GT (672) San Diego, California | November 14, 2011
One of the few craft beer bars in Tallahassee, "Ferm" as it is known is located underneath, or more aptly, inside the bottle floor of a small apartment complex on the very small, three block long road of All Saints in a not so well lit neighborhood. Ferm prides itself on being super hippie/trendy...so much so that I would recommend they not have a sign out front and only update their tap list on twitter. Tap list is small...perhaps 10 taps at the most with relatively quick rotation. When I was there not a single Florida beer was on tap.....and instead Rogue and Abita and Lost Coast. Not top of the line stuff in my book. They also brew their own beers, but they make them in essentially homebrew size conical fermentation vessels so they make 5 gallon batches, which is could for maybe 48 pints of beer. So once it gets put on tap, their house beer lasts about 1 hour. So good luck getting to try their own beer. On the plus side, they do offer wine for non beer drinkers and actually mead. They will do mead flights and beer flights, which is nice if you don’t know what to order. They did have on tap a pretty fresh keg of Victory Harvest Pils, which I’m not sure how they accomplished this, but I was quite impressed. Definitely the best thing on the menu by two standard deviations. A sort of sausage and cheese snack plate is for sale but I did not try it. This place DOES NOT HAVE A KITCHEN so don’t come looking for food. Atmosphere during the day is calm and chill. During the night it is a quirky, hipster hangout. Service somehow improved when it was very busy- extremely easy to get a beer. Not too loud, people playing boardgames, and being all around nerdy. Cool place no doubt. You can sit out front on the porch and drink during all operating hours.
N.B. They will add a scoop of ice cream to stouts and porters if you ask for $1. I highly recommend this.
Quaint little bar tucked into what should be an apartment in a new condominium building in the "artsy" area of Tallahassee. Visited here early on a Friday evening and the place was packed - hard to find a stool at the bar but I managed. Had seven rotating beers on-tap - a bit above par for the area, but not breathtaking (Lagunitas, Lost Coast, Erdinger, Rogue etc.). Beer list showed about 40 to 50 different beers from a wide spectrum of styles and countries with a nice description of each - suitable for the masses - but not quite suited to the beer geek. Only macro to be found was Miller Lite and the description was appropriate - "it’s Miller Lite". The beer taps were kept out of sight - which was unusual - but probably a necessity due to the cramped quarters. Wished they had a few more taps - but still a great addition to the slowly burgeoning Tallahassee beer scene. Maybe someday we will actually get a brewpub.
Wendy and I met up with drowland and his new wife Katie here. Love the atmosphere. Very small, but I like that. Fairly rustic and located in a residential part of town. Fantastic for sitting outside and enjoying a brew while listening to the crickets and other nighttime insects and critters. I felt very "down home and southern" here. The tap selection is very limited and the bottle selection is good, but not great. The service is enthusiastic and fairly knowledgeable. I thought the screen showing old commercials, movies and other nostalgic odds and ends was a nice touch. However, the small outdoor porch won me over. I’ll be back.
Cool place, honestly. Nice ambiance with goofy stuff around, a movie or old shows showing on the projector, and lots of neat stuff. Honestly, it’s a bit "hipster," but you get over it. The worst part by far is that ti’s TOO DAMN SMALL.
The staff is always quick and friendly, and they generally know a fair amount about the beer.
Only about 10 beers on tap, but lots in the bottles, and they’re getting better about rotating their tap beers and getting some weirder/better stuff in.
Nice selection of quasi-local cheeses and they’ll even bake up a soft pretzel for you... tasty.
Average to slightly high pint prices, but you can’t complain there. Bottles are obviously marked up a fair amount... but that’s the business.
Overall, a definite spot to hit if you’re in Tallahassee. It’s small, quaint, and nice, with a few beers in the bottle you may not find at the other bars around town.
jbruner (265) Marietta, Georgia | April 27, 2012| Updated May 13, 2012
Good little beer bar with a nice selection of bottles and a few rotating taps. Staff knows their stuff and is willing and eager to help you select from the list of brews. Ambiance is a little bourgeois-hipster; it is frequented by FSU grad students, beer geeks, and hipsters. Small and narrow, it is located in the bottom floor of a line of condos. Food is soft baked pretzels and cheese plates, which pair well with the beers, but not anything more than a snack. Good place to check out for the beer aficionado in Tallahassee.
Very low-key place in Tallahassee, and hard to find, but once I found it, it seemed like a great place to lounge. That’s exactly what it is- a lounge. A cool place to drink a few cool beers with some friends. There are all manner of strange people wandering through, but a nice selection of beers and a few house beers meander through from time to time. Definitely worth checking out.
I’ve heard a lot of buzz about this place from the local beer dudes, but it’s a little off the beaten path for me. Well worth the trip. Located in the Bohemian Quarter in the bottom floor of, I guess, a townhouse. Clean, small, early 60’s decor, 2-3 tables on the patio. Good place to hang on a spring afternoon. Offbeat selection of beers, probably more than the stated 10 taps now and none of them were usual fare, regular participation by regional micro reps. As close to a must-stop location as Tally has.
mlunger12 (46) Orlando, Florida | November 4, 2010| Updated January 31, 2013
The place is unfortunately too small, it tops out at about 1200 sq ft which is hard to make things work when you throw in a walk in. Have about 10 taps, always crafts and rotating pretty regularly. A very hipster, older crowd and has really been able to avoid the taint of undergrads just trying to get wasted. Sometimes the staff could know a little bit more about their beer, when you only have 10 taps you should know what each one is and how to explain it to a beer novice.
EDIT: They have expanded, added food and a bottle shop. This has become the go to place in Tallahassee.