Roosters Brewing Company and Restaurant


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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

253 25th St
Ogden, Utah, 84401-2301
United States

(801) 627-6171 | map

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Added by FirstMan on 08-23-2005

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by xymyl:
Photo of xymyl
2.53/5  rDev -21.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4

Well this place is certainly an anomaly. A place with good food but undrinkable beer. The only problem I had with the food is that they don't have a clue how to make a salad. It was a very ugly and depressing salad. The service was good overall.

I enjoyed my evening there in spite of the terrible beer because I was with friends and enjoyed the food. It is depressing to see all of that brewing equipment being wasted though.

If you don't mind drinking water with your food then you'll do okay at this place. I enjoyed my meal quite a bit, the appetizers were also quite good. I suffered through a stout that was the best thing they had to mask the cough medicine/childrens chewable vitamin c flavor at the end of each sip of every beer they have. But I couldn''t have even choked that beer down without a few glasses of water. My hypothesis is that cleaning chemicals or unfiltered tap water may be creating some wonky esters in these brews.

Warning: DO NOT GO HERE FOR BEER. If you have any taste whatsoever, YOU WILL WITHOUT FAIL BE DISAPPOINTED.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Can_has_beer
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Photo of Wasatch
3.55/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Been here a couple of times, just like the one in Layton, but not as nice on the inside.

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Photo of Junichi
2.89/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3.25

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.91/5  rDev +21.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

A stop on my way from Portland to Denver

Nice cozy atmosphere here, long bar in the center with some seating up front and up top

Brewing equipment visible at the bar, purdy darn close. They had about 8 beers on tap and I tried most. All were decent, none horrible or stellar. Good beer for food pairing

Nice peeps and friendly service. Good little area, too

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Photo of tngolfer
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.49/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

I love this building, right on old 25th street area, exposed brick, open patio, and a long bar with visible tanks and brewing equipment. there is an upstairs too, but we didn't venture up. good vibe happening, full place on a Friday night. maybe five beers on tap, another three bigger beers bottled up. the chocolate stout was a nice pre st pattys day treat. other beers were about average. service was rough, had to wait awhile to get her attention, and she had no personality at all. for a place with such a good thing going, youd think they would hire some fun living individuals, but she seemed like a deadbeat. food was nice though, I had the potato leek soup and was impressed. the seafood jambalaya was also a nice dish. a few too many heaters going though, I was burning up. prices were fair enough, and this is a place I would go back to. cool vibe and decent beer, maybe just sit at the bar next time though and try my luck there. worth a visit for sure.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

stopped in with my gf on the way back from a west coast trip. I was here once before and remembered it being good so i thought another visit was in order.

has a pseudo-artsy atmosphere with lots of mismatched crap all over, almost like they couldn't decide if they were a bar, coffee shop or country diner.

5 beers on tap, i ordered a polygamy pale ale and 2 bit amber. the former was great, the latter average.

food seems to be the strong point here. i ordered the sicilian pizza which was good, though i found it weird that they put artichokes on it.

service kinda sucked - our waiter seemed to be missing in action after he brought us our beer, and the other waitress we flagged down seemed annoyed that we wanted to order food.

price wise, the food was a little higher than i expected, but beer prices were in line. overall not a bad place, but not worth going out of your way for.

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

This was the first stop on the Beer Island Utah tour and, while middle of the road by Utah standards, is very handy to the hotel I'm staying at. Stoopid me wasn't up to speed on the Utah beer laws so was kinda unimpressed with the flavor of these items. However, after getting the lay of the land, I'm still not too impressed with their stuff. It would seem that the brewer is a part timer based on the schedule the staff indicated he's there. The food was OK and the service was decent. I found other facilities in the immediate area that offered a better sampling of local beers; indeed, it seemed like every bar had something on tap without a lot of overlap.

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Photo of tonistruth
3.28/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

Besides the patio, you have a long bar with a view of the tanks downstairs, and the restaurant upstairs. I guess Rooster's is going for some kind of country theme? Its nice, most of the furniture is light colored wood and pretty funky metal backed chairs, the place is very well lit though.

I had a burger both times. The burger itself wasn't bad, but the fries and bun looked (and tasted) like they came straight from some elementary school cafeteria. Nothing worthwhile there, and obviously making it overpriced.

No complaints about the service. My order was correct and my glass stayed full. Nothing extraordinary about it either.

As for beer, i was there twice within a three week period and they had two different special each time. Thats no to shabby for a brewpub in Utah. Samplers sets came in three, thats i tad awkward when they offer 5 beers regularly. Anyway, the beer was disappointing, but did smell pretty decent.

Still not bad for considering the options...

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Photo of benito
3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Rooster's is located in one of Ogden's few 'continuous use' buidlings, that is, it's been used continuously--as everything from an antique shop to a corporate office to a brewpub--for over 100 years. The main bar is long, dark, and narrow, abutting the kitchen such that the servers are constantly coming in from the patios where most everyone was eating the day stopped in. Rooster's actually has two patios--one an enclosed atrium and the other an open air (shaded by trees) section that are both in the alley next to the actual Rooster's building. The patios had a really warm and friendly feel; I only wish that they had had a better view onto the street.

I ordered the sampler of their six brews (four year-rounds--Bee's Knees Honey Wheat, Polygamy Pale, Two Bit Amber, and Junction City Chocolate Stout--and two seasonals--Devil's Grip Blackberry Ale and If I Were a Maibock). With the exception of the chocolate stout and the blackberry ale, I found most of their beer to be thin and imbalaned. Perhaps this is the effect of Utah's strange liquor laws which keep all of the beers at 4% ABV or under; but in any case, these brews are a little untenuated, though not offensive.

The food was good--I had a very tasty blackened salmon sandwich on focaccia and a cup of homeade soup--and it seems like this is where they've hit it big. There are even a few awards for being the 'best restaurant in Northern Utah' hanging in the bar room.

I don't think I'll stop by Rooster's again, even if I am in Ogden--overall, it's more or less a run of the mill brewpub with decent food and subpar beer. For better and for worse, places like this are a dime a dozen n the US these days, and I know plenty of places that do their beers better.

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Photo of warmstorage
2.98/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Roosters is easy enough to find, located on Ogden's historic 25th Street, but use a real map of Ogden, since yahoo maps and mapquest both seriously confused the whole thing from the freeway.

UTAH: First, most important note: my Utah beer standards are quite low: draft beer is usually* limited to 4.0% ABV (which is 3.2% ABW, alcohol by weight, a commonly confused issue), means that much Utah tap beer is, sadly, just weak.

ATMOSPHERE: The inside is a long, dark, narrow bar area. The somewhat uninterested and inefficient host/ess stand directs you to one of three outside dining areas, all of which are beautiful. One is a true open patio, while two look like enclosed atriums, with lots of glass for beautiful natural light. We ate at the right side patio, which was lovely on this warm, early fall day. So, while I wouldn't spend a lot of time in the somewhat dark, slightly dingy, small inside space, the outside gets a 3.5 atmosphere. (Would be a 4 if the inside were nicer.)

SERVICE: was consistently uninformed, and vague, bordering on poor, from the hostesses to the waitstaff: while not rude, they were rarely around, and our server fouled up our order in two ways, and didn't offer to fix it. One was no big deal: just the wrong salad dressing, and my companion said it was okay, so the server said "fine" and didn't even offer to bring the correct one. The other was more irritating: we explicitly ordered just one taster round to share, as we always do, so save room for a couple of pints apiece. When she brought out two, we explained that we really didn't want both, and she just stood there, looking confused at the notion that we'd share. So I finally said it was okay, we'd take both, and she said "well, okay, but only if you're going to pay for both." Ummmm, yes, of course, I'll pay for both. Fortunately, they were cheap, and small (six approx. 2 ounce tasters, at $0.50 per taster.) If they'd been $1 tasters, and with that response, I would have sent one back, but it was fine. Overall, they'd do well to hire someone besides 19-22 year olds who seem to care more about their hair than the beer (and don't apparently know much of a thing about the beer.)

THE BEER: was almost shockingly tasty (by Utah standards!), so in retrospect, we were quite happy to have a full taster of each. The Bee's Knees Honey Wheat (confusingly referred to by our unknowledgeable server as the 'hef-uh-wizzen') was solid, slightly sweet, and dry. The Pilsner (sic) was outstanding, and (shockingly for us) warranted a pint: sweetish, full bodied (for style), and without any of the bitter corn/adjunct taste which typifies so many examples of this style. The Polygamy Pale Ale was mild, decent, characterized by piney-resiny notes, was quite good, and a good session beer (also had in a pint.) The Two-Bit Amber was decent, malty-rich, a Fat Tire style plus a little oomph (it also warranted a pint). The seasonal Brown was a terrible example of a brown ale, but excellent if considered as an amber: malty sweet and full for an amber. The Junction City Chocolate Stout was a serious disappointment: thin, unexceptional, and tinny/metallic, especially in the finish, it had nothing going for it. In fairness to tasting mechanics and in the interest of full disclosure, we didn't bother with a pint of it, since the sample(s) were so boring/poor.

BEER QUALITY and SELECTION: Overall, the beer was VERY tasty, especially in styles which many Utah brewpubs just meander through. I would absolutely be happy to drink the pale ale, pilsner (sic), amber, and "brown" again. Six on tap is average for Utah. Sadly, no nitro or cask available (or done, apparently.)

FOOD: The menu food was average (or slightly below average) pubfare, ranging from $7-$14, with several expensive, fancy looking specials listed on the chalkboard, up to $44.95. Example: the "green salad" was all iceberg lettuce, with boring, from-the-bag vegetables. I probably wouldn't bother eating much beyond appetizers again. It also took a LONG while to come out given how slow it was when we arrived around 3pm.

OVERALL: I'd absolutely return for the beer, and say it's worth a trip to otherwise fairly uninteresting, surburban Ogden, especially if you find yourself on I-15 anyway. That said, Salt Lake City has several better options for an overall brewpub (beer + food), including Squatters, Desert Edge, and perhaps even Red Rock. But the overall depth and quality of the beer was quite impressive for Utah.

p.s. Roosters just opened a sister location in Layton, near Utah State Univ. and closer to SLC, but on the phone they told us their beer was exactly the same, and came from Ogden, so we skipped it: disappointing.

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Photo of FirstMan
3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

In January of 2005 I had to drive across country from Seattle to Worcester, MA - Twice. It was cold, icy, and both times I drove into Ogden the place was socked in with fog like you've never seen before. Thick fog. A fog so thick that you couldn't see the car in front of you while driving down the highway.

That said, it was under a certain veil of mystery and anticipation that darlinclemintine and I found Rooster's in downtown Ogden.

When you walk in, you are presented with a very long bar along the left side of a high-ceilinged narrow room that stretches to the back of the building. The hostess (yes, there is a hostess if that tells you anything..), quickly walked us down the length of the bar and into the back area where they have a nice glass atrium with tables. It was cold and snowy (and foggy as mentioned before) when we were there, but I imagine this can be a great place in the summer when they open the place up. Kind of beer-garden-esque.

Food was good, but not spectacular. I remember being very tired and hungry when we showed up and what I remember most was the complementary bread that I scarfed down.

Now to the beer. As many of you may know, Utah has laws about the alcohol content in beer produced in that state. If memory serves, the limit is something like 5%. These beers suffered from that law. Because I wasn't sure when I'd ever get back, I got the sampler. Here's what I had:

Polygamy Pale
Rosemary Porter
Bees Knees Honey Wheat
Two-Bit Amber
Junction City Chocolate Stout.

I remember liking the Porter the best, but frankly, none of these really twirled my proverbial skirt. I do, however, really like the NAME of "Polygamy Pale". Very good name.

If you are in Ogden and want to try out some of the local stuff, give this place a shot. I would recommend it, but keep in mind that good beer is hard to find in Utah.

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Roosters Brewing Company and Restaurant in Ogden, UT
3.86 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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