Dahlonega Brewing Company (Caruso's Italian)
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Active Beers: 1
Beer Ratings: 2
Beer Avg: 3.17
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 5
Reviews by aracauna:
3.85/5 rDev +9.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
I've known that Dahlonega Brewing Company had started brewing at Caruso's Italian Restaurant in Dahlonega for over a year, but haven't had a chance to visit until recently. Luckily, I was able to make the Gold Rush arts and crafts festival this year and used that as an excuse to stop in and try the beer. I only saw three taps reserved for the house beer and only 2 were currently in use, but the beer was decent. The golden ale was the typical golden ale, although possibly a little sweeter than usual and the Pale Ale seemed to follow the path of the British ESB more than the American Pale Ale. The Pale ale was a solid beer and suggests that the brewer here could make some really interesting beers that I didn't get a chance to try (one of the taps was labeled Belgian Strong Ale, but it was out). The restaurant has good food, mostly being an Italian restaurant, but has recently taken a turn towards bar food, so you've got the standard sit-down Italian restaurant fair, but can have burgers, hot wings and other sandwiches as well. The bar room was slammed on Saturday, but it always is on Gold Rush. I'm guessing it's usually a little less crowded.
Also, in addition to the brewpub beers, they have about 10 other taps to choose from, including a couple of local microbreweries like Terrapin. They had Terrapin Rye P.A. and Big Hoppy Monster on tap during Gold Rush. Definitely worth the stop for a beer if you're traveling through the North Georgia hills on vacation. I'm rating the selection as a 4 because of it's location. Dahlonega is a ways out of metro Atlanta and is a small town supported by tourism. It's much better than one would expect to find in a small town and I rated it accordingly. It wouldn't be so impressive in Atlanta, but Dahlonega is far from being a second Atlanta.
10-17-2004 15:45:54 | More by aracauna
More User Reviews:
2.08/5 rDev -41.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 1.5 | food: 2 | $$$
I spent three years in Dahlonega (just recently moved) in school and frequented Caruso's very often. I was so excited that they had a brewpub in town in fact it was one of the reasons I chose to go to college there. However, not one time did they have a beer made that was remotely drinkable. It was almost certainly an extract system. Like a home brewer just on a larger scale. Never did I see a brewer or did the staff know anything about the beer. In fact the only way to know that they brewed beer there was to read the back of the staff's t-shirts that's it. There was no other advertisement at all not even in the menu. It seemed that no one there cared about the beer at all. Also, my last few months in town the beer was served HOT not cellar temp but room temp. I asked them why and they just told me that most of the customers preferred it that way. What???? I really love the town of Dahlonega they deserve good craft beer. I hope someone comes along that cares about the beer and improves what is going on there. Dahlonega is a cool town and good beer would just be the icing on the cake.
08-15-2009 05:52:32 | More by thesyko56
3.78/5 rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This was an interesting stop in my trip I have to admit. It was intended to be simply a nice dinner for me and the wife and then I realized they brewed on site! Bonus for me. So I decided that I would try some of the locals, great golden ale of some kind, cannot remember the name, but it was really quite nice. Had a few other regional on tap as well. This was really a nice little surprise, and quite cheap to be honest. If you know Dahlonega, there is nothing there and to have this place in town was really a shock. I would definitely recommend making a stop in here, because well if you are going through this little town there is nowhere else to stop, and the food is excellent. Check out the candy/chocolate store next door too, definitely top notch!
10-19-2007 23:17:17 | More by mikesgroove
3.73/5 rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Driving through north Georgia on spring break with the family, we has to make a stop at Dahlonega for the numismatists in the car (my daughter and I). Searched the street map for stores to peruse and saw this place. So this is where we had dinner.
Smoke-free bar area. Plenty of sports memorabilia leaning toward football. Two tanks visible through a couple of large windows in the back. The brewpub is combined with an Italian restaurant. The fare was decent, certainly better than most bar food. We had pizza, Italian subs, and hamburger.
Tap selection was limited to only one Dahlonega beer, a couple of Terrapins, Bass, Guinness, and the various BMCs. Plenty of Jagermeister seem to be on hand. I guess if you want wine with your dinner you buy it from any of nearby winery outlets and tasting rooms and bring it in.
The setting for the pub is on Main Street next to the town square. For small town, it doesn't get much more quaint than this.
Fine service, though the bartender was taking care of the entire pub, however it was only Thursday night. Restrooms could have been cleaner--or at least attended to more often.
04-14-2006 12:03:26 | More by pentathlete
4.2/5 rDev +19%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Atmosphere: Lots of murals on the walls of vinyards and wineries (It is an Italian restaurant and in Gergia wine country.) Bar area is a bit more traditional atmosphere, lots of wood and bricks and a window that shows off the brewing area.
Quality: Samples I had were of excellent quality and seemingly fresh and well handled.
Service: It was really slow the day we popped in for an early dinner but the service was attentive and speedy.
Selection: Not that great by itself but for what is basically the middle of nowhere Georgia, pretty good. There are two house beers on tap (this time and Imperial Stout and a Raspberry Lambic) and a couple selections from Terrapin (Rye Pale Ale and the Cream Ale I believe). They have room for another house selection but it was out when I went. Sam Adams, Guinness and then BMC and Lite variations thereof. So for the area, a very good selection. House beers were fresh and tasty (especially the Imperial Stout.)
Food: Family split a sicilian pizza that was great. Good garlic bread and minestrone too.
All in all, you have to drop in if you are in the area just to see what house brews are on tap. They have certainly piqued my curiousity.
01-24-2005 00:37:44 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Dahlonega Brewing Company (Caruso's Italian) in Dahlonega, GA
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.