Broken Top Bottle Shop & Ale Cafe
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Taps: 15 / Bottles: 300
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 7 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
4.14/5 rDev +8.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped by for the first time the other day.
Broken Top sort of strikes me as the Bend version of Belmont Station, except that they actually have a kitchen here. Otherwise, as you walk in, there's a smallish dininig area and bar on your right, and then the bottle shop area to your left. BTB is essentially a two room operation (both roughy the same size), but with a patio area as well. There's nothing really remarkable about the atmophere or ambiance here, and the place seemed to have a very infomral and utilitarian vibe to it.
That being said, the beer selection here is first rate, with some 11 different craft offerings on tap (one cider as well), and then the sizeable bottle selection. Everything in the bottle shop is kept in cold boxes, which is a nice touch I think. The selection is very strong and varied (maybe they had some, but I don't recall seeing any macro swill in the cold box), and included the best selection of Cascade stuff I've seen outside of the barrel house or brewery (8 different sours from Cascade in fact). The tap list wasn't quite as impressive, but even there, on this day they had SN Bigfoot and the just released new batch of Boneyard notorious., along with the Rogue shakespere stout on nitro.
Service was decent I thought. It was pretty clear the woman waiting on me wasn't the most knowledgeable bartender in the world, but she was friendly, quick and effecient, which was all I required. I also ordered the korean beef tacos while here, and they were really good (with some good spice and heat to them). The menu struck me as kind of limited, but what I saw looked pretty interesting, and as indicated, the tacos I got were terrific.
The only real downside to this place, is the prices struck me as a bit on the high side. Draft prices weren't too bad (most selections were in the $4 range, with my 10 ounce glass of notorious going for $5), but bottle prices were high across the board. Things like the Cascade Strawberry and Elderberry were $30 a pop, with the Figaro going for $35, and I think the Vlad going for around $40. I think the Firestone Walker Velvit Merkin and the DDBA were in the $16 to $18 range. Not outlandish, but certainly a bit high. Ryan (Sharpski) mentioned that they give you a 10% discount for take home purchases, which makes the pricing here a bit more palatable. BTB really needs to do a better job advertising that fact (IMHO), as I didn't see a sign anywhere mentioning that you get a discount for take home purchases.
So maybe I wouldn't recommend doing a lot of bottle shopping here, but the draft list is solid, and the food is quite good. Pretty sure I'll be back.
10-07-2013 17:09:49 | More by John_M
4.23/5 rDev +11.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
One of two bottle shops in Bend, Broken Top Bottle Shop also has 12 taps with a good rotation of local and national/imports, with 1-3 taps for cider and/or mead. Current tap and bottle list kept on their website. They also offer tasting flights of the beers on draft, which at $10 for 5 x 5oz tasters can be a huge value for the caliber of beers they offer.
Bottle prices are based on in-house consumption with 10% off for to-go sales, so it may appear they are on the high end, but prices are fairly competitive when this is factored in. I like this approach better than adding a percentage or flat rate for in-house consumption, but to each their own.
Service has always been fine in my experience, either at the bar or browsing for bottles. Cooler selection is a little light compared to other bottle shops in my experience, but it seems well curated with little "filler", and still represents a broad range of breweries and styles.
I haven't eaten there, but the menu makes it clear they're trying harder than the average brewpub with lots of daily specials, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Everything I've seen come out of the kitchen looks like good food presented well.
Update 6/25/14: Having eaten there multiple times now, I can vouch for the deliciousness of the regular menu items and have been impressed with some of the daily specials. Another feather in this place's cap.
05-19-2013 18:15:39 | More by sharpski
4.58/5 rDev +20.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I was in Bend and visiting quite a number of breweries, beer bars, and bottle shops.
This place was recommended by a couple locals to check out so I made it my last stop of the trip. I was glad I did! Broken top has a few large coolers full of craft beer bottles. I saw quite a few tough to find beers (especially since I'm from Colorado) including Logsdon, Midnight Sun, Alesmith, Russian River, and Epic Beer. They even had a few Cascade bottles including Strawberry, Sang Noire, and The Vine. The owner said they go up to Portland to grab a few bottles of the limited releases so that customers can try these rarities. Great selection. Not as many bottles as the other bottle shop in town, but the quality was noticeable.
I also had dinner here. The wings were great. Big portions of meat and good sauce. I also tried one of their three special sliders of the day. Great food and service. They have a large menu so anyone should be able to find something they like.
They also had a really nice selection of taps, 12 total. I had Double Mountains IRA which was great. I was about to have the server open me a bottle of Midnight Sun Berserker, but he said he had a keg and was wondering if I would rather have it on tap. Hell yeah! Berserker on tap!!! So he kindly pulled a keg out and replaced it with Berserker just for me. What service. The server happened to be the owner, and we got to talking for a good while. Great guy!
The atmosphere is nice too. A good sized bar area. It had a coffee house feel to it. Very well lit.
I highly recommend you check this place out. It's a little ways from downtown but well worth the short drive. Great staff and a very knowledgeable owner. Awesome food and beer. What elso do you want?
09-18-2012 21:09:02 | More by Norsebrew
1.13/5 rDev -70.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | $$$
I found myself in Bend, OR and looking through the bottle shops found this place listed here on BA. Looked at their website, saw Logsdon Peche n' Brett listed. Seemed unlikely, but I called to confirm, they confirmed over the phone that they had a couple bottles left, and I told them I would be there shortly (was there within the hour).
Looking in the display case I didn't see any, so inquired with a staff member, who then stated they were out of it and that he thought I said Seizon Bretta over the phone (which they had more than a couple of, and this beer is available almost everywhere in large quantities). Looking at the bar beside him next to a couple customers, a bottle of Peche N' Brett was sitting on the bar with several other random bottles. I asked, "what about that bottle"? He replied that it was his personal "stash" and that they had sold out of the Peche and he was sorry for the misunderstanding over the phone.
Quite the coincidence, I call about the bottle(s) and he just happens to have his "stash" on the bar with said bottle(s) while stating they sold out a while ago. Their website (as of today 7-30-12) still lists Peche n' Brett on the bottle list. I don't mean to be non-constructive (or "score-altering") but this was my entire experience with this place....and it was bad, so that's the review.
07-30-2012 20:18:30 | More by landhoney
Broken Top Bottle Shop & Ale Cafe in Bend, OR
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