The Blue Tusk
Taps: 66 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by 49degrees:
British Columbia (Canada)
4.18/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5
It is a beer bar after all, and as a source for suds, its a great one at that. One is not here to sample the food and while they serve nice sandwiches and soups, that's about the extent of what you'll find for eats. (If you want great food, head down the brick walkway outside that separates two buildings. At the end of the way there's a great Mediterranean restaurant (whose name escapes me at the moment) that offers awesome food and a nice selection of bottled Belgian beer to go with ones meal)
Anyways, back to the Blue Tusk. I've had the chance to visit Blue Tusk four times now and loved each stop. With roughly 70 changing taps, they stock a great variety of true oddball, off the wall, and rarely seen craft beers from throughout the Northeast, plus a staggering selection of Belgian brews too -- all at excellent prices. (Most Belgian beers are priced at about 50% less than what they cost on the Westcoast.)
Although the bar is extremely small and nearly impossible to find a seat at (on one trip all the stools has been moved to the outer perimiter of the room - not sure if that was a permanent move or just a temporary measure), the guys who work behind it are quite knowledgeable, friendly, and will help you sort out the selections.
It's got an interesting funky ambience to it that just manages to work, but it lacks a certain comfort point that would serious increase their atmosphere points above the 3.5.
Definitely a mandatory stop whenever one finds themself in the region.
12-27-2002 23:08:47 | More by 49degrees
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The Blue Tusk in Syracuse, NY
94 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.