I have relative that live near Keene and we visit this place when I can. They changed management/brewers a few years a go and I am convinced that the new folks are a bit less talented than the originals.... one of those unfortunate realities. Food is consistent and, when it is a "good batch" the No Name IPA is a decent beer. I’ll keep going and will enjoy the "good days", when they occur.
Brewpub in the corner of a large, old building thatís been turned into a shopping mall. Lacks much in the way of style. Good number of house beers, but none were really good. Didnít try the food but we were there during their hot wing special and they smelled delicious and all the tables around us ordered them. Plenty to try if youíve never been there, but not a place youíre likely going to want to return to.
Located in an old mill that someoneís turned into something of a shopping mall. The place has a kind of Applebeeís, Rub Tuesday Corporate feel to it. It was dead on the Thursday night I visited. I on,y had time for one and it was ok. I might comeback but only because Iíd be lpicking up a few bottles from Brewtopia first.
Located in an old mill that was converted in shops and this restaurant & pub. They have an outside patio when the weather permits. Our waitress was very pleasant and tentative. Our meals and appetizer where severed promptly and steaming hot. The peanut butter tort was an great dessert paired very nice with the Espresso Stout. Overall I think the prices are a tad bit high, however the food and beer makes me think about a return trip in the summer time.
My wife and I did a nice three day trip that involved a Friday night in Brattleboro VT, up to Hill Farmstead on Saturday, then up to Montreal for Sunday. On that Friday night in Brattleboro we took a quick trip over to Keene and came to Elm City for dinner. None of the beers were mind blowing, but most were well made. Looks like they do have a good amount of interesting and new stuff regularly, so if this was a local place for me Iíd certainly be happy. Food was quite good and the service was quick and friendly. It was a fairly busy night but we didnít feel like we had to wait for very much. Worth a stop if youíre in the area.
Iíve been here a couple of times, but decided to review after stopping here on the way home from vacation. Located a few blocks off of the main drag behind a mill building turned mall this can be a bit tricky to find. We stopped in today for a late lunch and were quickly seated at one of the empty tables outside. I think the few times Iíve been here weíve always eaten outside. There are maybe a dozen tables outside and probably 3 times that inside as well as seating at the bar in the back. The food is typical pub grub and the beer is average. There were 7 beers on tap today including a roggenbier which I have been dying to tick. Today our waitress was a bit on the un-attentive side as I sat for much to long with an empty glass. The table next to us saw their waitress 3 times as much as we saw ours so I will chock that up to a bad day. Decent brewpub overall and fairly reasonable prices.
Finally stopped in for the first time yesterday at 3:00pm. A little hard to find in the big old mill building but I was glad I found it. It was mostly empty, but I was there in between meals on a Wednesday.
Nice bright atmosphere with what looked like plenty of seating inside and a large patio outside for the warmer months. Very clean and well kept. A couple of boards showed the tap list AND what was going to be on in the near future - nice touch, makes me want to go back.
On tap was a good variety of styles including an Irish Stout, Kolsch, a couple of fruit beers, strong ale, scotch ale, and a couple of others. Also a nice full liquor and wine stock behind the bar.
Knowledgeable bartender offered me samples before I even ordered - good start. As I was trying to decide the brewer, Bill Dunn, came out and joined in the decision making process. I wish that would happen every time I go to a brewpub.
I started with the stout. Delicious! Beautifully creamy, well rounded, roasty black stout. I couldnít dream up a more well made stout. This guy can brew. Before I get too wordy, everything I tried was great. All the beers exhibited excellent balance that was true to style in each case.
I could have stayed all day and night but I had to leave. Bill offered me a quick personal tour and I took a growler of strong ale to go.
Come here and drink the beer. Great experience, Iíll be back.
Within the brick walls of the Colony Mill Marketplace you will find this brew pub around back. It is not a large place but it seemed comfortable. I sat at the bar where I was greeted by a friendly and helpful waitress. I went for the four 4 oz. samplers for $4.00. I ordered up a sausage/chicken in sauce appetizer for my meal, which was plenty big enough. But there were plenty of sandwiches and other pub fare available. Service was quick. They had about 7 of their own beers on tap along with a few commercial crafts. Growlers available. I enjoyed my visit.
Hard to find, but once you know it is behind the Colony Hill Marketplace, itís not that secluded. The classy interior design with lots of brick and dark wood carries over onto the terrace. The very comfortable patio chairs helped too. The crab bisque we had was truly delicious, and we regretted we werenít hungry for more. The beers we had were all decent, but none stood out in the "masterpiece" category. I thought the German styles were done especially well, moreso than the English. I bet they could do a great unfiltered Pilsener. All in all, Iíd come back here more often because I love well-crafted lagers (and there are so few in Northeastern America), but this is out of way somewhat. I would like to come back for dinner.
Iíve heard of this place and finally made it out to Keene to check it out. As others have stated, itís in an old brick mill building so the decor is all brick with old wood floors. Great looking, but on the down side, very noisy. My wife and myself were there at lunch time and the service was very good. We were seated right away and the waiter was there in minutes. Meal was good, typical pub fare. They do have higher priced entrees, but only serve them later in the day. The one beer I had was pretty good. My wife had a raspberry wheat beer which I sampled and it seemed tasty. Now Iíve found the place Iíll have to go back.