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Prison Brews

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15 Ratings
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Active Beers: 19
Beer Ratings: 53
Beer Avg: 3.75
Taps: 7
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

305 Ash St
Jefferson City, Missouri, 65101-4002
United States
phone: (573) 635-0678

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(Place added by: Dansting on 04-26-2008)
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Reviews by MilwaukeeCrusher:
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4.14/5  rDev +1.5%

Brewery situated by the now dormant prison in town. Place had a nice vibe to it and it wasn't overly congested although this was odd hours. Beers were the standard fare of styles, but recall them being very good for their particular styles. Would like to go here again if I am in the area. Did not try any food.

03-14-2014 18:53:43 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

07-25-2014 15:20:57 | More by thufflife
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4/5  rDev -2%

02-09-2014 02:50:06 | More by Benvarine
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New York

4.04/5  rDev -1%

On our way from St Louis to Kansas City, the wife and I decided to stop in Jefferson City and see the mighty capitol and tiny capital of Missouri. Prison Brews was our beer stop- and a very good one indeed.

The prison theme is a little silly/overdone, but the place is spacious and cozy. Plenty of booths, tables and a bar that is the place to be. Super friendly and engaging bartender and excellent service.

Seven taps with house beers and (again) silly names: Go to Jail, Honey Wheat, Prison Town Brown, Oktoberfest, IPA, Death Row Stout. The IPA and Stout were outstanding, and so was a one-off Citra Pale Ale thy were serving.

I found the prices to be ridiculously low, particularly coming from New York City but even compared to St Louis. All around a great time and excellent beers!

10-30-2013 12:03:28 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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2.8/5  rDev -31.4%

I know that I will have a lot of deviation on this one but the service we got in this establishment was pretty lousy. I went there with my family around 5:00pm on New Year’s Eve. It wasn’t busy at all and there was a hand full of people in there. The first thing out of the hostess’s mouth was we have a ton of reservations tonight you all need to be done by seven. A welcome would have been nice. Got it, it was News Year’s Eve but most the employees looked upset to be there to include the manager. I met him once before at the Oktoberfest at the Public House in Rolla and he came off pompous then. It took forever to get our food. The waitress reached across people to serve others and she did not check on us that much. I would have been Okay with that if she would have been busy but the staff was all hanging out in the corner shooting the breeze. W e also waited on our check for quite some time. I wanted a beer glass and waited on that too. Three different staff members did not know where the glasses were. I walked by the glasses on the way to the bathroom. The food was slightly below average. It was cold when it got to us. Except for the pretzel that was a little under done and doughy. The atmosphere is nice. I liked the jail theme and the set up. You can see the brewing process which is nice. I had the sampler which had 7oz glasses which was also nice and for 7 bucks the price was right. However, I thought the food was overpriced.

01-07-2012 17:45:51 | More by MTNboy
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4/5  rDev -2%

The prison motif on the inside of Prison Brews is pretty good. They are going with a theme and sticking with it. I like the prison bars around the elevated bar area and the "gas chamber" sign above the hallway to the bathrooms. Like the idea of bocce ball courts on the patio, too. The beers were all good to great. I really liked their IPA and Java Stout. Very well done. Their sampler deal is amazing. Try 7 beers for $7 and the best part is that they are 7oz samples. I've never seen samples bigger than 5oz and even that is rare. The service was pretty good. It slowed down as it got more crowded. I have to give them kudos for filling a growler from another brewpub (ie. not their own growlers only). Selection had some nice variety with two "gateway" beers and other options for hop heads and stout lovers. The food was pretty good. Wood fired pizzas were tasty and the have tasty fries, too. The brat merely got an okay review from my father-in-law. All in all, it is a pretty good place with some nice brews. I hope it continues to do well.

04-27-2011 02:31:33 | More by zeff80
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3.55/5  rDev -13%

Being from Colorado I guess I am a little spoiled with brew pub experiences, but all and all, I felt that Prison Brews was kind of a let down. The beers were good but not great, the food was okay and the services decent. It's to bad this place has the potenial to be a really good brew pub, however it just falls short. With it being the only place like it in Jefferson City you would think that they would be trying to buld up the micro brew movement but it really just seems like they dont' care to.

07-30-2010 14:29:08 | More by WhatsNewinBooze
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4.9/5  rDev +20.1%

Well, Brewnix it seems they must have addressed all your complaints. We stopped by there last night and, based on your review, I didn't have high hopes.

We were greeted and seated right away. Our server came right over and took our drink orders. I ordered the sampler and it arrived within 5 minutes and as each beer was placed on the table she gave us a rundown on each style. The beers were all clean and well made.

- The cream ale was light as expected. If any fermentation issues were going to show themselves it would be in this beer, but none could be detected. There was a slight mineral taste, but not too noticeable.
- The wheat was an American style, not outstanding, but well made and to style.
- The pale ale was brewed to style, and pretty good with a good balance of hops.
- The brown was one of their best beers - very malty with just the right balance of hops.
- The porter was a little disappointing for me, but porter is a pretty broad category. I would say this tended to be more of a brown porter and I prefer a robust porter, so my opinion of it is more a personal bias. I suspect there was a little smoked malt in the grain bill. I don't care much for smoked beers, but it was so subtle that it added some interest to the beer and had me wondering if it was really a smoked malt flavor or not. Again, a well made beer.
- The milk stout was way too thin to be a stout, but the lactose was there in the right proportion. I'd really enjoy this beer if there was more body.
- The APA was a pretty good beer. The only problem I could see was it seemed a little too grassy. That could just be the hop variety used or leaving them in too long if it was dry-hopped.
- The IPA was my favorite. It's definitely a West Coast style balanced toward the hops. Very tasty and drinkable.

The food was solid and good. We had the beer bread and cheese plate with our sampler. The bread and garlic spread were excellent but the cheese was nothing special. I had a pizza which was well cooked. The crust was mostly crispy and it had a good amount of toppings. My wife had a chicken sandwich with onion rings. The sandwich was fine and the onion rings were excellent. One thing that bothered me was the server had to check be make sure they still had onion rings. This was about 7pm, and being out of something like onion rings would have seriously affected my opinion of them. I mean really, cut some more onions and make some more batter. The prices were reasonable. We had the sampler, the food above and two pints of beer and the total bill was about $46.

Prison Brews is a very solid brew pub with no problems that I saw. Good beer, good food, and a friendly and competent staff. I'll be stopping by whenever I go through Jeff City.

12-06-2009 20:10:35 | More by BrewTat
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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

I have visited this place a couple times and figured it was about time to review it. First off, if you don't know Jefferson City, this place is a bit hard to get too. The first time I visited, I ended up getting lost through the winding one way streets of Jefferson City. The subsequent times have been a little easier but I still always make a couple of wrong turns. Also its located on kind of the outskirts of down town Jeff City on the end of a street. From the front, the place looks a little unassuming but when you enter you really get the vibe of the place. Prison bars as you walk in, the history of the old building being used as a prison, and a huge bar await you. We normally just skirt the inside and move straight for the Bocce ball courts outside if its nice enough. This the best part about the place. Bring a couple friends, drink some brews and play Bocce. Its great. If it wasn't for the courts, this place would just be ho-hum in terms of atmosphere.

The service is always impeccable. Like I said earlier, we always sit outside and on a couple occasions are the only ones out there. The waitresses always come and see if you need anything. They go out of there way to make sure you're comfortable. The selection has always been ok. They have a brown, an IPA (more of an English PA in my opinion), a cream ale and a couple others. The beer is decent brewpub quality. Nothing exciting or remarkable but always quality. The food is good. We always just order a couple appitizers and its pretty traditional pub fare. Besides the growlers, whcih are like 18 bucks, this place is pretty reasonable. If your in Jeff City, this would be a place to definitely make high on your priorities.

05-21-2009 15:44:43 | More by hwwty4
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4.55/5  rDev +11.5%

I visited the PrisonBrews three times now, and have been pleased each time. I'm jealous it's in Jefferson City and not Rolla, Missouri.

Atmosphere is great, although as small as the building is they will need to expand eventually, due to the quality of their service and product.

I had the sampler, and the beer that easily outshined all others was their IPA. Excellent. The third time I visited, they actually had, I think, 2 pale ales and 1 IPA on tap, in addition to their other beers (alot of 'pale ale' styles). They also had a Maibock, which was very nice. Don't try the Bighouse IPA along with the woodoven pizza - you will eat/drink too much if you do.

I intend to get our local HB club (MASH) up there to visit sometime this year-IMO this place easily rivals nearby Flatbranch Brewery (I'd go to PB over FB).

04-22-2009 14:39:49 | More by Beavis
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