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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Active Beers: 122
Beer Ratings: 4,141
Beer Avg: 3.95
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
24 W Union St
phone: (740) 592-9686
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$$
jackie o's has been on my bucket list for quite awhile - being a somewhat local pub & brewery (6 hours). hindsight being 20/20, our visit should have been timed around a bottle release rather than a casual lunch. as a result, I was unable to sample any of the wild ales - either on tap or in bottle. I sampled fresh hop & pepper (my favorite), wheats up, sparbock, le git saison, providence saison, mandala citra (very furry), hop & pepper, and razz wheat. all solid offerings - but nothing world class. the environment is quaint - perfect pub lighting, plenty to look at on the walls (including bathroom - jim buckley!), friendly enough service, Jackie o's totally feels at home in this college town. food was a bit too granola for me - and I like granola. opted for a burger - when perhaps pizza may have been the better choice.
09-09-2013 12:17:12 |
More by craft_shannie
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$
Finally made it to Jackie O’s, and it’s now my favorite brewpub in the great state of Ohio. This place is incredible! From the food, to the staff, to the awesome tap selection, there’s nothing but stellar reviews all around. Living only 2 hours away, I will be a much more frequent guest. I’m mad at myself for waiting so many years to make it down to Athens. I really can’t say enough about this place. If you haven’t been, I suggest you make Jackie O’s your next destination brewery. Cheers!
08-19-2013 12:35:26 |
More by brycevolk
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$
Managed to get a sneak peak during a brief trip to Athens, which is one of the quirkiest little towns going.
Atmosphere: Very DIY, granola and crunchy -- total focus on the local and community. Pretty cool, unique and it has it's own little flavor to it. Great music playing in the background as well -- hard to go wrong with Avett brothers.
Quality: Beer is top notch, good stuff for sure. Excellent quality and they use everything they've got. A few guest tapes, but it's primarily a home-grown show with their own beers on tap.
Service: Solid. dude was knowledgeable about the product and that's cool. I feel pretty adept in the language so I didn't need a ton of info, but he was definitely friendly and helpful, and that's cool. I liked it too because he was like a pretentious prick, just genuinely looking to help out.
Selection: Pretty consistently rotating tap list, I was told it changes almost daily depending on what they felt like brewing at the time. Great little place with a true quality product.
Food: I didn't eat it, but I saw about 6 pizzas come out of the oven and I wished I was eating all six of them. They looked and smelled amazing! If I get back, I'm going to get fatter and drunker than I need to be, but hey, you only live once...
Value: My buddy and I walked out with a $9 tab for two big beers, and hell, there are places around where I live that one beer would cost that much. I dug this place and hope to see it again as soon as possible.
08-06-2013 02:36:10 |
More by bamadog
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
What it lacked in atmosphere was certainly made up for in the quality of the food, beer, and service. I wish it were closer to home. I did see a billboard offering $10 busrides from Columbus to Athens. Probably $20 r/t, but why go back to Columbus. I've not heard of anything in Columbus that compares to J.O's. Cheers!!!
08-05-2013 23:37:24 |
More by VanBeer
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$
The way here is via the highway from Columbus. We took the long and winding rural road from The WIlds, and you need a co-pilot with GPS to do that. Very large selection of beers, different brewmaster at the brewery and at the pub. They let me sample next door at their other bar prior to opening. Everything a solid offering. Good sized place, your neighborhood bar.I would have loved a sour or wild release but that’s the special quarterly.
08-02-2013 13:18:52 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Got a chance to visit Jackie O's on a business trip to Marietta. Stopped by on a Tuesday evening in July, but even on an off night like that, the place was quite busy. We were told there was another room for spillover seating (the door with the wood sign like it shows on the pics) but it wasn't open. We walked in and waited for someone to tell us where to sit until a server came up and said, "Oh just pick somewhere" so we did. Our server told us it was his first night, and other than seeming a little overwhelmed and slightly slow in the beginning, he did a good job.
The main area is one large dimly lit room with a nice long bar and different tables, benches, chairs, etc. Lots of wood furnishings and a big open space makes for a pet peeve on my part: bars that are TOO DAMN NOISY. And, of course, in a brewpub like that, there's always some woman who is feeling the effects of alcohol and showing it with a high-pitched shrieking laugh which she breaks out in waaay too often, and she was at Jackie's that evening. But I digress.
On tap were about a dozen house beers and 4 guest beers, although I'm not sure why anyone would go to Jackie O's to drink a nationally marketed craft beer, but that's just me. The bartender was very obliging in letting me sample the different offerings. I started with the Hop Ryot, being a fiend for rye beers, and it didn't disappoint. Nice light amber color with a tasty rye flavor and good hop bite was a good start to our meal. After that I went with their Black IPA, which was also quite good, although I thought it resembled more a smoky Porter with some extra hops. I also sampled the IPA and a beer they brewed with spruce (didn't get the name) which had a very interesting note and a stout made with local walnuts. All the samples were delicious and would have been good for a full pour, but I couldn't knock back that many in one evening, unfortunately.
Jackie O's tries to use local products when possible and be sustainable and all that earnest hip stuff, so we tried the pizza they make using spent grain from the brewing and local cheese. It was delicious, and tasted very fresh as did the beers.
A stroll around Athens afterwards on a summer evening capped off our visit. All in all, and despite the annoyance of the noise level, Jackie O's was certainly worth the visit. Definitely stop by if you're in the area.
07-18-2013 13:34:41 |
More by 5thOhio
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
I love Jackie O's. It was may favorite place to go when I lived out there and I went there usually twice a week on average. Everyone there was always so friendly and service was always great. I loved the look and the feel, the real wood, down to earth but classy. It was a bar that actually serves good food. Go figure. Really some of the food was completely delicious. But the beer. They have such a big barrel aging program for such a small place brewery wise. True I like some of the regular better than some of the barrel aged but it's all so good. I never had a bad beer at Jackie O's. That also had the best release parties and the beer roates so much you can almost always try something new. Jackie O's I will miss you.
06-22-2013 00:03:30 |
More by Amberluvsbeer
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
One of the best brew pubs this side of Narnia. Brad brews some of the best beer in the world and Arthur's staff aim to please. High quality brewpub food. Nice patio behind the bar. The entire bar is made of beautiful hardwood; the doors, signs, bar, floor, patio, bathroom, parlor, taps cheese boards, mirrors, glassware.
They host an anniversary party and Semi-annual release parties that are as much fun, if not more, than DLD-esque releases.
Jackie O's is located in a small wooded college town in the rolling appellation foothills of Athens Ohio.
Anyway, its worth the trip from Indianapolis.
12-05-2012 01:39:06 |
More by jisom123
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Not a complete college-town dive, but the interior is not much to look at. The food is reasonable, with some real highlights (especially the pizzas made with the spent grain crusts).
But you didn't come here for the food, or the atmosphere, you came for the beer.
You came to the right place. Jackie-O's features some of the best and most imaginative brews, pushing the style envelope in new and exciting ways with respect for both the brew and the customer. And while the in-house brews are always the big draw, they also regularly feature some wonderful guest taps.
Absolutely one of my favorite places to drink beer.
10-31-2012 00:42:41 |
More by Cubmaster938
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$$
As far as beer goes this place has a great selection. They always have at least 4 of their own beers on tap in addition to several guest beers. I am not sure about the bottles. I know they have a cooler full, but I've never ordered so I am not sure of the selection. Some of the beers are overpriced in my opinion, but they do happy hour, which makes it worth it. Half off drafts I think from 8-9 Mon-Thurs.
I must say almost every time I went there I had a delicious beer, but the service is awful. I've stood at the bar for ten minutes during the afternoon waiting for a drink because the bartenders find it more important to chat with people (extensively) rather than see if someone has been waited on. Ever since the new side opened up the customer service has plummeted. I remember going in and being treated much better before and I hate to say it, but it keeps me away. I enjoy a good brew, but good bartenders are also a big part of the experience.
I am a former student so I visited Jackie O's often. If it wasn't for the brew masters I can't imagine this place getting such a high rating.
07-10-2012 17:43:40 |
More by Flinty
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