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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Active Beers: 122
Beer Ratings: 4,146
Beer Avg: 3.95
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
24 W Union St
phone: (740) 592-9686
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Ok I have passed this palce many times on my trips to Athens Ohio and the Ohio University
This time I fortunate my daughter got me tickets to the beer tasting over dads weekend 2009 (my last)
Walking in I was surprised by how the pub was laid out and how bright and friendly the place seemed. I could definitely find myself in there sippin and tasting all the time.
I was there for a beer tasting so my reaction maybe a little different
They served us pizza apparently made from the hops ..It was exceptional However I did not eat nor see a menu so it was hard for me to review that
I can tell you the brewer, brad, was exceptionally friendly knew his stuff and brews a great variety of beers
Beers: he had 9 of his beers on tap I tasted 8 of them and took one home in a growler. The growlers were inexpensive, Each of the beers were good some were exceptional the porter, the razz wheat...
he also had several other exceptional beers on tap I noticed including Hop slam and Double trouble.
I went to the bar after the tasting was served and was treated as an old friend..
several of the regulars made me fell right at home..( I wish could have put myself on a stool)
I understand there is music too
this is a must
01-28-2009 04:11:31 |
More by Gratefullawyer
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
I stopped in at 11:30 am on a Tuesday. They actually didn't open until noon but the bartender/brewer/check writer told me it was cool and I could have a beer or two until they *opened.*
From an atmospehere standpoint, this place is every bit the college dive bar atmospehere - to the point that I wasn't sure I'd want to eat there. A dive bar isn't quite the same at noon when nobody else is there.
The house beers on tap were..
Sir Bradfords English IPA
Razz Wheat - most popular beer
Chomo-lung-ma - organic honey nut brown
Barking pumpkin ale
Drawn and portered
And a very special "Joe the Plummer" which is a plum infused wee heavy barrel aged and soured with local microfloral which tipped the scales at 10.5% ABV. This was their first attempt at the wild, barrel aged beer and the assistant brewer told me they would do this each year and the quality would impove as the barrel and yeast matured. I commend the effort and was very appreciative of the fact that they offered this. It's not for everyone and I though it was good relative to other sours I've had (a bit ripe and served too cold).
Overall the quality of all the beers were very good. I also noticed a cooler stocked with quality micros and a couple of quality guest taps (including GI Matilda).
It's the only game in town for local beer and worth the effort to seek them out and support what they're doing. To say this is the best brewpub in southern Ohio is not much of a claim. To say it's one of the top 3 in the state for beer is defensable, at least by me.
11-13-2008 23:30:39 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
was making a road trip from Lancaster PA to Cincinnati OH for a family reunion. Jackie O's was our third stop along the way. We didn't stumble upon the place - but it took some discussoins with some local folks to get there (and to even know there was a place there). it is also fitting that my wife's nickname is Jackie O - so it must have been fate that brought us there.
It is nested on a crowded little street in a nice and quaint college town (Ohio University). It has a college bar atmosphere, it is dark, dirty and you can tell there is a lot of music and dancin' on those floors.
sat at the bar and was pleasantly surprised at the tap selection. Had a Maharaja (which is fantastic) and then noticed some of the local brews on the board. enjoyed some of them and then met the brewer, Brad and he gave me a little tour of the place. it is very old - and he also had some brews sitting in some old whiskey barrels.
while my selection rating is only a 3.5, that is because they don't have that many brews available, but what they do have is quality.
i highly recommend visiting this place. and if you get a chance, try and talk with Brad. he is a great guy who takes pride in his craft.
mark my words, his beers will make a splash in the micro world in the not too near future as long as he keeps brewing and has the support. His russian imperial is pretty damn amazing.
enjoy this place, i sure did.
08-25-2008 02:11:15 |
More by Hophead101
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $
Jacki O's is probably my favorite bar in Athens. It was when it was called O Hooley's and this was my first visit since the name change.
Atmosphere is laid back and relaxing. Good people there for good conversation. Live music very frequently is also a huge plus.
I was lucky enough to talk with the head brewer while I was visiting and sampled quite a few of his brews. Everything I tasted was fantastic. The organic nut brown was delicious and the imperial russian stout that is going to be rolled out at a later time was incredible. Definitely get some of the dark apparition if it is available when you are there.
The service, as mentioned above, was great. Everyone I talked to was friendly, knowledgeable and made my visit that much better.
The selection I am reviewing is their brews. I didn't get a chance to look at the bottle selection as the only reason I was there was to see what beer they were making. Everything I tasted was fantastic and there were plenty of choices to keep anyone happy.
The pizza we got was made with their spent grains and was delicious. The friends I was visiting had never eaten at Jackie O's and the rest of the weekend they kept talking about how good it was.
The value was fantastic. I think that a pint of any of their own beers was only $3, and this was regular pricing on a Saturday night. The quality you get for the price you pay is very impressive.
All in all, I really don't have any complaints. Jackie O's is a fantastic bar, with great beer, great employees and great food. It is also a very different scene from any other bar I've been to at OU, which is a huge plus.
05-19-2008 15:03:39 |
More by abankovich
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
If you are in Athens and want to hang around other adults this is a good bet AND you get to have microbrewed beer! Can't go wrong there.
It's your normal dive-looking bar. There's an outdoor patio for the smokers, which cuts down a bit on the entering gauntlet. Inside it is dark and dusky. There are live bands and if there's no band they have music on. This is a good place to head to before 10p if you want to have a conversation and avoid the college drinking crowd. Cheapest pool in town, too.
Service is generally good. There is only one awful bartender, but she is so bad that it is actually a little funny. You'll know if she's working within the first 5 minutes of sidling up to the bar. Everyone else there is friendly and fast.
Beer is good and getting better all the time. The bartenders usually aren't too knowledgeable about the options, so just read the dry-erase board and go from there. Growlers and pints are real cheap. They also have a good bottle selection for the area. It's just a single case, but have a look.
The food is average bar food.The pizza is great and the sandwiches are good, too. I think the fries are a little soggy, so I prefer chips, but sometimes they turn out pretty decent.
If you are in Athens, definitely stop by. We need to support our local microbrewery. You can also get Jackie O brews at Casa Nueva.
02-10-2008 21:51:47 |
More by babyhobbes
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
I popped into Jackie Os just prior to the 2007 commencement for Ohio University. Its fine brews kept me sane through what would turn out to be the single worst commencement I have ever been to. Take this as a warning fellow BAs. Never attend an OU commencement. Do what ever you have to get out of going even if it is your own
Atmosphere: Long and narrow brick room with a swiss style frame and ceiling in a n old building in downtown. A small stage and a couple dart boards are found along one wall. A pool table sits near the entrance. A small bar rests at the end of the joint. The floor looks like shit, literally as does the ancient piano that sits on it. The uniting theme of this place is Irish/Catholic/Immigrant but the crowd is mostly dirty hippie, at least today.
Selection: 6-7 of their own beers on tap + Guinness. Several bottles but most of them are macros/macro imports like New Castle.
Quality: Above average. I relished a porter, one of the best I had tasted in some time and then downed a Qomolangma (Mt. Everest) Nut Brown Ale. It was also quite good.
Service: Friendly, quick, knowledgeable about their product, and creative with naming it.
I will go back if I ever find myself in BF Egypt Ohio, which unfortunately is quite likely for me.
06-25-2007 18:39:06 |
More by DaPeculierDane
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This microbrew pup offers around six of its own brews, as well as a wide range of imports and domestic craft brews. The O'Hooley brews I tried--Wilfred Brimley's Oatmeal Stout and Drunken Leperchaun Irish Ale--were both solid.
The atomosphere is quite different than most brewbubs as it usually features musical entertainment in the Jam Band vein. Thus, Grateful Dead and other bands of their ilk blared from the speakers all night and the crowd was dominated by neo-Hippies--which is fine, as they are a generally a peaceful, fun-loving brood, but I don't care much for their music of choice or their unoriginal, conformist non-conformity.
There is a pool table and nice deck out back to catch some fresh air. Much superior to the average Athen's dive and I will gladly return next trip to Athens.
12-19-2006 00:04:19 |
More by Osiris9588
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
O'Hooley's is located on Union Street in Athens, somewhat away from the core bar scene of the city. However, it's a great place to go to escape away from the typical college bar scene.
The atmosphere is good. Decent looking bar with a good amount of draft beer. There are three dartboards, a back patio, some tables, and on occasion, a band will be playing. Beers on draft include: six of their own brews (Raspberry Wheat, Drawn and Portered, Firefly Golden Ale, Drunken Leprechaun Irish Red, Ohio Pale Ale, and a Scottish Ale). They usually have Guinness or PBR to round out the draft beers.
At O'Hooley's, service is always good. There's never a long wait for a beer. The bartenders are also nice. I've never tried any food here, so I can't give it a rating. Prices here are reasonable too. $3 for a draft beer.
10-06-2006 16:55:43 |
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