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The Brewhouse in Historic SoNo

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Taps: 16 / Bottles: 52
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
85
very good

15 Ratings
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 21.85%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

13 Marshall St
Norwalk, Connecticut, 06854-2300
United States
phone: (203) 853-9110

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @sonobrewhouse

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Boilermaker88

California

4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$

While back in Norwalk for a family reunion, some of my relatives took me up on the notion of stopping in at the Brewhouse for a late dinner and, in my case, the chance to hae a pint or two.
The Brewhouse sits in what looks like a rather recently renewed downtown area of South Norwalk just around the corner from the Maritime Aquarium. The exterior has the look of an old government building and the inside is all dark wood. The bar area is off to the left of the dining area. There's an upper area for dining, too. A wide assortment of national flags and beer memorabilia decorate the walls and the main dining room is dominated by a large copper lauter tun.
The beers on tap included New England Atlantic Amber, DFH 60 Minute IPA, and Reissdorf Kolsch, which replaced the keg of Hooker Irish Red that kicked earlier that evening. They only had 6-8 taps but the bottle list was what stood out. Good stuff like La Fin du Monde, Maudite, La Chouffe, Aventinus, Duvel, Orval, Tripel Karmeliet, Sinebrychoff porter, and Le Coq imperial stout were some of the notables on the bottle list.
The service was quite good, especially considering a group of nine rolled up less than a half hour before the place was to close. The wait staff did a good job taking care of our group. The food was a pretty standard brewpub menu covering a wide range of meals and appetizers. The prices for the food was a bit pricey but the price per pint was what I'd consider the industry standard.
All in all, The Brewhouse was a good place to stop since it catered to everyone from the non-drinker to the "regular" beer drinker to the enthusiast. A good stop if you're in the area.

04-20-2006 21:23:27 | More by Boilermaker88
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -9%

12-07-2013 04:46:26 | More by tobelerone
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BrewIAm

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | $$

The Brewhouse? Hardly. They DON’T brew anything and the beer selection is just average, if that. I stopped by hoping to sample their beers after having lunch at the Ginger Man. What a disappointment! For me this is just a SoNo restaurant, with nothing that warrants much comment on a site like Beeradvocate.com

I didn’t have any food or look at the lunch menu.

The place was quite busy compared to the Ginger Man that I’d just walked from (I thought this was interesting). The clientele seemed to have a fair amount of families and kids. The place is dripping in brew-décor, but looks a bit worn; feels like it could use some freshening up.

The only bright spot for me was a friendly, knowledgeable bartender.

08-16-2011 22:23:11 | More by BrewIAm
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Jesstyr

Virginia

2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5 | $$

The Brewhouse used to be my go to spot before Ginger Man came to town. Over the couple years it just got worse and worse. This place has tremendous potential, but has blown it.

Atmosphere is for families, just happens to be the former home of a brewery. Quality of the food is average at best, but really lacks because of the huge size of the family-style menu. Service is just average - honestly completely average. Not good, not bad.

Beer selection has potential, but is just average for a beer place, but better than your local olive garden. I would expect more.

The food is where its hurting. The burgers are good, but the rest lacks quality and really is hindered by the massive menu. The bisque used to be great, not its gross.

All in all, they need to take some tips from Ginger Man and they would be formidable. They could cater to both families and those wanting to grab a good beer. For now a missed opportunity.

12-18-2009 03:01:18 | More by Jesstyr
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

Back in the day when they brewed Atlantic Amber and the other NE Brewing Co beers and had a German influenced menu, this was a great place.

These days - they have a really nice beer menu for the area, US and Int'l - and they rotate seasonals in regularly. Recently added a Captain Lawrence Brown and Sierra Celebration to their tap menus.

The food here is pretty good bar food - stick to the basics and you'll be happy. The beer burger is tasty and I like the Reuben as well. Get too adventerous and you might be disappointed.

Weekend afternoons you get a lot of kid traffic from the nearby aquarium - which is a good thing if you have kids, but might be annoying if you don't.

I usually walk away from this place pretty happy with the food and the brew.

03-03-2009 22:51:11 | More by KTCamm
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BlueMeanie

Connecticut

1.1/5  rDev -69.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1 | $$

Avoid this place if at all possible.

The name they give to this restaurant gives you the impression that they make their own beer... they do not.

Lets start with the beer list. It is split between national craft brews and macro pisswaters. The beers are listed by country of origin, not by style making it hard to find a beer to pair with the meal. When I asked the waiter about a couple of the beers, I got a blank look and and an I don't know. If you don't know what you are serving, find out and get back to me.

Food: We ordered onion rings as an appetizer. They came as one greasy entangled mess of thinly sliced onions. They were fried at too cold of a temperature resulting in a soggy, greasy texture that quickly became cold. They were served with a bizzare orange horseradish sauce that was quickly pushed to the side and replaced with ketchup.

The main entrees were served before we could even get though 1/3 of the onion strings, not that we felt like eating more. The fish in my fish and chips were dry and tasteless. I would not be surprised if it came from frozen in a box. My wife's portabello mushroom sandwich was just nasty. The portabello mushroom was fried to a rubbery texture and topped with a poor quality, greasy cheese. The pretzel roll had little to no resemblance to a real pretzel. As a baker, I know the difference. The pasta salad served with her sandwich has too heavily sauced and poorly seasoned.

I cannot in good faith recommend this restaurant to anyone on this site.

05-24-2008 18:29:35 | More by BlueMeanie
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

A business trip in Norwalk necessitated this trip to the Brewhouse.

Atmosphere: The restaurant is rather large, with wide open seating on the first floor, a decent-sized bar and copper brew kettles peppered around. The bar has a nice feel, with multiple taps (10-15), a nice bottle selection and wide array of liquors.

Quality: The restrooms are in the basement, so navigation can take some time. Beyond that, the place was immaculate. Service was good as well.

Service: The bartender gave my colleague and I ample face time, discussing the history of the brewery (New England Brewing used to brew there) and Trappist ales. Drinks and subsequent refills were prompt.

Selection: As I mentioned, 15 or so taps. Several were BMC or their EURO equivalents. They did have Old Speckled Hen, NEBC's Atlantic Amber, DFH 60 Minute IPA and Celebrator. Lots of bottles, including three Trappists (Chimay, Rochefort and Orval), are available as well.

Food: We stuck with appetizers (and the free happy hour offerings). All were decent from a pub grub perspective.

03-15-2008 03:18:09 | More by akorsak
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$

As stated below, there is no longer an actual brewery here. Instead, it is a restaurant with a decent beer selection, both on tap and for bottle.
They still have some of those copper tanks which is nice, parking is fairly easy, but I think it is lame that they have a parking guard make sure no one parks in there lot and walks elsewhere in South Norwalk.
The service is decent, it some like they always have new waitresses who are not exactly on point.
The selection highlights the New England region well: Magic Hat,Sam, and other smaller brewers are present on tap.
Bottle selection is pretty good, happy to see La Fin du Monde, Southampton, Allagash, some of my favorites.
Good place, set slightly back from S. Main Street.
If they got rid of the parking nazi, it would be a more welcoming place.

02-02-2008 16:15:48 | More by mltobin
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sraimondi

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

I've worked in Norwalk for about 10 years and this was the first time I hit this place. Met some biz associates for lunch on 4/28. The atmosphere in this joint is exceptional. Multi-tiered, with long bar on left of entry way and some bar tables in the lounge area. Really airy and spacious, but not sterile as they have dressed the place up with lots of stuff on the walls and hanging from the ceiling. Reminds me a of a smaller scale City Steam in Hartford, CT.

Although our server had only been working there for a week, she was very couteous and prompt; and when she didn't know something, a more senior staffer came over to talk with us.

While they no longer make their own beer here, they have a nice selection of drafts & bottles. Many are the usual macros and micros, but some nice twists: 20 oz. Lowenbrau, Reichdorf Kolsch (I have not seen this one on draught in CT in the recent past) & some Magic Hat stuff, all on draught. Bottles included Sinebrychoff Porter & Abita Turbo Dog. I had a couple of Kolsch and one Tirbo Dog--good stuff!

We had some appys: Tempura Shrimp and Buffalo Calimari. Both were good, but the Shrimp's breading was a little to much for my taste. I had a very good piece of grilled salmon, perfectly cooked. My colleagues had philly cheese steak and they liked it alot.

Pricing was fair.

As this place is only about 10-15 minutes from my office, I will definitely hit it often for lunch. I recommend it for sure to other BAs who might be in the area.

04-29-2006 19:55:43 | More by sraimondi
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medic25

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Made my second visit yesterday to the Brewhouse, and again I was impressed. Set in an old brewery, the decor pays tribute to the buildings former role. The spacious, brick-walled space is wide open with a variety of beer-themed decorations. The food was a nice selection of typical American fare. I went with a party of eight or so, and everyone seemed to enjoy their meal. My lobster roll was served on a delicious toasted roll, with big, flavorful chunks of lobster.
The beer selection was also quite good, with a nice variety of draft and bottled beers. Drafts included DFH 60 minute IPA (my first choice of the night), Magic Hat, and an Aylinger Hefe Weisse. Also a nice selection of bottled beers; I was especially impressed that the Duvel was served in the appropriate glassware. If you are looking for a good spot in SoNo for a nice meal and a beer, definitely check out the Brewhouse.

08-07-2005 20:36:24 | More by medic25
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The Brewhouse in Historic SoNo in Norwalk, CT
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