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BA SCORE
96
world-class

21 Reviews
Mr. Beery'sMr. Beery's
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar

2645 Mall Dr
Sarasota, Florida, 34231-5941
United States

(941) 343-2854 | map
mrbeeryssrq.com

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Added by Shaw on 02-01-2010

PLACE STATS
Score:
96
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
35
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
7.14%
 
 
Taps:
24
Bottles/Cans:
1
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews by urwithdave:
Photo of urwithdave
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I had heard a lot of great things about this bar, so my wife and I decided to drive down to Sarasota to check it out. When we got there around 8PM there wasn't very many people inside. The bartender, Doug, was very knowledgeable and very friendly. The tap list was INSANE and they offer growler fills! I felt like a little kid at Disney World. I haven't seen any place in Florida that can hold a candle to the offerings. The prices were very fair.

I ordered up a ST. Choklat and my wife had a CCB 110k batch 3. There are some nice televisions that had several different baseball games on. There was a lounge area that had board games out for peeps to play. Just a really chill environment. The bar started to fill up with regulars. Doug knew them all by name and greeted them with a handshake. He didn't even need to ask 1/2 of them what they were going to be drinking.

The owner, Mark, came in. I had previously met him up at Cigar City at the 110k release. He came over and started talking to me and my wife. He just blew me away with his passion for great brews. We talked for thirty minutes at least. He was very hospitable and he told me that he would welcome BAs holding a tastings at his establishment. He advised me that he holds several events at his bar throughout the week. He said he Mr. Beerys website is up and that there is a real time update of the offerings on draft. Mr. Beerys is also on Facebook and it's a great way to keep updated on the upcoming events. We discussed the brews that were displayed up around the bar that aren't for sale and are part of his personal cellar. I literally was in awe. He got up and went to the back. He came out with two bottles and I'll just say that I owe him big time, thanks Mark!!

They do not have food but they do allow you to have food delivered. There is a place right next door where you can order from. There are several other establishments in close proximity where you could also order from.

My wife and I ordered up a couple Batch #69 Double cream ales. We finished them up and headed out. Overall, it is one of the best beer bars (if not the best) that I have ever been to. My wife and I had a great time. I could have stayed there all night. I will definitely be returning very soon. I will happily drive 30 minutes to get down there again. I highly suggest that you check this place out, it's simply a must for any beer enthusiast.

UPDATE:
This place just keeps getting better. They have expanded the bar and the place is twice as big. It is by far my favorite bar. I love the new huge projector screen tv. When I say huge, I mean huge. It is on the other side of the bar where it doesn't bother those whom do not want to partake in watching it. The new pictures that decorate the new side are amazing. They are photographs that were taken in the bar. They are in the process of painting different logos from breweries on the wall.
They offer beer school on Tuesdays where they select different themes and focus on different breweries. They also do tastings where they pair brews with different foods, all the way from cheeses to cupcakes. If you haven't been in, it is a must stop!! If you have been in before, but haven't seen the new renovations, get in and check them out. If you are in the area and want to share a brew shoot me a bm!

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Photo of Hop-Dawwg
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great vibe, great selection, great service and great people. Nuff said!

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

This is a down to earth, non chain and non fancy kinda place...good selection on tap and a fridge filled with more quality options to stay or take home. Friendly bartenderis always a plus...no food, you can bring your own in. Just a few mins off of the more main road...worth spot for quality tap options... I'd be a regular if I was local, maybe one day...

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Photo of jaketaz
4.26/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of sd123
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Great selection and friendly bartender. A little expensive but a much much better experience than cock & bull

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Photo of user785335
3.63/5  rDev -19%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Very disappointing. Should not be on Draft Magazine's Top 100.

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Photo of Foomanchoo
3.95/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

I've been to this bar about five times. You will always find a nice selection of craft beers to try and every time I go the line up is different. Prices seem a little high and the tender is always very careful not to pour a drop past the fill line. What makes this bar special is the lack of competition.

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Photo of amstokesdb9
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

This is a laid back bar that has a good draft list. The bottle fridge was a bit sparse though. I like that this place covers a lot of the bases. In addition to the bar and tables, there are couches, pool tables, arcade games, and a stage. Everyone was friendly. There was no food but it looked like people were ordering from next door. Highly recommended.

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Photo of tommy5
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of GaryLikesAle
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Bruce0920
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of HighonHops42
5/5  rDev +11.6%

The old owner was a bad ass lets hope the new guy keeps its!

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of mhaugo
3.44/5  rDev -23.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Mr. Beery’s is in a quiet little strip mall off an abused road in Sarasota, Florida. I almost broke my rental agreement driving through the dilapidated parking lot, but there were plenty of spaces for me to nestle into at 8pm on a Wednesday night. A backlit sign, a few neon beer logos, and a series of stickers mark the entrance.

At the entrance I was greeted by a twenty-stool bar and a couple of old pool tables. The overhead is softly playing various popular rock songs from the 90’s to current. There is a small stage and a screen, but neither was in use during my visit. Every wall is fairly dark and decorated with a collection of various types of brewery paraphernalia. There are a handful of table-and-chair sets sporadically scattered throughout the establishment, with an elevated “lounge” (couches and coffee tables) in the back. There are four flat screen televisions broadcasting various sporting events. A couple of video games, a dart board, a skee-ball machine, and a modern jukebox complete the ambiance (definitely bonus points for having skee-ball).

Behind the bar is a chalkboard announcing the current draft selections, which appears to be hosted on about twenty four handles. There are a few locals, a few Belgians, some German beers, and a random collection from around the US. They’ve got some bottles, but I wouldn’t go as far as calling it a cellar. I didn’t have to struggle to make a decision, but I don’t feel like I was missing out on anything after I left either.

The staff seems pretty nice. When I asked for a local recommendation, the bartender suggested a can from Cigar City. I don’t know why this surprised me, but it kind of did. I almost always ask for a local recommendation, and it’s never been presented to me in a can. I’m not opposed to cans as a beer storage vessel, but I kind of assumed my next beer was going to be on the draft list. Isn’t that where all the exciting beers are supposed to be?

When I travel I tend to reference Draft Magazine’s “Top 100 Beer Bars in America” list, which is how I found this bar. I have been to many locations on their lists, but I’m not sure I agree with this one. It would probably be a great find if you were thirsty and randomly stumbled into it, but I wouldn’t consider it among the upper echelon in the country. It certainly wasn’t worth driving an hour in the wrong direction to visit.

In summary, Mr. Beery’s is a decent craft beer bar with an unfortunate name. They don’t do any food, so eat before you arrive (or order a sandwich next door). Their draft selection is pretty good, and their bottle list is meager. But if you love to drink and play skee-ball, I guess you’re in luck.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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Photo of Landar
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

My girlfriend and I vacation in Sarasota every November. For years we had complained that one cannot find quality draft beer in Sarasota. This changed with Mr. Beery's. A few other places with quality beers have opened around the area, but Mr. Beery's outshines them all.

A game area was a pool table, darts, ski ball, a modern touch screen jukebox, and a bowling game that nobody seemed to care about and the owner mentioned he was probably going to swap for something else. A big screen tv that you can easily see no matter where you are. A lounge area with comfortable couches. Tables in the middle spaced so that you will never be in another patron's way and visa versa. A long, clean, bar - the entire place was clean, including the bathrooms (which had hilarious beer themed signs hanging in them). The chairs at the tables and bar were comfortable. Nice, large, tvs behind the bar. The space between the bar and the lounge is filled by a ring hook game that was very popular with the patrons.

Overall, the place felt cozy, spaced well for comfort while still allowing maximal patrons, and had exactly the kind of atmosphere you would look for in a locals home away from home bar or what you would dream of your basement bar to more or less feel like.

Mr. Beery's does not serve food, so we came prepared with some pizza from a shop down the street. There is an excellent deli next door (which we took advantage of on later visits) who will walk the food over to you when it is ready.

What Mr. Beery's does serve is beer, and lots of it with a wide variety of interesting beer covering the spectrum of styles. We are big fans of sours and were thrilled to see some we had not tried on the menu. We were thrilled to see a lot of beers on the menu we never tried before and ordered or tried a good sampling. The bartenders were super nice about pouring a small sample cup about the ones we were unsure. The bottle selection is also excellent. At subsequent visits we started asking what they had that was interesting in the fridge and were never disappointed (the weasel poop coffee porter was really good, and I split it with some nice people at the bar so everyone could sample it). They also have a special filtered beer they change up. The week we were there they were filtering an already excellent milk stout through twinky bars, which gave the beer an extra creamy vanilla flavor and a richer, sweeter, lactose sugar character. Little bits of twinky seemed to create a small amount of almost imperceptible debris that led to a fuller body and richer feel..

Price is modest for craft beer. The owner makes a point of having inexpensive drafts. Locally we are used to a big Belgian selection of drafts that are pricey ($10 - 14). My. Beery's does not charge more than $8 a draft for even the most expensive beer and even had two beers on the menu that they were serving just to have the quality and variety on the menu even though they were literally breaking even at $8 a serving.

Our experience there was so good that we just went back again and again. The staff and the owner were the friendliest, nicest people, and we just instantly hit it off with them and became friends. The place is definitely a locals bar, but it is the bar that the nice locals go to. Everyone there was very friendly, and we made a number of friends - even some folks whose numbers we exchanged and chatted with outside the bar during our trip.

On our first visit we walked in and instantly fell in love with the atmosphere and felt at home. I went to the bar to order some drinks and wound up talking to the bartenders for so long that we wound up sitting at the bar the rest of the night chatting with them and some locals and playing pool with them.

On our second visit it felt extra at home because the Pens vs Flyers game happened to be on and just starting (we had expected to miss Penguins hockey for a week, assuming only Tampa Lightning and Panthers games would be on wherever we went). We were surprised at the warm greeting we got from the staff and patrons who remembered us, and were quickly introduced to the owner who bought us a round of drinks and chatted with us for a while. Some of the bartenders from the previous night were just there hanging out (and wound up hanging out with us) and drinking because they legitimately liked the place and the people - always a good sign when the staff likes and cares about their establishment enough to patronize it.

The conclusion is that Sarasota is our favorite place to vacation and it had been lacking the one thing we love - quality beer in a quality atmosphere. With Mr. Beery's, which is officially our favorite place in the world, we now have the perfect place to go to make a perfect vacation for two weeks every year.

We wish everyone there well and look forward to seeing all of you again in November!

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of melindasrq
4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

I have been visiting Mr. Beery's off and on for a while now. Not to long ago they did a renovation that makes it great to meet friends over great beers. Plenty of tables, plus a couch area, along with normal bar stools and large bar area.

The beer selection is always fantastic and they seem to understand that it is nice t have a wide variety of beers available. No matter what group of people go with us, everyone gets excited about a beer they have. The infusinator seems to always get at least one person excited everytime.

I highly recommend Mr. Beery's

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Photo of brewpubguy777
5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place has 27 taps that are on a continual rotation, 1 Infusionator and 1 Hopinator and a Beer Engine. There is a beer for everyone, different styles from Lagers, Ales, Porters, Stouts, Belgians, Barleywines, Etc, not to mention a great bottle selection. Mark the owner is very knowledgeable as well as his employees and is just a fun place to be. 2 Pool tables, Skee-ball, Darts, Bar Bingo, Trivia and Tuesday nights are a rotation of events from Beer and Cheese pairings, Beer and Sandwich Pairings and my favorite Beer Geek Show and Tell wich you bring in a 750ml or 2 12oz beers that may be hard to get or limited brews to share with others who do the same, as well as daily specials. Much of the time you can find beers the you have never heard of or tried before. I had an Italian beer that is outstanding called Nora by Birra Baladin as of this post but who knows what new flavors you will get to have when you show up. The motto at Beery's is "No Crap on Tap"

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Photo of dmincer
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This place has a great selection of beer on maybe 20-25 taps. It also has a hopinator, which is a dry hop addition to a kegged beer, and a well chosen Sculpin IPA to add those dry hops to. It also has an Infusinator, which is a flavor canister filter through which the beer flows adding a bit of extra flavor. When I was there, they had peach and vanilla beans added to a Witte, which was a great combo. They've also got 1 or 2 casks and when I was there it was Peach Jai Alai from Cigar City and it was a great beer. The selection on those taps has a bit of everything from 4 IPAs to a few barleywines to a few stouts to a few belgians and even a couple ciders. Selections of each were well chosen. Best of all, Monday night is $10 all you want to drink night from 3-11pm. I got to try about 8 new beers for a total of $10. Most incredible deal I've benefitted from in a while. I'll go to this place again whenever I'm in town despite the location being 6 miles south of Sarasota near the mall

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Been here twice now, once for a special event (24 taps of Bell's) and again on a regular Tuesday night. Having said that, I prefer the event night. With all the TV's lining the east wall and sports on every one of them, it felt a little like an upscale sports bar, albeit one with an exceeding great beer selection! Several tables and a nice raised seating area featuring several loveseats and chairs.

Like they say, "No Crap on Tap". 24 frequently rotating taps of "I want all of them!". There is at least one, and realistically several, beers for everybody. With Imperial stouts, IPAs, brown ales and lagers this is the second best beer-drinkers retreat in town. They often have, I am told, real cask-conditioned brew on tap. Plus "The Infusinator".

The atmosphere is very friendly with the only ding being the overabundance of sports (I was recording the game!). The staff is really nice and very attentive.

No food is available but several places in the cool Gulf Gate area will deliver or you can step out for a minute and walk the block to get something from a local eatery (Munchies 420, anyone?)
A really nice place and I 'll gladly return repeatedly.

And I have been back repeatedly.
They have had some significant remodeling done recently. The bar is now nearly twice as long and the wall between the two halves has been removed. It really opens the place up and brings a cohesiveness to the joint. I like it a lot. They've even removed most of the TV's over the bar so the sports bar feel is gone, too.

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Photo of bigbexpress
4.94/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I travel a ton and usually consult Beer Advocate about locations before I go. Mr. Beery's is one that has been on my list to visit for some time. It was definitely worthwhile and goes toward the top of my list of great beer bars. I have been to places that had more taps. I have been to places with a larger beer selection. However, what set's Mr. Beery's apart is the quality and uniqueness of what is on tap. For example, Cigar City's Jai Lai is a great IPA from a great brewery in Tampa. Mr. Beery's had a special limited edition of Jai Lai that was brewed a little differently and had a very unique character. It was a great beer. The staff is also very knowledgable and themselves craft beer enthusiasts. Then there is the owner, Mark. He is a super guy and a real beer lover. As a craft beer lover, I can tell you it is great drinking beer with "my people". That is what you get at Mr. Beery's. If you love craft beer and you are in the Sarasota area, you have to stop in for a pint. Highly recommended!

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