Max Lager's American Grill & Brewery
Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 43 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Nutleybeer:
3.88/5 rDev +7.8%
It was a somewhat quiet Friday night crowd, when we went. We are from out of town, but it looks like this place is located around a bunch of high rise hotels, so it probably is most hopping during the week.
Not a great area for parking, but we did find an open lot right around the corner. $6 to park though, not too cheap.
Max Lager's had a cool theme...reminds me of Bethlehem Brew Works...a steel type theme to the layout. It looks like they have an outside deck upstairs and downstairs, both were closed. Inside upstairs, there is another bar (it looks like it has not been used in quite a while...there were Christmas notes on the chalkboard)...there are 2 pool tables and 2 dart boards though. No one else was there, so we played as long as we wanted to.
The beers were pretty good. We started with the sampler, which had a brown ale, pumpkin, Octoberfest, black, golden, and a red. The pumpkin was very mild, not too sweet. The black was their best. Flavorful and deep. Looked like a stout, but tasted lite.
The food menu was decent...mostly salads, pizzas (their specialty I believe) and grilled entrees like steak and fish. Most things are in the $15-$20 range. Somewhat pricey.
My salad, a southwestern kind with chicken, served in a tortilla shell, was actually pretty good.
Atlanta doesn't seem to be a hot bed for brewpubs, but the beer here was better than over at Park Tavern.
11-12-2006 15:44:34 | More by Nutleybeer
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3.54/5 rDev -1.7%
While on a business trip to Atlanta, I visited this brewpub for a group dinner. Located downtown, in a refurbished brick building, it was walking distance from the Marta. Although it was an attractive, open, and well lit place, I didn't enjoy the atmosphere as much as I expected. The tables are very close together and it was loud...very difficult to hold a conversation.
The beer selection was respectable. I specifically liked the Belgian offering, although the amber was also malty and enjoyable.
Servers, despite being very busy, we're prompt and attentive. I didn't have a chance to talk to them about the beer, though.
Solid, but nothing exceptional.
02-01-2014 00:20:45 | More by Suds
4.53/5 rDev +25.8%
In town on business and this seemed to be one of the few brew pubs downtown. It was 5:30 on a Tuesday. Not more than 10 people in the place. They have a huge upstairs, so I assume when an event is going on in downtown they are packed.
Let me start by saying the service was superb! Very personable bartender who knew his beer. Happy to let you sample before committing to a pint.
Tried four of their home brews, all were well above average. I am a stout/porter guy and the Max Black was one of the best I have had. Very easy drinking. The Collaborator Wheat Wine was unlike any other beer I have ever had. Don't pass up the chance to sample it. Though I am not fond of IPA's, the Keller Pils was better than most.
An impressive selection of bottles were available as well.
I ordered a arugula salad. It was tasty, but very small for the price ($9). No bread accompanied the salad. What the hell...I was here for the beer, and at $5 a pint the overall value was more than fair!
12-20-2012 01:03:29 | More by mwar
3.7/5 rDev +2.8%
This was our last stop before going back to the hotel bar to get wasted. It was on the way back so we figured why not. Tickers gonna tick afterall! Upon walking in it was obvious that this was a functioning brewpub as there was a lot of brewing equipment right up front upon walking in. We went in and took a seat at the bar off to the right. Obviously I went with the sampler of what they were pouring currently. They mainly only serve their own brew here which is always nice. They did have a wide variety of styles available which would make it easy for others coming in to decide. Glad we got the chance to stop in here, but I would like to go back again and have more time to spend there.
09-14-2012 14:07:03 | More by thagr81us
3.58/5 rDev -0.6%
downtown Atlanta - not a beer destination area, or a destination of any sorts really
on peachtree street - older brick building, fairly generic interior.
woodfired meat, brickoven pizzas - lots of buzzwords but just average quality
the tv situation was a bit dry in the main bar area.
the hopsplosion IPA was servicable but the oktoberfest and grand cru were just OK.
an OK hotel-district stop, good service, pretty decent food and average craft taps. We more or less stumbled upon this place and were reasonably content with the results.
09-24-2011 01:26:43 | More by dirtylou
3.75/5 rDev +4.2%
What a relief! After a six-hour drive into Atlanta and settling into our hotel near Centennial Park, I'm in desperate need for a couple beers and dinner. Luckily Max Lagers offers the only symblance of craft beer anywhere nearby. A quick four or five block brisk walk delivers us to the doorstep of a historic brick building that hugs the Peachtree Street sidewalk and anchors the corner of a transit city block in a relaxed urban setting. Regardless of the use of sneakers, it seems that parking wouldn't be a tough negotiation at all.
A quick show to our booth seating near both the bar and the picture windows to the street was met with a very kind waitress ready to take our orders. Though the service was a bit inconsistent with the pace of service, all orders arrived in good order.
The order of beers proceeded much quicker that I'd typically recommend through the Max Gold, Hopsplosion, Gimme Chocolate Bock, Imperial Mocha Oatmeal Stout, and finally the Gran Cru. With a dinner that started with an extremely savory spin/artichoke dip and a dinner of chicken, garlic, and pesto pizza; topped off with the fried cheesecake desert, the food and beer experience went very well.
Where all the beers were very cleanly fermented, I particularly liked the subdued carbonation and reasonable serving temperatures that gave an English impression to the beers and provided a very fond session. Recipe formulations revealed a few bright spots with the Hopsplosion and Max Gold, but a dry-roasty bite with the darker ales and the Gran Cru that will happily appease those with a sweet tooth. They also serve a Max Red, of which I didn't get around to trying, and a smattering of rotational beers per season and such. It seems that there's 5-7 beers on tap at our visit.
There's a somewhat uptight Applebee's-like quality to the restaurant that extends from the decor, to the scripted service, layout, and ambiance. The saving grace of exposed brick, rustic wooden and metal elements, higher quality of foods, and of course the in house made beers prompts a response of character and charm. The price tag is somewhat reflective of the added charm as we felt that most items were tilted toward the pricier side of quality.
We had a fine time with dinner and drinks, but next time, we'll rein in on the orders because of price consideration and overall staged quality that kept us from really relaxing (this certainly wasn't because of the lack of social lubrication). If in town, any Atlanta beer lovin' resident should give an evening to this brewpub. The same goes for anyone who's visiting the Centennial Park area. But Atlanta offers some better beer venues further up Peachtree or in Decatur for those visiting nearby areas to them.
09-21-2011 04:44:03 | More by BEERchitect
2.8/5 rDev -22.2%
Spent a whole week in Atlanta and I didn't make it to Brickstore. Sigh... well, this place is right next to the hotel, might as well check it out.
The vibe is a little uppity but not pretentious. It just happens to be where upper middle class people go to drink. Unfortunately for me, residing as I do firmly in the bottom third of income earners, the beer prices were outrageous. Like, wow sort of outrageous. Like, I'd have to think twice about paying 7 bucks for a pint of a exemplary regular-strength beer, and asking me to do the same for decidedly middle of the road, unadventurous micro brews is sort of rude.
The staff was fine. The decor was woody and they had a nice porch upstairs where you could drink. Downtown Atlanta is a nice place, and it's nice to get to look at it while you drink.
But the beers, like I said, were nothing special. And the prices were insane. In a city where seemingly every bar has at least a handful of good craft beers on tap, you might not want to bother stopping here.
04-13-2011 18:04:25 | More by mynie
4.1/5 rDev +13.9%
Atmosphere is good. Great bar/restaurant set up. Awesome to see the pipes and brewing equipment throughout the building, especially on the second floor.
Good selection of local beers. Had the Max Red brewed by them. Really enjoyed it with my food.
Food: great selection of different dinner choices. Got the buffalo burger and enjoyed every bit of it.
Would definitely go again for a night outing with a group or to get some drinks and watch a sporting event.
It would be nice to have everything(brewing equipment) on the first floor but it is nice to have the option to go upstairs to the other bar.
12-11-2010 22:59:31 | More by rjochman
Max Lager's American Grill & Brewery in Atlanta, GA
83 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.