The Covey Restaurant & Brewery

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The Covey Restaurant & BreweryThe Covey Restaurant & Brewery

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

3010 South Hulen Street
Fort Worth, Texas, 76109
United States

(817) 731-7933

// CLOSED //

September 24th, 2010

My Dear Covey Customers,

Sadly, I must inform you that The Covey Restaurant & Brewery is now closed. I recently made the difficult decision to close our doors on Friday, September 24th.

In April 2006 we opened for business here on Hulen, and accumulated many loyal patrons and lots of praise for our food and beer.

I am very grateful for the friendships and patronage of the many guests from across the state and beyond. Whether your visits to The Covey were once a year or once a day, I am appreciative of your past business and that you experienced what we had to offer.

I am deeply apologetic for any inconvenience this transition may cause for you. I hope that someone will take over the niche that I tried to fill: providing Fort Worth with world-class, brewed on-site beers with excellent cuisine to match.

My career as a brewer will continue at a new project called Farmers & Brewers in Washington, D.C., which should open by 2012. There I will be able to focus solely on the brewery, which is a refreshing idea after handling the many aspects of running a restaurant for five years! You may visit the original restaurant, Founding Farmers, at Farmers & Brewers will have a similar menu concept as Founding Farmers, the project I'm involved with, yet with the obvious addition of a multitude of brewed on-site craft beers. I hope that one day you will be able to enjoy my beers again.

Chef Sean Merchant will continue to live and work in the metroplex and is planning to open his own restaurant in the area. Stay tuned.

Thanks again. It's been an incredible ride!


Jamie Fulton
[email protected]

Added by assurbanipaul on 03-07-2006

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Reviews by assurbanipaul:
Photo of assurbanipaul
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A new, home-grown brewpub with a nice, spacious layout. Walk in and it looks like an upscale hair salon with a reception kiosk and hostess. To the left, you have a fine white-table-cloth restaurant; to the right, a more traditional (yet still classy) bar arrangement with flat-panel televisions and cable sports shows, but not with the drowning noise or music; in the middle, dividing the two, the brewing tanks.

A standard 8 taps, with 5-6 standards and a couple of special seasonals and rotating offerings. The brewer is not afraid to experiment, so these should change frequently. Full bar liquor service, good wine selection and a few commercial macro beers, but no micros and nothing that would compete with the house beers.

Nice touches throughout the place: Good wood and rock work on the bar, floor and walls. Staff is extensively trained about the beers and menu as the owner believes they should be (although they're still on the learning curve). Photos of native Texas wildlife on the walls.

Chef is a Le Cordon Bleu graduate, so the food is upscale and tastes appropriately so. Service is exceptional, especially at the outset when everything "must be perfect," and talking with the owner, I see no reason this should slip. Ask about daily specials not on the menu.

NB: If reading beer reviews, pay attention to the dates. Having drank there for a while, many of the rotating/seasonal beers have recipes that are tweaked and optimized with each batch and may vary from instance to instance.

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Photo of Yetiman420
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5

Stop #187 on my quest to visit every quality brewery/brewpub in North American and beyond.

Went out of my way on a Tuesday night from the DFW airport to hit what is ranked in BA as the best brewpub in the area. Having been to Dallas a handful of times over the past decade, the distinction of best in relation to beer in Dallas has the bar set pretty low given how big of a city it is.

The Covey came in at a B+ at the time of my visit. My visit was later in the evening and only the bar was open. I sat at the bar which needed a wipe down.

On tap was a peaches & wheat, Texas blonde (Kolsch), limey bastard (session bitter), panther city porter, regalement (tripple 12oz for $9), and 100 (100th brew with several strains of Belgian yeast - pint $9.50).

I had the limey bastard and the 100 which came in the craziest vase-looking glass I've ever seen (have never seen anything close to this even in a beer tour of Belgium). Both beers were decent but I was a bit bummed that they were out of the tripple and there was nothing hoppy on tap. Most of the patrons (who were in some sort of mug club) were drinking the blonde.

I had the blackened fish tacos with a black bean salsa. The fish lacked any blackened flavor, the tortillas were stale, and the salsa was bland.

If I find myself in Ft. Worth again, I will return to give The Covey another shot and hope the beer lineup is more complete.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped in here today (8 May 2010) for lunch with a friend while in Ft. Worth.

As previous reviewers have mentioned, definitely a bit upscale, probably one of the most upscale brewpubs I've been in. Service was a little slow, even though the restaurant was less than 2/3 full.

Food was tasty but a bit on the pricey side. I had the Palermo pizza, definitely recommended. A had the Lone Star sandwich with fries (she said she liked it), while S had the sliders with onion fries (sliders good, onion fries not so much).

All told we got out for $50 which included the sampler (2 oz. of each of their 7 beers), a pint of IPA, 9" pizza, Lone Star sandwich and plate of sliders. Not exactly a bargian but to be fair two of the pizzas would've been enough for three people.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Great little brewpub that makes a wide range of beers from strong Belgian ales like "100" to IPAs and smoked stouts. The beer ranges from average to above average. I really enjoyed the dunkel and the smoked stout, while the Texas Blonde seemed more geared to BMC drinkers. Prices are reasonable and growlers are available, although they will only fill their own growlers. There are no guest taps.

I have never tried the food, but it is a little on the expensive side from the looks of things. That being said, it is not your standard pub grub and the prices may be justified if the food is as good as it sounds.

There are two sides to The Covey, one that serves as a sports bar that has televisions, the other as a restaurant with table clothes and more intimate dining. Definitely a place i need to hit up again.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

Hmmmm.... I wanted to like this place but I just couldn't do it..

This is one of those places that's all glitz and no looks terrific and its probably a terrific restaurant but a brewpub its not...

I ordered the Crystal Imperial IPA... It was more like a pale ale... Not at all hoppy and very mediocre at best... The food is way overpriced thus I didn't order any...

Pretty disappointing overall... I wanted something fresh and this probably was... But it just didn't make the grade as far as I'm concerned...

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Photo of brewgetter
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped for lunch on a road trip from Wichita to Houston. A great atmosphere, nicely decorated, and good staff. The beers were generally very good, and one was simply outstanding! Their regular brews were all decent. The seasonals I had were a weizenbock, triple, IPA, and an oaked porter. The bock and triple were both a little over sweet for my tastes, but were still solid beers. The IPA had a great balance and was very tasty. But the, I still have dreams about it. It was a Baltic porter on the lighter side of heavy with just the right amount of american oak to make it really stand out. I had to stop again on my way back to pick up a growler because I was thinking about that porter the entire time I was in Houston. Overall a great place, and looking at the reviews of the rest of the brewpubs in Dallas, it's gotta be the best one there.

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Photo of thirdeye11
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 4

Reviewed from notes December 2008.

A: There are 2 sides to the restaurant, bar and dining. We sat on the bar side. Nice stainless tanks for the beer, and the bar side is less pretentious. Overall though this place is very clean and fairly upscale as well. Nice touches throughout.

Q: Quality of the place, food, waitstaff was all really good.

Service: Average. Wait times for beer refills was less than appealing. Didn't get to talk to the brewer as others have said they have gotten the chance to do so.

Selection: They only serve what they brew so fairly poor especially considering they were out of 2 of their own beers when we went. They didn't even have their hefeweizen.

F: The highlight of our visit, but pricey. Most dishes are $15-30. Unique Texas game mixed throughout the menu though, and quite creative.

V: As I said it was pricey. The Belgian style they had over the winter was $8 a 10oz and was a very average attempt at a Belgian style. The food was a decent value, but still a little high. I did like the place and would go back though to try more of the offerings in hopes they had them when I go back.

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Photo of Bagman007
3.91/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Went here last Wednesday night with a friend at around 7:00pm.

When you walk in you see the restaurant on the right and the bar on the left. The restaurant has a very upscale feel to it with jazz music playing. The bar side is still classy, but a little more laid back with flat panel HDTVs lining the walls. I initially had a sampler of all of their beers. My favorite was the Smokestack Stout. Excellent beer. Tasted like BBQ. Price wise I thought it was fairly affordable. The sampler was only $6.50 and the beers are on average around $4.50 a pint. The Scotch Ale was pretty expensive at $9. Cool brewpub though. I will definitely come back here again in the future.

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Photo of sirnoze
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

As other reviewers have mentioned, The Covey is slightly upscale. I was there for a late lunch on 12/23 and enjoyed Blackened Halibut Tacos with a Scotch Ale.

The Halibut Tacos ($15) were tasty. The black beans on the side was also tasty. However, the amount of food for the money was inadequate.

The Scotch Ale (12 oz., 8.5%) poured mahogany brown in color, no head. Caramel sweet malty nose. Rich malty sweet taste. Velvety body, subtle alcohol heat, and nice finish. However, for $9.00 twelve-ounce pour, I expect something bigger and bolder.

When I saw the bill I mentioned to the barkeep that $9.00 is quite spendy for the 12-oz pour. He said, "Yeah, the brewer sure is proud of his Scotch Ale."

Expect slightly upscale decor at The Covey with over-priced food. While the beer I had was enjoyable, consider asking how much one of the special brews costs before ordering.

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Photo of positiverpr
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

i was only able to sample 1 beer so my experience is limited. a little "nicer" atmosphere than your typical brewpub as far as the place itself. bartender didnt strike me as a cicero grad, but not without some beer knowledge.
i had the belgian strong dark and it was very good. a little cleanly fermented for a belgian but still with some spiciness and complexity.
overall i wish i could have stayed longer and also have sampled food but this place is worth the visit. they also had a weizenbock on tap with the rest of the beers typicals. no guest taps. they also offer growlers.

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Photo of dpkpr
4/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

The Covey is the intersection of a white tablecloth restaurant with a brew pub. Some of the beers are very good (witness the Gold Medal at the 2008 World Beer Cup), but they tend to cater to the mild tastes preferred by most Texans. I wish they pushed the envelope more than they do. The ambience is very nice and the service is very strong. Where I find myself disappointed to the point of not wanting to go there is the menu. I am going to sound like I "don't get it," but I wish their menu didn't emphasize game so much. Is it really necessary to have quail and venison in the lettuce wraps? A pheasant quesadilla? Chili Relleno with buffalo, elk and axis venison? Cmon. A simple guy like me can have the fish & chips, but at $16 it's going to be hard to stomach. I love it for the atmosphere, like it for the beer but leave and eat somewhere else.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

in a region not famous for its haute cuisine or fine beer the covey is a welcome surprise.

the atmosphere is very chic witha well designed dining/bar area (with visible brewing equipment--which is always nice.) i found the waitstaff very courteous, although, perhaps not as knowledgeable about beer as waitstaff at other equivalent establishment.

the food and beer are what really make this place great. creative and well balanced dishes as well as well-balanced and well-crafted beers. and there is no shortage of beer choices or food choices on the well stocked menu.

overall a good dining and drinking establishment anywhere, but a particularly good one for its area in fort worth.

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Photo of MikeFromMarsPA
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

When you're on a cross-country beer tour and ready to hit your 50th stop, you want something special. We found it.

My preference 9 out of 10 times is to avoid the stylish upscale brewpubs in favor of the working-class dives, since I find the former to be full of yuppie beer snobs and the latter to be full of cool guys who are interested in making good beer, not making money. The Covey destroyed my stereotypes and expectations.

It is certainly a very classy place, polished marble and nice menus and cloth napkins and first-rate food. It is also completely non-pretentious and friendly. We pulled up in grubby shorts and t-shirts after three weeks of camping, and although I wished I had shaved that morning (and the morning before) we felt incredibly welcome. The father-owner son-brewer/GM team both came over to chat with us, and were asking us all kinds of questions about our trip and showed us all around the brewery and everything. The servers knew their beer and liked to talk about it, and not once did I get to the bottom of a pint glass before the next round was waiting.

The food was great. You get large portions of some really yummy gourmet cuisine, definitely worth the price. There were three or four beers that really stood out, particularly the IPA and the Chupacabra. (Ask them what "chupacabra" means.)

For running a high-class joint that keeps the focus on great food and kick-ass beer, and making a couple of scruffy-looking Yankees feel right at home, these guys get four and a half stars. We'll most certainly be back.

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Photo of wolffman17
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

The Covey is nice and comfortable. I typically don't expect to find brewpubs that are more on the "upscale" side, but The Covey leans that way. Though I didn't dine while there, the menu looked excellent and offered several types of game including buffalo and elk (expect to pay $20 - $35 an entree). Of the seven beers available, I enjoyed the Amber Ale, the Bock, and the IPA. The Amber Ale and Bock were average, but the IPA was excellent. I thought the selection could've been porter, stout, or pale ale. I know brewpubs rotate their offering but no pale ale? Seems like that should be a mainstay. Overall The Covey was a good experience with great service and a tasty IPA.

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Photo of trappist
4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

As a homebrewer and a former fine dining restaurant manager, this place was a great place for me. The high marks I have given it are given despite the fact that I have some criticism but may also be the result of being a homebrewer. I tried the beer sampler, along with an abbey style ale (seasonal) and a pale ale. The beers were all good. The abbey style, which Jamie (brewmaster whom I met during this visit) admitted didn't turn out as planned, was a bit strong in its banana and clove flavors. The coconut brown isn't really my style. As for the other styles, I was pleased with all of them and was pleased to see a menu with items that these various beers could be paired. I had the Palermo Pizza, which was plenty of food and was loaded with toppings. I sat on the bar side but really liked the atmosphere on both sides. Contrary to another review, while casual, the bar side isn't really "t-shirt". It is still a nice experience on that side.

I plan to make to The Covey on future visits to Ft. Worth and am excited to eventually (when I'm not a poor graduate student) try some of the rest of the menu. I think the restaurant could stand on its own (i.e. - not just bar food) but when coupled with the brewery, it makes for a classy place that is done very well. This is just the type of place we need more of.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The Covey is a fun joint. I’ve tried the Chicken Diablo and Texas Cheese Steak pizzas and 3 appetizers - my favorite was the calamari. The Amber Ale was very tasty, although too bitter for a member of my party. The Weizen was nice and light. The assistant manager took 2nd round drink orders and we never saw them. Our waitperson fixed us up in a timely fashion though. My only real complaint is that the food is way too pricey for me, a humble college student, to dine there often.

Definitely worth a try, I say.

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Photo of Morris729
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Upscale locale that’s one-half restaurant and one-half brewpub. 8 taps (try their amber) with some rotating offerings and your standard bottled macros along with a full bar. A sampler flight is available. A few flat screens are set up in the brewpub section, and word is they may be adding a biergarten soon. Food is very good (try the pizza). The service is also stellar and the staff is very knowledgeable about their beers. All in all, it may be a little pricey, but you get quality for your money.

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Photo of brewerdlux
4/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I have been to this place twice now and the more I go the more I like it. I have never eaten here so I cannot comment on the food, but the service was wonderful both time I was there and the beer was excellent.

I was really pleased at how knowledgably the staff was about the beers. The last time i was there and the assaistant manager came out and was telling my wife and I about the beers and what was coming up in the future. This is a big thing for a beer geek like me.

I am planning a new trip as we speak and this will include dinner. Beer seems a little pricey, but so far it has been worth it.

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Photo of beerdiablo
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

An upscale restaurant that brews it’s own beer to match? It hurts to call The Covey a brewpub because most brewpubs are a casual affair, bordering on sloppy.

The Covey’s food, service and atmosphere are like its beer: crisp, clean with the little details looked after. Sloppy, it is not.

People might speculate that since it’s new that it could fade over time but I believe the proprietors to have an eye for quality and detail that will age nicely to the benefit of The Covey’s patrons.

My picks are the Amber and the Smoked lager.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A clever interior divided into "collared shirt" dining on one side and a "T-shirt" brewpubing on the other creates a cool atmosphere at Covey that is only embellished by the fine grub and world style brews. Covey Brewery (which is a brewpub, really) was where I caught up with fellow Assurbanipaul. We hung out on the brewpub side and chatted it up with the attentive and beer keen staff members whle I quaffed the sampler of Lager, Wheat, Hefeweizen, Amber, Dry Stout, and Covey's special Rauch. Yes, a rauch beer in the Summer. Yee-haw! Covey is a brand spankin' new clean and stylish ambiance that fits for a fancy dinner date or just taking in some brews with buds. Kudos for only one flatscreen t.v. to subtly offer a side attraction while the main attraction is the attention to detail. A full bar compliments the brews, as well.

Beers are brewed to world style and rotate often due to Covey's instant popularity. Tuesday night and the place was nearly full. My picks are the amber: hoppy and balanced, and the rauch: lightly smoked and bold styling. On a hot day the wheat cuts the dust with a twinge of lemon flavor imparted so forgo the fruit wedge and enjoy.

Covey has one of the most knowledgeable active staffs this brewpub junkie has ever encountered. Grubwise, I opted for a personal pizza, which I washed down with a pint of amber. I barely finished 1/2 and had lunch for the next day.

Could you take your Mother here? Yes. The bathroom is so clean that it makes you want to cry.

Last call: Covey is a puppy now. Wait 'til this dog is running with the big dogs. Ft. Worth has a winner. Keep your eyes on the bathroom towels. ;-)

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Photo of millhouse
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

I've been here several times now and the beer has been consistent. I rated the food as average, though it's certainly not bad. There are better places to eat in DFW, but not nearly as many places to drink some local beer.

I like the Coconut Brown Ale the most, followed by their Pale Ale. My wife is a fan of their Texas Wheat. Their wheat is their best seller by far, but our server at our last visit told us that the brewer is turning it into a hefe weizen. I also believe that they've discontinued their Cowboy Lager, which was my wife's previous favorite. I hope they know what they're doing... It's hard for me to imagine why they would want to change up their big sellers like this.

Our last visit was on a Sunday afternoon and there was a pretty substantial church crowd here. So, maybe that speaks more for their food than I give them credit for. But, it's certainly a family friendly places.

Not hard to find... close to TCU. It sits on the outer end of a parking lot of a shopping center.

If you're in DFW and are looking for some local beer, I'd recommend this place for sure. We go back every time we're in town.

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Photo of redstripe
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I got by there tonight. They have a pale ale, an amber, a stout, a light lager and a wheat. Overall, I would rate the beers mediocre but with potential. Like Paul said, they are planning a couple more beers that are somewhat more ambitious than these five. The ones they have now are pretty much what you'd expect from a fledgling brewpub: not that exciting, kind of safe beers.

The light lager and the wheat were disappointing. I don't generally like the macro-style craft beers anyway, but I've had better (doesn't Humperdink's do something like that? If so, I think I liked it better). The wheat, for a style that I typically enjoy, was similarly underwhelming.

The stout was simple and well-balanced, but not very assertive (a theme among these beers).

The amber and the pale ale were my favorites. That's not too surprising for the pale ale, which is one of my favorite styles and is, in my opinion, relatively simple to brew, but maybe more surprising for the amber. Ambers (e.g. the bighorn at Humperdink's) are the entry-level craft beer for a lot of brewpubs. They are dark, but not too dark; sweet, but not too sweet...etc. This one had more character than the other offerings and was enjoyable, but would have been a back-up singer at a better pub.

I should say that I only had a sample of the five beers first--a couple of ounces of each--before I got a couple pints of the pale ale. Like I said before, it has room for improvement and with such beautiful equipment the brewmaster should be able to make some impressive beers.

As for the restaurant, the atmosphere was nice. Casual, not too pretentious, and with really nice HD TVs. (Augusta National looked great.) The food prices aren't that bad, and 3.75 for a pint is reasonable, but there should be a happy hour for those of us with jobs flexible enough to take advantage.

Edit: I should explain my 3.5 for service. I sat in the bar area (solo and waiting on a friend) and despite being right next to the server's computer, nobody came by for about 5 minutes. Not a big deal--probably just one of the kinks of a new restaurant with a new staff. I'm sure it will be better in the future.

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Photo of Melchizedek
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Everything was all shiny and new for opening day at the Covey, our very own brewpub here in FW. The atmosphere is a little polished for my personal taste, but at the same time, it's clearly got a broad appeal (sports on very nice HDTVs all around, and a good mix of age groups when I went). Overall, high-class but reasonably comfortable.

I tried the sampler (all five on-tap beers for the price of one 12-oz. glass of one), and I enjoyed each selection. First impressions were of a rather standard American pale wheat and a golden ale, but once we got into pale ale, amber, and stout territory, things got interesting. I enjoyed the amber particularly and ordered a second glass. Selection is rather limited this early on, but new brews are fast approaching, and they'll include styles I haven't been able yet to get my hands on in DFW.

Service was pretty good, although it's hard to judge on day one. All the servers were very friendly, open and companionable (though it helped that one is a good friend of mine). The brewmaster/entrepreneur of the whole shindig took time to talk to my companion and me twice and was very gracious.

Food was good, but pricey - the beer is definitely the better value at the Covey, as you'll be hard-pressed to find brews of this caliber for under $4 at other Metroplex establishments. The pizza was very tasty, but probably not worth the $11.50 I threw down for it. Exploration of the menu will probably yield a better sense of what's worth getting, but I'll probably treat this more as a pub than a restaurant for the time being.

All in all, a great experience, and something that's very welcome in my sight.

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The Covey Restaurant & Brewery in Fort Worth, TX
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