Bull & Bones Brewhaus & Grill

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Bull & Bones Brewhaus & GrillBull & Bones Brewhaus & Grill

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

1470 South Main Street
Suite 120
Blacksburg, Virginia, 24060
United States

(540) 953-2855 | map

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Added by NutBrown on 01-03-2009

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by Deuane:
Photo of Deuane
4/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Located in a brand spanking new, upscale, shopping center on the outskirts of downtown Blacksburg.

We arrived rather late and the main entrance was closed so we had to enter around the side into the bar area. The bar is a LONG, curving L-shape and looks very nice. Plenty of TV's for the VA Tech games! A nice pool tables area sits off to the side. The large dining area was closed during our visit but looked very nice also.

Eight beers on tap during our visit. We sampled a few and had a couple of pints. Nothing blew me away but overall the beers were good. Our bartender was attentive, pleasant and serviceable on this busy evening.

No food tonight as we had eaten earlier but I will keep it in mind as the menu looked interesting.

An upscale and surprisingly decent brewpub. I certainly want to visit again when I am in the area and have time to do so. I am sure this place is a positive addition to the Blacksburg craft beer scene.

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Photo of VABA
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Your average beer bar with a decent draught selection, decent bar food but not much else going for them. Located on the main street, which is a plus for them.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Visited for dinner on a Friday night. The place was packed as it was the night before the Clemson/VT game.

V - A typical "brass rail" type establishment. A big, unappealing bar, lots of tables and booths packed together. No ambiance. No beer vibe. Just a place to get some half decent beer and half decent food. 3.75

Q - All the beers were served in shaker pints. The glasses were not thoroughly cleaned as the bubbles forming on the side of the glass indicates. 3.5

Ser - No knowledge of the beers, but good, friendly, attentive service when one considers how busy this place was during our visit. 4.0

Sel - A good selection, though I don't recall seeing a stout on tap. Average beer. 3.75

F - I had the ribeye and potato (which was under cooked). I might come back for a beer, but there are plenty of other places in town that have better food. 3.75

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Photo of drtth
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

During a recent visit with family in Blacksburg we went here for a meal and a beer.

The vibe was nothing exceptional in that the place is set up pretty much like a standard restaurant but is also a brew pub. The places was fresh and clean and when a server happened to spill something near our table it was cleaned up immediately.

The beers were OK and drinkable but not particularly outstanding. (I ordered the Hop Head's dream but also sampled the two different beers ordered by others in the dinner party.)

The service was timely and attentive so the tip was earned.

The selection of beer included enough different variety to allow a reasonable choice to go with dinner but, not surprisingly, focused on their own beers.

The food, in some ways was better than the beer in that the range of appetizers and entrees accomodated some very diverse tastes so that everyone found something they enjoyed eating.

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Photo of RobertinBlacksburgVAUSA
5/5  rDev +31.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The vibe is incredible. Upon walking in, you see a very popular Blacksburg restaurant and sports bar that offers a menu with a wide variety of food. The bar is long, air conditioned, with numerous seats, and well illuminated. The bar lighting is very attractive. The service is almost immediate, and excellent. I've been a customer for about the last six years. The brewery is amazing, and my favorites are Sun Lit Wit, and Maroon Effect. Virginia Tech offers a major in brewing, and brewing is an expanding industry in Virginia.
The quality of the food and their signature craft beers is superlative. In addition to numerous menu selections, the most outstanding feature of this venue is its several spectacular beers, brewed right there on site.
What will surprise you is that you will find the bar staff extremely knowledgeable about beer. They are able to answer your questions about the beers they produce; can assist you in making a beer selection, and may have even participated in the brewing process themselves.
If brewing is both an art and a science, then you can expect to find excellent quality right here in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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Photo of Boone757
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of krbrevard
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Riff
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I like this place more as a restaurant first and a brewery second. The food is good, the sweet potato casserole is a favorite among customers, the steaks are solid and I have yet to bring anyone who left disappointed with the food. The beer is so-so and that is what brings down the rating. The selection is okay but there is just nothing that really stands out with their beer, certainly nothing that makes you feel the need to return for a few brews there. Sports bar atmosphere, large amount of big screen tv's around the restaurant that are constantly on a sports channel, especially college football.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.25

Atmosphere: big open restaurant, with a vibe similar to plenty of big chains, bar and "restaurant" area separate, special reserve-able room off to the side. Add in a brewery viewing window and you have this place. I'd prefer they used their space more creatively like other breweries.

Quality: not a super big focus on their beers. while they haven't brewed the most unique beers they certainly do more unique creations than most run of the mill brewpubs. I was happy to see an Altbier, even if it wasn't the best of the style I have had.

Service: no problems here, got seated quickly by a friendly waitstaff. attentive and pleasant.

Selection: probably about 7 beers on tap. so not extensive by any means but rates above the standard, ipa, light lager, stout line up.

Food: good sauces and alright barbeque. prices are pretty steep especially when the state and region have much better barbeque for fractions of the price.

Overall: seems to cater towards the non- beer advocate crowd. not a lot of creativity or uniqueness in brewing and average food, although I don't need to go to far into that. rates on the high end of that category if only for branching out from the most traditional styles.

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Photo of Tate21
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Elkinsbrew
2.33/5  rDev -38.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 2

Mediocre at best. Staff is college based of course. They could care less. Beer is pretty bland and food is about the same.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2 | food: 3.75

Good place to dine on some pub food and watch a game. The beer is very average and seems to cater more to the BMC drinkers. You won't find any sours or imperial ales here.

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Photo of BigRizz62
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Sunstealer
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of josh32219
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Storning
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of dnclark
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of ShepardCommander
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of qcbrewer
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of JasonTaverner
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Rifugium
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25

A pretty easy-going, family-friendly, lunch-break-beer, place here. Not quite my kind of hang out, so I didn't care for the bar atmosphere too much: somewhere between family restaurant and sportsbar, with a quite large bar, lots of seating, and plenty of TVs. However, the outside area was nice and simple, not to mention dog-friendly, and as we were travelling with the little poopers, we parked ourselves at an outside table.

Beer selection was average, and the quality of the beer itself was rather timid and basic, but for the kind of place, you can't really ask for more. So it ends up coming off like a Rock Bottom or Gordon Biersch, basically...though perhaps not quite as good as the former, and not quite as bad as the latter. We were only stopping briefly, so we went with the sampler flight, and did not try any food, though the menu seemed decent, stocked with mainly comfort foods. Prices were good all around.

Service was fine, quick, accommodating, and simple as the beers were, the girls knew how to explain them to the customers.

Considering there's not much else in the area, I'm glad we could make a pit stop here, but I wouldn't exactly call it a beer destination.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is the only brewpub in Blacksburg, a bit off of the main entertainment district. One of my go to places in the town for good eats and beer. The bar has lots of TVs for sports fans and lots of billiards tables, although some are taken up by leagues on some nights. The beer does leave some to be had, however, it is not terrible, and it is fairly consistent. The servers are really nice, although from time to time, they tend to focus on their regulars. The beer selection is awesome, lots of different styles to choose from, and a good seasonal. The food is awesome, they make a good steak and some good seafood, as well as awesome wings and other bar fare. Their prices may seem a little high, but it is well worth a stop at this place if you are in the neighborhood.

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Photo of bigkingken
1.65/5  rDev -56.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 1 | service: 2 | selection: 1 | food: 2

Whoopie! Look at me! I’m a brewery and I used the German spelling of house in order to make myself seem cool! Hmmm…. what other cookie-cutter chain gimmicks can I use to get people to come eat and drink here? I know! All of them!

This place is more corporate than the corporate places I’ve been. I don’t think it’s owned by one of the big boys, but it sure seems like it. The décor and style of this place reminds me of a bad imitation of a Roadhouse, Outback, Hooligans or something else equally depressing found throughout Middle America. And yes, everything here is mediocre.

The food is certainly nothing to bring you back again and again. The “real southern barbecue” tasted like – well, nothing – until you put one of their barbecue sauces on it, which were about the only tasty things I found here. With my barbecue I ordered onion rings and baked beans. The onion rings may as well have been made in my onion out of a freezer bag. The baked beans were alright, but again, lacked any distinguishing characteristic.

Which is exactly how I felt about the beers. None of them tasted bad, per se, but none of them left any kind of impression on me whatsoever. Hopefully there are places around town to get some really good beer. The lineup was heavy on light lager or wheat beers to appeal to the masses, while the pales and IPAs were under-hopped and under-complex. The darks made up for this a bit. If I had to come back, I’d stick with the stout.

Service was quick and efficient at least, but still done by a college kid without much of a clue about beer. Oh well.

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Bull & Bones Brewhaus & Grill in Blacksburg, VA
Brewery rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 108 ratings