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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
24 W Union St
phone: (740) 592-9686
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
As I walked up to Jackie O's the first thing I wasn't sure was what door to walk in. There were two doors, one leads to the brewery and the other a bit of pub. I chose the brewery, just by chance, and it was pretty cool. A fairly narrow building with a lot of wood and bricks. The bar was in the back and there was a stack of grains in the middle. Pretty cool atmosphere here I liked it a lot. Plain and simple nothing too fancy or over the top by any means. After we ate we went out through the back into a nice patio of several tables and into the other side. This side was quite a bit bigger and had a stage, pool table and shuffle board table.
When we were there they had 11 of their own beers on tap along with several guest taps. All of the brews were pretty solid with the IPA's and darker beers (stouts and porters) leading the way for sure.
Service was good she was on the ball and kept our glasses full for sure. The only thing negative to say was that her knowledge of their beer was pretty low, but she was friendly as hell.
I went with their pizza, which the menu states that it is from the spent grains in the brewing process. I thought the pizza was very good.
I really enjoyed my time here and the only thing that I'd change was that there would be a draft list at the table instead of having to read the chalk board.
Great place, great beer and good food.
08-02-2010 07:21:12 |
More by nrbw23
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped by Jackie O's for the release of 2 one-off treatments of Dark Apparition (BA kopi and vanilla rum BA) and some other assorted goodies during the weekend of 2/5/11.
Jackie O's is a split building with a back porch so to speak that connects the two establishments. The left half of the building is the brewery side, the right is the brewpub side. Both buildings have a very comforting atmosphere. I had the feeling like I was drinking in my hunting camp, except without the mounted animals. There is plenty of hand crafted wood decor which adds to the experience, even the tap handles have a uniqueness to them. Both sides of the building have stages where live entertainment is held. The brewery side is a little smaller and features a copper top bar. The brewpub side is larger with a wooden top and larger stage area for performances. Plenty of bar space as well as tables to sit at.
Our visit to the pub lasted between a couple hour long Friday night session and an all day long liver beating assault of a Saturday. We got to try a full array of the beer offerings all of which were phenomenal. Being a stout lover, I was in heaven as there was roughly 20 different stout options to choose from as well as ipas, pales, barleywines, wheat wines, smoked offerings and strong ales. You get the idea they had it all including guest taps of Founders, Kuhnhenn, and Bells.
The service was great. I never went longer than a few minutes with an empty glass. We ordered a few appetizers and had a pizza that was made with the spent brewery grains, very well done. Throughout my entire experience I couldn't help but constantly feel like I was welcomed. They made me feel like it was their pleasure that I was there and everyone I encountered was thankful for me being there. They seemed happy to help me with anything I wanted. I felt welcomed and I look forward to going back. If only this place was closer, I would go there all the time.
02-07-2011 03:02:37 |
More by stakem
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 | 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 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited in lieu of Dark Lord Day. Athens is a great place to visit and Jackie O's is one of the highlights. Two sides, brewery and eatery. We got there before the brewery side opened so got some pizza and other munchies.
Atmosphere was dark but comfortable, the place is narrow but plenty of room to move around. Doors were open and it was a bit chilly but that was no problem.
Service was quick and friendly and the food was fresh and good. Pizza was thin crust and delicious. Fish and chips were crunchy and obviously freshly prepared; same for the mushrooms.
Beer selection was nice with a wide variety of Jackie O's and some other taps. We spent a few hours there then moved to the brewery side. Same atmosphere, dark and warm. The tables are local made and they sell local made cutting boards.
All in all a very nice place to visit. I wish it wasn't so far away.
04-30-2011 14:43:05 |
More by kirok1999
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
My first trip to Jackie O's was for the 4th Anniversary Party. I think it was during the OU winter break as well. Some off street parking is available on both sides of the street. There might be a 2 hour limit on those spots though. When you walk up to the establishment, there appears to be 2 doors. One is actually for the Brewery and one is for the Public House. I started my journey in the brewery. When you walk in there is a small elevated area on the left that looks as though it could serve as a stage of some kind. Just past that is the bar with about 18 taps. All 18 were filled with Jackie O's brews on my visit. There were a few barrel aged brews along with a couple sour selections. The beers (along with descriptions) were all listed on a board on the wall. Service was pretty good. I really didn't have any questions for the bartenders so they met my expectations I suppose. There is a back door that leads up some steps and onto a patio with several booths. I can see the patio being a blast in warmer weather. On the other end of the patio are steps that descend to the back door of the Public House. It is a pretty good sized place. After walking by the pool table the bar is on the left with several tables arranged on the right. The bar has about 20 additional taps (all filled with Jackie O's brews on my visit). There were sours, barrel aged brews, and some of the regular line-up beers as well. My party had the pizza which was good. Other food that I saw passed around looked tasty too. This included burgers and assorted sandwiches.
At first glance the quality of the Jackie O's establishments can raise an eyebrow (no TV in the Public House, kitchen in an odd place in the brewery, etc...) but there is a light at the end of that tunnel. Conversations with some employees revealed that some construction is getting underway very soon to move the kitchen and address other issues as well. Kudos to the owners for what is in the works for this place. Granted, my visit was during a special event but this place really has quite a few things going in it's favor. Great atmosphere, great beer, good food, and the list keeps going. Yeah, I'll be going back. There is no doubt about that.
12-08-2009 04:06:20 |
More by csmiley
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: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Jackie O's is a top notch brewpub in every way. I've been several times, both for bottle release events (which can be PACKED) and for a quick beer. Everytime has been a great experience. The inhouse beers are incredibly tasty and varied and the guest taps are always top notch. Brad does an amazing job of running the show and if you're lucky enough to meet him you'll be sure to have some great conversation. Also, the food is great! That was certainly a pleasant surprise the first time I was there. Other than being in the middle of no where, Jackie O's wins in every way!
02-04-2011 14:14:42 |
More by Urbancaver
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$$
jackie o's has been on my bucket list for quite awhile - being a somewhat local pub & brewery (6 hours). hindsight being 20/20, our visit should have been timed around a bottle release rather than a casual lunch. as a result, I was unable to sample any of the wild ales - either on tap or in bottle. I sampled fresh hop & pepper (my favorite), wheats up, sparbock, le git saison, providence saison, mandala citra (very furry), hop & pepper, and razz wheat. all solid offerings - but nothing world class. the environment is quaint - perfect pub lighting, plenty to look at on the walls (including bathroom - jim buckley!), friendly enough service, Jackie o's totally feels at home in this college town. food was a bit too granola for me - and I like granola. opted for a burger - when perhaps pizza may have been the better choice.
09-09-2013 12:17:12 |
More by craft_shannie
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