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South Street Brewery

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South Street BrewerySouth Street Brewery
BEER AVG
3.48/5
Based on:
41 Beers
287 Ratings
Place Score: 86
Ratings: 51
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
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[ 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.

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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!

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 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 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.

HV

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.

Photo of Wilson27
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My favorite type of atmosphere, old hardwood floors, exposed ceiling, exposed beams, fireplace w/ fire going - great building for a brewery / bar. They display their fermenting vessels behind the bar nicely too.

Had two beers while I was there. Satans Pony Amber Ale - great session beer, I could certainly drink a lot of these. Little if any hop flavor, mostly a mild malty brew. Nice in color, light in mouth feel. Their JP Ale was a bit more hoppy, but still had the light mouth feel.

Food came quick and was great. Get the nachos!

Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Easy to find this place off South Street, and there is metered parking across the street or a parking garage just a bit down the road. Walking in you notice some tables but when you walk around to the bar you see a huge copper top bar that can seat 25 or so. Windows behind the bar look into the brewing area and sets a nice vibe. There is also a cool fireplace in the middle of the room.

There were seven beers on tap during my visit. Hefeweizen, Dunkel, Satan's Pony Amber Ale, Liberation Lager, Nut Brown Ale, Lupulin Stout, and a J P Ale. The stout and pale ale were very good, some of the others where decent or dull.

Service was very attentive and the appetizers were tasty. This is a nice stop if you are in the area as pints are only $4.

Photo of grinch7555
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

South Street was the first brewpub we visited during our Valley trip. We stayed overnight at the B&B two doors down and made it so easy to have a good time at the pub. Located in the Historic area of Charlottesville. We started at the bar which was crowded along with the dining area. Was able to get a table in good time and had a dinner (party of 6). Had the stuffed trout which I though was excelent. Since we didn't have to worry about driving had a few pints along with the sampler. The Hefeweizen was very good along with the Lager. The best was their Amber Ale. When your in Charlottesville I would suggest a visit and if possible the B&B so you can stay later and enjoy more.

Photo of veech
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This place is well advertised in the tourist literature, but could be a little out of the way depending on where you are staying in C-ville. Situated in an old downtown brick former warehouse/who knows what it had a cool historic, but familiar vibe as so many brewpubs do. Artsy vibe, with several artsy types both behind and in front of the bar. It was very early on a Thursday afternoon so we were almost the only people in the place upon arrival, but the place was packed by the time we left. Service was friendly and prompt, and we were seated very quickly after briefly chatting up the bartender/perusing the taps. I did the obligatory sampler of beers and ended up enjoying their Russian imperial stout and flagship beer, Satan's pony, the most of any of them. None were incredibly memorable, but all were true to style and tasty. The rack of ribs was surprisingly delicious, as was all the food sampled really. I would recommend this as a stop for a hungry and/or thirsty traveler if in Jefferson country.

Photo of Seanibus
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

What a long way this place has come since it was a fine dining restaurant back in the 80s and 90s. I didn't recognize it. It's been revamped completely into a cozy pub. with a warm wooden bar, a couple of roaring fire places, and comfy exposed brick walls. Very nice, though I found it a little loud. The service was friendly and crisp. I didn't delve deeply into the food, but the menu looks a little odd, if decently upscale bar food. I had some nachos off the appetizer menu that were good, if slightly overly broiled. The beer ranges from OK to quite tasty (the black IPA was interesting, though my favorite was the JP pale ale). Most of all the beer is inexpensive - $4 for most, with a generous sampler platter.

I wish I lived closer so I could spend more time there.

Photo of Hovellord
4.1/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I eat and drink here probably once every couple of months. The atmosphere is entertaining to an old fart (40) like me: mostly twenty-something professionals trying to pick up chicks/dudes. The food is excellent, if slightly overpriced--I commend unto thee the skirt steak (and they know how to cook a steak medium rare). The beer is actually pretty decent-- the porter is great, as is their amber. All in all, one could do far worse for a moderate night on the town. Go somewhat early--6:00/6:30--to get a seat (this is for Friday night). Oh, and I should mention: the beer is cheap.

Photo of beer2day
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Tucked away 2 blocks on the south side of the pedestrian mall. Not open for lunch. Current hours appear to be from 4:30 on, with the kitchen open at 5.

Large bar area. Nice copper bar with the finishing tanks serving as a backdrop. Can get smoky in the bar area at times.

Mostly booth seating, with a few tables. Nice fireplace between the bar and main dining room for those cold nights.

7 beers currently running with a little something for everyone, from hefe to stout. Cask served on Monday's til it runs out.

Menu is a little skimpy, but what is offered is good. Not a great place to bring kids (no kids menu), but you can make do off the main menu. Nice selection of apps and sandwiches, with a page of entrees. The quality is good, but the short menu brings them down a notch.

Service at the bar was good, even though the place was packed. Stayed for 2 hours and my glass never went empty.

Happy hour is great. Get there when they open for 2.50 pints of everything!

Photo of BarkingLeopard
2.73/5  rDev -27.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Overall: decent (but not great) beer, good food & atmosphere, ABYSMAL service.

Went on 8 pm on a Friday night. I understand that things can be busy at times, but I didn't see a server until 10+ minutes after I was seated, and faced a similar wait to receive the beer I ordered. When the runner dropped off the entrees (stuffed trout and the BBQ Bacon Chicken, both good and at fair prices for the location), my girlfriend and I were left sitting at the table, with our food, with NO silverware. After trying unsuccessfully to flag down a waitress, I just got up, walked to the wait station, and got my own damn forks and knives. Really ticked me off.

Deserves a -5 for service; worst service I've had in the past 12+ months, if not more. Service went FAR BEYOND SUCKING. Waitress absolutely abandoned me until it was time to collect the money; only then did she cozy up and pay attention. Wanted to tip a penny (on a CC bill, no less), but the gf wouldn't let me. Freaking girlfriend!

On the bright side, the atmosphere is good, and so was the quality of the food. Beer is decent but not superb to me (had the Absolution Ale, worth trying for something different), but a $4 a pint is decent enough that I may have to go back (for lunch, or for a weeknight at an odd hour, when presumably there will be more waitstaff).

Environment/atmosphere is actually quite nice, espec for Charlottesville, with couches and cozy nooks, booths, bars, etc- a great place to lounge with friends. Love the wood & brick feel, classy without being overbearing.

Want to save a few bucks on parking? Park at the C&O restaurant lot (last time I heard, no one checked the cars there), or bring a Staples bag (or buy something cheap you need anyway there) and park at Staples, with the bag visible in the car (I doubt Staples tows cars, but if they do you'll be covered). Both are within 7 minutes' walk from South Street Brewery & the Downtown Mall.

Here's to hoping your service here was far better than mine...

Photo of IBUnit63
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Wow - haven't been to this place in almost 10 years. Let's see what it's doing these days...

You walk in to a big long wooden bar. Not cherry wood or anything old-school like that...maybe more of a chestnut or dark pine color. Everywhere I go, it's very wooden. There are tables on the left side around the corner - it's a pretty big place. Crowd is a mix of UVA students and younger professionals. Not poser but maybe not quite a beer geek crew...something in between. It'll definitely play for happy hour; doesn't open until 4:30 during the week but maybe that's because it's a little ways from the Corner and downtown.

They have about 7 taps of their own stuff, with a guest tap and a cider. One cask ale, too. The beers I sampled weren't the worst stuff in the world. They're definitely middle of the road in innovation and style range; as mentioned, this isn't a true beer geek place to me. But that's OK.

Service was very prompt, courteous and efficient. I'd give it a higher mark if only I was asked before I got a bloody lemon wedge in my hefeweizen. Please ask next time.

Didn't have any food - maybe I'll check their chow out somewhere down the road.

Prices are quite reasonable. $4 per pint works fine for me.

Overall an enjoyable place for happy hour and one I'll return to when I get the chance.

Photo of benhamean
4/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The existence of South Street Brewing made it possible for me to move to Charlottesville from Boston... I'm just not sure it could have happened without a worthy substitute to my old beloved CBC (Cambridge Brewing Company, for those who have yet to check out this Boston area prewpub).

The beers are quite well done- I'm a beg fan of the JPAle American pale-style offering, but also enjoy Satan's Pony, Absolution, and the various rotating selections. There is usually one ale on the cask, as well- which is a really welcome entity. The JPAle is my favorite locally produced beer and is a worthy successor to the CBC's pale ale.

The atmosphere is great. South Street Brewing is in a old warehouse building- lots of brick and big thick old wooden beams. Nice big bar with the brewing vessels behind it and a fairly massive fireplace right in the middle of the room. Its a definite 'unwind and get your pint on' kind of room.

The food is a little hit or miss, but typically pretty good. At one point they did a very serious steak, but sadly its been missing from the menu for a while.

Good beer, nice comfy room, nice vibe and decent food. Plus, someting on the cask, and a fire in the fireplace...what's not to like?

Photo of Proteus93
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been meaning to head down here for quite some time, since it's only a few minutes away. Some friends of my wife were going down tonight, so we made it happen.

When we arrived, we were told that service might be a bit slow... they only had one server, as another was sent home sick, and there was a fair number of people for a single person to manage. Despite this, it ended up being well within reason, so no love lost there.

Some nice live jazz going on, which really did nice things for the atmosphere. They were great, and certainly part of the draw to the place, so Monday nights will be something to keep in mind in the future!

The selection was good, considering the intention... they had a guest brew in from local Blue Mountain (though it had run out, which was not surprising). The house brews were decent, some better than others, as it goes.

Didn't really look over the appetizers much, so I didn't catch the prices on things like ribs that I noticed some saying were a bit high. I just had a standard chicken sandwich with fries, which was a pretty standard $8.95... pretty much the price of a burger/fries in these parts, and didn't catch the price of the wife's, but it all came out to an acceptable $42 + tip, which included 3x $4 beers, and two glasses of wine. Even the $4 price on 16 oz. pints is decent.

All in all, a nice little place, and well worth checking out. Their Absolution Ale was a stand-out for me... between that and a nice, cool jazz/bebop going on, I'd be happy to go back.

Photo of bikeandbeer
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

South Street Brewery is a Brewpub located just off the Downtown Mall of Charlottesville. This is a pedestrian mall district of town with many bookstores, unique decoration stores, bars, restaurants, an excellent beer and wine store(Market Street), the main building of the local library, and the outdoor music pavilion. The restaurant is housed in an old brick warehouse which seems to have been built during the late 1800's or early 1900's. The interior has been renovated to construct a restaurant with exposed wooden beams, a long wooden bar situated in front of the brewery's fermenters, and wooden booths split between two levels. The dominating feature of the room is a large fireplace, where a toasty fire can be found burning on cold wet nights. Two lounge areas with sofas and a coffee table are placed around on the lower area of the restaurant, the most popular of the two right in front of the fireplace.

Beer at South Street usually consists of Satan's Pony, JPAle, Porter's Porter on a nitro tap, and the Hogwaller Kolsh along with a smattering of seasonals and a guest tap. The seasonals on a recent visit consisted of Absolution old ale, Anastasias Chocolate Stout, and a Belgian Golden ale. The Guest tap was Woodchuck Cider. On previous visits I have enjoyed an IPA on cask, but real ale availability is not consistent. Most beers are served in an american pint, with the exception of Anastasia's, which was served in a 12 ounce tumbler. South Street seems to shine in the fall/winter season with their seasonal selections.

The food at South Street is typical american restaurant fare, with a selection of appetizers, sandwiches and entrees that stay on the safe side of restaurant cuisine. The food can be hit or miss, delicious at sometimes, standard at others. No meal I have ever had there can be described as bad, but I have not had anything there that could be described as stellar.

Overall South Street is an enjoyable experience, well suited as a dinner and drinks meet-up before a show at the pavilion or a pregame place before heading out to another local establishment. Though the bar does get crowded at times the place never struck me as a party scene due to the limited socializing space apart from the bar. This is definitely not a bad thing at times, but can be frustrating when trying to get a beer without sitting down at a table. South Street opens at 4:30 and does not serve lunch but is definitely worth a visit if in town.

Photo of misterdmac
4/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I love South Street. Many complain about the at times shady service or the food being overpriced (both of which I will speak to), but if you are in it for the beer...oh man, it's a treat.

Brew-wise, this place is my favorite in Charlottesville. They a wide range of styles, from lighter lagers and a kolsch to a heavier stout and porter. Standouts are the Russian Imperial Stout, which comes in a 12oz tumbler, and the Absolution Ale, a delightfully complex and drinkable 6.7% fun pint.

The food here is well above average as far as pub fare goes, but you do have to pay a little more. For a few bucks more than you'd expect to pay, you can get great appetizers from tostadas and nachos to caesar salads. I tend not to order entrees here, it just hurts my college aged wallet too much.

To be fair to the place, I must follow with happy hour: 2.50 pints from until 9 on Tuesdays. Go after work, order food too, and don't feel so bad about it. Good eatin' and GREAT drinkin.'

As for the service, it has gotten better. Be nice to them and they will treat you well. And if you're one who's never worked for tips and complains about service...have some more understanding of these people.

This place is always worth a try. The atmosphere is nicer than many of the bars in this college town, and the copper bar is cool. Also, the beer's brewed in house, right behind the bar, so you can SEE how fresh it is. Also, they tap a new cask of seasonal brew each Monday, so the line up tends to change. Give it a whirl. If you decide not to, look into Michael's Bistro.

Cheers.

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