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Piedmont Ale House

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Piedmont Ale HousePiedmont Ale House
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Piedmont Ale HousePiedmont Ale House

Type: Bar, Eatery

1149 Saint Mark's Church Rd
Burlington, North Carolina, 27215-9826
United States

(336) 584-4422 | map

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Added by BullCityB on 06-29-2008

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by VaterRoss:
Photo of VaterRoss
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

Piedmont Ale House is very standard pub, but it is also one of the only ones in the area. Indoor area is a bar with tables, not a bad vibe and plenty of locals. Outdoor area is a small patio. Crowd was sorta blah with many light macros to be seen. Beer selection is above average for the area, but nothing too exciting or special. The food was the low point of the experience for me: moderate to high prices and slightly sub-par quality.

Overall: Nothing special going on here and despite being one of the only pubs in the area, the slightly high prices and not great food make it difficult to recommend.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of EliHammett
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of HuntDaddy540
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of waiting4lunch
3.84/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Ok I'm going to review this place based on its overall location and beer bar status in the area. I've been to some of the great beer bars and well this place doesn't come close, however for the location of Burlington, NC, it's basically one of a kind as there are many craft beer bar options unless you drive 40 minutes east or west.

Atmosphere: Had a real townie feel to it, but Burlington isn't a huge city so that's expected. A little dark inside, and the chalk board with the tap selection isn't well placed and I didn't notice it until I was halfway through my first beer.

Quality: They had Bell's Two Hearted on tap, so that's always good. A lot of local beers on tap when I went and a couple of other random ones thrown in, ex: Lost Coast Great White.

Service: Service was fine. The bartenders all seemed to know all the patrons there and had lively conversations with them. As an outsider though I felt a bit left out and I almost felt like the "Southern hospitality," calling me hun and such seemed a fake.

Selection: They had about 15 beers on tap, mostly IPA's, a brown, a wheat, a pale. Natty Greene's had the biggest tap presence with about 5 of their beers on tap.

Food: The food was ok. I was absolutely starving at the time and likely would have eaten anything. So when I ordered a Fiesta Chicken Salad and basically got chicken on top of a 7 layer dip, I was more than game to dig in.

Value: I went on a Monday, so drafts were all $2, which is an awesome deal anywhere. Food was under $10.

So good place if you're in the area and don't want to gorge on the fast food that plagues this area and you're looking for beer variety. Though I wouldn't go out of my way to visit.

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Photo of thehooksman
4.2/5  rDev +25.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This a favorite watering hole. There is no better tap selection in Burlington than here. It usually takes me a while to choose as many taps change between trips. The food is also excellent, but you have to love pub fare. My wife enjoys the ribeye and I enjoy the various burgers. If you go early it isn't too loud and makes for a good family eatery as well. We usually have our 5 year old with us for lunch or early dinner and he also is satisfied with the kids menu selection. If you go, make sure to have the homemade potato chips. They have both regular and sweet potato. And the sweet potato chips are divine.

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Photo of woolyb
3.34/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Stop by on Monday mid-afternoon to have a drink with a friend. Great beer special on Monday: $2 drafts. Good selection as well with 17 total taps. Locals include Red Oak (Amber Lager) and three Natty Greene's taps. I'm sure the taps rotate, but I was satisfied with the selection, which at the time also included SA Noble Pils, Dale's Pale Ale, and Hop Strike. Glanced at the bottle selection, but nothing stood out.

Typical bar atmosphere with several televisions, beer signs, and music at a tolerable level. Digital jukebox, but music was satellite radio. Signs around the place suggest that they have the occasional live performance. The patio has about a dozen 4-top tables with not much of a view (parking lot and side street).

I got the impression that this was definitely a "locals" spot, as just about everyone there had a good, friendly relationship with the barkeeps and wait staff.

I did not try the food, but I witnessed several happy diners digging into wings and what looked like a 1/2lb burger with homemade chips. Every seemed satisfied.

I'm not familiar with this area, but I'll most likely return if I have the chance.

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Photo of Broombrew
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

When i looked up this place on here, i was very surprised at the score, but was a little more relieved when i saw it was only one person, and even more so when i read their review.

I understand that my review will help the average, but the other review seems unfair. The single review seemed to be based solely on the fact that the reviewer was the one who didnt understand the name of a beer. Red Oak is the flagship beer of the brewery with the same name. it makes up for the majority of their sales and commonly is the only one of their beers on tap.

Now for my comments. have a wide selection of rotating taps as well as bottles. food is pretty good. they dont rush to serve you. for food im not usually too concerned, but if they came quicker to ask what im drinking thatd be nice. they have a lot of tvs. a nice looking bar area. plenty of seating but doesnt ever seem too empty. usually a fair amount of people in the bar area. the biggest problem i can think of is the sign doesnt light up very bright at night, so its hard to tell if theyre open.

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Photo of Reagan1984
2.42/5  rDev -27.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5

Well I didn't add this place to the site, but it appears that I'll be the first one to log a review. Visiting some colleges in the area and looked this place up on Yelp & BeerFly.
Went over with the family and enjoyed a beer and some dinner.

So here's my first conversation with the waiter/bartender.

You show that you have "Red Oak" on tap, which style of "Red Oak" is it?
<What do you mean, it's Red Oak>

Yes, I realize its Red Oak, but which style of their beer is it?

"Just Red Oak." OK, so we are not dealing with the best beertender I've ever met.

Now just three hours earlier, I drove passed Red Oak Brewing just up the road and before I hit the Piedmont, I looked up their beers and saw that had many styles within the German family. It doesn't appear to be the only beer they make. The guy seemed totally confused by a question about style. (regardless of how many beers the brewery made)

Overall the service was a bit grumpy. You're not getting ½ the story. We weren't difficult, didn't special order anything or send anything back. Atmopshere was decent in the bar area but the table area was lit with florescent lighting. When we arrived the room was dark but the staff turned the lights on so they could clean the room. It totally changed the atmosphere and made the place feel like a cafeteria. They have to change that lighting.

Beer selection is decent and mostly American Craft basics. 14 taps or so and a selection of about 30-40 bottles.

Food was average at best and very, very salty. My wife commented that her Chicken wrap was almost inedible due to the salt. My salad was fine. Son said burger was fine.

Never got a smile and the place was not crowded... It's the only game in town...
Still not sure I'd drive more than 2 miles to go here again.

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Piedmont Ale House in Burlington, NC
Place rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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