The Blue Tusk
Taps: 66 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 58 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Edwaka01:
3.86/5 rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Came here after eating and getting a flight and being thoroughly disappointed with the beer at Empire to drink a good beer before heading home.
A - Went in mid-day Tuesday - it's a nice place, but I don't think I can accurately rate the vibe, I've heard it gets pretty damn collegy at night.
Q - Great beers all over, and some pretty crappy ones too!
S - Bartender somewhat unwillingly answered a couple questions I had, although to be fair, he did answer them.
S - Decent representation of NY beers and craft beers in general, but not many beers that I can't find at most beer stores in NY. Maybe 5 or so beers out of 60ish that surprised and excited me.
10oz or 20oz pours for most beers, 10oz pours for the specialty beer section. Prices varied with the different brews of course, but none were cheap.
02-01-2012 13:17:12 | More by Edwaka01
More User Reviews:
4.01/5 rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$$
Bar decor is fine, but there's a preppy, want-to-be upscale vibe to the place that is a bit off-putting. The occasional live band is nice, and the booths are excellently appointed. The bathroom is a near disaster area.
Beer quality is certainly exceptional. Most of the selections are American craft, but there are a number of excellent import taps, as well. The is guaranteed to be a beer here on tap that you like, and quite possibly something you cannot easily get elsewhere.
Service has been really hit or miss. Some of the bartenders have been friendly, while others have been detached. Bartenders always seem busy, even with a small crowd.
Selection follows quality: 69 taps. A very small handful are domestic AALs, but the vast, vast majority are craft from around the US and the world.
Food is really tasty, although they focus on deli-style food for the most part, so the selection is not huge.
Beer and food prices get a little pricey pretty quick, but there are reasonable choices available, as well.
07-20-2014 21:56:58 | More by Roguer
The Blue Tusk in Syracuse, NY
94 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.