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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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Reviews by SirWalkAbout:
Photo of SirWalkAbout
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Awesome place.

When I lived near Harrisonburg, this was the place I most frequented. They have a ton of beers. I prefer getting a beer on tap when I go out, so a few points off for selection, but the quality is there. Sometimes they feature certain brewery’s, and if you buy a beer on that day, you get a free pint glass from that brewery. Not bad.

The food is also a home run. Their burgers are creative and delicious. They try new things, deep fried oreo's, burgers with peanut butter, jelly, cream cheese, etc. Sounds nasty, just give it a try.

This is one place I would go out of my way to drive and visit. If you prefer beers on tap, you can always walk next door to Billy Jack's (owned/operated by same folks), which is also outstanding.

SirWalkAbout, Jan 13, 2012
More User Reviews:
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
Photo of dbrowning626
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
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Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint in Harrisonburg, VA
93 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.