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The Ginger Man
Taps: 66 / Bottles: 60
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
3716 Camp Bowie Boulevard
phone: (817) 886-2327
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here around 1400 on 15 Aug 2011 after a minor cultural day in Ft. Worth.
Found an empty sixth of Sam Adams in the parking lot on our way in. Got some odd looks as we entered with it. About 60 or so beers on tap, with another 70 in bottles. Well selected but nothing really out of the ordinary. I got the Live Oak Hefe, which was significantly better than the one I had at Crickets a couple of days ago. A got the Franconia Kolsch.
A little dark because all the blinds were drawn. Comfortable leather couch. Wooden bartop, brick and wood floors. Largish collection of empty beer bottles, but w multiple duplicates. A jukebox plays some of your favorite hits. A couple of TVs were showing golf. Darts towards the back left. Some outdoor seating as well.
Bar was a bit smoky even though there were only about three patrons and only one was smoking.
08-15-2011 19:40:42 |
More by htomsirveaux
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Dog friendly out in the beer garden, which is always a hit with us. Smoking inside, which is a bit of a bummer...although that is more of a Texas law thing than a hit against the establishment. Pretty decent tap list and wicked friendly staff. The beers were reasonably priced and the place has a great atmosphere. Bar stools at the bar, booths and tables all around, an area with leather sofas, dart boards, a piano, and a spacious beer garden. Pretty sure I saw a tasting group while we walked through with the pooch, as they were sitting around a table with a pretty large bucket filled with chilling bottles of many a brew. Also, while we were walking out we passed a guy carrying in a couple cases of many brews, so they are apparently open to all kinds of group meetings. We also met a guy there that runs a homebrew group, and they were having a meeting later that night. Seems like a happening stop for the local beer fans. They had chips and other snacks for sale at the bar, and my wife scored a root beer float (which she had been craving for a while), so there are some snacking options. Not sure about a full menu, as we were just swinging through and didn't want a meal. Definitely worth a stop if you are local, and even if you are passing through. We would absolutely go again.
04-29-2011 21:48:18 |
More by GarthDanielson
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Brick floor, wooden seats, brass tap board, bottle collection and brewania line the walls, couple of TVs playing the college games. Umbrella tables outside by the street isn't the bier garden setting I've come to expect from the noble G Man.
Good selection of beer, 65 taps, no crap save one Macrowater. Live Oak Hefe, Rahr O'fest, Real Ale Lost Gold IPA and other Texas brews well represented.
Friendly staff, prices were a bit high, but not crazy $4.75 a pint. Place lost a point when people at the bar lit up some cigs. Push those smokers outside, I'm drinking beer here!
A worthy stop on the Ft. Worth beer scene, I think it's a better overall experience than the Flying Saucer at the moment. Time to rise to the challenge FS!
10-01-2007 22:24:04 |
More by HardTarget
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This has become one of my favorite beer destinations when I go vist my wife's family in FW so it is now time for a proper review.
The layout of this place is really nice. When you walk in the bar is immediately in front of you. The walls are covered with various bottles and cans. There is a chalkboard hanging above the bar with new bottle and tap releases. The beer menus are scattered about the bar, but when this place is busy, finding a menu can be a pain. There is plenty of seating indoors, but I usually sit at their really nice outdoor patio due to the cigarette smoke.
The tap selection is very good. They carry a nice selection of TX beers (Live Oak, Rahr, Real Ale, St. Arnold, etc). They also carry a good selection of beers from the West (Old Rasputin, Hop Rod Rye, Maharaja) to the Midwest (Boulevard) to the East (90 Minute). They also offer a cask option (Sisyphus 08 when I was there). They have a few beers from various other countries on tap, but I was more interested in regional beers that I have never tried. The bottle list is pretty good and had a lot of the Boulevard Smokestack beers available. Darught prices did not seem too bad, but some of the bottles were a little pricey ($7 for a can of Gordon).
I can't speak for the food as I have only come here to drink.
The service is very good. If you sit outside they have table service and they are quick at getting drink orders filled. The bartenders are very knowledgeable and were good at making recommendations.
04-23-2009 19:02:15 |
More by mjl21
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Probably the best beer bar that I've ever visited...
I made the trek over here thru rush hour traffic and found the place absolutely packed but I was determined to have a couple of pints so in I went...
What greeted me was an exceptional lineup of taps and bottles the likes of which I've never seen... Tons and tons of local brews including the seasonal Oktoberfests along with several West Coast IPAs and other great brews like Black Butte Porter and Maharaja...
I ordered a local brew, St Arnold's Elissa IPA which was on cask and a Green Flash West Coast IPA among others...this was one terrific bar... The service was a little slow but like I said they were packed...prices were very very reasonable and this particular night they were giving away Summit Oktoberfest pint glasses with a purchase...
Overall a wonderful experience that I will remember..
10-01-2009 00:16:48 |
More by Tilley4
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Been waiting for a cool day to rate Ginger Man, since it's got a really nice outside area that's unfortunately unbearable June through August. Always a great selection at Ginger Man and they somehow never seem to be out of what they show on the menu. It's a plus that you can purchase their tap beers in pitchers. Food is pretty standard bar faire, good but not great. Servers generally good and helpful but occasionally seem to dissapear without a trace for a half hour at a time. Vibe seems really variable on the half dozen visits I've made - some nights it's almost empty with just a few lonely down and out types sitting at the bar, other nights it's filled to the brim inside and out with young happy professionals. Overall a very enjoyable establishment and seems to get better with every visit.
09-17-2011 04:45:29 |
More by coldriver
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I visited the Metroplex over the weekend and assurbanipaul suggested I visit the Gingerman. We arrived shortly after the place opened and were the fourth and fifth folks to arrive, if you count the beer salesman having a sandwich at the bar. We seated ourselves at the bar, and we drooled over the selection.
The bartender was Molly, a short, dark haired, no-nonsense lady who had a pretty smile and twinkling eyes. I spotted the Franconia Spelt tap and asked for a pint. She gave me the once over, and said, "Let me pour you a sample first."
Butterscotch beer. And I hate butterscotch. Sigh. Maybe another day, Franconia! Thanks, Molly, for giving me a heads up.
We spent an enjoyable three hours there, chatting with Molly and having beers I just can't get at home. By the time we left the place was packed and coming to life. I wish I lived closer. It seems like a great neighborhood place.
09-16-2010 16:57:18 |
More by hiikeeba
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
One of my favorite pubs to go to. Nice, cozy atmosphere. I've been here several times on Friday and Saturday nights and I have never seen it too busy to where you couldn't find a seat. The bar has somewhat limited parking, but there usually isn't too much of a problem finding a space. They have a pretty good selection of taps and bottles. Recently they have had an excellent selection of winter warmers. The service is good. The bartenders and waitresses are attentive which is somewhat rare at bars from what I have found. I have not tried the food, but it is a little above average price wise. The beer is also a little pricey too, but I guess it's basically what you would expect from a place like this. Great place though. Would definitely recommend going here if you are in Fort Worth.
12-02-2008 00:51:00 |
More by Bagman007
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped in on a lazy Saturday afternoon. Place was practically empty. Loved the look and feel of the room (it really is just one long room). Also loved the neighborhood. Simple and inviting decor, lots of wood tones well mixed with the standard beer bar pin-ups of various brew house posters and advertisments. As a previous reviewer mentioned, the couches at the streetside part of the building is where to be. While visiting, I noticed two seperate families with small children in the room. Unusual for the TX beer scene, but it felt okay for the setting, which is something I appreciate. I also felt like the place didn't feel as dirty as some of these bars can be. For example, the bathrooms were actually clean. That should almost be a scoring catagory in itself and this would probably be the first bar I've been to that would score highly.
The beers I had were served up right. Poured properly, tasted fresh, about the right temp. High marks for quality.
Service was good and reasonably helpful. She knew the lineup and I overheard seemingly adequate suggestions being made at another table. I wouldn't call it perfect, but I can't really complain. I think they might be tested at a busier time of the day though. Just a feeling, no evidence to back that up.
The selection is smaller than say The Flying Saucer, but they have some stuff that FS doesn't have. Great and well chosen. Gotta love the Live Oak offerings. That being said, there might be room for growth here. No complaints, but more is always better.
The three beers I had seemed pretty reasonably priced, but the food on the menu seemed a little pricey. And, as others have mentioned, there are places in town with better regular specials.
All in all, a worthwile trip. I'd go back if I was in the area. The Flying Saucer is still probably the better choice, but this is a great change of pace. Plus the only place in town to get the heralded Live Oak Hefe.
05-13-2007 07:15:42 |
More by skillerified
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Stopped by on a Sunday afternoon during a Mavs game. Walked right up to the bar to meet with a friend from out of town.
Had a great time. Relaxed atmosphere and a draught selection of about 30 or so. Bottle selection was broad, but there was more than enough on tap to keep me interested.
Bartender was friendly, knowledgeable, and more than willing to pour samples or make recommendations. He just happened to overhear my friend and I mention curiosity about a Kolsch, and he had a sample for us the next sample, but he didn't say anything. Absolutely terrible. I learned to take this guy's recommendations. All pints were served in correct glassware.
I would highly recommend this place to locals and those just visiting Fort Worth. Relaxed atmosphere, great staff, great selection, and plenty of seating options inside and outside. Smoking can be a problem sometimes, but this past time it was just barely there.
05-09-2011 17:10:42 |
More by videofrog
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The Ginger Man in Fort Worth, TX