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4.44/5 rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Arrived a little after midnight, a few other people around the bar but not too busy. There was a bunch of flat screens with various sports games on.
The bartender was prompt and patient. He might not of had encyclopedic knowledge of all the beers but his effort was second to none.
They had 51 taps, a portion of which were the typical BMC you expect to find in AC but they had offerings from Dogfish, Victory, Stone, Flying Fish, Blue Point, Chimay, and several other
We had great service from the bartender so I know I'm definitely coming back to this place next time I'm in AC.
06-09-2011 20:50:42 | More by jlenik
4.4/5 rDev +12.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
So I finally found the place after walking through the casino, going down the escalator, passing up on Hooters despite the two waitresses standing at the front, and walking through the Food Court--I mean Marketplace. I got used to the open feeling after taking my seat. I even got to watch a rather absurd parade of showgirls, drummers, and wholesome-looking families.
Speaking of my seat, I had trouble grappling with the idea of sitting for a long while and enjoying a few beers while planted on a bike seat, but I was comfortable nonetheless. It seems the atmosphere of the place was more a matter of my getting used to it. Atmosphere is something I rarely care about anyway, so I'm not that hard to please.
The selection and quality of the beers were phenomenal. I didn't even take into account my expectations because I didn't have any. The 90-minute IPA hit the spot. The Aventinus and Schneider Weisse were better there than at Ludwig's in Philadelphia. I tried the Aecht Schlenkerla smoked wheat for the first time, and I wondered at the flavor reminiscent of barbecue potatoe chips. Smuttynose Brown Dog on tap and McChouffe, De Dolle Dulle Teve, and DFH 120-Minute in bottles, and I was off to the moon.
I was enchanted by the beer goddess behind the bar. She knew nothing about the beer, but I didn't care one bit. Any time I asked for a new beer, I pictured little black and white cartoon characters playing the fiddle in her brain. Similar to those we see in Homer Simpson's brain when he's thinking really, really hard.
I didn't even try the food because I had already eaten about 25 pieces of sushi and pork gyoza before driving to AC.
07-07-2004 14:13:22 | More by ChimayMayDay
4.38/5 rDev +12.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5
After reading the reviews and seeing the pictures of the taps, I made this a destination while at the shore further south. The atmosphere is a little strange for a beer bar, but that is kind of out of the establishment's control. It had some things going for it like the blues band playing in the marketplace on a Tuesday at lunch time but the beer is the attraction here.
Each beer was served in a pint glass, which is a little different. The wife was unhappy because she likes smaller glasses so she can try different varieties. Luckily, tasters are forthcoming for anything that you want to try. The beer was all poured properly, and the barmaid was good to look at.
The service from the barmaid, however, was a little spotty. Again, we were fortunate that the manager was there. Matt McGee is a very knowledgeable beer man and talked with us about the selection for quite a while.
Speaking of selection there were 50 taps although at least one, unfortunately Heavyweight's Pekuno's Hammer, was out. There were two heavyweights, 3 DFH, including 90-minute IPA which was great, Rogue Dead Guy, SNPA, an Otter Creek, Allagash White, an Abita, 3 from Belgium, 9 from Germany, including Aventinus, 7 or 8 from the UK, and Hitachino from Japan. There were only two macros on tap, although a couple customers were drinking them. The customers are friendly as are the managers.
We also met their "Beer Guy" Doug Carlin, another great beerhead. There is a good bottle selection, which claims to have over 100. I didn't count but there were a few Trappists, some Lambics, including a nice geuze, and a couple more Hitachino. The bottles are not cheap. The Rochefort was selling for $12, which I passed on.
There are bar munchies, which we didn't try. It is a short list. There is also a Deli with a window in the bar. I would recommend that you eat before going or find some other food outside. The woman working the counter didn't know what a hoagie was, asked what kind of bread someone wanted with their corned beef special and then delivered it dry, and made an Italian sub with meat, cheese, and oil--no lettuce, tomato, onions, or peppers. The bread looks like it was imported from someplace far away and shipped by boat.
I loved the bar, though, and Firewaters is building two more although I can't remember where. The manager said that there is a big difference in the beer lineup between the Firewaters in Glen Mills and the one in AC. It has to do with availability. I highly recommend stopping in if you're in AC.
06-22-2004 22:31:16 | More by rdrummer
4.38/5 rDev +12.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
It was in a walkway in A.C. It was very thin and a tight squeeze. Not much room. The bartender was pretty friendly. He said he was the one to order the beers. There was an incredible selection of local craft and imports. They had over a hundred beers. Many on tap. Of the few I sampled, including Saison DuPont and a Rogue Bastard Ale, Chimay gold, and Stone IPA (the last three on tap), they were very fresh.
I didn't try any food, if they even have it.
If, in AC and looking for a good beer selection, this is definately worth checking out. Incredible beer selection.
08-06-2006 06:39:55 | More by jwc215
4.34/5 rDev +11.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
I found out about this establishment through BA, so I want to thank everyone for the reference. This past weekend, I visited Firewaters and was blown away by the selection (51 beers on tap, 100 in bottle). It reminded me of some of the beer festivals that I've attended this year, as I was able to recognize a majority of those beers that were served. Unfortunately, I was less than impressed with the bartender, who claimed that she only works the taps once a week and was unfamiliar with the selections available on that day. What I found to be really surprising was the amount charged per beer, as I ordered a glass of Fire Rock Pale Ale and a glass of Sawtooth Ale, which totaled $13.00. This was certainly more than what I wanted to pay, compared to other venues in Atlantic City such as Game On and Tun Tavern. Although I would definitely return to Firewaters based on their selection, I may have to curtail the number of times I visit based on their prices.
09-02-2008 17:57:28 | More by MSL94
4.33/5 rDev +11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
AC is a shithole for the most part, when it comes to beer. A friend of mine and fellow BA user told me about the place when we were there together.
We had a great time there. Over 150 bottle and tap selections was great. The taps were impressive. Specifically they had the Gonzo Porter on tap, which is one of my favorites.
The music was great and they had a dance room, which was a little different. They also had specialty drinks, which was nice for the ladies.
A nice find in the Trop! AC does have some good spots, but this is the only place to find craft brews.
01-26-2009 02:05:52 | More by TooleBurger
4.31/5 rDev +10.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Also like another reviewer wrote, went after The Police concert a couple of months ago.Located in a mall section of The Tropicana, the first impression is not so great.The atmosphere is dark and dank,and a little run down.However once I sat down(the bar stools are not too comfortable either) and saw the great draft line-up,over 50, I was very impressed.I stated with A Chimay,also had Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot and a Rogue Porter-all were excellent and reasonably priced.The bartenders were nice and friendly and made you feel at home.Overall this is a great place to go when you are in Atlantic City,actually it is a must.Just do not expect too much of an atmosphere,something that really is not that important to me as long as there is great beer.
01-06-2008 17:57:25 | More by kevin62
4.3/5 rDev +10.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4
I have been coming here since the first day they opened last May. I did not expect a lot when I had heard the owner was the franchisee of all the Hooters, but I was pleasantly surprised by the selections they chose with the help of Hunterdon Distributing. I got to know Doug Carlin right away and began to feed him info on good beers for future sale. He picked right up on it and we've been friends ever since. They are very receptive on bringing in new itwms. They originally wanted to keep a static menu, but I talked them into a dynamic one instead making room for seasonals and specials. Doug and Matt have done a fantastic job of keeping up with new things, though Hunterdon hasn't always been quick with delivery. We are now working on our second event. We had a Firkuin Friday recently with Heavyweight Stickenjab and Zum Uerige Sticke. We had a great night . Both guys are impressed with BA and we hope to have a BA event there before the summer is over.
Service depends a lot on how busy they are and who is serving. Also, many of the servers have been enthusiastic about learning the beers, others, as said before, just there for a paycheck. But I overlook the faults as it is my only good local(besides Tun Tavern) and I strive to make it better through constructive ideas with management.
Matt & Doug will be more than happy to take time out to talk to you as their time permits. Just ask for them when there. I also have a page on my website for them www.markc.haynie.com.
Looking forward to meeting some of you there. I am there several times a week. So come to Atlantic City and see what it's like!
07-03-2004 22:55:53 | More by beertravel
4.28/5 rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I went here on a recent trip to AC and was instructed by my boyfriend to try and pick up a few bottles of beer. I had been up there about a year ago and they had let me buy a bottle of DFH 120 min and just pay and take the bottle back home to Virginia. Long story short Nancy "the blond beer goddess" behind the bar was sooo amazingly helpful, she let me come behind the bar to look in the two coolers and then let me take a menu so I could ask my boyfriend what he wanted. I ended up with 4 goood beers, including Uniboure 15, which my boyrfiend was very excited about. Great place, great people and my boyfriend is coming next year just so he can visit!
01-03-2008 16:44:33 | More by IDateTheFormula
4.25/5 rDev +9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
The bar was too close to the concourse in the hotel. Additionally the bar was open to the concourse for it's entire length. Other than bar location everything else was great. There was a terrifically varied selection of drafts and bottles. The bartenders were knowledgable and very helpful with beers I was unfamiliar with. The place did get a little noisy after 11:00 PM because of the associated Martini Bar, but what casinor bar doesn't get noisy in the evening. I have been there several times and plan to return this weekend.
09-20-2012 20:01:18 | More by pgetchell
Firewaters in Atlantic City, NJ
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