John Harvard's Brew House

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John Harvard's Brew HouseJohn Harvard's Brew House
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John Harvard's Brew HouseJohn Harvard's Brew House

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1487 Pleasant Valley Rd
Manchester, Connecticut, 06042-1664
United States

(860) 644-2739

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.5/5  rDev +20%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Boy am I glad i work right up the street from Harvard's. I love jetting down from work and getting whats new on tap. Of their own brews, I've never had a bad one. Their food is great too, the wings, burgers of course are great, but their meatloaf is awesome also. Can't beat a good pub meatloaf. And don't forget that you can take home your own growlers. Some of my favorites from their selection are the Czar Tar, Wee Heavy, Kirley Q's, and their Irish Stout.

only downside is it gets crowded on weekend nights

If you're in the region, you owe it to yourself as a beer afficionado to try John Harvard's. It's worth it.

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Photo of TtheGrey
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I just got back from dinner. I thought the atmosphere was very nice and cozy. The service was ok, but in their defense it was packed. The beers were tasty, I got the sampler (they were out of the IPA and the nut brown ale) which was their light beer, pale ale, rasperry love, dr. metal and A barleywine. The beers were good (the barlywine had some kick). I preferred the pale ale, Dr. Metal and the light beer. The cost for my wife and I to have dinner was about $30, not too bad. I would go there again, next time I am in the area. I need to thank this website for leading me to the place in the first place.

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Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been to this location on numerous occassions, but had not reviewed it. Revisited this location last Wednesday 11/18 with a friend in town from MN. We were seated right away, and the waitress came over immediately. She was quite knowledgeable about the brews, and made recommendations for my friend based on her preferences. Nice selection of beers, they had the basics available - IPA, Pale, Porter, Wheat, Light, and a few others. The only thing they weren't offering at the time was a red. I tried their Chewbacca IPA and Fade to Black Porter. Both were pretty decent offerings. It's not typical pub food. There is a nice selection of food to chose from and the food was great, as always.
This isn't a blow your mind away beer type of brewery, but it's good food, good beer, good atmosphere.

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Photo of hoochlovesbeer
2.3/5  rDev -38.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

What a disappointment! After many years of reading/listening to how this JH is above the rest; I sincerely beg to differ. We stopped in for lunch recently on the way to the Buckland Hills Mall. I tried the Amber, and Hefeweizen which were down right nearly undrinkable, I can only relate them to less than mediocre homebrew. I've been homebrewing award wining beers for over 11 years and even as a newbie my beers were better than this. I felt obligated to order "a beer" after the waitress had already made two trips to the bar and then asked how I liked the two samples. I did what any other beer connoisseur would do and ordered a beer that would mask the brewers flaws; I ordered the IPA. I was again let down. The glass smelled like iodophor, perhaps they were cleaning the lines, and didn't do a through job of rinsing them properly, whatever the case maybe there's no excuse.

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Photo of dbmcrorie
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Was able to stop by this place on the way through Hartford.

I was very excited to see their list of brews on tap, but was immediately let down to find a few of them were out. However, the food was quite tasty (though not exceptional) and the beer was certainly tasty. Had the porter, blonde, and barleywine. The porter and blonde came in massive glasses (must have been at least 22 oz), but the barleywine - which cost twice the other beers - came in a itty-bitty snifter. A bit of a disappointment.

The service was rather slow, but I'll give them that it was in the early afternoon and who knows if it was just a tired waitress waiting for her lunch shift to end.

Not much else to say other than it was a decent brewpub, tasty brews, a nice atmosphere and interior design (rustic meets fancier restaurant) with a decent view of the brewing equipment. Only major complaint was that the food was mediocre and everything was quite over-priced. Nevertheless, I'll admit I might go back if I am in the area.

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Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped here for the first time on a recent Thursday night in time to pick up a growler of Anniversary IPA. It's conveniently located right off the main highway (I-84) near the Buckland Mall. It's a pretty big stand alone place with plenty of parking. A hostess will greet you and you have a choice of a good sized dining area or a similarly sized bar area with a few televisions for sports viewing, etc. I was grrety very nicely by hostess and bartender alike and immediately received my desired growler but I stayed for a pint of the cask IPA which was fairly good. It seems like a nice, friendly atmosphere, the bartender was fairly knowledgable and she offered me a free sample to ensure my choice. Unfortunately I can't recall what else they had on tap that night but it wasn't terribly exotic as I recall. Reasonable but nothing making that little devil speak to me about staying for just one more brew. But I would have been very happy to stay for more had I not had another hour to drive home. The dining areas were dimly lit, comfortable looking and in close proximity to the bar but it looks like they have multiple sections available depending upon volume, etc. I hope to eat there next time and sample a few more of their brews. I can see from the listings on BA that they have offered many different and unusual brews so I am confident that overall the selection is solid here. The couple I have tried so far are promising. Don't dismiss this place just because it is a dreaded "chain", it's really perfectly fine, and cask ales to boot!

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Photo of gixxerman
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Popped in for lunch on the way to the airport. Like it has been said before it is pretty typical JH here. More of a chain than neighborhood feel.

I had a smoked turkey sandwich, and an Irish Stout. The sandwich was average but the stout was good. Hits of smoke, coffee and chocolate were there in the correct intensities.

I was one of 5 people at the bar at noon, and the rest of the place was pretty empty as well.

Not a bad place, I liked the beer and would stop back for a few more, and give dinner a try.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited on a Friday night just before 8 Pm as the happy hour crowd was winding down. It was pretty busy when we arrived, but we managed to find a couple chairs at the bar after making a couple of loops around the place. They had 5 or 6 beers on tap and one on cask. Since I am partial to a good cask ale, the Raisin Stout on cask was my first choice. I wasn't disappointed, it was mighty tasty and served at the proper temperature. Next I had the Oatmeal Stout, which had some bitterness going down, not what I expect from an Oatmeal Stout. My companion also sampled the Bock, which was decent. Did not try the food, but what I saw, looked decent, with decent sized portions

Overall, a nich brewpub with some tasty beer. Being a suburban location, parking is not a problem.

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Photo of jim102864
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I've visited here many times and after yesterday's visit, it's time to review John Harvard's.

Located in a busy part of the state just north of Hartford, this pleasant pub has served up solid microbrewed beer for years now. The atmosphere is all dark wood and very cozy. A big screen and two smaller flat screens offer local sports. A large rectangular bar surrounds the liquor shelves in the center and taps for their tasty brew. Yesterday, they had five on tap. A red ale which was somewhat lacking in body was the first round. And since a large group came in before me, according to the pleasant and well-endowed barmaid, my roasted turkey wrap was delayed so I moved on to my next round; an IPA. Very much worthy of the name as it was a hoppy, pleasant experience. Once the wrap finally arrived after a humble apology, I was pleased to find it hot as were the french fries. The turkey itself was ice cold and I can only assume that's the way the wrap is prepared (not exactly my preference). The wrap was good. Not great, but good. I signed up for their mug club sometime during the Coolidge administration. When asked, the barmaid said there's a long waiting list, but with the draconian mandate that members visit 35 times per year (that ain't a misprint) to maintain their membership, she suspects I will be getting a call shortly since renewals are underway. I've already got a mug at my regular place, but it was interesting information anyway. JH is a nice pub that continues to endure though I understand some of their other locations have closed down recently. It's my hope this one stays open as it is a solid second option a few times per year for me and a place other BA's would enjoy.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

john harvard's manchester is similar to other john harvard's obviously. dark wood, brewing equipment, etc. i like the high ceilinged dining room beyonf the bar area. john harvard's standards on tap with some a few interesting rotating taps. all are of solid john harvard's quality... nothing to wirte home about for the most part, but good and reliably so. usually something's on cask.
the number or times i've been here the service has always been at least adequate and always helpful with beer descriptions.
this one's food does not disappoint. this JH's has always had good grub, like the others i've been to. prices are pretty reasonable.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

we dropped by on a Friday night for dinner around 7:30ish. The place was packed and almost over packed in the entry / exit way. We decided to eat dinner at the bar rather than wait for a table. There were 3 bartenders working the bar and 1 of the three was good, 1 was average and 1 seemed to be the unhappy stuck in my job so I'm here person.

For the most part, the food was great, the beer was great. Service was mixed and my second beer was poured into the prior glass - cardinal sin in my book - and the bartender was unhappy when I requested a clean glass and fresh beer. My companions did not have this happen to them, thus my tale above.

Prices seemed reasonable and I would come here again. I would recommend reservations or a lot more time than I had to get a table and enjoy in this fashion.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Yesterday was interesting as I ended up visiting John Harvard's twice in one day. Once in the afternoon for a couple of pints and a good conversation and then again later in the night with some friends. I had been here a handful of times in the past, but no recent visits.

I enjoy the atmosphere with the dark wood, dim lights and comfortable vibe. The beers I had were all solid - no complaints here. Draft selection consisted of Winterfest, Fire Drake Barleywine, Holy SIP (Steam Beer), Cold As Helles Lager and Black Widow Lager. The barleywine was the highlight for me without doubt. I also tried the Winterfest & Black Widow Lager which were both really good as well. Beers come in pints, 22 oz & pitchers. Gotta like those options.

Food was above average pub food with a rather standard menu with burgers, pizza, wraps, etc. My turkey BLT wrap was tasty. I'd have to say John Harvard's is one of the best quality brewpub options in the Manchester/South Windsor area. I think they also have an open mic night on Tuesdays. Worth stopping by if in the area.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Visited on 10/25/07. It had your typical bar/restaurant atmosphere, with TV’s, music and so forth, but it wasn’t as loud as other places I’ve been to. The bar area was pretty spacious. It was after-work on a Thursday and although there were a decent amount of people there, it still wasn’t too crowded. There were 7 beers on-tap and one on-cask. The variety of the beers hit a decent range of common styles. Growlers are filled at the time of purchase. Service was friendly and quick to replenish your beer. I don’t anything good or bad to say about the food, because that really wasn’t what I was there for. I just had a burger, which was pretty good. Prices were reasonable, however I got a growler that was nearly $14, which is higher than most other places I've seen. Overall, it’s a decent place to go to since I’d rather drink their beers than have to settle for Sam Adams Seasonal at another chain restaurant.

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Photo of Hautacam
4/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in around 7 on a Sun night....practically had the place to ourselves.
Waitress was very friendly and attentive....offered us samples of anything and everything. There were eight beers on tap and one on cask.
A pale ale, a Belgian Golden, a Belgian Tripel, a Hefe , an Oat Amber , a dark Hoppy Belgian Brown ( reg tap and cask ), a light Lager....and ..can't remember. We tasted the hefe,golden , tripel and cask...they were all very good...both of us decided on the Tripel...which was awesome...$5.50 for a pint; can't beat that.

Food arrived quickly.We each had a chicken salad dish....mine, a Mediteranean with hummus, calamata olives , feta cheese , grilled chicken , hot peppers...very good. My girlfriend had an Asian salad with peanuts, Mandarin oranges and a ginger sauce ...also very good.
The Tripels were about 9.9% ABV we each nursed our pints and enjoyed the meal.
The rest of the menu looked good...I'm sure we'll be back to sample some more of it....and have more of their beers...hope the Belgian thing continues beyond the summer!

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Photo of NEhophead
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Located right off of I-84 in Manchester, this place is conveniently located and easy to find. As you enter the establishment, the pub is located slight left while the dining room seating is slightly to the right. There are kettles behind an enclosure of glass also located to the right of the dining room area. We visited J.H.'s for lunch on a Sunday around 1pm. No problem getting a table or service, but it did become busier as the afternoon wore on. On tap were seven of their own brews; however, I was told they did not have anything on cask at the time. The line-up included a nut brown ale, a light ale, a red, a dry stout, a Belgian blonde, a rye pale (IPA), and a standard English Pale. I had a pint of the rye and of the Belgian blonde; both of which, were decent and fitting for a warm spring day, but nothing that would entice me for a return trip. The food was standard pub fare, and nothing to complain about. I would probably return to J.H.'s of Manchester if I knew that there were a couple of more interesting/unique beers on tap.

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Photo of edchicma
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped here on way back to Massachusetts on a Sunday afternoon, We sat in the pib section. The booth was inviting..with a choice of two sports channels. Atmosphere was comfortable and cozy. Waitress was very cordial and efficient.I was hoping they would have an oatmeal stout on tap ( I had had it in trhe Cambridge address previously)..but it was not on the list. I was in the mood for a stronger brew, but the only one fitting th bill was a dopplebock (which was very good)..There were under ten offerings on tap, and none to high in abv (except for my dopleboack), so I was a tad disappointed with the selection. Food was very good pub grub..I had a southwestern chicken wrap that was substantial. Prices were very reasonable.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

After a long morning of home brewing I decided to stop by for lunch. I figured I'd take my assistant brewer (my lil bro) there to show him a professional set up.

Nice place the brewery is right in the front of the building just before you walk into the bar area. A few t.v's around the bar playing a world cup match.

The service was really good and they really knew their beers. I had the house IPA, and it was mighty fine. Lunch was good and the prices good as well. I wanted to sample some more brews but I was driving.

I went back later that same night with my older bro to have some more of those brews. I had another IPA, and the Amber ale. My bro had The Brown ale, and an IPA. We both enjoyed our beers and a couple appetizers.

I really like this place and try to hit it up when I am in the area. I'm told that they have a new brewer, I enjoyed his work.


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Photo of RedChrome
4/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Knew of this place before I joined BA, but had never stopped in. Had an opportunity to try it with friends last night, and was quite impressed.

We went after the standard dinner crowd, and this seemed to make a big difference from some of the other reviews I have read. We were seated promptly, and I was impressed that the hostess took the time to clean the table before sitting us, as opposed to some other "casual dining" establishments, where they do it with you sitting there.

I really liked the atmosphere, which was mostly of dark wood and glass. The tanks right at the entryway is a nice touch. Music was a tad bit to loud, and I would have liked a better view of the Sox game, but no luck there. A blackboard in the bar area advertises the "On Tap" date of each of the offerings currently availiable.

The hostess immediatley apologized that the waitress was on a break, and took our drink orders in her place. Many bonus points to the hostess, whoever you are. Six choices from the taps, offering a nice range from light ale through Irish stout. I started with the "Hue Hefeweizen", which was advertised as an American Wheat Beer for the "playboy/girl" in everyone.

Disspointed with the head on the beer, but appreciate the bertends zealous nature to put as much beer into a pint glass as possible. Waitress returned quickly after the beverages arrived. I ordered the sirloin and awaited the "sour cream" mashed potatos. Very nice selection on the menu, but I was in a steak mood.

Food arrived quite quickly, and was served as ordered. All I can say is, EVERYONE SHOULD EAT HERE. The steak was perfectky seasoned and cooked to exactly the color I expected of a medium steak. Mashed potatos we out of this world.

Tried the "Brown Recluse IPA" during dinner, and was dissapointed I had to wait a few minutes to flag down the waitress. Again, almost no head, but filled the pint glass.

Finished dinner, and had a third pint, this time the "John Harvard's Pale Ale", while my friends had dessert. Third beer, third weak head in favor of giving the customer a fuller pint.

Overall a fantastic experience that I hope to repeat often. I just need to make sure to avoid the weekend and dinner rush crowds. The beer menu listed three brews coming soon, and I look foward to them. For complete beer reviews, check the appropriate pages for the particular beer.

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Photo of mcarroll10177
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A- a very decent place. Huge tanks as you walk in cool

Q- decent daily section of beers. Many quality styles represented. I enjoyed an excellent swartzbeer (see my review)

S- quick and attentive just about perfect. The server also had a good knowlege of the beers availible and the styles that they represent

S- decent daily selection. I wonder if they have different styles daily. I should go back to find out

F- it was ok not as good as the beer and not as good as some other places I have been but all in all good with the great beer

V- decent for what you get, what more can you as for ?

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Photo of MarineHokie
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Regular if somewhat sporadic attendee. All of Chris' house beers are quality brews. Selection is appropriate to size and season, 6-8 taps at all times, sometimes a cask. Faves are EKG and Alt.

Food is good, large portions. Relatively imaginative menu. Upscale pub grub with international influences. Chowdah is a standout, good burgers & sandwiches, entrees hit or miss. I've had some really good meals (Louisiana style fried chicken) and some OK meals (something mexican awhile back). Mostly I go for a few beers with a cup of chowdah and an app if I'm hungry.

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Photo of Matthew
3.9/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

So I finally stopped into John Harvards after planning on going there for quite sometime.
The atmosphere is of a normal restaurant, similiar to a ruby tuesday's or something of that sort but a bit nicer. The front of the brewpub has their mash tun and kettle with the fermentors displayed through windows.
The beers that I had tried were really very good. I enjoyed the fact that there were tastey lagers to be drank instead of just some standard brewpub ales. The bartender was pleasant and knowlegdable about the beers on tap.
I definately plan on stopping in every once in a while to see what'll be brewing at John Harvards. I'd say its worth your time.

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Photo of packetknife
2.55/5  rDev -32%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5

I've been here four/five times now and each time I've been marginally dissapointed. I once was so disconcerted I decided to drink wine instead (which was even worse). Try their sampler and if you're lucky the Scotch Ale will be spot-on for the night. Otherwise it's been mostly a miss in my experience with the occasional quality IPA appearance. Not nearly as consistent as Hops, even though the selection is wider.

The tables always have sticky spots and their food has never been great. A bit pricey for the general lack of quality IMO.

I've heard better things about these elsewhere but the one in Manchester just doesn't do anything for me.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I have been wanting to go to this restaurant for years, and finally went today... and amazingly enough, it was at the suggestion of my wife, who isn't really in favor of me drinking (she thinks it's an obsession. I look at it as a hobby.)

The kitchen had just been renovated, so several things were not available on their lunch menu. The waitress was friendly, gave us the bad news, then told us what they could do to substitute if desired,

I had the Fiesta Burger... not too bad, done the way I wanted it, came the way I requested. My wife had the Knife and Fork meatloaf Sandwich... smothered in mushrooms, just the way she likes.

Overall, the food was pretty good. Definitely worth going back to try their dinner fare.

I had their 5-beer sampler... reasonable quantities of five of the seven available today. It included a Blonde, a Pale Ale, an Amber/Red Ale, a Witbier, and a Nut Brown Ale. A good assortment. They recommended trying them in that order... I would not have, I would have suggested the witbier second.

The witbier actually came with a wedge of lemon in it. I expressed my desire to try it unaltered, to which the waitress said that this was how the brewmaster intended it, and that it was really good... but she got me another without hesitation, and allowed me to keep the one with the lemon to compare. I did... this was their "Wacky Wheat #3", and I found that the lemon definitely did alter the taste... quite a bit. And not for the better.

This was touted as the staff's new favorite beer... overall I rated it the lowest of the five.

This restaurant is worth going to. Prices, at least for lunch, are quite reasonable. Plus they offer their beers in three different sizes in addition to pitchers and the sampler, so you can get a large one of something you like, or a smaller glass to try more than one.

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Photo of slander
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Well, you know how Phil feels about these sort of chain places. Me, I like to take them in, Iron Hill, Rock Bottom, John Harvard's. They each have their thing about them. There's always going to be some good, some bad, some so so, some surprises maybe, something something, but you never really know unless you take 'em in...
En route to Boston via 91 to 84, hours before Eli Cannon's was open, I opted for this John Harvard's. I asked my 3 passengers what they thought about it as a formality, as they're really just hostages anyway and have zero say in the matter.
It's a stand along structure in the parking lot of something stripmallish. Rooms with brewing vessels on both sides of the entranceway greet you. A neat, clean tiled room in the corner with copper kettles on one side and 6 stainless steel fermenters in a alrger room on the other side facing the bar. The building holds a center room with a rectangular bar seating 2 dozen, a half dozen booths along one side and a half dozen bar tables along another side, and then there's a dining room which runs an "L" around the center room, along the length and width of the building. The center room has 2 tone blue ceramic mugs hanging over the bar for mug club members, dark wood lowers and gold uppers with red trim, mirrors of various sizes and shapes here and there, a flat screen in the corner and a blackboard with the tap listings. Stained glass panels and large panel windows seperate the bar area from the dining area. There lie roughly 3 dozen tables and booths in the "L", high ceilings with wood beams, track spot lighting, and large bay windows giving this place plenty of light.
7 taps (Light, Pale Ale, Red, Oatmeal Porter, Bock, Impy, Nut Brown Ale) and (wouldn't you know it) a kicked cask. The sampler is the 5 beers with the lowest ABV and no substituting. The Pale Ale was crisp and off hoppy, the Red was rich, nicely malty and lightly hopped, the Oatmeal Porter was smooth and oaty, the Impy was of medicinally alcohol (in a good way) and the Nut Brown Ale was malty, chocolatey and sweet, very un-Nut Brownlike.
Food was standard pub grub and then some. I clearly remember requesting no swiss cheese on that pastrami sandwich but there it was, oozing defiantly from the edges of the bread. Ah, whatever. It was still a good sandwich.
Service was pleasant, playfully harrassing me ("Have you been here before?" "Um, no." "Well, why not?" "Well, you're a hundred and twenty miles from my home????") and the beers were good overall, although I sure would have liked to have found something there on cask.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.75/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited the brewpub today with the my wife, 9 month old daughter, friend, and her 4 months old daughter. Caused a big hubbub with the hostess because with three adults and 2 babies, we are a seating fiasco. But after a few minutes, that was ironed out, and we got a booth near the window, which was nice. Walked through the good-sized bar, with dining areas on the north and west sides, brewing tanks on the east side, and kitchen (I assume) on the south side, all around the bar.

Plenty of other small children in dining groups, so that was nice, we didn't feel too out of place. Service was prompt, but someone messed up one of our dinners, so that was a bit disconcerting.

A good spread of brews on tap, including an IPA, porter, dark lager, rye, and cask barleywine, amongst others. I believe there were 8 brews or so total, and the IPA, porter, and barleywine were all good (see reviews).

One of various eating options in the mall area, but probably the better of the two brewpub oriented ones. Was also nice to see some more adventurous brews here, rather than the usual "safe" brews I have seen at other places in the past. Worth checking out if you are in the area.

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John Harvard's Brew House in Manchester, CT
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