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Summits Wayside Tavern
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
525 Lake Center Pkwy
phone: (770) 886-4374
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 17
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$$
I stopped in this huge bar/resturaunt on a Sunday morning around 12 o'clock. I was the first and only customer there at this time. The waitress informed me that beer was not to be served until 12:30, so I threw a couple of dollars in the "wannabe" Golden Tee game and killed some time.
The appetizer was good and the ahi tuna was nice! However, I ordered the St. Bernardus Abt 12 on draft (for $8.99 + tax!!) and was not at all pleased. My friend that arrived there a few minutes later to hang out with me ordered the same. This was my first taste of this highly acclaimed beer and I was totally stoked! I had a bottle in my cellar, but didn't want to open it. It came out in a nice sniffer glass and looked very nice. When I first took a taste, I was like WTF?? It was flat, no carbonation or real complexity. I tried again, same thing. Since I had not had this before, I did not know what the real taste was like. So, I called over the manager and my friend and I told him what we thought. He then told us it was fine and there was nothing at all wrong with it. Jerk! Lets just say the curiosity killed me. I went home and after a day of wandering, I opened my own bottle and boy was it nice! After drinking it at the bar, I was TOTALLY let down, but when I opened my bottle, I understood what all the fuss was about. Great beer! So, there you go, that is why I ranked them so low on quality.
Atmosphere was a little bit too "kidsy". There were freakin' kids running around everywhere!! I guess all the folks that just got out of church came in to have a beer with their kids. Kids were wrestling in the floor, peeking into our booth, just going insane!!
I did not enjoy my experience that much in this bar, especially after having an $8.99 beer come out flat, then the jerk manager tell me it wasn't. I probably will not go back here.
11-16-2007 20:29:40 |
More by MMAJYK
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$$
On vacation near Lake Lanier in Cumming, I knew I had to check this place out. After exhausting my bottled beer that I picked up at Jax, the great store on the other side of 400, we headed for older Cumming to check out this place that claims to have 200 taps.
Well, like other people have posted, they have a lot of blown taps. This could be only mildly annoying, except that EVERY SINGLE THING I WANTED was out. Admittedly this was only about 5 beers, but the rest of the menu wasn't quite as good. I guess that's why they were out of their Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti. It's good, but they should have a way of notating this on their menu or put something over the tap at least.
The atmosphere and service were fairly friendly in a sports bar way. It was a Friday afternoon and not too crowded yet and the bartenders were pretty attentive.
The prices were a little high. I had a Dogfish Head Indian Brown ale which was not a high gravity beer as far as I know and the pint was $5.99 plus tax. I thought that was at least a dollar high. I guess this place gets away with it because there's nowhere else in sight with a good beer selection, but with the volume they evidently do, it doesn't seem like they would have to charge this much. Also, I had just come from Asheville, NC where great beers are an amazing $3.50 a pint in most places, so it seemed higher still.
I guess if you're in Cumming or at Lake Lanier, stop in. As long as you don't mind not getting your first choice, and paying a little more for not having to spend $10 in gas to find a better value, it's not a bad place to have a few pints.
11-26-2007 18:28:11 |
More by spazaru
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
First visit to the Cumming location (a former Taco Mac). At first glance, the atmosphere is lacking; a typical sports bar in a very loud and very full open room (the waiting list for indoor seating was 45 minutes). The patio was more empty and civilized. Service is, likewise, average at best.
All that said, the quality of the food is very good for a sports bar and the beer selection, most importantly, is EXCELLENT. We sampled a few draught Rogue ales and stouts, a draught Mackeson scottish ale, and a draught Bud Light (what can I say, some of our friends aren't beer-enlightened yet :-) The Rogues were particularly fresh and flavorful, since Summits appears to turn over a LOT of Rogue product.
Overall a nice find north of the city, especially as the more-numerous Taco Mac locations have significantly cut their quality beer lists over the years.
10-09-2004 20:45:48 |
More by dgallina
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This place claims to have the world's largest beer selection. We had to stop here on our trip to the Atlanta area. They have 200+ taps and even more bottles. While the number of taps is impressive, it includes a lot of macros. though I saw beers on the menu here that I did not see anywhere else I went in the Atlanta/Athens area. It's a family restaurant and a bit "redneck-ish". The 3 of us who ordered beer ordered porters and stouts. Mine was mixed up with my wife's (I got the Highland Oatmeal Porter and she got the Old Dominion Bourbon Stout). The beers were tasty and didn't taste old. The food was nothing special. In fact, my burger was a bit dry and overcooked, though medium is the lowest they'll go. It was worth going once, but I don't think my cousin who lives down there will be visiting it again. I know I won't be requesting to stop there again on our next visits.
One thing to note. My cousin ordered his kid some food first so that it would come out right away and it didn't come out until after our meals came out because they forgot about it. The waiter and manager were very apologetic and gave it to us on the house.
05-26-2009 13:48:57 |
More by RunawayJim
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Have to agree with other reviews on the atmosphere and appearance, all of this leans towards pretty much a standard sports bar.
Maybe the neon lights for some of the larger craft brewers are a slight hint to the absolutely staggering variety of beers that are available. I think it was like 150ish on tap with another 150ish in bottles. The sheer amount of different beers is definately a high point. Anything you can think of from the local brewers including limited runs are on tap and tons and tons more, just about everything from the more widely distributed micros is offered on draught as well.
I have to say the food that I did have there (appetizers) was pretty damn good. The bleu-cheese fries being the highlight. Alot of cool stuff on the menu, large variety of burgers and the standard pub-grub.
A slight down-side is the pints are a bit steepish for the area starting at $4.99. Looks like according to the website they run a fair amount of promotions and such to give you a little extra for your dollar though. When I went it was Sierra Nevada pint night so I had a couple of those to get a couple glasses.
I hate to say but on this particular night our service could've been better. A little unconcerned and lacking of knowledge of what was available.
I also was a little disappointed that out of the 15 or so rogue items on the menu, NONE of them were available. Fortunately the million other beers created a buffer to allow me to find something else I would like. (which I think just about anybody could find something they like here)
Overall though, I will definately revisit Summit's when I find myself in the area.
09-27-2004 20:44:16 |
More by FormatKid
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
In town at a friends and asked where to go have some brew and lunch and this is what came recommended.
Atmostphere- Some beer sinage and sports stuff all over. Only saw two flatscreens.. the rest were large tube tv's placed in odd areas. We could not watch the race on tv from the bar, so we ended up moving to a table.
Service- the place was slow, the bartender was right there answering any questions we had. The waiters were very kind and helpful as well.
Selection- They claim to have "the Worlds Largest Draft Beer Selection" however my friend and I had a hard time picking a beer that we haven't had before. There are about 200+ taps. The few beers we got excited to try, they were out of. They also had a decent sized bottle selection, but again not everthing on their beer list was in the cooler. The cooler also seemed like it could use to refilling.
Food- I had a philly that had way to much melted cheese all over the thing, and the meat was fairly basic. My friend had fish and chips and he wasn't impressed. Basic bar food.
Value- Beer was fairly reasonable however the food was a little expensive.
04-12-2009 23:26:19 |
More by Yesac
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Looks like a typical run of the mill sports bar until you take a look at their beer list. With over 230 beers on tap, this is one cool place to hang out. The food is quite nice too. The only downside is the price. At $4.99 a pint, this place is a bit more than what I can afford to visit on a regular basis. Especially considering the fact that you can get a six pack of many of the same micros down the road for a little bit more, or go to a Taco Mac and get a bit smaller selcetion for a cheaper price.
01-03-2004 03:22:02 |
More by rajendra82
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
Took my wife to this place to watch a football game while visiting my folks in Atlanta for the holidays. This was actually my second visit to the location. Atmosphere is basically that of a sports bar. Jerseys and sports memorabilia are everywhere. There are plenty of beer signs as well. A room with video games and of course a wall of taps. The service was good, beer knowledge was lacking a bit. The beer list was pretty out of date and quite confusing, but we managed. The patrons on this day were mostly football fans that came to cheer on their team (many teams represented) and wear their team's jersey.
Overall the vibe of a sports bar that happens to carry good beers, vs. the opposite.
Food was standard pub/sports bar fare but was good. Wings were very good, my wife really like them. Their cheese/spinach dip was also very good.
Basically if you are in Cumming, GA this is the place to get some decent craft beer. Worked for me since I was in a mood to watch football. Wouldn't travel out of my way to make this a destination, but if in the neighborhood, they'll treat you well.
01-10-2011 04:48:50 |
More by Reagan1984
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
This placed is dubbed as "the Worlds Largest Draft Beer Selection". They have 226 draft beers and over 300 bottle beer selection. It is impossible to name all of the beers and there wasnt one thing I could think of, that is available, that they dont have. Well, perhaps some Lagunitas or ABC, but Im splitting hairs here.
Went here one day for lunch. I wasnt able to partake in any of the beer, but I did have a nice little lunch. I chose the bratwurst sandwich since it was one of the October specials. It was okay. A little vinegary as far as the saurkraut, and the spicy mustard had a little twang to it, but I was satisfied overall with the food. My lunch was $9.99 for the brat and some fries. Seemed like they had a pretty decent menu.
Service at the bar was exceptional and the bartenders were eager to answer any queries. I would certainly come back for dinner and some beers when in town again.
10-30-2007 22:34:01 |
More by SaCkErZ9
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Visited this place with brother in law Steven just before getting back on the plane to head back to Northeast Ohio. 200 taps and hundreds of bottles was the short description.
Atmosphere. A dozen flatscreens showing current games, a few hundred beer flags, metal, neon, lighted beer signs signs which range from macros to ayinger to Lindeman's to Orval. Very cool signage atmoshphere. There were also 10 to 15 Atlanta sports jerseys of various teams. The place was a bit smaller than I had anticipated, though as there was seating for probably only 120 to 150. The 200 taps were ligned up along the back wall behind the bar (I know, where else would they be?) and there was large cases of beer to the left of the bar.
Quality. Good. Not excellent due to the multitude of beer available elsewhere but also not bad or fair due to the amount of choices. Even if the choices are common ones, it is better to have choices which this place has many of.
Service. Good. Our waitress was patient with me and when she did not know an answer she directed me to the bartender who certainly answered my question and provided good information for me to make a choice about.
Selection. As previously stated, about 500 beers to choose from although most of these are pretty common. I welcome the choices, even if they are not all unique. I have to say that the selection is exceptional.
Food. We only had the chips and salsa but they were hot and very very good. Steven reported that their food indeed is above average.
Value: Just fine. my ten fiddy stout was $8.99 but that is reasonable. The chips, salsa, two cokes, two beers were something like $28.
11-18-2008 00:46:18 |
More by adamette
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