Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Active Beers: 147
Beer Ratings: 5,061
Beer Avg: 3.95
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 92 | Reviews: 71 | Show All Ratings:
4.86/5 rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Always a good time. Selection is robust between the Pub / Taproom / Brewery / Public House. Food sources local ingredients as much as possible. Bottle releases are a blast. Highly recommend a trip to the brewery. If you aren't able to attend a bottle release, bring a growler or 2 to fill up during normal weeks.
02-07-2014 17:24:10 | More by CLE4goodBeer
4.83/5 rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$
I stopped in here with 4 family members for our first visit to see what all of the hype is about. It was mid-afternoon on a Saturday and we got seats right away, although the place was busy. Regardless of how busy they were, the service was spot-on.
In my mind this pub is about as good as it gets. The vibe here is perfect, the beer selection was around 15-20 beers, and both the beers and the food were excellent. During the course of our visit we had three sampler flights so we tried just about all of the beers that were on the menu, and every one was well above average. (I even liked the raspberry wheat ale, and typically that style is one of my least favorites.) When I have the opportunity again, I'll stop back here to enjoy this place more.
01-20-2014 15:40:09 | More by Mothergoose03
4.28/5 rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Return to my old college town after many years to find this place now exists. Had this place been in existence when I wasn't school I would not have graduated was there on three different occasions and the food was absolutely perfect every time staff was always eager to talk about beers and tell you about their latest creations The atmosphere as you might've guessed at college town was very comfortable and I mean very. What was even more surprising was at the quality of beer that I found there especially with this being a college town and probably surrounded by 17,000 co-eds who will drink anything is put in front of them. I didn't attempt to visit the location on a Friday or Saturday night because I was afraid it would make me feel old. However make sure if you're going anywhere near Athens you put this on your itinerary
12-25-2013 23:02:52 | More by target88
3.79/5 rDev -14.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$$
jackie o's has been on my bucket list for quite awhile - being a somewhat local pub & brewery (6 hours). hindsight being 20/20, our visit should have been timed around a bottle release rather than a casual lunch. as a result, I was unable to sample any of the wild ales - either on tap or in bottle. I sampled fresh hop & pepper (my favorite), wheats up, sparbock, le git saison, providence saison, mandala citra (very furry), hop & pepper, and razz wheat. all solid offerings - but nothing world class. the environment is quaint - perfect pub lighting, plenty to look at on the walls (including bathroom - jim buckley!), friendly enough service, Jackie o's totally feels at home in this college town. food was a bit too granola for me - and I like granola. opted for a burger - when perhaps pizza may have been the better choice.
09-09-2013 12:17:12 | More by craft_shannie
4.75/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$
Finally made it to Jackie O’s, and it’s now my favorite brewpub in the great state of Ohio. This place is incredible! From the food, to the staff, to the awesome tap selection, there’s nothing but stellar reviews all around. Living only 2 hours away, I will be a much more frequent guest. I’m mad at myself for waiting so many years to make it down to Athens. I really can’t say enough about this place. If you haven’t been, I suggest you make Jackie O’s your next destination brewery. Cheers!
08-19-2013 12:35:26 | More by brycevolk
3.98/5 rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$
Managed to get a sneak peak during a brief trip to Athens, which is one of the quirkiest little towns going.
Atmosphere: Very DIY, granola and crunchy -- total focus on the local and community. Pretty cool, unique and it has it's own little flavor to it. Great music playing in the background as well -- hard to go wrong with Avett brothers.
Quality: Beer is top notch, good stuff for sure. Excellent quality and they use everything they've got. A few guest tapes, but it's primarily a home-grown show with their own beers on tap.
Service: Solid. dude was knowledgeable about the product and that's cool. I feel pretty adept in the language so I didn't need a ton of info, but he was definitely friendly and helpful, and that's cool. I liked it too because he was like a pretentious prick, just genuinely looking to help out.
Selection: Pretty consistently rotating tap list, I was told it changes almost daily depending on what they felt like brewing at the time. Great little place with a true quality product.
Food: I didn't eat it, but I saw about 6 pizzas come out of the oven and I wished I was eating all six of them. They looked and smelled amazing! If I get back, I'm going to get fatter and drunker than I need to be, but hey, you only live once...
Value: My buddy and I walked out with a $9 tab for two big beers, and hell, there are places around where I live that one beer would cost that much. I dug this place and hope to see it again as soon as possible.
08-06-2013 02:36:10 | More by bamadog
4.49/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
What it lacked in atmosphere was certainly made up for in the quality of the food, beer, and service. I wish it were closer to home. I did see a billboard offering $10 busrides from Columbus to Athens. Probably $20 r/t, but why go back to Columbus. I've not heard of anything in Columbus that compares to J.O's. Cheers!!!
08-05-2013 23:37:24 | More by VanBeer
3.94/5 rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$
The way here is via the highway from Columbus. We took the long and winding rural road from The WIlds, and you need a co-pilot with GPS to do that. Very large selection of beers, different brewmaster at the brewery and at the pub. They let me sample next door at their other bar prior to opening. Everything a solid offering. Good sized place, your neighborhood bar.I would have loved a sour or wild release but that’s the special quarterly.
08-02-2013 13:18:52 | More by Sammy
3.81/5 rDev -14.4%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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.
07-18-2013 13:34:41 | More by 5thOhio
4.63/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
I love Jackie O's. It was may favorite place to go when I lived out there and I went there usually twice a week on average. Everyone there was always so friendly and service was always great. I loved the look and the feel, the real wood, down to earth but classy. It was a bar that actually serves good food. Go figure. Really some of the food was completely delicious. But the beer. They have such a big barrel aging program for such a small place brewery wise. True I like some of the regular better than some of the barrel aged but it's all so good. I never had a bad beer at Jackie O's. That also had the best release parties and the beer roates so much you can almost always try something new. Jackie O's I will miss you.
06-22-2013 00:03:30 | More by Amberluvsbeer
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery in Athens, OH
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