Ithaca Beer Company
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Active Beers: 45
Beer Ratings: 9,475
Beer Avg: 3.87
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 5 | Show All Ratings:
4.11/5 rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped here over the weekend while visiting Ithaca. It was the first nice Saturday so the brewery was packed with college kids and their families. When I walked in it felt like a tour just got out which was a little overwhelming. I almost feel that their tours need to end somewhere else or they need to sell those on the tour their beer inside so they don't immediately pack the bar. Once the gathering sorted it self out I was able to find a seat at the bar and was served rather quickly for how busy it was. I quickly looked over the menu and order the BBQ Pulled Pork which was pretty good and just what I needed. The overall service was pretty good and the women handing growler fills definitely stepped out and took some drink orders.
Overall they had a pretty big beer selection. They probably had 10-12 beers on draft including four different 5 Barrel Brews which are basically in house only. Their 5 Barrel brews were a nice change of pace since I have had most of their core lineup. I tried the Green Line IPA which was ok and the Flower Power doesn't seem as amazing as it once was.
Overall I would definitely recommend checking it out and enjoying their beers. It definitely has a "chain" restaurant feel after their expansion and I would definitely prepare for the place to be packed on nice days. They have a great outdoor seating area but I didn't make it outside to give it a fair review. Growler prices are pretty fair and they offer most of their beers to go. Check it out. Cheers!
04-14-2014 12:46:31 | More by BeerTwigs
4.04/5 rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
It was overfull of college kids when we went to try this place while in Upstate NY
...while most of them were chill I think there was a table of patrons who may have been oversold so we drank our pints and left. The beer was delish we just ntwish the experience had not been ruined. I think during the summer when the patio is open it would be much easier to escape this....but it was a cold February Saturday night. The Host at the door was very nice and understanding when we said we were leaving.
03-07-2014 04:08:16 | More by camartin27
3.98/5 rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $
Went here on a trip through Ithaca. Didn't order any food, but it looked tasty enough and there were a lot of people enjoying it. Ordered a couple of flights between me and my girlfriend. The beer was fresh and tasty, some absolutely delicious. (Flower Power and White Gold especially) Ithaca's rootbeer is also very tasty. There was a fun shuffleboard game that was a great way to have fun while tasting all the beer. Seems to be a popular hangout for people in Ithaca, as it was very crowded on a Friday afternoon. Pints (and half pints), flights, and growler fills were all reasonably priced. Definitely recommended.
01-27-2014 05:21:49 | More by GreesyFizeek
4.09/5 rDev -4.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
The Ithaca Beer Company's Taproom offers really delicious food, some of it inspired and creative, much of it the best of its kind. I've eaten there five times since the IBC moved just a bit north and uphill with its new restaurant in its new larger building with outdoor tables that are wonderful when weather's nice. On my last visit, the bocce court had fallen into decay (no jack or palino, so we played with a mismatched small plastic ball, no matched sets left), but a new firepit was a fine place for a fire on a chilly fall day. You can have wait service indoors, or order at the bar and have your food brought out to a table on patio where you display your order number. I've much enjoyed the burgers, wood-fired pizzas, salads and hand-cut fries. Lately the service has been more attentive and organized. Unfortunately the acoustics in the hard-surfaced dining area have so much echo that a nearly full house is so noisy you have to shout to be heard—conversations with somebody more than a yard away are nearly impossible. I hope IBC will install some sound-absorbing material under the metal ceiling. It's wonderful to see how popular the great beer and good food have made this place, but unless you enjoy yelling with most of the crowd trying to enjoy each other's company, you'll do well to eat and drink outside. Not a comfortable option when it's raining, sleeting, or snowing, but way more peaceful than the roaring box of the Taproom's dining area.
11-25-2013 04:24:16 | More by jameswaldo
4.2/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
It's been about a year since the taproom opened. Review based on about a half dozen visits since then.
Atmosphere - Really nice space. Walk into the retail area and a large L-shaped bar. A fair number of indoor tables and at least as many outside as well. Bigger than it looks on first impression, especially when people can spread out in the summer months. From the retail corner you can look into the brewery floor and see the tanks, etc. We've not been on the tour of the new place, but they always appear packed when we've seen them. There is a bocce court outside and shuffleboard.
Quality / Selection - If you aren't already familiar with Ithaca Beer offerings they are all well done. The taproom offers a rotating "5 BBL" series of small batch beers. Over the past year I've tried 6 different offerings that were all good to very good. They provide a nice wrinkle to the year round and seasonal offerings I'm already well acquainted with. All pours are offered in either full or half pints and they typically have 3 different flights (year round, seasonal, and hop) to choose from. These make it easy to try a variety of different beers in one visit. Every Wednesday night they have a cask offering tapped at 5 PM. We've only been able to visit once for this, but if we were a little closer I could imagine making that a frequent stop.
Service - The only place they seem to lack a bit. At times it feels like they are 1 or 2 servers short of full staff. Still not enough of an issue to impact the overall visit.
Food - The menu is pretty limited, but everything we've tried has been good. The focus is certainly on local ingredients which lines up with the general vibe in Ithaca. The staples seem to be the brick oven pizza and the taproom burger which is offered a few different ways). Other items seem to rotate in an out with items like a variety of salads and some bigger entrees (steaks, etc). Almost every time we get the fry flight to start - hand cut fries that they manage to keep from getting too greasy, served with 3 different condiments.
Value - Very good overall especially on the beer side. Full pints are all around $5. Growler prices remain incredibly cheap ($8-10) with the exception of the Excelsior beers which are $20/fill. Food prices certainly aren't cheap, but are appropriate for the quality and sourcing that is going into them.
10-06-2013 12:17:46 | More by nh2032
Ithaca Beer Company in Ithaca, NY
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