A very nice bistro overlooking the lake. A bit high end but approachable. Service was decent and they know enough about beer to be helpful. A decent selection of local micro but nothin exciting. They have four of their own and sell sample paddles. Prices are OK and I didn’t eat.
They don’t brew on premise anymore so it’s not really a brewpub. The tanks are still intact behind the bar but I was told by the bartender that they contract all their house beers out to Best Bitters down the street.
The house beers are pretty underwhelming but not bad. I believe they are shooting for approachable styles so you are not likely to find big hoppy beers or imperial anything. The bottle list is mostly local but you’ll find a lot of mediocre beers rather than rare gems.
The one good thing is that the former brewer here has started his own brand which will often be found on guest tap. I’ve tried the Mild (Cheshire valley) and it was the best thing on tap.
I recommend this place to someone looking for a nice dinner. Not really for the their beer. Surprisingly for the area though they have a great selection of beers on tap and in bottles though. The Beers they brew are all pretty basic, based on the answer to my question about seasonals, I don’t think they even do those anymore. I believe they only have 5 house beers. That don’t have much life to them. I think they are tailored to their market, which is the fancy restaurant market. not the craft beer market it. If you come here, BE aware that this is more of a formal place. We went as a group of 4 and showed up in T-shirts and a one of us had a TFC jersey on lol. My shirt was a shirt I got from a pub crawl a few years ago and it has a bear wearing pink sunglasses. We all got a few looks. It was interesting. I was the first one of us in the door and the hostess rolled her eyes a bit. But they still sat us and we had a decent time. I feel our service suffered a bit from our attire since we did want food too. so we sat in the dining room, not the bar. The Place had quite a large hall for dinning, the lights get dimmed and their is a bar that didn’t look too big but it had a few people at the bar. I can say pretty confidently that I won’t likely be coming here again for their beer, it is a very nice place for a good meal though, A bit pricey but none the less a good place for a date or dinner party. The Prices for pints and taster flights are competitive.
Very nice location, especially taking advantage of their great patio on a hot summer day. Inside is a little more formal, having a steakhouse vibe to it. Nice selection of beers ranging from fruit beers to dry-hopped ales, including cask ales every now and then. Most are good interpretations of the style and very sessionable. Staff is always very friendly, however, they don’t always know about the state of the cask, or even the presence of one, so you have to ask around a bit. The food is a little over priced and their interpretations of dishes are at times a little bland. I treat Pepperwood’s more as a pub where I will sit down for a few pints and maybe get an appetizer rather than a place I will go for dinner. A good beer destination, if nothing else.
Great location near the lake. Brewpub has an open feel with high ceilings, tables spaced apart and large patio but is not too big or corporate feeling. Not a beery place and staff isn’t knowledgeable but still very pleasant place to have a few pints of solid house beer.
I was here for the 1st time for the 2008 Pepperwood Bistro Beer Festival. I was able to sample several of their own beers, as well as many more they serve on tap. I only had finger foods and appetizers, but I really enjoyed everything I had. I hope to go back soon.
Visited after dinner on a Friday night in August, they started up a cool live jazz band at the front by the bar area, which fit fairly well with the soft lighting, modern musical paintings and wooden decor in the restaurant part at the back. Service was friendly but functional, double-checking that our group of four reeeeally wanted to try the new hoppy beer, plus the brewer Paul came over to say hello. Selection is an interesting mix (the West Coast IPA, Pale, Cream and Framboise were all quite good). Food menu seemed a little pricy but our appetizers (brie, seafood, and salad) were filling and good. An interesting place to catch a new pint every month, with a fun patio well-situated on the main street outside as it overlooks a nice green park and the waterside.
Pepperwood is in my neighbourhood, so I suppose I have a local’s acceptance of what they are and are not. Rather than a true brewpub, they are more of a somewhat upscale bistro restaurant that offers some of their own beers to a clientèle probably otherwise more interested in wine. Among these are four or five of brewer Paul Dickey’s ales, including a monthly special, and a couple of guest taps. The English ales are the better choices and occasionally can be very good. The food menu is eclectic and can be spotty and inconsistent, but also at times inspired. The same can be said of the service. Pepperwood is not a destination stop for the serious beer lover, but it is better than many of the other venues in this area, and you just might enjoy the atmosphere and the experience.