Aiken Brewing Company
Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
2.35/5 rDev -41%
I trust BeerAdvocate to guide me on my travels around the US, but they let me down on this one.
On the Monday night that I went in, they were serving an English IPA, a Troubadour Red, a Czech Pils, and a couple of darker beers. I started with the English IPA, which I would rate a 3.2 out of 5.0, and then decided between the Pils and the Red, opting for a tasty Red (maybe a 4.0 out of 5.0). That's the good news.
This was, at best, a local watering hole. I haven't been this disappointed in a place with good reviews since I started using BA. One of the managers was drinking a Coors Light. I noticed a couple of other bottles around, so I asked if they had anything other than their beers, and my bartender was honest enough to say "nothing good".
I know they have local home-brew nights, so maybe they support the locals that way, but I have never been in a place less in tune with what I look for when I travel: a nice place to eat and drink.
No where on BA was there a review of the Pizza Joint, right around the corner. A couple of ciders on tap, multiple New Belgians, Magic Hat, Rogue Dead Guy, Southern Tier 2XIPA, Terrepin Rye Pale Ale and Hopsecutioner, and the British regulars.
Do yourself a favor. Walk around first, and find your way to a better "beer" establishment.
07-24-2012 02:46:00 | More by Texas1959
3.2/5 rDev -19.6%
Aiken Brewing Company is located in the historic downtown area of Aiken. This area seems to have had a bit of a re-birth. It is a small brewpub with seating outside as well. The bar area is small and has two TV's in the corners for loners like me. However, I have always been able to stike of a conversation.
The beer is average, but fresh! They did have a good Red beer that won at the GABF, so they do have a few good beers.
The service is fair, but I wish they didn't assume you want a frosty mug.
If you are in Aiken, stop by and have a pint and enjoy the locals. However, don't expect to be blown away by any particular aspect of this pub.
04-16-2011 19:10:17 | More by ndolover
3.25/5 rDev -18.3%
We stopped in here on a business trip recently so that we could watch the notre dame game (watch them get destroyed, as it turned out). A small pub, split into a little area with tables for having a meal and then a bar with some tall bar type tables for drinking and watching TV. When we went in, they had 4 beers on tap...thoroughbred red, an oatmeal stout, a pilsner, and a double IPA. $2 a pint, expect for the DIPA, which was $4 (prices were listed higher but these were the prices we paid so maybe there was a deal). All beers served in frosted glasses. We tried all of them and the only one really worth drinking was the oatmeal stout. All tasted kind of extract/homebrew-like...not bad, but not anything great. The DIPA tasted more lilke a dopplebock, the pisner was too old, but ok, whatever...the bar was nice, and full of good people having a good time. And you know what else?...lots of people were constantly coming in filling up their growlers, so the locals like it and thats really what matters so more power to them. Had some good wings there too by the way so overall it was positive and i have to recommend it.
09-03-2007 02:59:29 | More by aforbes10
3.5/5 rDev -12.1%
I spent an evening at the Aiken Brewing Company when I was in Aiken for business. Tow co-workers and I sampled several of their beers, had dinner and played a few games of pool. The selection of beers available that evening included: Thoroughbred Red; West Coast Pale Ale; Blonde; Oatmeal Stout; Belgian Saison and English IPA. Additionally the bar had several national and import beers in bottles. The food was decent for a bar and reasonably priced. The service was passable and the atmosphere was enjoyable.
07-15-2008 17:02:21 | More by dnichols
3.83/5 rDev -3.8%
I drink at the Aiken Brewery several times a month and always enjoy the place. There have been widely varying opinions on this place so I'll set some context with mine. We moved to the area over a year ago from an urban craft beer-friendly part of the southeast. The Aiken/Augusta region is a craft beer desert and Aiken Brewing Company is a small oasis. You WILL see people drinking Coors/Miller/etc. in the Brewery but this says more about the locals of the area than the establishment.
The atmosphere is great. Aged but in a good way. Cozy local watering hole, usually pretty crowded. They also have an upstairs bar that is usually open that has more seating and a pool table.
The food at the Aiken Brewery is average. Standard bar fare, mostly fried. Not gourmet to say the least but their bacon cheese fries are great with a few pints. I won't come here solely for the food. I was impressed with the quality of the beer. They are usually well-balanced but with character. They all tend to be less hopped than most craft brews but that's fine with me. They are served at appropriate temperature and it seems like they keep their keg lines clean. You can get a style-appropriate vessel but you'll need to request it.
Service is excellent. They have staff who are experienced and efficient. Attentive but not overbearing.
The selection rotates frequently as they brew new batches. They always post what the brew date for each of their styles is. They never have more than 5-7 choices but that is reasonable given the scale of their operation.
02-01-2014 13:57:27 | More by westy_far
3.98/5 rDev 0%
Finally, made it to the Aiken Brewing Company and was very happy to have made the trip. They set an example for the other South Carolina brewpubs to follow with respect to making flavorful beers given the state's abv laws.
The pub is an an old renovated building with a number of tables out front - perfect place to spend a Spring afternoon. Inside, the bar scene was packed, even at 4:00 in the afternoon on a Monday. I struck up a conversation with an Assistant Brewer and learned a bit about their brews.
They have about 10 beers on tap - a number of brewpub standbys as well as some more interesting rotationals like a Maple Coconut Stout.
The food menu is pretty standard brewpub fare. Burgers and sandwiches and lots of fried beer batter dishes.
If and when SC pops the cap, I would like to see the brews that come out of this place.
03-27-2007 02:11:47 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev +0.5%
Stopped in here on my way to Charleston.
Atmosphere is good. There are a few tables outside (it was late spring when I visited) and inside there is a bar to the right and quite a few tables to the left. It's in a nice downtown setting so parking isn't the best but it's worth it as the walk to the brewpub is nice.
Quality is also good. Beer is served in appropriate glassware and is neither chilled nor served with a head that's too big or too small.
Service is nice. We didn't have to wait long to be seated and we were able to place our lunch and drink orders quickly as well. The server also had the list of beers available down pat and I heard him go through the styles and what to expect with a number of patrons.
Selection is solid. I believe they had about 5-6 of their own beers on-tap and growler fills were also available. I'm not sure about the bottle selection but with such a robust selection at a smaller brewpub I normally don't pay much attention to bottled options I can purchase elsewhere.
Food is good. I split a wing platter and was satisfied.
Price is reasonable, nothing too cheap but nothing too expensive.
Overall I was surprised by the caliber of beers in such a small town in the middle of nowhere. A nice place to stop if you're in the area.
09-26-2010 23:12:38 | More by glid02
4.25/5 rDev +6.8%
Very cool, old smalltown downtown atmosphere. I had the oatmeal stout which was quite tasty, the barleywine which was very well done and available as a 1/2 pint, and the sampler which included a cream ale, an amber (sort of like a brown ale to me, not very hoppy but more malty & good), porter, nitrogen-served porter, oatmeal stout & barleywine. All were as expected and quite good for style. No very hoppy beers were available during my visit. Definitely worth a repeat visit; very inviting, I bet the patio is excellent in the fall & spring especially.
09-18-2010 21:27:11 | More by KroMagnon
4.25/5 rDev +6.8%
I would have to give the Aiken Brewery an overall score of 4.5 . The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming whether you are inside or outside. The selection of local craft beers is always eclectic. You also have the option of taking home a gallon of your favorite brew in a Growler , one gallon glass jug.
Besides the brew and atmosphere , the food is excellent . Whether youre in for lunch or dinner , the menu has plenty of selections for any taste. Although there may not be abything you would classify as "Fine Dining " , good flavor is in no short supply. We have never had a bad meal here.
The upstairs on the brewery has pool tables , another full service bar , and a karaoke stage if you've had enough liquid courage. If it gets too crowded for your taste but you dont want to leave , you can grab an outdoor table and enjoy the weather . There's never a shortage of passers by on the streets of Aiken and you can always find a lively conversation , especially during football season.
Whether you are visiting or a resident , the Aiken Brewery is a must see for anyone who likes good food and great beer !
10-02-2012 05:34:35 | More by Superdad
Aiken Brewing Company in Aiken, SC
90 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.