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BEER AVG
3.46/5
Bull & Bones Brewhaus & GrillBull & Bones Brewhaus & Grill
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(540) 953-2855 | map
bullandbones.com

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Added by NutBrown on 01-03-2009

BEER STATS
Beers:
13
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
105
PLACE STATS
Score:
86
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
32
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
12.4%
 
 
Taps:
7
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews by bigkingken:
Photo of bigkingken
1.65/5  rDev -55.5%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Boone757
3.86/5  rDev +4%
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 +8.6%
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 -15.1%
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 +21.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Elkinsbrew
2.33/5  rDev -37.2%
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 -10%
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 loverofthecraft
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of BigRizz62
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Sunstealer
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of josh32219
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Storning
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of dnclark
5/5  rDev +34.8%

Photo of ShepardCommander
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of qcbrewer
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of JasonTaverner
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Rifugium
3.56/5  rDev -4%
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 +10.5%
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 GweedoeBRew
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Was just in Blacksburg for a wedding this past weekend and ate lunch at the Bull and Bones. There are many pros and cons about this place.

The beer quality is pretty good. Not the best brew pub ever, but good beers. The Belgian Wit that they had was really good and the Maroon Effect brown ale I enjoyed. They seemed to have a really good grasp on the beer.

The food is average. My smoked ribs we pretty good. The Pulled Pork was a little dry. I would guess that the burgers would have been a better overall choice.

The Growlers are expensive!! They have really nice grower's...but when we asked how much they were she said $20, which I initially thought was high, but since they were nice flip top growlers that I would get one. But when we got the bill it was $20 for the growler and $9 for the fill... So it was a $30 for new growler and fill... That was a bit much.

If you are in Blacksburg there are plenty of places to get good craft beer, but this is the only brew pub... so it is worth the stop.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.45/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 1.5

visited over the weekend when revisiting blacksburg. i have been a few times during my years at vatech, but this review is generated by my experience this past weekend.
big, open restaurant in a new shopping center away from vt campus. like most new buildings, this restaurant definitely lacks personality. lots of tables, booths, bar area, pool tables, video games. we sat in the high top bar section and had a very attentive server. ordered a few pitchers and was impressed by the beer. had the IPA, seasonal dunkel, and the wit. good shit. food was quite the opposite. had the wings, some fries, and there was some other foods on the table i didnt get to try. i thought the wings were pretty bad. they are smoked, but to me it was just an overcooked wing with very tough skin. i ordered hot, but they hardly had a kick to them. i remember the food being much better during my other visits when i was still at vt. see how it is when you visit. im used to DC prices so i thought it was super cheap.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Stopped in for lunch on my to Brewgrass. Rode right past it the first time...sit down in a strip mall kind of blocked by the store closer to the road. A quick u-turn (which happened to take me to Vintage Cellar) and I was back in business. I got there a few minutes after they had opened and for a bout 15 minutes or so I was the only one in the cavernous space. Lots of tables and a huge doglegged L-shape bar. Must have been three dozen seats at the bar. I ordered the sampler and a burger. Bartender was quick and helpful. The beers were poured and served quickly. The burger, on the other hand, took almost 25 minutes and was not worth the wait. Over cooked and small...at least the homemade chips were good. This place would probably be great, if not obnoxious, during a VT game. Really dug the chilled rail running the length of the bar to help keep drinks cool. Food and beers were $$ but the growlers were $$$$!!!

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Photo of legatovibrato24
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The beer on tap is that of brewmaster Jim Strickland, and it varies from the light lager style, to a stout, hitting points in between, such as IPA and brown ales. There is also a seasonal brew which is almost always worth checking out.

The bar is long, and on one side is across from pool tables. A strip runs the entire length of the bar, which continually generates a layer of frost, making for a great place to rest a beer or drink. The staff was very friendly and service left nothing to be desired.

I would very much recommend the St. Maeves stout truffles for a dessert. They are made using the St. Maeves stout brewed on site and are very rich. It may seem pricey for several truffles on a plate but you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of sholland119
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

An enjoyable late evening stop as we were passing through Blacksburg, 2/3/10.

Bull & Bones is located in a new upscale strip mall on the outskirts of town. You would typical see a chain restaurant in this spot. Clean and fresh inside with a very large L-shaped bar, many well-lit pool tables, an ice chilled bar rail and LOTS of college students, many of whom were underage and drinking soda. Take my wife out of the mix and I was older than any two other patrons combined.

Despite this, I still felt very welcome and was impressed with the top notch service, college bars not being known for this in my experience.

Seven house beers on tap during our visit. The standouts were the IPA, the St. Maeve's Stout (a very peaty dry stout, yummy) and a seasonal dopplebock (nicely sweet with a nice chocolate note). No bad choices really expect the brown ale, which I did not care for in the least.

We did not have any food though the menu looked quite appetizing.

I'd stop in any time.

HV

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Bull & Bones Brewhaus & Grill in Blacksburg, VA
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