Jaxon's Restaurant and Brewing Company
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Active Beers: 4
Beer Ratings: 15
Beer Avg: 3.53
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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
4.2/5 rDev +19%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The Jurkowskis said that they had been to this place many times without realizing that it was a brewpub. Always happy to help out, that's my motto.
The front featured the logos of all of their flagship beers. Entering, the m.d.s. was to the right with the cabinet of logo items to the left. Continuing aft, the lavatories were off to the left, followed by the kitchen and then the milling room. To the right were booths as well as standard restaurant tables and chairs. The wood, "U"-shaped bar was off to the right, against the back wall, overlooking the copper-jacketed brewhouse and several FVs. We sat at the bar and split the massive "Nachos with the Works". PJ ordered a sampler which came in an interesting vertical wrought iron rack. I stuck with my plan.
Beers: Flagships - Silver Star Light Lager; Rosa's Raspberry Lager; Borderland (Mexican-style) Lager; Cactus Jax Amber Ale; Chihuahua Brown; Andale IPA; and Black Jack Stout. The seasonals included Battle Panda Maibock; West Texas Wheat (a Hefeweizen); Pancho's Porter; Imperial Stout; and Scotch Ale.
05-31-2008 08:21:46 | More by woodychandler
3.7/5 rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Nice place, casual atmosphere. I visited while on travel for work. Being by myself, I sat at the bar and ordered drinks and food from there. The bartenders were very friendly and attentive. The atmosphere was very relaxing, although I could have done without the Xmas music. It wasn't loud or annoying, just a little too conservative for my taste. A few college basketball games were on, although the crowd seemed mostly disinterested. I ordered the Diablo Barbeque Chicken Breast which was served with beans and corn on the cob. The food came out quickly and was definitely good, but not outstanding. My first beer was a Chihuahua Brown which started off good, but later seemed to aquire a funky finish. Maybe it clashed with the BBQ sauce on my chicken? Either way, I found it less and less enjoyable as time went on. My second beer was even tougher to get through. I ordered the IPA, which had a strong citrus/grapefruit finish that definitely took some getting used to. Unlike the brown, the IPA seemed to grow on me as I worked my way through it, but I certainly wouldn't order another. In addition to their seven standard beers, they offered both an Octoberfest and a Scotch ale. I didn't have the opportunity to try either, but the bartender mentioned that the Scotch Ale had an ABV of ~12%. This seemed extremely high for the style, so I didn't stick around to try one. Next time in El Paso, I will probably return as my overall experience was positive, despite my dissapointment with the Brown and the IPA.
11-29-2006 02:56:27 | More by 86sportster883
4.3/5 rDev +21.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $
Atmosphere- A nice place, but not fancy. A lot of wood and iron accents, long bar and a variety of seating options. Went in on a Friday night and the place was busy but there wasnt a wait to sit. I saw a mix of dates and families in the place. The brewing vats are set behind glass behind the bar.
Quality- The food was enjoyable but not outstanding. All the beers seemed to be well made (ok, I didnt like the Brown). The place seems middle to upper middle class.
Service- Great service! Seated right away, friendly and efficient wait staff, they took good care of us.
Selection- Only 5 beers on tap when I went in, which is a fair range really, but they normally seem to have more. A wide selection on food, heavy on BBQ and Mexican choices, but lots of other options.
Food- Enjoyable. Get something with green Chile.
Price- Very fair.
11-08-2005 04:47:48 | More by HardTarget
3.45/5 rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Airway Blvd Location. Has sort of a saloon atmosphere. The brewery is visable behind the bar. The staff is quite friendly and the beer selection is decent but they always seem to out of one of the regular brews every time I visit. I wish they made a couple of brews with a bit more charactor. As the only brewery in El Paso its not too bad. I enjoyed to Andale Pale Ale the best and was a bit dissapointed blandness of the Stout. The Borderland Lager goes best with food due to being a bit bland and is served with a lime wedge.
They have a decent menu with local favorites and a daily special or two. It seem to be more of a restaurant with a brewery on the side.
03-25-2011 22:38:09 | More by soju6
4.18/5 rDev +18.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in with a friend who lives in town a little after noon on a Wednesday. We got a table right next to the brewing equipment which was right on the other side of the window at our table. Very casual atmosphere, decent music, and a few televisions mostly on various sports programs that nobody at the time seemed to be paying much attention to.
The food and service were both excellent. Being short on time I decided on the nachos, which came out covered in beans, jalapeños, and your choice of chicken or beef fajitas, along with the Andale IPA. My friend ordered a prime rib sandwich and Chihuahua Brown Ale. We were both very pleased, and our server was attentive and seemed to know the beers and food she was serving.
As far as the beer, all I know about are their brews, about 7 of which they had on tap this day, but unfortunately I only had a chance to try one which I thought was very solid. If I'm ever back in town, I'd definitely like to stop back in for the sampler.
02-20-2007 19:52:34 | More by Phocion
4.15/5 rDev +17.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $
Overall a nice bar and restaurant to hang out in. Friendly waitstaff which appear to be pretty knowledgable about the beers.
Excellent salsa and a pretty good variety on the menu at reasonable prices ... the buffalo wing tender salad was good.
Many different house brewed beers on tap - I counted 10. Beers are just above average in quality with the darker beers ceratinly standing out over the lighter ones. One nice aspect is that they have many different beers on tap for people that want to expand their horizons.
They had 3 seasonals on when I was there which is not common for a brewpub: Porfi's ESB, Lucky Charm Ale (a brewing mistake which led to a porter-like ale when brewing their amber ale), and Granpa's #32 (Barleywine).
Darker beers (which I would tend to stick with here) in order of my preference: Black Jack Stout (nitro), Lucky Charm Ale, Andale IPA, and Chihuahua Brown.
Lighter beers in order of my preference: Porfi's ESB, Borderland Lager, Granpa's #32, Rosa's Raspberry Ale, Silver Star Light, Cactus Jack Amber.
04-29-2005 17:06:14 | More by RBorsato
3.48/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Atmosphere is nice. You can see the brewing equipment through a very large window directly behind the bar.
The food and drinks are of pretty good quality. Nothing remarkable, but very enjoyable. Especially considering this is probably the only brewhouse in town.
The staff was very nice and tried to be helpful, but they weren't very informed on the subject of their beers. When adding a beer, they weren't able to give me the details I was asking for with any certainty, such as the exact styles of the beer. If you don't come in when the brewmaster is there, you're probably not getting 100% accurate answers from the servers.
The menu also included several beers that were not being currently offered, so choosing a beer seemed like a bit of an unorganized hassle.
Unfortunately, they no longer offer samples which further complicates the beer selecting process.
They do however sell growlers.
The beers are a little pricier than I would have liked, but it's not like they have any competition in the city. The next closest brewpub restaurant is probably in Las Cruces, NM.
I think Jaxons is definitely worth checking out a couple times to try out all their regular beers and a few seasonals.
05-05-2011 10:01:43 | More by ZenAgnostic
3.23/5 rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
1/13/2010 Mesa location. Brewery on premises. You get the feeling when you walk in that these guys are not going to stretch the palate-this would have been a cool place back in 1994. Basic beer selection-gold to IPA to a decent spiced brown ale. Food is typical pub grub with burgers, Mexican and salads predominant. $2 pints at happy hour. If you're stuck in EP you could do worse. They had one special beer but a couple of others were not on line. They really are not pushing the limits here but it's El Paso-poor people just are in the middle of nowhere and have access to very little good beer. Rumors of other good beer bars can anyone provide data?
11-21-2006 18:32:31 | More by bleeng
3.23/5 rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
So I've gone to Jaxon's a few different times, each time hoping that it will be amazing and exactly what I'm looking for. Never are my hopes fulfilled.
Atmosphere is somewhere between an alehouse and a chili's... nice wood accents and a nicely set up bar with a view of the brewery through the windows behind take it a step beyond the generic chain eatery. There's always a bit of funk and a bit of grunge feel to it, and that's definitely not a good thing. The most recent trip had a stench somewhere between spent grain that had been left to rot in a corner and dirty bleachy mop water.
Service is bizarre... people are either abruptly rude, curt, and short, or overly friendly and chit-chatty. Never the right mix. I sat for a few minutes watching my pint sitting at the bar, after overhearing our waitress ask the bartender to bring it to us. But she did bring a few mini-tasters of their other brews while the nitro pour settled, which surprised us.
The beer is average, bordering on below-average on some days. Every now and then, one will shine, but it's usually fairly average with no bright points, and nothing that really makes me want to come back. They have their standard 7 brews pretty much all the time and an occasional seasonal. They do offer a decent taster option, which is definitely worth getting - none of their beers are repulsive and a few are pretty enjoyable.
The food is hit or miss... somewhere between home cooking and chili's. The onion rings were literally dripping in oil, but the fajitas have been awesome in the past. Again, hit or miss, usually tending toward the miss side of the spectrum.
All in all, Jaxon's isn't the greatest brewery/eatery around, but with the slim pickings of El Paso, if you want house-brewed beers, Jaxon's is (unfortunately) hard to beat. None of their beers are repulsive, and their food ranges from mediocre to sometimes pretty good. If you're in the area and really want some true Local beer, this is it.
05-27-2010 03:42:49 | More by djeucalyptus
3.8/5 rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Jaxons has great food in a relaxing, comfy atmosphere. Their salmon is killer. They also have a feature called the four part harmony where you get to build your own meal. Its awesome!
The best part, though, is the beer. For being the only brewery in town [I believe] they still pull off some great homebrews. The IPA and the amber ale are really good. Next time I go, I'm definitely trying the stout. I've heard good things about it.
The service is always really good. We've always had a great experience. The staff seems very knowledgeable, especially when it comes to their brews.
04-17-2011 00:31:18 | More by loobear
Jaxon's Restaurant and Brewing Company in El Paso, TX
85 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.