Proof Brewing Company

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50 Beers
171 Ratings
Place Score: 99
Ratings: 35
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: n/a
Taps: 50
Bottles: 200
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

1717 W Tennessee St
Tallahassee, Florida, 32304
United States
phone: (850) 878-5638

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Place added by: hiker33 on 03-29-2009

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Photo of TheSeeker61
4.44/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Was in the Tallahassee area for a few days and went on the hunt for a solid craft beer spot. Well Proof proved to be that place and more. The atmosphere on a mid week night was very laid back as to be expected. This is a brew pub which also serves a solid selection of other offerings on tap as well as a nice selection of bottled beer. I tried their IPA and their Rye ale and both were top notch in my opinion. They have 3 dollar specials on pints every night from 5-7. There are two floors and they also have 32oz growlers to fill on the first floor. They also have a bottle shoop next door where one can fine great selections of beer, wine and fine liquours. Looking forward to visiting there again when in the area.

More User Reviews:
Photo of KVNBGRY
3.75/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

Definitely for the college kids. The bartenders seem to be kids like like to drink beer, not people that know beer. For being such a small operation, it definitely felt like they thought they were bigger and more well known than they actually are. The beers taste good! They had a decent selection of beers and a handful of guest taps. The outdoor seating area is kind of neat. It's artificial turf that is hot as hell, and a lot of parents and toddlers were running around aimlessly, but it looks good. The guy checking IDs at the front made it seem not like a brewery, but a bar on any strip in any college town. A lot of backwards hats, forearm sweatbands, and pens in ears. I would rather go to a random bar and try their beer on tap, because the vibe of the place is not my cup of tea.

Photo of Bigdoc91
4.09/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Nice place. Only reason I rated it lower is because Im not impressed with Proofs beer which hurts their selection. Other than that, solid brewpub/brewery.

Photo of Kraj30
4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

loved this place.. great atmosphere like a bar but also great brews

Photo of ksolekjr
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Great place

Photo of dbrownnn1
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Love this brewery!! Always coming up with amazing different types of brews my favorite is the guru ipa.

Photo of Kerne
4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Great beers, okay bar atmosphere (I happened to go during an FSU game night), but the icing on the cake is the store next to it. Great selection of brews and other liquors. They had just about all the Belgian abbey ales I'd been looking for at reasonable prices.

The bartenders were courteous and helpful. The bar itself was very plain...just one big open room. But the couches in the corner were comfy. We just recently got a BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse locally and Proof Brewing Co's in house brews were far better.

I'll definitely be coming back...just not on a game night. ;)

Photo of Florida_SC_Trojan
4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I like Proof alot and would probably go there more if it wasn't for the douche college crowds it attracts. Best beer selection in town and I like to go early to avoid the big crowds. The place to go for glassware giveaways and rare and hard to find beers in bottle and tap.

Photo of Swim424
5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great place to go drink. Besides the always awesome tap selection, and the fact that they host special release events, glassgiveaways (weekly), and rare beers in cask and keg, they brewing spectacular beer. Was there opening night (both of them), and most beer releases. Havent tried one yet I honestly wouldn't rate at least a 4. Highly recommend checking this place out.

All of there brews are usually 3 bucks. most others run 4-6 a pint.

Photo of gwdavis
4.74/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I was so pleasantly surprised when I entered this bottle shop/brew pub. The staff were ultra attentive and helpful, and they knew their beer. For sure. Their selection is quite impressive, but not overwhelming at all. They have everything separated by brewery or style, which is quite nice. They also offer the mix and match six packs with lots of different singles to choose from. On the pub side of the building, the atmosphere is great, selection superb, and the staff was also friendly there. I will absolutely be heading back to visit this place for one of their many events.

Photo of mverity
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Proof is a great little bar tucked away in a mess of FSU's college bar scene. Brewery on site, that knocks out some superb brews, esp their Rye. Liquor store attached that sells almost zero macro, and a medium sized craft selection, but the selection is well varied. I frequent here several times a week. If you're not of college age, don't worry. The college crowd doesn't show up until pretty late (9ish); so you easily find a seat and a bartender to chat beer with. Most of the staff is knowledgeable about most beer styles, and they certainly know the beers brewed in house.

Photo of Misrahi
4.36/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Proof Brewing Company, as it has been expanded since March with the addition of the Brewery, now boasts 50 taps and the selection has grown in quality since. The upstairs with carry the more typical craft finds, with more common IPAs, stouts etc. while the downstairs usually hosts taps to the more expensive belgians and rarities (most recently Black Note stout). Be sure to try some in house brews, as they are extremely reasonably priced and the quality is on par with most craft breweries. The service has conitinued to improve as the bartenders beer knowledge increases. This is easily the best beer bar in all of North Florida.

Photo of Blumstein
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I visited Proof two nights in a row this weekend. It provides a refreshing alternative to the typical overcrowded, overpriced, six-tap bars catering to the nearby colleges. Proof offers many styles of beer from a variety of states. There is no cover, and $4-7 will get you a pint of session quality brews otherwise unavailable in the region. I.e. one would be hard pressed to find another tripel at a bar around Tallahassee.

The atmosphere is relaxed downstairs and on the porch, and even after a game was popular but not uncomfortably crowded. The upstairs bar is more crowded but still had quick service.

The bartenders (particularly downstairs) know their beer and give good recommendations.

After my first weekend visit to Tally this is easily my favorite bar in the area.

Photo of jucifer1818
4.56/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Atmosphere: this place has something for everyone. The upper decks can be used for watching sports games (or presidential debates) and for a more crowded bar atmosphere...the bottom section is for the more crafty drinkers and boasts a classier menu and selection (next to their brewing equipment) and their is a large outside area for people who want to talk, relax, and enjoy some open night air.

Lots of space if you go at the right time

Quality: Great bartenders, a Huge number of taps, great beer selection, clean bathrooms, great location, good furniture, great design, good arrangement.

Could have a bit more space, but its a near perfect par

Service. Good ,good service. Could be better at times, but they do their best ot keep up with the huge demand.

They have over 50 taps and dozens more beer on bottle/growler/bomber. If variety is the spice of life, then poof is Mrs. Dash

Food: None. But they let you take in any food you want from nearby, and with a Jersy mikes, Chipolpe, Chick Fla, and sammies sharma all a 5 minutes walk away you can pretty much eat anything you want at the place.

Not the cheapest place to drink at, but for its quality is not a bad deal. I usually spend only 5-15$ if I go out and I never feel like their prices are unreasonable, and their is a drink for everyone at all price tiers

Photo of JohnRioux
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I've only been here once, but definitely want to return. I was lucky enough to go there when they featured their first Proof glass along with Terrapin Hopsecutioner. From what I could tell they had a great selection of beers.

I frequent their store next door, Liquor Loft. When they get new beer, I typically am first in line to get it. Unortunately they have a lot of the same old beer year round. They staff at both locations are very beer knowledgeable.

Proff just opened their basement brewery this month, so I am anxious to go!

Photo of weagle65
4.94/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Proof has a good beer selection with great brews constantly rotating on tap. The kill the keg Wednesdays provide a great atmosphere while providing good beer for a great price. The bartenders know their beer and are more than willing to give a good suggestion and a taste of a beer that you might like depending on what you usually drink. For the state of FL they manage to get in beers on draft that are hard to get ahold of in FL.
Overall, a very informed staff, laid back atmosphere, great beer with a rotating draft list, and a 110 inch projection screen tv to watch sports.

Photo of glid02
4.08/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by here during a recent trip to Tallahassee, a nice addition to a solid store next door.

Atmosphere is OK. It's basically inside a liquor store (the walls of the bar don't go up to the roof so you can hear what's going on in the liquor store and vice versa) so there's only so much that can be done. A dimly lit place with an industrial feel. There are three TV's, two above the bar and a large projection against the wall directly in front of the entrance. The bar has room for about eight people and there's a good deal of tables and other space that I'd imagine gets filled out on weekends. A chalkboard holds all the draft beers available and there's a good amount of beer paraphernalia scattered around the place.

Quality is good. My CCB beer was served in a logo-ed glass and I saw a good deal of other glassware available as well. The beer was served at a good temperature with the proper amount of head.

Service was good. I didn't have to wait long to get a drink and I enjoyed his berating of Urban Meyer (FSU v. UF) as a UGA fan. He had a good idea of what was on-tap but I did hear him make some iffy comments (CCB Humidor Jai Alai "uses different hops or something"). That said it's a college town and one in the South at that.

Selection was very solid. They'd just finished a CCB takeover and still had about six of their beers available along with a Swamphead beer, some Terrapin, Sweetwater, and Belgian seasonals. The more common styles were represented and there were about 30 different taps.

Value is good. I was a bit surprised by the relatively high price of "Or" from CCB which was $8 but all other selections seemed reasonable.

Overall I still haven't been to Leon's but I'm not sure I ever will considering I can stop in here for a very good selection and head next door for beers that escape GA distribution. Certainly worth a stop if you're in the area as it's likely the best bar within a 100 mile radius.

Photo of insamiety
4.72/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Coming from a broke college student who loves good beer Proof is amazing. It can get kind of hectic at peak times, but service still remains prompt. As mentioned by previous reviewers they have an extensive selection of beers on tap and a much more extensive selection of bottled beer. The main thing that draws me to Proof is their specials, which, from what I have noticed, rotate about every month and are the same all day every day. What I would pay $4 for at Proof would normally cost me no less that $8 in a normal bar or club. And as always NO COVER!!

Photo of KingoftheThing
4.15/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This place has been open for about a year. The owners started it as just a liquor store dealing especially in a good beer selection. The majority of the staff is very knowledgeable and friendly; although I do find the cocktail waitresses to be somewhat less than interested (they know almost nothing about beer).

The place is a little trendy for my taste and does not allow smoking, however the beer selection is great and they often have amazing beer specials. For example, last week they had an amazing stone tasting with a variety of options including $3.50 pints of 14 stone drafts. The owners are great.

my biggest three complaints would be:

1) Once the peak hours hit, the crowd typically consists of uneducated beer drinkers with too much money

2) the cocktail waitresses almost never know what you are referring to, often they have never heard of the beer you may be ordering..

3) They do not allow smoking, this is just a personal thing as I love dive bars.

This is one of three good beer bars in tallahassee. The others being Leon Pub and Fermentation Lounge. They all have their ups and downs. To me, the fact that Leon allows smoking is a plus, however Proof has a much better draft selection.

Photo of jda007
4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Proof is fairly new and has been able to avoid the taint of undergraduates just looking to get hammered.

That being said, generally everything is top notch. No smoking is allowed and the beer selection is outstanding. Although slightly overbearing, the staff is pretty good about getting your order quickly. The taps can rotate fairly frequently which keeps things from getting too boring. Most of the folks that frequent Proof are pretty friendly and are all beer drinkers who actually know a bit about beer.

Overall, top marks all around. I've brought several beer fans from out of town to Proof and all have been impressed.

Proof Brewing Company in Tallahassee, FL
99 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.