North End Tavern & Brewery
Active Beers: 6
Beer Ratings: 53
Beer Avg: 3.46
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Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
3.59/5 rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $
On thing I'll say about the NET... you sure can't complain about their name for the place. The NET looks like a tavern with a capital T, and they have the sort of clientele you'd expect in such a place (more than it's fair share of rednecks, albeit pretty friendly rednecks). The NET consists of a fairly large dining room area with low ceilings, one with the predictable beer signs and paraphenalia on the walls (didn't see any deerheads on the wall, but given the decor of this place, I would not have been surprised to see a couple). The moderate size bar is to the back on the right, and that's where I perched on this particular evening. Anyway, the vibe here is very low key and relaxed, and there was a steady din from the numerous mildy intoxicated conversations going on around me (acoustics here are not the best). So at least to my mind, this seemed like a comfortable place to hang with a beer (TV's over the back of the bar as well).
On this particular day there was something like 9 different beers available (5 or 6 cores beers as well as several special or seaonal releases). I got the IPA, which was described as an aggressively hopped IPA. It was actually a bit on the malty side I thought, though there was some pleasant, underlying hoppy bitterness as well. They also had a harvest ale on tap, that struck me as bizarre. The beer was described as wet hopped, but it was sweet and boozy (11.2% abv.), and tasted for all the world like an English style barleywine. I also tried a swiss chocolate stout, that was interesting, but a bit thin and short on the finish (plenty of dark chocolate flavor though). Still, I was favorably impressed by the beers I tried, and I could see ordering the IPA again if I were ever to stop by again.
While I didn't order it, I think you can get a sampler plate here as well. They come served in these plastic saucer cups, that I think hold 3 or 4 ounces a piece. I saw several folks getting an 8 or 9 cup sampler, which actually adds up to a fair amount of beer if you drink them all. Not sure what the price is, but based on everything else I saw here, I'll bet it's cheap (I'll bet they charge less than a buck a sampler glass here). They also are happy to pour you a small sample of anything you might want to try without any charge.
As for food, I got a small order of the wings (which actually turned out to be pretty sizeable - 12 or so of them for just $7), most of which I ended up bagging and bringing home. They cook them in batter here, and seem more like the kind of thing you'd find at KFC. They were still tasty, but weren't what I was expecting in an order of wings. I also ordered them spicey, though the spice level still struck me as pretty mild.
Prices here are very reasonable. My pint and order of wings came to just over $11 with tax. Service was also pretty decent. The place was crowded on an early Saturday night, so it was hard to talk to anyone, but the staff seemed friendly, and they were pretty quick to bring you your order.
An interesting place with decent beer. I could see stopping by here again at some point.
01-20-2013 17:02:14 | More by John_M
3.93/5 rDev +12%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
I was driving through PBurg on my way to Columbus and wanted to give this place a try and to watch the Bears/Seahawks playoff game. They did have the NFL game on but WV was playing Purdue in basketball so that was the main attraction here. I didnt really like the atmosphere. It was as dark as a dungeon in Scotland on the winter soltice. I could barely see anything walking around because my eyes were not adjusted due to the glaring sunlight outside. Otherwise, it bordered on a dive bar. The bar was full of patrons but I was able to procure a seat at the end.
On draft, I was really surprised with the selection. For a small place, they had great selection of drafts. They had a blackberry wheat, stout, red, winter wheat, DIPA, Harvest Ale, and a beer called PKB200 that I was told is "like Bud Light". I have been to brewpubs in much larger cities with only 4 or 5 house beers; they had seven here. I cant imagine there is anywhere in the state with a better house beer selection.
Service was good. The servers were a bit busy but were able to answer any questions I had. They have growlers for sale but were a bit pricey at $5 for the glass and $11 for the fill. For a one time fill, I didnt think it was worth it.
My beer was delicious. As long as you dont mind drinking in the dark, this place was okay. If I ever come through here agian, I will certainl have another stop-in.
01-16-2011 18:47:35 | More by SaCkErZ9
3.53/5 rDev +0.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $
The North End Tavern aka the NET is the only brewpub in Parkersburg, WV. The building is old and has horrible parking. The inside of the bar is the typical hometown brewpub. The NET beers are listed on a chalkboard with ABV, there were seven today, two of them seasonals. The staff was friendly and offered samples. I had the ipa and porter along with the house rueben. The pub food here is very good,in fact the food is normally better then the beer. This trip I noticed a big improvement in the house brews. I am hoping they continue on improving the beer, it is the only local option.
02-15-2010 20:07:39 | More by earthboundagain
2.85/5 rDev -18.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $
Building looked nice on the website. We passed the brewpub twice looking for the picture on the website. There was a noticable difference. Parking was confusing and finding the side entrance was even more so. Hint: the door is not marked as an entrance.
Beer selection was basic. Their red ale stood out, but nothing else was particularly interesting. Had some difficulty differentiating between their IPA and their Porter (the IPA was darker).
Service was good. Promptly greeted with a smile.
Food was nothing special at all. It was primarily fried food.
Overall disappointed with experience as a whole. Service was the only good part.
10-07-2009 02:59:28 | More by Superdave11316
3.35/5 rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $
This is a pretty good place to go for a bite to eat and a decent microbrew. They brew their own beers and they range from not too hot to pretty good. My favorite is their Hawks Porter. They also have good deals on pitchers of your Bud Lite type beers if you are into that.
The food is very reasonably priced a pretty good for pub grub. They are "famous" for their Net Burger. I like the fish sandwich and the onion rings.
They also have a back room for video pocker type gambling. It seems like every place in the area is putting something like this in. It is kind of tacky if you ask me, but it doesn't bother me.
Overall this is a decent place to hang out.
08-22-2009 15:07:27 | More by greengorilla
3.25/5 rDev -7.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $
North End Tavern is fairly close to downtown Parkersburg and about 5 minutes from I-77 atop a hill on Emerson Ave. There is parking on the side and rear of the establishment.
The brewpub looks really cool from the outside, definitely an old building with an attached deli/cheese shop on the lower level. However the atmosphere takes a significant hit once you go inside. It is dark inside with the bar on the right and tables around the middle and left. There are several TVs and a couple arcade games. The bar really caters to gambling, complete with a closed-in room with games. Overall it's a rather seedy look.
The beer selection is average. N.E.T. has 5-6 beers available from Lager to Porter, with Roedy's Red being their flagship beer. All of the beers are average. They offer bottles of Roedy's to go for $3 and growlers of available beers for $14. There is not a sampler on the menu but my bartender was fine with giving samples.
Service here was fine on a slow Tuesday lunch. As mentioned she provided samples of the beers. The pint glasses were frozen though, which is probably a nod to the sports bar/gambling crowd that probably dominates their demographic.
The food was somewhat of a saving grace. The cook knows his greasy-spoon menu. My burger and onion rings were very good.
Overall I will definitely visit this place again despite its shortcomings. Parkersburg does not have any other brewpubs so for that reason alone it is worth a stop.
10-19-2007 15:06:53 | More by Dogbrick
3.74/5 rDev +6.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $
This place was a pleasant surprise last weekend. Ended up at this place on the fly. Not fancy inside, but that didn't bother us. We had already eaten, but the menu looked like mostly soup and sandwiches and very reasonably priced. I first tried what the chalkboard simply called Pale Ale. It was great! I would have probably called it an IPA because both smell and taste were full of hops! Next I went for Roedy's Red, which you could call their flagship. Another great beer I would drink again anytime. I will return many times
03-20-2007 13:50:52 | More by 2wheeledpirate
North End Tavern & Brewery in Parkersburg, WV
84 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.