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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Jackie O's Pub & BreweryJackie O's Pub & Brewery
BA SCORE
97
world-class

146 Ratings
Ratings: 146
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 13.83%
Active Beers: 181
Beer Ratings: 7,331
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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Photo of 5thOhio
3.81/5  rDev -13.6%

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
Photo of SomethingClever
3.75/5  rDev -15%

Place was dingy looked ran down and poorly lite 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.

SomethingClever, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of Cecelia_S
1/5  rDev -77.3%

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.

Cecelia_S, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of rden4654
1/5  rDev -77.3%

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!!!

rden4654, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%

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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5/5  rDev +13.4%

bigthirst, Friday at 03:39 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

whitenads, Oct 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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!

Iparedman, Oct 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Eass, Oct 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

buckeyechilln, Oct 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

AlexFields, Oct 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

allimaloney, Oct 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

PJHOY, Oct 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

ttylicki, Sep 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

dataylor21, Sep 22, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -4.8%

jrupert426, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of Brutaltruth
3.75/5  rDev -15%

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.

Brutaltruth, Sep 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

JohnathanColeman, Sep 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

jordanimal, Sep 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -15%

Rice_Nate_25, Sep 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

hollywood_15063, Sep 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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, Sep 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

cproioi, Aug 29, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +4.3%

groundhog, Aug 21, 2014
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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery in Athens, OH
97 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.