SBC Restaurant & Brewery - Stamford

Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

131 Summer St
Stamford, Connecticut, 06901-2323
United States

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Reviews by Quaffer:
Photo of Quaffer
2.85/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I stopped into SBC a couple of times on my last visit to the NYC area. Will I stop in again? Probably. Is it because of their beer? Hell no. Is it because of their food? Well, maybe. Is it because it is only about two blocks from where I stay in Stamford? Yep, that's probably it.

SBC is a cool looking place. It is very open on the inside and the brewing equipment is displayed out where it can easily be seen. There are lots of high ceilings and tones of concrete and metal. Sure, that makes for a cool, industrial-type setting, but it also make the place louder than hell.

The beers that SBC makes are marginal at best. The ones that I tried did have some body and depth to them, but they were geared toward people who aren't too adventurous with their brew. For example, the IPA that I had was pretty full, yet there was absolutely no bitterness at all. None. This, combined with the fact that they did not have the first two beers that I asked for from there beer menu, did little to impress me.

Service was what you expect at any eating establishment. If the staff got any special training about the beers that they made, it was not apparent.

Food? Well, the food was pretty damn good. If anything, that, combined with its convenient location, will bring me back in.

Go for the food and the noise, not the beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of WillieThreebiers
2.84/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3.75

Place was tiny and a bit cramped, the service adequate and the beer on the bland side. Beware of happy hour pricing...not all beers are "happy hour beers." This second cousin of the classic bait and switch was a $9 pint that wasn't very impressive. Selection did not match website offerings. The food was good; portions not so much.

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Photo of mttaylor1066
3.15/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

I live in Stamford and frequent this place often. Having a movie theater right across the street makes it a convenient location. Plenty of parking (basically a dollar-an-hour). A spacious bar area, a medium-sized dining room and a private function space up stairs.

It looks like a brewery warehouse with bags of malted barley stacked on either side of the entrance.

Since this is a beer site, I have to admit the beers brewed on-premise are not adventurous. They all fall within a narrow range and don't challenge the serious beer drinker's palate. I can't really distinguish between the English Pale Ales and the IPAs... I never cared for their porter and their stout is a disappointment compared to the ubiquitous Guinness.

I had two of their "Winter Chill" high-ABV Christmas ales the last time I was in and found them slightly above average.

But the food is good, as far as bar food goes, and the place is clean.

I will come here again when I want a filling meal and a beer. If I wanted a filling beer and a meal, I would look elsewhere. My wife likes the place, and that makes it more appealing as a "date" location.

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Photo of akorsak
3.35/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

From notes.

Atmosphere: SBC Stamford is located off of one of the main drags, in a shady avenue across from a multiplex. On entrance, tables are to the left. The bar area is straight ahead. Through the bar is the entrance to an outdoor seating area that is a nice place to have dinner. Brewing equipment inside is a visually appealing touch.

Quality: I was generally pleased with service and cleanliness. The bar area, though, seems like a place that could get out of hand on a busy weekend night.

Service: I didn't have a problem with service. Sitting in the patio, I was regularly visited by my waiter and a compliment of support staff to refill water, clear plates, etc.

Selection: This is where things trail off a bit. The selection is varied, a good number of tap offerings. The drawback is that the ales and lagers are average. Pale and amber ales, lagers, nothing really stands out as fantastic. The night I was there was a Duvel special, so I ended up plowing through some of that golden deliciousness.

Food: The menu runs from pub grub to more upscale. I went with a steak with mash potatoes and didn't regret it.

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Photo of mltobin
2.45/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

I have been to SBC in Stamford about 20 different times. The lay-out of it is done well. When you walk in, there is traditional dining tables to the left and the bar area to the right. They have those attractive copper tanks as well.

The beer is decent, with a selection of 10 beers or so. My favorite is their blonde, goes well with light pub fare. Which is really where they excel, they have some good food. From the sandwiches to the salads, its all good. And fairly priced.

But I must say in closing, the service is bad. The last two times that I visited was during lunch on a week day. Each time, the crowd was light, and they had it staffed well. Yet, it still took a long time for someone to take my order and then a very long time to receive my order and a very long time to have my check given to me and my change to be brought back to me. When you have only 5 tables and 3 waiters, that is just ridiculous. Clearly, most of the staff has just stopped caring.

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Photo of michael573114
2.45/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 2

I tried, I really did. I went twice, spaced a good amount of time apart. But really, SBC just fails at the brewpub thing.

Both times I've gone, I've tried their tasting flights. I can't remember what was in them, because all of their beer tastes the same. It's as if they made one style of beer, then added food coloring and a wee bit of flavor to make them different. As a brewer myself, I think this is just inexcusable.

The food would have been average... for a much cheaper restaurant in another town. Their steaks use a poor cut of meat, the potatoes were cold, the service was really abyssmal, and didn't know anything about beer. Really, not the way to run a brew pub.

I do like the layout of the place though, it's done really well.

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Photo of Thrasher
2.85/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

review originally written Feb. 28, 2003.

SBC Downtown -- Stamford location

I went here for dinner when it opened and enjoyed the food but was seriously disappointed by the beer. It was one of my first brewpub experiences and it really shook me up, took me a while before I learned that most brewpubs actually serve excellent beer. Kind of a neat interior, semi-industrial with high ceilings, catwalks, enclosed circular booths for diners if I remember correctly. Beer menu comes in this little flip book with the first page being the really dumbed down beers (they list similar, well-known beers as comparison, example: Corona, Amstel light). As you get to the back page you are looking at their real heavy hitters such as IPA (think: Harpoon IPA). I've done a poor job describing it, but the menu is actually hilarious (unintentionally). Since then, I've been there a couple times just for drinks, I had the Big Chill Scotch Ale and it was actually decent, I think because it was brand spankin' new. I went back a couple weeks later and it tasted just as bad as their other beers. They have a lot of choices but they are all incredibly sweet and fizzy. I think they might dump in sugar to prolong the beers life. Each beer tasted more like soda than beer. If you are lucky enough to get a brand new sample maybe you will be all right, otherwise avoid. Service was always very good, friendly bartenders who were glad to see someone who took an interest in their beers instead of just ordering a Bad Light.

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Photo of TheJudge
3.83/5  rDev +28.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went for lunch on a Friday. Pretty decent crowd, including people with some kids. The menu is very small. Only about 15 items. But the food was delicious. Standard platter comes with home made potato chips.

As this is a division of Southport Brewing, that is of course what they had. Unusually for a brewpub, they also had 4 or 5 standard tap beers, including Stella (the only one i noticed). Also unusual was that they had about 9 of their own beers on tap. Since I only saw about 5 vats in the brewing area, I assume that some of these were brewed in teh southport facility and brought down.

i started with the lighter beers, and was not impressed. The Blonde and Pilsner lacked flavor, and the Lager was actually not very good. However, the Blueberry Ale was very drinkable, and the English Pale Ale went down fine. I finished up with the Stamporter, and would definately have another one of those.

Parking is a problem. There are some 2 hour meters on the street, but otherwise you have to put it in a lot. Not a fan of that. The bar area is not huge, but is pretty open. It looks like they can open onto a patio when the weather is nicer.

Worth another visit, especially to try the remaining beers, in the nicer weather.

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Photo of slander
3.13/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

You know, I've never had a good beer at the Southport Brewing Company, Westport, CT, so what was I thinking coming here? I don't know. Okay, yeah, there's them crazy ass Singapore Wings (teriyaki/soy sauce/sesame seed) that are sooo friggin' good, but the beers? Eeeesh!!!
They had 10 of their own beers on tap, the darkest being the Big Head Brunette, a brown without a bite. The blackboard at the end of the bar read "Now serving: Porter" but when we asked for it, they tols us it had kicked, took down the blackboard, and when it went back up again, it read "Now serving: MelonHead", a watermelon ale that Jed described as "The worst thing I've ever put in my mouth" (it was pretty wrong). The IPA was lackluster, no bite, pretty boring. In addition to their 10 Southport beers (IPA, Brown, Blonde, Red, Pils, Bitter, etc), they also had Guinness, Pete's Summer, Stella, Bud, Wagners and Warsteiner on tap. Why? You brew a good range in 10 + house beers and you still pour guest crap taps? Service lacked. Our glasses sat dead empty while a slew of Fairfield kids with Summer jobs just sat there at the bar oblivious to the paying customer, we. Food was very good, as usual. Like I said, the Singapore Wings rock, and I got a great Turkey club wrap. The food has never been the issue here, it's the plain ordinary beers they serve. It's a good convenient location, just around the corner from the the Bank Street brewery. Park anywhere in the area and walk from one to another. It's considerably more industrial than the Westport location but I think it's better lit here just the same. Although they're pouring at least 10 house beers here, it kills me to give them a "4" on selection here because they're all mediocre. Do something about the beers, will ya' please?

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SBC Restaurant & Brewery - Stamford in Stamford, CT
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