Black Forest Brew Haus
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Reviews by mgbickel:
4.13/5 rDev +7.3%
Another weekday lunch trip...well, late lunch at least.
From the outside, this looks like a place my grandmother would go to...nothing about it screams "Brew Haus". The interior is another story...although I am still not getting the German influence. I called the interior a cross between a 70's night club and a Smokey Bones.
You enter into a wide opened area...there is a room for seating off to the left and a large "U" shaped bar a few steps up on the right. The is another bar on the main level that lines the wall where the kitchen is. The brewing equipment sits opposite the entrance. There is yet another room beyond the large bar area...this place is massive!
The beer selection is better that average for a brewpub. They have your common selections, but also some special brews...I opted for the smoked porter.
The food was really good...with a decently unique menu.
The service was great...we had a few different girls taking care of us...I guess the main reason for that is the time of day we were there...but hey, points are points!
We almost didn't go into the place based upon the outside, but once in, we were pleasantly surprised. Worth checking out...
02-08-2011 21:24:21 | More by mgbickel
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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.