Sarasota Brewing Company
Active Beers: 10
Beer Ratings: 83
Beer Avg: 3.39
Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by PorterLambic:
3/5 rDev -19.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
Despite the name, this is a sports bar. The only real difference is they make their own beer on premises. The standards are middle-of-the-road in quality, probably toned down from what the brewmaster, Vince, would like to put out just to please the less refined tastes of the average patron. Having frequented this establishment since the had a 2nd location in Bradenton (no longer around sadly), I can say the brews are very consistent in their quality, color and taste. The seasonal brews are where the brewmasters' art shows. The summer & winter beers are quite good, especially compared to the year round styles. The exception to the less impressive, year-round brews is the porter. A consistently good, dark brown, almost black beer that compares to Anchor Porter or Stoney Creek Brewing's Vanilla Porter.
The food is nothing special, standard sports bar fare that you can get anywhere else. Service is good, not outstanding.
The look is like a Swiss chalet, with hundreds of personal steins hanging from hooks all over the ceiling. A nice, comfortable, family-friendly place. TV's of various sizes dominate throughout, and a visit during football season especially is going to be noisy.
06-06-2004 17:25:47 | More by PorterLambic
More User Reviews:
4.33/5 rDev +16.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $
Just to start, WOW! What a great brewery! While visiting Sarasota yearly now and staying in Siesta Key, the Sarasota Brewing Co. was not a far drive for an unbelievable experience. I enjoyed this venue twice in January 2011.
The atmosphere was perfect for this type of brewery testing. The music was right on and great staff and locals to help with the vibe. Wouldn't change anything except for the horrible Kansas and Oklahoma table covers on the tables :)
Quality you ask? Great! Not quite the classiest place you've ever been to, but we are talking about a Brewery in Florida. What do you expect? Tuxedos and coat service? I don't think so. Nice tavern feel.
Service was beyond wonderful. We had a server named Rita who clued us in immediately with the specials, great beers., and top picks for food. Very friendly and quick service as well.
Decent selection. There were 6 beers on tap we were able to choose, and I enjoyed every last beer in Pints (except for the Sarasota IPA in a Liter).
Food was spectacular! Here is what we ordered: We started with their Buffalo Wings and Nachos. Very exceptional. Then I ordered the Italian Beef Sandwich and this really nailed it with a pint of the Sunset Red Ale. They complimented each other greatly. Their original Beer Battered Fries were great as well.
Very cheap if you go during their Happy Hour (M-F= 3-7 with specials on their beers). A great place to visit if living around the area or even visiting. Will be in again thanks to the wonderful service and great beer! Hope they brew new beers for us!
02-03-2011 22:38:51 | More by DCon
3.13/5 rDev -15.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
This was my second time here. I thought they had a little better variety of other taps besides their own the last time. I remember they had Lagunitas IPA the last time. But that having been said, this time they had have a couple of CCBs (Jai Alai IPA and I forget the other one). I had the local IPA and thought it was terrific. So good, I had another for my second. We had some wings to go with them and they were fine. It is a bit of a dated place, but very friendly with good service, lots of TVs for sports etc.
09-14-2010 19:22:17 | More by chiefmick
Sarasota Brewing Company in Sarasota, FL
85 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.