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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Active Beers: 122
Beer Ratings: 4,158
Beer Avg: 3.95
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
24 W Union St
phone: (740) 592-9686
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 68 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This was the best brewery experience I have had to date. Jeff(Alewatcher) and I decided to take an Ohio tour on a random weekend in January. We met up with Cam (Urbancaver) and lisa (lisomiso) after an amazing tasting the night before and headed to the icy city of Athens. We met the owner Arthur and the brewmaster Brad for a little impromptu tasting. tried some crianza helena, ice apparition, hogwash, etc. before we had to get out of their hair because they were about to host an 80 person tasting in that little bar. Let me just say that Brad is a cool dude. He is doing absolutely everything I would be doing if I ever opened up a brewpub. Tons of barrels downstairs, an amazing and experimental tap line up, great tasting events and bottle releases. Lots of variety on tap for such a small place with some great experimental (breakfast beer anyone?) We left the tasting room and went next door to the pub to get some food. I had a Reuben that used spent grain bread, and it was delicious. Brad met us later and gave us a full tour. He treated us like royalty even though he didn't know us, and let us try some of THE BEST sours I have had to date. watch out world cuz some fire is a-comin'. I have nothing but the utmost respect for this brewery that I knew nothing about weeks prior. With this kind of attitude towards beer and their customers, they will go a long way in the world of craft beer. I wish them nothing but success.
03-08-2012 15:01:52 |
More by backfat
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Is it awful if I say that I think Jackie O's is a bit overrated? Yeah, it's a cool bar in a town that's overrun with BMC sports bars. And, yeah, they've got some good beers, but honestly, I've had better at brewpubs that aren't held in such high regard.
Best we had all night was Chocolate Love on nitro. Really delicious. Others, like the Firefly Amber were just standard, and the Rye IPA had no real notes of rye at all. The Scottish Ale, while smooth and easy to drink, was not one of the better examples of the style, especially when they've got Robert the Bruce as a guest tap. I liked it, and I'll be back when I'm in Athens, but I really don't get the hype over this place.
We didn't eat there, but everything looked to be of high quality as I saw it coming out.
Took awhile to get beers, but it was a Friday night in Athens. It's to be expected and I wasn't bothered by it.
02-25-2012 22:26:23 |
More by rodney4130
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I wasn't sure what to expect when we rolled into JO's, but any slight inclination towards any expectations was more than exceeded.
Never have I been treated to such hospitality. Art and Brad were awesome-- very friendly and laid back, with a clear love of the beer world and a strong appreciation of their customers and fans.
Brad especially deserves some serious praise. He is one of the friendliest people I've ever met in the industry. He talked to us for what seemed like hours, gave us special pours of some great beers, answered a ton of my questions, and personally gave us a tour.
I ordered the pizza for lunch-- it was quite good, though the spent-grain dough became rather noticeable as I got to my last couple slices.
Some beers were better than others, but I'll be honest-- even if I felt all the beers were sub-par, I'd still come back here.
We all had an amazing experience at Jackie O's, and I not only highly recommend it, I'm thinking already about a return visit.
01-22-2012 21:22:43 |
More by AleWatcher
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Basing this review on my visit during the 12/2011 bottle release...
Jackie O's has two different entrances...a brewery side and a pub side. Both are connected via a large, multi-level deck around the back. Each side has similar decor...rustic wood, barrel tables, natural finishes. The pub side has a large stage up front with a long bar running down the right side of the building. The brewery side has some brewing equipment up front with a large, horseshoe shaped bar toward the rear.
I cannot say what the tap list is like during everyday happenings, but during the bottle releases, it is simply amazing! Each side had something different on draft...somewhere in the neighborhood of 30+ selections available...unreal! Each offering was of high quality, even if it was a style I was not fond of, the beer was brewed with excellent craftsmanship.
I had breakfast and lunch there...and the food was very good/great.
I would highly recommend stopping by here...I would love to stop by during a regular old Wednesday night to see how different things are...and I will modify my review accordingly.
12-06-2011 21:15:48 |
More by mgbickel
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
I went to the December 2011 bottle release this past weekend. We spent time in both the tap house and the brewery. The tap house is a quite large bar with a stage, pool tables, and plenty of seating. Nice, but nothing too special. The brewery area has much more character and I very much enjoyed spending time in there.
The tap list was unbelievable. I wasn't able to try everything I wanted despite the 4oz pours and spending a total of probably 10 hours in the pub over Friday and Saturday. All reasonably priced, too. I'm not sure what the tap list is usually like, but I was extremely impressed with what they had, even for such a large event. Over 40 beers on tap including many American Wild Ales, RISs, and other beers beer geeks love to drink.
The service was for the most part very impressive. While not everyone was extremely knowledgeable, there is a large percentage that is and they were over the top nice during a very hectic event. They handled it unbelievably. Brad particularly impressed me. As others have said, he has this unbelievable ability to remember everyone. He obviously cares about the customers. Art was also quite accommodating.
I had two different pizzas and corned beef hash over the two days. All were excellent.
Jackie O's impressed me for sure. I will certainly be back.
12-05-2011 04:16:11 |
More by coreyfmcdonald
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $
Jackie O's is one of the best places I have been for beer tasting and a beer release. The food is great, the beer is amazing, the staff is incredibly friendly and attentive, and the whole place is extremely cheap. It is basically exactly what you would want your local brew pub to be. In addition, they really know how to run a release, which just makes everything even better.
Brad Clark is the brewer who is both really talented and humble. He also has this uncanny knack of remembering your name, which is impressive. Give him a heads up if you are coming through and spend a few minutes with him - if he's got a little time, you won't be disappointed.
I have been to a ton of places (I don't review most) and this is easily the best place to go for a release weekend.
12-04-2011 22:09:49 |
More by seeswo
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Well my cousin got married in Athens this past weekend and I finally got to check out Jackie O's. The place is divided into two sections brewery side and bar side. The bar side was the only option when I went. My food was great the deep fried cheese balls were outstanding. I also got a fish sandwich that was quite good, my mom got a burger and it was mediocre. I ended up getting the sampler of all six of the Jackie O's brews that were on tap. Of the six one was pretty bad, four were middle of the road and one was good but not great. I would have liked to have stayed longer but had to go to the wedding. If I ever find myself in Athens I would definitely give it another try, and I would consider making the trip again for one of their bottle releases. But I would not recommend making a lengthy round tip on a non bottle release weekend.
09-22-2011 21:00:03 |
More by deadmule
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Jackie O's could be the prototype for how to do a great brewpub. The layout is quirky, a tad worn and funky in ways but strangely comfortable. There's basically two seperate brs linked by an outdoor upper patio ( you can smoke there) and each of the Brewery + brewpub has it's own crew, entertainment (at times) Beers, soul...etc. I enjoyed the crew. I tend to interact with the people at places I do business and here everyone was great, even if it was a busy release weekend. Odds are you can chat with Brad, a rising star in beermaking. He's cool and tries to find a minute to talk beer when he can.
The beer...is great. Not every one quite hit the mark, but when there's a dozen (or thirty) interesting and often WORLD CLASS beers to enjoy....I can't expect every experiment to come off perfect.
The food I had was very good,not cheap, but reasonable.
I was there for a Special but Friday night was a mix of BA's, locals, OU students and I enjoyed them all.
Athens is some distance from Cincy, Columbus, Pittsburg...there's no "Big Town" very close ( hour-2 hour cruise) but at least there's good roads. The logistics are a limitation. Were it a 30 min drive...I'd be there every week. So would a lot of BA's.
As for the "college crowd" the night before I sat at a table with a bunch of college locals half my age and had a great time. How are pretty college girls not a plus? I was getting random hugs. I did lecture a young PBR drinker. Yeah, PBR is $2.50 but you can get a PINT of one of the best ever Porters for $4...and it's VASTLY more intense. Major advocating. I convinced him.
Naturally, at a release, it's busy but there's a bonus of a hundred BA's bringing bottles from outside the region. I got tastes of some GREAT brews beyond the many great taps.
09-21-2011 18:37:14 |
More by rembrant
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Decided to review based on my 8/27 visit for the bottle release. I had high expectations for Jackie O's going into my visit, and they did not disappoint!
I arrived around 11:30 p.m. the night before the release, expecting to find a mad house and long line. Instead, I found that Jackie O's has basically two lots, one side being the brewpub side and the other serving as the public house, and because of this, the crowd was easily alleviated. There was live music playing in both rooms, and the crowd was lively enough to enhance the experience more than anything else. I sat at the bar and was well taken care of by the bartenders, even had a nice conversation with Johnny.
The group I was with came back to the public house at 9 a.m. the next morning for breakfast beers and the bottle release. Everything was well organized, and there seemed to be plenty of room in the public house for everyone who grabbed a ticket to find a table. The wait staff was incredibly friendly and helpful, and for the most part very knowledgeable about their beer. I was even able to get our waitress to save some of the Kuhnhenn stout I brought for one of my bartenders from Friday night.
The food at the public house was very good as well. I ordered one of the pizzas and it was excellent. In addition, the tap list at Jackie O's was unbelievable. I can't even recall how many variations they had of everything, but with it being my first time there, I made the mistake of trying just about everything they had, which lead to me getting a much later start on Saturday evening.
All in all, my trip to Jackie O's was a great experience, and I look forward to going back for the next release!
09-15-2011 14:29:16 |
More by MarkIntihar
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Jackie O's is a gem. It is a mix of entrepreneurial spirit and backwoods, bluegrass charm. Everything inside appears to be wood except for the fermentation tanks and Appalachian locals. If you weren't in Athens, Ohio, you would think that you had stumbled into some sort of hip ski lodge.
The beer selection isn't big, but precise. There isn't a throwaway beer on tap. Their own beers are good, not gimmicky. They try to really execute a style. And their guest beers are really fine choices. They are typically from Michigan: Founders, Bells, etc., which helps the whole experience feel local, which it is.
There isn't a cooler place to go to in Athens, except for maybe the converted 18th Century insane asylum up on the hill. But they don't serve beer, and it's not that far of a walk anyway.
09-10-2011 02:56:31 |
More by dorianmarley
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery in Athens, OH
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