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Montgomery Brewing Company

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Montgomery Brewing CompanyMontgomery Brewing Company
BA SCORE
84
good

14 Ratings
Ratings: 14
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Active Beers: 0
Beer Ratings: 0
Beer Avg: 0
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

12 W Jefferson St
Montgomery, Alabama, 36104-2516
United States
phone: (334) 834-BREW
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Closed in October 2010

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Reviews by harpus:
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harpus

Alabama

3.38/5  rDev -3.4%

I have been to the Montgomery Brewing Company/Brewery & Cafe twice. The first time I went, I ordered food. The food that I ordered was good and they has a pretty good selection of Sea Food. The second time that Brewing Co./Brewey Cafe I just had beer. The beer was OK, they have a seasonal beer that is rotated every once and a while. I would go back again if I was in the area to try the new seasonal beer. The Second time that I was there, we stayed for the night life. They had a pretty good 80's Rock Band playing.

10-07-2006 05:58:56 | More by harpus
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.18/5  rDev -9.1%

I visited this brewpub while touring through Alabama. This place was pretty spacious and the staff easily accommodated our large party. There were a half dozen beers available on draft, but nothing adventurous or exciting. The quality of the beer was quite mediocre, and at times, worse. The food was very tasty, with a nice variety of meals available from the menu, including some zesty Cajun offerings. The price was reasonable. If you're in the area, you should check this place out. There just aren't any better options in this part of the country.

12-28-2010 21:46:30 | More by Huhzubendah
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dirtkilla

Kansas

2.93/5  rDev -16.3%

The old building this bar was in was pretty cool, I was told that recent(maybe gone now?) brewing laws permitted breweries only in buildings that at one time housed a brewery...anyhow enough about the conservative alcohol laws in AL.

Food was decent, we had a big platter of onion rings and split a crawfish/sausauge pizza.

Beer selection was standard for a brew pub, I was hoping for an IPA but no dice. The most hops I could get was a Pale Ale. They also had a Blonde, Red, Seasonal Berry Wheat, Stout.

If you're in town this may be one of the few options.

07-29-2010 22:23:56 | More by dirtkilla
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Domingo

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev 0%

Want fresh brewed beer in Montgomery? Well, this is your only option at the moment. Luckily, it's not too bad.
The Montgomery Brewing CO. is located in an old warehouse building a few blocks from the waterfront. Smoking is definitely still in effect here as the place was a little hazy in mid afternoon. You can see all of the brewing equipment behind the bar which gives it an authentic old-school feel. At the same time...it does feel a little uneven with furnishings. The bar and entrance area are nice, but the tables and booths are a little bit beat up.
Tables are pretty much scattered throughout the place with a few booths lining the front wall.
While we were there they had a stout, APA, blonde, light lager, red, and a seasonal Belgian dubbel (thanks to the new beer laws it was over 6% ABV).
The APA was mild and pretty boring, although considering the beer tastes in the area, that might be intentional. The red was solid if you favor malt over hops...which I do. The stout had just run out, but supposedly it's good. The blonde, which is a style I don't really like, is good. Definitely one of the best examples I've had. My wife got the dubbel and we were both surprised to find that it was pretty authentic and quite tasty. Overall the beer's good, but stick to certain offerings. If you like, they also carry draft Woodchuck, too.
The food's typical bar food with a twist. The burgers and sandwiches have smoked gouda, the fries are really fresh, and the portions are plentiful with good prices.
Overall, it's a good place to stop when you're in the area. The thing to keep in mind with the beer is that they're really shooting for a non-BA crowd here. Nothing is overly hopped or pushing style boundaries mainly because it won't sell. At the same time, they really aren't dumbing much down either. The APA was really the only thing that I didn't like.

Stop in here and the new "Alley Bar" (loaded with lots of good beers from all over the place) if you're in search of decent brews in Montgomery.

12-30-2009 21:41:58 | More by Domingo
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glid02

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev +2.3%

Stopped by here after a recent business trip.

Atmosphere is good. It doesn't look like a whole much from the outside but once you get inside it's a bit friendlier. A pretty good-sized dining room is to the left as you walk in and the bar with the brewing equipment behind it is on the right. TV's dot the bar area.

Quality is alright. The first beer I had was a bit on the warm side however the second was more on-par with the correct temperature. Head was good on both beers and all were served in unmarked pint glasses.

Service was good. I didn't have to wait long for drinks or food and the bartender knew what was and was not on-tap.

Selection was alright. They had six beers on-tap - all their own - and I'm not sure if they had bottles or not. The styles ranged from a light to a stout, with a hefe and pale in between.

Food was good. I had a Philly cheesesteak with au jus and fries - nothing special but solid.

Value was good. Everything was priced reasonably.

Overall the beers here certainly weren't stellar but this seemed to be the best place to stop in Montgomery. Worth stopping by if you're in the area.

09-07-2009 16:45:59 | More by glid02
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dickroop

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +18%

This brewpub was a welcome stop in our travels. The streets between I-65 and the brewery/cafe are a little tricky, but that's what your GPS is for. Parking wasn't a problem. It's nothing elegant inside, but there is a nice use of daylight in the center of the long inside area. I'd like to know more about the venerable old building - glad to think our drinking dollars are supporting its preservation/renovation.

Judging from past reviews, Montgomery Brewing has improved their food and drink offerings substantially over the years. The overall ratings may be suffering due to older bad marks.

The business end of the bar is on the right as you come in - it's suitably dark with brewing equipment behind the bar and a stage overhung with the front end of 1959 Dodge - a nice decorative touch. The bar is good sized, maybe 20+ stools, lots of tables and lots of room. We were there 4:30 - 6:00 on a Thursday afternoon, and it was uncrowded but not empty.

The usual beer selection (PA, stout, red ale, and blonde lager) was supplemented by seasonals - a peach wheat, a hefeweissen, and a light lager. There was also a "Seeing Double" IPA at 7.5% ABV, which I got a pint of. It was tasty but not overly strong. (The server said they'd cut you off after 2 DIPAs because of the "extra kick".) I tasted sips of somebody's sampler. The Goat Hill PA was tasty, generously hopped, the seasonals were well crafted. Good marks, a solid B++ on the beers, maybe better depending on your style preference.

The service was quick and good. We ordered food and my creole gumbo and salad were quite good. Food selection is better than average for pub grub. The mixed greens salad was fresh and tasty. No complaints from anybody in the party, so good high marks from me on the food as well. My only complaint was that they were overly quick in collecting the empty glassware. That may just be over-efficiency or may reflect an inadequate supply of glassware.

I highly recommend this brew pub for a visit.

06-19-2009 11:30:02 | More by dickroop
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BeerandBlues2

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

I always like it when a business owner or anyone really, moves into an area that has seen better days and adds some new life. That is what Montgomery Brewing has done; they are located near the river and just off the interstate in Montgomery, surrounded by fairly old buildings housing all sorts of businesses. There may have been some housing nearby but I do not remember. Anyway, the warehouse look is not really a look since this probably used to be a warehouse or manufacturing facility. There is plenty of room and it certainly feels open thanks to vast ceilings. It is somewhat dark inside but fear not, the beer does not bite. It is average micro brew, and fairly old for a brewery located in Alabama.

11-11-2008 23:14:11 | More by BeerandBlues2
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BeerMark

Alabama

4.13/5  rDev +18%

A good friend and I visited The Montgomery Brewing Co. / Brewery & Cafe recently on a Monday night just before we attended a Montgomery Biscuits game. We parked in the usual Biscuits parking area and walked the couple of blocks to the Brewpub.

Upon entering, we headed right and found ourselves a table. There was a pool table, 2 dart machines, a small stage, and of course a bar with some brewing equipment behind it. A pleasant young lady quickly came to take our order.

I started with the alligator tail and found it to be tasty with the sauce it was served with. My friend had a salad with grilled chicken added to it. He said it was good. We later split an order of nachos and I think this was the best food item of the evening.

Okay, lets talk about the beer. I had a sip of my friends Old
Montgomery Blonde and found it tasty but too light for me. All of you Bud Light/Coors Light drinkers out there should visit this place and try the Montgomery Blonde and see how good a light beer can be.

The Riverboat Red and The Old World Porter were not available this night so I started with the Home Run Hefe. The Home Run Hefe is a seasonal that was listed on a little chalkboard above the bar. It was cloudy and semi-wheat flavored but not as good as I had hoped. It was the most disappointing beer of the evening.

Next I had the Goat Hill Pale Ale. It was a decent flavored beer with some nice malt. It finished with some slightly bitter hops. This beer went well with the nachos I ordered.

Finally, I finished with the Wipe Out Stout. It was nice and flavorful with hints of chocolate and coffee. It made a nice desert beer for me.

All in all I would have to say that the Montgomery Brewing Co. / Brewery & Cafe is a fine place for some food and brews. Service was quick and the food and beer were tasty. We played a game of pool and darts and later watched The Biscuits beat the Mississippi Braves in a close one. A very enjoyable evening I must say.

07-20-2008 23:52:16 | More by BeerMark
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BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +5.1%

The Brew Pub has a nice atmosphere with two separate sides--dining and pub. Housed in an antique red brick building, the Brew Pup has a very historical, artisan feel to it. Wood floors, nice tables, and the pub/bar side has fermenters and boilers right behind the bar--a lovely aesthetic effect. The lighting is low, but adequate.

The beer's pretty good, and it's served correctly (obviously!). They have a few bottled macros (for what reason, I don't know), but aside from that, it's only their beer.

Service was a little bit slow, but the people are very friendly and accommodating. No problems with the reservations or order.

Selection is alright (beer-wise), and decent (food-wise). Obviously, they pretty much only serve their beer, and then some wine and liquor, but most people get the beer. They only had 4 beers on when I was there (3 out of the 4 regulars, Riverboat Red wasn't on; also a Rye Lager seasonal, I was not impressed).

As far as the food goes--it's excellent. We had alligator tail as an appetizer, and I ordered a Cajun pizza that had sausage, crawfish, bell peppers, onions, three cheeses, and cajun spicing--it was excellent paired with the Goat Hill Pale Ale. For dessert I had the Wipe Out Stout, which was decent, but nothing special.

Overall, I would recommend the Brew Pub to anyone looking to have a nice evening or dinner in downtown Montgomery. I think it serves better as a restaurant than a bar, though.

05-12-2008 05:13:55 | More by BamaBeerBuff
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +14.3%

Entering under the green awning and passing through a large vestibule, the maitre d' sataion was directly in front of us (Uncle JedI was with me) with a glass case of logo items to the immediate left. The bar area was to the right and the restaurant area was to the left. The WoodCompass, you may remember, points to "Bar".

Behind the long bar were the brewhouse and several fermenters. A stage sat in the far right corner with the front of a vintage magenta-colored Cadillac suspended above the stage. There was also a pool table to the right of the stage, along the front of the building. I took note of there being lots of exposed ducting and wood beams throughout the space. The bar area was mostly standard tables and chairs and the bar was copper-topped. There was copper facing in the overhead with plaques commemorating "The Founders' Club".

Beers: I started with the sampler, which consisted of Montgomery Blonde (not much to speak of); Riverboat Red (passsable, kind of malty); Goat Hill Pale Ale (slightly hoppy, but enough to sustain me); Extra Innings IPA (a seasonal (!), but very good); and Wipeout Stout (seemed kind of thin, but with a good smoky/light charcoal taste).

01-19-2008 15:02:35 | More by woodychandler
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Montgomery Brewing Company in Montgomery, AL
84 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.