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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Active Beers: 121
Beer Ratings: 4,135
Beer Avg: 3.95
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
24 W Union St
phone: (740) 592-9686
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 68 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Jackie O's is a top notch brewpub in every way. I've been several times, both for bottle release events (which can be PACKED) and for a quick beer. Everytime has been a great experience. The inhouse beers are incredibly tasty and varied and the guest taps are always top notch. Brad does an amazing job of running the show and if you're lucky enough to meet him you'll be sure to have some great conversation. Also, the food is great! That was certainly a pleasant surprise the first time I was there. Other than being in the middle of no where, Jackie O's wins in every way!
02-04-2011 14:14:42 |
More by Urbancaver
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Jackie O's could be the prototype for how to do a great brewpub. The layout is quirky, a tad worn and funky in ways but strangely comfortable. There's basically two seperate brs linked by an outdoor upper patio ( you can smoke there) and each of the Brewery + brewpub has it's own crew, entertainment (at times) Beers, soul...etc. I enjoyed the crew. I tend to interact with the people at places I do business and here everyone was great, even if it was a busy release weekend. Odds are you can chat with Brad, a rising star in beermaking. He's cool and tries to find a minute to talk beer when he can.
The beer...is great. Not every one quite hit the mark, but when there's a dozen (or thirty) interesting and often WORLD CLASS beers to enjoy....I can't expect every experiment to come off perfect.
The food I had was very good,not cheap, but reasonable.
I was there for a Special but Friday night was a mix of BA's, locals, OU students and I enjoyed them all.
Athens is some distance from Cincy, Columbus, Pittsburg...there's no "Big Town" very close ( hour-2 hour cruise) but at least there's good roads. The logistics are a limitation. Were it a 30 min drive...I'd be there every week. So would a lot of BA's.
As for the "college crowd" the night before I sat at a table with a bunch of college locals half my age and had a great time. How are pretty college girls not a plus? I was getting random hugs. I did lecture a young PBR drinker. Yeah, PBR is $2.50 but you can get a PINT of one of the best ever Porters for $4...and it's VASTLY more intense. Major advocating. I convinced him.
Naturally, at a release, it's busy but there's a bonus of a hundred BA's bringing bottles from outside the region. I got tastes of some GREAT brews beyond the many great taps.
09-21-2011 18:37:14 |
More by rembrant
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
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: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Decided to review based on my 8/27 visit for the bottle release. I had high expectations for Jackie O's going into my visit, and they did not disappoint!
I arrived around 11:30 p.m. the night before the release, expecting to find a mad house and long line. Instead, I found that Jackie O's has basically two lots, one side being the brewpub side and the other serving as the public house, and because of this, the crowd was easily alleviated. There was live music playing in both rooms, and the crowd was lively enough to enhance the experience more than anything else. I sat at the bar and was well taken care of by the bartenders, even had a nice conversation with Johnny.
The group I was with came back to the public house at 9 a.m. the next morning for breakfast beers and the bottle release. Everything was well organized, and there seemed to be plenty of room in the public house for everyone who grabbed a ticket to find a table. The wait staff was incredibly friendly and helpful, and for the most part very knowledgeable about their beer. I was even able to get our waitress to save some of the Kuhnhenn stout I brought for one of my bartenders from Friday night.
The food at the public house was very good as well. I ordered one of the pizzas and it was excellent. In addition, the tap list at Jackie O's was unbelievable. I can't even recall how many variations they had of everything, but with it being my first time there, I made the mistake of trying just about everything they had, which lead to me getting a much later start on Saturday evening.
All in all, my trip to Jackie O's was a great experience, and I look forward to going back for the next release!
09-15-2011 14:29:16 |
More by MarkIntihar
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Just got back from a lovely Fall weekend in one of my favorite Ohio towns--Athens...and much of my evenings this weekend were spent at Jacki-O's.
When I attended OU, Jackie-O's was O'Hooley's. Back then, it was a neat place...and the draw was the beer, for sure...which was good. There was a period, after I left, when ownership changed hands...beer production was halted for a bit, then resumed...and there was still some good beer being produced. But, in the last few years, Jackie-O's has come to produce some of the best beers I've ever had...and it is such a treat to get back to Athens, hit up the pub, drink some good pints, eat a spent-grain pizza, and sit outside on the back patio (which has just recently expanded), and watch the night slip away.
Jacki-O's is one of the highlights for me when I return to Athens. There is always something new and exciting on the tap rotation, as well as some solid year-round beers.
This time, I got to sample their "Barking Pumpkin" beer, which is a very good, well-balanced spiced pumpkin ale. I had a pint of their "Mystic Mama" IPA, which is also outstanding. But my favorite is getting to try some of the experimental ales they have. This time it was "Dark Apparition" and "Chunga's Old Bruin." Over the summer I got to try their "Kentucky Monk." Each one is unique, and each one is equally outstanding.
Their "Inspired Sours" are, hands down, some of the best beers in that style that I have ever tried form a U.S. microbrewery.
The bar also offers several "guest ales" on tap. These vary, but are always some of the best. I have never sampled the guest brews, as I am generally to excited to try what new ales have been brewed on premises.
The atmosphere here is wonderful, as well. From the cool, original wooden tap handles, to the back porch, to the people tending the bar, it's a welcoming environment that is unique and cool.
Every time I visit, I am overwhelmed at how great it is...the beers are exceptional, the food is great, and the service is warming. If you are in the area, and want to taste some of the best beers being brewed on a small scale here in the states, check out Jackie-O's.
11-09-2009 01:05:05 |
More by movingtrain
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $
I was at Jackie O's yesterday for the first time. I've heard about the place and Brad and the beers (and been lucky enough to try a few) before, but never been until yesterday. Even though I was hungover and pretty miserable on 4 hours of sleep after a 3 hour drive, and that on the way back that night, one of my over-indulgent companions vomited in my car, causing some mess and delay, the day I spent at Jackie O's was nearly perfect. I was in a group of 8 Cincinnati and Columbus BAs and Brad was hanging out with us. We brought some beers for a pretty epic tasting, but that's not the point.
It's a cool room that is an active brewery, with a very visible brewing process which makes you feel like you're involved, even if you aren't. The music was seriously some of the best music I've heard playing in a bar ever. It wasn't mainstream crap. I don't know exactly who or what, but as far as I was taking notice, it was a great mix of instrumental funk and jazz. That's right up my alley. The food was very good (fries were some of the best I've had), and the prices on the food are quite low, especially given the quality. The real kicker though, was Brad's enormous generosity in sharing some of his not-yet-ready barrel-aged beers.
It basically boils down to this: easily some of the best food I've had at a brewpub, easily some of the best beers I've ever had, a very cool place, and a friendly and generous owner. This day made me reconsider where I am going to school. I would go to Jackie O's daily if I could.
03-20-2011 14:41:47 |
More by ColdPoncho
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Basing this review on my visit during the 12/2011 bottle release...
Jackie O's has two different entrances...a brewery side and a pub side. Both are connected via a large, multi-level deck around the back. Each side has similar decor...rustic wood, barrel tables, natural finishes. The pub side has a large stage up front with a long bar running down the right side of the building. The brewery side has some brewing equipment up front with a large, horseshoe shaped bar toward the rear.
I cannot say what the tap list is like during everyday happenings, but during the bottle releases, it is simply amazing! Each side had something different on draft...somewhere in the neighborhood of 30+ selections available...unreal! Each offering was of high quality, even if it was a style I was not fond of, the beer was brewed with excellent craftsmanship.
I had breakfast and lunch there...and the food was very good/great.
I would highly recommend stopping by here...I would love to stop by during a regular old Wednesday night to see how different things are...and I will modify my review accordingly.
12-06-2011 21:15:48 |
More by mgbickel
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$
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: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Easily my favorite brewpub in Ohio. Its atmosphere/vibe melds perfectly in the hills of Southeast Ohio. The bar has an overall rustic/come-as-you-are feel and frequently features local bluegrass, celtic, reggae and rock bands; these qualities epitomize Athens and the general area.
The beer from the brewery is downright amazing. The styles are diverse (from IPAs to Imperial Stouts) and the creativity is great ... from bourbon and cabernet barrel aging any style under the sun to a great spin on traditional brews. There are also many other micros on tap and in bottles to imbibe if not in the mood to drink a beer from the brewery.
The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and always willing to let you sample a taste of any beer on tap before committing to it. The beer can get pricey when getting into a session with some of the higher octane beers -- which usually run around $6 a snifter -- but its quite worth it when considering they are quality and creative brews.
On a final note, the food is great! The pizza is out of this world and so is the beer bread. The crust on the pizza is made using spent grains from the brewing process, similar to the bread. This creates a phenomenal flavor.
Definitely visit the brewpub when passing through Southeast Ohio or go out of your way to visit this gem nestled in the hills.
08-22-2009 01:22:21 |
More by jbennett1919
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
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