The Ginger Man
Taps: 66 / Bottles: 52
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 20 | Show All Ratings:
4.64/5 rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Stopped by on a mid-Friday afternoon. Another chill craft brew spot in FTW.
Since we were in so early, our barkeep was extremely helpul with descriptions and types of beers, offering samples to us visting Coloradans.
Had a nice mix Texas craft brews along with international and US craft staples.
Enjoyed the rustic all-wood look and the couches in the back looked very comforable.
My only complaint was the ability to smoke in the place, which got more annoying as more started sparking up (take that sh*t outside fools, I don't want to be a part of your lung decay).
Aside from the smoking, the atmosphere and selection was top-notch.
12-30-2012 03:44:32 | More by ucsbmullet
4.5/5 rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Probably the best beer bar that I've ever visited...
I made the trek over here thru rush hour traffic and found the place absolutely packed but I was determined to have a couple of pints so in I went...
What greeted me was an exceptional lineup of taps and bottles the likes of which I've never seen... Tons and tons of local brews including the seasonal Oktoberfests along with several West Coast IPAs and other great brews like Black Butte Porter and Maharaja...
I ordered a local brew, St Arnold's Elissa IPA which was on cask and a Green Flash West Coast IPA among others...this was one terrific bar... The service was a little slow but like I said they were packed...prices were very very reasonable and this particular night they were giving away Summit Oktoberfest pint glasses with a purchase...
Overall a wonderful experience that I will remember..
10-01-2009 00:16:48 | More by Tilley4
4.5/5 rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Last visit was on 1-28-11 with a friend, on a Friday night and we took a seat at the bar which was surpisingly not very crowded. The outside patio was more busy than the inside. Not 10 secs. after we sat down the bartender introduced herself and offered us a menu. There were two bartenders that night and they seemed to be very knowledgable about the beers they served, even offering us samples to try before hand.
It was during Stock Show weekend and they had $3.50 pint specials on Rahr Bros, which I took advantage of with an Iron Thistle and I finally had their BBWW(1/2 pint, definately worth the wait). Finished the night with a DFH 90min.
Was only there about an hour and a half, so didn't have time to try out others, but their beer menu had a pretty good selection of domestic and foreign lagers and stouts to choose from. IPA selection, however, was kinda limited.
Definately a place I'd like to try again soon, when I have a little more time to really walk around and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. I was told they had a dartboard, which is something I could get into. Also noticed that they allowed pets(I'm assuming patio only), which is cool.
02-05-2011 21:17:00 | More by raffy313
4.5/5 rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Stopped by on a Sunday afternoon during a Mavs game. Walked right up to the bar to meet with a friend from out of town.
Had a great time. Relaxed atmosphere and a draught selection of about 30 or so. Bottle selection was broad, but there was more than enough on tap to keep me interested.
Bartender was friendly, knowledgeable, and more than willing to pour samples or make recommendations. He just happened to overhear my friend and I mention curiosity about a Kolsch, and he had a sample for us the next sample, but he didn't say anything. Absolutely terrible. I learned to take this guy's recommendations. All pints were served in correct glassware.
I would highly recommend this place to locals and those just visiting Fort Worth. Relaxed atmosphere, great staff, great selection, and plenty of seating options inside and outside. Smoking can be a problem sometimes, but this past time it was just barely there.
05-09-2011 17:10:42 | More by videofrog
4.43/5 rDev +5.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
this where i had my first beer the bar tender was patient ask me what kinds of flavors liked in general form fruits to honey to coffee and they let me try a sip before i bought a glass. the atmosphere was very laid back although i admit have only been there on Saturday afternoons its nice to place to relax have a beer and play some darts. the only down side is the price for a barley wine glass of saint st. Barnards is about 12 bucks and that seems a bit high to me. if did not work at night i would be in there more often
02-17-2010 07:34:13 | More by notsobeersmart
4.41/5 rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I visited the Metroplex over the weekend and assurbanipaul suggested I visit the Gingerman. We arrived shortly after the place opened and were the fourth and fifth folks to arrive, if you count the beer salesman having a sandwich at the bar. We seated ourselves at the bar, and we drooled over the selection.
The bartender was Molly, a short, dark haired, no-nonsense lady who had a pretty smile and twinkling eyes. I spotted the Franconia Spelt tap and asked for a pint. She gave me the once over, and said, "Let me pour you a sample first."
Butterscotch beer. And I hate butterscotch. Sigh. Maybe another day, Franconia! Thanks, Molly, for giving me a heads up.
We spent an enjoyable three hours there, chatting with Molly and having beers I just can't get at home. By the time we left the place was packed and coming to life. I wish I lived closer. It seems like a great neighborhood place.
09-16-2010 16:57:18 | More by hiikeeba
4.38/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Finally made it to the Ginger Man in Ft. Worth for the first time the other night. I'm a little upset I haven't been here before! I really enjoyed the patio outside, I was even able to bring my dog. This was the first bar in the DFW that I've been able to bring my pup too so I was happy. Everything else was great too. I wish it had a little bit more selection with their beers from Texas but I'm just trying to be picky! Other than that I don't have any complaints, the staff was real nice and it was a nice clean establishment. I will definitely be back soon!
01-21-2010 01:24:45 | More by fjordhook
4.33/5 rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
The Fort Worth location is typical of the other Ginger Mans in most respects--an older, renovated structure, a beer garden, some comfortable seating, and an outstanding beer selection--the main differences are its size (a little smaller than the Austin or the Dallas), that it is single-story, and that the beer garden is exposed, not secluded. These differences don't really make it any better or worse than the others, though; just a little "what-to-expect" if you've been to the others before.
I like this kind of atmosphere--it's a traditional pub, but with table service and better beer. There are four-top tables, benches along the side walls, and a "den" area with a comfortable couch and chairs around a low cocktail table. The beer garden isn't very big, but they pack a lot of long tables and benches in there. There are umbrellas for the sun and soft yellow lights for the evenings.
The beer selection is great, and (because everything is brand new) the tap lines are clean and everything is fresh. Beer selections are available on the website: http://ftworth.gingermanpub.com.
I had to go with a lower mark on the service just because the last couple of times I've gone, I was overlooked in the beginning (maybe it was a shift change?), and didn't get a menu when I asked for one. Hopefully that's unusual, though. After I was noticed, the beer and meal came quickly.
The food is good, but not great. The menu isn't as diverse as the Flying Saucer, but there are some really nice options. The Beer Companion is a great snack tray--the kind of thing I might put together for myself and some friends at the house. Some nice (not great, again, but nice) cheeses, crackers, olives, fruit, and bread with mustard on the side. The sandwiches are good, too, but aren't very big. The chips are tasty--I don't know what brand they are, but they taste sweet to me. Don't come here hungry--everything is pretty good, but you'll spend a fortune trying to fill yourself up.
Which brings me to my last point, and my only major criticism: the place is expensive. Unlike the Flying Saucer, which also carries some very pricey beers, the G Man doesn't list their prices on the menu. If I'm feeling cheap at the FS, I will order the $2.50 "Fire Sale," or at least pick cheaper draft beers. That's not an option at the G Man, because the menu doesn't say how much the beers are. Of course you can just ask, or use your BA spidey-sense to determine which are the really expensive ones and which are just moderately expensive, but even then it seems like each pint is about $4 at the cheapest, and $6 or $7 at the most. Happy hour is only 50 cents off pints and $1 off pitchers, so that's not a real improvement either. Like I said above, the sandwiches are tasty, but small, and at $5.75 to $7.75 each, you probably don't want more than one.
That's it. Here's the upshot: I like it a lot (and it's extremely close to my house--about 2 blocks away), but I won't "session" much there. It's a great place to meet friends for a pint or two, but if I really feel like sampling several different beers, I'll probably be someplace else.
2/27/2007 Edit: I forgot to mention another peculiarity about the G Man: they always ask for a card to start a tab. It feels kind of strange, especially if you're there during the day and there are no other customers, and they still require a card up front to get a beer.
02-08-2007 17:15:08 | More by redstripe
4.3/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This has become one of my favorite beer destinations when I go vist my wife's family in FW so it is now time for a proper review.
The layout of this place is really nice. When you walk in the bar is immediately in front of you. The walls are covered with various bottles and cans. There is a chalkboard hanging above the bar with new bottle and tap releases. The beer menus are scattered about the bar, but when this place is busy, finding a menu can be a pain. There is plenty of seating indoors, but I usually sit at their really nice outdoor patio due to the cigarette smoke.
The tap selection is very good. They carry a nice selection of TX beers (Live Oak, Rahr, Real Ale, St. Arnold, etc). They also carry a good selection of beers from the West (Old Rasputin, Hop Rod Rye, Maharaja) to the Midwest (Boulevard) to the East (90 Minute). They also offer a cask option (Sisyphus 08 when I was there). They have a few beers from various other countries on tap, but I was more interested in regional beers that I have never tried. The bottle list is pretty good and had a lot of the Boulevard Smokestack beers available. Darught prices did not seem too bad, but some of the bottles were a little pricey ($7 for a can of Gordon).
I can't speak for the food as I have only come here to drink.
The service is very good. If you sit outside they have table service and they are quick at getting drink orders filled. The bartenders are very knowledgeable and were good at making recommendations.
04-23-2009 19:02:15 | More by mjl21
4.3/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I came here because I saw online they carried some really good beers on tap that we can't buy bottled here in Texas. Personally I had the Double Bastard, the Live Oak hefewiezen and the Rahrs Barrel aged whiskey warmer. Quite a good night, a pretty relaxed atmosphere as well. One of the bartenders ignored me one time which left a sour taste in my mouth, however when I asked the busboy what the abv was on the rahr warmer he replied somewhere between 8-11%. 5 minutes later he was at my table with a printout from this very site-BeerAdvocate. I thought that was good service and felt like he was genuine. Had a blast that night and the beers were fantastic. They were each served in suggested glassware as well. I look forward to going back soon.
12-10-2009 05:22:27 | More by natelocc787
The Ginger Man in Fort Worth, TX
93 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.