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Original Gravity Public House

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 13.49%
Taps: 25
Bottles: 20
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

66 S 1st St
San Jose, California, 95113-2406
United States
phone: (408) 915-2337

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @origgravpub

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(Place added by: Philousa on 07-29-2012)
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willjschmidt

California

4.11/5  rDev -1%

A newish beer bar located in downtown San Jose.

Atmosphere: Located on 4th street in downtown San Jose, across the street from Good Karma. The inside space is pretty small. It gets very crowded on weekend evenings and it's difficult to move around and get to the bar. However, they have a large outdoor patio with picnic tables.

Quality: Beers are served in standard pint glasses or tulips.

Service: I've never had any issues with service here, it seems to be pretty good.

Selection: Selection is very good, especially for San Jose. They have 25 taps and are constantly rotating them. There is a video board above the board that displays the beers currently on-tap along with info such as ABV, serving size, price, and a type of beer. They also update their website in real time so you can check what they have on-tap before heading down.

Food: Food is limited but pretty good. They have about a dozen different types of gourmet sausages with toppings. They also have grilled cheese sandwiches. The best thing here are the duck fat fries, also served with a selection of dipping sauces.

Value: Pretty pricey. Also most beers are served in sizes smaller than a pint.

05-13-2013 17:24:47 | More by willjschmidt
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largadeer

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

06-03-2014 01:37:03 | More by largadeer
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easong

California

4.4/5  rDev +6%

San Jose, America's tenth largest city, has been the Sahara of interesting craft beer for way too long. (As a dedicated Shark's fan, I have had to do my pre-game exercises in Palo Alto).

No longer. Here are 25 rotating taps in a smallish new pub on a reasonably happening block of South First, run by a couple of guys who understand good beer and the people who go out of their way to get them on tap. There were multiple IPAs, including one from Denmark (Evil Twin), along with 2 from Firestone, the excellent Drake's Aroma Coma, and Heretic Evil Cousin, Ninkasi, porters, stout, and saisons from Port and Ballast Point. Barleywine. Belgian on draught too, as well as in bottles.

Food was sausages and grilled cheese. No salads. No burgers. No pizza. No room for any of that. But...there is poutine. And duck fat fries. Oh yeah. Wash that down with something 9% and hoppy.

This place is clearly a labor of love for the operators, and I wish them success. Hopefully hockey season will not be locked out this year -- they have a beautiful screen and sound system. And patio.

08-27-2012 01:20:58 | More by easong
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ironchefkook

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

06-29-2014 07:19:46 | More by ironchefkook
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Afty

California

3.65/5  rDev -12%

Original Gravity is the go-to beer bar for my group of friends. They pour a lot of interesting beers, they host fun beer events with various local breweries, and they have a nice, hip vibe.

Their food is limited to sausages, simple sandwiches, and fries. The fries are cooked in duck fat and are delicious. I'm not a huge fan of the sausages, but they do have many different sausage choices.

Their beer choices are excellent, probably the best in the South Bay. They get a lot of unique beers that you won't see elsewhere around San Jose. Their prices are a little high -- maybe $1-2 more than I would expect to pay for those beers.

10-26-2013 07:12:33 | More by Afty
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InfernoBoss

California

4.78/5  rDev +15.2%

A welcome addition to the South Bay craft scene. 25 taps feature a rotating selection, which can change day by day. You'll find some craft standards from Lagunitas, Green Flash, Firestone Walker, Ballast Point, Drakes, Heretic, Breury, and Lost Abbey, alongside a good variety of Belgians. You'll also find selections from outside of California, such as Oskar Blues, Victory, Ninkasi, Rogue, Deschutes, and Flying Dog. A recent visit included the Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA.

While food is still limited, the selection of sausages was top notch. Coming soon are Grilled Cheese sandwiches.

Service was energetic, with Lynn, the manager, coming over to introduce herself and inquire as to how everything was.

With the variety of dining establishments within walking distance in downtown San Jose, I'm sure that Original Gravity will solidly fill a niche for those looking for before/after dinner brews, as well as those who will camp out on the patio and make an evening of things right here!

08-10-2012 07:16:26 | More by InfernoBoss
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QuakeAttack

California

4.11/5  rDev -1%

I have been to OG Public House three times in the last six months. Great addition to the South Bay Beer Scene and downtown San Jose. Yes, San Jose is actually starting to have a downtown!

Atmosphere: It's small and has several TVs to watch sports. Good mix of ages between college, younger business, and old farts like myself. In the end, it's nice, but nothing special.

Quality: Both the beer selection (rotates quite often) and limited food is excellent. Some great breweries such as Stone, Firestone,and BallastPoint are available along with local breweries. Food is limited to sausages, fry's and a few other selections, but is very good. Loved the bread!

Service: Friendly, knowledgeable, and personable. You really can't ask for more.

Selection: 25 Taps with different styles which rotate often and appear both on their web site and a screen in the bar. I always find 2-3 beers that I try and often more. It would be nice to up the taps by 10-15 overtime...

Food: Limited, but quality is excellent.

Value: The cost of the beer is at least equal to those at Hofbrau House and better than Steins in Mountain View and anything in SF.

08-09-2013 23:12:30 | More by QuakeAttack
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rowbow

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

06-10-2014 20:53:22 | More by rowbow
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NRo

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

I went for Santa Clara Valley Brewing's release of New Almaden Red.

The staff were friendly, even with a crowded bar. The courtyard in the back provided ample seating, and a nice, peaceful, outside atmosphere.

They have a very good selection of beer, and you can always check their website to see what's on tap. The food is good as well. They have a variety of sausages that go great with ale. I look forward to coming back with friends.

01-25-2014 00:22:02 | More by NRo
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JesseLara

California

3.99/5  rDev -3.9%

I really want to like this place but it gets harder and harder to with the service at times and the prices.
Tap list is awesome
food is great, although some of it a bit pricey
staff is generally nice, although when they get busy they can be a bit standoffish
I will continue to visit on occasion hoping to find that one thing.

07-03-2014 00:20:30 | More by JesseLara
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Original Gravity Public House in San Jose, CA
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