Ass Clown Brewing
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Active Beers: 43
Beer Ratings: 109
Beer Avg: 3.89
Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 7 | Display Reviews Only:
4.65/5 rDev +16.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Incredibly interesting tap room in what us basically a strip/industrial mall. Bartender/brewer was fascinating to talk with and very interested in sharing his creations. Beer choices go well beyond the ordinary and are a must for anyone interested in new styles and the art of brewing.
06-22-2014 23:12:22 | More by nickomus
3.97/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I was recently in the area and stopped by the brewery, I was surprised to find a sweet little tap room - dark and cozy. They've made good use of what I assume was an office, it's a fun place to sample a very nice assortment of their brews. The bartender was knowledgeable and pleasant to talk to. I'll never get over the horrible name of the company - their logo is on the outside of the industrial building they're housed in, but the words Ass Clown are not on it because the park won't let them have the word ass on their sign. That name's the worst - but the beer and tap room are really cool. Check em out.
05-19-2014 17:44:09 | More by Mantooth
4.7/5 rDev +17.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I wasn’t expecting very much from a recent addition to the Charlotte beer scene that is a solid 20 minutes outside of the city – much less from yet another startup in a nondescript strip mall – but I was pleasantly surprised by Ass Clown. Actually, they blew me away.
First of all, I love the space. They’ve taken what had to be a boring, bland, office-like space and have turned it into something funky, cool, and relaxing all at the same time. Vintage furniture like a couch and arm chairs dot the sides while nice tables fill the center. One wall is lined with a bar-top made of what looks to be beautifully reclaimed wood from some random fallen tree. There are television spaced throughout the entire place and they’re happy to change the channel to meet your whims.
And the music rocks – a great mix of classic oldies, rock, and modern alternative rock. You can’t help but feel at home the second you walk in.
But then there’s the beer. I typically expect a half dozen, maybe a dozen at most, taps from a small place like this. Most times you only get three or four. So imagine my surprise when I found an entire wall lined with their own experiments – 31 taps in total – along with some barrel-aged wines.
It’s not just the number of taps that are impressive, though. They’ve got wildly experimental beer that you won’t find counterpoints at anywhere else. It’s definitely not the dreary beat-to-death varieties that every brewpub has. For example, there was a banana bread stout, a sea salt chocolate stout, seven varieties of fresh-hopped IPAs, blood orange IPA, and maybe 10 sours.
There is one downside to the wide range of experimentation, however. While swinging for the fences, they knock some of them out of the park; but they also strike out a lot. Their double IPA is delicious. The banana bread stout is unique and nearly as good as some of Southern Tier’s famous imperial stout varieties. The blood orange IPA is great. But the sea salt chocolate stout comes in too salty, the pumpkin sour doesn’t taste like pumpkin or anything else that I want to drink, and, in fact, most of their sours are just sour without any complexity or balance.
That’s okay, though. For every miss, they also have a solid hit. So you end up with at least 15 very good beers. That’s way better than six mediocre ones in my book.
I wish I lived next door.
01-20-2014 16:04:54 | More by bigkingken
1.31/5 rDev -67.2%
vibe: 1.25 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | $$
I live in Cornelius, and I have been meaning to try this place out for over a year now.
I walked in, decent décor, very small and claustrophobic. Fire marshal probably limited this place to 30 occupants, it was that small.
The place was half full, the 5 bar stools were occupied. I noticed there was a line formed on the side of the bar for ordering. There were 4 people in front of me.
With only one ass clown manning the bar, I figured it would take a minute to get my order in.
20 minutes later there were still 2 people in front of me. It became apparent the bartender was favoring the regulars sitting at the bar. My wife and I had enough and walked out.
I did not get to try any beer and I will not be back any time soon. Bad timing?... perhaps. But I'm not going to waste my time finding out. Maybe I'll wait another year to try again. It is worth it to bypass this joint and make the drive to Charlotte to visit NoDa, Birdsong, TripleC, etc...
**Note: You will not find Ass Clown brews in any restaurant, bar or bottle shop.
There is a Duckworth's a couple miles south that specializes in craft beer. They have 100+ taps, they carry tons of local offerings, and still no Ass Clown. I guess this is why it took so long for me to make a visit. It is easy to forget it exists when there is nothing around town to remind you of it. That and the fact it is in some industrial park that I have never come close to driving by. If they are not serious about being a desirable/thriving brewery, there is no need for me to be a serious patron.**
01-11-2014 23:53:18 | More by dailyminefield
Ass Clown Brewing in Cornelius, NC
90 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.