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Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant

Blind Tiger Brewery & RestaurantBlind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 36
Beer Ratings: 151
Beer Avg: 3.66

Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

21 Ratings
Ratings: 21
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 6.98%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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MilwaukeeCrusher

Wisconsin

3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

03-15-2013 01:02:51 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
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TheCondor

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

02-14-2012 21:05:07 | More by TheCondor
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Ragingbull

California

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

05-29-2011 17:04:56 | More by Ragingbull
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slander

New York

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

04-14-2011 14:21:01 | More by slander
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great7dividers

Florida

3.73/5  rDev -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.

01-17-2011 22:04:15 | More by great7dividers
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AZGPO

Arizona

4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

06-20-2010 00:24:43 | More by AZGPO
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Jips

Kansas

4.53/5  rDev +13%
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.

10-22-2009 19:26:14 | More by Jips
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Goliath

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +3%
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.

12-10-2008 21:00:52 | More by Goliath
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damuraus

Nebraska

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

07-23-2008 05:35:16 | More by damuraus
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

09-24-2007 00:50:14 | More by Mebuzzard
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Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant in Topeka, KS
90 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.