brews and a basic pub menu consisting of food that is better than average. Huge place with lots of character.
I went on a Monday evening for dinner and some local beers while in Hartford on Business. It was not busy. The ambiance is just plain old Bar. Historic brick building with dark wood interior sets a mellow mood. I sat at the bar and the bartender was really nice. One of the people sitting and eating was an off duty employee and we talked beer for a while. I thought the beer selection was solid. They had something for everyone. I am a malt guy and I enjoyed several there.
I stopped in here last week while on vacation with the family. This brewpub sits in and old brick building just dripping with history in a downtown section of Hartford. Old dark wood and Victorian accents adorn the 2 floors of restaurant space amid the huge windows that look to the city. 12 or so homemade brews adorn the menu along with the standard course of pub grub. A Monday night was surprisingly active but the service was steady and attentive. I sampled several beers that ranged from mediocre to great but was pleasantly surprised by the quality overall. The food was decent and the pricing was on par with what I expected to pay. I’d revisit if in the area. again.
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)
nice place with a local feel. beers are average, but there’s not much else in town. service was friendly, food decent. samplers are available at 5 beers for $5. nice.
Boliv (35) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | April 16, 2012
Stopped in for dinner and a comedy show. The hostess had to change our seats for the comedy show to accommodate another group, so we got our tickets for free. Sweet. Had a few beers on tap (oatmeal stout, APA, Winter in Ardennes), and they were pretty nice. Had a "Vermonter" sandwich (pork, apple, bacon), which was good, and an apple baked in puff pastry for dessert. Our server clearly hated his life, and it was a hassle just to have him get a round of drinks for us. The comedy was entertaining. Average ambiance; I don’t know if it’s always filled with drunk college fucks, but it was when I was there, so there were a bunch of meatheads looking to fight. Decent, I’d go back.