Olde Main Brewing Co. & Restaurant
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3.73/5 rDev +5.4%
Stopped in on my way through town. The atmosphere is alright, it's pretty early, but the physical space is nice. The quality, not so much. Off flavors and unimpressive beer and the same for the food. The service was good, very friendly and quick, which is more than can be said for many places. The selection, while obviously all in house, covers a wide range of styles from pale (but not IPA) to Imperial Stout, with even a root beer thrown in.
The food was so so, no better or worse than any other bar.
03-15-2011 20:36:03 | More by mdwalsh
4.15/5 rDev +17.2%
This place started a little rough, but the food menu has come along, and the prices are good.
They have a rotating seasonal selection that is very good, and drink specials make this one of the cheaper bars on the old downtown area.
Most of Ames is very slow to even sell craft beer, let alone make it, so it is very refreshing for a brewery to exist, even if the space is limited in the bar.
I would reccomend the cyclone ale, and the dinky wheat, both are solid for their style, and my all time favorite would be the black lager that they bring out in the fall/winter.
They could really improve if they made the back room another bar, or if they started selling growler fills in addition to their bottled brews.
12-29-2010 06:52:32 | More by Willibomb
3.1/5 rDev -12.4%
Des Moines, it seems like a dream now. A late night on the town = a late departure from the hotel not enough hours later to points north. I'm sure the drive back to Minneapolis will be of the suck. On the way down, we broke up the ride some stopping halfway to visit that one brewpub. The return however will be a different brewpub, this one a few dozen miles out of town, and then a very lengthy straight run (the things we do for brunch). On this new morning, new morning; Ames, Iowa...
Another storefront on a strip of the like on a Main Street in a small town somewhere, and parked. Really, their total space runs a horseshoe around a forward sunken glass front, side and backed brewroom. Entering in, you get your look on it to the equipment there to the left, and a sectioned seating area to the right holding a dozen booths & tables. Past there, it opens up to a large cavernous space. Lotsa big brick with long ago logos from somethings and vintage framed pics of old time Ames. Drop lamps, wood rafters, exposed ducts, baffling from the ceilings concealed above. Cool lamp posts though scattered about and large flatscreens mounted to the rear. Off to the left backed by views of the brewroom, a 7 seat marble inlay topped, "L" shaped bar. A pair of towers of 8 each on the bar back; one to each side of tiered booze on center there. Hanging glassware racks above and flatscreens in the corners. The bar currently has all of its stools tucked behind it, so I would say "closed". A seating pen adjacent to the bar holds a mix of nearly a dozen hightop & low boy tables and booths. On the far wall, another sectioned area with a dozen booths kept out of sight from decent Sunday brunch eating folk. It might have been my well worn Southampton lid but I like it better than most folks anyway so screw 'em, I'll sit there. Having been told that our only option was brunch, we got to the table, touching it as claim of ours, and set out to see what foodings were up.
At the carving station the guy said "I've got ham, roast beast and pork loin", and I said "Yes". That seemed the bulk of things here, the brunch selection seemingly slight until I spotted the hey where did you get that oh there's more in the back room. See, they hide the kind stuff back there, nice. Migrated to the rear room for some lovely bacon, salmon in something, and the king of the brunch; pepper steak with rice, it was the goods.
To the rear, a ½ dozen booths there and some tables being used for buffeting just now. Corner staircases lead you upstairs to additional seating areas; a dozen tables in a strip to the side, a small banquet room with a giant surely difficult to functionally use table, and randomly clustered tables wrapping around the rear and over the side area where we're sitting.
And I didn't initially see it but there is a pub side through a door just off the bar; a smallish room holding a 12 seat angled bar. Like the bar on the restaurant side, this one is marble inlay topped, with a glass barback wall fronting the brew room, the counter there holding tiered booze on center, towers of 8 to both sides, hanging glassware racks above; same as same as. House logoed beer prints lined above, and mounted flatscreens. An adjacent bar counter piece seats 8, with a few booths beyond it. Above it, there's a perch holding a ½ dozen hightops, a championship table shuffleboard game, electronic darts, and a big screen in front of a single cushy chair with a wing eating guy looking pretty comfortable parked there just now.
Ordered the sampler served in a round rack, offering up 6 regulars (Long Face Amber Ale, the brew sampler menu prefaces "A horse walks into a bar, the bartender says, "Why the long face?" I'm thinking it's the butter, next; Off Kilter Scottish Ale, butter, waaay off kilter, next; Clone Ale, an American Pale Ale, this one was a solid beer, pleasant hoppiness; The Dinkey Wheat Ale, butter, next; To Be Named later Stout Ale, bitter coffee chocolate, and guess what else, yes, butter, the brew sampler menu reads "WARNING!!! This ale may induce goose bumps!!" I have read where geese are in protest over their association with it; Gryphonbrau Light Lager, it's a light lager, clean, and good for its style), a seasonal (Bourbon Stout, decent bourbon in that it hides the butter I suspect is behind it), and the Red Monkey Root Beer (a good root beer, kind of hard to fuck up the non fermentables). Beerwise, the Clone Ale APA & Light Lager were the only 2 that were any good, with the Bourbon Stout being borderline drinkable yet suspect. Hell, I'm a garbageman with no nose well into a week's worth of illin' further deadening my senses, but still my nose knows their butter beer's bad. Why don't they?
The place is comfortable enough and the music selection was pretty decent, I suppose. The brunch was good but the beer, um, no.
12-09-2009 21:11:37 | More by slander
3.23/5 rDev -8.8%
Local brewery/restaurant. As far as beer is concerned it depends on when you go there. I've had some decent beers before but I've had some that weren't very good. Last time I tried a wheat beer and I could barely drink it. The service there is usually pretty good. Wednesdays they have their dollar pint nights and that place is packed with loud college kids to the point of being overcrowded. If you want a quite place to enjoy your beer wednesday is not the day to go. The food is pretty good there and the service is not too bad. Overall I think it is ok.
05-22-2009 22:17:15 | More by arnoldbrew
3.6/5 rDev +1.7%
The local microbrewery in Ames is Olde Main, which can be a decent time out, but it's nothing spectacular. The place gets a pretty loud crowd of college kids, which is okay, but it's a bit too loud for me. The food and service of the place are pretty good and decently priced.
The beer is not that great; hence, why I rarely ever go to Olde Main. I think their specialty beers are their best, but they can be very hit or miss. I recommend hitting up the pub on Wednesdays for dollar pint night because you'll be able to taste all their beers and not worry about disliking any of them. Their light lager is not good at all, and some of the beers have some diacatyl flavours. Try their specialty and the stout, and you should be okay.
Just an okay brewpub.
12-15-2008 04:12:42 | More by swizzlenuts
Olde Main Brewing Co. & Restaurant in Ames, IA
84 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.