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Gardner Ale House

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

32 Ratings
Ratings: 32
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.38%
Active Beers: 13
Beer Ratings: 80
Beer Avg: 3.9
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

74 Parker Street
Gardner, Massachusetts, 01440
United States
phone: (978) 669-0122

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @gardnerale

Notes:
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(Place added by: Todd on 05-02-2006)
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Reviews by Billolick:
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

Nice larger room with a seperate dining are, bar with dining tables as well and the brewery area in the rear. Long light wooden bar with some tubes to watch the game or whatever. Quite impressed with the beers, enjoyed a nice hoppy IPA, and tried a solid dopplebock, less impressed with the food. The fish sandwedge I had was middle of the road, fries soggy and limp. The pizza a table mate had looked to be of higher quality. Try the pizza. All in all a nice, comfortable and worthy place for a visit if in the area. Service was decent and hardworking, h/e the bartenders seemed kind of clueless. Our waitress seemed to be just holding it together, but she was friendly and attentive. I'd be here on a regular if I was local. The Brewer Dave is a super friendly kind of guy. He was informative and full of brewing info. Hey the guy is a disc golfer, so you gotta love that. They are making real beer, they are expanding and got give em much respect.

Billolick, Feb 18, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

First time there it was packed, but I got to drink a beer off tap while waiting to be seated and talked with a lovely old couple in there sixties waiting for a table and another growler re-fill. Pizza was great and the waitress was nice. The beer was good too.Definitely will go back.

Ferris32, Sep 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

I really really wanted to like the Gardner Ale House. It is in a cute New England town. Nice brick outside, warm homestyle restaurant inside. It has local artists paintings on the along the restaurant walls. Plenty of huge tvs and dart boards adorn the bar area. Kudos to any microbrewery that contains dart boards. The lighting was warm and inviting. The biggest problem with the dining room layout is that there is a huge list of beers on the side wall chalkboard. However, from about half the seating area the chalkboard is hard if not impossible to see. Additionally unlike some breweries that print out a list of their beers for the table—Gardner does not. When I asked the waitress, she could only rattle off a handful but suggested to look at the board—uggh. She was helpful though in describing what certain beers tasted like and by getting free samples. Overall the service was marginally on the better side of ok.

I like the fact that Gardner has 12 taps and six are guest. I like that they tried some different styles. Kolsch, Alt-Bier, Imperial IPA were some of the beers represented. Great variety in styles. I always appreciate a microbrewery that offers more than the brown, stout, and ipa. I unfortunately was underwhelmed by each of the beers that I tried which also included a chocolate porter that I really had to search for the chocolate in. Some breweries seem to cater to my palette. Gardner does not.

The food menu looked glorious with several options from shrimp, the to steak tips, to veggie burgers. However much like the beer menu, it underwhelmed. I had a homemade soup with beer, peppers, spinach, tomatoes, and pasta. That was amazing—Panera quality or better—and I really like Panera soups. The French fries were also fairly good. However, my chicken teriyaki sandwich was bone dry and overcooked-even with the teriyaki sauce. The most disappointing part of the menu was my daughter’s meal. She ordered the mac and cheese kids meal. It came with the good fries, but it was Kraft macaroni and cheese. I do not go out to eat to buy Kraft food that has nothing done to it. It should have been noted that it was just Kraft from a box—or more home made. It makes me suspicious if nothing else about the rest of their menu—especially their children’s menu.

I can see Gardner Ale House being a decent place to have a couple of homemade brews and watch a game. This certainly beats places that just serve BMC by a lot. If I was closer I could see myself playing darts there. However, as someone who lives a bit of a drive away, I just cannot see myself stopping there unless I was so famished that Gardner was the only place to get a non-McDonald’s meal. Perhaps it was an off day. I just was underwhelmed by the beer and a bit upset by the children’s menu. There are places that do small town brewery great—Edleweis in Alpine, Texas—Bear Brewing in Orono, Maine amongst countless others. I think Gardner could be great and has a lot of potential—it just is a miss for me.

tigg924, Oct 17, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev -3%

Columbus Day Weekend 2011:

A weekend excursion to the Monadnock region yielded a couple of visits to Gardner Ale House this past weekend.

I had the chance to check out the bar on Friday as well as a return visit for lunch on Saturday. The atmosphere here is northern New England casual and comfortable with a long bar on the right side as you enter. Ample seating awaits in the back area.

Local artists' work decorates the walls in the dining area with a sizable crowd enjoying their food and drink. I noticed a few dart boards in the back. A great place to hang out and enjoy some local beer.

The beer selection was good, but I think there is plenty of untapped potential. I like Guest Taps, but would appreciate more of their beer offerings with a total of 12 taps available.

Selection included Summer's End, Chair City Pale, Facelift IPA, Oma's Altbier, Oktoberfest Lager and Chocolate Porter. Expect about 12 Guest Taps that included Wormtown Pro Am Porter & Weizenbock, Shipyard Pumpkinhead and crusty beers like Coors Light and Bud Light.

I tried the Chocolate Porter & Facelift IPA, both were very good with quality malts and a smooth drinkability.

The food here is special, they offer some creative and tasty dishes. However, I honestly thought the Buffalo Wings were subpar with a disappointing "extra hot" sauce. Don't be misled though, the wings were only a minor hiccup, the rest of the dishes sampled were really good. The Eggplant Parm Baguette was awesome.

I enjoyed this place, worth stopping by if in the area.

Hibernator, Oct 10, 2011
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Gardner Ale House in Gardner, MA
91 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.