Ham's Restaurant & Brewhouse
Active Beers: 11
Beer Ratings: 27
Beer Avg: 4.1
Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by cvstrickland:
3.78/5 rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $
Ham's is the only local brewpub, and fresh beer goes a long way in eastern North Carolina where there has traditionally been very little beyond the bland offerings of the macrobreweries and an overabundance of American light/lite lagers. Though there are other breweries around Greenville, none offer the opportunity to sit, eat, and drink fresh beer like Ham's does.Just don't expect most of the staff to be able to tell you a damned thing about it.
The food is typical pub-grub, and the establishment probably suffers from its proximity to nearby East Carolina University and it's Lite-loving lightweight legions of (unacknowledged) underaged drinkers.
Beer selection is ok--only Ham's own beers are offered on draft---though the glassware choices are often inappropriate as per style, and always spotty. The staff, with a couple of notable exceptions, knows jack-shit about beer... the other night no one in the house could describe their seasonal beer beyond, quote: "The bartender says it's an ale". Oh. Ale. There's only that one kind, right? Ok, right. What a waste of their award-winning brewmeister's efforts!!
A few nice bottled beers in the cooler...Chimay, Dogfish Head, etc....staff members need basic beer instruction... was served a bottle of Dogfish Head 90-Minute IPA with no glass, though a speckled nonic was provided upon my request, with an apology for it's not being chilled...
Don't know if this company even wants to be a brewpub. A look at their website reveals no hint that they brew their own beers and have them on tap. I suppose that attitude reveals itself in the quality of the service they offer...too bad, because the beers really are pretty good.
04-13-2008 17:32:27 | More by cvstrickland
More User Reviews:
4.14/5 rDev +16.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Located at 7th and Evans, the entry on Evans was a big, wide yellow door. The parking was around back and there was a patio with picnic tables that fronted the long, inverted "J"shaped bar. The brewhouse was in a glassed-in room visible at the far left end of the bar. From the front, the m.d.s. was just off to the left with a cabinet of logo items on the wall. To the right from the entry was the restaurant area and to the left was the front bar with a set of steps leading up to a private party area. The manager on duty was very accommodating even with all of my requests. Kyle was our server.
Beers: Sunfest Lager; Charlie's Barley; Peg Leg PA.
Seasonals t.r.'s Vienna Lager; Mothers Milk Cream Stout; Dog Daze Summer Ale.
12-15-2009 22:51:04 | More by woodychandler
2.95/5 rDev -17.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$
Your normal college town eatery, full of ECU stuff and a toy train that runs around the whole place. The beer at Ham's is the main reason to go, Currently they have the Double Peg Leg on tap which is truly an amazing brew.
A-Decent but nothing too great
Q-The beers are very quality the food however falls short
S- Their biggest problem, sometimes can be quite slow.
S- Decent selection of brews, but their own beers are the reason I show up.
F- Okay about what you'd expect from a college town
10-21-2008 16:46:05 | More by CAP1868
3.13/5 rDev -12.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3 | $$
a: Nothing impressive about the interior, just uninspired and bland.
q: The beer itself was decent, just nothing I'd really care to have again.
s: Service was decent, can't complain as our large party was handled pretty well. The waiter and waitress were prompt and friendly.
s: All seasonals listed on the menu were out, in addition to one or two of the standards, leaving around 4 choices...I went for the pale.
f: Had the buffalo burger. Nothing bad about it, just very plain with bland ingredients...patty, bun, tomato, and lettuce were all subpar.
03-25-2008 23:29:59 | More by blackie
3/5 rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3 | $$
This was a quick lunch stop on a Monday afternoon - needless to say it was pretty empty. the space is large, with most of it being dedicated to the restaurant. there is a decent size outdoor area right off the bar as well.
One thing which is familiar if you have been to other Ham's is the elevated train that runs between the bar/smoking side and the restaurant side. This one is unique, though, in the fact that they brew there own beer. They do offer other a decent bottle selection as well.
I had their Octoberfest - which was one of the 4 they were presenting. It was a bit spicy, and very drinkable, no complaints. I also tried the rib plate, it was chain-like, and not representative of Eastern NC style BBQ. It was good though, and served with fries and coleslaw.
This is probably about as good as it gets as far as beer is concerned in G-ville, there are better dining options available. Not that the food is bad, it just isn't outstanding. Like the other Ham's it is very family friendly,if that is a concern. Stop in for a beer, and check out B's for lunch - unless it is Sunday or Monday.
09-12-2007 15:32:43 | More by gixxerman
3.95/5 rDev +11%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
Pretty much your typical college town restaurant/brewpub. What has improved over the years is the quality of the beer and the quality of the food. Both have undergone positive changes. They only serve their own beers on tap and usually two or three are worth drinking. At least one night a week pints are on sale for around $2.50(might even be $2) and pitchers are on special as well. In addition to their own beers they also have a some decent bottle beers, including DFH 90 minute IPA, English beers,some Germans, and a few Belgians along with NC craft brews. Service is always friendly but occasionally on the slow side. Still the best place in town to go if beer is the first priority.
07-23-2007 03:51:06 | More by kwakwhore
3.6/5 rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This is a local college hangout. The restaurant has wood floors and murals related to East Carolina University and sports. The bar stays busy enough to meet people or hang out with friends but not so busy as to make it a pain to order drinks. The bartenders are friendly-biased because I know several of them. The house brews are relatively good, but are not spectacular due to what I think may be the water. They also have a wide variety of beers, higher priced than I would normally spend buying beer myself, but when your at a bar you're there for atmosphere too. All in all, a nice place to hang out.
05-16-2005 18:30:35 | More by cracgor
3.95/5 rDev +11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
All wooden interior decorated with sport memorabilia, classic beer advertisments, and anything East Carolina University. Two bars. One up stairs in the private party room and another down stairs. You can see the brewery from inside. Very cool! The staff is friendly and the ber tenders are informed about the drinks they serve. Great selection of beers! They serve brews from Rogue, Sam Adams, any NC brews, old speckeled hen, you name it they will have it in a bottle. The only beers they have on tap though are the house brews, which are always fresh and taste good. Sessonal beers are brewed there too. About every style of beer you can get in NC is offered. The food is decent. They do have a big menu and prices are average. I love to go to Ham's. Always a good time for me.
05-08-2005 03:08:06 | More by Luigi
Ham's Restaurant & Brewhouse in Greenville, NC
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.