I visited this brewery on opening day many years ago. The brewer was great and the ambiance was nice, despite it being attached to a mall. It isnít inside a mall, but in the area just surrounding it. Overall, it was a very positive experience, but like I said, it was many years ago.
This place is usually packed full of BMC drinkers and load mouth jerks. Its more of a sports bar then a brewery. Sometome they have some pretty good seasonals but other then that their beer is just ho hum!.
The space isnít as schwanky as some locations Iíve been to but it does have an active brewhouse behind windows on the far right end. I was told they have brew days where they show the customers interested how it all works. That is cool. The service was good as usual but I have to take exception to being lied to. I told the server I was in the mood for an IPA and he stated their Piranha was an IPA. I suggested that I thought it was actually a Pale and then he insisted it was an IPA. Hmmm. So the food is good here and they have the same problem as most places in this country by serving their ales ice frigginí cold. Typical. Overall score goes up for me since theyíre actually brewing at this location! Keep it up.
A large modern restaurant chain, with a respect for craft beers through essentially its own beers. A decent lineup, quality control and tweaking of recipes are certainly going on to enhance popularity, drinkability of the beers, and a lot of training for staff in essentially pushing the food part of the business. Much more elegant and lit up than the Yrad House but then again the Yard House is much more craft beer selection oriented with its 100 tap lines.
I enjoyed the beer, our party the root beer, lots of parking. The grand cru at one time brought people out, I did not get it, and think Phoenix has moved up by leaps and bounds since that beer was noted as a focal point of the local beer scene. Long bar.
Large open ceilings made the atmosphere seem warehouse-like but was very clean. Lots of TVs and trendy type of decor. Located as an anchor of an upscale shopping mall. Stopped in for a late lunch after a movie. Maybe 10% full. Friendly waitstaff. Decent food menu. Nice but small tap selection. Enjoyed a pumpkin brew and happy hour lunch special soup and sandwich special. Price was very reasonable for food and brew.
Upscale mall location is sterile yuppy. Food is good but expensive. Service is above average, Beers are clean and polished with little character. Guest taps and token Belgian bottle selection is a nice addition to the standard fare. These guys need to brew more speciality beers and/or beers with character. Yawn
iíd hate to be the one paying the AC in this place... huge cavernous building with a typical corporate layout and design. lots of youth and families due to the proximity of the mall. food is decent enough though corporate and heartless. ten beers on tap and apparently guest taps as well. their beer is pretty mediocre. some were seriously flawed. great root beer though!