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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Active Beers: 120
Beer Ratings: 4,114
Beer Avg: 3.94
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
24 W Union St
phone: (740) 592-9686
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 68 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Jackie O's is located near the OU campus in Athens on West Union not too far off 50/33. There is metered parking all around.
The interior is narrow with a pool table and small stage immediately inside. The bar is in the rear and is relatively small, and there are a few other places to sit as well. There is an upstairs area as well that I did not check out. The fermenters are viewable from the bar, and there is an old fashioned cash register.
Jackie O's has around 12 taps, 7 of which are their own beers. The beers range from a Raspberry, Cream Ale, and IPA to a Sour Ale and Imperial Stout. All of the beers are above average, with a couple like to mostly organic Chomo-Lung-Ma being standouts. There are also a few guest taps from the likes of Lagunitas. All of the current beers are listed on a board, and the house beers are available in a sampler.
Service was great on a weekday late lunch. The bartender was knowledgeable about the beers and introduced me to the brewmaster, who was kind enough to take me on a tour including the cellar and some of the brews he is aging for release during Ohio Brew Week.
I had the fish sandwich for lunch and it was very good.
Overall this brewpub is well worth visiting. It is a mistake to assume that because the place is in a college town that there is not an emphasis on quality brews.
05-14-2009 04:59:52 |
More by Dogbrick
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$
The way here is via the highway from Columbus. We took the long and winding rural road from The WIlds, and you need a co-pilot with GPS to do that. Very large selection of beers, different brewmaster at the brewery and at the pub. They let me sample next door at their other bar prior to opening. Everything a solid offering. Good sized place, your neighborhood bar.I would have loved a sour or wild release but that’s the special quarterly.
08-02-2013 13:18:52 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Jackie O's is a truly outstanding brewpub in the heart of Appalachian Ohio. You won't find beer this good anywhere around! Columbus is the closest city with good beer...
It is a nice brewpub, full of wood and mountain coziness... a local craftsman makes their tables, beer paddles and stuff. Friendly folks staff the bar; service was a little overwhelmed on a Saturday afternoon for lunch when I was there (during OU's Parents Weekend), but they were always solicitous and attentive.
Their beer menu is on a chalkboard above the bar- my jaw dropped when I read it! So many barrel-aged beers!!! I had:
Mystic Mama IPA (a hoppy West Coast-style IPA), bourbon-barrel Dark Apparition (good but too bourbon-y), bourbon-barrel Jackie O's Smoked & Portered (too smoky), Jackie O's Oil of Aphrodite (beautiful) and Jackie O's Drawn & Portered (an alright porter).
They also have nine guest taps: Dogfish 90, Dogfish Palo Santo, Stone Ruination... I had the bourbon-barrel Weasel Boy barleywine (good but too sweet).
Food was very good, but a little pricey. Their local-beef burgers were super delicious but tiny and overpriced at $9 a piece. Beers were better priced, everything under $6 (even the rarities) except for Palo Santo ($9).
I also got a growler to take home. Three beers, a paddle with four tastings, two burgers and a growler came to $57 after tax and tip. Totally worth, but probably too expensive for Athens, Ohio.
I can't wait to visit again, though. Jackie O's is an incredible brewpub!!! They are the masters of barrel-aging... :-)
10-11-2010 03:53:24 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I stopped here for a barrel aged beer festival / bottle release party, so this review is based on a special day rather than an everyday visit.
There are 2 doors to choose from, the brewery on the left and the public house on the right. Both sides have a bar with many taps, and if you want to walk from one to the other with a beer in hand you can go through the common beer patio, upstairs in back.
The brewery side is smaller, with a u-shaped bar at the back of the room that seats about 12. Tables and chairs can seat another 40 or so. The public house has a long bar along the right wall, seating maybe 20 people. Chairs and tables for maybe 80 more people.
Both sides are heavy on wood, with tables that look rustic at first glance and finely crafted when studied. It has a comfortable feel, at least for me, and it's definitely a friendly place, welcoming to folks from college age through retirement. Due to the early bottle release most of the people there weren't college aged, but I'd guess that it gets a decent college crowd during "regular" hours.
There were plenty of beers available on both sides, overall about 10 or more house beers and another 10 guest taps. Everything was top shelf selection, but then again I was there for a special release. But I heard from some regulars that they always have a few special releases on tap. The food was good, we tried pizza with crust made from spent brewing grains, tasty and reasonably priced. Overall a great stop that I know I'll make again and again.
09-12-2010 02:13:31 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
I visited Jackie O's while taking my trip from the Triad of North Carolina to Columbus, OH. I got here at about 3pm, just as the doors were opening. The brewery is on the left side and the bar/pub is on the right side. I was a bit confused at first because the Jackie O sign was above the brewery, which was closed, and the bar had no signage attached to it.
I walked up to the bar to order some beers. They have about 6 beers they bottle but they only had two of them available. There were 10 house beers on draft. They also had guest taps from Bells, Stone, Weterbacher, and two others. The house beers available were varied and covered the whole spectrum of beers. Wheat, scottish, coffee stout, IPA, pale ale, couple Belgians and brett beers too.
I had the coffee stout and it was quite good. They also had a smoked oatmeal stout that was really good, on par or better than any other smoked porter I have had.
I am not sure about the atmoshpere here. There was no music so it was quiet as hell and kind of awkward. They did have a pool table but that was about all as far as entertainment. I could definitely see myself hanging out here, especially if I were going to local Ohio University.
01-19-2011 00:18:10 |
More by SaCkErZ9
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: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
My first brewery review. I generally don't do these but in this instance felt compelled to do so. Stopped November 5th, and saw that the place appeared to be closed until 4 in the afternoon. Considering I was headed to Foothills for the ORF release, time was an issue. Just when I was about to leave, a man from next door told me that next door was also attached with the brewpub, and was open. I mentioned I had conversed on BA with someone at the brewery who knew I was coming from Wisconsin. I then met who seemed to be one of the brewers, who opened the place special for me. Tried their Scotch Ale which was good, but considering I was driving stopped there, but also got a couple free samples. I then bought what I could feasibly buy at the beginning of my trip, but now wish I had bought more. The brewery had a neat rustic feel to it, which fit in well the beautiful surroundings of southeastern Ohio. I was treated very well and expect to hear much more from this brewery in the future.
12-16-2010 17:41:58 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
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: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
I drove down for the Barrel Aged Fest. The event itself was well organized, easy to get tickets and the system for selling the beer was easy, nice to go to a beer event that was not so crowded. The atmoshere is nice, a great location, cool campus pub. The feel inside is very homey, I could see myself hanging out here day after day if I went to school there. The servers were nice, pretty knowledgable. Cool to see Brad actually running the show and doing everything. The quality and selection of beerrs was really nice, great to see an event put on with tons of care shown in making their own beers but they also brought in some really good stuff. Sucks that I was only there 2 hours becauase I headed back to Columbus for the OSU game because there were so many beers I didn't get try. My gf commented she didn't want to leave either, as its just an awesome place to chill and drink at. Didn't have food but my buddy did and it looked awesome.
Great event, great selection of beer, awesome home feel that makes you want to stay. What isn't there to like?
09-13-2010 01:30:17 |
More by jrallen34
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
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