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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Jackie O's Pub & BreweryJackie O's Pub & Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

24 W Union St
Athens, Ohio, 45701-2818
United States

(740) 592-9686 | map

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Reviews: 96 | Ratings: 218
Photo of glass_house
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

The pub is small and cozy, with a decent selection on tap. But the good stuff is down the road at the brewery/taproom. Food at the pub was better than average bar food and the staff at both locations are polite and accomodating. If you get a chance to chat with Brad, you can get a real sense of the passion that goes not only into brewing incredible beer, but serving the great state of Ohio with some of the best f***ing beverages known to man.

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Photo of docoman
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by on way to West Virginia for lunch and to check out the brewpub. Was much smaller than I anticipated it being considering how many beers they distribute. Neat college town atmosphere and I could see myself frequenting here if I lived closer.

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Photo of IMFletcher
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This Union St. location is not where bottles are sold (you have to go to the production facility on Campbell St), this is only a taproom near campus. On a Friday night, the place is packed, so your ability to order and eat food is more difficult, but they carry the more standard brews. When we were there, none of the BBA brews were available on tap, but all were available at the Production Facility/Taproom.

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Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
1.9/5  rDev -56.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 1.75 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2 | food: 1.25

Mediocre service. Mediocre beer. Terrible food. The cheese platter is a cruel joke. I wish I took a picture of it because it even LOOKS laughable. The falafel sandwich was really bad. One should look through my Yelp reviews to see how rarely I call any food item bad, much less really bad. None of the four of us liked their food choices. Their tap selections were unimpressive. There was one porter that was excellent, but everything else was middle-of-the-road. We did however find a BBA barleywine (Brick Kiln) and the non-BA version of it at a local grocery store and those were both fantastic. Wish I could have gotten my hands on more of their BA stuff, but I wish even more that they made a larger variety of high quality beers. The atmosphere in the outdoor area was pretty neat. The neighborhood is also seems pretty cool. Would only come back for some special barrel-aged releases.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Both bars are side by side, and connect through back patios. Each bar features different beers so there is always plenty to choose from. Their beer release events are top notch. I also love the fact that you can order 8 beer flights, so that you can try everything available on any given day. I make it a point to make the 6 hour round trip at least once a year.

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Photo of gopens44
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Really cool little place with a warm feel. Plenty of beers to choose from and form what I saw, lots of great food choices (didn't partake). Reasonably priced, good experience all the way around.

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Photo of Kjbober
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Went to the tap house and production house during my visit. Everyone was very gracious and helpful with my purchases. Good selection of bottles when I visited. Can't wait to go back!

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Photo of TommyBuckeye
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Great beer. selections change weekly. Never had one I didn't like. Always a good crowd on hand. Food used to be really good until there was a fire in the building next door. Now the food & service are just ok. Hope things turn around once they get the real kitchen back up and running

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Photo of Moondoggy68
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

This is not one to miss. I have declared Jackie O's to be my unofficial favorite brewery and restaurant. The beers speak for themselves, just check out their ratings on BA. The food is local and organic. Try the cheese curds! If you are on the Public House side, say hello to Josh, my new BFF!

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Photo of DavMEtt
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 1.5

Was at the taproom so the choice of food was limited, but you don't go there for the food, and the beer didn't disappoint. Great choices on tap and in bottles to go. Staff was incredibly friendly and welcoming.

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Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
3.83/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Pretty cool place, if you're a young bachelor, hipster, or college kid. Otherwise, its loud and uncomfortable dining area is hardly conducive to a family dining experience. It's still a cool place, though. Just don't take your family there.

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Photo of hardysf
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Taproom is small and quaint. Had lunch on a Friday afternoon. Vibe is nice, with beer postings everywhere and a nice horseshoe bar.

Everything we had was really good quality. Beer was fresh and didn't have a single bad beer. Had a flight of eight and tasted samples of a few others.

BB Kiln and Mystic mama were my pints and both were excellent.

Dinged on service, because the bartender was slow and they dont have a wait staff.

Slight ding on selection as there was a small menu. I believe the reason was that their main dining facility had a fire or flood though.

Food was very good. Pizza dough made out of spent grain and tasty fried pickles.

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Photo of Bisco42
3.36/5  rDev -22.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Gotta edit this review.

Went recently and found out they don't actually have any bottles to go. They were only selling their bottles and said it had to be consumed in the store. Apart from that, they only had two of their offerings available via bottle!

I was kind of bummed because I can find a better Jackie O's selection in Columbus than in the brewery itself!

Maybe I just came on an off day, but the fact that they don't have bottles available to be purchased and taken out was a little surprising. Hope they get the proper documents to be able to sell from their brewery! Love their beer.

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Photo of Brewstradamus
4.95/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Jackie O's is one of my personal favorite breweries. The brewpub is located on Union Street, which is about a half a block off Athens' main street, Court Street in its quaint downtown area. Athens has a very cool vibe and Jackie O's is its craft beer mecca. The brewpub and a larger bar area called the public house are connected by an outdoor courtyard area. They both offer a large variety of in-house brews as well as some guest beers usually with a few featured guest breweries- often also local. And yes you can take your drinks out into the courtyard- there are tables to sit. The 12 taps listed on this page isn't accurate. I would guess that there are more than twelve in the brewpub alone. They sell growlers and bottles/cans of their stuff when available. Now there is a tasting room at the actual brewery which is about 2 or 3 miles away near the football stadium as well. There you can also get growlers with a limited selection, but they have barrel-aged bottles and limited release bottles you can't find anywhere else. The food is good but the beer is amazing. Huge variety of styles from a milk stout aged in sour barrels to a imperial paw paw wheat, you can find anything and the seasonal options do not disappoint. I've been to a majority of the better craft beer places in the Ohio, Penn, WV, KY area and this place is still my favorite.

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Photo of LeeEvolved
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Went to the new brewery on Campbell St on 10/25/14. Got there right at opening and enjoyed a flight of all the current taps. Almost all were very tasty. Talked with several staff members and they opened some of the barrel aged beers for me to sample prior to purchasing several cases. They even opened a few rare sours from 2013 for me to try because I love sours.

This place is awesome and I will definitely go back sometime in the near future. Great bunch of guys making really good beer. I highly recommend a visit. You will not leave disappointed. Keep it up, guys. Cheers

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Photo of Iparedman
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Didn't make it to the brew pub but stopped at the tasting room. THE BEST BREWERY EXPERIENCE I HAVE EVER HAD! The barrel program here is incredible and stands above any other brewery! Brad, brewmaster, gave a phenomenal personal tour! It was so incredible that I don't even want to say what we did in fear that people will try to force him to do it for them. All I can say, check this place out and hope that he invites you into the barrel room and MAYBE your taste buds will be treated to the same deliciousness that I was. THANK YOU JACKIE O AND THANK YOU BRAD!!! Unbelievable!

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Place was dingy looked ran down and poorly lit inside. Service was average bartender didn't like to be rushed with all four people sitting at the bar. Toilet had a trough urinal in it been a long time since I've seen one of those and this was a newer looking urinal. Had pizza it was exceptionally good I was surprised it was that good. Didn't have that many IPAs on tap which was disappointing had a sip of Matriarch before it kicked no more to replace it. Wasn't over the moon with their pumpkin ale, or flavored Wheats. Their barleywine was good. Just overall slightly disappointed with the place even though Jackie O's does make good beers I wouldn't go back to this place if I wasn't in the immediate area.

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Photo of Cecelia_S
1/5  rDev -77%

I was here and saw and heard everything rden said in his review. The man behind the bar was just plain rude I stopped in here on my visit from Fla. and would never consider coming back for their particular brand of customer disservice. I exchanged my # with rden and told him I would add my two cents as well. Over priced beers and average bar food at best. I couldn't even purchase a soda if I wanted to at the brewery. I can't wait to see what the rest of the people that were with him have to say. I joined beer advocate just to voice my discontent with Jackie O's. Avoid this place at all costs.

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Photo of rden4654
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Masters of their own Mayhem here poor comunication within the entire operation which leads to misleading information to the general public you serve!!!! If I could give this place a .01 I would. BA will only allow a 1 as a low score. Jackie O's has some first class beers that is not the problem. The problem is the head of this horse has no clue what the backside is doing and they are rude and arrogant people. People drive several hours to try and buy some of their beers and should not be treated the way I was or other patrons that I saw there were. We called ahead to find out what the limits were and I emailed them as well. We were told 6 per person per day on the BBA Black Maples and 2 per day on the RBA Oil of Aphrodite on 10/3/14 and this is exactly what my email stated as well from JackieO's. A friend of mine was at Jackie O's the previous week on Fri. the 26th of Sept. and purchased exactly that amount 6 BBABM's and 2 RBAOA's. I texted him just to confirm and this was the case. When we got to the brewery that purposely has no operational phone so that you could ask the horse exactly what the limits are in the bar area. So we place our orders for 6 BBBM's and 2 RBAOA's and the jerk behind the bar starts talking at the top of his voice SIR SIR you can not order that much of the BBABM's like I was suposed to know that. I said excuse me we were told that you could and I also showed him the email stating such and he rolls his eye's like I don't care what that say's and states this as well and that this has been the limit for two months now. I know that this is false because I checked with my buddy and he purchased 6 BBABM's the previous week and he texted me the picture as he still has all of them. So I was completely being lied to. And this guy knows that I know he is a Liar he doesn't even hide it well as his face turns beet red. And say's this is what it's going to be and you can have two Black Maples per person Ok fine. Now here get a clue first your web page states that you are out of RBAOA as of 10/3/14 and said you had it on 10/2/14 as per your website and confirme in my email. This is false they would sell us as much as we wanted on 10/4/14 so the people that keep your website status up has no real clue what type of inventory you really do have No Comunication!!!! Why should I be shocked by this put a phone in you Morons it's time to come screaming into the 20th century. And then in another century or so you can get a computer in the brewery so they can keep the inventory updated and accurate as to what you have and what you really don't. You can also network them so that your website will always be up to date on inventory so the person that updates the site will have access to that information right at their fingertips!!!! And secondly put the limits on the website so that there is no confusion between the general public and your third rate operation. The bottom line comunication is the key and quite frankly it is piss poor throughout the entire operation. Is the beer worth all of this aggrivation? NO!!! There are way two many quality beers out today to be willing to make a drive here to get them in PonDunk no place and deal with the arrogance and the nonsense if you can go elsewhere. You can get just as good of quality beer and more of it elsewhere. At $11.99 for a 12.7 ounce beer the price point is way to high when most will give you 22 ounces bottled at that price point and better beers as well. It's just not worth it to be lied to and talked at the way they do!!!

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

A most excellent visit that I have long awaited for. We were evidently in the "public house"
which is attached to Jackie O' which is somewhat small and cluttered and rather----open...
open---like all the doors open. Service was decent enough with knowledgeable staff about
the offerings. Atmosphere was pretty much in the "dive" category. Management could use
some tips on cleaning and give some of those gals and guys behind the bar a hand when they
are slammed. That said, the food was excellent and cooked to order. They are conscientious
about the brewing process and give the spent grains to the farmers who supply them with top
notch beef (some of the best I have ever had) and even make a spent grain pizza which many
there were getting.

The beer, which is why me and the little lady came in the first place, is MOST EXCELLENT. All
were solid with collaborations and some limited cask and nitro offerings as well. Will we make
the journey again, YOU BET. Could they use some work in all around cleanliness like the
bathroom or general maintaining that everything isn't cluttered and out of sorts. You bet.
It is a world class brewery and eatery and bakery that needs some better practices, then
again, like I said, the beer was some of the best I have ever had.

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

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Photo of KushBreakfast
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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.

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Photo of jprivott
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

On my way to visit a friend, we decided to stop by Jackie o's. Soon as I stepped in, really was impressed by the overall size of the bar, lots of space, there was probably 100 people in there and there was tons of room to move around. Very clean, dark lights and all sorts of people enjoying themselves. The tap list had about 20 Jackie o's beers, along with about 10 others from other breweries. Price was around 5-8$ depending on what style. The bar tender was quick to serve everyone. Then my favorite part was walking upstairs to the outdoor lounge. Plenty of seats, surrounded by a privacy fence were people were able to smoke and enjoy the outdoors. I didn't eat anything there but I didn't notice a group having quite a feast there. I cant wait to go back and make a night out of it.

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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery in Athens, OH
96 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.