Smylie Brothers Brewing Co.

Smylie Brothers Brewing Co.

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.smyliebros.com/
  • Phone: 2249997320
  • Hours of Operation:

    Tuesday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 12:00am, Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 1:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Grant Carey
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Smylie Brothers Brewing Co.
Evanston brewpub and smokehouse. Craft beer, wood fired pizza, and Texas inspired BBQ.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Smylie Brothers Brewing Co. reviews from OpenTable diners
108 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.4
  • Food3.4
    Service3.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
74% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (56)neighborhood gem (55)good for groups (54)hot spot (38)vibrant bar scene (32)kid-friendly (29)fit for foodies (17)late-night find (13)great for lunch (9)scenic view (3)special occasion (2)great for brunch (2)notable wine list (2)romantic (2)Show More
  • Beer & BBQ in Etown
    BeernBBQ
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Another new place in Evanston - and a much needed one! Evanston needs more variety in good places to go to for food and drinks. This one is the latest addition and follows the Farmhouse recipe (good food, good drinks, hefty prices) with a Pizza/BBQ menu. I will definitely be back more often even though the price tags can be painful...
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ignored
    notpicky
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We entered and I was immediately struck by the great decor and vibe, but, sadly, the service was so poor I don't think I can go back. We waited over 30 minutes for our waiter to ask if we'd like drinks, then he forgot one entree and never asked if we wanted additional drinks or dessert. We had fun with our wonderful friends, but the service was the worst I've had in 53 years. So bad it was comical - we got a kick out of it because it was so astonishing! Also stunned that no one apologized.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great beer and fun atmosphere.
    512poodle
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Lots of great beer, good food and typical brewery décor. Outside dining area is wonderful.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Smylies
    Kokosview
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Our waiter was friendly and provided good service. The meat & fish dishes were amazing while I've had better pizza. Our asparagus side for $6 was 7 thin spears & way too expensive for what you get.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ramp up the flavor!
    GiGi
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    So excited to have another brewery and eatery in Evanston. The atmosphere of Smylie Brother's is really great. The crowd was a nice blend of NW students and locals and not too loud. The food was only so-so, fries really nice but the bbq was only okay, bros. work on the sauce, too runny and too vinegary, you can do better. Will try again but ramp up the flavor.
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  • Too bad....
    Lola
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    What a cool space! Too bad our waiter was not nice and the food came out cold (we had the meat combo). Not enough wait staff, clearly. Drink orders took a long time when they remembered to bring them, that is....
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AMBW
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Went on Sunday night -dinner unpleasant because football way too loud
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointingly mediocre!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Anticipated a good family bar-b-que dining spot and was terribly disappointed. Service was slow and unresponsive! Dinner for 4 came out in 2 different time frames. Two were served and 10 minutes later the other 2 were served. Sandwiches had little flavor and only 2 sauces to choose from, both vinegar based. Waitress mentioned they had to " work on getting a plain bar-b-que sauce". Fish was good but had an unseasoned julienne vegetable and potato combo. Pizzas were "fair" at best with little flavor. Unfortunately, we will seek out another place for our bar-b-que!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jerry
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Note that this is really a sports bar....even though it has good food, great service it is pretty loud. Fun place but not for that quiet romantic evening.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I was quite impressed with the design and overall ambiance of Sylie's. The food was also good...grilled asparagus, fries and mac-n-cheese. The ribs were good as well although my friend and I thought that there should have been a wider selection of bar-b-que sauce.
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Delicious smoked entrees
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I've been to Smylie's twice, and each time had a very good experience with the food and the service. The menu pairs well with their extensive hand crafted beers, and the vibe is energetic. The upstairs seating is spacious for larger groups and families. If you're a fan of BBQ, try the platter of brisket, ribs and pulled pork!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the way I like it done!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    we walked out. a party upstairs was making way too much noise. more than a normal party would. screaming and chanting every few minutes. I understand having a good time, but not at the expense of other customers. more importantly, we were in the mood for burgers. "per the owner" we could only order it MEDIUM WELL. Well, we like medium to medium rare, so we walked out and walked to another restaurant where we could hear and order what we wanted, not what the owner wanted.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    Carlee
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We really wanted to like this place. The food and service were not good. Host wouldn't let us sit at booth (we had reservations) then proceeded to sit three groups of 2 at booths right after we were seated at 4 top table . Service was unfriendly other than person being trained-she was sweet so there's hope. My pulled bbq chicken sandwich was neither pulled nor barbequed. My husband's bbq flight was not good. The macaroni and cheese had no hint of cheese -very bland. The french fries were great but it took ten minutes to get ketchup. The pizzas passing by looked decent, the wine list is minimal - I get that it's a brewery so that's ok. I liked my husband's beer. I hope they get their act together - great potential! Cool building.
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  • Just ok
    Tsarabe1
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I found the food bland (pulled pork and ribs), requiring the sauces to develop any flavor. The only standout was the purple line beer.
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  • Constructive Criticism
    Bubs
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Beautiful and fun renovation, outside was very pleasant and our server Amber was delightful. Mac and cheese really needed more cheese, not just cream sauce. Nice texture on pulled pork and brisket, yet not much flavor. Slaw no flavor either. Loved the bun. Spoiled by the old Black Dog Tavern in Wilmette on their smoked items- they were the real thing, and so were their sauces! Beers good, but hard to figure out sizes- need pint and half-pint? Keep trying these are small things in the big picture. Your staff was so friendly and well-trained- that means a lot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great new restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Loved the food, beer, and atmosphere. Unfortunately, they ran out of the trout, cornbread, and all the desserts which is why I gave the food 4 starts instead of 5. Otherwise it was fabulous and we had a fun evening at Smylie Bros. with friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Start
    joeliquorVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Had a good experience on our first visit here. Interesting space both inside and out and overall the food was pretty good for a new bar. Brisket was the star, but I wouldn't recommend the poutine. Their house beers were better than I expected from a new brewpub and I'll be back for those, but guest tap prices are excessive. Only quibble on service is that food was slow to arrive and when I asked for a non-alcoholic cocktail, the bar staff had no clue what they could produce.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • laura
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    the barbecue was awesome and the root beer float was the best I've ever had
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Huge Let Down
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Was exited to finally go here. What a disaster. Ordered the brisket sandwich except they were out. They opened four hours ago and were still going to be open four more hours and already ran out. How about the pulled pork sandwich? Also out. Waitress said if we wanted to try those meats we would have to order a more expensive platter. Since they were small portions they rationing those meats for people ordering platters. At least the beers were decent. Our food showed up quickly - one bite of my sandwich and I was done - cold dried chicken - yum! I told the waitress about it and they comped our beer - even though we had a few bites of our sandwich we still had to pay for that. Overall very disappointing for a place with so much hype.
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  • Great Time
    pcook
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had a great time, service was great, food was excellent our kids ate everything and loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good beer, decent BBQ
    Chiberia
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    First visit impressions: great look and vibe, pleasant staff, and the place was doing brisk business for a week day evening. Ordered one of the home brews which was very hoppy and very tasty. Noticed everyone around us had ordered pizza but we decided on the poutine and bbq. Poutine was flavorful though it could have had a bit more heat and gravy since the curds had not melted. The bbq platter was comprised of ribs, which had a delicious rub, pulled pork and chicken, which were both ok, needing seasoning. The Kansas City sauce was much preferred over the Texas . Portions were reasonable. The staff was pleasant and it was a relaxed atmosphere though they were busy.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beer Flight - Amazing
    Adeser2030
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Would definitely come back again for the beer. Once you tasted each of the 5 beers, you were able to have another glass of your favorite. They were all so good, it was hard to choose.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is OK but zero hospitality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    While I certainly don't mind using OpenTable to book a table, I found it very odd that when I called to see if I could make one at Smylie Brothers, the hostess told me she could not take the res over the phone and that I would have to use OpenTable. Red flag number 1. Red flag 2 was when my friend ordered a cocktail. Our waitress let my friend know she would need to keep her license with her because of the glassware they use to serve said cocktail (to deter my friend from stealing the glass which turned out to be promotional which means the restaurant prob didn't pay for it anyway). There are many other places to dine in Evanston that don't treat their patrons like untrustworthy people. Not worth going back to.
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  • Food is weak link
    OrlandoVisitor
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The roast chicken was oversalted and undercooked. The blackeyed peas and zucchini were bland and mushy. No one at the table finished the meal. On a positive note, the beers were amazing and the serving staff couldn't have been nicer.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Waitress was very nice but there was a long wait to order and then to get the food. Poutine was very good and fed 4 for an appetizer. Bar was excellent. Outstanding Manhattan, although it took 20 minutes to get it. Main dishes were disappointing. Pulled pork was mediocre. Brisket was lousy - the only spice that could be tasted was salt. Neither had much of a smoke flavor.
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  • Beats the school cafeteria
    Howboutit
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I was taken aback by how God awful the food at Smylie Bros. was.i so wanted to have another neighborhood place to love. The grilled asparagus was cooked almost beyond recognition and was salty enough to put me into congestive heart failure. I know I sound harsh but this experience was shared by the five others with me. From the apps to the 6 main courses we sampled it was consistently terrible. Save yourself the money and the time and skip this place. Oak Street Market I long for the days when u adorned the space beneath this beautiful roof!
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  • Smylie Bros
    JaykayVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We had the brisket and pulled chicken sandwiches. The brisket was outstanding. My husband enjoyed the chicken also. We couldn't figure out why the meat didn't come with the sauce already mixed in. My husband felt like he couldn't get his sandwich adequately dressed! The fries were good too. The place is a bit lacking in ambience. Cavernous space. Service was fair to poor. With all the choices around, not sure we'll be back.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hugo Santamaria
    davidd369
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The waitstaff were very cordial and accommodating. We arrived at 8:30 on a Saturday night (!). Immediate seating was both in and out. As you have read, this is a place that brews their own. I ordered their wheat sample and my date the Cali Common. Both were acceptable. However, the nose on the wheat was off and the Cali was not very citrus. We ordered appetizer, salad and two entrees. The bill came out to just over $60, which was fair for two. But the food was bland (pretzel, Brewhouse salad, pulled pork) and common. I was hoping for more. This place is worth a second try. PS: I am tired of seeing 'Amish' chicken on every menu. What did we eat before there was Amish chicken?
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    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great New Place!
    Luvtonosh
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Smylie Brothers has been on the North Shore scene for the past two months. It is a fun place to go for great barbecue!!! And if you love beer this is the place for you! All the beer is crafted on sight, which makes for an interesting back drop to the overall decor of the restaurant. The wait staff is friendly and tries to be accommodating to the diner! All in all I would recommend Smylie Brothers for great barbecue and a fun time with friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful addition
    Overrated
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This new brew pub is just what Evanston needed. Good food and great beer.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A little of everything
    Alexis
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This restaurant has a great bar area if you are waiting on the rest of your party to arrive, along with a cozy sofa section. The space was open & bright from natural light -- great for large groups. The drink selection was perfect, but a little bit pricey for cocktails ($10-12). The food was amazing, I highly recommend this place!
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice option in Evanston
    TravelLover
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Fans of brew-pubs will like this place and it is great to have it in Evanston. I was surprised there were so many families with small children, but pizza probably is an attraction. I'm not a beer-lover so the waiter was shocked when we turned that down for wine (a very narrow selection, but ok). Beer lovers will be happy here. The brewery is in plain sight of the dining room. The food was fine. We shared the smoked brisket and pulled chicken sandwiches to investigate if the brisket was as good as our's. It was tender, but surprisingly a bit dry. The bbq sauces served at the table - nice to be able to choose, but we both thought that the brisket and pulled chicken would have also been cooked in a sauce.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great food! Great beer! Will definitely be coming back soon
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    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finally Evanston has a brew pub
    n1a1
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    For a long time I have wanted to check out the new brew pub in Evanston. Though the barbecue was not the best I have ever had it was still very good and the service was impeccable. Our server was very knowledgeable about the food and beer list. Sadly though they only had one of their beers on tap which did not surprise me because every time I passed by it was packed in there. But the beer was solid and reasonably priced. I highly recommend and will defiantly be back for more food and beer!
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • Brewery with no Beer GREAT Brisket
    Munch
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We eat out RARELY as we are self confessed Foodies and entertain constantly in our own home. We have been wanting to go to Smylie Bros since they opened and finally did Friday August 15th. I made a res. for 6 @ 7:15. We were seated in a booth. The last time we wanted to sit 6 to a booth was in college. 3 men over 6 feet plus a couple of lefties. We asked if we could have a table instead. She told us there were no large tables left. They did move us.Now on to beers. They had two of their beers left, At 7:15 on a Friday Night? What's up with that. One , NO ONE had an interest so the decision was made by default and it was just okay. Food, the Brisket was awesome, it was had in chili, as a sandwhich and on a pizza (skimpy portion).
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    vibrant bar scene
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  • A good after work bar
    jdwhittemore
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We found the food to be just ok. We had the BBQ sampler and the brisket was dry. The service was slow and the staff seemed more stressed than friendly. There is a lot of potential in this restaurant but we we're let down by the experience.
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    vibrant bar scene
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  • better than average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Good place to meet friend, date, co-worker. A bit loud where we sat downstairs in the big vaulted room. Friendly service, good beer and wine, better than average entrees. Sides pretty expensive ($4 for a tiny cup of coleslaw). Would go again if convenient, but not a fan of loud places where you have to yell to be heard.
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    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Evanston's first brew pub a winner!
    YourTurn2Cook
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great atmosphere, delicious Texas style barbecue (you control the sauce, not the chef) great pizza and at least six varieties of on site-brewed micro brews to choose from. (Also a terrific selection of other beers, wine and some signature cocktails.) Friendly, casual vibe, attentive staff. Bring a group or bring your kids, Smylie Bros. will not disappoint!
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    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    TRiSH
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    There was nothing "bad", I just wasn't wowed. I think it was more of a personal preference. I prefer my BBQ sandwiches already soaked in BBQ sauce. Fries were fine, nothing to write home about. The cider beer was more tart than sweet like I like it.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good vibrations
    Etowneater
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This place had a very good, friendly, fun feel to it. Our server could not have been more attentive or helpful and the food was very good. In fact, the trout, which you wouldn't think of as being the best at a brewpub, was really very good. The brisket pizza (yes, that is right) was interesting and a fun option, but I'd probably not venture back to that. Also, the pizzas need to be prepared a bit crispier to our taste. But the beer was awesome, the outdoor seating very pleasant and they seem to getting the kinks out of their opening weeks problems in the mechanics of running a restaurant.
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    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.