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Taps: 40 / Bottles: 60
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
323 S Phillips Ave
phone: (605) 275-2012
(Place added by: bditty187 on 03-29-2013)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 3
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $
Was attending a meeting in Sioux Falls and looking for a place with some craft beer. J L Beers fit the bill. Would not go with a big group as it is small (they joke - serving thousands, 49 at a time) and some people waited a long time for tables, but I was by myself so I got a seat at the bar right away.
Service is very good. You get a name tag so the various barkeeps can keep your tab and you don't have to rely on one person to serve you. They also give you a free postcard (beermail) that they mail for you so you can tell a friend what you are up to.
Nothing special about the place itself. Just a bar with some TVs.
Tap selection is very good, although I might overrate it. Being from the East, there were a lot of beers I can't get from breweries in Idaho, Nebraska, Oregon and so on. The best beer I had was their house brew black ale. They don't brew so they have it brewed in Nebraska. I think the style rotates by season. Like many places, flights are a set and you cannot choose. I tried two combinations and the results were varied; some really good beers and some not so good. Bottle selection is limited, but if I am going for craft I prefer tap anyway. I can get bottles at the store.
Food is strictly burgers. Burgers are good, but it's about all you can get. And other reviewers are right, no tap water so you pay for bottled water.
Sioux Falls is a nice place, but not a big place so there are not a lot of choices. JL Beers was what I was looking for - a place to grab a quick bite to eat and try some beers I cannot get back home. Overall, recommended.
07-04-2013 14:10:55 |
More by millermason
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
I enjoyed this bar. Plenty of great beers. And they are quick and encouraging you to try samples. I got a nice saison by Boulevard there called Brett. Excellent! I also had a decent House beer (cherry stout). The food is just a bunch of slammin' burgers. That is all.
I go there for the beers.
04-04-2013 04:35:07 |
More by frankiepop
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$
I was really impressed with the beer selection on my visit. The tap selection is heavy on American craft beer… multiple Deschutes, Moylans, Odell, Goose Island, etc… Not many duds on-tap either. The handful of imported beers were solid to excellent additions. Small selection of good beer in cans/bottles too. I was pleased. I thought the beer prices were a tad high.
The food menu is limited to burgers and fries. We didn’t eat but the food looked really good and it was cheap. This place is kind of like Smash Burger or 5 Guys but with lots of great beer.
One really stupid feature about this place is, wait for it… they don’t have tap water. You have to buy water for a $1.50 a bottle. Lame-ass.
It was busy as well on my visit and I thought the service was very good. Friendly and fast.
So JL Beers is a mix of sports bar, beer bar and fast food restaurant. Aside from the whole water issue this place rocked!
I'd say this place is a must stop in Sioux Falls... on my visit, they had a better tap selection than Monks!
04-01-2013 16:39:58 |
More by bditty187
JL Beers in Sioux Falls, SD
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