I finally learned what makes their Amber Light so frigginí good. Itís the ultimate session beer at 3.5%. Tied House finaly put up a chalkboard to showcase their beers. This wasnít the case in the past. I used to go there and drink Amber Lights and get a buzz but never drunk and now I know, they make the BEST Session Beer on the Peninsula. For the uneducated, a Session Beer is generally a beer with less than 4% alcohol that you can literally drink all day, or a session, maintaining a minor buzz but without getting drunk, or messed up. TIED HOUSE IS THE ONLY BREWERY IN THE BAY AREA WHO BREWS A SESSION BEER AND THEN DOES $6 GROWLER REFILLS. Before I get flamed, I know 21st Amendment and Steelhead (they are a chain you know) who does this. LONG LIVE TIED HOUSE. As long as I live in SF, I will still make the trip down to Mountain View for my 1/2 order of nachos (no chicken, thanks) growler refill and 2 or 3 tall amber lights. Thank you Tied House.
Not a bad place for a burger and a pint if you happen to visit downtown Mountain View. The Elk Burger was quite good along with the Cajun chips. As for the beer, I found the Alpine Gold to be the best of the brews I sampled. It was refreshing with a nice honey crispness to it. All of the beers on tap when I visited were in the 4-5% ABV range so donít go expecting strong or hoppy beers. Their specialty seems to be the light and low ABV stuff.
Large brewpub with pretty good food. Mostly focussed on the Hermitage beers, as they seemed more interesting than the Tied House ones (and RB scores confirmed they were better). The ones I had were pretty good. Had fried fish tacos, which were pretty tasty.
Overall this place is good enough for me to return to when Iím in town on business.
This place has a cozy outdoor seating area. Table service was efficient. Good selection of self-brewed beers. The fish tacos on the seasonal menu were excellent. The sampler provides above average 6 ounce pours.
(Visited 08/2014): Tied House is located in Mountain View on Villa near Franklin. Street parking is available in the surrounding blocks.
The building is white stucco with lots of windows and trees on either side. The inside opens to a large brewpub with tables past the entrance and on the right, and a long bar on the left. Wooden tables, and high ceilings with exposed HVAC and hanging cut growler lights. Mug club mugs are hung behind the bar, and there is a small case with to-go bottles and merch. There is a patio as well.
Tied House has 14 house brews on tap both under their label and Hermitage. The selection encompasses mostly year-round offerings but there are a few seasonals and one-offs as well. On my visit these included a Maibock, Ale of the IMP, Single Hop Mosaic, Black Oops and Ale of the 2 Tun. The beers were average at best on the whole, with a couple being decent.
Service at the bar was alright during a weekday lunch. The bartender mentioned being hung over and didnít display a whole lot of knowledge about the beers. Still he was friendly enough.
Food at Tied House is pretty standard in terms of the menu. My sandwich was decent but nothing really memorable.
Overall this place was a bit of a letdown. There are better spots not too far of a drive from here.
Been here quite a few times, just once since I discovered good beer though. This is a nice place, large and spacious, right next to the happening (for Mountain View that is) Castro St. area. Lots of seating and a solid crowd, and the fermenters are on display for all to see. Food is pretty good and reasonably priced.
As for the beer, well, Iíd give it a solid "meh." They occasionally come out with something pretty good, and they occasionally come out with something pretty bad. Otherwise, they serve the typical uninspired range of beers. Amber ale, pale ale, IPA, hefeweizen, porter, stout, one or two lagers. Havenít really seen anything out of the ordinary come from this place. Have had one of their bottled beers, the Menage a Singe, and it was not good.
Anyway though, itís a place to get freshly brewed beers, and itís got good service and a nice atmosphere. Not a bad place to satisfy the masses and to grab a burger and a couple beers, but youíre not going to find the next Westy 12 or Black Tuesday here, thatís for sure.