A hole in the wall place with likely the best beer selection in HSV. While there is food, and it is good, there is not much to choose from. I recommend the gumbo, jambalaya, and red beans & rice sampler. The wait staff is hit or miss. David is very attentive, but the others are not as swift.
Located in an office park with doctors offices and insurance agents. The place is two rooms divided by a wall with a bit of a patio section. It’s very bright in here especially at night and they’re are mirrors all over the place. While it’s nice they don’t have tv’s I’m damned if I can figure out how the place is organized and I’m double damned if this place feels like any kind of hangout. They have over 40 taps, including a number of locals, and they’re located all over the place. They have taps between the two bars, outside, even in the customer seating area. I wouldn’t be surprised if they have
a tap in the bathroom. They do allow you to build flights from their taps which is good and they have a lot of craft beers, over 300 in bottles, available. Again I’d come here to try a new beer but I wouldn’t hang out here. I wrote this before we got the bill. For 9 4oz. tasters of local beers, 1 $5 bottle, and 1 half pint of local milk stout the bill was a grand total of $44.00. We were told after the fact, there are no portion listings on the menu nor prices for the tasters, that the samplers for low gravity stuff, like a Paulaner Hefe were $2 and for high gravity stuff were $3.50. Unfortunately this explanation is complete bullshit since no beer on either list exceeded 7%. In fact the abvs between the two lists were quite comparable. So they charge the same price for a sampler of Straight to Ale lily flagg milk stout as the Churchkey, one of the best beer bars in Washington DC, charges for Life and Limb. Does that make any sense to anyone? This place is a joke. I will never go back.
Went to the place several times. First time reviewing it.
What a lot of good the new abv law in AL has done to this place.
They do have an amazing selection of draft beers and bottles, all fairly priced and not much of an atmosphere to speak of.
I would definitely stay away from the food. For a place that wants to do good beers, they should serve dishes that are not just microwavable.
Outstanding service and definitely one bar to visit in AL.
Great slection of beers, including some of their own craft brews which I tried. Service is quick and attending. Somewhat sterile atmosphere, but as the beer is the most important thing, lesser importance. When in Huntsville think made right choice to go here. Bit expensive.
GTAEgeek (279) Colorado Springs, Colorado | November 17, 2010| Updated August 16, 2012
An unassuming building with inadequate parking. It is an ugly white brick building, but the cars parked in the grass speak to its popularity. It is brightly lit and loud, with mirrors and oldies playing. The deck out back is the place to go, if weather permits. The servers are prompt and knowledgeable, but often overworked. Most of the patrons are older professionals. Not my kind of place, but the selection makes it worth it. The list is unquestionably the best in Huntsville. They have tons of great beers on the bottle list and on tap, but the rotating selection of rare beers is lacking. The food is horrible and overpriced. This is the place to go to try beers, but not a very good hangout or place for dinner.
Most beers served in 12 oz goblet, patio, no wifi, 48 draft, 350+ in bottles, looks like an old apartment complex office that’s been converted into a bar. The rooms kind of zigzags and taps are stuck all over in random corners, or even outside on the patio. Music is 80’s on the night I visited. It’s well lit. Fridges are on the dark side and they don’t keep the green glass bottles next to the lights. Clearly the best selection if local brews on tap. On the negative, the prices are much, much worse then the best beer bars in DC and Asheville, NC, aka beertown USA. Typically a flight of 4 beers will run you $5-6, they charged $8-15 for a flight. They charge more for higher alcohol beers. They define higher alcohol beers as over 7%, which is silly since the average craft beer is 6%. regardless, it doesn’t make any sense to price them that way, since the percent alcohol doesn’t necessarily correlate to price of the beer. Also, if they are going to price them that way, it should have been on the draft list, so we weren’t surprised that our tab was DOUBLE what we were expecting. They have clearly lost the plot, because flights are generally slightly cheaper compared to the full pint, to encourage you to try new beers.
We sat at the bar near the dishwasher and the bartender only chatted with her friends, but didn’t talk to us beyond asking our orders. She also showed a shocking lack of knowledge of the beers they serve and even made the silly recommendation of mixing cider and sprite to a lady. Parking was OK, but probably not enough for a full house.
Frankly, I would rather go to Stem & Stein where they may not have as many local taps, but the vibe is better, the staff is interested in learning more about their product, and the prices are MUCH more reasonable. These folks are taking advantage of the Rocket City, and it is very sad to see.
Having lived in Huntsville for a few years, I was all too familiar with the almost complete lack of a beer scene (I think things have improved in the past 3 years since I’ve moved away). This place was my beer oasis for the time I lived in the area. Amazing tap list that rivals beer bars in big cities. Great staff that knows their beers too. I was introduced to numerous new breweries and beer styles thanks to this place. For what it lacks in general style and food offerings, it more than makes up for it in fantastic beer.
bleeng (168) Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington | November 21, 2010| Updated February 6, 2011
As most of the other comments have said, this is by far the best beer selection in Huntsville. Selection in the hundreds for bottles and dozens for drafts. They carry all of the 4 local breweries plus specials. Hosts new arrivals and breweries in the area. Laid back professional clientele. Not much food but this place is for drinking beer.
lithy (156) Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania | October 1, 2010| Updated October 4, 2010
Nice up to date beer list, the menu is sort of hilariously simple. Good service. A bit pricy in my opinion but I was just trying whatever I hadn’t had, most of which was on their "Just Passing Through" list of new or rare drafts. So my two flights and one large mug came out to nearly 40 bucks. Great bottle list. Boxes piled in the corner and a sort of weird layout for the place but seems like it is far and away the best choice in Huntsville.
Other than the old lady who will stalk you, its a good place. Its the place to find good beer in Hville. Food selection not that great, and service marignal to good. But beer selection. Best in town... well for now.. competition coming. The outside deck is very nice... which sets amvieance high.