Taps: 33 / Bottles: 155
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 70 | Reviews: 59 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ffejherb:
4.64/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
There's probably not much else I can add to the many gleaming reviews this place has garnered over the years. If nothing else, this review basically just proves that I have been there.
I have visited Zeno's on a few occasions, but this review is based on my most recent visit on 11/27/08, on the eve of my first "beer-cation" to Michigan with fellow BAs brewslut, Deuane and SierraGS.
I am a PSU alumni and I can pretty much sum this place up with the following sentiment:
I wish I drank beer when I attended college. Unfortunately, I did not partake in the joys of drinking beer during my early twenties. I was a late bloomer. Had I known then what I know now, I would have been at Zeno's multiple times a week (and certainly on days when I sold books back to the bookstores)!
At any rate, this place is a true gem and absolute beer destination as far as beer bars go. I will never visit State College again without setting foot in this place for at least a few pints. The atmosphere, service and selection are all top-notch. I enjoyed a few pints of Zeno's Rye Ale, which is brewed by the neighboring Otto's brewpub. the crowd was pretty minimal compared to other past visits, due to the fact that it was Thanksgiving night. But kudos to them for even being open on Turkey Day.
As far as I'm concerned, this place is always worth a visit when you are in the area. They have plenty of taps, a few beer engines and tons of bottles to satisfy even the most jaded of beer geeks. Now, if only I could go back and re-live my college days. Of course, I bet I would have ended up with a lower GPA for sure!
12-22-2008 16:22:03 | More by ffejherb
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4.65/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
In from NH and first spot I hit was Zeno's...
Cool basement entrance and doorman waiting to card, though not carded...must be the grays. Small to medium main room, with small game room off to the side. Trivia night was in full swing. Very small bar with all stools occupied...few open tables but being solo really wanted a bar spot. Tap list was fantastic, bottle list even better!! Lots of hard to come by beers...Bourbon County Barleywine & Stout, Plethora of Duck Rabbit, Nugget Nectar, Hair of the Dog: Otto, Michael, Adam annnd Fred! Really great stuff!
Bartender Dave was super busy but still made time to chat beer, pluss let me sample a few unlisted items that were real treats! Thanks again!
Band started at 10pm on this Monday night...really great but just wish I could remember the name :)
Had chicken tenders and fry basket...large portions and standard quality. Service was pretty quick.
Prob going back this eve for more...highly recommended
01-21-2014 21:17:36 | More by brewtechnik
Zeno's Pub in State College, PA
98 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.