Bier Academy Beer Bar & Grill

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3.33 w/ 5 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

18511 Soledad Canyon Rd
Canyon Country, California, 91351
United States

(661) 298-1321 | map

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Added by BevMo88 on 09-21-2010

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by charlzm:
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3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Visited on Saturday, February 19th at about 7:00pm.

I think this place used to be a British pub - someone correct me if I'm wrong.

Anyway, the place looks freshly remodeled and clean, especially the bathrooms. The decor is interesting: dark with lots of particle board panels concealing indirect light sources along the walls. Plenty of tables along the walls and throughout the room. Also a good sized bar with plenty of seating. A classy dive, as it were.

My companion and I wandered in and seated ourselves at a table along the wall. A young guy from behind the bar came and gave us menus. When I asked about the beer menu, he admitted it was somewhat out of date. I opted to just walk up to the bar and look at the tap handles to see what was flowing.

There were not a huge number of beers on draft (I believe it was 11 the night I visited), especially as compared to the leading lights of the LA-area craft beer scene. Still, what there was available was solid, if not particularly adventurous. Well,except for the Shock Top and Stella. Anyway, I had a Lost Abbey beer that was either misidentified by the staff or misunderstood by me and an Allagash Four.

Despite the good tap line-up and the good-sized bottle list, I still saw customers with lime-necked Coronas. All in all, though, I saw draft beers at most tables.

Despite the efforts of the owners to upscale the place, I got the sense that the clientele was still mostly regulars who used to come here in the bar's previous incarnation. There were about 25 people here; every seat at the bar was filled and the remainder were mostly concentrated in one party at a single long table. The room can easily accommodate twice that number, however.

Anyway, we ordered off a fairly limited food menu. This place was quite loud, due in no small part to the six flat screens cranked up to near-max audio levels, showing the NBA slam dunk contest. Conversations were pitched even louder to try to be heard above the din. The staff were glued to the hi-jinks onscreen.

I ordered the BA Burger which came accompanied with a side of freshly-made potato chips. The sandwich was a nicely-executed go at the upscale burger trope; well-seasoned and well-cooked meat patty on a bun with arugula, sprouts, melted cheese (bleue?) and a garlic aioli spread. Not too moist but certainly not dry, I heretically prefer this burger to all the wet, gloopy messes that have followed in the Office Burger's sodden footsteps. The burger came with a side of fries, which were nothing fancy and executed well: crispy, salty and the tiniest bit chewy inside.

My companion had the Gyro plate, sort of do-it-yourself version with all the ingredients (including some lamb with a nice grilled flavor) piled on a plate fajita style. She proclaimed it to be delicious. She chose a side of sweet potato fries which were coated with a sticky glaze of maple syrup, which she also liked a great deal.

We split a dessert of cheesecake, which was the typical frozen fare.

So... Bier Academy seems to be a late arrival to the gastropub party, more a wanna-be than a serious player; it felt like a sports bar the night I visited. However, the food is much better than I would have expected from the rest of the experience. Maybe better for lunch than when a game is on. Of course, there's always some kind of game on somewhere, so if your tolerance for sports is as low as mine, be warned.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Fenway15
1/5  rDev -70%

Photo of enloe28
4.48/5  rDev +34.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I have been to the Bier Academy twice now. The atmosphere is hit and miss. There are a lot of different crowds here: hipsters, old guys, college kids, etc. Seating can be tricky if you come late, especially on the weekends. This place does have a lot of beer choices available BUT I have never seen any special or limited beers whatsoever. Everything they have on tap or in bottles I can get at a BevMo, Total Wine, etc. Also, their prices can range from fair to ridiculous. For example, when I went they wanted $12.50 for a bomber of Stone Ruination. I can get those for $5.50 or so at any store. Their selection has improved over time. Off the top of my head, the last time I went they had Bear Republic, Lost Abbey, Lost Coast, Allagash, Grimbergen, and a few others on tap. They have a selection of bottles from the US, UK, Germany, Belgium, and a bunch of other countries. Their food is pretty typical beerpub type stuff: sausages, fries, chips, other meat dishes. However, it is all of good quality, especially their garlic parsley fries. Overall, this place is a gem for the Santa Clarita Valley area and they do have a lot of beers available but the selection and pricing are not as good as other LA area places.

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Photo of Codnasty
4.2/5  rDev +26.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is my go to for craft beers, 70+ and counting with rotating kegs and fun events, including trivia night and stand up comedy.

There are a bunch of LCD tvs for all the sporting events. Once you finish every beer they have (you get to rate them as well and your votes are taken into consideration as to if the beers stays of goes) you get a custom shirt and discounts on all beers!

The food is delicious and they are open early on the weekends for breakfast.

They have anything from Stone, to Alagash, Lagunitas, Deschutes, Russian River, Goose Island, and North Coast.

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Bier Academy Beer Bar & Grill in Canyon Country, CA
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