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South Street Brewery

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39 Beers
285 Ratings
Place Score: 86
Ratings: 51
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 38
Reviews by TAMU99:
Photo of TAMU99
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

(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


More User Reviews:
Photo of hophead_87
2.84/5  rDev -24.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2 | food: 4.25

The food was good, but the beer stunk.

Photo of lmsouliere
4.8/5  rDev +27.7%
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!

Photo of hopluvaboom
5/5  rDev +33%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great food, great beer, great time.

Photo of lillitnn92
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of jaymo18
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.56/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of dk92487
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of reebtaerG
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of HookemHoos
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Photo of VeganUndead
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of vwbus7
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of atrocity
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of drned
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of JWalterWeatherman
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of Cosho
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of williahd
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of seanchai
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of sholland119
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.


Photo of MagicHatter23
2.3/5  rDev -38.8%
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.

Photo of nandemo1
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Visited this past weekend, was not overly impressed. Yeah I'll probably go back but I have a few criticisms:

1) Hours are horrible, they're closed Sundays and don't open til 5pm the rest of the week including Saturday.

2) Bar was nice and long, giving you a view of the fermentation tanks through glass windows, but the lack of light was depressing and made it seem more empty than it already was at 6pm. Lighting in restaurant area was only marginally better.

3) Beer selection was pretty sparse, a few lagers, a stout and the braggot dessert beer that I had.

4) Service was ok, but bartender didn't have much personality or beer knowledge.

I will say that the food I had was quite good and the prices seemed on par with other ale houses.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stayed at the 200 South Inn B&B and this brewery happened to be next door. My family and I decided to have dinner and drinks at the brewery. This place is dim-light and rather large and gives off a rustic environment. Beer vats can be seen through a large window behind the bar which was cool. The place had several beers on tap. Mostly were medicore - quite typical for a no-name brewery, but am always glad little towns have their own brewpubs for beer lovers like myself! The service was pretty decent as it was quite busy that night. The brewpub tries hard to be creative with their food which ended up quite decent. Nothing jumped out as WOW. Everybody at my table thought dinner was just fine and same went for the beers.

Photo of drtth
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

During a recent visit I found the atmosphere a bit too noisy and throught the place is set up more for the single 20 somethings.

The quality of the beer and food was OK, but neither of the two beers I tried were really outstanding.

While the service was pretty good it was impacted by the size of the crowd and the noise level.

I thought the range of beer styles on offer on tap was fine and what you'd expect at a brewpub, their own beers.

While the food was OK I wasn't so impressed that I'll be making a special effort to go back.

Prices were fine.

On the whole this was an OK experience but I think that to get better enjoyment of this place one should pick a night that is not so crowded and nosiy as when we were there.

Photo of PreacherBrewer
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

A - Right off the Downtown mall. Conveniently located next to lots of parking. Outside is old, brick and rustic. Inside is dim, cozy and welcoming. Art work is cool, and the bar is facing the pots which are viewable via large windows.

Q - The quality of the beers is inconsistent. This is one of their major flaws. They just can't seem to keep the good momentum going. When the beers are on, they are just average. When they are off, they are horrible.

Ser - Service is oh so slow. They have no sense of urgency at all. They ladies are nice, but if you need to get in and get out, go to the bar.

Sel - Beer selection is good. Food is unique.

F - Food is overpriced for the quality. It's very rich and almost too much, depending on your dish. They do provide you with hefty servings. Appetizers are decent.

V - Beer prices are $4 per pint. Food is slightly overpriced. So, for beer, good value. For food, no so much.

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South Street Brewery in Charlottesville, VA
86 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.