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Parkway Brewing Co.
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Active Beers: 8
Beer Ratings: 155
Beer Avg: 3.91
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar ]
739 Kessler Mill Rd
phone: (540) 314-8234
(Place added by: dnolan36 on 02-03-2013)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 3
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | $$
OK, first of all, if you don't know where you are going, they do not have a proper sign visible from the road, but the address is good for GPS. The brewery is in a repurposed manufacturing plant with an area cordoned off for the tasting room. Got here right as they opened, they had music from Pandora going, but the staff was there to talk about their beer and serve you. Beer is very fresh and ALWAYS served in proper glassware. You have to go to the bar to order, but it is a small place, so not too surprising. They have 5 beers on tap currently, and the beer is all good. Beer is reasonably priced, $3-5 per serving matting on beer and a $5 sampler of 4 beers. This is a place you should stop by, to try the beer and see the murals.
05-21-2013 23:08:49 |
More by cyclonece09
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | $
Southwestern Virginia isn’t exactly a mecca for breweries. They are few and far between, and those that do exist aren’t of an outstanding caliber. Sufficed to say, there is plenty of room and plenty of market for newbies in the area. And apparently someone finally got the memo.
Parkway Brewing Company is the newest kid on the block, joining two other small breweries in Roanoke and just a handful of others within an hour’s drive. The Brew Master knows the area, having decided to jump ship from the largest brewpub in town (Roanoke Railhouse) to start his own place along with a likeminded local dreamer. My guess is that they will succeed.
The brewery isn’t much to look at. It’s a warehouse space in the industrial district of Roanoke’s next-door neighbor of Salem. They’ve got the front painted nicely to proclaim the name of the place, but not much else in the way of signing. The parking lot is too small to accommodate the number of drinkers in the moderately sized city. The interior is concrete, mash tuns, fermentation tanks, and everything else needed to produce the wares. A couple of days per week, some ropes are strung, tables put out, and employees man a few taps behind a simple bar. It’s not so much a tasting room as a tasting area.
However, the tasters are actually tasty. I was fairly impressed with the fledgling brews. The IPA has an intense, distinct citrus note that intrigues for a pint or two, but begins to become wearisome after more. The Belgian pale ale is a wonderful combination of European sweetness with American ingenuity. I might actually be able to drink an entire growler of it. The third beer – just released the day of my visit – is a dark and smoky porter. It is full and rich, but with a nuanced taste profile that gets overwhelmed by the IPA and Blonde if switching back and forth between the three. I need to try it sometime on it’s own for a true feel of its flavor.
Since the brewery just barely has a tasting area, it certainly does not have a kitchen. The role of food provider is played by a food truck happily sitting away in the parking lot out front. There are at least two that I know of that have taken up residence, and as far as I can tell, both are viable options to say the least.
All in all, I look forward to returning here and I think as more beers are developed, the brewery will grow in size and acclaim. The rating for this place is going to undersell it because of their current lack of selection. Once they get more beers on tap and evolve a bit, I think the score will easily bump up to a 4ish range.
03-05-2013 19:43:07 |
More by bigkingken
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | $$
Ok, I want to make this short and sweet. First this is not a negative review even if it is a little low. I really enjoyed this place. The IPA was great...extremely fresh. They only have two styles available now (IPA and a blonde), but more to come soon. Once I get a swip of the Double IPA and Belgian Dark that should be ready soon I may come back and up the rating a bit.
I will say service could have been much better...
02-24-2013 00:57:40 |
More by JK4Stout
Parkway Brewing Co. in Salem, VA
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