I stopped in here shortly after opening on a Thursday. It takes a little bit to get crowded on weekdays, but it’s a big space inside, with a huge main room and a bar that takes up the whole right wall. The menu is posted on hanging boards above the bar, but small hand menus are available, as well. There are some $4 happy hour bites, a good deal compared to the more extensive, expensive dinner menu. The food is impressive. So is the beer list, good grief. There’s a short but nice bottle list, and it’s expensive. Taps aren’t cheap either, especially the guests, but I was surprised at the depth and quality of what was available. There were 11 house brews when I visited, one of them on cask and therefore unavailable for small pours. But small pours of all other house taps are available, about 4 oz. in a nice stemmed glass. They were consistently good, a couple very good, but the beer isn’t at that world-class level like the rest of this establishment. There’s some outside seating on a patio and under a pavilion with an outdoor bar. Brokensail is right in that this is really the New American classification of restaurant, and they put a lot of attention into everything. The beer here is adventurous and mostly good, and if it gets dialed in further, we could be hearing even more buzz about this place.
Ambiance: Sunday brunch. If you’re from the DC area, feels like a large, airy version of Birch and Barley inside: upscale but farmhouse-y, lots of exposed wood and cool fixtures. Huge outside patio area that would feel at home in Munich in September/October. Service: Friendly and relatively knowledgeable about the beer; came in for Sunday brunch and it took about 90 minutes, so it wasn’t the fastest service, but we didn’t mind--we were there for the experience. Selection: Not much to say beyond what’s been said: huge selection, well-curated mix of styles and origin locales; tap list set up very much like it’s done by the Neighborhood Restaurant Group (Birch and Barley, ChurchKey, Owen’s Ordinary) here in the DMV. Food: The brunch fare was high quality and delicious. Fries and a cheese board were perfectly executed appetizers; my Monte Cristo (french toast slap, cured ham, poached egg, etc) was artery-explodingly great, and the wife was pleased with her oxtail grilled cheese. Value: Didn’t come here for the dollar menu, that’s for sure. Probably on the high end for the town, but worth it for the experience. Overall: Would absolutely come again.
A wonderful spot to enjoy food and beer with Travlr on Brewvival Eve. The interior is large and open with a long bar featuring comfortable seats and a selection of booths and tables. Outside are some longer picnic tables suitable for an outdoor picnic. There were a dozen or so house brews alongside about three dozen well-selected guest brew taps. The food is locally sourced and expertly prepared. This is just a fantastic gastropub and hosts lively evenings.
This is one of America’s best craft beer bars. The selection is excellent and varied, and the split between national and regional is spot-on. The list includes many hard-to-find beers, many of which are rarely found outside their home region. The room and outdoor areas are comfortable (even if the main eating area is a little loud -- add some sound foam!). The staff is knowledgeable. The prices seem sane but are quite high (consider the pour sizes...), which is either a problem or not. If money isn’t an issue, this is a superb spot.
Visited with BeerandBlues2 for the funk event before Brewvival. Large attractive outdoor patio space with picnic tables, some needed to be reserved, some were open seating. Inside is a long tylish modern bar, a long bar table and only a small number of restaurant tables. Beer list was large and high quality, different and even better list outside for the funk event. No flights, but four ounce pours of house beers are available, all others are 8, 12 or 16 ounces. Lines were long to get beer for the funk event but since we reserved a table outside we had (outstanding) table service. Food was tasty and creative. Pricey. Large parking lot, but Uber and Lyft are here too. Fantastic place.
Visited early on a Monday evening. Located just outside of downtown Charleston, easy to find on a main road. Big modern design with a large outdoor patio, and a large great hall feel to the interior. Long bar, high tops in the middle, and booths around the perimeter of the building. High end feel. The food menu looked great, though I didn’t have time to eat. The draw here is the beer, and it is a truly breath taking selection. 48 draft lines have craft soda, cocktail, cider, 10 house beers many of which were collaborations and the the rest of the list is incredible - unique and rare local, national and international craft beers. Beers are by the pint, no tasting flights. However, I asked about half pours and they allowed me to order two half pours of the house beer. The bottle list is somehow even more more impressive. Bunch of gueze and sours, pricey, but beers I have never seen on a menu anywhere - HORAL for example. Service is prompt and efficient.
94 = ★★★★½ (World class)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Visited on a Sunday afternoon. The dining area is one large open room with a bar lining one wall. In addition, there is covered outdoor seating and what looked to be another bar outdoors (but it wasn’t open when I was there). My immediate impression of the place was that it was a pretentious, hipster type place based on the setup and decor. So I was slightly turned me off right away, being that this place seemed to take itself so seriously. Then I sat down and had a couple beers and my impression changed quickly. Around 10 house beers on tap, and an additional 30 other beers. No beer samplers available, which sucks. The two house beers I had were very good sour/wild beers. I was really impressed with the quality of the beer, and my initial reaction of not liking the place changed to really enjoying the place. I didn’t have the food, but I heard good things about it from other customers. Definitely a high quality place worth checking out. The big problem I have with this place is that they only serve their beers in full size servings (no flight/samplers or small pours). Add into it that at least half their beers when I visited were 7% or higher, it makes trying more than 1 or 2 of their beers difficult unless you’re sharing with a couple of friends. I would have loved to have tried all their beers, but I had to settle for trying 2 of them due to the serving size and price. Guess I’ll just have to return again in the future.
Didn’t eat the food, so no comment there. The ambiance was awesome. Great indoor open are and a nice long bar. Then some great outdoor seating as well with half of it covered. Really well set up and super cool. People were friendly and very helpful. Can get 4 oz pours of any of their beers for reasonable prices which made it easy to try several. Beers were solid. Different and not all were what I was expecting. Sours were more funky sour/wet wool vs. lactic sour which is more what I was after, but they were really well made and they make many different styles that are very different from the normal styles. Even the beers I didn’t fully like I appreciated. The standard styles are not standard, they have a different take on them. I wish I could have had more there. And then they have like 30 guest taps of some really solid beers (in addition to about 12 of their own). Really great place. Definitely go there, but expect the beers to be different. Well made solid beers for sure, but different. Loved our visit.
Stopped here on our way into town. Certainly not an overly famous/well known name in the beer world, but I saw a few trusted raters really enjoyed this place, so I drug the crew here as we made our way into Charleston proper.
The place is in a little bit of a business park sort of location with some other restaurant spaces and such. Pretty substantial location. Very open feel to it. Enormous bar and plenty of regular dining room seating. You can also see into the brewhouse near the entrance. Jars of pickled items line the perimeter walls. They also seem to make their own charcuterie and do some fancied barrel aged cocktails and such (and have some cocktails on draft). Certainly fits into the New American category here.
The draft list is extensive and impressive. They had a couple handfuls of their own beers on tap as well as lots of regional/local offerings and a ton of interesting imports. They do tasters of the house beers, but not of the guest offerings. Some of the pricing on those beers is...high to say the least. House beers were all pretty reasonable. And their beers were quite good.
This place really blew me away. Highly recommend it.
We visited this place with my niece, who lives in Charleston and recommended we go there for dinner. All I can say is "Wow!" They have 48 taps including about a dozen of their own beers, all of which were exquisite. Lively atmosphere in a large open setting and an open kitchen. Their charcuterie plate was excellent and I’m told they cure their own meats. The food was excellent and service to match. If you are in Charleston this is the place to go for great beer and food.