Taps: 24 / Bottles: 1
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 17 | Show All Ratings:
5/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
My girlfriend and I vacation in Sarasota every November. For years we had complained that one cannot find quality draft beer in Sarasota. This changed with Mr. Beery's. A few other places with quality beers have opened around the area, but Mr. Beery's outshines them all.
A game area was a pool table, darts, ski ball, a modern touch screen jukebox, and a bowling game that nobody seemed to care about and the owner mentioned he was probably going to swap for something else. A big screen tv that you can easily see no matter where you are. A lounge area with comfortable couches. Tables in the middle spaced so that you will never be in another patron's way and visa versa. A long, clean, bar - the entire place was clean, including the bathrooms (which had hilarious beer themed signs hanging in them). The chairs at the tables and bar were comfortable. Nice, large, tvs behind the bar. The space between the bar and the lounge is filled by a ring hook game that was very popular with the patrons.
Overall, the place felt cozy, spaced well for comfort while still allowing maximal patrons, and had exactly the kind of atmosphere you would look for in a locals home away from home bar or what you would dream of your basement bar to more or less feel like.
Mr. Beery's does not serve food, so we came prepared with some pizza from a shop down the street. There is an excellent deli next door (which we took advantage of on later visits) who will walk the food over to you when it is ready.
What Mr. Beery's does serve is beer, and lots of it with a wide variety of interesting beer covering the spectrum of styles. We are big fans of sours and were thrilled to see some we had not tried on the menu. We were thrilled to see a lot of beers on the menu we never tried before and ordered or tried a good sampling. The bartenders were super nice about pouring a small sample cup about the ones we were unsure. The bottle selection is also excellent. At subsequent visits we started asking what they had that was interesting in the fridge and were never disappointed (the weasel poop coffee porter was really good, and I split it with some nice people at the bar so everyone could sample it). They also have a special filtered beer they change up. The week we were there they were filtering an already excellent milk stout through twinky bars, which gave the beer an extra creamy vanilla flavor and a richer, sweeter, lactose sugar character. Little bits of twinky seemed to create a small amount of almost imperceptible debris that led to a fuller body and richer feel..
Price is modest for craft beer. The owner makes a point of having inexpensive drafts. Locally we are used to a big Belgian selection of drafts that are pricey ($10 - 14). My. Beery's does not charge more than $8 a draft for even the most expensive beer and even had two beers on the menu that they were serving just to have the quality and variety on the menu even though they were literally breaking even at $8 a serving.
Our experience there was so good that we just went back again and again. The staff and the owner were the friendliest, nicest people, and we just instantly hit it off with them and became friends. The place is definitely a locals bar, but it is the bar that the nice locals go to. Everyone there was very friendly, and we made a number of friends - even some folks whose numbers we exchanged and chatted with outside the bar during our trip.
On our first visit we walked in and instantly fell in love with the atmosphere and felt at home. I went to the bar to order some drinks and wound up talking to the bartenders for so long that we wound up sitting at the bar the rest of the night chatting with them and some locals and playing pool with them.
On our second visit it felt extra at home because the Pens vs Flyers game happened to be on and just starting (we had expected to miss Penguins hockey for a week, assuming only Tampa Lightning and Panthers games would be on wherever we went). We were surprised at the warm greeting we got from the staff and patrons who remembered us, and were quickly introduced to the owner who bought us a round of drinks and chatted with us for a while. Some of the bartenders from the previous night were just there hanging out (and wound up hanging out with us) and drinking because they legitimately liked the place and the people - always a good sign when the staff likes and cares about their establishment enough to patronize it.
The conclusion is that Sarasota is our favorite place to vacation and it had been lacking the one thing we love - quality beer in a quality atmosphere. With Mr. Beery's, which is officially our favorite place in the world, we now have the perfect place to go to make a perfect vacation for two weeks every year.
We wish everyone there well and look forward to seeing all of you again in November!
01-26-2014 18:45:38 | More by Landar
4.51/5 rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | $$
I have been visiting Mr. Beery's off and on for a while now. Not to long ago they did a renovation that makes it great to meet friends over great beers. Plenty of tables, plus a couch area, along with normal bar stools and large bar area.
The beer selection is always fantastic and they seem to understand that it is nice t have a wide variety of beers available. No matter what group of people go with us, everyone gets excited about a beer they have. The infusinator seems to always get at least one person excited everytime.
I highly recommend Mr. Beery's
07-05-2013 15:13:24 | More by melindasrq
5/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This place has 27 taps that are on a continual rotation, 1 Infusionator and 1 Hopinator and a Beer Engine. There is a beer for everyone, different styles from Lagers, Ales, Porters, Stouts, Belgians, Barleywines, Etc, not to mention a great bottle selection. Mark the owner is very knowledgeable as well as his employees and is just a fun place to be. 2 Pool tables, Skee-ball, Darts, Bar Bingo, Trivia and Tuesday nights are a rotation of events from Beer and Cheese pairings, Beer and Sandwich Pairings and my favorite Beer Geek Show and Tell wich you bring in a 750ml or 2 12oz beers that may be hard to get or limited brews to share with others who do the same, as well as daily specials. Much of the time you can find beers the you have never heard of or tried before. I had an Italian beer that is outstanding called Nora by Birra Baladin as of this post but who knows what new flavors you will get to have when you show up. The motto at Beery's is "No Crap on Tap"
02-13-2013 04:05:02 | More by brewpubguy777
4.8/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place has a great selection of beer on maybe 20-25 taps. It also has a hopinator, which is a dry hop addition to a kegged beer, and a well chosen Sculpin IPA to add those dry hops to. It also has an Infusinator, which is a flavor canister filter through which the beer flows adding a bit of extra flavor. When I was there, they had peach and vanilla beans added to a Witte, which was a great combo. They've also got 1 or 2 casks and when I was there it was Peach Jai Alai from Cigar City and it was a great beer. The selection on those taps has a bit of everything from 4 IPAs to a few barleywines to a few stouts to a few belgians and even a couple ciders. Selections of each were well chosen. Best of all, Monday night is $10 all you want to drink night from 3-11pm. I got to try about 8 new beers for a total of $10. Most incredible deal I've benefitted from in a while. I'll go to this place again whenever I'm in town despite the location being 6 miles south of Sarasota near the mall
07-27-2012 22:52:40 | More by dmincer
4.5/5 rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Been here twice now, once for a special event (24 taps of Bell's) and again on a regular Tuesday night. Having said that, I prefer the event night. With all the TV's lining the east wall and sports on every one of them, it felt a little like an upscale sports bar, albeit one with an exceeding great beer selection! Several tables and a nice raised seating area featuring several loveseats and chairs.
Like they say, "No Crap on Tap". 24 frequently rotating taps of "I want all of them!". There is at least one, and realistically several, beers for everybody. With Imperial stouts, IPAs, brown ales and lagers this is the second best beer-drinkers retreat in town. They often have, I am told, real cask-conditioned brew on tap. Plus "The Infusinator".
The atmosphere is very friendly with the only ding being the overabundance of sports (I was recording the game!). The staff is really nice and very attentive.
No food is available but several places in the cool Gulf Gate area will deliver or you can step out for a minute and walk the block to get something from a local eatery (Munchies 420, anyone?)
A really nice place and I 'll gladly return repeatedly.
And I have been back repeatedly.
They have had some significant remodeling done recently. The bar is now nearly twice as long and the wall between the two halves has been removed. It really opens the place up and brings a cohesiveness to the joint. I like it a lot. They've even removed most of the TV's over the bar so the sports bar feel is gone, too.
12-04-2011 21:01:26 | More by PorterLambic
4.94/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I travel a ton and usually consult Beer Advocate about locations before I go. Mr. Beery's is one that has been on my list to visit for some time. It was definitely worthwhile and goes toward the top of my list of great beer bars. I have been to places that had more taps. I have been to places with a larger beer selection. However, what set's Mr. Beery's apart is the quality and uniqueness of what is on tap. For example, Cigar City's Jai Lai is a great IPA from a great brewery in Tampa. Mr. Beery's had a special limited edition of Jai Lai that was brewed a little differently and had a very unique character. It was a great beer. The staff is also very knowledgable and themselves craft beer enthusiasts. Then there is the owner, Mark. He is a super guy and a real beer lover. As a craft beer lover, I can tell you it is great drinking beer with "my people". That is what you get at Mr. Beery's. If you love craft beer and you are in the Sarasota area, you have to stop in for a pint. Highly recommended!
08-19-2011 20:02:23 | More by bigbexpress
5/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Best craft beer bar in Sarasota and the surrounding area, hands down. On any given day you'll see U.S. craft beer selections spanning some of the best breweries available in the state of Florida. 27 taps total consisting of 24 regular rotating taps, 2 Randall style filtered tap and 1 cask pulled through a beer engine. The bottle selection is mostly Florida locals but sometimes includes some interesting additions.
The atmosphere is great, you'll see everything from large crowds socializing in the back room to people sitting by themselves at the bar, chatting up the person next to them.
The staff is great, and knowledgeable. They'll help you find what you're looking for or suggest something that you may not have tried in the past.
I've been frequenting the bar since they opened (I live dangerously close) and have seen the time and effort the owner and staff put into keeping everything fresh and new, including events like brewery tap takeovers, food pairings, live music, trivia and special releases. That's why I continue to go back.... often.
08-04-2011 19:06:50 | More by DeltaFoxtrot
4.94/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
What's not to like about this place? Well, the only two things I can think of that I personally don't care for are the TVs and the occasional spillover of bro types from the rest of the Gulf Gate bars. That's the half point docked, and I understand that a lot of people like TVs in bars and that any place in a plaza is going to get spillover from surrounding establishments.
So what's to like? Everything else.
First off, the beer selection. There are 24 taps, plus TWO Randalls, one for hop infusion and one for Mark's mad scientist experiments, plus a proper hand engine for cask beers. Their motto is "No Crap on Tap," and while there is usually a beer or three among the 24 that I don't want to drink, I've been in plenty of places with more taps and fewer interesting brews on offer. On a recent visit I had Dogfish Head Sah'Tea and Cigar City Oatmeal Raisin Cookie. Dry-hopped Ballast Point Sculpin was a recent cask beer, as was the papaya IPA from Swamp Head.
They also do tap takeover events, bringing in rarities from breweries such as Dogfish Head, Southern Tier and Cigar City.
They keep Florida brews in the tap rotation and Florida beer is now the primary focus of their bottle selection, which I think is very cool.
Their prices range from about $5 to about $10 per pour, but they also offer some cool deals to ease the sting on the wallet -- a 6-ounce pour of any beer is $3, and a flight of four of those is $10. On ticket night, you get three tickets for $12, which buy you any three full pours. They also vary what's offered for cheap on happy hour.
And -- my favorite -- 40 skeeball tickets get you a beer. That's right; I said skeeball. I am not super good, but I find that I typically spend about what I would on a beer on enough skeeball games to get 40 tickets. And I get to play skeeball! Win-win. They also have a ring-toss game and a bunch of board games up by the couches in the front room. In the back couch area, there's a projector and a big screen for movies (though usually it's just got a sporting event or some crappy TV show on it like the rest of the TVs). Or nothing. I like it back there when it's nothing.
There's other stuff that makes them the best game in town, beer-wise -- great lighting, for one. I've heard some people say they wish it was a bit darker in there, but I appreciate being able to see my beer. If you kill a keg, you get to keep the glass. Tuesday night beer schools -- beer geek show and tell, beer and cheese or other food pairings, and style classes are the usual features -- are great. Bartenders are quick and attentive, liberal with samples and do a wonderful job as ambassadors of craft beer ... and they also do fills of 32-ounce to-go bottles!
There's no food, but they have a booklet of nearby restaurant menus, some of which deliver. Rocky is often seen bringing his huge grilled sandwiches over from next door to awaiting customers.
Mark brought a monster to Sarasota a little over a year ago with this place, and it just keeps getting better. Go there.
07-05-2011 23:00:24 | More by thryn
4.66/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Atmosphere: Came here on a Monday night. it was nice and open, but seems spacey enough for a more crowded night. The bar area is not large, however there is a room with pool tables, a section with chairs and board games, and an extra room full of couches.
Service: one bar tender on duty, he was always there when you needed him and he was helpful with the selection. also very enthusiastic
Selection/Quality: the bulk of the selection was the 27 taps, about half of which were available. however, the beers were amazing and rare. there is a bottle list of really decent beers, that unfortunately seemed way over priced.
Overall, I am coming back here....again and again. the beers on tap are ones that I've never seen anywhere else. There are also two Randall-esque "infusinator" taps plus a cask. This place is just a dream of a bar for any craft beer lover.
05-12-2011 00:04:51 | More by AdamBear
4.72/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
What can I say? I love this place. It is a narrow squeeze from the front door and past the bar (but they have taken over the adjacent space to add a lot more space). The space opens up into the where some of the space has an elevated area with couches and comfy arm chairs (along with lots of board games and such to play). What this place may lack in poshness or size it more than makes up in quality (no crap on tap) tap offerings. The owner, Mark, is a treasure to the beer community and has reached hero status with some of the Tampa area geeks that have been fortunate enough to meet him. Few people know more about craft beer than Mark. He brings in the best available beer and pushes that to the limit to all of our benefit. You need to get down here have a great brew and say hi to Mark. You'll be glad you did.
02-14-2011 04:07:20 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
Mr. Beery's in Sarasota, FL
100 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.