Man, I’ve been here a shit-ton of times. This one doesn’t set itself apart from the others in the chain/franchise/whatever. The food is pretty darn good, the beer is usually narrow in scope but well crafted and the staff is usually solid, although their beer IQ is typically pretty low. But a great place and I’m sure I’ll be back for more soon.
Stopped in on the way out of town to see what the new seasonal is. The Winter Bock isn’t out yet but instead they had a blonde bock. Not a fan of that one. They also had a red IPA of sorts. The hefe wasn’t bad which is about what it always is. This is in a busy shopping center (with a Bevmo in it) so parking can be a pain. The service is friendly. I can’t comment on the food since I didn’t eat but I assume it’s the same as all the other locations.
I was very pleasantly surprised at my visit here yesterday! I’d had other experiences with this change that were all average at best and so I was predisposed in that direction. Indeed at first it seemed as thought that was the case again. The spiral ductwork, high quasi-industrial ceilings, stainless steel brewery out on display, large spaces. We had a table in one of the several dining areas with ours being across an aisle from the kitchen so we could watch the cooking and enjoy the aromas. Our server was pleasant, knowledgeable, & helpful. Floor was carpeted, tables were nicely done in wood. There were several TVs on tuned to sports but not too loud. Nice background buzz. Good vibe. The two beers that I had: the Oktoberfest and the Schwartzbier were outstanding. They also had a full service bar and a heated patio. I will be looking forward to returning here someday when the opportunity arises. Great place!
Beer here is nothing exceptional but people seem to love it. Full bar and a ’high end’ brewpub. Even for the style I’m not stoked on their beers and only go if forced for a happy hour.
Lots of yuppies who think they’re drinking fantastic beer, but it’s a chain and is big. But what a waste of brew hardware....