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B.O.B.'s Brewery

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14 Beers
33 Ratings
Place Score: 78
Ratings: 38
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: n/a
Taps: 10
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

20 Monroe Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49503
United States
phone: (616) 356-2000

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Reviews by Yetiman420:
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4.15/5  rDev +26.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

During a terrible snow and cold freeze of early February 2007, I did a white-knuckler western Michigan loop consisting of the top-rated brewpubs in Western Michigan. The trip began in the southwest corner at the Livery in Benton Harbor, up to New Holland in Holland, over to The Hideout, Founders, and BOB in Grand Rapids. Individual reviews are below and my rankings from a total experience are New Holland, The Hideout, The Livery, Founders, and BOB.

My perspective is based on visits to almost 200 brewpubs across North America. I’m an avid homebrewer and craft-beer drinker but no means an expert on the contest judging of beers. I know good beer when I taste it.

Comments about the building are in line with my experience. I stayed across the street at the Courtyard (which is also within a nice walk to Founders). Since Founders didn't serve food, I decided I would stop here for a beer and dinner. They have a couple of bar restaurants within the building and they all serve the brewed beer. I ate at the steakhouse, wanted the IPA but it was not available and settled for the pale. It was passable and worth their effort. Nothing exceptional. The steakhouse food was very good and I speak from the experience of a lot of business dinners. This is a great place to take a group - you can drink decent micro's and there will be somehing to appeal to everyone in your crowd.

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3.83/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

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4.36/5  rDev +32.9%

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.66/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

At the recent NHC in Grand Rapids, three of us headed across the street to have lunch at The Bob. An acronym for Big Old Building, this is a large 1903 grocery warehouse turned into a strange collection of venues. A small brewery lurks in the basement, Bobarino's pizza place is upstairs, a comedy club, dueling pianos, a steak house, and more! The brewery was closed (they should have opened up for NHC!) so we went to Bobarino's instead. We shared a sampler of their beers and those were all across the board: a nasty diacetyl IPA, but Crimson King Amber and Spaceboy Stout were both decent. The food was also decent but not special.

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of guityler83
3.26/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 2.75 | food: 4

Another stop in during NHC and just a few blocks away from the convention center, B.O.B.'s House of Brews is in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids on the second floor of a 5? story building.

The bar was mostly empty except for a few handful of folks at the bar so I pulled up a seat. The waitress, while cute, was one of those that feels obligated to call every person of the opposite sex, hun, babes, darlin', <fill in the blank> which got old quick but I ordered the IPA per her recommendation out of the 7 beers on tap from the brewery. Nothing really that out of the ordinary, pretty typical line-up. (IPA, stout, brown ale, amber, blonde ale, etc). The IPA was fresh and had a nice hop flavor to it but nothing ground breaking.The interior was kind of generic, pool table, beer signs, it reminded me of a college-y spot. The sandwhich I ordered however was very tasty, pork belly.

In all I'd say if you're in GR for a decent amount of time check it out, but if your time is limited, there are so many other great places in the area - Don't bother.

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

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1/5  rDev -69.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +37.2%

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3.05/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Wasn't too impressed with this place. Seems more like a typical bar/night club trying to jump on the craft beer bandwagon. Their beer is decent/good, however not nearly as good as other breweries within walking distance. The majority of the patrons seemed more interested in Miller lite or Bud Light.

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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1/5  rDev -69.5%

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B.O.B.'s Brewery in Grand Rapids, MI
78 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.