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Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

17 Ratings
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.88%
Taps: 3
Bottles: 100
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

80 S Main St
Harrisonburg, Virginia, 22801-3761
United States
phone: (540) 433-5225

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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2009)
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Camjmorton, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of hophead_87
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Awesome awesome burgers! Decent beer selection as well. As a JMU grad, this place was always a must visit.

hophead_87, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of Rarrar
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%

Rarrar, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of JMUbrewz
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

JMUbrewz, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

atrocity, May 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

dbrowning626, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of JWalterWeatherman
3.68/5  rDev -14%

Jack Brown’s in Harrisonburg occupies an extremely small space, with a nice outdoor patio alongside the building. There are heaters for the colder nights. The owner is open about wanting to create a “true bar” experience, which apparently involves cramped quarters, loud music, and big screen televisions; bras hanging from a chandelier, and a disco ball. The atmosphere is definitely geared towards a particular market.

What Jack Brown’s lacks in class, it makes up for in food in drink. The menu is extremely limited to delicious burgers, hotdogs, fries, and fried oreos, but there are specialty burgers, cheeseburgers, and sweet potato fries available. All the beef is Waygu, though the fries are frozen crinkle cut.

Grease abounds, so don’t go unless you feel like punishing your waistline. Speaking of things that get punished, your wallet will be hurting as well. The average cost of a full meal with a beer is close to $13-15 bucks. Plus, the burgers are pretty small, so don’t bring an appetite if you are on a budget.

There is a great selection of beer in bottles and cans, but much of it is pretty mediocre and doesn't rotate. There are only three or four drafts, and a few big bottles, though they are usually $10 more than prices found in the bottle shop that is located 150ft. away. The ladies, and the occasional gent, that works here offer pretty great service, but their knowledge of beer ranges from nominal to reasonably informed

Essentially, Jack Brown’s serves as a decent bar for those who want to drink better beer than Bud Light, but aren't interested in exploring the full depth of the craft beer world. You can get some great “drunk” food while you are there, but you’ll pay for it. Check it out for yourself, but the neighboring Billy Jack’s is a much better beer geek choice.

JWalterWeatherman, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of Mantooth
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%

Very cool & tiny spot with a focus on adventurous burgers and beer. The grill's popping pretty much right in front of you and it's fun watching the cooks churn out interesting takes on ground beef... a burger with peanut butter? Yep. Over easy egg on a burger? Yep. Even a mystery burger... who knows what's on that beast. They have 100 bottles of above average stuff for this small college town and a modest selection of drafts. Cool place and definitely a spot to stop if you're in town.

Mantooth, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of VBWharfRat
4.45/5  rDev +4%

So what can I say about this place that others haven't said.

Actually just got back from Lockn' Festival (BEST TIME EVER!) and JB's had a booth there. Finally broke down and grubbed out on a burger and sweet potato fries (drenched in sauce of course) on Sunday afternoon.

If I had to complain, my two gripes would be I have a hard time walking out of here spending less than $25 if I get food and there are only a measly five taps. Granted, they're all craft beer but I mean c'mon? Five taps? Haha only kind of kidding.

Anyways, super cool atmosphere, total dive bar, maybe like fifteen seats total inside. Cool porch area that is dog friendly.

Burgers are amazing. I was ordering take-out from here before I could even drink beer (well, legally at least).

Do yourself a favor and get in here.

VBWharfRat, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -6.5%

An accident that brought I-81 to a standstill caused us to get off the highway and look for a beer and a snack to wait it out. Fortunately we were at Harrisonburg which gave us some options (as opposed to, say Martinsburg, WV). Jack Brown's was the highest rated place in town and it was open so here we stopped.

Downtown is pretty sleepy on a Sunday but there was a cluster of eating and drinking places on Main St. that were open. Jack Brown's is small inside but has some nice outdoor seating. We opted for the small straight bar. Just the right level of small, gritty and dark. I am not sure if the bras hanging from the chandelier and other high up spots represent a rite of passage for JMU coeds, the relic of past wet t-shirt contests or what.

Small tap list (only 4) but all were good choices. I kicked the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp black IPA, then followed up with a Peak Organic IPA, which I rarely see and enjoy a lot. The bottle list was extensive, with local selections and national craft brands, and reasonably priced at that.

We both had hot dogs, which were deliciously deep fried. The burgers looked tempting as well. Service was very good.

I'd certainly stop back. HV

sholland119, Aug 01, 2013
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Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint in Harrisonburg, VA
93 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.