Bull & Bones Brewhaus & Grill
Active Beers: 14
Beer Ratings: 75
Beer Avg: 3.45
Taps: 7 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 15 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by bigkingken:
1.65/5 rDev -56.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 1 | service: 2 | selection: 1 | food: 2 | $$
Whoopie! Look at me! I’m a brewery and I used the German spelling of house in order to make myself seem cool! Hmmm…. what other cookie-cutter chain gimmicks can I use to get people to come eat and drink here? I know! All of them!
This place is more corporate than the corporate places I’ve been. I don’t think it’s owned by one of the big boys, but it sure seems like it. The décor and style of this place reminds me of a bad imitation of a Roadhouse, Outback, Hooligans or something else equally depressing found throughout Middle America. And yes, everything here is mediocre.
The food is certainly nothing to bring you back again and again. The “real southern barbecue” tasted like – well, nothing – until you put one of their barbecue sauces on it, which were about the only tasty things I found here. With my barbecue I ordered onion rings and baked beans. The onion rings may as well have been made in my onion out of a freezer bag. The baked beans were alright, but again, lacked any distinguishing characteristic.
Which is exactly how I felt about the beers. None of them tasted bad, per se, but none of them left any kind of impression on me whatsoever. Hopefully there are places around town to get some really good beer. The lineup was heavy on light lager or wheat beers to appeal to the masses, while the pales and IPAs were under-hopped and under-complex. The darks made up for this a bit. If I had to come back, I’d stick with the stout.
Service was quick and efficient at least, but still done by a college kid without much of a clue about beer. Oh well.
07-09-2012 19:09:03 | More by bigkingken
More User Reviews:
3.56/5 rDev -7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25 | $$
A pretty easy-going, family-friendly, lunch-break-beer, place here. Not quite my kind of hang out, so I didn't care for the bar atmosphere too much: somewhere between family restaurant and sportsbar, with a quite large bar, lots of seating, and plenty of TVs. However, the outside area was nice and simple, not to mention dog-friendly, and as we were travelling with the little poopers, we parked ourselves at an outside table.
Beer selection was average, and the quality of the beer itself was rather timid and basic, but for the kind of place, you can't really ask for more. So it ends up coming off like a Rock Bottom or Gordon Biersch, basically...though perhaps not quite as good as the former, and not quite as bad as the latter. We were only stopping briefly, so we went with the sampler flight, and did not try any food, though the menu seemed decent, stocked with mainly comfort foods. Prices were good all around.
Service was fine, quick, accommodating, and simple as the beers were, the girls knew how to explain them to the customers.
Considering there's not much else in the area, I'm glad we could make a pit stop here, but I wouldn't exactly call it a beer destination.
06-19-2013 07:01:31 | More by Rifugium
4.1/5 rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is the only brewpub in Blacksburg, a bit off of the main entertainment district. One of my go to places in the town for good eats and beer. The bar has lots of TVs for sports fans and lots of billiards tables, although some are taken up by leagues on some nights. The beer does leave some to be had, however, it is not terrible, and it is fairly consistent. The servers are really nice, although from time to time, they tend to focus on their regulars. The beer selection is awesome, lots of different styles to choose from, and a good seasonal. The food is awesome, they make a good steak and some good seafood, as well as awesome wings and other bar fare. Their prices may seem a little high, but it is well worth a stop at this place if you are in the neighborhood.
02-14-2013 03:21:43 | More by cyclonece09
3.63/5 rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Was just in Blacksburg for a wedding this past weekend and ate lunch at the Bull and Bones. There are many pros and cons about this place.
The beer quality is pretty good. Not the best brew pub ever, but good beers. The Belgian Wit that they had was really good and the Maroon Effect brown ale I enjoyed. They seemed to have a really good grasp on the beer.
The food is average. My smoked ribs we pretty good. The Pulled Pork was a little dry. I would guess that the burgers would have been a better overall choice.
The Growlers are expensive!! They have really nice grower's...but when we asked how much they were she said $20, which I initially thought was high, but since they were nice flip top growlers that I would get one. But when we got the bill it was $20 for the growler and $9 for the fill... So it was a $30 for new growler and fill... That was a bit much.
If you are in Blacksburg there are plenty of places to get good craft beer, but this is the only brew pub... so it is worth the stop.
05-30-2011 17:14:25 | More by GweedoeBRew
3.45/5 rDev -9.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 1.5 | $
visited over the weekend when revisiting blacksburg. i have been a few times during my years at vatech, but this review is generated by my experience this past weekend.
big, open restaurant in a new shopping center away from vt campus. like most new buildings, this restaurant definitely lacks personality. lots of tables, booths, bar area, pool tables, video games. we sat in the high top bar section and had a very attentive server. ordered a few pitchers and was impressed by the beer. had the IPA, seasonal dunkel, and the wit. good shit. food was quite the opposite. had the wings, some fries, and there was some other foods on the table i didnt get to try. i thought the wings were pretty bad. they are smoked, but to me it was just an overcooked wing with very tough skin. i ordered hot, but they hardly had a kick to them. i remember the food being much better during my other visits when i was still at vt. see how it is when you visit. im used to DC prices so i thought it was super cheap.
02-14-2011 12:31:11 | More by Jimmys
Bull & Bones Brewhaus & Grill in Blacksburg, VA
88 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.