Gardner Ale House
Active Beers: 11
Beer Ratings: 66
Beer Avg: 3.93
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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4.78/5 rDev +16.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
After a great day of skiing at Wachusett decided to give Gardner a shot, and the only thing I have to say is I now have a new place to hit after I am done skiing. Hit this little spot with my buddy around 1:30 and there was no wait which is great but a travesty at the same time because I could see myself being a frequent visitor if I did not live 75 miles away. Atmosphere was great with great woods and brickwork. Brewhouse was right there on the side of the bar. Did the sample platter with the Kolsh, Alt, Ipa, Doppelbock, and Pale Ale. ALl were great but the Doppelbock came to me as the winner. Very reasonably priced especially when compared with the prices at the mountain. For two sample platter an order of chicken tenders(which were great) and a big ass burger(which my buddy said was the best he had ever had) the bill came to around $24. Great service and quality and the waitstaff consisted of great looking women(which i feel should be added to the overall scoring of an establishment). I cant wait to go back.
Great Job Gardner, all the best of Luck!!!!
02-22-2007 15:16:56 | More by TrickKnee
4.05/5 rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in again on 06MAR10 for a solo lunch... Solid service this time was had at the bar, and the Pulled Pork was top-shelf. The Imperial Stout was quite good. DBock was also on, but I was in an RIS mood... Gardner ALe House is a hidden gem in central MA! Prosit!
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Hit Gardner today (20JAN07) with Alewife for lunch.... Got there about 145pm... no wait. Long room straight ahead, with a cool bar on the right, with nice, light wood behind the bar. Tables on the left and brew-kettles to the rear. Went into a middle room towards the left, again long from front to back, with plenty of tables on each side and in the middle. Another room was to the far left, with the kitchen on the left side and more tables at the front of the room near the windows. Lots of exposed brickwork and old, worn, dark wood. Antique style lamps hang on all the walls, and there's a cool, tin-type ceiling above you. Nice looking place!! Our server was solid, though not exceptional. Took a powder for a bit between our 1st and 2nd biers.... but all-in-all, pretty good. They had the kolsch, alt, IPA, stout and apple-ale on. Just out of the Winter lager, and the DBock is about 3 weeks away. The Alt was decent, and the IPA solid in the English style. Food was quite plentiful. Nacho platter was enormous, with very tasty chips, gobs of oozing cheese and biting jalapenos. Our burger and chicken sammich were well put together, and the hand-cut fries were a nice touch, though they could have been crispier. We both concur, definitely worth another visit, especially when the DBock is on.
atmosphere: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
01-20-2007 22:54:49 | More by Bierman9
4.75/5 rDev +16.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Stopped in on a somewhat spur of the moment trip, how often do you have 70 degree January weekends to drive around and enjoy New England?
Atmosphere - Entrance is into a long deep bar room, with stools and the bar along the right, tables along the left, and brew kettle at the back of the room. Long deep room parallel to the left was the dining room, looked nice through the open space "windows" in the interior brick wall between the two rooms, and the window from the street, but we ate in the bar. (We being my wife and almost 3 year old daughter.) Rooms are high-ceilinged, in the Boston Billiards warehouse-turned-restaurant style, with brick walls and stained woodwork. Air was filled with the scents of brewing, how can you really go wrong with that?
Quality/Service/Food - Food was great, however, I'll be the first to qualify this with the fact that we are pub-grub type people, take that as you will. Between the family, we had and enjoyed the Cheddar & Ale Soup (delicious, my daughter says), side salad (fresh looking and well presented), Hawaiian Chicken sandwich (without onions and peppers, as ordered), Children's pasta (a few items available off-menu, upon request) and BBQ Smokehouse pizza (thin crust, maybe a bit overdone, but gladly took home the leftovers for tomorrow, so not much wrong there). Was with an empty glass for a bit before I had my final brew, but to be fair our waitress seemed to be busy with tables in both rooms, and she had touched base but was delayed in getting back to us. Had multiple growlers filled, which my wife said seemed to cause a bit of a ruckus since 3 were "foreign" as far as she saw behind my back at the bar. But all were filled with no argument that I saw, although this may have been due to the fact that they were out of empty GAH growlers to sell. Best to call first on this, your mileage may vary.
Selection - Upon first blush seems like a limited on-tap menu, but they actually seem to have a lot of avenues covered. We found Summer's End (Kolsch), Facelift IPA, Oma's Altbier, Snow Slaker Winter Lager, Naked Stout, and William Tell's Apple Ale available. Also on-tap were Bud Light and Coors Light. I assume this is because every business has to make business-beneficial decisions, even if I find it a somewhat disappointing comment on clientele. Nevertheless, had the sample (which did not include the Apple Ale), and was very pleased with all the product. Found the smooth, easy-drinking brews that I had first discovered at the GIBK/Providence to be in complete force. Yum.
Value - Got all the food noted above, a sampler, two pints, a soda, and 4 growler fills, for $77, not including tip. Hardly seems like you could go wrong with that. Growler fills were $8/ea with growler return. Note that growlers came with somewhat loose caps, including one that was fizzing beer as it was delivered to our table. Tighten for your safety, and the safety of your car's upholstery.
Also worth noting that directions via Google from brewpub website were dead on, even had us on the correct side of the road for our on-street parking that was right in front of the brewpub. Maybe we just had our stars crossed, but this was agreat experience today, from beginning to end. Hope this one continues to thrive.
01-07-2007 03:10:42 | More by ppoitras
3.83/5 rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Visited the Gardner Ale House for the first time last weekend, and it was like going home again. I used to go to the former restaurant there years ago when I worked in Gardner.
The beer was good, although only four house brews were on tap. The highlight was Alt, which was a great example of the style. I also liked the stout, which, at less than 4 percent, is easy to drink several if you want to stay there for awhile.
The food was also decent. I had a chicken ceasar salad, and split a fish appetizer. Both solid.
The service was very good. Our waitress was very helpful and attentative.
The only negative, again, was there were only four beers on tap. I think that will change as the place becomes more established. I'm pretty sure I'll be back again.
11-07-2006 19:43:52 | More by n0rmann
3.8/5 rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
I stopped by the GAH on a Saturday afternoon. There were a few folks eating lunch and having beers at the bar and a few tables were filled. Not bad for a brewpub out in the sticks on a nice Saturday afternoon.
I like the layout of the place, the room is divided into three sections the bar area (long bar and a few low tables surrounding), the dining room, and the kitchen(which has tables also), all are seperated by a red brick wall with enough openings to make each room feel airy. All new bar and fixtures make this one of the nicest brewpubs I've been in.
I sat at the bar and ordered the sampler which was immediately filled, and placed in front of my friend. In fact, everything I ordered was given to my friend. At one point the bartender asked if I wanted another beer, I ordered it, and she set it front of my friend (who already had a half full beer) then asked me (now beerless) if I wanted another. Weird and funny at the same time. So after moving the sampler in front on me, my friend orders one also. Both came with the same two beers in the wrong order, but I figured it out before the brewer pointed it out. Five house beers (and two quest taps) were offered - a summer beer (like an ordinary bitter, made with kolsch yeast and served with a lemon), an IPA, an Altbier, Oktoberfest lager, and a roasty dry stout.
Talked with the brewer and he was telling us how the first batches went. He seemed pleased with the outcome of most of the beers, but thought the IPA and the Alt still needed more hop aroma. I agreed. The Oktoberfest was the best of the bunch and the IPA the worst due to hot/fusely alcohol flavors - but the brewer said he overshot the original gravity, so next batch should be better. But for the most part the beers are well made and clean tasting - enough to come back when the recipes have been tweeked a bit.
Ordered the portebella/bacon burger which was ordered medium, but arrived well done. My friends burger seemed to be cooked perfectly medium. Mine was tasty and still juicy, so I didn't send it back. Fries were the "handcut" from a bag variety that still had the skins on the ends.
Not bad for a soft opening - Grand opening is at the end of September I believe. I wish these guys great success.
09-18-2006 14:01:27 | More by Longstaff
4.88/5 rDev +19.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
The official grand opening is a month or so away, but on the basis of their 'soft opening', this place rocks. Their official opening is riding on the fermentation of several brews, including the Oktoberfest, but the second Gardner official beer, X-IPA (7.5 abv), an English-style IPA, reminds me of Ipswich in the early growler days. And that is my ultimate compliment. One of my favorite beers alltime. A fine, fruity balanced pale ale.
The recipes (according to the friendly barkeep) are those of the owner, a seasoned home-brewer, and tweaked over the years. The brewer is fresh from Red Hook. Whilst they are building homebrews, there is a superb selection of draft craftbrews.
Food (being a 3-cheese brick oven pizza) was slow coming but of the highest grade. And as fer atmosphere, well, this place is VERY impressive. Spacy, classy, wood & brick. Just beautiful. If I was local, this place would be my local.
So I'm giving the Gardner Ale House my highest dap - if their subsequent brews are as top-shelf as the X-IPA... or perhaps that's all they need.
08-19-2006 21:46:52 | More by hudsonvalleyslim
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Gardner Ale House in Gardner, MA
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