Mad Crow Brewery & Grill
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Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by PorterLambic:
4/5 rDev +13.6%
Well, bad news for epicures who like good beer. Mad Crow is closed for good. They announced it on Facebook apparently (according to the missus). They will be missed.
I can't review on the food here other than to say it looks and smells amazing and is presented very well.(See below)
I'm here for the beer.
Mad Crow sits in a very cool stucco building that, in the nearly 23 years I've lived here, I had never seen.
Once inside, a huge U-shaped, copper-topped bar dominates the bar area. Thru a tiled archway lies the dining room. This is the duality of this place. Bar and restaurant. Micro brewery and fine dining establishment.
From the bar the brew tanks are visible, all shiny stainless steel.
There are several tables in the bar area though the majority of the seating is at the bar itself.
Overall this is definitely an upscale place in an up-and-coming area of town. Full of people in polo shirts and khakis and beach casual clothing. The bar staff and I are the only ones who look comfortable. We are also the only ones in blue jeans on a Tuesday evening. Even the little girl with the birthday party of 14 is wearing a dress and she's 4.
Atmosphere is very reminiscent of a more urban area like Miami or Chicago.
The noise level is a bit high with a lot of it coming from the dining area.
The staff is very friendly and curteous. I actually met the owner and brewmaster the first time in and we talked for 30 minutes plus in the late afternoon. Definitely worth checking out. Will have to try the food next time.
As for the beer, they have 4 of their own on tap and three guest brews on tap also. All good stuff but the selection is slim, thus the low rating. A full liquor license let's them serve all the yuppies with martinis and wine, too. I hope as time goes on they expand the selection. The owner said he brews each recipe only once so come back often to see what's new today. The Paul's Porter is an exceptional brew. I truly hope it stays as finding a solid porter is hard to find especially in FL in the summer.
Ok, went back for the food. We were the only party in the dining room (early on a Tuesday evening) though there were nearly a dozen in the bar side.
The choices all sounded amazing. The appetizers, soups, sandwiches, entrees and desserts are well described and well prepared and presented to my eyes.
We had the pretzel balls (3 for $7), 2" diameter soft pretzels with beer cheese inside. Very good but pricey.
The beer cheese baked potato soup, like all their soups, comes in a bread bowl. Wonderfully flavorful and creamy with nice chunks of potato.
I had the braised beef sandwich with the side salad. The salad comes with a house vinaigrette that matched the mixed greens quite well. The sandwich was unbelievable! Juicy, perfectly cooked on a nice fresh Kaiser roll.
My wife had the steak au poivre and it was cooked to perfection. One of the best steaks either of us ever tasted.
My elementary aged son had the chicken fingers. Tempura battered real strips of chicken on a deceptively large batch of skin-on fries. (Veggies was an option also.) The batter was a touch greasy but delicious although my son wasn't fond of the ranch dressing.
Staff was friendly and patient as we changed our minds at least 6 times before finally selecting.
A bit pricey for every day or every week even, our bill was $62 with tax, a beer, a soda and iced tea.
The quality and flavor cannot be faulted in the least, as this was one of the best dinners we've had in a very long time. Hoping to try a dessert next time.
06-22-2011 01:04:15 | More by PorterLambic
More User Reviews:
3.25/5 rDev -7.7%
Atmosphere: the saving grace in this place. it looked really awesome inside. it had a old rustic 1920s field to it. it was a great place to drink some good beers. the crowd seemed to be very tame for a saturday night. it also seemed like there's always seats open
Quality/Selection: their beers aren't good. they brew only a couple of beers, all of predictable styles. i had the oktoberfest. it didn't taste like an oktoberfest. it tasted like an awful homebrew and i imagine the others are along the same line. there were 2 guest taps...one was a Sierra Nevada Torpedo..which is always a treat to see.
Service: more restaurant style than bar style...so in other words, it was great.
Though the beers themselves weren't my favorite, its a fun place to chill and try new things. i wouldn't mind going back
09-20-2011 00:03:10 | More by AdamBear
4.55/5 rDev +29.3%
I stumbled upon Mad Crow a few weeks ago...What a pleasant suprise! I read the other review on this place and I strongly disagree! Mad Crow has some exceptional beers on tap. My favorite was the Porter. It was a robust porter with chocolate and coffee undertones, and each time I went back it changed a bit for the better. I actually had a chance to meet the Owner/Brewer and he gave my boyfriend and I a tour of the brewery...He is truly a mad scientist! He was so informative and friendly and a bit insane (in a good way). He said he will never brew the same recipe twice and to always check back to see what his next "bad idea" will be. The atmosphere was so cool. It's an old brick building with tons of copper and a real warm inviting feel to it. This is just what Sarasota needed! The food is good too. I'm not as brave as some of my friends to try things like bone marrow, but the fried mac n cheese was awesome! So, I would definitely recomend this place to anyone who truly enjoys beer and is intrigued with all that goes into the process or art of brewing beer!
02-11-2011 20:18:03 | More by Althea
2.26/5 rDev -35.8%
Went into the mad crow today (2/9/11) hoping for something special, as sarasota is very disappointing when it comes to the beer scene. Needless to say, there was more disappointment to come!
The beers here are simply terrible!
They had a scottish ale, Hop-something??, and a blonde ale.
three beers? A beer brewery with three beers? Are you kidding me?
Not one of the beers was even memorable....Sad infact.
There are glass windows separating the brewery from the dining area and its so poorly designed that theres no vent for the boil kettle. Thus the four windows are steamed up and you can't even see anything. Not that you would want to, because the brewer is dressed like a bum. He was wearing a sweat stained t-shirt with his hat on backwards, walking around the restaurant. The servers only wear collared shirt....why cant the brewer? Just seemed extremely unsanitary and not what I would expect from a fine brewery establishment!
OK now on to the beer!
Scotch Ale- Super sweet, no carbonation, and just overall sad flavor.
Hop-something??? - Good malt base, but completely over taken by a horrible grass hop flavor.
Blonde ale (lady something name) - Best of the three! Good like-able beer, not overpowering hop flavor, decent pale ale type beer. Not great but something!
All in all I hope this brewery can improve...I love the location. The atmosphere is awesome. The staff seems nice. I just wish a place called a "brewery" had a bit better beer offerings. I understand they are a month old and working out kinks, but if your gonna charge me 5.50 a pint, I'm not gonna hold back on my opinions and my review.
I really see myself drinking here in the future, so heres to hoping they turn their beer around for the better!
02-10-2011 01:30:08 | More by Swampsquash
Mad Crow Brewery & Grill in Sarasota, FL
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.