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Max Lager's American Grill & Brewery

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Type: Brewery, Eatery

3333 Buford Drive
Buford, Georgia, 30519
United States

(678) 541-2739

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4.4/5  rDev +40.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is the new restaurant at the Mall of Georgia. It's also a part of a trend with brewpubs in the Atlanta area in that the brewpubs will open new locations elsewhere in the metro area without their own breweries. Instead, these locations are supplied with beer from the excess capacity of one of the older restaurants. Buckhead Brewery has several of these breweryless brewpubs in the works. Personally, I have no problem with it. I haven't noticed a drop in beer quality with the brewpubs that do this and it allows them to get the most for their money with their brewing. Anything that can help local brewpubs survive, I'm for.

As for the restaurant, this is much more sleek than the original downtown location. While it has the same basic color scheme of the orginal reds and blacks accented by yellow, the place is darker and the lighting more dramatic. While this would probably be considered nicer by most folks, I feel more comfortable with the more laid-back atmosphere of the downtown location. The food is still the same as the downtown location dominated by sandwiches and pizzas, but with several more formal meal selections as well, like Southwestern Paella, steaks and the like, but the food menu is still smaller than the beer and wine menu. The food was excellent, though.

My favorite part about this place is that they have more taps. Instead of the 6 taps at the downtown location, the Mall of Georgia location has 8 Max Lager's beers on tap (the Pumpkin Dunkel Wezien and Kolsch can't be found downtown right now. They're only available at the Buford store.). They also have guest beers like Dogwood Stout and Terrapin Rye P.A. here in case you don't feel like their beer. Still, their beer should be enough to keep you satisfied. It's not the greatest beer of all time, but as brewpubs go, it's pretty good. Still probably the second-best Atlanta-area brewpub after 5 Seasons, and I'm more likely to eat here since it's a good bit cheaper than 5 Seasons.

Speaking of prices, this is just above Applebee's/Chile's price range. Burgers and the like will run $7 and pizza's between $8-9 with the more formal meals in the mid teens. Since I was here for dinner, I don't know if this location does the same, but the downtown location is pretty reasonable for lunch when you can the a hearty blue plate special for about $7.

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Photo of aleyeast
1.5/5  rDev -52.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 1.5

Oh well live and learn:

Saturday night at about 6:00, dinner time right.

Server tells me 30-35 minutes before i tell her how many I have. i tell her 7 people and she writes that down as my name, I explain that 7 is the number of people I have, she then tells me 40-45 minutes, fine with me, we will get a beer at the bar. 1 hour and 15 minutes later we decide to sit at the bar tables, I go up front to tell her and no one is there, a man walks in and throws his device on the counter and leaves (another bad sign). She is walking up front and turns to avoid me, I wait and finally she is forced up front. I tell her we have been waiting for much longer and decided to sit in the bar. In hinsdsght, this was not a good move.

Order appetizers and entrees in the bar, burgers, nothing fancy. Appetizers come in about a half hour, over an hour in and no entrees. The manager walks over with the waitress and says our ticket got lost behind the counter and do we still want them to put it in, he will rush it. At the same time, a group we know has been waiting over an hour for there food. Twenty plus minutes later I go to the back and tell them to forget it, there are four waitresses staring into a kitchen and the dining rooms were 100% empty.

So now I have hungry kids that have to run a track meet the next night and it is now 9:00 pm. Luckily taco mac served food in about four minutes.

As for beer, had the sampler, only four of their beers were on, Golden, Red, Pale, and Chocolate Porter, all were acceptable.

I would not recommend this place to my worst enemy. The management should be fired and I said in the past, the server up front must be intelligent and on the ball for a restaurant to work, she was neither and should consider a different occupation.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.53/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

We were here on a hot summer’s night, sitting on the patio, with live entertainment performing on the adjacent Mall Courtyard, so the ambiance was perfect. In fairness, I don’t think I would be able to rate this nearly as high if sitting inside in the middle of winter....it’s then just a restaurant with a bar. There was a good selection (5 or 6) of their own beers, of which I had the Max Pale and Max Maibock, both decent brews. Besides that, they did not have much other beer. ....no crafts and a few macros. All and all, a fun summer place.

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