Stoudts Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 54
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Beer Avg: 3.75
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Reviews by mcslain:
3.63/5 rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Stoudts is in many ways my corner/neighborhood bar. It's about a 10 minute drive, but hey, I live in the sticks and it is the closest quality beer option I have. So that said, I have the same affinity for it that most people have for their 'go to' bar. But at the same time Stoudts could really make a lot of improvements, so I have a bit of a love/hate thing going as well.
The beer is the main draw at Stoudts, with the best options being the Double IPA, the Abbey Triple and the Fat Dog Imperial Stout. The place has a nice vibe to it and is decorated with a lot of historical political memorabilia/propaganda. It is definitely classier than a typical brewery, although the bar area still feels comfortable if you are in jeans and a tshirt.
However, the bar area has only 12 stools. So while most people come to Stoudts for the beer, the overwhelming amount of space is dedicated to dining. When I compare Stoudts to a place like Victory, with the mega bar Victory offers their loyal customers, it drives me nuts. At Stoudts they have two options for bar expansion. On one side there is a completely unnecessary oyster/clam/shrimp display case. On the other side there is a lame extra dining room. Neither of these areas is needed and could be revamped to expand the mini-bar. With only 12 bar stools though, Stoudts will never become a great brew pub.
Aside from the lacking bar area, there are two dining options. The regular restaurant is nice and has a limited bar type menu. The food is mostly good (great burgers, average wurst however, and no vegetarian options for those who care) but is not consistently great. I've had bad meals there on occasion, but typically good ones. The other half of the dining area is aimed at fine dining and draws in a more elderly crowd. I've been to Stoudts hundreds of times and never felt the urge to eat in the fine dining section, although I will order a few items off the restaurant menu.
So in summary, Stoudts has great beer and I love to hang out there. However it sucks because I frequently can't even get a seat at the bar when the place isn't even crowded due to a lack of seating. Personalty, I'd love to see Stoudts embrace its role as a brew pub and build up the bar area. You can still serve good food, but realize that your greatest audience is there because they appreciate the brewery.
04-13-2011 01:27:48 | More by mcslain
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