Cally's Restaurant and Brewing Co.
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Active Beers: 17
Beer Ratings: 51
Beer Avg: 3.82
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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
2.98/5 rDev -22.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
I've been to Cally's twice. Once was passing through the area and was a stop on a brewery trip with my homebrew club. Another time I was in town for a festival.
The first stop was the better of the visits. The restaurant isn't anything special as far as atmosphere, it feels like you're average pub, but with the brewing equipment exposed in the back of the bar.
There was 7 of us, we all sat at the bar and ordered food, flights and growlers. The beer was great, the food wasn't bad and the service was timely and accurate. I ordered the slider trio, which was good but didn't come with a side, was priced similarly to other items on the menu and seemed like less food overall. I was somewhat taken back having to order fries separately, but was my fault for making that presumption.
They have a nice selection of brews and they were all very good. I especially took note of the Kolsch and Smokin Scottish. Several of us purchased growlers, which looked cool and were fairly priced.
My 2nd, most recent experience was just myself stopping in for lunch because I enjoyed my first visit and I was in town as a volunteer for a festival. I had roughly an hour to report to the festival.
The restaurant was nearly empty except for a family or 2 and a few solo lunch patrons, I was seated outside and my waitress greeted me for my drink order. After getting my drink 10 or so minutes later, I made my order, a simple burger from the menu. Nothing special. About 20 minutes later I advised my waitress I had somewhere to be so if it was OK I'd take my meal to go. 18 minutes after that, I walked to the bar, paid for my drink and left the restaurant. I was absolutely appalled at this service. In roughly 48 minutes I saw my waitress 3 times, received 1 drink (no refills) and did not receive my food. Perhaps a single patron was not as important as a larger party downstairs? I'm unsure.
I had to knock down my rating from above avg for this unacceptable second experience. I would still visit Cally's again as I believe this was a one-off situation, the food wasn't bad and drinks are still worth visiting for.
08-08-2011 17:17:22 | More by drathbone
3.28/5 rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in Cally's on the sae trip through the Valley along with 4 others in the local area. Cally's is located in the Courthouse sqaure so it's not hard to find. Building is a semi modern storefront with other Civic offices surrounding the pub. Had lunch and the Sampler (of coarse). Nice varried line of types. Liked the Scottish Ale and the Kolsch.
Food wise I had a burger and my wife had the Mac and Cheese. Burger was good, but the Mac & Cheese caught my wife off gaurd as it was spicer than anticipated. We spent several hours in Harrisonburg as the downtown has several attractions and James Madison University. Would recommend a stop if your riding along Rt 81 as it was for us.
07-31-2010 01:16:55 | More by grinch7555
4.03/5 rDev +5.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Rather pedestrian feel to it. Seemed just another bar/restaurant atmosphere. Brewery itself behind the bar in a glassed in area. Service was very attentive. One of the servers at the wait station saw me come in and walked over to the bar since the bartender was elsewhere. I had a sampler of 4 of their 7 beers-was told I didnt have to have all 7 if I didnt want to-was still charged for the whole sampler. My bad I guess. Still service was attentive-even with the return of the bartender.
An ok selection of beers. Pretty standard-pale, Scottish, nut brown, golden, double bock, Irish red. All were ok-nothing took much of a chance in the way of flavors. After the sampler I had a pint of Scottish and a pint of the nut brown. Again, pretty standard tasting.
Only had appetizers-ginger/carrot soup was excellent. Baked mac and cheese was very rich and full flavored. Still, menu was interesting and looked very good.
Overall a decent experience. Beers could be kicked up a notch. Seemed a bit pricey for 2 pints, a sampler and appetizers for 30 bucks. I would get here if you are in town but would not bust a get to make it a destination.
Did notice the coffee shop next door had several top notch beers going-Star Hill IPA, Southern Tier and 3 or 4 others. Might need it's own listing!
04-17-2010 01:01:35 | More by lackenhauser
4.35/5 rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
I visited Cally's over Thanksgiving weekend, while out on the road in the stunningly beautiful Shenandoah Valley. After being on the relentlessly busy I-81 for what seemed like a miniature eternity, thirst was inevitable.
Had the beer-battered Fish & Chips and thought it was amazing.
The service was prompt, but I thought the bartender chick with the extremely fun-to-look-at, near-perfect rear-end, lacked personality.
Did a sample round of Porter (amazing, smoky goodness), Pale Ale and Kolsch. Although each one was great, it was the deliciously frothy Kolsch winning out heavily, one of the best gold-colored beers I've ever tasted. It was a dog-gone shame that I only had time for one pint.
I strongly rescommend Cally's and I will definitely return next time I'm in the valley.
12-01-2009 10:40:26 | More by Fezfreak
4.45/5 rDev +16.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
As a JMU student, I definitely have a fondness for Cally's because it was their brewpub that first got me into craft beer on my 21st birthday. Food and service are excellent, but most importantly the beer is incredible! I really cannot remember trying a beer of theirs that I have not liked. If, for some reason, you want something different, they keep a good selection of bottles. They also switch up the taps a lot, so there's usually something on tap that I have not tried. I try to fill up my growler as often as possible, and I will really miss this place when I graduate.
11-25-2009 05:09:00 | More by advill88
3.45/5 rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 2 | $$
Microbrews are generally very good--B to A-
Smokin Scottish, stout, and octoberfest are my favorite.
Don't forget to take your growler to take your favorite microwbrew home or buy a growler there and have it filled.
I Like to go drink their beer and watch football on several wide screen tvs, but generally go elsewhere to eat.
Certainly can get good food values especially during daily happy hours. Appetizers- especially the loaded nachos or the bruchetta are my favorite. I have eaten food from both their sandwich menu and main entree menu and find the food to be mediocre.
I have been going to this restaurant for the past 15 years and have often hoped their food quality could be comparable to that of their beer.
11-21-2009 23:02:32 | More by stouthead
3.7/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I hadn't been here since 2000 when it was called Calhoun's (yes, I have put in a request for the change). So, on our way down to beloved Asheville SierraGs and I decided to check out Cally's.
Located in the very pretty downtown square area of Harrisonburg Cally's certainly has a nice location. Inside it is a large sports bar meets name the cookie cutter, show us your flair, baby backed ribs, chain place...but with more wood and a touch of warmth.
Half dozen to eight brews on...all of which were decent if not good...the Irish stout and the Smokin' Scottish.
Our service was fairly standard with a pleasant enough waitress but the food service was blazing quick. I don't think we waited more than 10 minutes from order to eating.
Overall a worthy place if you find yourself visiting Harrisonburg due to business, a JMU visit or passing by on I-81. Certainly not a destination place but not somewhere to avoid either.
10-12-2009 11:02:49 | More by Deuane
3.55/5 rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
It's rare that I return from somewhere, anywhere..and feel possesed, determined to immediately review and put down the findings. And never before I have I been so confused, amused, and slightly disgusted from what I saw/ heard.
So walking into Cally's (Calhoun's) on a week day while school is out (JMU) I wasn't expecting much of a crowd. The were maybe 15 other normal patrons in the place to be generous. However, there were also 5 or so off duty employee's, in including the server next to me who removed his uniform (white collared shirt) and plopped down next to me at the bar.
What happened in the next twenty to thirty minutes was sheer comic bliss. And wildly innapropriate for a semi- upscale bar with a very "big chain" feel.
While the group of employees behind me made innapropriate comments to (and about) the emloyees still working, the off duty server next to me described in awesome detail a obsenity laced story or two. After which the bartender replied with matching fowl language. Infront of the other (and older, if that matters) bar patrons.
So to be clear, I'm a young guy. I loved listening to this ridiculous backdrop conversation. But if this was my establishment, no way would this fly. Had my parents been there, they would have walked out.
So quickly the food was good, seemed fresh, and relativly creative. Especially liked the mango/ cucumber salad.
The beers overall were not bad and the pale ale was damn good, if not great (btw fellas you may want to double check your IBU's on that one) also had a nitro stout which was a solid offering. All beer tastebuds will be covered by their offerings, which run the color spectrum from light to dark (all under 6.0 abv)
Anyhow this was a weird trip. Enjoyed the beer, liked the food, was shocked by the looseness of employee language. Still,I'd return and hope for more of the same. Hope that made sense.
05-21-2009 02:16:26 | More by CpnYates
3.83/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Has a chain feel, as mentioned... Place is rather neat and tidy. 6 brews available... Only had 1
Service is reasonable and pretty straight forward. Friendly enough... Not a whole lot of communication back and forth but also not necessary
Nice low lighting in the evening.... A few TVs for the games, Food is pretty standard burger / sports bar type fare... Had the whisky chicken, which was pretty tasty... Ten bucks, which is fairly standard for VA places these days... A couple others are 8 or 9.
03-22-2009 16:05:28 | More by Proteus93
4.28/5 rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Alright, the name of the game here is happy hour. When I was there, happy hour pints were around $3 though I think they are closer to 4 now. Growler fills were $5 and all appetizers were half price.
I hold a great fondness for this place as I went to JMU and Cally's (Calhouns when I was there, the official story to follow) was my introduction to truly handcrafted beer. My summer ritual after senior year was to walk there for happy hour with a buddy and growler in hand. I would order a couple of pints and the calamari (still the best I have ever had, at about $3.50 during HH), and walk out of there with a bartab under 10 bucks before tip. Combined with a growler for 5 bucks, its just pretty darned hard to beat.
That being said, non-happy hour the beers are around 5 per and the food is definitely on the pricey side; thus: go during happy hour.
"The Official Story": Calhoun's was forced to change their name after a Tennessee brewpub accidentally received one of the Harrisonburg Calhouns's GABF awards. I guess their argument was that if the GABF could get the pubs mixed up, so too could the average consumer.
02-11-2009 04:34:54 | More by TotalDave
Cally's Restaurant and Brewing Co. in Harrisonburg, VA
87 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.