Brew It Up
Active Beers: 9
Beer Ratings: 27
Beer Avg: 3.42
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Reviews by climax:
4.18/5 rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Located in Sacramento's midtown, this is probably the best brewery in the city. The dining area is long with lot's of booths and high tables. The bar is cozy and in the rear. We went after lunch rush on a Saturday. Our waiter was good and seemed beer savvy enough to answer any questions.
The selection of beers on tap was very good. They had just about every main style, with a half a dozen big beer styles for a little extra. You could order them in three different sizes 10/20/60 oz. Most basic beers were $3-4 dollars for the 10 oz, so you could get quite a bit of tasting done fore a reasonable price. They also had a set of four tasters (5 oz) for $7.
All the beers I tried had copious flavor and character. None of them seemed watered down or missing the style they were aimed at. The food was everything from onion rings and french fries to roasted duck marsala (which I enjoyed). So it had typical brewery food and a dozen or so gourmet selections. Prices were a bit spendy, but appropriate.
This is your best bet for beer in Sac, most selections, most flavorful beers, and a good food menu. They even offer homebrewing within the establishment. I probably won't venture that far though.
03-27-2011 23:56:14 | More by climax
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3.23/5 rDev -18.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$$
Atmosphere - The brewpub is on the corner of an office building with the front door on the corner. As you walk in theres a large waiting area with some merchandise you can buy. The dining area is to the left with small brew kettles by the windows and the bar is in the back. Overall it looks like a decent semi casual restaurant.
Quality/Selection - During my visit they had about twenty different beers on tap that hit everything from a pale lager to barleywine. However the quality is lacking as their brewing process and ingredients are that of a beginner home brewer with mini brew pots and barrels of extract that are out in the open.
Service - The waiter I had was friendly and got the orders right so I don't have anything bad to say about him. I ordered a sampler and they were out of one beer I ordered so he replaced it without asking me for a different beer which was a little annoying but was willing to bring me one of my choice so that made up for it.
Food - Wasn't really anything special. I ordered a BBQ pulled pork sandwich and wasn't impressed those frozen BBQ bowls taste better than my dinner. The wife ordered a hamburger she finished it but said it was just ok. Their menu is pretty large so pretty much nothing is fresh.
Overall this really isn't a place that I really want to go to again as the food and beer are below average for a brewpub.
08-04-2011 00:58:01 | More by armock
3.31/5 rDev -16.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stayed in Sacramento for a night on our way up to Oregon, I knew this place was in the area somewhere between our hotel and the capitol building which we were walking to. My GF smelled it first as we approached, it smelled exactly like I was homebrewing in my kitchen.
Inside there were about 12 small kettle's lined up along the wall and the bottling/capping station was in the back near the bar area. We made our way to the bar, it was fairly busy and we received ok service.
From the large selection of maybe 20+ house brewed beers, we ordered the Stout and the IPA, both were drinkable but nothing great. Over the beers we discussed where we wanted to go for dinner in a few hours and decided that it probably wasn't going to be this place despite the food looking pretty tasty.
It wasn't bad, but, we had gone there, had a couple beers, and were fine with checking something else out.
06-07-2011 23:23:57 | More by tjensen3618
2.85/5 rDev -28%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 2 | $$$
OK, I have probably been to this place a total of ten times: have brewed about three times and have eaten on several occasions.
Pros: large selection of house-brewed drafts (coupled with full bar, and recently a few guest taps).
Cons: Beers are expensive, all beers are made using a partial-mash brewing process which results in an amatuer malt-extract taste, food is marginal at best (menu is tooo big) - almost overreaching in its attempt to be "gourmet", vibe is pretty weak as bulk of customer base appear to be conventioneers (have that lost "I do not know this area so I will just pick whatever is close by" look) of geriatrics getting the early-bird discount before the Music Circus.
Went there the other day with a friend who bought a Groupon. All the beers tasted the same - again, that caramel flavor from the extract. The food wa marginal at best, but the kicker was when I ordered there Mai Bock: a 12 oz glass cost me $6.50???
05-02-2011 22:00:18 | More by marksweiner
4.38/5 rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Another local brewhouse located in downtown Sacramento. They offer a "brew your own" service that is Ridiculously overpriced, but non-homebrewers probably never realize that. because of this however, BIU always smells of sweet sweet wort the moment you open the front door. I know this is a turn off for some, but I look forward to it. they have around 20 beers on tap at any given time, but BIU's main problem is their inconsistency. even their year round brews can change in taste/quality from batch to batch. One thing i can say very possitively however, is their staff actually knows a thing or two about the beers they serve! I know I am not the only one out there who has gone to a brew pub, and asked a simple question such as "any seasonals not on the menu tonight," only to be greeted in return with the deer in the headlights look. thats usually followed by a "um, let me check with the manager." i just have to shake my head in disbelief at how frequently this occurs. Lastly, the food is average to good, but prices run quite high for what you get.
12-29-2010 21:56:02 | More by beerjudge1
4.06/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I entered on the corner of "H" and 14th Streets, although another entry existed further down on "H" Street. My entry meant checking in with the m.d.s. on a right oblique, transiting the restaurant area of mainly standard tables and chairs, but also some booth seating. The kitchen was along the right wall and across from it, center, was a weights and measures room in support of the BOP operation. The bottling part of the BOP was all of the way aft, right. Also aft, but left, was the elongated "U"-shaped, marble topped bar. Lots and lots of taps, but sadly, they were out of pilsner. The atmosphere was redolent with the scent of boiling wort. Man, I love that small.
Beers: Orange Blossom Blonde; Engine #2; IPA; Churchill's ESB; Beracude EPA; Big Valley Red; Northern Mild Mutty Brown; Irish Amber; Scotch Ale; N2 Porter; Oatmeal Stout; Golden Weizen; Nordendorf Lager; Czech Pilsner; Ladder # Lager; Marzen; Hallertauer Lager; Vanilla Cream Stout; Czar's Irish; Sky Diver Barley Wine; Belgian Dubbel; CAPT Ron's IIPA; Dunkel Bock; and Curbit the Grog Pumpkin Ale.
11-27-2009 14:17:54 | More by woodychandler
4.08/5 rDev +3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Sacramento is thin on breweries, but the few they have are pretty well spread out. This brewery is located in the N.W. downtown section.
Parking is conveinient for those of us who are passing through.
The brewery is set up in a good size building right on the corner.
Enter and be greeted by host or hostess, then a dining room to the left. To enter the bar you need to pass by the dining area.
Bar is expansive, enough for twenty seats. Two screens, one on each side of the bar allows for everyone in the bar area the ability to catch the current program. Full bar and competent servers make for a good vibe. Selections of microbrews numbered 22. Mostly American popular styles.
Did not try the food.
Service was really good but the place was mostly empty on a week day afternoon.
The brews on tap that I tried were very good but the price was ridiculous.
Overall this place deserves respect for their quality beverages, but they really need to bring their charge per pint down.
11-07-2009 04:57:04 | More by Inflames
3.5/5 rDev -11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
This BOP/brewpub is located in the dowtown area. It has the brass and wood brewpub feel. The clientle seems to be the convetion center / play crowd.
Upon entering you are immediately struck with the aroma of brewed beer.
The food is good if over priced.
The service is prompt and freindly. They seem to be mostly perky women...I don't know if that was intentional.
The beer selection may be the largest I have ever seen. While the quality was suspect on a couple of beers, I can't complain about fresh beer.
What really intrigued me was the liquor and beer combos. I have never seen a Radler available. They are big in Germany (Grapefruit juice and a pilsner), but not normally found in a brewpub. They also offer shots of chocolate liqour in a cream stout, which I found to be a great alternate to sweets.
Overall I would have to reccomend this place. There are just too many oddities for a brewpub to ignore. If you are purely interested in GREAT beer, go to Rubicon. If you have been there and done that at all the rest, check this place out...you will not be dissapointed.
08-19-2009 17:12:00 | More by ndolover
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.85/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
Last night in Sacramento and I managed to get down here. Friday night and got in around 7.00 just in time before the place got really busy. We were sat near the recpetion so di not see the rest of the bar. Also a long flight the next day so just tried a few beer with some food. Did not catch all the names but had the double IPA, Russian stout and barley wine. Pretty much relied on the helpful server for advice and I was not disappointed, very tasty beer and good selection. Food was OK but would not really recommend it for that. Bit pricey also.
There were at least two groups in who were brewing, would have liked to have tried that if a could have got a bunch of people interested. Good concept though can't comment on the quality of that beer.
Definitely worth a trip, impressed with the beers that I tried.
05-09-2009 05:17:08 | More by Stephen63
2.68/5 rDev -32.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$$
We walked here today after we found out that Rubicon nearby doesn't serve food from 11:15 to noon (??). So after our walk, we went in the main entrance and were seated over near the bar area. This gave us a view of the busy corner where customers were bottling their "homebrew," and of the bar, which had several taps, all of in house stuff. We ordered the wit and navigator pale ale, which were delivered promptly. We took our first sips as were cracked the food menus and both grimaced. The beers were really, really, sub-par, particularly the wit my wife was drinking. Mine was slightly better, but overly bitter for the style and the flavor of the columbus hops were nowhere to be found. We ordered food, it came in a normal amount of time, and it was ok. Fries were nice. All the food was overpriced for what it was....i think they're trying to be a bit more of an upper-class place than they have the right to. I went for a Marzen after the meal, and it was better than the other two i had, more to style and a better flavor, but still, it tasted a bit ... cardboardy .... Yeah. Anyway, obviously we weren't too impressed with the place and im fairly sure we won't go back. It might be a good place to brew if you can't get set up at home, but the beers and atmosphere really didn't do it for us.
10-27-2008 03:43:23 | More by aforbes10
Brew It Up in Sacramento, CA
89 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.