Brew City Grill & Brew House

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Brew City Grill & Brew HouseBrew City Grill & Brew House
BA SCORE
83
good

36 Ratings
Ratings: 36
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: n/a
Taps: 43
Bottles: 155
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

104 Shrewsbury St
Worcester, Massachusetts, 01604-4606
United States
phone: (508) 752-3862

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Photo of cbutova
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Pretty much just a standard bar feel and a pretty good sized dining room. Both rooms have TVs with local sports playing as well as ESPN/Sportscenter. Hard to describe the atmosphere, not much going on. Not a beer-geek haven but you could satisfy anyone here.

42 taps I think it is with a range from Guinuess/Bud to Racer 5, Harpoon, Sam Adams and other local brews from both Western MA and the Boston area, fairly well-rounded. I wouldn't expect barleywine or RIS draft but they do have a decent bottle list as well with Rochefort 10s and some staples of different styles (run-on). Service is prompt for food and drinks and the workers are nice and cheerful. Beer is fresh and pours are nice.

Food is pub fare and standard american dishes for the most part. I usually get a burger and they make a pretty good one. Pulled pork is also nice as well as the appetizers.

Food prices seem a bit high but the beer prices are lower than Worcester average. They also always have 20oz specials it seems on anything from Newcastle to Sam Adams. A good place for lunch or watching a game over a few beers.

Photo of derekmorris7
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Good place but they seem to push Harpoon all the time. I think if they reached out and really got some serious craft beers on tap and let the public know they would really get a good crowd. They should have a beer selection always visible. I have only seen it once. Kind of high priced beers though.

The staff is great service wise. I have never drilled them on their beer knowledge.

Food was good 5 dollar apps is a perfect fit for having a couple beers.

Worth a brief visit..they have keno too which helps. Very local type place dont think people come from far to go here. Will be looking for more from them in the future.

Photo of HoopTime
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4

Had a good lunch there, but very disappointed. They make a big deal about having three casks on in their advertising. Even sell t-shirts bragging about it. But when we went three for lunch, there were only two listed on the beer menu. The server said they were waiting for a third "to be delivered."

Ordered sample sizes of both, only to have the server come back and tell me they were out of one of those.

I did salvage a nice lunch with a 24-oz bomber of 2009 Sierra Nevada Estate, so all was not lost. But I went there specifically because of the drafts listed on their Web site. I could buy a bottled beer and drink it at home.

The food was good. I had a grilled veggie salad with grilled yellowfin that was cooked perfect medium rare. One of my companions had their mac and cheese with smoked chicken, and another had pulled pork and tomato soup. Tasted both and both were very good.

But next time i get to Worcester I'm going to try Armsby Abbey, which I hear has a more eclectic selection of beers and very good food (actually wish I'd have gone there after hearing they had 2007 Troegs Mad Elf on tap -- would love to see how that tastes after aging)

Photo of nickdago
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

approx 40 beers on tap, with a decent selection of bottled beer. Nothing too exotic however. Beer prices are reasonable.

Food prices over the years have gone up to the point where they are kind of pricey for pub food. The food is good, lately they have been concentrating on gourmet burgers.

The two greatest things on the menu were removed a couple years ago, their french onion/beer soup and the waffle fry nachos. So please if you go mention that they should bring them back haha! but try the pretzel stick app.

Atmosphere is average. It gets very loud at night. It is a great place to meet up with friends. I will add, although it is no where near my favorite place, props to Brew city for being the first in the area to carry micro brews. They have been open for over 15 years now. For this reason I still stop in for a beer.

Photo of morebeergood
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Met a friend here for a beer last night before dinner at 111 Chop House, which is right across the street. Looks like an average bar when you walk in. There is a wall between the dining room and the bar area, which is probably good for noise, but makes the bar area feel confined. Service was prompt, as she wasn't too busy on a Tuesday night, so she checked up on us. Selection was good for Worcester. While it's not the Dive or Armsby, the selection here can hold its own. Their taps run the gamut for all beer drinkers - macros, Sam & Harpoon, up to Lost Abbey. Their selection of Belgian beers on tap seemed overpriced. They also have three casks and two British hand pumps. I went with the Wachusett Larry on cask while my friend had a different DIPA on draught. Most pints were $6-7 and up, while some micros were priced at $4.75. Brew City is good choice for a beer if you are in the Shrewsbury St. section of town.

Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

On a day when my favorite place was closed I had to find a back up and what place could sound more promising than 'Brew City'.

Sitting at the bar I was pleasantly surprised at the bottle selection along with the taps. I was already planning which beer to have third before the waitress came to even take a drink order but it didn't really matter to me at the time, I was just pleased to not have to be drinking swill.

The menu was one you've seen before at every sports bar in the country with little variation.

This is not a high-end place or even one that caters to the craft beer drinker. It's more like a sports bar that decided to try to capitalize on the craft beer movement. Don't expect much from the wait staff as far as beer knowledge goes, that's something you have to bring yourself.

I don't want to seem like I'm trashing the place, I'm not. This is the perfect venue to watch a game with friends, even if they are BMC drinkers. There's something for everyone.

EDIT: Now that there are 3 casks in nearly constant rotation, I believe this place deserves a better rating from me, a first look from those who have avoided the place and a re-visit from all who have sworn it off. The food is still the same but who needs it when there are three casks to quaff?

Photo of GJ40
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

I stopped into Brew City while in Worcester to see a hockey game.

The atmosphere isn't particularly memorable but it's adequate. The bar area has a moderate sized bar with a few tables. There's also a larger dining areas with lots of tables. The bar service is decent enough.

The beer selection is pretty good with 30+ on tap. It's mostly New England beers such as Sam Adams, Harpoon, Berkshire, Shipyard, Magic Hat, Wachusett and Smuttynose. But they also have some other US beers (DFH) and Europeans. I went with a Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout and really enjoyed it.

I haven't yet checked out the more highly rated beer bars in the area but Brew City was decent enough.

Photo of Jayli
3.8/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been to Brew City a few times and I can't say that I had the bad exerience that others here have had at Brew City.
The beer menu here has roughly 30ish beers on tap - I've always had luck in what I wanted to try. Last time there, I tried the Anchor Porter. They have good representation of local beers to the New England area - perhaps not as good representation outside of New England though.
I thought the restaurant itself had decent decor, and the service was always great. The food is ok...they changed their menu in the last year, and I removed a few of the options that I preferred.. but they have decent appetizers and the sliders are pretty good.
Someone else here mentioned that this place could be so much more - and I do agree with that...however, given the are, not a bad place.

Photo of antaydos
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Maybe it was my own fault for going on a Saturday night, but the one time that I've been to this place, I decided right then and there that I would never return.

Brew City had been touted to me as a place I would love, due to their selection. And while their selection was great, the atmosphere absolutely killed the experience for me. 90% of the crowd was drinking the typical macro American lagers, which is fine, but why here, at a place where Chimay is served?

In the end, it was nothing more than a sports bar.

Photo of rbwinchell
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5

Decent food (although if you are looking for good food there a LOT of better choices just down the street). Bartenders are nice and attentive, place is clean, easy to get to. As a place to sit at the bar, have a beer and get a bite to eat you could do a lot worse.

However, this place is a huge let-down as a beer bar. The vast majority of taps are either macros, or stuff I could get at almost any other bar (Sierra Nevada, Magic Hat, Wachusett, Sam, Harpoon, etc). There was a bizarre lack of any other local brews - no BBC, Paper City, Z Street, Smuttynose, etc. They have a good bottle selection, but I could have stayed home and had a Hop Devil from a bottle.

So, I pretty much agree with all the other reviews - good place, just don't expect the Publick House.

Photo of ubermunkey
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

like a few others may have mentioned before, they didn't have my first two choices of beer in stock. it wasn't a huge deal, but why advertise such a large selection when you don't consistantly stock them? the food wasn't bad, typical pub style fare, but i couldn't score it any higher due to the very small selection in the menu. other than that it was a decent experience, our waitress was very nice, and the place wasn't overcrowded. i may try it again sometime just to give it a second chance.

Photo of n0rmann
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

If I had gone into Brew City on a whim and had never heard or read anything about the place, I would have been impressed.

Unfortunately, I had looked at their web site and could not wait to get there to try many of the beers they had listed as currently available.

However, when I got there, many of the beers I specifically wanted to try were unavailable.

Don't get me wrong, there's still an impressive selection, but I went in wanting and expecting more.

The crowd was similar to a sports bar, but there was a sporting event at the nearby Worcester Centrum Centre, so that's easy to explain why.

I'll be back there eventually the next time I decide to head into Worcester, but I'd advise don't expect to find everything you want there.

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Brew City Grill & Brew House in Worcester, MA
83 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.