Ass Clown Brewing

Ass Clown BrewingAss Clown Brewing
Ass Clown BrewingAss Clown Brewing
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

10620 Bailey Rd Ste E
Cornelius, North Carolina, 28031-9364
United States

(704) 995-7767 | map
assclownbrewing.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
3.9
Beers:
101
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
340
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.22
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
46
pDev:
16.82%
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Reviews by dailyminefield:
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dailyminefield from North Carolina

1.93/5  rDev -54.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 2.75

I live in Cornelius, and I have been meaning to try this place out for over a year now.

I walked in, decent décor, very small and claustrophobic. Fire marshal probably limited this place to 30 occupants, it was that small.

The place was half full, the 5 bar stools were occupied. I noticed there was a line formed on the side of the bar for ordering. There were 4 people in front of me.

With only one ass clown manning the bar, I figured it would take a minute to get my order in.

20 minutes later there were still 2 people in front of me. It became apparent the bartender was favoring the regulars sitting at the bar. My wife and I had enough and walked out.

I did not get to try any beer and I will not be back any time soon. Bad timing?... perhaps. But I'm not going to waste my time finding out. Maybe I'll wait another year to try again. It is worth it to bypass this joint and make the drive to Charlotte to visit Heist, Wooden Robot, High Branch, etc...

**Note: You will not find Ass Clown brews in any restaurant, bar or bottle shop.
There is a Duckworth's a couple miles south that specializes in craft beer. They have 100+ taps, they carry tons of local offerings, and still no Ass Clown. I guess this is why it took so long for me to make a visit. It is easy to forget it exists when there is nothing around town to remind you of it. That and the fact it is in some industrial park that I have never come close to driving by. If they are not serious about being a desirable/thriving brewery, there is no need for me to be a serious patron.**

*6/23/17 Update* - They started canning, however they are mostly shelf turds around town. A local bottle shop owner told me that they released an awesome IPA and recommended it. I was told they started crowlers, so I decided to give them another try. I get there, place my order, wait 10 minutes only to be told that their crowler machine doesn't work. I am convinced God doesn't want me to like this place.

Jan 11, 2014
More User Reviews:
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Deluu from North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Charlotte has a rapidly growing beer scene. Don't be fooled by the location, ass clown has probably the best beers in all of charlotte

Dec 10, 2018
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

3.51/5  rDev -16.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3

How could you not stop because of the name? Sadly, the beers do not hold up. Service was pretty welcoming upon arrival, but it was hard to get a pour after due to the bartender chatting with her friends, and bragging about a "bottle share" for a good half hour.
Awesome vibe at this place! Wanted to appreciate the experience more than I did.

Oct 30, 2018
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Stopped in here because... why not? The name says it all. The beers weren't great by any means but the vibe was cool, the service was great and it was just a fun place to finally see in person. Definitely a bucket list stop but had a nice time there.

Oct 03, 2018
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NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Jun 14, 2018
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Keananmichael5 from California

4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Dec 28, 2017
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Badgertaxman from Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

A group of four guys were in town for the Packer game and ran into this nugget of brewing gold. The brewery had the most unique atmosphere and just inviting to sit and chill and drink your beer. The selection was amazing. All four of us had a flight....16 of the 30 taps and everyone was good. Flavors were rich and well thought out. They do sours, stouts, ipas, ales...all are a must try even if one may not be your flavor.

We drank not just one and and we weren’t one....ass clown.

Dec 25, 2017
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Apellonious from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Dec 09, 2017
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Deets from Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Nov 30, 2017
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jak from North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Aug 06, 2017
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Jason_cs from Florida

4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Jun 18, 2017
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_ascags from North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Jun 12, 2017
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Rtaffet from North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

May 19, 2017
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StoutSnob40 from California

4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Apr 02, 2016
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qcghost from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Feb 28, 2016
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ha-sheem from North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Feb 24, 2016
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Dforce2425 from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Jan 23, 2016
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srletend from Texas

4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Arrived on a Wed night around 8 PM. A little tough to find since in the back of an industrial complex behind trees and not visible from the road. Smell of brewing-in-progress when I walked in. A smaller size place with a very nice vibe. Great bottle collection, beer memorabilia, beer mags around for decor. Free chips on the table. Decent crowd who knew their beer. Good selection of stuff and every one I tried was pretty good. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. Right down the road from D9 and I'd pick this place over that one.

Jan 11, 2016
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RUN-4-B33R from North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Dec 16, 2015
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MarkLinton1 from West Virginia

4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Small cozy tap room. Excellent vibe with some very unique offerings. Tried a flight that included a ghost pepper IPA, rhubarb sour and an oak barrel cabernet Brown ale. All exceptional. Definitely a do over for me next time I'm in Charlotte area.

Aug 16, 2015
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mwaltz99 from Wisconsin

4.94/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Jul 27, 2015
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David63Olson from Florida

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I felt very comfortable in their tap room... For a small space, it was laid out excellent. On the day I was there, the beer selection and the service were both exceptional. I would visit again.

Jul 04, 2015
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GreenStreet from New York

3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.25

Feb 20, 2015
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mbfolk from North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Feb 18, 2015
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ajcalhoun from South Carolina

1.72/5  rDev -59.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 1 | service: 1.25 | selection: 2

This place is tucked away, but really not that hard to find if you plug it in your GPS. Very similar to other small breweries/taprooms I've visited. I'm from Charlotte and am trying Ass Clown in an attempt to try all of the local breweries. The atmosphere is great, a small taproom with a good vibe, they even have a wall of the "cool" beers their staff has tried. Getting closer to this wall I noticed the first red flag, the beer they were showing off wasn't really that good, a number of gypsy bottles even a westy 12 but really on closer inspection most were cheap Bells or Westbrook bottles you can pick up in any grocery store. I went ahead and ordered a flight trying as I usually do to sample a few old standards according to the bartender and a few very strange concoctions. The bartender was curt to me when I asked his opinions about their incredibly extensive (like over 20 beers) tap list, seemed annoyed that I was troubling him over his regulars. All the while I had to listen to the two guys behind me in line talking about "this new brewery I just found called Allagash" I knew I was far from beer Mecca. Sampling the popular dark chocolate sea salt stout, 30 ghost pepper, wet hopped semicoe, and rhubarb sour. The 30 was impressive in the fact that it actually was painful to drink it was so spicy, the others were lacking in body just coming off kinda watery and it took me a few sips to even get basic tasting notes from the popular stout. Overall I would say it makes sense why they aren't bottling or tapping anywhere outside the brewery. Maybe they should stick to one or two beers and make them really good instead of offering plenty of average ones. Skip this one, the vibe might be cool but the beer isn't.

Jan 03, 2015
Ass Clown Brewing in Cornelius, NC
Brewery rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 340 ratings