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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Active Beers: 122
Beer Ratings: 4,142
Beer Avg: 3.95
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
24 W Union St
phone: (740) 592-9686
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 68 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I have visited Jackie-o's a dozen times and every time I wish I could stay longer. The staff here always make you feel like you are important. Two bars are connected via an outdoor deck area in the rear of the place. One has T.V.s and is a bit larger. One has no T.V.s and is more intimate for conversations with friends. I love the spent grain pizza made from the grains used in the brewing process. Other items on the food menu are also very good. Brad makes great beer and he is awlways trying something new in brewing. This is probably my favorite pub I have ever been to. Great food, great beer, great atmosphere, and most of all great people make this a must stop for anyone.
09-02-2011 13:23:43 |
More by jale
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $
Just visited here for the 8/27 bottle release.
WOW all around. I was there in a party of 4.
Atmosphere was very relaxed, roomy and well lit, thanks to a few skylights. Looks like an older "college bar" building, you know, a little "worn out" but comfortable and relaxed.
Quality was top notch. Lot of taps, 38 I think, with quite a wide array of styles represented.
Service was fantastic. Even with the crowd for a bottle release, we got all of our beer and food quickly. And with the upwards of ~50 beer samples we ordered, NONE were incorrect or even in the wrong order on the sample glass platter. Great service, nothing else to say.
Selection was awesome. Quite a variety on the multitude of taps. Large breakfast menu, large lunch/dinner menu. Couldn't ask for more.
Food was good. Had biscuits and gravy for breakfast, tried some of the hash brown omelette as well. In the afternoon we had some veggie pizza and some fried cheese curds, which were surprisingly good.
Value is where I'm convinced I will make the trip back. The across the board quality for what you pay cannot be beat. After we left all we could talk about was how cheap it was for what we got. If we were at "brewpub X" in the Chicago area this bill would have been 5 times as much.
Overall one of THE BEST brewpubs I have ever been to. Highest recommendation.
08-28-2011 17:27:15 |
More by Brophmonster
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
I had to review this place after I went to the latest Release (August 27th).
This is a brew pub I wish was a little closer to my house , it would be a regular stop for me, from the intricate wood work on the tables to the paddles they serve samples on the look of the place is amazing, clean restrooms and clean in general for a bar type atmosphere.
The wait staff was a little overwelmed because of the amount of people at the release but they were friendly and exceptional considering the amount of work they had before them.
The tap list in both bars they have were out of this world, Finding a beer on tap that will satisfy you isn't a very hard task here - something for everyone and then some.
The food was stellar as well - From their spent grain pizza to their breakfast sandwich ,great potions with very reasonable pricing.
Will definitly visit again.
08-28-2011 13:45:11 |
More by InebriatedJoker
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I have been to Jackie O's now 3 times for beer releases and can't believe I have not reviewed the place yet.
The atmosphere is great on a release day, but the night before sitting out on the patio was a better option than sitting anywhere near a speaker. It was pretty loud.
Quality is great. Every beer I have had there I really enjoyed and the food is excellent.
Service I am giving a little bump to because Id imagine service is better when it is not so crowded on a release day, but the quality made up for it.
Selection ( of beer ) is incredible, and ( of food ) they have something for almost anyone.
Food as mentioned tastes great. I have had breakfast and lunch several times and have tried different things each time.
100% worth a stop on a release day or not. If I did not live 6 hours away, Id be a semi-regular.
08-24-2011 22:49:19 |
More by Photekut
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Siege06nd and I hit this place for the 6/25/11 bottle release. We were throughly impressed, and eagerly awaiting our next visit.
Jackie O's is split into two sides: brewery and bar, which are connected out back by a really pleasant outdoor courtyard. The brwery side is smaller and very woodsy, with a small stage and a really comforting cabin-like feel to it. The bar has a large board with all of the beers and their descpritions on tap. The staff is top notch, and everyone approached us with a smile and a good understanding and respect for the beer. The proper glasswear is also used for each beer, which is much appreciated.
The bar side is about twice as big, and has a bigger, longer bar. The vibe is similar, though the motif is a bit more rustic. Here too you'll find a big board with a tap list, and quite a few more taps at that. Keep in mind that the two sides share some similar brews, but each side will have a few that the other doesn't. Again, we were greeted with professional, high quality service.
We didn't have any food, as we came to drink. I will say though that everything looked and smelled delish, and I plan on having a proper meal on my next visit. I know they use a lot of local ingredients in their grub, as well as reusing their brewing leftovers.
FYI: Make sure that if you need to use the toilet for more then a #1, you do so before hitting Jackie O's. They don't have any toilet seats or toilet paper in the men's rooms.
Being from DC, the prices are insanely reasonable. I think John bought the five of us four rounds for less then $60. Plus John and I each got a fresh growler and a fill (Raccoon Dubbel and Golden Spice, respectively) for a mere $32.
I've fallen in love with Jackie O's, and I can't wait to visit again. Every aspect of their business is top notch, and I thank both Art and Brad for creating such a wonderful haven for outstanding craft beer.
If you're in the area, or considering making the trek, don't hesitate on stopping by. It's a magical place.
06-26-2011 18:40:22 |
More by Rhettroactive
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
jackie o's my new favorite spot in ohio, my buddy and i went for the latest bottle release and got to see the place in action the night before. when we first got there, there was entertainment in the brewery with a small somewhat older crowd all locked in on the performance on stage. Now on the public house side it was more barish to what im used to and it seems that the college kids dont leave for the summer like most places, i saw lots of heineken light and newcastle and pbr. the whole time my buddy and i are asking each other whats wrong with these people, some awesome stuff is on tap and extremely reasonable prices and yet they are drinking swill in my book. The food was a little pricey but it was very good, i had breakfast there on release day and it was much needed. Besides the awesome beers and tons of cool ba's i got to meet and share beer with the highlight had to be meeting Brad and getting to chat with him for a second. I will be going back here and ill be recommending it to everyone i know that can appreciate this very cool special place.
06-26-2011 05:27:34 |
More by kaips1
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Ok, first off the beer is great. I have yet to have a bad or even average beer here. The year rounders and seasonals are a step above most anyother brewerys selection and flavor profile. I hold the beer quality a close second to 3 floyds year rounders. And there guest bottles are wide and well represented but not so many that the ones you get have been sitting to long.
The food is well done without slapping a huge tag on it (a problem that I have with many breweries like 3 floyds, Goose Island, Great Lakes, etc). The pizzas are the best in town.
The bar itself needs some help. The "hey, we are in a college town" is a bit over bearing. The decor could use a huge makeover. The windows are covered up and the light that does get in has to fight through dirty, hand spotted windows. Most of the tables are elevated and one has the choice of bar stools or bar stools. Our you can sit in the smoking area outside the back. The atmosphere is dark and reminds me of a third shifter bar. The staff has good knowledge of their beer and the guest bottles but if you are not a regular at the bar or a group of young college girls then you are greatly ignored.
Jackie O's could really rise above and beyond. The beers are amazing as is the food but like the college kids down the street they need to grow up.
06-19-2011 16:54:12 |
More by tat2dhllblly
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | $$
The biggest knock against this place is that it is in a college town, in a college bar area. They have to compete in this area, which is a shame. You go in here knowing that though, so I'm not complaining. Parking is a bit of a challenge, but that can be worked around if worth it.
Has that nice wooden build interior. Small but enough space. Didin't realize there were different things on the other "side" which cover had to be paid to enter.
2nd largest knock is that I couldn't get a growler of anything worth getting a growler of. Actually this is far and away the biggest knock, I can deal with the "atmosphere" just fine. This is where I go with selection-2.5, they had a nice selection of unique stuff. Not sure why they were stingy with the high gravity brews, NO ONE in the place was drinking any of these. The farthest I saw anyone venture was the Belgian Pale, and I could tell by their demenor they thought they were really reaching with that.
7 House and 11 Guest taps on whatever side it was I was on. Dark Apparition was top notch. Bolero Brown and an Imperial Porter were also on tap, but I couldn't try because my wife couldn't stand being in the loud cramped space. No big deal, I'll just grab a growler of one of the others, oops forget that. Got a growler of the red, meh. I thought the prices for all were pretty reasonable though.
Shwag is overpriced.
Service was fine, when they could give some. They were too busy slinging mixed drinks and PBRs(obviously the cheapest drink in the place) for all the 21-23 year olds.
So much potential here wasted being forced to be a college bar. The brewer does a top notch job but boy he must feel trapped here. At least the beer is good...
I imagine this place is better during a bottle release, but I won't be finding out. Looks like nearly every high review is from a special bottle release, I would not judge the day to day based on those reviews.
06-05-2011 18:29:39 |
More by Bung
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I have been here a few times now for bottle releases and once the night before a release.
The atmosphere is a little odd, at least on a non-release day. They have all of this great local beer, but on the Friday night before the bottle release the place was packed with students who couldn't care less about the beer that was brewed on premises. A ton of people were ordering bottles of macro type stuff... damn shame.
It was loud, fairly crowded, and full of the people who I used to avoid when I lived on the Ohio State campus. There was a $3 cover charge to get into the brewery side because of a local band that was playing. In good fashion the band was so-so and so loud you couldn't even order a beer from a foot across the bar. I always hate covers like this as it feels like either the establishment is just trying to profit here, or that the band refuses to play without compensation. Either way I'd be fine without it. The only reason I gave in was that each side of Jackie O's had different beers on tap; don't make me pay a cover just so I can order a pint from next door...
On a release day the atmosphere does a complete 180, and the only people inside are the truest of the true beer geeks. Almost everyone brings bottles/growlers to share, and though it is as crowded as the joint likely ever gets, everyone always seems to have a good time.
The quality isn't bad in any way, the beer is usually well crafted, bottle labels are well done, and Brad does a great job of accommodating all of us beer geeks on release day.
The service bothers me (and this has no bearing on Brad or the brewers). First off every charge on your card is broken into multiple transactions that take forever to fall off of your pending actions on your bank acct. Secondly, every time we go for a release our check is messed up and needs corrected. This last time we were charged for something like 14 sample pours, when we had only ordered 7 (one of which wasn't served to us because the waitress didn't know it was available despite the fact that it was on the menu).
Additionally, multiple times we have had to call the brewpub to try and change a bogus charge or alteration of our final bill. Both times we were argued with, made promises that weren't kept, and had to have the bank dispute the charge. The first time the waitress added a 20% tip onto our bottle tab (which came out to over $200 alone). I am sorry, but at $18+ a bottle I really don't feel like I need to be tipping huge on top of it. The second time was a much smaller difference, but we were double charged the night before the release. My only advice is pay very close attention to your bill, and even closer attention to the final amount charged to your card. Best bet - be careful and use cash.
Otherwise, the service is usually average in timeliness and demeanor.
The selection is usually very nice, and on a release day there are usually upwards of 30 or so taps to try.
The food is ok, but nothing amazing either. I've never not liked anything I ordered.
The value is tough. The pints and food is usually very well priced, but the bottles are on the expensive side imo, and so is the swag - $75 hoodie, $7 miniature snifter, etc.
Overall I enjoy coming here, but inevitably there's always a problem that pops up as we're trying to leave or several days later when the charges post on my bank account.
05-18-2011 05:09:28 |
More by Spider889
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $
I have made numerous trips to Jackie O's, and it is always worth the 6 hour drive from VA. The beers continue to wow me, as everytime I go, I try at least 5 or 10 new offerings. The food is great, freshly prepared and unique menu. The staff is awlays friendly and fun loving, and the prices are incredible. You can drink and eat to your heart's content and still get out under 30 or 40 dollars for the night. The vibe is great there, although the space is a bit constricted on the brewery side. The back patio is awesome, and allows you to go back and forth between the two venues without having to put your beer down. Everyone should visit Jackie O's.
05-16-2011 03:21:54 |
More by Tripphop
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