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Taps: 12 / Bottles: 40
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
4 E State St
phone: (515) 295-2734
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Made the 1+ hour drive to Algona (one way) to go to a Chocolate Shop (which is amazing) only to find it was closed for remodeling. I was pissed, luckily I knew Billy Jo's was there, so we went for lunch.
Billy Jo's is the #1 Schell's bar in the state of Iowa. They have 12 taps, I've seen as many as 8 dedicated to Schell's, from Premo to Firebrick to Stag Series Rauchbier. At various times I've also seen Bell's, Rock Bottom, Steven's Point, Tommy Knocker, and a pretty good line up of the best beers available in Iowa. The bottle selection includes all the basic crafts as well, SNPA, Fat Tire, SABL, etc. This bar would be well respected in a metro area. In a town of 7,000 an hour from the nearest town of 25,000, it is amazing.
I know the tap lines get cleaned about once every two weeks, or if the beer is changed. It shows. Any beer I've had there tasted perfect. The glassware is also appropriate, clean, and not frosted.
I've always been in there when it was not at all crowded, but the service has always seemed very good. The staff knows enough about the beer, and is fast and friendly. Samples are available.
The food we had was amazing. Chicken Florentine Sandwich, deep fried pickles, awesome fries.
This is a place I will make the trip for again, and I would recommend that anyone who can route through Algona do so, there's a number of great things to check out.
05-01-2011 15:35:11 |
More by mdwalsh
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Billie Jo's is located at the west end of State Street in Algona, IA. You can park in the front or the back. It's basically your classic small town bar and grill eating establishment. This place has very good food. You have to try there wings they are delicious. I recommend the honey hot! On to the beer! They offer 12 taps and 40+ bottles as well as your standard liquor. Billie Jo's has a great selection of beers which includes a large selection from August Schell Brewing Co. on tap and in bottles. They offer beer from all over the Midwest and some seasonal and specialties from around the U.S. This is a great place to stop if you traveling though the beer wasteland that is northern Iowa.
12-15-2008 22:43:19 |
More by LordofTime25
Billie Jo's in Algona, IA