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SBC Restaurant & Brewery - Milford

Not Rated.
SBC Restaurant & Brewery - MilfordSBC Restaurant & Brewery - Milford
Based on:
11 Beers
20 Hads
Place Score: 82
Reviews: 11
Visits: 18
Avg: 3.27
pDev: n/a
Taps: 13
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

33 New Haven Ave
Milford, Connecticut, 06460-3308
United States
phone: (203) 874-2337

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @sbcbrewery

Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-19-2005

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Reviews: 11 | Visits: 18
Reviews by nickfl:
Photo of nickfl
3.15/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

I stopped in here a couple of times while I was in town on business for two weeks. It is a pretty standard chain brewpub in all aspects of its existence. The atmosphere is well.... standard. Even if you haven't ever been here before, you have been here before. The beer is along much the same lines, it is on the low end of mediocre but drinkable enough. The food is a bit better, standard pub fare, but it gets the job done. Not a memorable or particularly good brewpub, but if you are in Milford it is basically the only game in town and worth a try.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of GreenMind
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Photo of CTJman
3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of slasich
3.59/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

Photo of George1005
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of ManMoosePig
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of coombski
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of LagersAndAles
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of darkerpower
2.13/5  rDev -34.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

I stopped by sbc to buy a friend from work a farewell beer and ended up staying for several hours. I had only been there once before (the day after i turned 21) and recalled not being impressed by the beers. Tonight was worse.

We sat at the bar and it was mostly empty. We were never offered menus, after an hour i just asked for nachos (they were actually pretty good with the pulled pork, then again i cant recall ever having bad nachos).

I ordered the sampler first, the first four beers were average. My pallet is far too unrefined (i regularly drink my poor quality homebrew) to review them each individually. Not bad, not mindblowing, just ok. I saved the stout on cask for last.

Let me say stouts are my favorite style of beer, and i love beers on cask, i was excited for this one... and disappointment. Vinegar all over the place. Acetobacter. I gave it a number of smells and a taste to confirm it. I even had my non-beer geek friends smell it and they could tell it was off. I waved the bartender over and told her that it was infected and no good. She gave me a number of strange looks said "its a new keg", took it away but never brought or offered a replacement. I wasn't nasty at all, i just tried to casually look into it because it was clearly off. I'm not one to fight over this sort of thing, but imo if you pay for a beer at a bar and it's infected, you should either have it taken off the bill or have it refunded. It's not like i drank 3/4 of it and then pointed it out.

i don't think I'll be making the trip back there anytime soon.

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Photo of Pabs311
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I've been to SBC a number of times. Both for dinner and for a stop while bar hopping around downtown milford. Either way it's not gonna be my first choice for the area. Graneted this place is a brewpub, but the selection they have does not reflect that. They have about 3 beers of their own on tap and everything else is pretty much macro style beers.
As far as dinner goes the couple times i've been there it has been very good food, a little pricy but u more or less get what u pay for. Service was decent and i'd go back again for food.
As far as a bar scene goes this place is my last choice to go to. It gets overly crowded, the people that go here are rude and the staff is rude as well. It turns into more of a club scene at night rather than bar. It takes forever to get service at the bar and i usually order 2 beers at a time, so when i'm done with the first one i have something to drink while i'm waiting for my next round.
My recommendation is if ur looking to check this place out go on a weekday for lunch or dinner. much more relaxing and the service and atmosphere is much better. This place is almost like 2 different places depending on the time and day u visit.

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Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev +20.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I have gone to SBC several times, most recently this past weekend. The atmosphere was fairly standard for a microbrewery, brick walls, open and airy. There is a view of the water from the back room. The service has always been knowledgeable. They carry six of their standard beers, a couple seasonals, and some BMC. Their seasonals were very good. All of their standards are above average. The menu is large with a lot of variety. I had some excellent crab cakes, while my family enjoyed a good steak dish and an above average pasta dish. My biggest complaint is that it is a bit pricey for food. My family in the area swears by this place. I think it is in the good not great range.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.05/5  rDev +23.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

First off I have say that the service the night I went to SBC in Milford was legendary. I have got to give props to the bar staff and some dude I think was the manager that night. I sat in the covered patio and had them change the channel to the hockey game which they did promptly. I was told I'd need to order beer and food at the bar in the other room, no worries. The bartender was way cool and had my drink immediately. I grabbed a menu, went back to order and the manager promptly took my order before I even got to the bar and then brought it out to me when it was ready. Totally awesome job by those guys...A +++

Beer selection is a random mix of SBC regulars (nothing too crazy but that is fine) as well as Sam Adams and some MBC stuff. Its kind of weird to say but I would imagine this place, with this hybrid selection, probably introduces more people to craft beer than most other brewpubs. The reason I say that is because the beer styles are basic and the menus compares them to more mainstream beers so people know what they'll taste like. Sure SBC beers are not like Dogfish Head or most other brewpub beers (a.k.a. nothing extreme, imperial or unique) but the IPA and Stout were very drinkable and not at all bad.

Food was great, the menu is very diverse and not just focusing on fish and chips and burgers. I had potstickers and a quesadilla for example.

Overall, I had a great experience. I am not basing my review solely on their beer nor am I taking points away from SBC for not branching out and making more exciting beers. They do what they do and they do it just fine.

Definitely worth checking out if you're in Milford and not heading up to New Haven.

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Photo of jaluria
3.63/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Visited this place recently and found it to be quite good. The beers ranged from slightly below average - average; nothing fantastic. I enjoyed my lunch; I ordered a brick oven pizza which was greasier than it needed to be, but quite tastey and plenty of it (took several slices home). My wife ordered a fish sandwich, which she thought was very very good, though I did not have any.

We shared the sampler which included 6 of their beers on-tap; IPA, Pale Ale, Blonde, Pils, Summer, and Stout. I thought both the IPA and Pils were about average; good enough to order a pint of each to complement our food.

Overall, I will definitely come back here since the location is great, just off the water in downtown Milford. As another reviewer mentioned, one side of the restaurant overlooks a small waterfall and stream while the other side is an outdoor patio. Service was good, though the prices were a bit high ($7 for the sampler, $5 per pint, $10 for the pizza).

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Photo of Drufus
2.45/5  rDev -25.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 2

I went here for lunch, and the food was not that great. Small portions for the price.

I was here recently for a night out, and I find the layout pretty neat for a bar. One side of the dining room bar area overlooks a waterfall and a stream, and the other side is an outdoor patio.

The SBC beers are a huge disappointment. I tried their IPA, and it was one dimensional, being focusted on bitter hops, with absolutely no balance. Their blonde tasted like miller lite, and their amber was only slighter more enjoyable than the others.

I will probably go here again if i;m in milford and Stonebridge is too crowded.

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Photo of jmz62565
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

You walk in and it looks like some New York techno bar.The look of this place is not my ideal bar.The service,however is very good.We were met by our waitress and she was knowledgeable about the food and beer.The beer selection was OK.6 different types,but after having the sampler I could tell none of the beers are really great.The food was very good and they have a pretty good selection on there lunch menu.The prices are a bit high,but I guess you have look at the location.Not a bad brew pub,but not the best either.

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Photo of medic25
3.18/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Thought I'd see how SBC had changed one of my former favorite restaurants, Amberjacks. The decor is still fairly similar, with the exception of a few brewing vats thrown randomly around the place. Waitstaff were friendly, if a little slow at times. I tried the Vidalia brick for starters; reasonable attempt at the blooming onion concept, but a little greasy. The fish and chips were also quite average. Although the fries were delicious, the fish was fairly bland and small.
Unfortunately the beer continues the tradition of mediocrity that I've experienced in the Branford SBC. The Silver Sands Stout was the better of the options that I tried. The waitress saw fit to warn me that it was "much heavier than Guinness", but it was a reasonable (if unexciting) stout. The Milford amber was unfortunately a dissappointment. All I could think while drinking it was that it was a muddle of different flavors, that never really came together. I'm embarrassed to say I left half the glass full when I left! It's a shame to see Amberjacks go, with it's better range of beers (Hoegaarden, Sierra Nevada, etc), and far superior food.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
2.25/5  rDev -31.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 1.5 | food: 1.5

first thing i am struck by at SBC is the off crowd. rowdy jock types, greasy wife-beater-tee guys, blonde bimbos. these are the milford kids that time forgot.. they used to hang out at amberjacks, and just won't leave. they kind of fit with the decor, though.

the bar has a bizarre club-like color-changing light wall behind it. jagged steel sheets serve as decor. it looks like someone asked if they could store a fermenting tank or two in a nightclub. the bathrooms are reminiscent of a downtown new haven danceteria. on the bathroom wall was a poster with the latest SBC promotion.. a 'coors light' night. are you kidding me? got back to my seat and there was a miller lite billboard staring at me from across the street.

the help is all female. blonde and 19-22ish. service is ok with feverishly nodding sideways heads and smiles. "seasona-wha?" "how is everything tonight? greaaat!"

the beer is wholly disappointing.. with john harvards in the area, i expect a bit more than six lightweight average standards for a chain brewpub. sure, they dont brew on premises and that limits their offerings.. this is why you go to branford and skip this one.

another reason not to go.. the food is completely overpriced and barely edible. burger was soggy and obviously made from a frozen patty. for $10 i expect fresh beef. the pizza was a good value, but way too cheesy and oily. fries were the best thing, overall this place reeks of a lack of chef involvement. $15 for a caesar salad (as thebestever points out) is ridiculous for a place with food of this caliber. i finished 1/2 of my meal (and i was starving)

the beer.. not as bad as everything else. a couple of decent beers.. the pilsner and blonde were fresh and flavorful.. anything 'bigger' like the red and stout were extremely weak and watery. IPA tasted like hot garbage.. barely any detectable hops or malt. english pale ale with very off funky flavor. because of the off-premise brew setup, the selection is about 1/3 of what SBC branford has. and they chose all the ones that macro drinkers wouldnt be scared off by.

this place is a shell, a skeleton of a brewpub at best. i wont be returning here unless i am next door and thirsty for a quick blonde (and not at all hungry).

pluses: service, blonde ale
minuses: everything else

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Photo of slander
3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Had an hour or two to kill before Cindy's (not-so) surprise 40th birthday party, and Milford's got a new SBC. It's located at Stone Bridge, on the Wepawaug River, right next to where they do the Milford Oyster Festival. Missed it last year, and I think maybe the year before that too, but the one before that, Mark Farner from Grand Funk Railroad performed. Sure, he did "Closer to Home", "Some Kind of Wonderful", and "Locomotion", but oddly enough, did not do "We're an American Band". Yeah, I thought it was curious, too...
Seems bright and shiny and new, but it used to house some other bar. Neat, modern place, upwards of a dozen tables outside to the left of the entrance under an angled canopy in a fenced pen and a small 6 seat mosaic tile topped bar off to the right with an 8 tap tower. Nice view of the Stone Bridge out here, but long suppressed memories of picking up my drunken roommate at "7 Seas" across the street resurfaced and I moved us inside.
A strange "V" shaped bar seats 16, with shelves of booze over a panel backing that change colors. I didn't notice at first but looking up at those blue panels I was thinking, "I thought them things were purple". A glass rack overhead, flat screens in corners, drop spot lighting over the bar & colored spotlights throughout, and slab stone floor tiles. Brick walls with large open windows on 3 sides of the room. 4 Booths in a slightly raised area along the front wall of windows and 6 tables below. 6 booths run the length of the side wall to the rear overlooking the river, and a back room holds a small 4 seat bar and a dozen tables, 4 of which run around an ornamental centerpiece fermenter. It's a good little room, overlooking the river and a small bridge.
My friends often mock me for my red pen activities (translation: taking notes by which to Beerfly), but once I start scribbling, everyone wants in. Dena said, "Music not good. Too loud", to which Jed added, "Annoying". Our waiter spotted me jotting and asked, "Hey, are you doing (like) a secret shopper?" "Uh, yeah, something like that".
7 house beers and a handful of SBC standards (Stella, Blue Moon, PBR, Magner's & Miller Lite). I did the sampler of 6 beers (Blonde, Pilsener, English Pale Ale, Red, Stout, IPA). Wasn't 'til later that I found out that they had the Brown Ale on, our server didn't know, booo!!). The Robert Treat Pilsener was crisp with a decent malt character, the Wepawaug IPA was bitter, the Bighead Blonde just okay, the Charles Island English Pale Ale slightly hoppy, the Milford Red nice & malty, and the (nitro) Silver Sands Stout was thinninsh with a slight bite.
Of service, Jed offered up, "Would be good if Jed could get another beer". As dinner was only an hour or two off, we were just looking for apps. I ate a whole lot of Singapore Wings, because they're awesome, and I could.
It's a good location, and a welcome addition to the local beer scene, but I'd like to see some more exciting beers come out of these SBC's.

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SBC Restaurant & Brewery - Milford in Milford, CT
82 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.