Little Apple Brewing Company
Active Beers: 11
Beer Ratings: 77
Beer Avg: 3.55
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 20 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by jayhawk73:
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
As mentioned before, the Little Apple Brewing Company is located in a strip mall. I actually drove past it several times before I realized where it was. The beers are fairly mediocre... I haven't tried anything here that's outstanding, but it's not horrible either. Service was really good... just like just about anywhere in Kansas. The food was really good. The steaks are especially tasty.... Like a lot of places in the Midwest, you get a lot for your money here. For Manhattan, (K-State and Ft. Riley), this is about as good as you'll do. If I'm in Manhattan again, I'm sure I'll return to the Little Apple....
08-06-2011 18:28:59 | More by jayhawk73
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4.01/5 rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5 | $$
Particularly good beers here: Prairie Pale Ale and I enjoy Wildcat Wheat. I drink most of the beer here thru my kegerator, it’s a good value if you are looking for handcrafted beer to serve at home. I also enjoy the pumpkin beer- it’s a seasonal.
The staff is friendly, cooperative, and seems to enjoy their work and their regular customers.
I especially enjoy the lunch specials (off the menu), and all manners of the burgers are good.
One of the few places I go and eat a burger and don’t add condiments.
Best place in Manhattan If you are looking for a handcrafted beer.
The full kegs are old school with a wooden bung, and frequently the CO2 will leak out after the beer level goes below the bung (and it dries out). I tried several things and could just never solve that issue so have to buy smaller more expensive brew.
The customer area could use a cleaning, and maybe an update to décor in the bar area and a new floor throughout..
08-01-2013 15:00:51 | More by beercat26017
3.38/5 rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 1.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I visited Manhattan for a weekend and when I went to Nespor's Wine & Spirits I realized that this place was in the same strip mall. The place was packed with people waiting outside with their beers hoping to get seated.
Vibe: The place was mostly dim with the entire place covered in wood. I
could only assume that this place is packed all the time.
Quality: Great food with mediocre beers.
Service: Before a concert my friends and I came here again. The wait was a decent 15 minutes. Seating for 6 was no problem. The service is incredible. All of the wait-staff is extremely kind and refilled drinks without us even having to ask. Cooking of the meat was exceptional.
Selection: Their beer lineup was pretty standard with a wheat, pale, stout and and a Brown ale.
I ordered their XX Black Angus Stout and it was extremely mediocre. The beer was served way too cold especially for being a stout.
Food: I had a chef friend with my group and he loved the food. The place serves authentic angus steak. I myself got a 6 oz open face steak sandwich. I strongly recommend their Truffle Fries with their curry ketchup.
Overall: I personally would not come here for their beers, but the food was extremely nice especially for being in a random city in Kansas.
03-24-2012 09:04:01 | More by TheAlamoWrocker
4/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This place is very odd. As with most small town brewpubs, this place has a bit of everything.
It is located in a strip mall.
It has a hall dining area that reminds me of a VFW.
It has a very eclectic seasonal menu, that was pushed pretty hard by my server.
The wheat beers were very good and the head brewer seems to know what he is doing.
Oh, yeah...did I mention that it looks and feels like a kitchy cowboy steak place?
While the AC didn't seem to be working the day I was in, and the bartender was a bit overzealous, I would highly reccomend this place if you are in the "little apple." Lots of flavor in the beer, food, and folks!
06-10-2011 21:38:38 | More by ndolover
4.08/5 rDev +7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
We visited the Little Apple recently while in Manhattan for my wife's graduation from the K-State Master's program. The fact that its in a strip mall and the dining area is very "chain restaurant-y" is why I lowered my atmosphere score, but the atmosphere overall is enjoyable. A small bar but a decent bar area. They have cows hanging by the bar with the names of the beers. My wife and in-laws liked their meals pretty well, but I just shared appetizers with my daughter. Very friendly server and staff. The beers were good, but nothing out of this world. I was partial to the wheat, but bought a growler of the IPA to take to the hotel as that was the selection made by consensus with our group.
In Manhattan it doesn't appear that there are a whole lot of options for beer, and this place would stand up well against competition in other cities, so why wouldn't you dine and drink here if you are in Manhattan, Kansas?
06-03-2011 12:36:29 | More by Ragingbull
3.35/5 rDev -12.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $
Yep, its in a strip mall BUT it is in the SAME strip mall as the best liquor store in Manhattan (see Nespors).
Atmosphere is cowboy kitsch with some random breweriana scattered about. Big cozy bar with lots of college aged employees hanging out during a slow afternoon.
Quality? Meh. Decent beer, nothing too fancy or out of the ordinary and what I had was nothing to write home about. Ringwood? I'm thinking yes.
Service was fine at the bar. I asked waitress/bartender what was going on in town as I was only in town for a few days for work. She told me "Nothing, there isn't much to do here except get drunk and I am saying that as someone who has lived here their whole life." She was however prompt about bringing my beer and water.
Beer selection is limited to the usuals. Food selection is pub food with a good selection of steaks.
Value is excellent. Pints are $3.50 each and sometimes only $2.50. That is a deal.
I quickly learned that Manhattan, Kansas has two things driving its economy. One is K-State and the other is the military base (Riley). Put them together and you've got a town of 50k with a dozen liquor stores, a ridiculous amount of bars, a brewpub and a brewery. If you like drinking than The Little Apple (the town) is for you.
08-31-2010 21:10:40 | More by indiapaleale
3.75/5 rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
Atmosphere: Going to this restaurant will really throw you off at first. It's located in a strip mall and doesn't look like much on the outside. However it is much nicer when you go inside and much bigger than it appears. It's decorated with a lot of wood and country-type items.
Quality: I went to Kansas State University which is located in Manhattan, so I have been here numerous times. The food has always been good, and the beer has always been fresh and cold.
Service: The service is always satisfactory.
Selection: I believe they have around 5 of their own beers on tap. Before I became more 'beer educated,' these beers were always some of my favorites. However, since I have started drinking some truly outstanding beers I realize that Little Apple's beers are average, if not below average.
Food: Their food is very good. I've tried several of their steaks and all are great and are cooked exactly as you order them. I have tried several other dishes and those were good as well.
Value: Their steaks are on the pricey side, but everything else is reasonable. I compensated and gave it $$$ overall.
Overall: Little Apple is one of my favorite spots in Manhattan. If you go expect to have some very good food, but don't go expecting to try some outstanding beers. Overall I still like the place a lot.
08-30-2010 05:20:22 | More by zhanson88
3.15/5 rDev -17.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
This is my home Dive and I do like going as there are not that many "pubs" in Manhattan that aren't B-M-L college joints. The service is always great, and the food is good, Angus steak and some other good options too. That said, the beer sucks. I don't understand why the reviews don't give this place lower scores.
All of their beers are too sweet, not ,malty, just sweet-way out of balance. Drink one and you don't feel like another, that is not how I like to role. No aroma, all you smell is sugar, any hop character is lost in the syrupy sweetness. And take it from me if you do manage to drink 3+ beers you wake up with one hell of a hangover that cant just be due to the alcohol.
If you are in Manhattan and looking for somewhere to have a drink, by all means come to the LAB - good food and atmosphere + friendly service! But please don't detour off I70 for this place if you in the market for good beer. I guarantee that if they sold Tall grass (the other micro in town), it would be there best seller!
09-21-2009 02:57:56 | More by dwheeler
Little Apple Brewing Company in Manhattan, KS
87 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.