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Olde Main Brewing Co. & Restaurant
Active Beers: 8
Beer Ratings: 128
Beer Avg: 3.2
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
316 Main St
phone: (515) 232-0553
(Place added by: bditty187)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 12 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5
Impressive looking entry compared to other brewpubs that I've seen of the 'store front' type. Red brick facade with two sets of huge wooden doors complete with black iron-work. The left set of doors lead to the smoking side and the right set to the non-smoking side. A pretty good idea actually, this is really two connected restaurant/bars (they share the bathrooms). The smoking side is much smaller and the non-smoking side doesn't serve food at the bar (I had to move to the smoking side after one pint since I like to eat at the bar).
Spacious interior that is quality all the way. Same red brick as the front of the building, plenty of dark wood and the requisite silver brew kettles visible through a glass wall behind the bar. This place has a huge capacity, in fact, there's a spacious second floor as well. The lunch crowd was large, but couldn't hope to fill all available seats. Seating is in booths, small tables and elevated 'bar tables'.
Standard lunch menu of soups, salads, burgers, other sandwichs, etc. I had a BBQ burger with was good, but not outstanding. It was pink in the center (good) and charred on the outside (not so good). I'm glad the bartender talked me into medium instead of medium-well---she clearly knows the grilling habits of the cooks. It's tough to rate food fairly after one visit, but what else can I do? I wasn't impressed by the beer, please see the actual reviews for details.
Given Iowa's 6% ABV law, I'm willing to give local brewpubs a little slack. In the interest of personal integrity though, I have to rate them by the same set of standards that I use on all beer. In addition to the pale ale and the Scottish ale, I almost tried a third pint (stout), but $6 wasted was more than enough for one day. I'll stop here again on future trips to Cyclone Liquors, if for nothing else than to see if I just happened to catch the brewers with a couple of bad batches.
10-27-2004 20:34:24 |
More by BuckeyeNation
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
This brewpub opened for business on October 2, 2004 and I visited on Oct. 6, 2004 it still smelled like paint when I walked in the door and it sure seemed there was some kinks to work out. Thus I ask for patience with information on this site. Anyway, there are two sets of doors; one (the left) goes to the smoking section. Inside here is a bar and some booths and a few tables. I didnt want this section so I enter the other set of doors (on the right). Here is the non-smoking bar and restaurant section. This place is very big. If everybody that lives in Ames shows up at once there would still be empty seats!
We arrived at 3:45 pm and were told we were late for lunch and early for dinner (5-10 pm) but we could order appetizers and salads. Fine with us. The menu was well organized. There was a great variety of appetizers plus three seafood dishes, four steaks ($14-$17), burgers and sandwiches, three vegetarian items, deserts, salads, and a kids menu. We tired the Asiago Cheese Dip (very good) and the Caramelized Mushrooms (great) plus some dinner salads (tasty too). There was terrific presentation with the food. I really want to see want they do for main meals!
At my visit they only had four beers on-tap (I tried too, good stuff) but there will be more.
The décor was very pleasant. There is lots of dark wood, exposed beams, wood and tile floors, and wood tables/chairs. There is even a wood bridge for the upstairs section (which I didnt not explore). The brewing equipment is shown behind glass, and it divides the two bars. Around both bars are a few TVs (sound down). The outer interior walls are brick. Dim lighting but beer geek approved. The inner walls are clean with only well placed old pictures of Ames. This place is very lovely. The atmosphere is family friendly but upscale casual (if that makes sense?). Regardless I liked the vibe of the place. I will have to come back.
Service was pretty bad. Our waitress had a million things to do and one table to wait on, us. Im not going to rip the place because it just opened. Everybody I spoke to was very nice and I think it has good potential.
Olde Main Brewing is easy to find, it is on the western end of Main Street in quaint downtown Ames. Metered parking.
I will return.
10-07-2004 23:23:00 |
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Olde Main Brewing Co. & Restaurant in Ames, IA
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