The Answer Brewpub

The Answer BrewpubThe Answer Brewpub
The Answer BrewpubThe Answer Brewpub
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

6008 W Broad St
Richmond, Virginia, 23230-2222
United States

(804) 282-1248 | map
theanswerbrewpub.com

Notes: The entrance to this brewpub is in the rear off of the parking area. Don't park in front because you'll just have that much farther to walk to the back door.
BEER STATS
Average:
4.3
Beers:
480
Reviews:
597
Ratings:
2,514
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.51
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
152
pDev:
6.87%
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slander from New York

4.12/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Wasn’t really a late night last night; it was just at the end to a long day so the night takes the blame (day was all like, ‘shit was good when I left, I don’t know what to tell you, man’). As such, this new morning became early afternoon. Just. Like. That. The Uber ride out rolling through residential neighborhoods was unnerving, but we arrived on the front side, and hiked around to the backside because that’s where the Answer be, and we found there to be a decent crowd. I know why my vacationing ass is here on a Thursday at 1pm, but don’t the rest of you folks work? Seriously…

Looooong straight bowling alley lane wood varnished bar with a knobby uneven cut tree trim, plank base, & wood foot box. Seating for upwards of a dozen and a half on squared wood stools. Barback holds a long row of 36 numbered non-descript handles; these are the guest taps. Glassware shelved horizontally above and vertically to both sides. A trio of scrolling boards atop listing guest taps (brewery, beer, style, origin, ABV, & pricing). A trio of 4 tap towers on the end; their own beer is being poured from elsewhere. ‘FrozAns’ (read: slushie machine) behind the bar next to the Nightingale ice cream sandwich freezer of love. Events calendar & Untapped leaders boards above; growlers and guest dead soldier bottles displayed.

Light blue walls, a laminate looking floor over concrete, & a white ceiling with a boxed wood trim. Baby track spots and the pillars wrapped with strung holiday whites. Vibrant colorful art riddled about. 2 dozen tables in rows about the room and a stage for play on the end.

And down past the bar now to back there (me, pointing). Rear space holds a few games (pinball, and a 4 player Ms. Pac Man, as if you had 3 friends, loser). Through the seating area; upwards of a dozen tables, to a small 8 seat wood ‘L’ shaped bar to the rear. 20 pool ball handled row pouring the house beers (so now I knows where they be). Some bar counter space off the bar separating here from the seating. And the brewery to the rear of the rear (which is technically the front); the tanks each named for a Star Wars character.

They have 10 house beers up. Plus… 2 ‘Andalls’ (randallized Impy Stouts, described on their website as “thick/fudgy/syrupy/flavorful stouts”), 9 ‘Jooses’ (someone else’s Berliners & Goses with fruit juice/puree randallized), and 3 ‘FrozAns’ (“slushy versions of your favorite Joose!”). For. Fuck’s. Sake. Lest we not forget the 3 dozen+ guest taps. Nearly 1/3 of them are fun imports (Fruh Kolsch, Schneider Aventinus Eisbock, Mahr’s Brau Helles, BFM Abbaye de St Bon-Chien), and a half dozen of the remaining craft options are state of Virginia offerings.

I did a sampler of 4 house beers on the sane side avoiding the Andalls, Joose, & FrozAns for $12 (Caught a Humble, Kettle; Sour with pink salt & plum puree. 4.2%, plummy as plum does; Boomerang Potential, Session IPA, 5.1%, citrus, pleasant; Corporate Headquarters, Impy IPA, 8%, murky, dank, tropical fruit; Property Theft, Nitro Brown Ale with coffee & toasted coconut, 6%, medium bodied, dry, nice roast), and then had a Captain Lawrence Rosso E Marrone and a Fruh Kolsch, which scored a high yum factor. I let the unusual suspects drink the Jooses while I looked on.

We hung at the bar a while, true. Lots of Fleetwood Mac this Thursday bringing the goods. Yes, they have food here, no, we did not partake, as we’ll be getting our snack on at Mekong when we swing around to the front side not soon enough. I liked the house beers that I drank, but you can keep all the showy shit. I’ve denounced the Randall as scurge of the earth since the time I first saw one in the early oughts and still stand by it. Make a good beer. Don’t hide your beer behind ‘stuff’. Sorry, that’s how I feel about it. And get off my lawn! Again, stayed with the sane beers, and I liked what I had. Something for everybody, I suppose?

Jan 27, 2020
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roan22 from New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Large Brewpub with trendy beer styles plus guest taps and food. Vibe is okay, not a lot of bar seats and wait for a table is very long. Not as crowded on a Sunday for a 2nd visit and there are many empty tables, yet a 20 min. wait. Food is mediocre compared to Mekong side, lesson learned. I liked the Fancy AF (lol) and the Uncle Baby Billy (lol), both are pale ales. I don't like fruited sour smoothies or milkshake IPA's (sorry) but everyone else does and it was hilarious to me how everyone was taking pictures of their flights. I bought some amazing glasses that they serve water in. The service was great.

Nov 13, 2019
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spelingchampeon from Delaware

3.89/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Arrived mid-afternoon on a Saturday. We originally wanted to sit on the deck, but changed our minds and grabbed a 4 seater. Beertender was quick to grab us our beer, but seemed to be a little pre-occupied. The Answer had 10-12 of their own brews, plus another 18 or more guest beers. The beers were tasty.
We shared 4 different appetizer/snacks. Everything was decent, except the wing wings. They had an off-putting aroma (old grease(?) mixed with sweet and sour was not a good combo). We didn't hang long.. it was time to move on.

Oct 06, 2019
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Slack from Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Service can be hit or miss depending on how busy they are so keep that in mind.

Food is great however Mekong is much better.

Tons of options to try between in house and the other 20 taps lines. If you can't find something you like, try the slushee, low abv (3.5%) and very approachable.

Vibe is funky. A mix of various restaurants spaces - new and old, eclectic styles, and clean bathrooms (according to the Mrs.)

Jun 01, 2019
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WOLFGANG from South Carolina

4.87/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Approachable beers for the initiated. Guest taps allow amazing alternative options... for a brewery. Wait staff was very attentive and ready to assist with mapping out the area to try alternative RVA options. Great experience and really great beer!

May 23, 2019
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Beejay from Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -27.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 5

A cool joint, awesome food, and great beer. My main beef was from an interaction today trying to get a growler fill. I was told by the staff that the screw top growler I brought was unable to be filled. So I made the same selection and went with the crowler, and extra $1.50 for that. After services were rendered the employee told me I could fill my growler with any of the guest taps, just not their brewery. This is infuriating. Why would there be a difference. Why would you treat the taps differently? Why would you tell me I can't fill a growler, then post purchase tell me I can fill it, just not with the beer I wanted? When I told them that was a silly rule they tried to pass it off as a screw top growler wouldn't hold the carbonation. Well I'm drinking their Crowler, and it's fucking undercarbonated. If you have a growler policy, that's fine, I get it, I've been there as the guy getting a growler filled, and the guy filling the growler. But don't make a rule then apply it to only half of the taps, without any clarification until after purchase. That's some bullshit.

Every other time I've been here for food or beer the experience and service have been excellent. Great food, great really interesting beers, excellent service, but man this growler fill burns me up, and while we are on it, individually crowler's don't need individual plastic bags.

Holy shit! Where's the Tylenol?

Mar 13, 2019
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The Answer is located a bit out of the way in the back of Mekong in a strip mall sort of place outside Richmond.

Big, open place with a long bar and plenty of tables and a little to go area to the left. Vibe is laid back and happy. All the bartenders are quick, friendly and know their stuff.

Selection is enormous, with a number of taps devoted to in house beers, and a huge list of guests. Easy to find something you want, really hard to choose. Most styles are represented, at least on the guest taps, everything from kvass to massive stouts were on when I was here. Everything is available in smaller pours, that are still big enough to really get a correct opinion of the beer.

Food is a scaled down version of the Mekong menu, so really good Vietnamese food, once again plenty of choice, and very tasty.

Overall, this really is a beer Mekka, and any beer nerd would be missing out by not making the trip here if you're in the area.

Dec 31, 2018
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

An interesting place. Pretty large, a stage, a back bar, random couches, really nice bathrooms! Almost like they bought a building and tried to fill it up with whatever and have it look like it was planned and made sense.
Beers, I mean others beers pummeled with juice were pretty awesome. Service was fine.
Overall, quite interesting...I'll leave it at that.

Oct 26, 2018
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drds89 from Virginia

5/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

No other place like this. He has really gotten into the glassware game with Black Ninja Designs. My wife and I drove 2 hrs, got in late about 9PM, ordered appetitzer, entrees, flight and asked about glassware. Our server said it had been sold the day before and limited to a certain number in line. But she would ask the owner. He came out and greeted us, and made an exception since we had traveled and were noobs.

Oct 09, 2018
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bl00 from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

If The Answer did not have its reputation, it would be one of those "where am I and what did I get myself into" spots. Its located in the back of a shopping center, not super clearly marked at night time. Once inside, the vibe is welcoming overall though a bit disorganized visually. Quality of space feels decent. The service was quick and beers were superb (though sweet). Prices were very reasonable considering. I would have loved to spend more time here. Didn't get a chance to sample food, though ate at Mekong prior (highly recommend). Disappointingly, take away options are very limited. I'll gladly return any time I am in the area.

Oct 08, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I think the funky entrance situation has probably been pretty well covered, so let's just say this is a shockingly big space once you get inside, with plenty of different seating options, an abundance of gaming and social enhancers, and an embarrassment of unique beer and food riches.

Regardless of your views or knowledge of most of the Andall beers, you have to admit they have a huge selection of beers with a wide variety of flavors. The styles themselves might not be widely varied, but flavors span the gamut. This place is a novice beer geek factory, pumping out new fans of beer by introducing them to tons of easily approachable beer treatments, to a stupidly absurd degree.

Service is fine and the atmosphere is fun and includes a few TVs playing local or national sports, but, in my experience, the food is the centerpiece of any visit. The Vietnamese dishes here are absolutely delicious and spot on. They really know what they are doing, and do it at a high level, with quick to your table Vietnamese treats from small bite street food to larger and more elevated dishes. The goofy, super fruity and juicy Gose and Berliner treatments pair very well with this cuisine, so it's really not as out of place as you'd think.

Mar 14, 2018
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

This is typically my first stop whenever visiting Richmond. Outstanding tap selection, which includes their various Andalls, which are some of the richest, sweetest adjunct stouts I've ever had. Nice vibe, plenty of space & Mekong is right beside if you get hungry. I have had food a couple of times here, it's pretty good but I'd recommend just eating Mekong.

Mar 03, 2018
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bubseymour from Maryland

4.78/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

The brewpub feels like a roller skating rink I would have been at back in the late 1970's/early 1980's as a child. Staff was very helpful and friendly. Very spacious and a stage for a band as well. I only stopped in to get a crowler to go, but I could easily be comfortable hanging out here for a few beers.

Jan 15, 2018
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darktronica from Indiana

4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The Answer is a pretty solid Vietnamese street food restaurant, on top of its status as arguably the best brewery in Virginia. The menu is varied, with a few simple pho soups, banh mi, bao sliders, a range of fried appetizers, and some noodle and fried rice dishes with multiple proteins. Boasting 60 taps, roughly a third to a half of which are brewed in-house, with the rest being a nicely curated list of high-quality libations. There were a few surprising European selections that I hadn't seen on draft before.

My main reason for a lower score on Selection was that the styles were not as varied as one might expect for 60 taps. When I visited, at least, the Answer beers boasted seven big stouts ranging from 11-16%, but they were all coffee stouts; the guest taps had 13 other stouts, of which two-thirds also had coffee. This was great for me, but it was frustrating for my wife, who loves stouts but hates coffee. All in all, the 60 taps were about 75% stouts or sours, perfect if that's your bag, but otherwise not very accessible.

Jan 01, 2018
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Nichols33 from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

The andalls are a little bit of a gimmick, but boy are they delicious. Their IPAs they brew are solid, not great.

Place is cool, big open area with a game room that leads to a smaller bar in the back with some cool vintage signage, etc.

Nov 13, 2017
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PapaGoose03 from Michigan

4.08/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Our group decided to visit here as a result of a recommendation by my nephew as well as the BA rating for this place. We came here to try their beers and to have dinner. The entrance to the pub is from the parking lot at the rear. We arrived on a Saturday evening and were immediately seated. The place does not have much vibe for a brewpub, but that's minor. Let's call it eclectic and leave it at that. Although the place was fairly busy, service was good.

We did not know ahead of time that this brewery also had an outstanding guest tap list. Maybe they missed their target market by trying to brew some of their own beers, but the guest list was way more interesting than what they had on tap under their own label. But maybe the problem was that almost the entire tap list of their beers were double IPAs which typically I don't appreciate because the hops always seem like a muddled mess. But my goal here was to evaluate their beers, so a sampler flight of 5 DIPAs was ordered. All 4 of them were one-offs of each other after using the same base recipe, which would normally be an educational experience to compare the differences, but differences be damned, they all tasted the same to me. So I scored them all the same too, which score was typical for a brewpub's beers that are unimpressive but brewed to style, a 3.75 overall. I also ordered the Hefe which I liked better than the DIPAs.

The brewpub also offers some of their beers (and others too?) that are infused with various flavoring ingredients, but I didn't order any of those. There are also 58 guest taps which sounded excellent overall when reading the list (Founders KBS was available), but I didn't go for any of them either. But the selection caused me to bump up the rating score for that category.

The food here has a far eastern recipe theme to it, and we really enjoyed the dishes that we ordered. The food received a higher score than the beers did. This visit was a truly amazing experience, even though I think I caught them with a tap list of their own beers that I didn't appreciate, but it sounds like from other reviews the list changes greatly from what I experienced. This brewpub is highly recommended.

Sep 27, 2017
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JimmyAloysius from Pennsylvania

4.76/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Always have a great time when I visit from northeast PA. The staff is attenative, friendly, and informative. I never seem to wait long to be served food, drinks or to go beer. I truly believe the fruited sour beers brewed here are unique enough to be in a class of their own. The stouts are a close second to this and the IPAs are all as advertised... soft and arromatic. The guest tap list is nothing short of amazing. I can't lie I don't order from this list when I do visit but, I always keep a close eye on this list when in town. It appears to rotate weekly for the most part.

Sep 12, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

The Answer Brewpub is situated right next to Mekong, making the two of them a beer destination in and of themselves. I won't go into Mekong because that's another review, but look them up, they're great. By the way, just so you know, you need to go around back to enter the brewpub while the entrance to Mekong remains on the street side.

The Answer is a large, open and fairly unadorned place with several bars, and it can fill up. It didn't used to be that way but now it's very busy, so keep that in mind. Go early if you want to have some room, and some quiet as it's full of hard surfaces that sound bounces off of and when it gets crowded it can get quite loud.

The best thing about The Answer is the beer, and the second best thing is the food. But how good is the beer? It's really good!

They offer a wide selection of their own beers on tap, 11 or 12, but they're all part of their own little niche that they've carved out: sweetish fruit gosebiers and Berlinerweisse, double and triple dry-hopped IPAs, and various stouts, coffee beers, and the likes. They also offer a fair amount of guest beers but I'm not sure why you'd even bother with those unless you go there all of the time and have access to their regular beers.

For food they follow along the lines of Mekong (they might even share a kitchen for all I know) serving ramen and phở, báhn mì, bao sliders, and interesting main dishes like Viet brussel sprouts and soft shell crab. I feel that the food is actually better at Mekong, but I might be completely imagining that. Still, I've enjoyed every bite of everything I've had there so there's that.

In my mind it's an absolute stop, and every time I come through Richmond I follow the same route: The Answer and/or Mekong, Strangeways, and then The Veil. Highly recommended!

Jul 18, 2017
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Billolick from New York

4.41/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

So this place is behind/connected by the kitchen to Mekong...bonus!

The are doing super tasty/sorta Vietnameese food (soft shell crab bohn mi sandwedge anybody?), brewing tasty tasty citric infused cloudy juice bombs, spinning super cool tunes, great youngish crowd, chill staff...yeah this place was over the top enjoyable and def worth checking out if in the area. Loads of quality brews available

Loved the brews they were offering, lots of lime and floral notes, went great with the cuisine...just go, this place is doing it right

Jun 28, 2017
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

V: The Answer is a big space right next to Mekong (presumably the owners of the latter own the former as well). It has a lot of tables on it floor with a stage (they have live music), and a long bar against the wall. A second room has all sorts of vintage video games and pinball machines. The place has kind of a dark atmosphere, but that's not a problem.

Q: In general, The Answer has a high quality inventory. As expected (it would be a shock if I did), I did not find any macrobrews on the menu.

S: The service was friendly and prompt. I didn't ask any questions about the beer, but I would think they know their stuff.

S: The selection was pretty impressive, with the house brews featured alongside local breweries (Hardywood, Steam Bell, Lickinghole), national (Founders, Avery, Urban Family), and international (Unibroue, BFM, Huyghe). In general, this is a very well thought out selection with a good deal of variety.

F: I had the Bun Chicken Noodle Bowl (chicken, rice noodles, a crispy spring roll, etc.) and it was excellent. Tasty food.

Jun 02, 2017
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nickfl from Florida

4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

This is an odd, odd place, but it certainly seems to work. A hyped brewery located in a venerable Vietnamese restaurant seems more like a madlib than an actual thing, but there it is. To compound the weirdness, the restaurant is located in, and takes up most of, a strip center in a semi suburban/ office park area 15 min from downtown Richmond and the taproom entrance is on the back side of the building where you would only expect to find parking and dumpsters. Inside its a good sized taproom with a stage for live music (they had a pretty good band playing even though it was a Monday night). The actual restaurant looked to be a separate but connected area past the bar. My wife isn't a fan of Vietnamese food, so sadly I didn't get to try it, but the menu looked promising. The beer selection was fairly extensive, though most of the menu consisted of "andal" treatments with maybe half a dozen base beers represented. Part of me wanted to be put off by the heavy reliance on keg treatments, but they really are very, very good at those here and I can easily see why they get the hype they do, the treatments are way over the top, but also well done. The couple of non treatment beers I had were very well done as well, and as much as I wanted to be skeptical, I couldn't find fault in anything I had, even if some of the treated stouts would probably be hard to drink a lot of, thats kind of the nature of what they are intended to be. This really is a must for anyone visiting the area and probably would be my first stop if I were in the area again.

Jun 01, 2017
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Stopped in here on the wait to the Veil's anniversary party. People seemed to be giving this place some hype so we wanted to check it out. The place is pretty cool, the service was very good. The selection was very impressive. Would have liked to of tried the food but didn't order anything.

Apr 22, 2017
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Roguer from Georgia

3.78/5  rDev -16.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.25

Great taplist: huge, varied, representative of different styles. Common and rare beers alike.

They brew their own beer as well, and have a kitchen. They have a stage for live performances.

Apr 01, 2017
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Riff from Virginia

4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

The Answer is a must hit in Richmond.

Vibe is good, happy folk, diverse crowd, laid back atmosphere.

Quality is high. Excellent beers and inventive.

Service was good. Server was attentive, friendly, helpful, and accurate. Everything you'd want in a server. My wife has food allergies and the server answered all her questions with patience and a smile.

Selection is very good, Answer beers are fantastic and they do carry other beers besides their own. Something to make everyone happy.

Food. If you like Vietnamese food this is a must go. Delicious, filling, and well priced. Absolutely worth it.

We'll certainly be back here.

Feb 05, 2017
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Located in an unassuming strip mall next door to Mekong, this spot is big/open, well light, and vibrant with a classy casual (almost Scandinavian) decor. When I visited shortly after opening on a Sunday, there were a handful of folks already there and several others came in during my stay. Crowd was diverse - young to old and multiple ethnicities. Very laid back and this is the kind of spot that I would be happy to spend an afternoon enjoying good beers.

Beers were very well poured - as were crowlers/growlers - in proper glassware (mostly teku/snifter during my visit), at a proper temperature, and with the right amount of head. Beers looked great in the glass, almost like what you see in beer photography.

Service was friendly, attentive, knowledgeable, and helpful. I enjoyed my conversations with the two different bartenders I interacted with and could see myself becoming somewhat a regular if I lived in the area.

Really nice and big selection of beers with lots of IPA/Pale Ales and Stouts as well as a number of guest taps,

I didn't have time to try any of the food on my visit (had plans to meet someone else to eat at Mekong) but the menu looked like some things I would definitely want to try on my next visit.

Feb 05, 2017
The Answer Brewpub in Richmond, VA
Brewery rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 2514 ratings