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South Street Brewery

Not Rated.
South Street BrewerySouth Street Brewery
BEER AVG
3.66/5
Based on:
48 Beers
143 Reviews
Place Score: 87
Reviews: 35
Visits: 55
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask:
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

106 South St
Charlottesville, Virginia, 22902
United States
phone: (434) 293-6550

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Reviews: 35 | Visits: 55
Reviews by TAMU99:
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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Caveat: sat at the bar - so I had fast and exceptional service.

Atmosphere is American casual - wood and copper decor in an old building near Charlottesville's historic outdoor mall (about a block away)
The bartender was friendly and very helpful. He refused to charge me for half a pint of a beer I couldn't stand ("collaboration ale" or something). Despite that single negative this was overall a great place! Everything from geo-bachelors eating alone (me) to groups of women and multi-gen families were dining that night. Seemed to be plenty of wait staff. The kitchen aroma and fireplace made the place smell great. There was baseball on TV at the bar and plenty of parking.

Now the important part - the beer was, aside from the aforementioned, great!!! Had a pint of JP Ale and then tried the sampler (see below). Also had a plate of the Blue Nachos (meatatarian version) and they were killer! Really some of the best nachos I've had.

In short, I think you'll enjoy your food and beer of you chose this great place.

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(didn't feel like pecking out full reviews for each of these so here's the short version)

Satan's pony - B+
Liberation - A-
Absolution - C
RyePA - A

Prost! (1,188 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of brocktune
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of cjgator3
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of JMUbrewz
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Much improved since the guys at BMB took over. (46 characters)

Photo of Gatordaddy
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of hophead_87
2.84/5  rDev -26.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2 | food: 4.25

The food was good, but the beer stunk. (38 characters)

Photo of lmsouliere
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Stopped in to taste their brews (very good) and grab a bite (also very good). We'll be back in the near future! (111 characters)

Photo of hopluvaboom
5/5  rDev +29.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great food, great beer, great time. (35 characters)

Photo of lillitnn92
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jaymo18
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of llenroc11
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%

Photo of dk92487
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of reebtaerG
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of HookemHoos
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Photo of VeganUndead
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of vwbus7
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of atrocity
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of drned
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Looking to taste the variety available form this local brewery and pub, we were very pleased with service and selection. Our first stop in a weekend Brew Ridge Trail tasting tour, I could only hope the other 4 breweries hold up so well. The sample portions were generous enough to get a feel for the beer. Some were impressive, but most seemed a bit flat. Wait staff was most attentive. We never seemed to have to look around for service, and our needs were often anticipated. (It must help as it was obvious that we were making written ratings.) For a brewery, the food was also impressive. Inexpensive but very tasty and well presented. I would certainly go back. (665 characters)

Photo of JWalterWeatherman
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Cosho
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of williahd
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of seanchai
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

11/4/14 OK, this is a review for the revamped South Street under the ownership of the Blue Mountain Brewery folks (who actually got their start in the biz at the "old" South Street). The atmosphere is much lighter (both lighter woods and fixtures) and with more, smaller tables. They also look to be keeping and expanding the South Street brand as you can't get any Blue Mountain stuff here, at least not yet. Food on opening night was tasty but not cheap. It's not as eclectic as the old menu and the feed is much more beer friendly (think mac and cheese variations, burgers, etc.).

The South Street beers included the old stand bys like Satan's Pony, JP Ale, Absolution Ale along with some new ones. I had a very tasty fresh hop double IPA called Bumper Crop that I really enjoyed. They also sell some of their beers in bottles to go. Overall, a little more slick and expensive, but the beers have definitely improved. I can feel confident including them with Champion and Three Notch'd as the in-town Charlottesville brewery recs. (1,044 characters)

Photo of sholland119
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Stopped in on the late side of a Friday evening and ad a nice visit. There was a moderate crowd at the long bar inside the door but we found three stools at the end. There was a step down to a good sized dining room. There also seemed to be an upstairs with live music but did not see it.

Nice beer selection with seven taps of house beer. I enjoyed the Lupulin Stout and JP Ale. They als had a nice local craft cider that was a big hit. Service was nice if a bit inattentive.

Cool place, would go again.

HV (510 characters)

Photo of MagicHatter23
2.3/5  rDev -40.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 4

I've been to this place probably 20 times or more (my girlfriend's friends like to go there), and not once have I been served a worthwhile draft beer. While the beers that I've had have always been consistently flat (lacking carbonation), tonight I was served an Absolution Ale that had NO visible carbonation. This was the last straw, so I've decided from here out to stop giving their beers a chance and to just order liquor when I get dragged to this place in the future.

As other reviewers have noted, some of the beers have a decent flavor, but this is usually offset by the lack of carbonation. Most of their beers just taste and look uninspired. The flavors are muted and the mouthfeel of all their beers that I've tried is the same. I'm constantly amazed at how crowded this place always is and how much beer they sell, esp. at $4.75 a pint.

They do have bangin nachos. (881 characters)

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South Street Brewery in Charlottesville, VA
87 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.