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Taps: 62 / Bottles: 130
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
301 Riverboat Row
phone: (859) 431-6969
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Reviews by b3shine:
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | $$
It's remarkable how such a good setup can end up so disappointing. The most beers on draft I've ever seen - and plenty of esoterics. But it's all downhill from there. Let me begin by saying that you can have the best draft beer selection in the world, but if you don't clean the lines, the beer will suck. And they don't. And it does. The place is on the Ohio River, yet it's almost always empty. And it's a pity too, because the view is great. The bar is not cleaned like it should be, and they allow cigar smoking inside, which I don't appreciate, as it detracts from the bouquet of my $8+ pints. The staff is unknowledgeable and the place is poorly managed. What a waste of potential!
03-30-2011 02:11:22 |
More by b3shine
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vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | $$$
Nothing has changed since the last review, draft lines still need cleaned. I was lured in by the impressive looking array of taps, but was disappointed by the "off" taste of the Dogfish Head 90 minute that I had purchased. A friend had the same problem with his Sierra Nevada Pale ale. Another friend had an Abita Purple Haze which was ok. I'm not really for sure which way the owners are trying to go with this place. Beer Bar? Sports Bar? We were there on a Wednesday night and there was acoustic music, and the food looked and smelled good, but there was a black mark on the evening from tainted beer.
08-05-2012 04:01:20 |
More by Philcray
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | $$$
I just recently moved to Cincinnati and had heard great things about the Beer Sellar. I decided to check it out today and overall I was not impressed. While the beer selection is phenomenal, it seemed as if the staff knew nothing about the product they were selling. Being so overwhelmed by the variety of beers on tap and in bottles, I asked for a menu. However, when I had a question about a type of beer (the list only has the names of the beer, no style, abv, or price) the bartender had no idea what type of beer it was. I chose Three Floyds Dreadnaught, and thought it would cost anywhere from $9-13. Now I'm ecstatic that I purchased this phenomenal IPA, however I wish I was warned of the nearly $20 price tag. I feel that the bartender should have at least known how much the beer was, let alone what type of beer it was. Go for a fantastic selection, but don't expect a knowledgeable staff.
09-20-2010 03:26:24 |
More by wishdp
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$$
My wife and I visited 8/3/09 before a Reds game to take advantage of the water taxi.
Atmosphere: typical, large-bar atmosphere, yet it scores points for its openness and nice patio.
Selection: 60+ beers on tap 120+ in bottles - high in number, yet sub-par in availability and originality.
Service: Prompt and somewhat friendly, but, as this was in an empty bar, this was expected. One bartender fervently tried several times to open a Two Hearted Ale as a twist-off - a harmless mistake perhaps, yet I view it as an ignorance of the product being sold (especially in a bar with such a large amount of craft beer).
Quality: Oh dear. Our first two pints were hardly drinkable and laden with oxidized, stale, and just plain nasty off-flavors. My wife couldn't finish hers, offering to "throw (her)self into the river" instead. Round two brought Two Hearted to the table for us both. With only one bottle left, I took one for the team submitted myself to the offering on tap. My draft beer was as bad as the others - bland, oxidized, and lacking in any flavorful character. The bottled version was nearly as bad and was void of its typically wonderful hop characteristics (and a batch number). It appalls me that any craft beer, let alone such a stellar one, should be presented in this way. Simply the worst quality of beer that I've ever had - anywhere.
Food: Typical bar fare, but our pizza was tasty and ample for the price.
Value: Despite the quality, our beer was far overpriced ($5.50 for a bottle of spoiled Two Hearted!) Food was a bit pricey but acceptable.
Overall reaction: It is quite obvious that, as others have mentioned before me, the taplines here are not cleaned, and product is not moved. Quality should be an establishment's biggest concern. We will never again visit and will encourage our friends to refrain as well. For the next Reds game, we'll go to Hofbrauhaus instead.
08-04-2009 04:25:48 |
More by klewis
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
The location is great, right on the river, with a huge deck. Since we're in Kentucky, there is smoking inside. The band playing makes things quite loud on the inside as well. But we're here for good beer, so you gotta roll with punches and embrace what you can. 2 Stone, 2 DFH (60 and 90), 4 Rogue (Double Dead Guy), 3 Great Lakes, 1 Bells, 1 Schlafly (soon to be coffee stout) on tap, about 50 beers in all. A guesstimate of about 80 beers in bottles as well.
I can understand how people can view this place differently. If you're looking for a nice quiet place to drink good beer, this isn't the place for you. Given the beer situation in downtown Cincy though, you should give this place a try.
11-16-2008 07:46:56 |
More by redbird
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Well, the wife and I were in Newport, KY (at Newport on the Levee) prior to a Reds game. We had about an hour to spare so we decided to have a beer at The Beer Sellar. It was about 2PM on a Saturday.
We walked on to the barge and turned past Hooters (on the right) and made our way past the patio and into The Beer Sellar (on the left). It was kind of difficult to figure out where Hooters stopped and the Beer Sellar began... The patio was filled with several beer stations tended by girls in bikini tops.... so I'm assuming that was still Hooters. They were right outside The Beer Sellar's door! But it was all BMC being served out there... so we ventured inside.
The first thing I saw was the rocks of tap handles... it was quite a sight. The atmosphere was smokey and loud... and just typical.... nothing special here.... quite underwhelming. Just a big ol' bar with typical BMC neon lights and a several TV's.
We bellied up to the bar and I asked to see a beer list. The had to have been 70-80 beers on tap... Stone, Rogue, Dogfish, Great Lakes, Bells. I selected an Arrogant Bastard and my wife opted for a Purple Haze. They were served in chilled pint glasses.... with lots of condensation. I don't think that I would review the beer... because it wasn't in "controlled conditions" (smokey atmosphere, condensation on the glass, old beer on tap(?)....etc.).
The the selection was pretty good.... although, there was nothing on tap that I hadn't already tried.... so there was nothing REALLY SPECIAL. My second beer was from a bottle... some Scottish Heather Ale.... They handed me the bottle and it had a freshness date of August 2007... the date was May 31 2008! Sorry Beer Sellar, you've got a big selection.... but you can't turn it over enough to keep it fresh. I suspect that the taps are pretty much the same way.
We didn't try the food. Sorry, this was a lack-luster experience... This place could be wonderful.... but it's not...
06-02-2008 12:25:13 |
More by TheBierBand
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 2 | $$$
This is a nice looking bar. I can imagine it gets really crazy here in the summer, especially during a Reds game. They've got plenty of taps, a whole wall of them, and even more in bottles. The bartenders didn't seem to know that much about the beer that they were pouring. Selection is great, but in my opinion everything is a bit overpriced. I ordered an Arrogant Bastard...the bartender had quite a hard time pulling the tap forward, thats when an middle aged man also behind the bar, whom I suspected to be a manager, told her to pull it really hard. Once it was in my glass, he chuckled and said "...yeah, that taps not been pulled in at least 3 days." The beer also tasted a bit off, I've heard that they don't really take good care of their lines there, I believe it. Also had the food there...overpriced and not even good. Seven dollars for a turkey sandwich and chips, I could get a better deal at subway...and if the bread is going hard there its because I got it toasted, not because it is stale. I'll not be going back to this bar. Great selection of beer, but the quality of the place really sucks.
03-29-2008 16:01:09 |
More by becktone
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
I've been here many times before but this is the first time since I've joined this site. This was also the best experience I've had there.
Went on a Saturday night. As expected, completely packed, very smoky, and very loud(3 live band throughout the night... though all were actually good /surprised). This is definitely a place that's better when it's slow. Played pool and darts most of the night and wasn't bothered too much(won $40 in darts before me and my buddy were left alone). The selection has always been pretty decent here with names like stone, brooklyn, bell's, etc. I think the 3 most surprising beers I saw were Bell's Expedition Stout, Brooklyn's Monster, and Stone's Ruination. The service, which has been mediocre at best, was actually quite good. One bartender was knowledgeable of there beers, while the others at least knew exactly what beers I asked for and how to pour it. In past experiences, I've gotten the tiny party girl bartenders that don't know any of there beers except BMC. The quality also seems better than in the past. I tried about 6 different beers(yay for a DD) and they were (mostly)nicely maintained. My 2 complaints were minor and dealt with. First complaint was on my 4th beer, Two Hearted. Tasted watered down and lacking some of it's hops. I mentioned it to the knowledgeable bartender and he replaced it with 2 bottles of Two Hearted(instead of the on-tap stuff) and only charged me for 1. On my 5th beer, I asked the knowledgeable bartender for an Arrogant Bastard. He sent me a sample first, to check quality. The taste was still right but the hops were subdued. I told him I was probably getting palate fatigue but he poured me a free pint as an apology. After that, a great Expedition Stout capped off the night.
Overall, it was a good night and a better experience than I expected. I'll write a few more reviews of this place to see if they've changed their ways or if I just had a rare(good) experience there.
11-04-2007 19:03:26 |
More by pwoods
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Actually, its name was "Beer Sellar on the Barge". On the barge was a fitting designation as it actually is on the west side of a barge in the Ohio River on the Newport, KY side. To enter, you have to transit their enclosed brow and once aboard, turn port, pass through their short vestibule, and yer aboard, matey! The big, bad, BeerWolf guarded the entry, just past the m.d.s. on the right. The marble-topped bar sat at a left-oblique to the entry. To the right was a tile-floored area with a combination of high tables and chairs and standard restaurant tabes and chairs. To the left of Wolfie was a pool room with two tables. Aft of the bar were the washrooms, at about the centerline of the barge. The DJ booth was off to the extreme right of the bar. I was satisfied, overall, but there was a good bit of cigar smoking, if that is a consideration for you.
They had around sixty-plus bottles and sixty-four taps. There was lots to choose from, including Schlafly, Bell's, Sam. Adams, Stone, and Rogue products, as well as the standard BMC. They also had a free "Beers Around the World" club with a card to keep track of your progress and a "bitchin' jukebox".
10-21-2007 17:29:12 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Went here before the Newport Italian fest. It happened to also be before the Reds Indians game so the place was quite packed on this Saturday afternoon. Walk accross a small bridge and arrive to a Hooters on the right and the Beer Sellar on your left. The place was packed and the walk accross had an aroma of dead fish.
Lines were long and the bartender was impatient. They had a decent selection, I had a BBC IPA and Pixel a Commodore Perry. The place was just too packed with drunken baseball goers to really enjoy myself and the beer selection overall wasn't as good as it should have been considering the amount of taps.
I'll have to return in the future on a more laid back night and sit by the water and have a few brews. Maybe things will be more delightful.
06-20-2007 21:34:47 |
More by mcallister
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