Rather sociable feel, clean wooden display, nice mellow lighting, good looking modern building. Disappointing selection range with only 3 of their beers available at any given time + a handful of crappy lagers. I thought the beers to be a bit better than the ratings indicate, expect your average 3.0 beers more often than not I assume. It makes for a nice place to dinner since the food was very good and not too expensive.
Laid-back Ottawa crowd of techies, civel servants, relaxed attractives, just off the main downtown area. The staff is trained and well-meaning and flexible. A nice deck though on a street just before a main thoroughfare. EIght were on tap today in the end of summer, with the eight guest taps almost entirely the usual macro suspects. Moderately spacious inside. The beer is passable, with the two casks the real treat.
Mmmm...well, this is the only survivor of the original 4 brewpubs in Ottawa....wished Abe and Roscoes was still there....beers are mediocre to decent (especially in the last year, they are now having seasonals regularly). The Bank street location is nice and cosey, with the 5 originals, and macro crap. The food never dissapoints, upscale pubgrub, with great happy hour specials on appetizers M to Th. I still go once in while to eat.
jercraigs (544) Toronto, Ontario | January 12, 2004| Updated October 25, 2006
I don’t have a lot of expectations at a brewpub, but one of the biggies is having their own beer available. So when all three casks were sold out on a Saturday night at the Clocktower I was a little incredulous, and disappointed. The place was packed to the gills, with a snowboarding ramp and contest set up in the parking lot, 90% of the patrons looked barely 19. Similar demographics when I went back on Tuesday night. Food was serviceable pub grub, wings and quesadilla were solid, fries on the mediocre side but edible. Atmosphere is nice, but loses a bit of its charm when it is packed to capacity. Perhaps lunch is a better option for a relaxed pint?
Tuesday visit yielded the option of their Wishart’s Bitter either draught or on cask, I opted for the latter. Longish walk from downtown is doable, and it is on the bus lines (If the driver doesn’t drive past you because you are looking at the schedule and not at him. Grumble) Go for the rating(s), but the very mainstream and import tap list means that there are better places to find a pint in Ottawa but they are obviously attracting bigger crowds with what they have.
If you’re a brewpub, you should have more than two of your own beer on tap. The Wishart’s bitter was pretty tasty. Nice patio as well, but they pay more attention to their fruit drinks than they do to their beer, which is a shame really. It’s a nice enough looking place, but I couldn’t really recommend it based on my experience.
Cozy little restaurant/pub with a few house taps and macros. The house beers were okay, but both casks were severely uncared for, very yeasty and dusty. The food we ordered was basically made of cheap ingredients thrown together. Meat was slightly burned, charring any other possible flavors. As if the canned black olives and watery feta cheese could have any flavor. We probably visited on a bad day, but this doesn’t give me the desire to come back any time soon. There are much better beer places in Ottawa.
I’ve been there a few times, a good pit-stop when you go biking or skating on the Rideau Canal. Inside the place feels like some kind of family friendly sports pub, the type you find all too often in the States. Large place, impersonal, feels like a chain. A little front patio with no charm. Beers are not very good but not as bad as some make it to be. They usually have 4 or 5 of their own beers along with “guest beers” which are mostly macro stuff. Very basic beers, clean, no personality, mostly devoid of hops, bland but mostly not offensive. Decent pub food, a bit above the usually pub fare selection. Oh well, maybe we should find a new pitstop for our Canal Rideau treks.
Pleasant, vaguely English pub type feeling, warm and cozy (on a cold November night), dark and woody. Bar theme downstairs with pool tables and such; upstairs has a large dining area. Only three of their own available, two of which were casked as well...alas, they weren’t all that special. The food, however, was excellent and I would certainly consider coming back again.
More of a sports-bar/restaurant for families than brew pub. Service did not know much about beers they served but it was polite. Average food as you might expect from typical sports bar. Beer was just OK but improved recently.