Bull & Bones Brewhaus & Grill
Active Beers: 12
Beer Ratings: 64
Beer Avg: 3.46
Taps: 7 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by Durge:
4/5 rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This good sized brewpub is located in a very new shopping complex on the outskirts of downtown Blacksburgh, not far from the VT campus. It's a very nice area and fairly easy to find from I-81 (5 to 10 minutes tops). I was going to eat here but during my visit on 5/27/09 there was an electrical outage so I ended up coming back after eating elsewhere (The Cellar) and did not sample any of their food, which appeared wholesome enough from what I could tell. According to the locals they have good wings and pulled pork, etc. Prices looked fair for a somewhat upscale drinking establishment. The place is quite large with 35-40% dedicated to a dining section, simple, nice looking seating and tables away from the bar area where you might bring family, a date, etc. The bar is fairly expansive and on this Monday night there was plenty of elbow room and excellent, attentive service. I will have to say that K.T., or Katie (not sure which), was extraordinarily cheerful and friendly including a reasonable appreciation of the brews she was pedaling. She engaged in good conversation and added significantly to the enjoyment of the place with all patrons from what I could see. Other staff were also on the ball and helpful. Of the three brews I had, two were so-so to good, and one was very good (the seasonal IPA). I was disappointed to find the selection here, for such a large, impressive facility, to be very pedestrian. The stout and brown ale were decent choices (although I was not too fond of the brown ale/maroon), and the IPA was great but brewed only as a seasonal, soon to be shelved for a few quarters! In this day and age I hardly think of a standard IPA as an exotic seasonal selection. Reserve that for DIPA's and Barleywine's, etc. (if you must). Otherwise, everything was on the lighter side (Hefe, light lager, pale ale, etc.) perhaps more tailored to the college drinkers and unsuspecting grits & gravy crowd. Not designed for the true Beer Advocate. That said, the place was still smacking of newness, numerous large televisions with various sports viewing, a big pool table area with at least 6-8 tables as I recall, a good music system and copious seating. It certainly has potential if they can further develop their beer quality and selection. Next time I visit the area I will plan to sample their food as well, and hope to see an even more impressive operation. Definitely stop in and hope for a good seasonal!
05-10-2009 16:45:35 | More by Durge
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3.64/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25 | $$
A pretty easy-going, family-friendly, lunch-break-beer, place here. Not quite my kind of hang out, so I didn't care for the bar atmosphere too much: somewhere between family restaurant and sportsbar, with a quite large bar, lots of seating, and plenty of TVs. However, the outside area was nice and simple, not to mention dog-friendly, and as we were travelling with the little poopers, we parked ourselves at an outside table.
Beer selection was average, and the quality of the beer itself was rather timid and basic, but for the kind of place, you can't really ask for more. So it ends up coming off like a Rock Bottom or Gordon Biersch, basically...though perhaps not quite as good as the former, and not quite as bad as the latter. We were only stopping briefly, so we went with the sampler flight, and did not try any food, though the menu seemed decent, stocked with mainly comfort foods. Prices were good all around.
Service was fine, quick, accommodating, and simple as the beers were, the girls knew how to explain them to the customers.
Considering there's not much else in the area, I'm glad we could make a pit stop here, but I wouldn't exactly call it a beer destination.
06-19-2013 07:01:31 | More by Rifugium
4.1/5 rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is the only brewpub in Blacksburg, a bit off of the main entertainment district. One of my go to places in the town for good eats and beer. The bar has lots of TVs for sports fans and lots of billiards tables, although some are taken up by leagues on some nights. The beer does leave some to be had, however, it is not terrible, and it is fairly consistent. The servers are really nice, although from time to time, they tend to focus on their regulars. The beer selection is awesome, lots of different styles to choose from, and a good seasonal. The food is awesome, they make a good steak and some good seafood, as well as awesome wings and other bar fare. Their prices may seem a little high, but it is well worth a stop at this place if you are in the neighborhood.
02-14-2013 03:21:43 | More by cyclonece09
1.65/5 rDev -55.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 1 | service: 2 | selection: 1 | food: 2 | $$
Whoopie! Look at me! I’m a brewery and I used the German spelling of house in order to make myself seem cool! Hmmm…. what other cookie-cutter chain gimmicks can I use to get people to come eat and drink here? I know! All of them!
This place is more corporate than the corporate places I’ve been. I don’t think it’s owned by one of the big boys, but it sure seems like it. The décor and style of this place reminds me of a bad imitation of a Roadhouse, Outback, Hooligans or something else equally depressing found throughout Middle America. And yes, everything here is mediocre.
The food is certainly nothing to bring you back again and again. The “real southern barbecue” tasted like – well, nothing – until you put one of their barbecue sauces on it, which were about the only tasty things I found here. With my barbecue I ordered onion rings and baked beans. The onion rings may as well have been made in my onion out of a freezer bag. The baked beans were alright, but again, lacked any distinguishing characteristic.
Which is exactly how I felt about the beers. None of them tasted bad, per se, but none of them left any kind of impression on me whatsoever. Hopefully there are places around town to get some really good beer. The lineup was heavy on light lager or wheat beers to appeal to the masses, while the pales and IPAs were under-hopped and under-complex. The darks made up for this a bit. If I had to come back, I’d stick with the stout.
Service was quick and efficient at least, but still done by a college kid without much of a clue about beer. Oh well.
07-09-2012 19:09:03 | More by bigkingken
3.63/5 rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Was just in Blacksburg for a wedding this past weekend and ate lunch at the Bull and Bones. There are many pros and cons about this place.
The beer quality is pretty good. Not the best brew pub ever, but good beers. The Belgian Wit that they had was really good and the Maroon Effect brown ale I enjoyed. They seemed to have a really good grasp on the beer.
The food is average. My smoked ribs we pretty good. The Pulled Pork was a little dry. I would guess that the burgers would have been a better overall choice.
The Growlers are expensive!! They have really nice grower's...but when we asked how much they were she said $20, which I initially thought was high, but since they were nice flip top growlers that I would get one. But when we got the bill it was $20 for the growler and $9 for the fill... So it was a $30 for new growler and fill... That was a bit much.
If you are in Blacksburg there are plenty of places to get good craft beer, but this is the only brew pub... so it is worth the stop.
05-30-2011 17:14:25 | More by GweedoeBRew
3.45/5 rDev -7.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 1.5 | $
visited over the weekend when revisiting blacksburg. i have been a few times during my years at vatech, but this review is generated by my experience this past weekend.
big, open restaurant in a new shopping center away from vt campus. like most new buildings, this restaurant definitely lacks personality. lots of tables, booths, bar area, pool tables, video games. we sat in the high top bar section and had a very attentive server. ordered a few pitchers and was impressed by the beer. had the IPA, seasonal dunkel, and the wit. good shit. food was quite the opposite. had the wings, some fries, and there was some other foods on the table i didnt get to try. i thought the wings were pretty bad. they are smoked, but to me it was just an overcooked wing with very tough skin. i ordered hot, but they hardly had a kick to them. i remember the food being much better during my other visits when i was still at vt. see how it is when you visit. im used to DC prices so i thought it was super cheap.
02-14-2011 12:31:11 | More by Jimmys
3.9/5 rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Stopped in for lunch on my to Brewgrass. Rode right past it the first time...sit down in a strip mall kind of blocked by the store closer to the road. A quick u-turn (which happened to take me to Vintage Cellar) and I was back in business. I got there a few minutes after they had opened and for a bout 15 minutes or so I was the only one in the cavernous space. Lots of tables and a huge doglegged L-shape bar. Must have been three dozen seats at the bar. I ordered the sampler and a burger. Bartender was quick and helpful. The beers were poured and served quickly. The burger, on the other hand, took almost 25 minutes and was not worth the wait. Over cooked and small...at least the homemade chips were good. This place would probably be great, if not obnoxious, during a VT game. Really dug the chilled rail running the length of the bar to help keep drinks cool. Food and beers were $$ but the growlers were $$$$!!!
09-21-2010 16:14:17 | More by Imstillthegman
4.1/5 rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
The beer on tap is that of brewmaster Jim Strickland, and it varies from the light lager style, to a stout, hitting points in between, such as IPA and brown ales. There is also a seasonal brew which is almost always worth checking out.
The bar is long, and on one side is across from pool tables. A strip runs the entire length of the bar, which continually generates a layer of frost, making for a great place to rest a beer or drink. The staff was very friendly and service left nothing to be desired.
I would very much recommend the St. Maeves stout truffles for a dessert. They are made using the St. Maeves stout brewed on site and are very rich. It may seem pricey for several truffles on a plate but you will not be disappointed.
09-15-2010 00:53:15 | More by legatovibrato24
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Bull & Bones Brewhaus & Grill in Blacksburg, VA
86 out of 100 based on 17 user ratings.