Marietta Brewing Company
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2.35/5 rDev -34.2%
Got stuck working near here for a couple months. Its a neat looking location that is set up fairly well. Downtown area it is located in is neat also.
The food is pretty bland, as is the norm in Ohio from what I can tell. I think the pizza is their strong suit.
The beer they brew is bad, like jacked up homebrew bad. No mouthfeel on anything, poor carbonation and just don't taste good at all. I'm honestly not sure how they stay in business selling their beer. The have a decent bottle selection, about 12 different ones.
There is no reason to go out of your way to come here, but if you find yourself in the area I think this is about it. I went on several different occasions due to lack of any other options so I know I didn't just catch em on an off day.
12-29-2013 22:19:28 | More by poonamibaxter
1.89/5 rDev -47.1%
Every small town in America should have it’s own brewing company. But not if it makes beer like this one.
The location was encouraging. Marietta is a cute, historic, architecturally interesting piece of living Americana right on the banks of the Ohio River. The building itself has towering ceilings, exposed brick walls, and beautiful murals painted right on the red bricks.
Continuing with the positive points, the food is decent if wildly unimaginative. Everything is pretty cheap and comes out fairly tasty. They definitely lose some points based on ingredient quality, though. For example, I guarantee that my prime rib beer braised sandwich was in no way, shape, or form made out of prime rib. If it was, it was the most overcooked, tough piece of prime rib I’ve ever had. And while my fiance’s salad was nicely adorned with some tasty flavor combinations, the underlying lettuce was iceberg.
I mean, come on. If you’re going to put that much effort into a salad, at least have the decency to put something other than the blandest, least nutritional leaf known to man.
Which brings me to the beer. It was pretty bad. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a brewpub before (and this was #232 for me) where, after having tried the sampler, I seriously considered ordering a PBR instead of a pint of their own brew. The blonde tasted like PBR but thinner. There was a summer shandy-esque lemonade wheat concoction that made me want to vomit. A copper ale and IPA had decent flavor profiles to begin with but left the mouth lingering with an awful bitter taste for several minutes. And the stout was just flat out undrinkable – a first for me regarding stouts in my beer travels. The grains just tasted burnt or something. Blech.
If in the area, I highly recommend skipping this place.
05-28-2013 15:15:03 | More by bigkingken
3.55/5 rDev -0.6%
Stopped here for a quiet early evening dinner during our trip and found that it was a reasonably good choice.
It was a Sunday evening and the website makes it a point to let you know that the brewer will be in the house on Sunday. We met him and had a chance to chat a bit about his work, etc. and some of his beers. He has been head brewer since late 2010 and seemed to appreciate the feedback I gave him about what I liked about the two beers I'd sampled and where I thought, for my tastes, they might be improved a bit.
We also found out that the "building" was, as we had sort of guessed, once upon a time an alley way between two other buildings that had been closed off and converted into the Marietta Brewing site.
The food was well prepared, fresh and pretty good, but took a bit too long I thought for the size of the crowd when we first arrived. While we were waiting for and eating the meal there was a fairly steady flow of people into the building so the place seems popular with the Marietta natives as well.
The service was adequate but did not stand out in any particular way.
The beers were fine but not particularly exceptional in any way.
07-30-2011 18:56:43 | More by drtth
2.93/5 rDev -17.9%
My wife and I took a trip to Marietta with two things in mind: visiting the ancient Native American earthworks and sampling some brews at the Marietta Brewing Company.
The earthworks are amazing. The brewery is not. The chalkboard lists eight beers, but only three were available. I've visited many breweries around the US and have never heard of a beer-making establishment serving only *three* beers.
We tried the "Kelley's Red Ale" (an Irish-style red) and the "Autumnal Stout". Both had beautiful dark deep colors, but the beauty stopped there. Taste, smell and mouthfeel were all thin, average, watery, sad. You couldn't tell the Red from the Stout. It seriously was like drinking flavored carbonated water.
I also got a sample of "Paw Paw", which the board listed as being 9% but the bartender described as "the lightest beer we brew". Light it was, and boring. Fruity and weird too.
The beer can be written-off, and the ambience pretty much too. This is an OK brewpub with an industrial feel, a little impersonal. Lots of tables, and a small bar filled with local young folks drinking Miller Lite and Bud Light (one of the Coors-chugging chicks even pulled a beer cozy and proceeded to wrap her bottle of swill).
Service was not stellar, but I really enjoyed chatting with one of the guys behind the bar. He loved beer and Indian mounds, and just for that I would go back to this brewery. :-)
Didn't try food, as we were advised by our host at a local bed and breakfast not too. Didn't look great anyway.
A huge disappointment overall and all around, but sure, for Marietta/Southeastern Ohio it ain't bad.. because there's nothing else! It's worth driving an hour west to Athens to get good beer, though.
10-11-2010 05:13:40 | More by DoubleSimcoe
Marietta Brewing Company in Marietta, OH
84 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.