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Charlie's Steak, Ribs & Ale

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BEER AVG
2.87/5
Based on:
5 Beers
11 Ratings
Place Score: -
Ratings: 9
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 2.59
pDev: 19.31%
Taps: 5
Bottles: 20
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

3009 W Highway 76
Branson, Missouri, 65616-3549
United States
phone: (417) 334-6090

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(Place added by: Dogbrick on 10-25-2008)
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Photo of Dogbrick
3.1/5  rDev +19.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

Branson's only brewpub is located on 76 on the "Strip". There is ample parking in the private lot, and the place is pretty easy to spot thanks to a gigantic sign on the road.

The interior has the same look and feel as a lot of eateries in Branson. It has a Western/rustic atmosphere, with lots of wood and brick, sporting goods, fishing poles, antiques and a giant bull.

Charlie's only had 3 beers on our visit, and while my expectations were not very high to begin with, I was still a little let down at the lack of selection and quality. None of the beers was above average. They had 2 wheat beers and a Stout and all were served ice cold and were unimpressive.

Service was pretty good on a weekday evening. Our server was somewhat familiar with the beers and was helpful in getting samples when requested.

Charlie's food made up for the beer in some ways. The BBQ was above average, especially by local standards based on spending an entire week there.

Overall my philosophy is "any port in a storm" when it comes to finding craft beer when traveling. However, the fact that I didn't stop back in here again despite being stuck in Branson another 5 days after our visit says it all.

Photo of Boone757
2.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of MTNboy
3.1/5  rDev +19.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2

This is a decent little restaurant. It has some quaint country charm. The interior is decorated with antiques and outdoors paraphernalia. With that being said it strikes me sort of like a family restaurant that just happens to have a bar. So of course being without my family I went strait to the bar. The bar had ten beers on tap if you include the three of they make. The beers they had on tap were Bud, Bud Light, Newcastle, Sam Adams Seasonal, Miller, Coors Light and Kronenberg. The three made by them were a stout, pils and wheat but they were out of wheat the day I was there. The bartender was a funny and entertaining guy that was quick to check on you. I wish I would have written down his name. I remember that he was French. Everybody that worked there seemed very friendly. I did sample the stout and the pils and both had an odd taste to them. I will try to sample the wheat the next time I am down there. They sell souvenirs at the front of the establishment. They have glasses, shirt and other items for not that bad of a price. The whole place is reasonable when it comes to price.

Photo of coldriver
2.45/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 3

Went here on a family trip in June 2011. Not much of a beer scene in Branson but my hopes were high that maybe this place had overcome their infected yeast reputation that others have mentioned. Unfortunately, not so much. They really need a drain at each table to dump their beers which are absolutely awful. The stout was truly undrinkable and the worst I've ever had. This appears to have gone on for years based on the previous reviews and I can't imagine how someone could brew the same crap over and over without making some improvements at some point. On a better note, the food was decent although more of a quantity vs quality establishment and the kids had fun interacting with the woman who was singing.

Photo of Tone
3.03/5  rDev +17%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

Went here over Christmas break. Resembled in every way a chain steakhouse minus the flair. We sat at the bar which could seat about 10 people. Three tvs were easily visible, though two were set on home shopping networks. Even though we were here at noon there only 10-12 people dining at the establishment. The bartender was also the owner, server, hostess, manager, and phone answerer. For all the jobs he had to do, I thought the service was great. The food is home-style food for a reasonably price. I had the chicken fried steak, nothing special but still great portion per price. I sampled all five beer while I was there, but unfortunately I practically had them all in one beer. Every beer had the same metallic flavor, probably due to yeast strain, or I hope not, but cleaning technique. This is not a place I will go back to for the beer, but maybe a relaxed tv/grill/bar locale.

Photo of kvnstfrd
1.55/5  rDev -40.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2 | selection: 1 | food: 1.5

Other than the usual BMC offerings, this establishment had only one craft beer (their own) and was extremely lame. The only imports available were Heineken and Corona. House music was so loud that we couldn't communicate with anyone at our table. Food was sub-par as well, even by local standards. They are not capable of preparing your food "to your liking" as they claim. Avoid

Photo of KCHopHead
2.04/5  rDev -21.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2

I spend a lot of time around Table Rock Lake but usually not around the touristy Branson. My wife and I wanted to go play around there and get some desert. We stopped here because I knew there were some crafted brews. The equipment was crowded behind stuffy bar. Everything was western-style including the 50ish yr old crew hanging around the bar. The Russian fellow behind the bar was so proud of his "6% beer" and he offered me samples of each (wheat, stout, pilsner). They all tasted infected with (possibly) the same yeast. Meanwhile my wife was at a table dealing with the waitress who told her they just had a chocolate cake so we left and has ourselves some good desert elsewhere.

Photo of Samalamahamdam
2.38/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2 | food: 3

This is one I wish was better. They have a good concept, but they fall short on execution. The food is averege and the service is OK. I was hopeful when they decided to start brewing, but everything they brew tastes like boulavard wheat. The Pale Ale has no character or aroma and the wheat doesn't taste like much of anything. I want them to be better, but don't think I will be back for a long while. This is the first brew house that I ordered a major brand instead of something they made. Very disappointing....

Photo of wrldslngstrdtrip
2.9/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Not sure what to make of this place. I stayed at the hotel right next to the restaurant and stopped here the first night I was in town but was turned away because they were hosting "a private party." Normally I would have taken this as a sign but I love trying microbrewed beer and this place is "Branson's only microbrewery," so I went back the second night. One thing that stood out to me was the amount of paraphernalia for Budweiser, Miller, etc. in the restaurant. I then noticed no one else was drinking the house beers. Unfortunately the mass produced weak American beers they were drinking were better than the microwbrewed beers I drank. The pilsner tasted like summer ale, the pale ale and stout frankly tasted like they had been watered down. I hate to report this because I am a supporter of craft brewers and have visited over 100 of them across the country and this one is easily in the bottom 5% of the ones I've been to. I ate a steak which I ordered medium rare and was served well done. It was still a good steak and was more than fairly priced. I was also a little disappointed that the staff thought it was okay to air out their grievances with the manager while I was sitting at the bar. Every restaurant has staff drama but it should remain out of earshot from the customers.

Charlie's Steak, Ribs & Ale in Branson, MO
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.