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Taps: 62 / Bottles: 130
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
301 Riverboat Row
phone: (859) 431-6969
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 21 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Gosh, this place is tough to review. Very good and very bad at the same time.
My wife and I went prior to a Reds game in early August. From a location standpoint, it's on a shared barge with Hooters on the Ohio river. They were charging $5 to park right in front, but I drove down towards Don Pablos for plenty of free parking. The location is also within easy striking disttance of the Haufbrau Haus and The Party Source which is the #2 grossing liquor store in the nation and has an excellent beer selection.
So the good includes the largest beer selection in the Cincinnati area (plenty of "crap on tap" though), good happy hour prices, an excellent view of the river/Cincinnati, and the opportunity to take a $4 round trip ferry to the Reds game. We often walk to Reds games from the Hofbrau Haus so you could also do it from here.
The bad, which makes me very sad. My wife an I are convinced there was something wrong with the beer. She had the Bar Harbour Blueberry and Hoegarten and I had the Stone Pale/IPA and a Bell's Two-Hearted. They all tasted funny. She could not finish her Hoegarten is was so bad. Given the run-down status of the facility, I suspect they never clean their beer lines. She had to resort to Corona in a bottle. It's also dissapointing to see most of the people drinking domestic macro schwag when there are so many good options. Frankly, the poor quality of the good beer would turn me off to it.
If you like to people watch and enjoy a slice of mid-western Americana, you can hang out here or at Hooters after an event or when they're busy and enjoy some sweet mullets and people who are frozen in the 80's.
Go in with low expectations, enjoy the view, and laugh deep down inside at the low points of the tri-state lifestlye.
08-10-2006 13:55:25 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
This is located on a barge in the middle of the Ohio River (which, by the way, belongs to Kentucky, not Ohio) and moored just off the levee in Newport. It is located next to Hooters and shares outdoor deck space. The selection of draft beers is awesome and includes many macros, but, more importantly, lots of craft brews and fine imports. The bottled selection is equally huge. The service was great on a Tuesday afternoon, but then it had a limited crowd as this is obviously a hot nightspot. Huge seating areas and an outdoor area overlooking the river. Good prices and decent parking on the levee road.
Update: I must be getting sloppy with my reviews as I've heard from both AKSmokedPorter and hoprus this morning. In any case, hoprus asked about the selection and here's some of the lowdown -
Partial draft listing:
Alts - W. Frankenheim
Ales - Barrelhouse Pale Ale, Bass, Boddingtons, Flying Dog Doggie Style, Goose Island Honkers Ale, Goose Island seasonal (Summertime right now), GLBC Eliot Ness (misclassified), Honey Brown, John Courage, Leinenkugel Red, Lindeman's Lambics - Framboise, Kreik, and Peach, McEwans, Murphy Red, Newcastle, SNPA.
Wheats - Abita Purple Haze, Blue Moon, Frankiazaner Dunkle,
Hacker-Pschorr, Hoegaarden, Paulaner Hefe, etc, etc.
They also have selections for Bocks, Stouts, Porter (Edmund Fitzgerald), Pilsner, Dunkles, Ciders, and Lagers (about 20 and it includes my old favorites - Tennants and GLBC Dortmunder Gold.)
You get the idea and there are perhaps 50% more than the drafts in bottles; great stop. $2.50 domestic pints from 2-8 weekdays. Their fax number is (859) 291-4182; perhaps they'll fax the beer menu directly to you.
08-06-2003 02:54:46 |
More by AtLagerHeads
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped by on the way through Cincinnati. After hearing mixed reviews, I was quite delighted with the visit, though I see why the criticism exists. The bar has a terrific approach, located literally on the Ohio river in a barge, beside Hooters (I almost didn't make it to the Beer Sellar), overlooking the Cincy skyline--quite nice. The buildings rustic nature adds a sense of tradition and history without becomming pretentious. They offered some nice draft beers such as Arogant Bastard, Dead Guy, Stone IPA, some nice English / Scottish fare, several Bell's beers, and local brewery beers. 1/3 to 1/2 of their offerings is the stuff that can easily be found at your local karyoke bar or you negihborhood Speedway gas station. They are a little schizophrenic about whether they want to take beer serious or just attract the 'smash-the-can-on-your-head' crowd. The staff, though slight, has a terrific knowlege of beer and is eager to ensure that your visit was pleasant. Definately worth a stop, but there's not much there to surprise you.
03-03-2006 16:49:07 |
More by BEERchitect
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
We stopped at the Beer Sellar Saturday evening. The bar was nearly empty. (we started early I guess) Our bartender was friendly and attentive, but not incredibly knowledgable.
The tap selection had a great range of styles and nationalities. I had an Arrogant Bastard and a Dead Guy, but I could have had Hoegarten, Spaten, Great Lakes, Fullers, Chimay, or more.
I wish there was a little more crowd. It's kind of hard to judge a place when the place is empty. I know it was fairly early, but...
If you are searching for selection in Newport, give the Beer Seller a try. It's on the barge next to Hooter's.
11-29-2005 05:11:27 |
More by frazbri
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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
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: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5
Stopped by this place with over the weekend with a fellow homebrewer. It's on a barge on the Ohio River on the same barge as a Hooters. A guy at a local beer shop recommended this place, said they have 160 beers and 60 on tap ... so we obviously had to stop by. They have a very large selection of beers in the bottle and they do have a lot of taps. But honestly, the beers on tap aren't all that great. They have a Great Lakes brew, Tennets, Guinness, Harp, Bells Brown, and things like that. Nothing really struck me as excellent. We didn't have any food, just liquid bread. It has a great view of Cincinnati from the river. There is a bar area and some tables and then you can sit out on the deck, right on the river. The atmosphere was very geared toward the macro drinkers with Miller and Bud specials posted all over the place. The bartender seemed a little stuck up and uninterested in talking about the beers. Not a bad place, but it didn't live up to my expectations.
02-14-2005 12:56:21 |
More by clvand0
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$$
My wife and I visited 8/3/09 before a Reds game to take advantage of the water taxi.
Atmosphere: typical, large-bar atmosphere, yet it scores points for its openness and nice patio.
Selection: 60+ beers on tap 120+ in bottles - high in number, yet sub-par in availability and originality.
Service: Prompt and somewhat friendly, but, as this was in an empty bar, this was expected. One bartender fervently tried several times to open a Two Hearted Ale as a twist-off - a harmless mistake perhaps, yet I view it as an ignorance of the product being sold (especially in a bar with such a large amount of craft beer).
Quality: Oh dear. Our first two pints were hardly drinkable and laden with oxidized, stale, and just plain nasty off-flavors. My wife couldn't finish hers, offering to "throw (her)self into the river" instead. Round two brought Two Hearted to the table for us both. With only one bottle left, I took one for the team submitted myself to the offering on tap. My draft beer was as bad as the others - bland, oxidized, and lacking in any flavorful character. The bottled version was nearly as bad and was void of its typically wonderful hop characteristics (and a batch number). It appalls me that any craft beer, let alone such a stellar one, should be presented in this way. Simply the worst quality of beer that I've ever had - anywhere.
Food: Typical bar fare, but our pizza was tasty and ample for the price.
Value: Despite the quality, our beer was far overpriced ($5.50 for a bottle of spoiled Two Hearted!) Food was a bit pricey but acceptable.
Overall reaction: It is quite obvious that, as others have mentioned before me, the taplines here are not cleaned, and product is not moved. Quality should be an establishment's biggest concern. We will never again visit and will encourage our friends to refrain as well. For the next Reds game, we'll go to Hofbrauhaus instead.
08-04-2009 04:25:48 |
More by klewis
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I've heard about and seen this place for several years and finally got a chance to check it out prior to a Reds game recently. It was a Sunday afternoon. The back deck was filled with folks headed to the game via the ferryboat, the inside is large and roomy and at the time about a third filled. The taps are plentiful with macros, well known craft selections (Sam Adams, Bass, Blue Moon, Stella, etc.) , and some better beer ones like DFH, Stone, Bells. I had a DFH 60 Minute followed by a Stone pale, both were great. 3 to 4 bucks a pint, about average for a bar. While I didn't try any bottles, that menu is several pages long.
The place is known to be a meat market on weekends, the management is content to leave it at that. They don't really cater to the craft beer enthusiast outside of providing the taps. And that's great, but they have the room to do much more. A beer appreciation class, seasonal tasting events, things that could tie in their investment a little better to the people.
My advice is to go during low tide, weekdays or afternoons.
05-10-2007 02:55:13 |
More by brewdlyhooked13
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