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Buster's Brew Pub

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2.4/5
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6 Beers
11 Ratings
Place Score: -
Ratings: 3
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: n/a
Taps: 6
Bottles: --
Cask: N
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[ Brewery, Eatery ]

Bldg P-4350, Commons, 2nd Street
Fort Drum, New York, 13602
United States
phone: (315) 772-1900

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Place added by: MTNboy on 11-08-2006

IMPORTANT NOTE:

This establishment is located on the Army base in Fort Drum. To visit the brewpub you must either; have a valid military ID or for the general public - you must call the brewpub or the base's main office to place your name at the entry gate then present proper photo ID to get onto the base.
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Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 3
Reviews by Never2Dark:
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3.5/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I work about 200 meters from Busters and just saw it here on BA.

Bottom Line Up Front: Don’t go out of your way to try it. If you’re on post and want a great lunch, you will be pleasantly surprised.

The over-all atmosphere is ok. The bar is next to the door and kitchen entrance, and you have to pay for your meal at the bar, so sitting there feels awkward and rushed. Seating in the restaurant area is much better, with two fire places to thaw out the Upstate New York winters. The clientele is less than admirable if you are military trying to get away from shaven heads and 21-25 year olds. The other two groups of people are wives and retirees. Maybe a nice place for a Saturday afternoon, but that’s about it.

Beer Quality: When I realized there was a brew pub so close to work, I was at first excited. I have on three occasions tried all of their beers on tap, (5-7) and was unable to find a single one that I enjoyed. There was a pale-ale on tap on my last visit that wasn’t too bad, but one beer in the house doesn’t make a good brew pub. My personal preference is a more malty, more hoppy, well ballanced beer with a full aroma. The beer at Busters is all standard-issue pretend brew-pub-beer. A few reds, a few ales, and a porter made with a low volume of burnt malt. A let down, for sure. If that isn’t good enough, they have a few American macros on tap…

Service: Service has always been great. Our last server was an older retired military guy that kept us laughing each time he stopped by the table. Other servers are normal server types, but none have had any knowledge of their beers. I’ve also never had to wait for food or beer.

Selection: Nothing hoppy, nothing malty, nothing well balanced. Just 5-7 beers that could be enjoyed by the standard beer drinker. Quite a let down. The selection was more what you would expect at a low end townie bar.

Food: The saving grace of Busters! I’ve never had a bad meal at Busters. The sandwiches are great, so are the salads and steaks. A small step above Applebee’s or Ruby-Tuesdays.

If you want a nice place to eat at Fort Drum, Busters is the place. If you’re off post and you want craft brew, check out Sackets Harbors Brew Pub. Even Tin Pan Galley, and Goodfellows out in Sackets will bypass the food and beer of Busters. Really, there’s no reason to go there, unless you signed a contract that says you have to stay here for two more years…

I believe the best course of action is to drive down to Syracuse, to the Galeville Grocery and pick up a dozen bombers of Stone, Middle Ages, and a few sixers of DFH.

I do agree that for a Military Post, this place is amazing and a great step forward to increase the quality of life for our military. I just really wish they had some better beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sarge8488
4.63/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

We love the 10th Mountain Light on tap. It is brewed right at Fort Drum. I am the Commander of the American Legion in Lowville where we have it on tap. It is our number one selling draft! It is my understanding that this is the only Post in the world, with its own brewery. If you can't get on Ft Drum, stop by Lowville Legion. www.americanlegionfamily.com

Photo of MTNboy
3.98/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Buster’s Brew Pub is located in the Commons at Dillenback’s Corner’s on Ft. Drum. Their beers that they brew seem to always be changing. They all have names with either 10th Mountain Division/Army or patriotic themes. Most are pretty good. They also have a large selection of Domestic and Import Beers as well as a huge selection of liquor and wine at the bar. The restaurant serves classy food and also a good selection of sandwiches. The service is hit or miss. I have had great service there and horrible service. The employee’s seem to be ever changing. Also on the premises of the Commons is The Winner Circle Sports Bar. You can catch almost every game going on one of their 16 television sets. They have one large wall sized TV to catch what ever the big game is. There is also a cyber café and a banquet hall that I believe is one of the best in the Watertown Area. I am not sure but I am pretty sure that even non-military personnel can rent it out. It has full Catering. You can move around freely taking drinks and food to the other areas on the premises. The atmosphere at the brew pub is very much pub like. You could actually forget that you are on an Army Post. It is one of the best recreation centers I have seen on a base.

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Buster's Brew Pub in Fort Drum, NY
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