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B.O.B.'s Brewery

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14 Beers
33 Ratings
Place Score: 78
Ratings: 39
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.29
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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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 13
Reviews by granger10:
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2.98/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

The Big Old Building has about 4 different areas to find something to enjoy. There's like 2 restaurants, a comedy club up top, a lounge in the middle, and a dance club on the main floor. So there's something for everybody. This place is a bit pricey and more of a 30 yo yuppie type of place, but I don't mind it too much. There's a good amount of style selections of the beer but its all BOB beer which is mostly dumbed down for the masses. The food was so-so that I had, but i didnt go to the expensive area. Service wasn't too good as far as the beer knowledge was concerned. I asked for the Holidaze beer that I saw on the tap handle and she said there was no such thing. Then she came back later and apologized and said she wasn't 21 so she didnt know that stuff, but that shouldnt really matter. Anyways, a good place for everyone just a little pricey.

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3.71/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

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vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

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3.66/5  rDev +11.2%
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 -8.8%

Photo of guityler83
3.26/5  rDev -0.9%
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 -8.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -24%

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1/5  rDev -69.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +36.8%

Photo of scm3
3.05/5  rDev -7.3%
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 -8.8%

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B.O.B.'s Brewery in Grand Rapids, MI
78 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.