I went on a Saturday around 1 PM for a late lunch. Not crowded at all. They had six beers in the sampler, but they gave me seven (an extra IPA) as one of the seasonals was gone, which I thought was good business. The beers were below average to really good. It seemed like the darker the beer, the better the quality, which is odd since I’m more of a pale ale guy. The building is beautiful and spacious. Parking wasn’t the easiest, but they did have a garage in the back. They were very accommodating as we had a 14-month old baby with us. Food was above average, although a little pricey. The pretzels with beer cheese were okay, but the beer cheese didn’t have much beer flavor to it. All in all, it was a nice little visit and the place is very nice looking and clean. The waitress was very nice, although not the most knowledgeable in regards to beer. I’d definitely go back, and I bet during the school year on a Friday night, this place is probably a good place to hang out
Sitting in downtown Knoxville with a great priced craft beer in a brewpub can only mean Downtown Grill & Brewery. There really is only one downside - the selection. The beers are solid and consistent, but rarely change. Everything else is top-notch. The brewers and staff are personable and have spent many a long conversation explaining their process or talking about yeast. Don’t complain because it’s crowded - it’s crowded because it’s good.
I’ve been here twice. I enjoyed it both times. The food is good but I wouldn’t say great. I enjoyed their beer sampler to try out the different kind of beers they brew. Eating outside at sunset is a great atmosphere in downtown Knoxville. I love it.
Braincage1 (4) Cary, North Carolina | March 3, 2007| Updated March 10, 2007
One of my favorite locations in downtown Knoxville because it has such a lively and healthy atmosphere. Nice settup inside with an old wooden floor and bar and there is even a working brewery setup. The service has always been amazing even when it is really busy on friday nights and they all seem to be fond of the microbrews and will talk to you about them. One time after some conversation my waitress even brought me a home brew that only the staff knows about. The menu offers a good variety. The fish and steak entrees are superb and a friend said that the best burger he ever had was from here. Your missing out if you live in Knoxville and havent hit up this place yet.
Visited for lunch on a Friday. The service was good, but the waitress could not tell me very much about the beer, except that the IPA was hoppy. I liked the food, but not the beers. They have typical sandwich/ pub fare, but with a few extra touches.
Large characterful building. Square bar is up front, tables all around and on the second level. Pizza oven in back. You pass the mash tun (still warm to the touch) on the way to the restrooms. Service was friendly and attentive. Beers varied, but the stout was the stand-out. Apps were pretty standard but tasty. Worth a stop.
A nice spot in downtown Knoxville. Six craft beers on tap. My server (Jessica) had tried the taps and could talk to you about them, she was friendly though busy. Service was prompt. All the beers I had were good not great but all were quality brews. Everyone in the place was drinking draft beers not a bottle of macro to be seen. That alone should tell you that the beers were good. Joey one of the brewers came over and chatted with me for a minute about the beers as well. I will eat when I go back.
The barley wine is good as is the Woodruff IPA. The sampler does it all. Food is well prepared and generous portions. Catch dinner and few brews and take a stroll down to the Bijou for a show. Nice place in the Old City.