B.O.B.'s Brewery

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BEER AVG
3.26/5
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
thebobsbrewery.thebob.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
14
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
41
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
84
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
47
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
5.76%
 
 
Taps:
10
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 47
Reviews by jt31914:
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3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

A: The place has a pretty fun and exciting atmosphere if you go there on the weekends; good for a kind of classier college/tourist bar feel. Not my favorite place but overall quite fun.

Q: Decent quality, everything (ie food and beer) is decent but not great.

S: The service is my least favorite part of the place; the servers seem bored and disinterested, and they have little to no knowledge of beer.

S: Selection is okay, they have the bob brews and a couple others on tap as well as a decent food menu.

F: For a GR downtown place they are okay, but not nearly as good as some other places you could go to get a meal and a beer.

Overall an okay place, but the beer isn't that good and I'd rather just go to Hopcat.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jessewilliamson
1.68/5  rDev -51.6%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2.25 | service: 1 | selection: 1.75

Photo of rjcoy06
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of petersonmatt22
2.66/5  rDev -23.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1.75 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of FaradayUncaged
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of capt93
4.42/5  rDev +27.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of chitowntink
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.25

Photo of Mothergoose03
3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
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 +2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of TomCat11
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of bigleague
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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5/5  rDev +44.1%

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3.56/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Hyperion208
3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of NateMac13
4.36/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of Michael914
3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

At the recent NHC in Grand Rapids, three of us headed across the street to have lunch at The Bob. An acronym for Big Old Building, this is a large 1903 grocery warehouse turned into a strange collection of venues. A small brewery lurks in the basement, Bobarino's pizza place is upstairs, a comedy club, dueling pianos, a steak house, and more! The brewery was closed (they should have opened up for NHC!) so we went to Bobarino's instead. We shared a sampler of their beers and those were all across the board: a nasty diacetyl IPA, but Crimson King Amber and Spaceboy Stout were both decent. The food was also decent but not special.

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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B.O.B.'s Brewery in Grand Rapids, MI
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