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Amos Howard's Brew Pub

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Amos Howard's Brew PubAmos Howard's Brew Pub
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66 Ratings
Place Score: 91
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: n/a
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Bottles: --
Cask: N
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2828 West Highway 70
Hickory, North Carolina, 28602
United States
phone: (828) 323-8753

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Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 16
Photo of rodrot
4/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is a cool little brewpub right off of highway 70, close to the Burke county line. I started visiting here way back in the mid-90's right after they first opened and were only serving guest beers because the house brews were still in the tanks! The place has a very homey feel with lots of wood and those big barrels that you can sit in. I've noticed that locals tend to hang out here a lot and that I usually see the same folks at the bar every time I visit, which is usually in the afternoon before the dinner crowd arrives. The house beers are quite good. My favorite is the Hickory Stick Stout and Table Rock Pale Ale(an IPA). The night I visited they also had the new Warning IPA which is the brewery's first >6% beer. I sampled it and it was OK. Nothing to knock your socks off. They also have a massive selection of bottled beers. The food is quite good with large portions of everything from sandwiches to wings, burgers and the like. If you want to visit a true local pub, this is it.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

As one walks in the front door, a huge oak barrel or fermenting barrel is the doorway through which one walks to the bar area. I thought was a nice little touch on the joint.

The bar area has a pretty weird setup, though. The area behind the bar is straight, meaning there are no breaks in the countertop or esses or anything. The front of the bar, where patrons are greeted, is another story. There are lots of zig-zags whereby they have people sitting two by two, facing another couple, and another two couples behind. Makes for very awkward bar scene. If the bar is running east and west, the tables or seating areas are running north and south, perpindicular to the bar. So one must turn 90 degrees either way to see the bar, instead of having to turn 0 degrees. Picture the shape of Pi. Line up five Pi's left to right, and that is the bar area in a nutshell. Ouch, my neck hurts just thinking of it. Very crowded at the bar area too. But its different so I give them extra points for that.

I was there at about 1120 on a Tuesday afternoon so nobody else was there and service was commendable. Took a growler of IPA home with me. Bartender was free to offer opinions on the beers. They also have a pretty nice selection of bottled beers. These bottles of beer are on special each night of the week. I would like them to put their own beers on special.

Didnt have food, just the old liquid lunch. Enjoyable experience. Will probably go back (depending on how my growler of IPA tastes).

Photo of Enola
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

This may be one of the most unique places around. You sit in barrels. We saw a great band here last Sat night at the Halloween party. They have a good selection of beer. Most OHB beers on tap as well as a lot of bottles. Kind of a small place but not too cramped. This is also the place to get your OHB growlers. I will return to this place on occasion. I sat in one of the barrels and I must say it was pretty cool. They also have regular booths if you don't want to be confined a bit or have a large group. The barrels will only hold about 3-4 people.

Photo of wcudwight
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

The other reviews state the atmosphere well. Dank on the outside, but the barrels are unique and certainly add to the place inside. The barrels are from a winery in Valdese N.C. incase anyone was wondering. This is a beer first place as they don't even serve mixed drinks. A lady I was with was kind of dissapointed but I thought that was cool. The selection is good with ten taps that mostly served thier OHB brews and a very nice bottled selection. I noticed Old Crusty and the Imperial Pils from Rogue. They also had bottles from Ommegang. They just went up on their prices 3$ to 3.50 for a pint. 11.75 to 12 something for growlers. It still seems reasonable to me.
Overall this is a good, albiet unexpected place to go and have a pint

Photo of blitz134
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

From the outside of this place it doesn't seem like it would be anything except a macro-haven. Luckily I had beerfly'd this place and stopped by as I was going through Hickory for an early dinner.

I can't say much about the atmosphere, like I said it appeared to be a macro serving place. Its a little dark and dank, but not in the english pub kinda way. I could see this place getting really smoky in the evenings. An interesting point was the large barrels that had been turned into seating booths.

Service was good. The guy at the bar was attentive but didn't stop by too much. Selection was pretty good actually, especially for NC. They had about 10+ taps with about 7 of those dedicated to Olde Hickory beers and about 4 dedicated to some other micros such as blackthorne (thats the only I remember). A nice bottle selection focusing on NC beers. Old Hickory beers were 3 bucks a pint.

Food was good and reasonably priced. If you want something quick the bbq sandwich was good.

Overall a good stop if you want to try the Old Hickory beers, but don't go in expecting a new cutting edge beer bar atmosphere.

Photo of Backer2004
4/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Okay, this is one of the last places to find a Brewpub as good at Olde Hickory. Nestled on the outskirts of the city, the place sits next to practically nothing on the side of the road. I imagine many people who have lived in Hickory, NC their whole life even realize it's there.

Once you make it inside, the place is rather impressive. Mixed in with 80's video games, darts, and a touch screen juke box is the famous barrels to eat in. Definitely choose the barrel instead of a table but watch your head.

I ordered the 4 - 4 ounce sampler of the Hefe, Red, Stout, and Pilsner (four other choices were available as well). Also had about 100 bottles available at reaosnable prices. Also got the Portabellor Strips for an appetizer which were fantastic. Angus Burger good as well.

If you're in Hickory or driving down I-40, it's definitely worth the effort ot seek the place out.

Photo of inebrius
3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Olde Hickory Tap Room downtown location in Union Square.

Anyplace serving a brie and apple plate has to be fairly decent, right?

Wood, typical dark-stained pub style bar and walls. Easy going on an early Wednesday evening. Approx. eight Hickory brews on tap and a dozen guests of varying quality--mostly decent to good. The Piedmont Pilsener was unremarkable, undoubtedly brewed for the greener beer palates, while Hickory Stick Stout was in the realm of tastier beer. Plenty of whiskey and wine for other people. Our server was aloof and indifferent.

Uninspiring really, I'm glad it was there when I was but not sure I would go out of my way for it. If I had been there on a Sunday when live jazz is the norm my perception may have been quite different. Dude I was with tells me the grilled portabello sandwich is wonderful. Maybe next time.

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Amos Howard's Brew Pub in Hickory, NC
91 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.