Sarasota Brewing Company
Active Beers: 9
Beer Ratings: 56
Beer Avg: 3.44
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by PorterLambic:
3/5 rDev -20%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
Despite the name, this is a sports bar. The only real difference is they make their own beer on premises. The standards are middle-of-the-road in quality, probably toned down from what the brewmaster, Vince, would like to put out just to please the less refined tastes of the average patron. Having frequented this establishment since the had a 2nd location in Bradenton (no longer around sadly), I can say the brews are very consistent in their quality, color and taste. The seasonal brews are where the brewmasters' art shows. The summer & winter beers are quite good, especially compared to the year round styles. The exception to the less impressive, year-round brews is the porter. A consistently good, dark brown, almost black beer that compares to Anchor Porter or Stoney Creek Brewing's Vanilla Porter.
The food is nothing special, standard sports bar fare that you can get anywhere else. Service is good, not outstanding.
The look is like a Swiss chalet, with hundreds of personal steins hanging from hooks all over the ceiling. A nice, comfortable, family-friendly place. TV's of various sizes dominate throughout, and a visit during football season especially is going to be noisy.
06-06-2004 17:25:47 | More by PorterLambic
More User Reviews:
4.33/5 rDev +15.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $
Just to start, WOW! What a great brewery! While visiting Sarasota yearly now and staying in Siesta Key, the Sarasota Brewing Co. was not a far drive for an unbelievable experience. I enjoyed this venue twice in January 2011.
The atmosphere was perfect for this type of brewery testing. The music was right on and great staff and locals to help with the vibe. Wouldn't change anything except for the horrible Kansas and Oklahoma table covers on the tables :)
Quality you ask? Great! Not quite the classiest place you've ever been to, but we are talking about a Brewery in Florida. What do you expect? Tuxedos and coat service? I don't think so. Nice tavern feel.
Service was beyond wonderful. We had a server named Rita who clued us in immediately with the specials, great beers., and top picks for food. Very friendly and quick service as well.
Decent selection. There were 6 beers on tap we were able to choose, and I enjoyed every last beer in Pints (except for the Sarasota IPA in a Liter).
Food was spectacular! Here is what we ordered: We started with their Buffalo Wings and Nachos. Very exceptional. Then I ordered the Italian Beef Sandwich and this really nailed it with a pint of the Sunset Red Ale. They complimented each other greatly. Their original Beer Battered Fries were great as well.
Very cheap if you go during their Happy Hour (M-F= 3-7 with specials on their beers). A great place to visit if living around the area or even visiting. Will be in again thanks to the wonderful service and great beer! Hope they brew new beers for us!
02-03-2011 22:38:51 | More by DCon
3.13/5 rDev -16.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
This was my second time here. I thought they had a little better variety of other taps besides their own the last time. I remember they had Lagunitas IPA the last time. But that having been said, this time they had have a couple of CCBs (Jai Alai IPA and I forget the other one). I had the local IPA and thought it was terrific. So good, I had another for my second. We had some wings to go with them and they were fine. It is a bit of a dated place, but very friendly with good service, lots of TVs for sports etc.
09-14-2010 19:22:17 | More by chiefmick
3.48/5 rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Have been here before but I have finally taken the time to rate a few beers and to put in a review of the place.
The place overall is a bit dated but I think the Old World European type feel is what they are going for. They have a nice bar areas with a restaurant area that consisted of booths and tables.
The service was good overall. I had the wings which were pretty good. Not a ton of sauce on them (I would have liked more) but they were served nice and crispy. We missed happy hour but they have some pretty good happy hour prices if you can drop in during happy hour.
They had six of their beers on draft. Their bottle list consisted of all macros (which is a huge let down). Their beers for the most part are average but the IPA and porter showed than can brew some pretty good stuff.
Overall an okay place.
06-13-2010 12:25:08 | More by tpd975
3.64/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Gulf Gate Drive off of 41. I'll be frank with you - you should call for directions as it is just East of US41.
The entry opened onto a wooden statue of an old-time bartender with apron and braces holding a mug of beer in his left hand. The inverted, "L"-shaped beer was on a slight left oblique to the doorway with a "U"-shaped bank of padded benches fronted with standard tables and chairs. Lavs all of the way aft, left. On the right side of the space was the restaurant area with mostly benches and booths for seating. There was another bar on that side and a semi-circular ladderwell leading up to a small second floor. The brewhouse was off to the extreme right with a couple of wood-clad SVs behind the secondary bar. A private dining area to the left of the secondary bar fronted the FVs. Mug Club mugs hung from every horizontal plane. It reminded me of a 1980's sports bar, ala Sam's Saloon, but making their own beer, like in Windsor, Ontario. At least I got to watch some of the NYY/Bucs game while we visited. Est. 1989.
Beers: J's Hoppy Light Ale; Sarasota Gold; Sequoia Amber Lager; Midnight Pass Porter; Sunset Red; Maibock. The H. L. A. was the best of the lot - plenty hoppy for me. The rest were too sweet for my liking.
Old Prague Pilsner was out-5.0.
Mom Test: Nah. Too dark. Too bar-like. Nothing but sports on the monitors. That's not a good combo.
12-17-2009 23:00:08 | More by woodychandler
4.2/5 rDev +12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
After visiting friends in Venice, we decided to take 72/70 back to the other coast again and stop by. We first couldn't find the place. SBC is a brewpub with character IMO.
We had two sandwiches and liked our food! Definatly a good choice before a 4hr drive and would stop again at any point. Could have a few less TVs maybe or at least take the stacks of Bud Light out of the bar. I was actually quite surprised to see so many BMC beers there. Good selection of their own and also some guest taps, i.e. Lagunitas IPA.
Before we left, I glanced into their brew kitchen and immediately a waiter came over and asked if I would like to go inside and look around - of course. Got a small quick tour. Definatly a very friendly place
07-06-2009 01:52:32 | More by Schwab
3.65/5 rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This was an early in the day type visit when checking out the SBC in Sarasota. Kind of an old school beach area near Siesta key. Reminded me slightly of San Diego PB/MB area which is real cool.
First thing I noticed was just how friendly the locals are at this place. Right away--these people are all very talkative with me which I thought was overboard at first but its just simply the atmosphere of the place. As long as you dont act like a complete nut--they treat you like one of their own.
I got a sampler of the beer--decent and fresh and clean. I was driving so I couldnt have anything too strong but the macro-ish one they had I got a pint or 2 of that--it was quite decent. The wings were very good and the sandwiches were only average or slightly above.
The bartender was excellent and made you feel very much at home in a relaxing vacation spot.
03-12-2009 00:16:38 | More by rousee
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Sarasota Brewing Company in Sarasota, FL
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