Bif (128) St. Charles, Missouri | November 16, 2017
This place is a good distance from the Strip and caters mostly to the locals. As previously stated the bar is full of gaming machines and quite smoky. Sitting on the restaurant side is the best bet. They have 35 beers on tap, about 15 of their own and the rest local or regional offerings. Service can be a bit iffy, but have a decent pub menu to work from. The beers are nothing fancy but quite drinkable.
So I half expected to see Burt Reynolds start a bar fight here, that is kind of the atmosphere. Cowboys, smoking, cheap macro lager despite brewing onsite, and video poker at every seat around the bar. In the "non-smoking" restaurant side you still catch the smell of smoke. I sat and sampled a few brews, though you have to be careful here as at least two "beers" are tap blends. The food was ok, but not great, though I only ordered a re-heated, previously frozen appetizer.
Big place, half gambling and smoking ok, half not. Definitely got the bovine thing going on with cow seats and pics everywhere. Weird as you may be eating them as they stare you in the face.
Food was good, service needing a little nudge to be even a little attentive, but was friendly. Beers, which is the reason we were there, were mediocre and unimaginative.
This beer has between 12-15 of their own beers on tap at all times, with guests as well. The food is very tasty and the service is good. Because of the number of slots (14 or more) it qualifies as a casino. Smoking is allowed in casinos in Las Vegas. If you sit in the restaurant side of the building, the smoking is not noticeable. However, the bar/casino side is generally intensely smoky. In my opinion their beer is the best in Vegas, and their quarterly beer festivals are awesome!! The only drawback is how smoky it is. Oh, they’ve also started bottling (about 6 varieties so far).
Our first place we stopped to drink in after hopping off the plane, scoped by Ron, and he did a nice job finding out about it, and getting us here. Due to a mixup, we beat him by 20 minutes and used the time wisely. Very nice selection, good service, very laid back in a western way. Good food too and decent prices. Would definitely revisit.
It is like these guys are embarrassed of their beers. The place is more casino then brewpub. They have standard fair food, the beer selection is theirs, however they have a lot of brews on draft. Now for the sad part, there is smoking inside as well as slot machines chiming away. Impossible to truly enjoy one of the great hoppy beers that they craft in this location.