Champion Brewing Company

Mayor: hershiser2 (4) | Taps: 12 | Bottles: 0
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
hershiser2  (79) Charlottesville, Virginia | October 21, 2016
I do enjoy Champion’s beers, however the majority of them I’ve had elsewhere (not at the brewery) since they can a bunch. Service here has left something to be desired. I once felt like I was irritating the bartender just by sitting at the bar looking at the list, and nobody’s ever seemed to want to discuss the beers with me, or ask if I had any questions. I do like their beer... but prefer to drink it elsewhere.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Braudog  (901) Yorktown, Virginia | September 18, 2016
Interesting "old school" industrial space, very well re-done. Nice big outdoor area for the dogs. Solid beers, some of which are available in cans in our area, but some just available here. Super friendly staff and patronage. Would love to have a place like this as our neighborhood brewery (Brewery #758)
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138  (385) Falls Church, Virginia | March 31, 2015
Solid brewery, tasting room has a sort of laid back game/lounge room feel. Board and card games available to play with groups while you drink. Friendly service. Around 8 house beers on draft. No food but I guess they have the occasional food truck. Okay prices, special release bottles are a bit expensive. Street parking available or walk a few blocks from the South Street area. Worth a stop if you’re in the area.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
nate2g  (1290) Boomtown!, Australia | March 30, 2015
Visited with RB folks Travlr, GenDV138 & Maniac during our C-Ville crawl. It was dead when we arrived so had no dramas ordering a couple of flights. It’s a basic brewery taproom here with eight beers pouring. Arcade machine to the side and toilet facilities but little else to report on. No food on the day we were there. Some interesting beers on offer but not all hits. A good addition to the C-Ville scene.
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
Emeister84  (130) Charlottesville, Virginia | June 7, 2014
Decent amount of parking in the lot, with plenty more free spots for parallel parking just a little further away. A nice outside area with several large picnic tables. Inside they offer an old school Pacman arcade which is totally free to play. Awesome! Not the largest selection of beers, but the variety is pretty good, including some special items. The bartenders are very cool and very nice, whether you’re ordering pints or flights, and they use a small assortment of glassware with the variety of beer types. Food is offered by food trucks, which circulate through a few different ones every week. (The Bavarian Chef is quite good.)
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Travlr  (2986) Charlotte , North Carolina | April 4, 2014
Came here on a Friday night with jackl, pleasure drinking with you sir. Fairly crowded with student types and a good number of old folks like me. Service was suitably slow but very pleasant. Beers were creative and well done. They had a food truck with fish and chips. Nice outdoor tables and a cornhole pitch. Nice place.
76
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
jackl  (740) Minneapolis, Minnesota | November 12, 2013
Great location, well-designed tap room. Champion’s easily walkable from downtown C’ville. The ambiance is industrial, clean, inviting. There’s usually 6-8 beers on tap, no guests. The service is attentive and professional. The only gripe I have with this place is their bizarre portfolio of offerings. Champion brew some great stuff, but they also have a tendency to trip over themselves by releasing experimental brews that fail more often than they succeed. Thus, a flight at Champion’s a bit like a game of Russian roulette. Luckily, the attractive prices offset the risks of ordering their experiments. I now see trying the experimental stuff as a bit of fun. Overall, definitely worth visiting.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan  (402) Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia | October 27, 2013
A pretty minamalist but friendly tap room. Five beers on tap. Tried a flight of 4. Kudos for brewing outside the box. All were solid and inventive.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
RABinCO  (103) Colorado Springs, Colorado | October 17, 2013
Went on a Sunday with Drake and Jackl. Pretty nice, very spacious taproom with a cold, industrial feel. Nice long bar, some tables, couches, etc. Was fairly empty when we went. Good, varied selection on draft. Did a flight and filled a few growlers. Fair prices, nice, friendly atmosphere. There was a food truck in the parking lot. Pretty nice place.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Drake  (831) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | November 23, 2012
Brand new Charlottesville brewery opened about 4 hours ago. The pace was pretty packed, but seeing as it was opening day, that’s to be expected. It’s in an industrial building near the Belmont neighborhood and very close to downtown and South Street Brewery. Boring cinder block walls are nicely accented by a long metal bar, dark ceiling and old-school lightbulbs. It looks nice. There is a small parking lot behind, and a decent amount of street parking. No food, but they will soon have a selection of menus of places who will deliver. Prices on drafts and growlers are reasonable. Four beers on tap at the time I visited, all of them were quite good and the kolsch and porter were very excellent. The bartender Drew is personable and hard working, but anyone reading this should really discount my service score as I’ve known this guy for years now. That being said, he was giving friendly, efficient service to everyone else, also. A very nice start and I can already see I will be coming here often.

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