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Taps: 45 / Bottles: 30
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by SunDevilBeer:
2.58/5 rDev -27.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5 | $$$
This place is proof that hipsters are ruining the craft beer community.
Located right on happenin' Mill Ave in Tempe. Bright, colorful atmosphere akin to alot of the other MM empire. Long, colorful bar with comfy stools.
Decent selection of mainstream craft beers, though nothing really to get excited about. Too many Rogue taps for my tastes (one of my least favorite craft breweries). Tons of canned offerings on display in the cooler, which struck me as odd - are they trying to make a statement?
The pizza here is OK. Maybe 8 years ago they'd be on to something with "artisinal" pies with exotic ingredients, but everyone and their dog does them nowadays. Gotta do better with the execution, folks, the pizza was just downright mediocre.
Where this place really falls apart is the service. MM apparently goes out of its way to hire "cool" hipsters to promote that type of vibe. The problem is, 99.9% of hipsters are TERRIBLE at providing the least modicum of customer service. Case in point: we waited 15 minutes before even being approached to order a beer...and the place was empty. The tattooed/multi-pierced bartender obviously had more important things to worry about...checking her i-phone, chatting with employees, tending to minor bar duties....all while we waited patiently. My DC for the evening is a marginal craft fan and wanted to order an Abita Purple Haze, as he had fond memories of it during a recent trip to New Orleans. Unfortunately, this self-important DB of a server more or less mocked his choice and asked him if he wanted to try something "better". I responded for him, asking for a Green Flash WC IPA (a fairly ubiquitous choice that's available in a lot of AZ bars, and I knew wasn't on tap here) - she sarcastically responded "We don't have it here!" and stormed away. No beers for either of us I guess. Fortunately, a less hipster 'keep came on duty immediately after and served my friend the Abita with zero attitude.
Do yourself a favor and go to Gordon Biersch next door or to Tops across the street if you are in the area and looking for good beer.
01-04-2012 16:30:53 | More by SunDevilBeer
More User Reviews:
3.75/5 rDev +5.6%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Thought the selection was great and only 2nd to WoB in Tempe. Service at the bar was excellent and had at least 4 different people ask us if we were good and if we needed anything when they noticed my glass was empty. Food was Ok, definitely overpriced and would rather just come to visit for a beer. If you're looking for a good variety on Mill, I'd go here, just after WoB and certainly before Handlebar (boring!).
06-04-2014 16:18:36 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
3.58/5 rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Let me start this by saying I do agree with the sentiment that this joint definitely lures in the hipsters that want to appear to be craftbrew enthusiasts, who after one IPA go back to ordering the PBR cans to "round out" their evening. If you can get past them, it truly is a welcome spot in Tempe... We need more places with options like this. I've never been disappointing by the draft selection -- worst case, I default to a Modus from Ska (certainly not a bad contingency move). If you go in for happy hour, the pizza by the slice isn't a bad deal to woof down in between pints. We usually hit this place up after we close out the rock gym down the street and it's typically not crowded by then, despite it's close proximity to campus. All in all, it's a great way to unwind after pulling crimpers on 5.10 faces (sorry, that's climber-speak) and the perfect recovery drink is a hefty IPA in a chilled glass to soothe the tired fingers. It does give of that franchised-establishment vibe, but it's still great place with a unique (and local) selection that will satisfy a range of crowd.
07-25-2013 04:08:02 | More by StrongAleSkeptic
4.13/5 rDev +16.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Best draft beer selection in Tempe. "Best" meaning the largest number of craft beer taps in the city.
Although this is a chain, the owner gets to choose the amount of beer and type of beer provided. The bar area is great, with plenty of seating, plenty of TV's, and a great view of the selection.
The official count is...
44 brews (4 of those 44 are seasonals, the other two are reserved for a fresh, local root beer and a cider; this might rotate)
Several 22oz. bottles
Great atmosphere. The music is always enjoyable, but the volume is always high. The volume slowly decreases as your brain/ears become accustomed to the sound.
Pleasant bartenders. Service is usually lacking at the tables, so I go straight for the bar now that I've had my experience at the tables with a server.
The beer is always fresh and the proper glassware is used. Pint glasses are always chilled, though, so expect the first few sips to be numbingly cold.
I've visited three nights in a row from Tuesday, August 23rd through Thursday, August 25th. The experience has gotten better every time. They have Left Hand Milk Stout on nitro-tap! One of the most delicious beers I have ever tasted. They seem to have a bias towards certain breweries. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. Rogue is represented on ten (10!) of the taps. Some other highly represented breweries are Sonoran and Four Peaks, but these are understandable because they are local breweries. And I'm all for the local beer.
Happy Hour is 3-6PM and 10PM-2AM. From 3-6PM, it's 1/2 off all drinks and munchies (appetizers). 16oz. pints go for $6 and 20oz. goes for $7. So during Happy Hour, beers are a steal at $3 and $3.50, respectively. From 10PM-2AM, it's 1/2 off all drinks and $3 cheese and pepperoni pizza slices. The pizza is amazing! Delicious toppings, dough, and crust. The crust has seasoning sprinkled on it, so when you get to it, it becomes a breadstick that you can dip in their delicious ranch dressing!
So for the past few nights, my routine has been to go in at some time after 10PM and grab a pint and a slice. Only $6 + tax & tip.
My first experience was questionable because I had bad service and the pretzels we ordered were terrible. But since then, I can only say good things.
Great beer, great food, and a great location!
Edit: There's also a Brewmaster's Dinner held at least once a month at a very reasonable price.
08-26-2011 09:34:41 | More by Gatch
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