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Taps: 105 / Bottles: 5
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by drewbage:
3.58/5 rDev -0.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
Sampled after the judging at the IPA Festival at Lucky Baldwin's.
For some reason recently, it seems like I've ended up going to the Yard House to remind myself of what I'm looking for in a beer joint.
Everyone else has commented on the decor, which is yardhouse corporate standard, gleeming steel and copper, dark marble and dark wood. Place is very slick and polished, which is fine, but a bit lifeless.
The taps are long and in charge with a fair variety of beers, I continue to give the Yardhouse folks credit because the selection has improved over the years. Is it still going to be enough to satisfy most beer hunting types? Nope. There's an array of solid selections that none of us should mind drinking, but Ive never seen anything that would make my heart leap. (And I'm also a bit disappointed, unlike the Costa Mesa which carries a large number of taps for local brewery Bayhawk.. the Pasadena pub doesn't carry a single Craftsman tap)
Anyway.. food is slick well prepared and tasty and pricey. Service is so-so. It's a corporate place.. You could come in there a 100 times and still get the same level of service and nothing more. A place like Lucky Baldwin's, however, may be a touch surly at first, but then you grow into the joint and there's nothing but good times and warm welcomes.
07-26-2004 17:32:08 | More by drewbage
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3.55/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Yardhouse is a good solid start to trying quality craft brewing. They have a huge selection (over 100) different types of beer on tap and bottled. Does a great job of organizing the beers in to general categories (although some I don't understand), and just recently presents some of their own microbrews (which I haven't tried, or wanted to for that fact).
Anyways, overall decent selection, but my beef is that they don't carry any specialty taps or custom brews. They have the general stuff I can find at my local retailer. For a real beer place, I want the stuff that only comes from the keg. The hard to find types of things. Yardhouse is not that place.
Other aspects, great atmosphere, but the service can be hit or miss. The bartenders are to the point with orders and provide no aspect of their humanity to the customers, but they are speedy and polite. The Happy hour is AWESOME though!! This is their strongest pull to get me there sometimes is the happy hour. Fairly good prices on craft beers and half of appetizers...I mean come on!! It's a great deal.
12-09-2009 12:23:08 | More by ArrogantHopHead
3.43/5 rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I did not realize what Yard House meant until it was too late. I suppose I could have turned around and walked away once I saw yuppies drinking out of yard glasses, but I foolishly decided to stay.
This looked like a modern American chain restaurant. More upscale than an Applebee's but not by much. The food was trendier but I didn't care about that. 100 beers on draft, let me see a menu.
WTF is this? 100 beer but about 40 of them are BMC or variant light lager knock offs. And they were more expensive then they should be. I suppose they want you to order the yard but I'm not doing that.
I order a tuna tartar dish and quietly eat is and drink my 16 ounce 7$ Rogue Dead guy ale. I finish and leave. The waiter was plenty nice and attentive. I tipped well. Time for a new bar.
12-03-2009 21:06:24 | More by drabmuh
3.03/5 rDev -15.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Lots of beers on tap--and the selection does change and has improved a bit recently (added Bear Republic for instance). While there are few "great" beers on tap, there is always something good to choose from. Though you really need to dig through the beer list which is a bit overwhelming with lots of distractions.
This place is of the more is better, bigger is better, quantity over quality mind set. When it comes to quality, the staff knows really nothing about beer and have poor pouring technique. In addition, all beers are served ice cold without regard for style. They have a huge "specialty martini" list too... if that is your thing...
Food menu is big and of the corporate variety. Usually pretty decent, though prone to the off night. Food is also pricey, but you are paying for the huge portions.
11-14-2009 22:58:59 | More by JTahoe
4.03/5 rDev +11.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I was very happy with my visit to The Yard House. This is someplace you must go for a beer. It may be a chain restaurant with bland atmosphere and mediocre service, but they really have a focus on good beer. The food is fine and two vegetarian friends I went with had no trouble finding something they enjoyed on the menu. But the beer is what is so outstanding here. The selection isn't mind blowing, but everything you order will taste absolutely fresh and perfect. Their "high tech" draft system is amazing. I ordered a Weisse Dunkel (relatively obscure ale) and it tasted like it was just tapped. Never an old or stale beer at The Yard House... and isn't that the most important thing when visiting a place for a beer? And while you are in Pasadena, stop by Lucky Baldwin's just down the street. Another gem in town. It turns out that Pasadena is a real nice place to have a beer.
06-16-2009 06:23:03 | More by drugsbunny
Yard House in Pasadena, CA
85 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.