Black Forest Brew Haus
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Reviews by BeTheBall:
3.83/5 rDev -0.5%
Went after the US Open Saturday afternoon during a rain break for us. Not many people there; the place is sort uf huge with two large bar areas and many tables surroudning them, along with another room/patio area. Dark wood makes it feel German as they intend. We sat at the bar on the right with some of their beer club regulars, average age even older than me (56). Really friendly and nice people that like to drink beer and socialize. Wait staff was also very friendly.
We drank the Hefe, the Maibock and an IPA. All were good, and were right on style. I did have to ask for no fruit; the Hefe was very cloudy and very tasty. Maibock was sweet and malty, very tasty. The IPA was not a hop bomb, but did satisfy an old hop head like me.
Ate as an appetizer for the 2 of us what they call a Flame Cake, which is sort of like a pizza but with no cheese or sauce? Just the dough and your toppings. Kind of dry, but at the same time light and easy to eat.
If and when I return to the Farmingdale area (next UPS Open at Bethpage?), I will be back.
06-23-2009 17:35:06 | More by BeTheBall
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3.65/5 rDev -5.2%
Not much to eat here for vegetarians. The beer cheese fondue is a delicious for dipping pretzel's in though. Really delicious. The quesadilla was good, but fairly standard. As for the beer, it's good. Nothing special, but it's okay. It's on par with what I've come to expect from small brewpubs/breweries. I really like the atmosphere in here though. There's a darker room with the bar, a more well lit second room and an outdoor patio area, so there's lots of variety in terms of location once inside. This aspect makes up for the previous weaknesses. It fills a certain void on Long Island. There's really no other sizable brew pubs that feel brewery-like, rather than like a restaurant (such as John Harvard's), so I appreciate them leading the way on Long Island in that regard. The beer could use some work (95% of all LI beers could), and if there was some more vegetarian options this place would be top notch.
08-02-2014 23:12:12 | More by ArsMoriendiOU818
3.85/5 rDev 0%
Located in an industrial area, and with a red and green chipped paint facade (most likely this place was a former Italian restaurant...no blue, black or yellow here) and with poorly designed signage, I wasn't expecting much. The back looked like the front. If it wasn't for the parking lot I wouldn't know which was which. My home brewing partner didn't think it was opened, but it was.
We stepped inside and were pleasantly surprised. Great atmosphere. Lots of polished dark wood. Bright copper brewing kettles in plain sight. Lot's of space (two nice bars, multiple dining areas and an outdoor "beer garden"). Friendly service.
We ordered the flight and some finger food. The Weizen was very good. The Pilsner a bit over hopped. The Amber and Oktoberfest tasted identical. The Pumpkin was a pleasant surprise. No overwhelming pie spices. My beer battered chicken tenders were perfectly cooked and my friends Quesidilla was pretty jumbo. I can't rate the real food but I plan on coming back. A nice experience and I'm looking forward to their winter brews
10-23-2013 03:26:07 | More by theBubba
3.78/5 rDev -1.8%
Very good German style beers. I had the hef and my girl had the pale ale.. both were very good... not the best ever but way beyond good and paired well with the food.
Server was so so... asked for a beer menu and he quickly went thru the 5 or so beers they offered and left us be... not superb but far from horrible service... about average.
Food was phenomenal... I ordered the brat and my girl had the bruben which is a beer simmered Ruben.... mine was also cooked in beer.... again... great food.
Overall I would definitely recommend this place if you haven't been and are into German beer. The food goes excellent with the beers and it's a perfect brew pub type eatery.
06-19-2013 22:29:17 | More by pjkelley82
3.33/5 rDev -13.5%
Visited on a Wednesday night, December 2011:
My first impression as I walked up to the establishment from the parking lot was that I thought that the exterior needed some renovation, as it appeared that renovations had probably not occurred since the late 70s or early 80s, so I was hesitant to walk in the place. Upon entering, the place immediately warmed up and you immediately notice how big the place is. I took a place at the bar, which maybe only seated 15-20 people. From here, I think that the past reviewers described the place pretty well.
Upon taking a seat, I noticed the list of beers on tap, as others noted, mostly German styles, and I think that they had 6 listed, but the bartender noted that one was out. That night I tried the Hefeweizen and the Amber, which was a Marzen style. Both beer were well done and overall good, but I didn't think that they were anything spectacular.
The atmosphere of the place was perhaps slightly above average, there weren't that many people in the place that night and from where I was sitting at the bar you could see into the kitchen and where the waitresses picked up the food (although to be fair, you can see this from practically anywhere in the place), which I didn't really care for.
The service was average and the food, mainly German fare, was well done. Overall, perhaps not a beer destination, but if I found myself back in the area, I would probably stop by, just to try more of the beers and the fact that there are few beer places in the area.
12-07-2011 17:55:21 | More by PhillyStyle
Black Forest Brew Haus in Farmingdale, NY
87 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.