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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Jackie O's Pub & BreweryJackie O's Pub & Brewery
BA SCORE
98
world-class

129 Ratings
Ratings: 129
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 10.59%
Active Beers: 174
Beer Ratings: 6,682
Beer Avg: 3.96
Taps: 12
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

24 W Union St
Athens, Ohio, 45701-2818
United States
phone: (740) 592-9686

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @jackieospubbrew

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3.81/5  rDev -14.2%

Got a chance to visit Jackie O's on a business trip to Marietta. Stopped by on a Tuesday evening in July, but even on an off night like that, the place was quite busy. We were told there was another room for spillover seating (the door with the wood sign like it shows on the pics) but it wasn't open. We walked in and waited for someone to tell us where to sit until a server came up and said, "Oh just pick somewhere" so we did. Our server told us it was his first night, and other than seeming a little overwhelmed and slightly slow in the beginning, he did a good job.

The main area is one large dimly lit room with a nice long bar and different tables, benches, chairs, etc. Lots of wood furnishings and a big open space makes for a pet peeve on my part: bars that are TOO DAMN NOISY. And, of course, in a brewpub like that, there's always some woman who is feeling the effects of alcohol and showing it with a high-pitched shrieking laugh which she breaks out in waaay too often, and she was at Jackie's that evening. But I digress.

On tap were about a dozen house beers and 4 guest beers, although I'm not sure why anyone would go to Jackie O's to drink a nationally marketed craft beer, but that's just me. The bartender was very obliging in letting me sample the different offerings. I started with the Hop Ryot, being a fiend for rye beers, and it didn't disappoint. Nice light amber color with a tasty rye flavor and good hop bite was a good start to our meal. After that I went with their Black IPA, which was also quite good, although I thought it resembled more a smoky Porter with some extra hops. I also sampled the IPA and a beer they brewed with spruce (didn't get the name) which had a very interesting note and a stout made with local walnuts. All the samples were delicious and would have been good for a full pour, but I couldn't knock back that many in one evening, unfortunately.

Jackie O's tries to use local products when possible and be sustainable and all that earnest hip stuff, so we tried the pizza they make using spent grain from the brewing and local cheese. It was delicious, and tasted very fresh as did the beers.

A stroll around Athens afterwards on a summer evening capped off our visit. All in all, and despite the annoyance of the noise level, Jackie O's was certainly worth the visit. Definitely stop by if you're in the area.

5thOhio, Jul 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.9%

jordanimal, Today at 05:10 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

Rice_Nate_25, Monday at 02:45 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

Made it down to the taproom for the first time today, which is very easy to find off 33. The red barn is located just off the main road - it definitely stands out among the other stores in the area.

It was cool to see the barrel room from the parking lot. People were definitely brewing today. Once inside the barn, there is limited seating with a small tap list. The reason I went down was to snag some limited bottles (BB Black Maple, Oil of Aphrodite & Rum Oil). Employees were extremely nice and helped carry the beer out to my car.

Awesome place to visit when traveling through Athens. Too bad 95% of the people who live there don't appreciate its full worth.

Swettenham_Shire, Saturday at 12:24 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

cproioi, Aug 29, 2014
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groundhog, Aug 21, 2014
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jsampson44, Aug 17, 2014
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ohiobeer29, Aug 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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Chuffbomb, Jul 23, 2014
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4.57/5  rDev +2.9%

I visited this brewpub on Saturday July 12, 2014, the second day of Ohio Brew Week.

The atmosphere of this pub was incredible. The layout and location of the pub was great, very welcoming and the people only made it better. Beautiful and friendly bartenders and inhabitants are always perfect complements to a few good beers. The service was awesome, they were swamped with customers, but my bartender was able to answer my questions about the pub and the town (being a tourist to the place) and even inquire about which of the brews I enjoyed the most.

The quality was tough to beat. They had an incredible selection (I believe ~10 of their own in-house brews on tap, plus maybe ~5-7 other local brews that they were hosting). The selection included a wide range of tastes; seemed like there was something for everyone. Of the wide variety available, I had a sampler of 8. My sampler included six of their in-house brews; the Mandala Galaxy (Imp. IPA), Baltic Merman (Porter), Secret Hoperation (Imp. IPA), Providence (Farmhouse Saison), Sun Village (IPA), and the Bourban Barrel-aged Skipping Stone (Imp. Stout). These six were accompanied by Fathead's Head Hunter (IPA), and Actual Brewing's Fat Julian - Nitro (Imp. Stout), both of which they were hosting. In my opinion, the majority of these were top-tier beers, and if not, damn close to it. My favorite of which was the Sun Village IPA, which I later grabbed a pint of.

Overall, it was a memorable brewpub and I left without any complaints. The only thing close to a complaint would have been the price of the samplers (which was well understood being that it was Brew Week and that Athens were the hosts). If you're in the area, don't miss it. I certainly hope to be back sometime.

KushBreakfast, Jul 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.9%

dailyminefield, Jul 13, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev 0%

This was a bit of a pilgrimage, anyone that hasn't been needs to go. The two side by side Jackie O's locations run as the brewpub, and the Public House both of which have different hours and different taps. A bit of ways away is the new production brewery that they refer to as the Tap House where you can buy their packaged products and try a limited number of taps they brew at that location. I was there early on a Saturday for lunch, I had my two little ones with me. They "shot some pool" aka it looked like a five and a six year old playing field hockey on a billiards table. The hand crafted wood tables and high top tables and stools are remarkable I've never seen anything like it, along with their tap handles which look pretty much hand carved or at least independently made locally. I did not have a chance to meet Brad the brewmaster, but this place is thriving in Athens, OH.

However, the crew that was their had no problems giving me great service and filling a couple growlers for the road. I was highly pleased with every aspect of my first trip, which has now enticed me enough to make it a dedicated decision to attend a bottle release the next time one comes up.

Great tap selection I chose the Pilsaaz!, Ja Bitte, a Nelson hopped Red IPA, a hoppy wheat Sun Village, the Skipping Stone on Woodford Reserve Barrels, that's a great mix of different styles and I didn't even try their other selections. How could I forget the Mandala DIPA Galaxy hopped version.

Food as a whole was excellent, extremely impressive for what it was probably the best hamburger I've ever had local beef hand formed lettuce tomato and a fried egg over easy. The kids split the fish and chips and we decided to do some dessert with Jenni's Ice Cream from Columbus the vanilla bean and Salted Caramel, which paired extremely well with the Skipping Stone bourbon barrel aged quad.

WVbeergeek, Jul 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

AMCimpi, Jul 09, 2014
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4.31/5  rDev -2.9%

After two Athens friends independently lit up when I mentioned Jackie O's to them, I knew I was in for a treat. "Fried cheese Curds..." one friend muttered. Fried cheese curds indeed. The grub is just as unique as the beer. I was able to try a seasonal spicebush ale - wow.
I'm certain the place is hopping when class is done for the week, but even on a lazy day, the upstairs deck is a great place to sit out and enjoy the weather.

jprivott, Jul 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.9%

AHeaston8, Jul 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

vrbulldog22, Jun 29, 2014
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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery in Athens, OH
98 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.