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Third Base Sports Bar & Brewery

Not Rated.
Third Base Sports Bar & BreweryThird Base Sports Bar & Brewery

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 10
Beer Ratings: 31
Beer Avg: 3.75

Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
83
good

21 Ratings
Ratings: 21
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.18%
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

500 Blairs Ferry Rd NE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 52402-1466
United States
phone: (319) 378-9090

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @3rdbasebrewery

Notes:
Formerly called Cedar Brewing (1996-2007)

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Reviews by DCon:
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DCon

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $

On the way home from Darkness Day @ Surly Brewing Co in Brooklyn Center, MN, I stopped by this brewpub to see what they had cooking. It took me driving past the place twice and then asking the gas station next door where it was located to finally arrive here. I thought maybe they were closed, but it turned out everyone parked in the back. Also, it was industry night so $1 off all their beers!

After opening my car door, loud hip-hop/rap was pounding with bass from the outside! Awesome vibe in my opinion. While walking in from the back, I was immediately in a grain bag room that was very strange.. I was After realizing they collected all of their international bags from their grains, it seemed cool then. 20 more steps in and then I was standing in front of a giant Chicago Cubs sign. This wasn't very cool... Otherwise, the brewery was visible from the bar behind a glass window and they had TV's on every inch of their place. Great place to watch a game! I played Buzztime in between hanging with the locals and I watched them take shot after shot. A ton of party people out on this Sunday night!

Glassware was all the same for all their normal brews and then the 9% IPA was served into a Tulip Glass. Everything was bar average and the place was just fine... Can't rate this down for no reason.

Service was great! The bartender was very knowledgeable and helped with picking out my brews for the night.

Very interesting selection... The dry erase board was full of their 8 brews they offered and then it went down hill from there... They did have all of Goose Island's selection, Widmer's, Bell's Expedition, & Peace Tree's Kolsch but BMC beers took up the other 10+ taps. I hate when brewpubs do this! However, she did say they were going to be switching their BMC's to bottle only.

Since I came at 12:30 and closed down the place, their food menu wasn't available but I still was served some of their homemade chips.

If coming back to MN or traveling thru IA again, I would definitely come back here to try more of their brews! Cool place and easy going atmosphere.

10-24-2011 19:20:25 | More by DCon
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KAF

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

07-08-2014 03:43:27 | More by KAF
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319Hawksfan


3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

06-30-2014 03:42:16 | More by 319Hawksfan
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Bkoop

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

06-13-2014 18:08:43 | More by Bkoop
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JRKlimek

Iowa

4.24/5  rDev +21.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 5 | $$

Good beer and an awesome bartender named Troy. Typically have five beers that are their standard. Two or three seasonal. Food was very good, I suggest the pretzel ham and cheese. Their apps were very good as well.

Cedar Brew is very much a homer bar. It appears that everyone there knows one another.

Can be very crowed Friday afternoon.

05-16-2013 03:02:25 | More by JRKlimek
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.28/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$

Stopped here with the wife while in town for a fellow BA's wedding. Not exactly easy to find from the road. The windows are completely blacked out. Making it look closed from the road. It's in a sort of run down strip mall. Which only helps it blend in more into the weeds.

Once inside we grabbed a couple stools at the bar and ordered a round. Nothing really impressive in the atmosphere. It looked like a typical restaurant to me. Nothing screamed brew pub. TV's littered the place. Pretty much sports bar that serves better beer.

We each had a few beers mixing it up and trying as many as we could. One of my wifes beers had a bug in it. This was disappointing but not a deal breaker. Shit happens. The servers were quiet and rather lifeless. Not very fast either.

The beers were mediocre at best. Nothing horrible just not real memorable. I did appreciate the fact they had a session beer on tap. Not many places do that.

Overall nothing worth going back to. If I'm in town again I will check out other options.

07-06-2011 22:27:45 | More by beerwolf77
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Twofox

Arizona

3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$

I visited this pub June 5th, 2011 with my wife. I brew beer and she makes mead, and she tasted the beer with me.

Seemed like a standard sports pub in Iowa (I'm used to Tucson and Pheonix), and the waitress was on top of things. We didn't order any food.

We ordered a flight of beer, and they were out of the IPA, the seasonal being a 70 shilling scottish ale.

As mentioned in the other reviews, all of the beers were ok. Not terrible but nothing spectacular either. There was a "something" common between all the beers. The wife thought it was overhopping but the more I thought about it, the more "Extract" came to mind, there was a noted lack of maltiness in all of them. There may some aging, or fermenting temp issues,but it just left a bitter aftertaste for me.

I'd love to see any brewer succeed, and would have loved to be able to help figure out what's going on (yeah I'm a geek). I hope they can figure it out and err on the side of quality instead of cost. This may sound harsh, but this place will always have just mediocre beers unless they make some major changes in their process. Best of luck to you guys!

06-15-2011 17:08:35 | More by Twofox
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IceHog

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$

Stopped in with some friends last weekend on Saturday night and the place was very busy. We were able to get a booth that held all 6 of us within 10 minutes (no hostess, kind of seat yourself). Very much a Sports bar atmosphere. TV's with sports on everywhere including a small flat screen TV at every booth. Service was OK. The food was typical bar food (Burgers, sandwiches, nacho's, etc) everyone in our group thought that the food was good.

On to the beers, I started with the outmeal stout, not bad (I would rate it a B), moved on to an imperial stout, which I though was ok, but nothing special and finished with their double IPA (once again OK, but nothing to write home about. My wife had the Bee's Knees and said that it was good.

If your in the area, it's worth stopping in, the beers are decent and the food was good.

01-29-2011 02:44:34 | More by IceHog
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BehindtheFinBrew

Iowa

3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

Third Base Sports Bar and Brewery is located in a strip mall in Cedar Rapids,IA. Upon arriving it wasn't clear whether or not they were open as all windows were closed and black but nonetheless they were open.

The interior is a cross between a brewpub and a sports bar with that cozy pub feeling. The brewery is visible behind the bar and a list of current brews on a whiteboard above the bar (IBUs, SRM, and ABV listed next to each beer, a nice touch). There were a LOT of TV's with just about every table with their own flatscreen. For a sports bar I suppose this is good, for a brewery/restaurant I'm going to say not my first choice, but hey, not my place. Glad we were their during lunch as I bet this place gets busy/loud during peak hours.

Service was friendly and prompt, but to be fair it was a weekday afternoon and we were one of 3 tables there. I ordered a sampler of all their beers, no tray but SEVEN count 'em SEVEN 6oz samples were brought at $1 per beer. Brews sampled were a Wheat, Pale Ale, Red Ale, Honey Ale, Spiced seasonal, British Mild, and an Oatmeal stout. For me the top was the pale ale with the red and oatmeal following. They were all pretty moderate in flavor and body. To me the Mild was undrinkable as it was thin and bitter with an overpowering roasted character with no background. The food ordered (Turkey Club and a Fish sandwich) were both pretty good solid bar food.

Overall, it was a decent place with locally made beer. I wouldn't travel far for their beer but a local microbrew is always appreciated.

02-23-2010 01:29:11 | More by BehindtheFinBrew
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$

Third Base Sports Bar & Brewery (formerly Cedar Brewing Company) is located on Blairs Ferry a mile or 2 off I-380 in a strip mall. Parking is fairly plentiful.

The interior features the bar right inside, which table seating on the outskirts. The bar is dark and is decorated with dozens of growlers and for some reason Chicago Cubs Bud Light cans. Actually there is Cubs stuff everywhere so someone must be a fan. The available beers are on a whiteboard behind the bar, and some of the brewing equipment is viewable as well.

The brewpub has 8 of their beers on tap and they are available in samples. The beers are pretty standard fare (Amber, Wheat, Pale, Hefe, IPA, Stout etc) with one unique offering being a Smoked Porter. All the beers are average with the Smoked Porter being pretty good.

Service on a weekday early dinner was good. The bartender had a good grasp of the different beers and was friendly and timely with food/drinks.

The food at Third Base is pretty good, especially for the sports bar theme. I had a pork sandwich spiked with caribbean spices and it was tasty.

Overall this is probably the best bet for beer in Cedar Rapids, as the other brewpub is a chain place. Worth checking out.

08-26-2009 03:31:32 | More by Dogbrick
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Third Base Sports Bar & Brewery in Cedar Rapids, IA
83 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.