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Elm City Brewing Co.

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Elm City Brewing Co.Elm City Brewing Co.
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21 Beers
89 Ratings
Place Score: 87
Ratings: 44
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: n/a
Taps: 9
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

222 West St
Keene, New Hampshire, 03431-2455
United States
phone: (603) 355-3335

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Reviews by GarthDanielson:
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3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Drove out to Keene for the day and swung by for lunch. Very decent place nestled in this little college town. You walk into an old mill building that has been converted into a mall, and the brewery holds down one of the front corners of the building. Sitting in the front room, there are 3 walls of windows which was great on a sunny day. You can easily view the brewing equipment while you are there. The taps appear to be rotating regularly, and they even go as far as to tell you what is currently brewing so you can plan a future trip appropriately. Beers were very decent, and there was a good variety of styles. The slogan there is "No crap on tap," and they stick to that. Beer is available to go in growlers, and we took home some of their Chocolate Stout. The food was very decent, but a little pricey. Good desserts. Our waitress was the only really down point in our day. She knew little to nothing about the beer, nor did she bother to go find out answers to the few questions we had. We basically got an "I have no idea" followed by an uncomfortable laugh and a quick exit. Alas, maybe she was new. Who knows? It certainly wasn't detracting enough to keep us away, as we would definitely stop by when in the area again.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Very busy place - wait staff seemed to be stretched a bit thin. They have a large menu and the food we ordered was good. Beer selection was not very big but covered many styles. Location is cool and people were friendly.

Photo of huuvola
2.3/5  rDev -40.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 1

I'll preface my comments by saying that I was expecting more from this place after reading other Beer Advocate reviews. My experience was very average -- nothing terrible, but certainly not anything special.

Atmosphere: Location isn't bad, for what it is (the exterior of a converted mill that is now a shopping mall). Outdoor seating is nice, with a large "sun room" that also has large windows and outdoor views (with large, screened windows that were open when we visited).

Quality: Beers were brewed to style, but not a lot of imagination in the flavors or brewing styles.

Service: Friendly, but she didn't check in very often. Probably would've been better to sit at the bar.

Selection: They had 6 beers on tap, but not a lot of variety (two fruit-flavored beers? really? Is this 1996?): Peachy Keene Kolsch; Raspberry Wheat; Hefeweizen; Oatmeal Stout; No Name (IPAish); and another lighter ale that I can't recall.

Food: Very, very average, bordering on poor. My burger was cooked as ordered, but it was unmemorable, french fries were straight out of a freezer package, and apparently no one told them that ripe tomatoes are plentiful in late August -- not the mealy, pale pink slices I got.

Prices: Reasonable! $4 pints, with happy hour specials priced at $2.50(!) a pint.

Overall, our visit here was like stepping back into a time machine to the late 1990s, when your average brewpub wasn't very adventurous in its beer offerings and there wasn't much focus on food.

If you're in the area and just want to have a few beers, it's likely better than other beer options in the area, but don't make a special trip or set your expectations too high.

Photo of FrankLloydMike
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I've been going to nearby Brattleboro and the Pioneer Valley for beer and relaxation for several years now, and I've been meaning to check out Elm City for too long. This past weekend, I finally stopped in for a sampler and pint with a friend who recently moved to the Brattleboro area.

Elm City anchors an old mill on the edge of downtown Keene that has been transformed into a mostly empty mall. It wasn't open despite the balmy winter, but there's a very welcoming patio as you enter that must be great in the summer. Inside, the main dining room is bright and airy--like my local haunt, the CBC, it's an addition to the mill with high windows and beams (wood at Elm City). The bar is up a few steps and open to the dining room through old windows that were once exterior. The place is very bright, with lots of wood and brick, and the brewhouse prominent at the end of the dining room. Overall, I really loved the space, though the decor and signage looks like it hasn't been changed since the place opened in 1994. That's not the end of the world, of course, but it does feel a bit dated.

We ordered a sampler of four beers--the No Name IPA, Oatmeal Pale Ale, Kolsch and the Hoppy New Beer--the last of which we think was probably actually the 420 Smoked beer from the adjacent tap, given its lack of hoppiness and presence of smokiness. I liked the kolsch and oatmeal pale ale, but my friend was less sold, though he didn't mind finishing the samples. The kolsch seemed like a great summer beer. We both really enjoyed the IPA, and following the sampler, we each ordered a pint. There were probably 8-10 beers on-tap with a wide range of styles. The beers we sampled were fresh, crisp and clean--not mind-blowing, but very solid.

The bar area is a bit cramped, and the bar, itself, is oddly winding, so that I ended up with my back to my neighbor. It would have been a good setup for a back rub. But it also meant we faced a couple who we ended up talking to a bit about the area and beer. It's hard to beat a good midday beer in a sunny bar with an unexpected, rich conversation. I'm looking forward to visiting again--hopefully in the summer--and trying the food, which looked very good.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been here a couple of times, but decided to review after stopping here on the way home from vacation. Located a few blocks off of the main drag behind a mill building turned mall this can be a bit tricky to find. We stopped in today for a late lunch and were quickly seated at one of the empty tables outside. I think the few times I've been here we've always eaten outside. There are maybe a dozen tables outside and probably 3 times that inside as well as seating at the bar in the back. The food is typical pub grub and the beer is average. There were 7 beers on tap today including a roggenbier which I have been dying to tick. Today our waitress was a bit on the un-attentive side as I sat for much to long with an empty glass. The table next to us saw their waitress 3 times as much as we saw ours so I will chock that up to a bad day. Decent brewpub overall and fairly reasonable prices.

Photo of arizcards
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Da Boss and i stopped here after hiking Mt. Monadnock earlier today.

Atmosphere was good, we sat outside on a lovely June day with the temps in the low 80's. Never did see much off the inside. Plenty of seating outside under a canopy of trees.

Quality of the beers were pretty good. I had an oatmeal stout and pale ale. Da Boss had a pint of the Brown.

Service was very good. The young lady was pretty busy but managed to be timely with checking in on us.

Selection of beers was good. I think there were were around 7-8 Elm City Beers plus 3 or so non Elm City beers in bottles.

Food was good. I had the Shells and Cheese with Sausage and Da Boss had a Philly. Both were solid.

Overall prices were reasonable for food and drink. Brews were $4.00 for non happy hour. Nice place with fresh beer, very nice after a day of hiking!

Photo of Samichlaus
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

On a whim my girlfriend and I drove up to New Hampshire to hike Mt Monatnock. Before we left I figured I would to check BA to see if there just happened to be any brewpubs nearby :) and I found this place just 15min away from there. I was ecstatic. Sure enough, just like the reviews before me, this place was great. The staff was friendly an knowledgeable. The beer was terrific. I had No Name IPA, Wingnut, Chocolate Milk Stout, and a 2007 vintage SN Big Foot Barleywine!!! AWESOME!!! The food was great. Big menu with mostly pub fare, but it goes a little further than that with salmon and steaks that looked delicious. I had the BBQ bacon Burger and my girl had the philly cheesesteak. Took some growlers home and will return soon!

Photo of ImHereForTheBeer
3.58/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

We go to Elm City about quarterly. We love the location, the old mill is awesome. The atmosphere is nice with booths in the dining room, a good size bar with a few high tops, another dining area just off of the bar and our favorite an outside patio in warm weather. The food is typical pub fare and is good. The service is always good, all of our severs have been friendly.

The beers are good and constantly changing, though nothing has ever stood out as outstanding. We try to get out for happy hour Sunday - Thursday 4pm to 6pm, for $2 pints and $.35 wings. Tim is a fan of the honey mustard wings, I am into the standard hot. Overall, this place is solid. Nothing super note worthy, but consistently a good experience.

Photo of meday
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Elm City is one of two restaurants that we go to in Keene mainly because of Bill's excellent brews, and their fish burgers.

Bill makes wonderful crafted beers. Before I started brewing my own, I would get a growler each weekend. All his beers are session and very drinkable.

The food can get pricey; I stick to the burgers and sandwiches. Save room for more beer. There is a happy hour from 4-6, which is well worth it.

Bill and the staff are wonderful. It is definitely worth a trip if you are in the area or are driving through.

Photo of eLMsITYbUM
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I am finally reviewing my local haunt, after all it is part of my bA name. Well here goes.

The service is friendly and warm. They have a lot of knowledge. The brewer is on site most times and you can see the brewing process through an attractive glass window while you eat. Bill is always happy to answer any questions you have about his brew.

The beer selection is solid. We can always find something to drink - even with discerning friends. The food is good. I especially like the buffalo chicken sandwich and steak fries. The menu consists of a great variety of foods including pub grub and traditional entrees. Their desserts are great, too.

It is a family friendly atmosphere and provides family games while you wait. These are varied from Connect Four to the Trivial Pursuit series found at every table.

Overall, I recommend Elm City Brewing Co. highly.

Photo of cnahil
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I get to the Elm City Brewing Company exactly twice a year as I cart my daughter to and from camp each summer. It is my loss that I don't make the drive from the South Shore/MA more often. The brewpub displys a nice hand in delivering a beer list of engaging styles that range from old stand-bys (LunchPale Ale, Oatmeal Stout) to choices further afield such as Schwarzbeir and a great Rye ale. I've yet to be disappointed and a variety of growlers always make the trip home with me.

The beer is very good, but the food is excellent. I've found it's the rare beer bar/brew pub that really does both sides of the equation well. Their pub-smoked salmon is a must-try. Atmosphere is casual/restored mill funky. Highly recommended.

Photo of jongullotti
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Finally stopped in for the first time yesterday at 3:00pm. A little hard to find in the big old mill building but I was glad I found it. It was mostly empty, but I was there in between meals on a Wednesday.

Nice bright atmosphere with what looked like plenty of seating inside and a large patio outside for the warmer months. Very clean and well kept. A couple of boards showed the tap list AND what was going to be on in the near future - nice touch, makes me want to go back.

On tap was a good variety of styles including an Irish Stout, Kolsch, a couple of fruit beers, strong ale, scotch ale, and a couple of others. Also a nice full liquor and wine stock behind the bar.

Knowledgeable bartender offered me samples before I even ordered - good start. As I was trying to decide the brewer, Bill Dunn, came out and joined in the decision making process. I wish that would happen every time I go to a brewpub.

I started with the stout. Delicious! Beautifully creamy, well rounded, roasty black stout. I couldn't dream up a more well made stout. This guy can brew. Before I get too wordy, everything I tried was great. All the beers exhibited excellent balance that was true to style in each case.

I could have stayed all day and night but I had to leave. Bill offered me a quick personal tour and I took a growler of strong ale to go.

Come here and drink the beer. Great experience, I'll be back.

Photo of iceball585
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My friends and I recently did a trip to the Vermont/New Hampshire/Massachusetts area and this place came highly recommended from one of my friends. I have to say that over all I was fairly impressed.

First, this place at first appears to be just another bar and grill, but I would say that it is much more than that. The food is very good and fairly big portions of everything. Both the soups and the actual meals were very tasty (I recommend the shrimp bisque soup). The workers were also very nice and fairly knowledgable about the menu and beers they had to offer.

The beer selection was very delightful, mainly because they offer a wide selection of brews for you to enjoy. They had about 10-12 brews to choice from which included everything from a light vienna to a stout. They only offer their beers on tap which I appreciate because some brew pubs also offer bottles and taps of mass produced domestic beers in hopes to attract other people of the non-beer loving community. This place offers growlers to go at a fairly reasonable price. They also have a mug club for the locals who frequent the bar often.

The prices of beer wasn't too bad but the prices of the food was a bit more expensive (typical for an upper end brew pub). Over all I would recommend this place to anyone who happens to be in the area and is looking for a nice place to grab a beer and a meal.

Photo of Brad007
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Stopped by this place yesterday while at Pumpkinfest. Selection seemed to be ok, though they had a coffee stout that while it was listed on the beer list, was somehow not on tap. A bit of a disappointment and because they were out of Pumpkin beer and Stout, I could not get a growler of either.

Still, the atmosphere was nice. The place is a bit more crowded than I thought but then again, it was incredibly busy yesterday. Props to the bartenders for hanging in there, despite the insane amount of orders. The taste of the IPA I had made it worth waiting for the growler to be filled.

Didn't eat the food there and I thought the beers on tap were a good start for any brewpub. Nothing wrong with a beer list that has two kolschs, a fruit wheat, stout, IPA, Pale Ale and a Pumpkin beer.

Not too bad of a place and I want to go back someday when it's not that busy so I can really enjoy the place.

Photo of fourohstudent
2.73/5  rDev -29.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2

Well, There were eight on tap, and I hoped to find at least one beer that I found enjoyable. All of their beers were middle of the road and had the same character, whether it was a pale ale alt or whatever else. It's cool to have as many brewpubs as possible, but if you're really into your beer, you may come a way feeling abit unsatisfied. That being said if you're just looking for a drinkable beer afterwork or play, check it out. It's easy to find, right off of the main drag in Keene. Hope they become a little more adventurous.

Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped here on the way from Salem, MA to Vermont after seeing a sign along the highway. Seemed to be a good idea to stop for a beer and take a break from driving. About 3 minutes off the main route and easy to find. Since it was the middle of the afternoon and too early for an evening meal, we pased on the food. The menu looked decent enough, and the food we saw being served looked appetizing. Our drinks were served promptly, our server seemed to know beer. Tthe beers were all at least average and it was a pleasureable experience. Hope to stop again sometime when we have more time.

Photo of slander
4/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

We're finally moving in the right direction, westward, back towards New York via Vermont, this'll be our last stop in New Hampshire. Okay, so right off the bat, let me tell you. I found Keene to be not so much an "Elm City" as a "Construction detours that take you directly to exactly everywhere except the brewpub city". They should probably change their name. Maybe I just caught Keene in an off year. No matter, we found it hidden away in a marketplace mall building of sorts...

Parked in the rear lot and snuck up on it. The first thing you see here is the sick ass wood tree bench in the entranceway off the marketplace. Past that, a seating area with 9 booths and tables, an old bottle display and a large foundry furnace door on the inside wall. Through the archway past a handful of raised bar tables to the question mark shaped wood bar seating 9 off to the right. The bar back holds tiered booze, glassware and more booze on shelves above. Growlers on a rear shelf and numbered ceramic mug club mugs hanging above wrapping around 3 sides of the bar. A pair of flatscreens in opposite corners; one over the bat and one in the corner, and a blackboard listing the current tap selections. Brick walls with arched cut windowways looking over the sunken garden room holding more than a half dozen 2 and 4 seat tables and a pair of long beer hall style tables, each seating 10 or more. On one end, there's a dart board on a pulley (so it can be raised up and down) and a potted tree with strung lighting, and on the other end, a small brew room on one end behind glass. The room itself looks over the patio seating area outside; 10 tables under umbrellas.

2 towers holding 6 taps each. Currently 8 house beers on and a few guest taps (Smutty Robust Porter, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Hoegaarden), plus if I'm getting this right, a single bottle (La Fin Du Monde). The sampler is 4 beers. She thought to get a pair of samplers and try 'em all. The Kolsch was straw colored, clean, with a big malt flavor, very nice; the Old Castle, an English Brown, butter nose, burnt caramel corn; the Hefeweizen, decent banananess; the Pothole Porter, somewhat roasty, chocolatey; Mai Bock, also a butter nose with a slight sweetness; Monadnock Mountain Ale, a blonde ale, some decent hoppiness, a bit spicy; the Peachy Keene Kolsch, nice fresh peach flavor, sweet; the Raspberry Wheat, okay, not sickly sweet. I thought the Kolsch, Porter and Peach Kolsch were the best of the lot. The beers that were good were very good, the beers that were not were very not, and a few midway.

Time to get back on the road, westward, yo.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A nice compromise. My wife wanted to do some shopping, and I wanted to drink some beer. We went to Keene, NH, where they have a restored mill with all of the above. Elm City Brewing Company is in this mill, and it's a very nice place.

As you enter, there's a dining area with booths and tables. To the left there's a bar and what looks like an added-on atrium. The bar had around a dozen seats, with 2 or 3 tables. The atrium had maybe a dozen tables, and a wide expanse of sliding doors that must be nice when open in the summer. Two TVs in the bar. Board and card games available in the atrium area. Very comfortable.

When we were there, 8 beers were on tap: Kolsch, Peachy Keene Kolsch, Raspberry Wheat, Lunch Pail Ale (English pale ale), No Name IPA, Honey Brown, Monadnock Mountain Ale (American pale ale), and a Schwartz Bier. 3 guest taps: Shoals, Long Trail, and Sierra Nevada. They also mentioned on the menu what was being brewed, which I thought was a good idea.

I enjoyed the beers. The IPA was quite good, as was the Schwartz Bier. The IPA was pretty good. My wife enjoyed the Raspberry Wheat.

Food was quite good also. I had the Brewmaster's Plate, which was a knockwurst and bratwurst over sauerkraut with potato pancakes. Wonderful. My wife had fish and chips, also good. I thought the batter was a little doughy.

If I didn't live two hours away, I would go there regularly.

Photo of Bierman9
4.35/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

(Original review of 26MAY02) Nice brewpub in an old brick mill-building turned into a small mall. Some tables in a bright, airy room off the bar, some booths....decent bar. Usually 5-6 of their own biers (plus 3-4 guest Biers), ranging from American-style wheat, a nice hoppy IPA, to a smooth stout. Decent seasonals, too, like Oktoberfest and Imperial Stout. Food (pub-grub style mixed in with traditional offerings) is generally quite good, and reasonably priced. Never been disappointed by the service. Worth a visit... Note: Above their bar they have a large wood-carved sign with the famous Frank Zappa quote about a country needing a bier, perhaps an airline and nuclear weapons to be legit, but really their own Bier... Gotta love it!

overall: 4.35
atmosphere: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$


Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.85/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This is my "home" brew pub. Located in Rustic Keene, NH in the Colony Mill market place. I've been going there on a weekly basis for about 2 years. I've tried at least one of everything that's come down the pike in that time. Brewer Bill Dunn does a great job with great variety, always with something new on tap. One word though Bill...Cask Condition! Please!?!

The set up is very nice. it's in a restored 100 + year old manufacturing Mill, and it captures Keene's rustic feel pretty well. There is a substantial collection of Beer memorabilia, mostly local that is fun to gander at. Staff is friendly and knowledable. Holiday events at the brewery are always a great experience. Try the "No name IPA". Cheers!

Photo of MikeRoy
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

No offense to anyone who lives in Keene, but this is my only reasoning for stopping in this college town. I hardly ever make a run to southern VT without stopping here and enjoying their beer and food. Finding it might be tough for some as it's not exactly downtown, sort of in a strip mall area west of Main St. This place has really gone up in the last couple years since the change of ownership and brewer. The beer is done very well and there always seems to be something new heading down the pipeline. The food has never disapointed, good chile and I've even had success with the calamari a few times. The highlight for me is the breweriana knick knacks they have laying around, old bottles, beer trays and even some old wooden beer crates including one from the legendary(well in NH) Frank Jones Brewery. Nice little shopping area inside the mill that hopuses the brewpub as well, and they seem to more focused on small business rather than chains.

Photo of Franchise
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Elm City is placed in downtown Keene in a renovated mill with lots of little shops. There is a toy store, some other shops, but the gem is a little kitchen store with some nice beerware imperial pints, pilsner glass, etc in there for $2-3/glass not bad at all. The outside/inside is brick decor with a nice antique look.

We were a party of 7 (3 kids, 4 adults) and there wasn't a wait which was great. The service was very slow, which surprised us since it was not very busy in there. When the waitress arrived she was very attentive. It just took her 20min to get to us, in a half empty restaurant.

I ordered the NoName IPA which I paired with the philly cheesesteak. I also had the peachy keene kolsch for dessert. The beer menu was great it explained what they had on tap clearly and they had some guest beers (Unibroue, Shipyard).

Overall it was a great experience, the beer and food were great. The only bad note was I wanted to take home a growler of their beer and they were out. Next time it will teach me to keep a growler in the car for such an occasion, but that had never happened to me before so lesson learned.

Photo of alejandro
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I grew-up in this area and have been here many times. A couple years ago the beer was so bad I swore I would never go back but during the Christmas Season last year I was doing some shopping in the Mill and found myself a bit thirsty...

I ended-up in the ECB, I happened to meet the new brewer and sample his recomendation a Belgian he brewed for X-mas. I was amazed, the beer had changed for the better. I have since been back everytime I drive through Cheshire County, and each time I try something different and each time I ask, Where were you when I was living in the area. The beer is good and the staff is quite friendly.

I would recommend going early if you are going, the bar area is small and seems to fill quickly as the hours pass. Or if you get a chance sit out on the patio on a warm summer day.

Photo of ppoitras
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited the brewpub today with the my wife, 9 month old daughter, and cousin, and enjoyed a nice meal in somewhat tightly tabled "beer hall" area, a step down but within sight of the bar. There is also seating at and near the bar, and a more formal dining room area. Everyone had plenty of room, but this was at the expense of the wait staff, who had to deal with what amounted to one-way aisles between tables.

There were numerous other parties with small children, and the pub was more than conducive to such clientele. High ceilings, well-windowed, with a brick-warehouse style motif through the bar and beer hall areas. We were pleased that our early lunch at noon did not experience any crunch due to the large crowds and heavy traffic for the annual Keene Pumpkinfest. However, by the time we left by 1:30PM, there was a large line.

Many of their brews on tap, the eightI remember on their large board visible through the dining area were the Alt, Porter, Raspberry Wheat, Kolsch, Peach Kolsch, No Name IPA, Pumpkinfest, and Espresso Porter. All except the apparently popular Pumpkinfest were available via growler. The five different beers I ordered (3 on-tap, 2 growlers) were available, which was nice.

Food and service were great, prompt delivery and reorder requests. I always appreciate being asked promptly if I want to enjoy another beverage, when my glass level dwindles.

Worth a visit when in the area, and is a bit hard to find, tucked in the back of a large brick complex. Best way to find it once you're close is look for the large brick smokestacks. They are adjacent to the brewpub in the complex.

Photo of NEhophead
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited this place last weekend while exploring the college town of Keene. (The brewpub was without a doubt the best part of the visit). Plenty of tables in the pub not including the bar. The pub's actually built into an old mill which is also built into a mini-mall. They had about eight to ten of their own brews on tap including: No Name IPA, Peachy Keene Kolsch, an espresso stout, a hefe-weizen, and a raspberry wheat. They were also in the process of brewing an altbier and they had bottles of La Fin Du Monde. Needless to say, a pretty solid selection, and judging by the two pints I had pretty tasty as well (growlers to go too). The food selection was traditional pub fare in addition to some chicken and seafood entrees (a tad overpriced). The sandwich I had was awesome (a cheesesteak on garlic bread? Trust me, give it a try). The service was prompt, although there was a wedge of lemon on the glass of my hefeweizen. Nonetheless a really nice experience, well worth the trip to Western NH.

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Elm City Brewing Co. in Keene, NH
87 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.