B.O.B.'s Brewery

BEER AVG
3.63/5
B.O.B.'s BreweryB.O.B.'s Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

20 Monroe Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49503
United States

(616) 356-2000 | map
thebob.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
14
Ratings:
54
Reviews:
6
PLACE STATS
Score:
81
Ratings:
53
Reviews:
14
Avg:
3.49
pDev:
5.44%
 
 
Taps:
10
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by Yetiman420:
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4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

During a terrible snow and cold freeze of early February 2007, I did a white-knuckler western Michigan loop consisting of the top-rated brewpubs in Western Michigan. The trip began in the southwest corner at the Livery in Benton Harbor, up to New Holland in Holland, over to The Hideout, Founders, and BOB in Grand Rapids. Individual reviews are below and my rankings from a total experience are New Holland, The Hideout, The Livery, Founders, and BOB.

My perspective is based on visits to almost 200 brewpubs across North America. I’m an avid homebrewer and craft-beer drinker but no means an expert on the contest judging of beers. I know good beer when I taste it.

Comments about the building are in line with my experience. I stayed across the street at the Courtyard (which is also within a nice walk to Founders). Since Founders didn't serve food, I decided I would stop here for a beer and dinner. They have a couple of bar restaurants within the building and they all serve the brewed beer. I ate at the steakhouse, wanted the IPA but it was not available and settled for the pale. It was passable and worth their effort. Nothing exceptional. The steakhouse food was very good and I speak from the experience of a lot of business dinners. This is a great place to take a group - you can drink decent micro's and there will be somehing to appeal to everyone in your crowd.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of gakort
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Photo of Tjb14
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Spreetaper
3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Chris912
4.16/5  rDev +19.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of tayllyon
5/5  rDev +43.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of jessewilliamson
1.68/5  rDev -51.9%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2.25 | service: 1 | selection: 1.75

Photo of rjcoy06
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of petersonmatt22
2.66/5  rDev -23.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1.75 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of FaradayUncaged
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of capt93
4.42/5  rDev +26.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of chitowntink
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.25

Photo of Mothergoose03
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

This was a visit to the brewery to have lunch and try their beers, but we discovered that the pub does not open until late afternoon. Fortunately we also discovered that the other restaurants in the building also serve BOB's beers, so we ended up at Bobarino's. This is a Big Old Building that has been re-purposed into an entertainment venue with restaurants and a comedy club in addition to the brewpub. The interior is cleaned-up industrial-grade wood beams, floors, and rafters. It's a cool place throughout the building.

There were 8 beers available so we ordered two 4-glass samplers ($7 each) with 4 oz. glasses. I've read a number of reviews of the beers here that made them seem marginal in quality, but I'll take exception and say that we enjoyed all of the beers that we sampled. None of them knocked our socks off, but every one was brewed to style with a little extra touch. The only minor issue that I had was that the stout was a bit more hoppy than most any other stout that I've experienced so that this one could have been classed as a roasty black IPA. Our scoring for the beers came up with a solid C+ grade overall, with all of the beers ranging from 3.25-3.75. The Crimson King Amber was the one that I felt was above the others in comparison to the style characteristics.

The Bobarino's food menu was quite diverse with pizza, deli sandwiches, salads and various dinner entrées. The meals that we had were very good, so that we scored them a little higher than the beers, but not by much. Really, the beers are a good reason to make a stop here, and the food is reason #2.

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Photo of rkf1976
3.56/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of TomCat11
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of bigleague
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

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3/5  rDev -14%

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5/5  rDev +43.3%

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3.56/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.36/5  rDev +24.9%

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B.O.B.'s Brewery in Grand Rapids, MI
3.63 out of 5 based on 54 ratings.
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