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Active Beers: 15
Beer Ratings: 38
Beer Avg: 3.48
Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by SeanChouffe:
3.5/5 rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2
Kelly's has a good selection of beer with a cool little menu that gives a graphical representation of styles (color, characteristics, alcohol content, etc.). I have had a couple of decent brews (I think the Scotch Ale was pretty good), and I have had some very mediocre beers that were not very good representations of the style. The atmosphere is unique (former location of a car dealership). In the Summer time it is a great place to hang out outside on the patio and look at passers by. In the cooler months it is downright cold inside due to it's cavernous design. The food is like a bad day at Bennigan's: Bar food with no character and less flavor.
02-24-2004 05:06:47 | More by SeanChouffe
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3.35/5 rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5 | $$
Bottom line: Decent tap lineup, mediocre brewed beer, typical bar food, and a nice atmosphere.
1. Taps: They have a wall full of taps behind the bar area, which is nice. Less nice is they don't have a list so you have to constantly ask the bartender to clarify (unless you're some kind of tap savant, I guess). I didn't even know they had taps until I'd been 4-5 times, because they only give you a list of the beers they brew and it's a big place so you're not always in eyeshot of the bar.
2. Brewed beer: When you sit down they give you a list of their brewed beer, arranged by color from lightest to darkest. Of the 18 or so on the list, I've probably tried 10 and haven't been impressed with any of them. I keep thinking I'll find a style they do well, but I've been disappointed each time.
3. Food: Typical bar fare. Burgers, fries, wings, sandwiches, etc. I think they have a salad or two if you want something lighter.
4. Atmosphere: This is why I've been back so many times. They have a large outdoor area that fills up quickly in the summer, in addition to their large inside seating area. Lots of long tables to accommodate groups (most of the times I've been there have been for work going-aways) so you can cram in a lot of people. Service is generally good except when they're super busy.
Overall it's not bad but I generally only go there when someone at work is leaving.
01-11-2014 15:58:39 | More by chrunck
3.58/5 rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Cheers: They have the BEST ice cold water of any of the brewpubs in Abq. I don't know what they add to the water. In all honesty, I would pay for it. Plenty of house beer taps along with taps from other local NM and Colorado breweries. Great location on Central Avenue with a convenient bathroom (although the set up is confusing. I wandered into the "brewhouse" on the way to the bathroom). Patrons are extremely friendly in a good way (not the I am being nice to you so I can bum smokes off of you all night friendly). Bartenders are responsive, cheerful, and will serve you until you are laying on the floor. Great place to engage in random conversations with random people whom you will most likely never see again, or remember their names.
Jeers: The food for the most part is just OK. Nothing memorable or offensive. In fact, I can't remember what I ordered off of the menu. The only thing this place has going for it is location.. The bathroom configuration might explain the varying quality of their house beer perhaps patrons have been stumbling in and peeing in the fermentation tanks? Checkout system can be confusing especially if you are blind drunk. I always screw it up, which means that I leave a hefty tip to compensate for my idiotic nature.
02-20-2012 18:15:14 | More by wailingwench
3.45/5 rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
We went here on a late Sunday afternoon before the UNM was in session, so it was not very busy. They have a large outdoor patio with umbrellas and fans to keep you cool.
The food we tried was good, but seemed a bit overpriced for the amount of food we received.
Kelly's has a large selection of many different styles of beer, once again a bit overpriced for beer made on premise ($4.25/pint) The general consensus from our group was that the light beers were good, but as mentioned in a previous post, the dark beers were overly fruity from fermentation. I think its time for them to get away from using english type yeast for their dark beers.
I will visit again as it was kid friendly and there was a Fro-Yo shop across the street to keep the kids entertained, not so much for the quality of the beer.
08-02-2011 14:37:01 | More by SteelieB
Kelly's Brewpub in Albuquerque, NM
87 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.