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South Street Brewery

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South Street BrewerySouth Street Brewery
BA SCORE
85
very good

44 Ratings
Ratings: 44
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 14.75%
Active Beers: 35
Beer Ratings: 208
Beer Avg: 3.6
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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 by nandemo1:
Photo of nandemo1
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%

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.

nandemo1, Aug 16, 2011
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3.99/5  rDev +7%

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.

drned, May 10, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

williahd, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of seanchai
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%

Oh South Street. You and Starr Hill Brewery and Music Hall were so cutting edge 10-12 years ago. Both were born in the era of the brewpub that was mostly about the food and secondly about the beer. You had the feeling that everyone involved thought that if the beers were at least OK and not Budweiser, that was a win. At the time, it was. Now the bar has been raised a lot higher with regards to the beer and South Street really hasn't risen to the challenge. It's a great space and the food is pretty solid. But Blue Mountain, Wild Wolf, Devil's Backbone, Champion and even Starr Hill blow it away beer-wise. A nice place for the locals to hang and socialize, but Beer Run and Citizen Burger Bar are better deals for food and beer. In town, Champion and Three Notched are superior options for local beer for those on the Brew Ridge Trail.

seanchai, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of sholland119
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

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

sholland119, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of MagicHatter23
2.3/5  rDev -38.3%

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.

MagicHatter23, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

CuriousMonk, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of drtth
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

drtth, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of TAMU99
3.88/5  rDev +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!

TAMU99, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of PreacherBrewer
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%

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.

PreacherBrewer, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of Wilson27
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

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!

Wilson27, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

Gavage, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of grinch7555
4.03/5  rDev +8%

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.

grinch7555, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of veech
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

veech, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of Seanibus
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

Seanibus, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of Hovellord
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

Hovellord, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of beer2day
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

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!

beer2day, May 06, 2009
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South Street Brewery in Charlottesville, VA
85 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.