The smell of wort greeted me in the oarking lot, always a good sign - and an extra point for atmosphere. The beers were decent enough with no stand outs. Food was tasty, classy pub grub, and the service was fine. Pay oarking only though.
Really more of a restaurant than a bar. Very corporate feel, as evidenced by the khaki and polo shirt staff uniforms that seem to be compulsory. All Hog Haus beers are now being made at Saddlebock, so Iím not sure this place should still be classified as a brewpub. In fact, there was a lot of confusion amongst the bar staff when I asked for a sampler of Hog Haus beers. They initially explained that none were available, then conceded that thereís a few beers that theyíre still labeling as their own. Thereís about 8 beers on tap, a few from íHog Hausí, the rest from Saddlebock. The beers I tried were uniformly disappointing, not a surprise given that most Saddlebock Iíve tried so far has been quite underwhelming. Prices on Dickson St in general are high for the area. Overall, really only a place to stop by if you want some Arkansas ticks. Otherwise, head elsewhere.
A pretty neat brewpub in the college town of Fayetteville. It is a large place with plenty of seating, TVs to watch sports on. There was a decent number of beers on tap (maybe 7-8), including some interesting styles like java porter and imperial stout. They offer a variety of sizes. The beers varied from decent to good and although there was room to improve, you could see they were going in the right direction. It seems they have improved compared to earlier ratings as well. Iím not sure how often the beers are rotated, I think there are are 1-2 seasonals. The food was good - I got a tasty salad. Overall, it is quite good for the area and Iíd recommend it if youíre passing by!
heemer77 (227) Urbandale, Iowa | March 2, 2009| Updated October 24, 2009
I sampled a few seasonals again on a trip and was not impressed. Like before, they are certainly trying, but the efforts are fairly lacking. The food, however, is very good. I had been here when it was the previous business. The beer is not much better, but they are certainly trying. They had the usual range of styles, plus a few slightly more adventurous. Overall, a very average experience, but considering where you are at, you canít be very picky. Probably the best of the three brewpubs in Arkansas.
Right on a main campus drag ,a nice two level restaurant with lots of wood framing and brick walls, casual lighting makes it comfortable on a Monday evening. 9 beers and a root beer on tap. Service was adequate, and the menu had some interesting options, especially teh shrimp stuffed bacon wrapped jalapenos which were delicious. Beers were average.
I've been here many times. The food is always good to very good. The beer not so much. They clearly don't put much effort or money into making good beer. Most are mediocre mad a few downright bad. I've heard that Jesse Core from Core Brewing is doing their beer now bit I've seen no evidence of it. I've been here twice recently and still no stout on tap. Don't go for the beer. Eat here and then drive up to Core. Maybe someday they'll put Core on tap here.
For the area of the country, this brewpub was pretty solid. Atmosphere was razorback collegiate territory for sure along with more of a restaurant type ambiance than anything pubby, although Iíd imagine it gets pretty sports pubby during big games. The beer selection was pretty standard in terms of number of selections. Quality was good, yet short of excellent. The food was solid.