Madison Pour House
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Taps: 40 / Bottles: 100
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 7 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
4.39/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
A new place opened up in the past couple of months, in the former Mahar's space. Didn't go to the original Mahar's so can't compare it really, but this is definitely a great new bar.
Crowded on a Friday night at 7, had to stand around for a bit before being able to grab a table. Vibe and decor are interesting- crowded downstairs bar area, less crowded upstairs table area. The walls are all green. Nice fireplace upstairs.
About 40 taps or so, two casks. Beers are available in various sizes- 5/10/16 oz. Not all are available in 16 oz, but all are available in the first two. Tried 5 oz tasters of Rushing Duck Beanhead, Sixpoint Hi-Res, and Wandering Star Mild at Heart on cask. Got a 10oz of Gandhi-Bot- first time I've ever seen it on tap, which was a great surprise. Huge, varied selection- not just the typical craft beer bar selection of all pale ales and stouts. Having a dark mild on cask was very nice- was the best of the night other than Gandhi. Prices were ok, $2-$3 for the 5 oz tasters. 10 oz of Gandhi was $9 though bit high, if you ask me.s
Got some food too- the Irish Nachos were an inventive variation on nachos, and good pretzels with cheese and mustard were ordered as well. Doesn't seem like a place you'd want to get a full dinner, but the small snacks all looked very tasty.
Service was ok, but a bit slow at times, they seem to have some trouble dealing with the big crowds. Seems like it would be fine on a Saturday/Sunday afternoon.
Highly recommended for sure. Best craft selection I've found in Albany.
02-22-2014 05:13:47 | More by GreesyFizeek
3.93/5 rDev -9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3 | $$$
Located in the former Mahar's space, Madison Pour House seems to be an attempt to capitalize on the Mahar's name, but in a more updated, "newbie" friendly environment.
A: First, the décor. It's really, really awkward. The walls are the color of AstroTurf and there are faux stone fixtures and antlers on the wall. It's hunting cabin meets golf course. It's a very uncomfortable space in that sense. Otherwise, the space is well laid out and there are comfortable places to sit with your beer.
Q: Overall, the beers offered high quality and served well. I've had a few experiences with under pours and unfortunately, all of the draft lines are at the same serving temperature so your stout and your IPA both come out at the same temp. So good, but not great.
S: Service has been pretty solid every time I've visited. Staff are friendly and for the most part are knowledgeable about beer. It can take a while to get served, so perhaps a service station a la the old Mahar's would be a good idea.
S: Selection is varied, with 40 taps. There are always a couple of nice options worth trying. Nothing really too spectacular or out of the ordinary, but solid. The beer list is an issue though, with beers crossed out and written over it can be difficult to tell what's available and what is not. Cask and nitro beers are not always clearly labeled, especially when recently updated. No beer list on a chalkboard is an issue.
F: I've only had food here once and it was... okay. The hummus was tasty and the toastie was really soggy and not that flavorful. I'll try it again, but there are plenty of better options when it comes to beer + food.
Overall, it's another nice craft option. They're new, so with some effort, they should be able to work out the kinks and move things in a positive direction.
02-19-2014 18:11:52 | More by vonnegut21
4.2/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
visited on a Friday night for some beers after dinner.
Wow, if you didn't know it, you would never know that this was the old Mahar's location. Much more space. The first floor has tables on the right, and the bar on the left. The ceiling above the bar is cut open to the 2nd floor. Stairs in the back lead up to the 2nd floor where there are more tables. Our group sat upstairs at a table and between two waitresses we had attentive table service to order our beers. The color scheme is questionable, as the green walls and red trim say "Christmas" to me. the décor is highlighted with dark wood, old beer relics, plus random antique knick knacks.
They had 40 beers on tap, plus a couple of cask selections, and a half dozen or so wine selections. Not sure what the bottle situation was, as we stuck to draft beer. The paper printout beer list with the draft beers was numbered to make ordering easier, and all beers were available in a 5 oz taster, 10oz snifter, or 16 oz pint. The selection was a nice wide range of styles, mostly American craft with some European beers mixed in. There were a few limited release beers mixed in.
Our servers were very friendly and checked back fairly often. Only once over a couple hours did our beers go empty prior to the new round having been ordered. We did not have any food.
The only compliant from our group was that while some beers were in the expected cost range, some of the beers prices were quite high. For example, $9 for a 10oz of Bell's Hopslam was not something I expected in Albany. Maybe NYC or Philly.
02-15-2014 17:03:33 | More by jmdrpi
Madison Pour House in Albany, NY
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