The House of Brews - 46th Street
Taps: 20 / Bottles: 60
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by jameaterblues:
3.78/5 rDev +6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
I stumbled across this place early in the afternoon, and we stopped into to have a beer.
I was drawn to this place from across the street and it had a nice big sign displaying the name....when you look into the window you see a bunch of taps that are in the lobby...I was hoping this is what they had on tap but there was a slight variation. This place has a nice long bar, and pretty many beers on tap...there were a couple TV's over the bar that had boxing on...the vibe was alright...I really like when places are not sports bars...this place was on the verge of being a sports bar though. There is a link to their website a couple reviews down...and I think it has a beer list on it.
The woman who was bar tending was also waiting tables and she came over and took our order...I asked a question and I kinda felt like she expected me to know nothing about beer....when I asked about the Hop Rod Rye she asked "do you know what I mean when I say hops?" I guess she was just being cautious and not give me something that I would hate. My girlfriend and our friends were drinking #9. Overall they had a pretty impressive selection both bottles and taps.
There was something funny about the #9(and now come to think of it the Hop Rod too), it was way more bitter than it was at other places that I had been drinking it....It might have just been the taps.
one cool little find was that they had a local Beer Zine, and a Regional Beer Newspaper....these were cool finds...I was then able to seek out some other bars that had decent beer.
04-26-2006 21:50:02 | More by jameaterblues
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2.95/5 rDev -17.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 3.75 | $$
Although I don't have much new to add, it looks like this place hasn't been reviewed in 3 years, so I'll refresh things.
Maybe 20-ish beers on tap. However, while there were a few beers of good repute (e.g., Delirium Tremens), most were macro or craft lagers or other "entry level" craft. In particular, the only stout/porter on tap was Guinness. I lean towards the dark side, and I expect that any beer place with more than a half dozen taps should always have at least one craft stout/porter on tap.
They do offer flights.
They did have a better selection of bottles, but I go out for draft beer.
Food was decent. I had a Cobb salad, wife had a veggie burger, both were fine.
We did not experience the noise issue others reported, but we were there in mid-afternoon on a weekday so the place was fairly empty.
05-19-2014 00:38:17 | More by Dave2234
3.7/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
While not in the league of the top places in Manhattan, this is a perfectly decent place in the Theater District to stop for a beer.
Nice atmosphere and quiet vibe on a Thursday at midnight, a whole lot less raucous than sat The Pony Bar or Blind Tiger at an equivalent time. We sat in the window and got prompt service from the bartender. He was very pleasant and attentive.
Beer selection is pretty good, an awful lot of macros sit side by side with Chimay or Green Flash or Ommegang or the like. Nothing mind blowing but very solid.
Not a place to go out of your way to try, but no need to walk by it either.
05-26-2011 20:21:01 | More by sholland119
1.83/5 rDev -48.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | food: 1.5 | $$$
An easy stop off the ACE train in NYC's West Side. Now this place looked very promising, but let me tell you why I don't endorse it. First off, the beer list seemed somewhat impressive as far as quantity was concerned, though quality-wise they had mostly lightweight beers, from the tamest of the tame in the micro/craft scene; maybe one or two uncommons that drew my interest. More importantly, the service was terrible...among the worst I've ever experienced in a bar, much less a "beer bar." On a light day, it took me about 15 minutes just to get a drink order in, while the amateur bartenders chatted jovially with their annoying regulars, completely ignoring me and other patrons. Plus, both menus were out of date, and I had to reorder both drink and food. Then--45 minutes after ordering--I got an ice cold bangers and mash that was sub-Denny's quality for twice the price. It's hard for me to get pissed at a bar that is still [somewhat] in tune with the beer scene...I left a small tip (which is still way more than they deserved), rushed out, and will surely never go back to this place again.
Sucks. Please avoid.
04-29-2011 19:34:31 | More by Rifugium
2.98/5 rDev -16.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 3 | $$$$
House Of Brews... oh, how I despise this place! Very much so.
I used to give them a lot of business back in the day. Not too long ago, actually, maybe a year or two ago... I was starting to get into beer and this place was right in my neighborhood and had some good stuff. So there I went, once and twice and many times. Until "Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore." And I never came back.
Because this is the worst kind of place- a place that wants you think it is all about good beer but it actually is not. A place that says "100 beers from all over the world" but 80 of them are bottled lagers and light beers. A place that has got 20 taps but almost 15 of them are average stuff (Newcastle, Guinness, Hoegaarden, Stella). Nasty indeed. I feel like they're lying.
They have now added growlers and a thing called "Tap the rare keg night". Their "rare" (note the sarcasm) offerings are things like Bear Republic Red Rocket and Shipyard Old Thumper. Seriously.
They pride themselves not on their beer offerings as much as on their 17 TV's, football nights, Stella and Bud Light specials and similar crap. That should tell you all you need to know. Stay away.
Oh, they have a cask beer I have never been able to try because it is always broken or "gonna be tapped soon" or similar bullshit.
Service is OK, average, just like everything else in this bar except for the prices, which are outrageous!!! Except for Bud Light, which is $5, everything else starts at $6.75 and goes up to $11.
Food is pub food cooked by Mexicans. Greasy and overpriced, but it goes well with your Bud Light. Their fries are great, though, only thing I like here.
So you get the point, right? This place is a shame. If you care about beer, do yourself a favor and walk two blocks down to The Pony Bar.
02-20-2011 05:25:04 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.08/5 rDev +14.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
This was a pleasant surprise. Its Saturday just before noon and they're open. A group of 4 guys sitting at a table while I had the whole bar to myself. Duvel Green was in my sights and I had to go for it first without even looking at the menu. A nice 16.oz serving in a tulip glass and I was getting closer to heaven. The alcohol was getting to me and then I ordered a serving of Calamari. It was excellent. I could have had another Duvel Green but I went for Weihenstephaner Hefe-Weisse. Another great tasting brew. The taps were great and the bottle selection was plentiful. If you are ever in the neighborhood and you have some extra cash, stop by. 2 beers and one gourmet appetizer cost me 31 bucks, but it was worth it. my taste buds were happy.
08-01-2010 00:02:14 | More by sfsean28
4.03/5 rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Boy, reading these other reviews really surprises me. The beer selection was the best we encountered on our visit to New York, with a total of 80 beers to choose from. We first visited on a Thursday night during the NCAA tournament and it was packed and loud, but it did not diminish from the experience -- very fun and we were able to continue having our conversation and enjoyed the people watching. The food was better than average but nothing that I'd choose to eat if I didn't need to eat. My wife stuck with the Hop Angel while I tried a few different local offerings. The service was great on our first visit and efficient on our second visit. The place is very small (capacity 77), so it doesn't take much to make it feel crowded. If that bothers you, stay away. But if you enjoy rubbing shoulders with New Yorkers and a few tourists, you will probably find something you'll enjoy drinking.
03-31-2010 05:06:34 | More by dpkpr
2.53/5 rDev -28.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3 | $$$
I've only been once and I don't think I'll be going back. The wall-to-wall large screen TVs and 3-foot-tall beer bong pitchers should have been an immediate sign that House of Brews is, in fact, not a beer bar but a frat bar with beer bar ambitions.
Our server was nice but didn't really seem to care much about beer. And as excited as I was to see the specialty beer list, I was just as disappointed to hear it wasn't current, and many of the listed beers weren't actually available. When I asked for a Mother's Milk (Keegan Ales), our server recommended an Irish red in its place, since I like dark beer. The cask ale, I was told, had been tapped wrong and had soured. We eventually left when they cranked up the house music and we couldn't even hear each other across the table.
There are so many quality beer bars in NYC which take pride in their beer knowledge that there is really no need to try House of Brews.
07-20-2009 00:31:49 | More by jxhill
The House of Brews - 46th Street in New York, NY
84 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.