Water Street Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by slander:
3.68/5 rDev -0.3%
A stop in the Valley of Opportunity for lunch, and the sights we got to see, oh my. You know, nothing says ‘we don’t want you around for long’, like a meter out front your building that you can only feed for a half hour at a time. What sort of bullshit is that? I guess Davo will be running out at 2:03 (and then again at 2:33). Feed, boy, feed...
In a strip on Water Street, Bing! We went in the wrong way, wrong door, wrong building; there was a scary man with a mustache. We quickly left and hunted out the correct way in; still I am haunted. It’s a loooong deep room. Large front windows with red strung lighting over Water Street. Beige walls with local art for sale; vibrant & colorful, and the far wall of brick play with a small coat of arms where the brewing equipment sits. There’s a piece on the wall to the front of the bar has a large space painted on it done blackboardlike listing tap selections, OG, Plato, IBU’s, & ABV’s. Wines listed below and other things of note (shwag, glassware, doggie barley bites, stickers, etc.) Black speckled tilings and a black ceiling with blended ducts & drop spinnys. Piping running across the room from the serving tanks disguised not at all with its red, white, & blue Xmas lighting wrapping. Drop cone lamps tracing the bar and more over the seating adjacent & forward. Serving tanks penned in a row across from the bar and the rest of it to the rear.
Half way back to the left, an ‘L’ shaped orangey wood plank topped bar, wood panel base, and foot box; seating for 13 on hightop chairs. Barback is counter space holding a 6 tap tower with logo handles, and wines & glassware. Growls, shirts, & hats displayed above. 2 more nondescript handles on a kegerator just off the bar.
Nearly a dozen and a half tables between the up front area, some sharing space on a church pew bench, a few adjacent to the bar, and a few more to the rear; hightops hugging the brewing equipment there.
6 beers currently up on tap (as the Harvest Ale & Small Batch Wee Heavy had kicked); the sampler gives you 5 and you have to pay another $1 for the 6th one. Municher Helles, 5.2%, a nice Helles, this one was Win; Cream Ale, 6%, good little bite, crisp, solid; Southern English Mild, 4.3%, Fuggles, herbal, pleasant session; Weizenbock, 8%, deep fruitiness up front but a bit phenolic on the end; Beyond Blonde, 5.8%, a bigger beer, grainy malt, some good hoppiness; Thousand Year Porter, 5.5%, chocolatey & roasty, has some nice licorice notes, I dig. Municher Helles, Cream Ale, & Thousand Year Porter were the best of ‘em. 8 wines and a cider, too. They also flight that out.
Food being the name of the lunch game, I started with the spicy carrot soup. Good stuff, had a nice bite, chunky, there were other vegetables in there; I am convinced. And I was being sold pretty hard on the springtime salad with grilled shrimp, but I held my ground and had at the Asian chicken salad (roasted almonds, fresh oranges, black sesame seeds, onion, & sprouts with a homemade peanut ginger dressing). Yep, this was the way to go.
People stopping through to get growls filled so they’ll have something to drink at BCTC. (unprepared amateurs, they). Beers were okay, a few real nice ones, at least one that was not. Caught a good meal, anyway. Lots of Pogues playing today; came in eighteen to one. Friendly folks. Decent little hub on the crossroads corner of NY.
01-13-2014 02:04:21 | More by slander
More User Reviews:
4.24/5 rDev +14.9%
Nice little place that was very easy to find. Sat at the bar with my girl this afternoon, sunday. and we were served very quickly. The bartender was very helpful with the explanations of the beers and the food. There were six different beers on draft today. There was also a large amount of wines for non beer drinkers. The food came out very quickly and was delicious. The price of everything was very reasonable. Would stop here again if I am ever close by.
08-11-2014 00:03:15 | More by timmy2b
3.91/5 rDev +6%
This is a fairly new Brew pub in downtown Binghamton. It's within walking distance of the recently upgraded Double Tree Hotel, and thus a nice alternative to relax, have a beer and eat some pub food. The beer selection is limited with 5 different ones on tap. I was looking forward to trying their IPA, but they were out of it. I settled for a Pale Ale instead, which was OK, but nothing special. The food is pickup only at the bar (ie, no table service). The food is what you'd expect for pub food, but it was OK. Overall this was a nice experience. I hope they have success at this location, as other businesses tried and failed in the past.
03-23-2014 15:43:03 | More by JohnW58
3.58/5 rDev -3%
General update after ~3 more visits in the last year - beer quality and selection seems to be improving. Food is still hit or miss. Still not in our regular rotation, but we are stopping in more often than I expected to.
Atmosphere - very attractive space with about 15 tables and a long bar. There are 5 serving tanks directly opposite the bar. There is no table service - everything is ordered through the bar - which causes pile ups in that area and makes it somewhat chaotic. Even after 4 months people seem confused by the setup.
Quality - have tried the IPA, Porter, Hefeweizen, American Bitter, English Dark Mild, Helles, and Head First pale ale. The IPA, hefe and Helles were solid and I would order them again. The porter was not good - it was hard to finish the whole pint. The rest were pretty much average offerings and not something I'd go out of my way to try again.
Service - as mentioned above there is no table service and this is putting a lot of responsibility on the bartenders. When it was less busy the service was good, but there can be problems getting through the crowd at the bar at busier times.
Selection - They generally have 4 or 5 beers on tap with pretty good variation in styles. In addition to the beers I tried they have had a US pale ale, a dubbel, and a rye pale ale available.
Food - The menu is very small, but most things we've tried have been alright. On our most recent trip everything seemed overly salty - not sure what was up with that.
Value - pints are $5 which is right in line with what I'd expect. Food prices were reasonable too - think $8 for sandwiches and $12-14 for specials.
10-27-2013 12:07:25 | More by nh2032
Water Street Brewing Co. in Binghamton, NY
86 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.