Bo's Brewery & Bistro
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4.03/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped at Bo's for the first time. I was visiting from Chicago and had to go to the place that "kicked my butt" with their big beers at the Michigan Summer Beer Fest. Since this was Jaunary, I thought I would run into lots of the "Big Guys". Nope. None. The largest beer they had was about 7%. They were brewing or saving their big ones for the Winter Michigan Beer Fest in February.
They had about seven of their own beers on tap (Blonde,Pale Ale, Wheat, IPA-Kolch, Porter, Red, Brown). I tried a flight and all were clean with no aftertaste. Bo's really does brew some tasty beer.
The food was good quality brewpub food. The staff was attentive and friendly. The room was huge and very empty for a Friday night.
I will return here again. However, I will call first to see what is on tap.
01-29-2007 17:26:46 | More by tyee
3.95/5 rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped into this place for lunch on the way to Kuhnhenns. It has a typical sports bar feel to it with the exception of the brewing equipment. We pulled up to the bar in front of the big fish tank. There were 7 beers on tap ranging from a red ale, a blond ale, a pale ale to their Mai Bock and HUGE Imperial Stout which clocked in at 20%. The Imperial Stout was quite tasty and the huge alcohol was masked well except for the burn on the finish. I was hoping for at least 2 of their big beers to be on but the other we sampled were solid as well. The menu had a good variety and I had a pita wrap which was good as were the chicken tenders. The bartender was pretty friendly and gave us some flyers and pamphlets on Michigan craft beers. They had bottled of their Vintage Ale and Imperial Stout to go for a reasonable 5 bucks considering they are about 20%. Altogether a nice stop that I would hit if I was in the area again.
05-04-2006 19:20:09 | More by meathookjones
4/5 rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
I had a good time at Bo's. Stopped in during the Pontiac "Arts, Beats & Eat's" festival, which is a crazy time with people everywhere. I was impressed with the staff. We waited maybe 15 minutes for a table. I would imagine that during the non-festival weekends, which are the other 51 weekend of the year, that immediate seating would be no problem.
The food was good. We had a few appetizers, such as your standard Buffalo Wings, a very good spinach and artichoke dip and our sandwiches were hot and fresh and served up quickly.
We made our way through most of the beers on the menu (they brew their own, of course). All were very, very good. I recommend the Porter and the Pale Ale highly.
09-22-2004 00:37:55 | More by proc
4.2/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
Bo's Bistro And Brewery is located in Pontiac, Michigan just off of Michigan 59. There is metered parking outside on the street (30 minutes for a quarter). Upon entering, the place looks amazing. There is about a sixteen seat bar to the left, tables scattered around the place on the right, and a loft above the kitchen straight ahead from the entrance.
Even after the festival I thought that Bos just wanted to be a Dogfish clone, since the smallest of the four beers they brought to the festival was an 11% double ipa. After having the beers Wayne, the brewer, just makes very good beer. The tap selection includes six small beers and two big ABV beers. The five beer sampler includes five ounces of the small beers and three ounces of the big beers. The samplers were served quickly and beers were fresh and the tap lines were very well maintained. The beers included a nut brown, a pale ale, a wit, a fruit wheat beer, an amber eisbock, a grand cru and a golden ale. For the most part the beers were very good, though we did not have the golden ale and the nut brown was weird.
The service was good; our bartender answered any questions that we had about the beers and Wayne the brewer personally poured our growler for us.
Overall this place is well worth a trip for any person. They also bottle some of their big beers to go (an example was their 21% Solar Eclipse imperial stout; the cost was 5.00 when I was there). The place is not far from the Silverdome.
08-20-2004 03:35:57 | More by cupbeerman
4.34/5 rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Atmosphere: Bo's is located in downtown Pontiac, on the corner of Huron and Saginaw. The outside of the building has a large awning, with the brewing equipment plainly visible in the windows. Inside, Bo's is very spacious, with a large dining room and quite a bit of seating on a 2nd floor loft at the back of the building. The building is brick, with the red brick walls adorned with brewery decorations and a large Bo's neon. The bar has a few stools. Behind it sits a large chalkboard listing the available beers. We were there in the middle of the day, so it was near-dead, so we couldn't say how this place would be on a weekend night, but it seems that with such a bright, spacious place that it could be fairly sociable to go there.
Quality/Selection: Bo's usually has 8 selections; 6 smaller beers, and 2 of the large beers that they're well-known for. At the time we were there, the small beers included a blonde ale, 2 wheat beers (one fruit, one wit), a brown ale, and a pale ale. The 2 large beers were the 12% Amber Eisbock and the 14% Grand Cru, served in a 8 oz. goblet. Most of the beers were solid, and didn't seem to be just afterthoughts to the ABV monsters.
Service: The service at Bo's was quite good. The bartender knew her beers, and didn't offer us the blonde ale in our sampler sets. It was also a pleasure to meet Wayne, the brewer, and chat about his beers and beer in general. In addition, he filled our Amber Eisbock growler, despite the manager saying that it wasn't possible to do so. In general, our time at Bo's was most pleasant.
I have to admit that I first thought that Bo's was making their name through gimmicky big beers to the detriment of all else. They certainly make big beers, and they're enjoyable, but I found Bo's to be so much more. Bo's just had good beers in general, and I enjoyed the majority of the small beers as well. I hope to make it back here again, and give more of their beers a try!!
07-31-2004 22:29:59 | More by beergeek279
3.68/5 rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Quite atmospheric if the geriatric alcoholic quaffing pints of 19% vintage ale that outlived his two brothers and worked in Canada for thirty years and drove a red Reliant isn't reliving his entire past in your right ear. Brewpub brick and wood, nothing fancy. Upper level with live tunes. Quite a brew menu with some high ABV beers and standards, eight total. Lots of little blue lights for the tripper in you. Some beer was excellent, some nasty, not quite sure if they had a bug in the place or a funky yeast strain. Worth a trip for the Michigan Rasp-Cherry Stout alone.
04-03-2003 17:13:58 | More by inebrius
Bo's Brewery & Bistro in Pontiac, MI
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