House Of Brews Tavern And Grille
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Taps: 24 / Bottles: 50
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 3
3.88/5 rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Sometimes you get lucky and find a place you never knew existed. That's how I feel about McAnderson's House of Brews Tavern & Grille. I use a location based rewards app called foursquare. I won't go into what it is, but you can look them up. One day while I was checking in somewhere else, House of Brews showed up as a local business. Since a house full of brew is one of my favorite things, I knew I needed to check it out. Now that I've been a few times I really wish I had discovered it sooner.
House of Brews is not just your typical "beer bar". They have a full menu full of wonderful food and they also sell liquor which just adds to the greatness of the place. I'll start with the food, since I am feeling hungry at the moment. I always order the Steamin Soft Pretzels, which come with great dipping sauces and really get you in the mood for some beer. The baked wings are also tremendously spicy and have quite a unique thing going for them. Along with many great appetizers, they also have a great selection of salads, wraps, sliders, and a truly incredible chili dog. Their take on bar food really helps you settle in for a nice day of drinking beer.
The House of Brews doesn't have the vast array of beers to choose from that places like World of Beer and The Brass Tap do, but what they lack in quantity they more than make up for in quality. You can find choices from Abita, Bell's, Cigar City, and Chimay, among the 50 different bottled beers and almost 30 on tap. They also have a "mystery" beer on the menu, which of course I ordered, that ended up just being one of their regular beers they carry. I was hoping for some kind of blind taste test in a black mug or something, but what the hell. It seemed like a good gimmick. Much like other beer bars, HOB also lets you mix and match your favorite bottles of beer to take home with you. This is a great way to sample many kinds of beer in the comfort of your own home. You know, so no one sees you spit out the ones you don't like.
If you are in the mood for something stronger, there is a nice selection of specialty drinks on the menue as well. From funky martinis, to their take on the Manhattan, and even a vanilla vodka drink with an Oreo on top, if you like drinks you can't find anywhere else you'll have a good time trying them all. It's nice to have a choice between beer and liquor, and the House of Brews is smart to not limit themselves to just their wonderful brews.
On our most recent visit, we came for beer and NFL football on Sunday. This is a great place to watch all of the games, except the Bucs of course, and the many different groups of fans makes the day quite entertaining as you follow them on their team's highs and lows. There was a good crowd of people, but not overly packed, and everyone seemed to be having a good time. (Except for the Denver fans. As Oakland scored their 20th touchdown of the game, I imagine many of them were wishing they had stayed home.)
The staff always seem to be happy to be there and knowledgeable about the beers they are selling. Nothing grinds my gears more than someone working in a beer bar that doesn't drink the beer. It's like going to buy a car and having the salesman tell you he's never driven any of them. I haven't met them all yet and don't have a favorite yet, but so far so good. If you like having cute girls bring you beer and serve you food, I doubt you'll have a problem with the waitresses there.
At each table, and on their web site, is a calendar of events for each month. Each day something different is going on and it makes you want to go back and check each one out. There's a "Buy the Draft, Keep the Glass" special on Mondays, which is great for folks that like craft beer glasses. I know I do and this keeps me from having to shove my favorites in my wife's purse before I run out of the bar. On Wednesdays they have bring your own mug night, which I think is just a clever ploy to have you bring back a glass you took from them on Monday and leave it on your table in a drunken haze. Thursday nights are extended happy hour until midnight and drafts are $3. Can't beat that anywhere. Friday and Saturday night feature live music like most places. So as you can see, there's always something going on at HOB.
My recommendation is that you head to the House of Brews next time you are in the Northdale/Lutz area. It's a fun place with a great menu and plenty of tv's and people watching to keep you happy. I know I'm making it a weekly must for my wife and I and it's so close to home that I'll probably go even more than that. Just don't tell The Brass Tap. They might get jealous.
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11-09-2010 23:03:50 | More by TheCheatSeat
4.58/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
My new favorite local neighborhood bar hang out, even though I drive up from Tampa. I've been waiting for a place like this to come along in Tampa since I moved here 7 years ago. FINALLY!! 20 beers on tap and all $3 from 4-7 appetizers are 1/2 price too, you can't beat that anywhere in Tampa. Staff is great and the customers are very friendly. Food is decent and getting better. They put some baked wings in last week that are really good. It's a full bar which seperates it from most beer places. I never go there without making a new friend. That's just how friendly this place is. Thirsty Thursday is the bomb all pint drafts are $3 til midnight. Now if that isn't recession proof I don't know what is. Gives you a great opportunity to try beers you've nerver had before to see if you like them without wasting $7. Love this little place!!
02-02-2010 04:12:54 | More by Gourmetcook
4.58/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This place is THE neighborhood hang out. Great Beers and decent food....you got to try the meatballs!! The chili is really great too. Owner Operated where the owner actaully bartends and she's really good! Just ask for ANNE or KELLY, another manager. They have got live music on saturday nights. They are quick to know your name and even better at time your drink! Clean and great TV's it my Sunday football hangout and I can miss the bring your own mug night....not too often I can break out my DAS BOOT! My miller lite liter for $4 bucks...can you say ressession friendly! A must check out!
12-06-2009 01:15:30 | More by kasselrock
House Of Brews Tavern And Grille in Lutz, FL
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