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Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant

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Blind Tiger Brewery & RestaurantBlind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant
Based on:
36 Beers
221 Hads
Place Score: 90
Reviews: 23
Visits: 39
Avg: 4.04
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

417 SW 37th St
Topeka, Kansas, 66611-2354
United States
phone: (785) 267-2739

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Reviews: 23 | Visits: 39
Photo of Beer_Borg
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

A very unique restaurant/brewery, The Blind Tiger provides a great dining experience and excellent craft beer options. They have several distinct dining areas as well as a bar. It's family friendly and the food is excellent. The have several beers one of their best being the Java Porter.

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Photo of Chief_Mug
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Blind Tiger is a Micro Brew and Restaurant. They have a good selection of Beer and Food I have been there several times and never been disappointed. They have award winning Beers including there Java Porter (in my opinion a 5). I was there recently there and discovered they have a collaboration Beer with Red Eye Brewing in WI called WisKansan Tornado IPA. Definitely worth a visit.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
4/5  rDev -1%

This place is massive! With a ton of beer options and great food to go along with it I was impressed. Got lost in the massive maze, but if you are in the area I would suggest taking a stop in.

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Photo of ianw87
4/5  rDev -1%

I think I enjoyed this place more because it was in Topeka Kansas. Solid beer, solid food. I would go back (if I was in Topeka.) There Java Porter is exceptional though.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
5/5  rDev +23.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Stayed in Topeka last weekend (5/30-6/1/14) and made a visit which was about 15 minutes from the hotel on Saturday evening, May 31st. Sat in the bar area as there were many children in the dinning area and not our style BUT ended up being the best move actually by far. Menu was really reasonable with a good selection and had 3 different appetizers, which all were good portions and tasty with all fresh local ingredients!

Service was great and the waitress gave us a couple of free samples of their brews. Since there were a good 10 different of their brews on tap, I decided to do a 4- 4 ounce glass sampler tray/flight. Wow! Fantastic! Had the Java Porter, Stinger Honey Wheat, Tiger Paw Porter and the Raspberry Wheat. These were so good that I ended up trying another 2 sampler trays with the wife. ALL good brews! Bought a couple of their glasses for the home bar. They also sell growlers but didn't buy any. They don't bottle their brew for sale outside their place, which is a real shame. Ended up buying a couple of their glasses with their logo on them. We will be back as this is just a 3 hour drive from the house and will make it another weekend sometime. :)

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Stopped here on a weekend during my KC BBQ trip. Entrance was on opposite side of parking; at least the one I could find. Most of the beers were standard fare, although I do remember being impressed with their Java Porter. Samplers were inexpensive, some would say cheap. The place was packed on this Saturday, and although I didn't try any food (BBQ trip) I probably would do so on another return. I wouldn't say this is a destination but it is a nice stop especially if heading west as there will not be many more options after Tallgrass.

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Photo of TheCondor
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I was in Topeka on business and I called one of my friends I knew who lived in the area to meet me for lunch, since I was out of my meeting around 10:45. He suggested the Blind Tiger, which I thought was a pretty cool name for a bar, so we met there when they opened at 11:00AM.

My friend immediately began to rant and rave about how packed it would get on the weekend, and normally he is a pretty straight shooter. The atmosphere looked really fun, old school style stuff all around. The place got crowded quick with lunchgoers, and that gave me a good vibe as to what I was in for. Nothing sends up the red flag for me like an empty bar/restaurant, especially at lunch on a major road.

The quality of the beers was really good. We snagged a taster paddle of four 4oz. beers for $3.99, which then led me to pick up a growler of Top Gun IPA on the way out the door. I believe they had about 8 beers currently available and being brewed, although they said they "were out" of two of them. The waiter really didn't seem like he knew a whole lot about beer, but that's not so bad I guess. I didn't talk to the brewmasters or anything like that, although I saw a couple guys walking around the tanks who could have probably told me a lot more.

I got the turkey sandwich with the jalapeno bacon on it, it is the Tuesday lunch special. It was DAMN good, and it's got a little heat to it. I'm glad I did my beer tasting before I ate that, because it effectively wrecks your palate. Got a growler, sandwich, and water for $22. Not bad in my book at all. Really enjoyed it, will be back if I am in the area again.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I have been to the Blind Tiger Brewery on two different occasions in the recent past and had a two very different experiences. The first time was around 1 PM for a late lunch. The atmosphere was great. The beer and food were very good. The service was satisfactory. The second time that I visited the beer and food were good but not good enough to make up for the horrible service. Being that the two visits were so divergent I decided to split the difference on my "service rating." We are planning to visit once more (despite the fact that our last experience was so horrible) to try and see if it was an anomaly. Servers should know the beers, even if only with a cheat sheet. There were some other issues, but I don't want to dwell. My point is made I think.

Anyway, there are some very good beers here. The atmosphere is decent. The whole place is sort of like a weird labyrinth with more seating areas around corners, down or up staircases and things all seem to connect. Its cool though. The food is good. I hope that they work on the issues with the staff, I was told they had "turnover." If you are a beer person I would give it a try. I am not so sure I would try to impress friends. I will update my review after the next visit.

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Photo of slander
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Got a day’s reprieve from the drop and run, or at least the drive away real fast; a bonus day as it is. An easy drive out of Kansas City this morning for points west, with little to no navigation in from the highway. Topeka, I just like saying the word. Oh, the "other" Blind Tiger...

Parking allotted, and climbed up in. “A” frame room with lots of cedar. The walls are slanted slat wood angled, with the uppers and ceiling being vertical and horizontal wood planks of different depths, giving it a beveled look. Wood plank floors, framing over the bar with drop spots tracked, triangle lampshade drops over seating, and some spinny fans. Stone wall behind me with a fireplace cut from the other side. The décor holds a large framed aerial picture of the capital, old Kansas brewery prints & memorabilia stuff. The area above lined with GABF table headers from at least 6 years, and it would seem they’ve been pulling some medals, too. Giant fuckin’ crew boat up in the rafters, and some other pieces about (a sample paddle, a keg, a tiger). Flatscreens above and TV’s on all angles.

Wood slat topped octagon gone oval shaped bar with a lip and foot base offset centrally. Seating for 14 losing seating functionality to service on one end and walkway bordering the other. Bar towers holding 9 nondescript tap handles each at both ends with wine & macro bottle glass front coolers in between. Glassware countered atop on one side, and the well booze below to my side. A dozen and a half bar table; hightops and a few low boys riddled about the room beyond the bar for the sitting at.

There are currently collectively 13 beers on tap between the 6 flagships and 7 seasonals. I unsurprisingly went with the sampler (your choice of 4 in 4 ounce glasses), and then Tonya offered up samples of a just about everything else. Flagship beers (Raw Wheat Ale, unfiltered American wheat, tasty, easy drinking; County Seat Wheat, filtered version of the Raw Wheat Ale, drier, hoppier; Tiger Paw Porter, English style robust porter, medium body with chocolatey flavors, roasty, with a slight bitterness; Tiger Bite IPA, Centennial, grassy, I like this; Holy Grail Pale Ale, Centennial, with a slight malty finish, a solid Pale Ale; Raspberry Wheat, the County Seat Wheat with a bit too much of the devil fruit), and seasonals (Java Porter, good coffee bitterness, I think I have a mouth full of grounds; Oktoberfest, a clean, sweet malty Marzen; Granola Girl Organic Ale, nice hoppiness, Centennial, German Tradition & Tettnanger; Top Gun IPA, Amarillo & Simcoe, just a big citrusy thing, Randy says “2 Heartedesque”, Munich Dunkel, deep red color, good maltiness, clean finish; Stinger Honey Wheat, honey sweet on the County Seat Wheat; Smokey the Beer, good smoked malt, the nose knows too). County Seat Wheat, Tiger Paw Porter, Munich Dunkel, Tiger Bite IPA & Smokey the Beer were the best of ‘em but there was nothing too bad overall.

Food? Oh, sure, we are in the lunching hour. I had the tiger tips and so much for the light app; there were a goddamn mountain of them. Served up with a smoky bbq sauce that did not suck. I can use some floss, please. And Randy had the fried pickles, done slab, not chiplike, and they were good, very, and this confirmed, as I had one.

And some walkabout, to see what goes where. Sunken brewroom on one end of the building, and around the bend, a large room with lower and upper seating areas sectioned with views of, yes, more brewing equipment. I had no idea as to the size of the place and surely wouldn’t have guessed it from the bar side, but it is quite a space. Sunroom off of one of the areas and the rear deck running a wraparound to the bar, green iron gated.

My sampler of 4 ran a whopping $3.36, which at $.22 an ounce, is just absurd, in a good way. Wish I could get a pint in Brooklyn for that pricing. John the brewer came and sat with us for a bit (they often do when I’m found scribblin’ in my little serial killer book), and talked… beer. Good stuff. Nice folks; service was pleasant and attentive. Beers were solid, as was the food etten. Decent lunch crowd this Friday afternoon. Comfortable enough, watchin’ the tube and tunes piped in. “Carry on wayward sun” came on. Randy asked what it means to hear Kansas in Kansas. I said I didn’t know.

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Photo of great7dividers
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

On a road trip across the country, the last place I expected to find good beer was in Topeka, Kansas. But never say never! The Blind Tiger offers a decent selection of styles and a sampler is a good idea to start off. I'd have to say their strong point is their wheat beers.

The thing that makes this obscure for me is that I'm not much a fan of wheat beer. But in order to consider myself both knowledgeable and appreciative of any beer, I feel that context and experience are key (no matter what the style).

County Seat Wheat, Java Porter, Oktoberfest, Raw Wheat Ale, and Tiger Bite IPA are the styles that I tasted. Each was at least average to exceptional. The highlights being the Oktoberfest and Raw Wheat Ale. I was most impressed by this Raw Wheat Ale. It was full of flavor and quite refreshing.

The food is very good, and compliments the beer quite well. The service is great and the staff is friendly. Everything is priced well, so a full meal and a few brews will not break the bank.

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Photo of AZGPO
4/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

While in Topeka for a wedding my husband and I visited Blind Tiger, having heard a lot about it from my family. I enjoyed a sample flight- by far the best was the Espresso Stout. The body of the Espresso Stout was true to style and the coffee notes were strong but not overpowering.The County Seat Wheat was also pleasant.

Service was good, we were there late in the evening so it was pretty quiet which was nice. The kitchen was closed so no food review.

Overall, a nice neighborhood brewpub.We were thankful to have a brewpub available while visiting. Worth your time if visiting Topeka.

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Photo of Jips
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Not usually in this neck of the woods even though I'm nearby, but this place makes stopping in Top-town worthwhile.

It's a multi-level, disjointed amalgamation of traditional all-wooden pubs and modern American grill restaurants (like Chili's). I'm guessing the design intent was to blend old & new, give patrons something they're used to and give homage to the English public house tradition (as far as Midwesterners perceive it).

Ate at the bar, bartender was very friendly and knowledgeable about the beers, pointed out a style he thought I would like after talking about "craft" (I call em "fancy") brews and gave me a sample.

Menu was great, as much selection as more prominent brewpubs. My pulled pork sandwich (w/ cole slaw and fried pickles atop) was delicious, no need for the hot sauce I usually pour on food to give it flavor.

Had their flagship: wheat, porter, and amber ale and seasonal: java porter, ipa, and belgian-style light ale. Wheat was great, but I'm not a huge fan of wheats so I can't give an accurate assement if it's worthty of the GBF gold. I don't like IPAs usually, but this one was plenty bitter without being overwhelming, definetly would have been my choice in the warmer months. Everything else was fantastic too, but the standout was the java porter. Not too thick to make it taste like syrup but not watery either with a HUGE coffee flavor. Will growler this one up for the next visit.

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Photo of Goliath
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Atmosphere was fine. I caught the lunch crowd and it was pretty busy, but the dining room was roomy enough and smoke free. I didn't visit the bar area, but I understand it's smoking in there so I opted out of that.

The quality is good. The food was hot and fresh and tasty, and the beers were properly chilled, seemed fresh and tasty so no complaints there.

The service was great. The waitresses were busy, but very cordial and helpful. My waitress was actually familiar with the beers on tap, and by that I mean she actually knew what was on tap not what to expect from the beers. She might have known that, but I didn't ask. So often I go to a brewpub and ask what's on tap and the waitresses look at me with a dumb face shocked that I would expect them to know something about their job. So that was pleasant.

The selection was good. There were at least 8 beers running through the taps, maybe even 9 I can't remember. So that was nice. Of course the usual suspects were there (wheat, Rasp Wheat, Pale, Porter etc etc etc). But the seasonal list was nice (maibock, IPA, Java Porter). The menu had plenty to choose from as well so I was a pretty happy guy.

Food: I went with the Cowboy which was a beef briscuit sandwhich with fries. The briscuit was really good, very smokey, and the barbeque sauce was nice as well. The fries seemed really generic, but they were delicious anyway.

All in all I got out of there for under $15 which is a pretty good feat for beer and lunch. Very happy to have visited. I don't know that I'd go out of my way to go, but if I was in Topeka I'd definitely stop in.

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Photo of damuraus
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

They had 5 or 6 flagship beers plus four seasonals when I was there in July. Comfortable wood interior with tons of seating options and a tv screen never far away. Outside seating too. My server effectively balanced attentiveness with space and efficiency. Food was good. Location is easy to reach off of I-470 and there is plenty of parking. And with hours from 11 to 11, even on Sunday, there's no excuse not to stop in if you're in the area.

Don't pass on the Java Porter. The Top Gun IPA was another favorite. They have a great maibock too.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A bright spot in the hole of the US. Blind Tiger replaced the "the Loft" restaurant several years back and I had not visited it until recently. Having lived in CO I became used to the smoking ban. This place is smoke filled.
Opens up to a oval bar surrounded by high-tops. Sit down booths and tables are south and west of the bar, with a really nice deck. Place is adorned with local sports (K-State, KU, Washburn) and the TVs cover many games. Ten house brews on tap, although too many "doubles" in my opinion (e.g. coffe stout, coffe porter). Good beer, just not varied. Service was ok, I sat at the bar and had my glass empty for too long. They are very helpful when you can talk with them.
Good food, better-than-bar food menu. Nice prices, too.
If in Topeka (get out while you can), stop by this spot.

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Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Edit: I have now tried the food. I was not "blown away" by it. It is just average. Ordered a burger and they didn't ask me how I wanted it cooked.

The atmosphere is odd. The outside is ugly weathered grey wood. The inside is pretty cool with its many levels and twists and turns. The decor is strange - local sports memorabilia with random artwork. Fortunately most of beers were pretty good. I've had 4 of their beers: Tailwind Rye, Holy Grail PA, Tiger Bite IPA and the Maibock. The rye wasn't so good but the others are quite good. Service was very good the waitresses are always stopping by to check on you. I was quite impressed. Selection was very good. I believe that they have 12 on tap. I have never tried the food, but I hear that it has improved lately. Overall, it is pretty good beer. Since it's the only game it town, it is definitely worth a stop.

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Photo of Deuane
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Visited this place with our local friend Tim...I am sure his presence with us helped out with service but the folks there really made us feel welcomed. The following from our notes taken on 7/4/06...

By 11:30 AM, we were ready to get out to do something, and our first stop was Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant. This place was named for prohibition era custom of exhibiting stuffed tigers in the window to indicate that bootleg alcohol was available. And although they closed an hour early on Monday night, they opened an hour early on Tuesday. The building is a former grist mill turned dinner theater, and now brewing equipment sits in the stage area. The unique building is reminiscent of a tree house! It features multiple floor levels connected by graduated steps. Each little room is paneled in wood, and has windows overlooking the fermenting tanks and other sections of the building. There is a sun room with pool tables, an area outside for volley ball (which the owners won’t use for fear of liability), a large fireplace (which the owners won’t use for fear of liability), there use to be peanuts available for snacking (which the owners won’t serve for fear of liability…do you see a pattern?), ample large windows and banquet facilities.

This place has amazing potential as a restaurant, but as many people told me later, the reputation has dropped as the food quality and special features have dropped. That is not to say anything is bad about the beer! We travel for the brewery aspects, and this place is the best this area has to offer! There were 15 different beers on tap that day, and nothing we had was bad – most of them were great.

We did not get to meet the brewer, John Dean, but we will keep him on our radar in case Blind Tiger doesn’t make it (they’ve stopped selling gear and their menu is now short-order items, so it doesn’t look good for the restaurant.) He’s got talent and creativity, and all of the local craft beer drinkers recognize it.

I did small glasses, while the boys had pints. Unfortunately, I didn’t take many notes. I just know I was very impressed with everything. We tried the following beers:

Kansas Kolsch

Razzmatazz – like the Kolsch, only flavored with 88 pounds of fresh raspberries

Holy Grail Pale Ale
Ichabod ESB
Chief Burnett’s IPA
Prairie Dog Brown

Cup of Mud Java Porter - WOW!!! - it’s easy to see how this won the 2004 Gold at GABF

Grandmother’s Whiskey Stout - has a wonderful bourbon aroma and flavor; balanced enough to bring through the flavors of roasted malt and hop bitterness. Not as terrific as the Java Porter, but very close.

Blind Tiger has won quite a few awards:

Gold - 2004 GABF for Cup of Mud Porter

Bronze - 2004 WBC for Rye (also won silver at the 2003 and 2004 GABF)

Gold - 2002 GABF for American Wheat

Silver - 2001 GABF for the Smoked Ale

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.16/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A big, two story building in a southern section of Topeka, Blind Tiger is one you'll want to seek out, even if it is a tad off the interstates.

As you come into the place up a flight of stairs, you immediately notice the high ceilings and wooden rafters. For a place with tons of nooks and crannies, it still feels wide open, with wood everywhere giving it that "lived in" feel. The music was loudish without being intrusive, while the many HD TVs all had the volume turned down. It was crowded at 5 PM on the Wednesday when I visited, yet the service was quite good. Fast, friendly, and accurate. Can't beat that, really.

I counted 13 beers on tap, with four wheats (two of which were flavored), a pre-prohibition style pils, a pale, an amber, and chestnut brown, IPA, maibock, a dubbel, a robust porter, and what I consider to be the best java porter around. I didn't have time to linger, unfortunately, so I grabbed a quick pint. When I cashed out, the $3 tab was pretty nice, too. $3 a pint for beer this good is a deal pretty much anywhere.

I'd recommend this place to anyone, without reservation.. no pun intended.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

First off, take note of the emphasis at this particular establishment, AutumnalDave. Both my cabbie and the desk clerk at the motel told me that they do well with their beers and have a solid following. After Cheryl, my cabbie, dropped me off in their immense parking lot, I reconnoitered before going inside. Just from the parking lot, it was obvious that this would be a big place. Out back, on the opposite side of the entry, there was a wood deck with a high iron fence, but it was too blazing hot to use. As an aside, it was now mid-July and I was entering the hottest part of the trip, headed south. Say, who was my travel agent, anyway? Was this trip really necessary?

I transited up an angular concrete and metal staircase, entered the foyer, and the maitre d’ station was straight ahead. The m.d.s. included cabinets for t-shirts and the display of spent craft-brewed bottles. They obviously got it, as therealbeerfly might say. The wood bar was off to the left and was a perfect octagon with high tables and chairs behind it. Off to the left were restaurant tables, but with wheeled chairs, just before the entryway to the aforementioned deck.

As I headed away from the bar area and went forward towards the front of the building, facing 37th Street, the place became a combination maze and fun house, with stairwells, dark passageways, tucked-away corners, offices, and game rooms. Headed forward on the left side of the bar, I passed through a pine doorway and was faced with a bunch of choices. To the left and down some short steps was a poolroom with three (3) tables. Also to the left and up several flights of stairs, were four (4) electronic games, set on three (3) separate landings. Beyond the last landing was a private banquet facility. Down a flight of stairs, and in a corner to the left, were two (2) pinball machines and an air hockey table. To the right was a Skee-Ball machine, two (2) Hoops machines, and four (4) more electronic games. Going back towards the bar on this last level, the fermenters were in plain view and there were washrooms down yet another set of stairs, marked by a neon sign. Once I got down there, the doors were in a dark passageway that would have given Alfred Hitchcock the willies. Coming back out, there was another set of stairs that went up and to the right that put me in front of a cabinet used to display brewer John Dean’s GABF medals. Past that, on the parking lot side, was the brewhouse, on display behind glass. This last set of stairs put me just behind the entryway, so I returned to the bar where my attentive and knowledgeable server, Ali, was waiting to see how I liked the place. I was astounded by its enormity and I needed a beer.

They had fourteen (14) beers on-tap on the day of my visit, but the cask had kicked the previous day, dammit. The line-up consisted of four (4) wheat beers – Hefeweizen, crystal Hefeweizen, raspberry wheat, and honey wheat; two (2) porters – Chocolate and Java; an Alt; an APA; Kolsch; an ESB; a Rye (!); Razzamatazz, a perfume-y attempt at a Framboise; and an Amber. Oh yes, they also had growlers available, plus a number of other places’ growlers on display in the overhead.

This is kind of beyond the scope, but I really had a good time at The Blind Tiger. I was made to feel welcome by the regulars and especially Herb, a Harley-ridin’ Vietnam vet, with whom I traded war stories (I am GWI) before we went our separate ways. This was a place that I would readily revisit.

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Photo of pivoichamiz
4.08/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I visited this place with my parents the day after Christmas 2005, after a long day. I asked for a sampler and they did have one with all 15 of their beers. Since that was a bit much for a long drive, we got 8 samples: Raw Wheat, Raspberry Wheat, Pale Ale, Pumpkin Pie, Amber, Statehouse Stout, another pale ale and one more I can't recall.

The place was insanely busy, and we were lucky to even get a seat. The original restaurant waiting time was 45 minutes, which is quite a long time for Kansas! The food was pretty good and beers were good too. Just didn't have the time to enjoy them all. I will be back...

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Photo of Rio
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I knew this place was in Topeka, but actually found it by accident. It's right off I-335/I-470 on the south side of Topeka, not far from US-75 (which is the road I use to go back and forth from home to Manhattan). Very unique setup, raised up on the second story (I believe the brewery is on the first). I haven't actually seen the dining area, but the bar area is nice, with a long bar, seating on both sides, and tables to either side. I hear they do Texas Hold 'em poker in there on Sunday nights, too.

Environment is good. Tables are schlacked (I think, anyway... however you spell that) with advertisements underneath, giving it a nice feel of some of the old family style restaurants that I remember going to growing up. Bar looks very unique, a bunch of different growlers up towards the ceiling, with the awards their beers have won in a case towards the bathrooms.

Their beers are typically very good. Seems like they've usually got about 12 on tap. A few I really enjoy, a few I don't really care for all that much, but most of them are pretty good in their own right. They have some unique styles (Smokey the Beer, which takes me back to a couple of fire calls, a Wee Heavy Scottish Ale which I still haven't been able to try...), and have many of the old stand-by styles that people look for. The food was very good, too. Not outstanding, but definitely enough to fill you up and satisfy your appetite.

The bartenders on duty when I've been there have always been very knowledgeable about their beers. They know some of the characteristics, and they know the styles, and seem to have sampled them, as well. One of the other waiters I overheard wasn't quite as knowledgeable about the beer (I corrected him on a few points privately, and gave him the link for BA), but for the most part, the people seem like they know what they're doing.

If you're in the area, I definitely suggest stopping by.

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Photo of beernut7
4.08/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This brewpub is very easy to find, right off one of the main thru-ways of the area. Not very busy in the mid-afternoon, but I guess it picks up later at night. The folks here are friendly and the beer selection is enormous. I think they have nine or ten of their own on tap and a cask at a time. The staff seemed knowledgeable and made an effort to see I was enjoying myself. Didn't try the food.

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Photo of marc77
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The layout of the brewpub is unique-- it's multilayered, with tables well spaced from each other. The rectangular bar is on the middle floor and is surrounded by several large TVs. During lunch there isn't a alrge crowd, and the atmosphere is relaxid and laid back. Peanuts are available at the bar if you want them. The bartender was attentive and friendly, but didn't seems to be too knowledgeable about the brew. That didn't bother me, however. The selection of brew is excellent, and they usually have a cask offering. The beer is always clean and without flaw, even if the particular brew isn't outstanding. Food is above average for a brewpub, since this establishment tries to cater to both brew drinkers / regulars and those seeking a more of a restaurant experience. Definitely recommended if you're driving along I-70 to somewhere west.

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Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant in Topeka, KS
90 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.