SBC Restaurant & Brewery - Branford
Active Beers: 13
Beer Ratings: 29
Beer Avg: 3.2
Taps: 17 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by RunawayJim:
3.55/5 rDev +11.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I went here for dinner tonight. I used to live in Branford for 20+ years before I finally moved out of CT. I was excited to learn that there was a brewpub in my hometown. Little did I know it was a branch of a brewpub from Fairfield County. I had heard the food and beer was pretty good.
They break up their beers into 3 "tiers". The first seem to be the lightest, most accessible. The second is slightly darker and less accessible, and the third is even less accessible. I found the 2 beers I tried to be pretty accessible. I had their stout, which had a lot of good flavor, but was a bit watery. It should've been a bit heavier. The other was their IPA, which was less hoppy than I prefer. The stout was from tier 3 and the IPA from tier 2.
The food was decent, but nothing special. I got their ribs, which were cooked well, but the BBQ sauce was way too sweet. It lacked any "zing". The menu said it was made with their IPA, but I got none of that and honestly, I expected it to be a little spicier. The coleslaw and mashed potato sides were pretty good. My fiancee got their rainbow trout special, which she really liked. It looked a lot better than my ribs (which always seems to be the case with us, her getting the better meal).
It wasn't cheap, but it wasn't super expensive, though I found it a little overpriced for the quality, though the beer was only $4, but their special beer of the night wasn't even their own and that was $3. I'd probably go back to try something else. The burgers smelled really good and with such a large selection of beers, I do want to try them. The weird thing about this place is they not only have something like 9 or 10 of their own beers on tap, they also have several (7-10) commercial beers on tap as well. I have never been to a brewpub that had beers other than their own on tap, but being a big restaurant on a big suburban strip, I can understand why they would do that (though, in my opinion, if you go to a brewpub, you shouldn't be expecting beers other than their own).
03-23-2008 03:23:40 | More by RunawayJim
More User Reviews:
3.3/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
Visited 12-8 after finding the one in Hamden closed.
The atmosphere was just above average. It was nice warm and inviting.
The service was outstanding. The staff (all of them were very attentive and went out of our way to make sure we were taken care of.
The food was average what you expect form a American chain restaurant. Good value for the money reasonable selection, with reasonable quality. The same can be said for the beer. Average but drinkable.
On the whole a good value for the money and i would stop by again at Branford or any of the other ones if i were in the area looking for a beer and a burger.
12-09-2012 14:00:53 | More by woolybear
3.4/5 rDev +6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Went here to take advantage of the nice weather and sit outside for dinner. It was happy hour time so it was good to sit around outside while it was still sunny and warm out.
Atmosphere of the place was nice, it's clean, friendly, and caters toward the BMC drinking as I saw most of the people drinking Bud Light which is a real shame when there's homemade beer on tap.
The food was good. They had a decent Applebee's/Friday's/Chili's selection of stuff to choose from (you know, a few choices from lots of styles of food) and their specials even had what beer to pair it with. The had nice sized portions at fair prices and the food was pretty good.
Beer selection was also pretty well balanced as far as the house brews go. They had pilsener, lager, amber, ipa, stout which is a pretty wide selection. I had the stout and pilsener. Both were light bodied and almost watered down feeling but they were fresh. The beer was OK, nothing to write home about but certainly better than just Bud Light.
Service was excellent, they like to keep up with your beers and on top of that our waitress even knew what to pair stuff with and would have chosen a beer based on your beer likes and dislikes.
Quality was decent, I guess the best part about it was the fact I could sit outside while eating (but then again all I've got is a beautiful view of US-1).
03-20-2010 12:07:00 | More by erosier
3.28/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Very close to I-95 making it quite convenient for us on a road trip. Easy to find and you can't miss the big SBC sign. The restaurant has a bar / open kitchen area, and a back room for dining. I sat in the bar area, slighty dark interior with large glass windows overlooking the road. Outside seating was available too. Large warehouse ductwork adorns the ceilings. Large bar seats about 30. Pretty decent lunch time crowd, most drinking ice tea or water.
The beer selection was nice as most styles were represented. The only problem is the beers were far from exciting. On tap they had a lite, blonde, pilsner, brown ale, red ale, english pale, porter, IPA, stout and a fruit beer (no idea what this was - I didn't ask). They also had Stella, Miller Light, and a cider on tap. The Pilsner and English Pale Ale were not very good, the IPA was mediocre, and the Porter was the best of the bunch (and pretty good too). The three tier system they use on the menus is funny - Tier one is for usual macro drinkers (lite, pilsner), and tier 3 was "more complex and flavorful beers" (porter, stout).
The waitress was very nice and prompt with service. Food was also average, as my wife had the clam chowder which was good, but the crabcake she had had no flavor. I had the French Dip and it came with gorganola cheese. Come on guys, you need a cheese that melts on the beef, not clumps of gorganzola. Ugh. Good fries though.
The restrooms were pretty funny. In the two urinals, one had a painted firehydrant to pee on, and the second had a Bud, Coors Lite, and Heineken bottle with ropes around the neck.
I don't think I'll make a return trip while driving through CT unless I see the beer improves.
06-17-2005 12:05:01 | More by Gavage
3.28/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in with the folks for lunch at the Branford location, my second visit. Very nice decor; quite modern, with a good selection of private booths. The wait staff seemed a little slow, but were very pleasant. As I've heard in the past, unfortunately the food outshone the beer. Split a huge appetizer of fried calamari, served with a tasty remoulade sauce as well as the usual marinara. Followed up with the fish and chips, which were delicious. The scrod was extremely fresh, and perfectly prepared. As for the beers...
Pretty underwhelmed, which is a shame since the place is so close to me.
I won't get into a full formal beer review, but anytime the porter is hoppier than the IPA there seems to be a problem. The "Branporter" I started with was reasonably tasty, with maybe a little bit too much of a burnt aftertaste. Unfortunately the IPA was a disappointment. Maybe I've become somewhat of a hophead since discovering this site, but all I kept thinking was that it tasted like a good IPA that someone had diluted with water before serving it. I'm going to have to pick up a sixer of Hopdevil just to remind myself what a good IPA tastes like!
Anyway, to sum up- nice atmosphere,good food, as for the beers; stop catering to the coors light crowd and making bland, forgettable beers. Take some hints from the folks at Bru Rm at Bar and add some character to your beers!
01-16-2005 02:52:14 | More by medic25
SBC Restaurant & Brewery - Branford in Branford, CT
80 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.