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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
200 E 3rd St
phone: (859) 491-7200
(Place added by: brewdlyhooked13)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Made this a vacation must as we were doing the Newport acqarium later that afternoon.
Got to it about 2p.m. Plenty of free parking and no wait.
You walk in and the aroma hits you. Grains, yeast, kinda stable like. We were greeted by an older german guy, we talked abit about Octoberfests in our hometown area, very nice.
we were seated at one of the large wooden tables. Good atmosphere in front of the bar and cooper brewing kettle. The brewmaster was at work as its above the bar height, almost stage-like. Ok for entertainment for no music at our visit.
The beer was good, though they were out of the months special Bohemian Pils and the Dunkel. Both of which I wanted to try. Instead I had a liter of a back-up special offering, Zwickelbeer, an unfilter lager. It was offered by our pants sport'n waitress. It wasn't skirt time either, though she did show the kids her socks, very nice. She new her beer as well which was very cool.
The food was great. Good quality and good portion size. You can save some dough by ording from the second page sandwitch side, as we did.
Going at the off times are good if you have a kid or two. Only thing, you don't always get the full octoberfest feel. Even the old german greeter guy was gone leaving the gift shop unmaned. I wanted a glass but didn't go back in to track down my sock wear'n waitress. Oh well, next time, cause im go'en back!!
07-25-2008 15:26:03 |
More by chilidog
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Yoi and double yoi! This place was Germany packaged up and moved to Kentucky. Okay, Myron Cope may never have said that, but as his (un)official successor, I will. I was first here while on a bus trip from Da 'Burgh in 2002 to watch the Stillers play the Bung Holes (hey, at least it's beer-related) and that was at the height of Oktoberfest in Zinzinnatti. Back then, they had an oompah band onsite and I led the crowd in a spirited rendition of the Stillers version of the Pennsylvania Polka. I was deeply impressed then and more so on my return in December 2006.
This place was modeled on the original Hofbrauhaus in Munich, Germany and it was impressive, to say the least. Entering though the front door, I transited a long passageway flanked on both sides by the extensive gift shop. At the end of the counter was the m.d.s. with the building spreading out to both the left and right inside. To the left oblique were a series of picnic tables, what we Lancaster countians refer to as "family seating". Off to the far left was the light wood bar which encircled some the shiniest copper tanks that I had ever seen. The brewhouse was also off to the left, behind a series of doors and windows. Lining the windows were the Mug Club mugs, all under lock and key. At the left end of the bar, past the washrooms, was a door onto their open-air patio. The longer that I sat in front of the copper, the more that I felt that I was seeing double, thanks to the reflective quality of their polish. Heck, they were so bright and shiny that I could have shaved in them, had I been so inclined.
On the right side of the space, past the ubiquitous oompah band, was the reserved Hofbrauhaus space with lots and lots of family-style picnic benches.
Their beer was fantastic and it became a lesson in volume and weight for yours truly. I learned that 1 liter = 3 pints; 2 liters = 6 pints; 2 liters plus a stein = a lot to lift; and my bladder capacity = 1 liter + another 2 liters. Right after that, I stumbled out, onto the bus back to Cincy and called it a night.
10-21-2007 19:27:51 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Great open family feel. Beer hall style with basic long tables with long benches. Decor is simple and authentic German. Food was excellent. Lots of German staples. Beer was really tasty. I tried the lager in a liter size and followed it up with a seasonal maibock and was very pleased with both. The band was good and created a fun atmosphere with lots of interaction with the crowd. My kids loved it too. The location is good. It is easy to find with lots of parking and other things to do right along the ohio river. Overall really fun afternoon of beer, food and music.
05-09-2010 22:36:55 |
More by JohnWaynes44
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
The Hofbrauhaus is as close to walking into a German Beer Hall in Munich as it gets.
From a fine dining establishment in the front, to a long-tabled raucous beer hall, bar, and music hall in the middle, to a relaxing extensive beer garden in the back. You can have a great lunch outside, a fine dinner inside, and then party with complete drunken strangers with the house band that night.
Service is exceptional here. The wait staff is incredible.
Beer selection might be not incredibly diverse but most of it is brewed onsite according to the strictest of German Purity Laws.
Food is both highly to style and delicious.
06-15-2009 03:00:58 |
More by ThaBobfather
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I love this place. A few of my friends and I pulled a man-trip to cincy and this was the night spot we hit on a friday night. The beer was excellent... the premium lager and dunkel the high pts and the hefe was pretty good too.
What really set this place apart was the atmosphere. When we walked in there we about 20 huge wood tables with huge wood benches... the roof had that octoberfest tent look and the entire front room oozed 'huge partaaaaY'.
We spent the evening making new friends while drinking massive quantites of fine beer and listening to great music(snapps?)... the last three hours were spent STANDING on the table and nobody was in sight that gave a *(#&%. The place turned into the biggest free for all party that I have seen in many years... LOVED EVERY MINUTE.... thanks to hofbrau for providing the perfect party spot on a friday night.
Didn't try the food.... lived off beer alone the whole night. Great beer... great atmosphere... perhaps the best bar experience of my life... or at least since the old mich/osu papajoes kegs and eggs days...
this place ROX!
this place made a bunch of near 40 yr olds feel like they were at a frat party - rt at home!.... I WILL DEFINITELY be back. the 4 for food was based on a review from a member of our party....
06-28-2010 19:00:26 |
More by witster18
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place is a hoot. Great German food and beer, topnotch service, and authentic German beerhall atmosphere. Spent a couple hours here the evening of June 13, 2006, with a couple of friends who enjoy good beer. The food was much better than expected, as they import their meats and saurkraut from Germany and Canada, falling back on a local German butcher on occasion. The beer is excellent. I tried the German Pilsner, the Weizen, and sampled the Dunkel. Very much to style, and the liter and half liter servings are a good value. The place began to get crowded as dusk approached, and the accordian player was getting into his element. This place is fun for all ages and the staff is efficient and friendly. Everyone was delighted with their food selection, but it's hard to go wrong with the saugage sampler, which includes brautwurst, mettwurst, and bierwurst, as well as mashed potatoes and the best saurkraut I've ever had. Definitely a must stop for anyone in the Cincinnati area.
06-15-2006 01:15:39 |
More by merlin48
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
This is hands down one of the most fun "up scale" brewpub/restraunts I've ever been too. The atmosphere is really traditional in that the tables, glasses, flatware etc is all nearly identical to what you would find at the true Hofbrau. The wait staff dresses in respectable middle ages outfits and are always prompt and participative in your decision making. A girl I dated for a short while was a pretzel server--apparently this is a very important job.
The beers are top notch and so is the cuisine, their dopplebock, marzen and dunkle are all stars, but you have too wait for the appropriate months to buy the first two I mentioned. When ordering food I would say, size down, they serve the bullocks out of you. I can almost never finish half a sandwhich and potatoe pancake order especially with a healthy serving of their malt packed brews.
Their selection of beer is always fresh, in that you always have a monthly beer appropriate to the season, and a number of ole' standbyes.
My major complaint...Ugh, expensive. Its commercialized micro brewed beer. Dont go out to eat if you can't foot the bill. You'll spend 17 bucks on a half litre and half sandwhich.
They don't offer growlers, but if you bring a bottle they'll fill it...I only get a growler if their batch is supurb because it's more expensive than a 2L growler should be.
03-01-2006 22:29:53 |
More by fightingwords
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Even if this wasn't the only place this side of the Atlantic where you could get fresh brewed Hofbrau lagers, it'd be worth it for the ambiance. This is truly like being transported to Munich at times. The set-up is the same with the um-pa bands going all the time, the rowdy yet friendly patrons, the monstrous steins of Hofbrauhaus lagers, the long community tables often with a person standing on them singing along with the prosting song, the bavarian dress and decor. This is the only place in America where you can experience this. If you are in the area it's a must stop.
05-16-2005 15:02:43 |
More by Puddleglum
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
This place blew away my expectations, and I had one of the most enjoyable beer-related times here. I went to Cincy for a conference, and didn't beerfly Newport KY. A friend of mine got a map of the area, and we decided to give the place a try. I was expecting something on the lines of Jacob Wirth's in Boston, but this was far different.
The layout has been far better described already, but the atmosphere was truly enjoyable. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves (drinking, eating, listening to the oompa band) and the merriment was contagious. We got there around 1 p.m. on a Friday, and it was mostly empty. By the time we left around 6 p.m., it was mainly full. The band really led people to enjoy themselves--the musicians went to tables to serenade people having their birthdays (I usually don't get too impressed to see the b-day serenade in restaurants, but they were bringing over tubas and trumpets for crying out loud!), they had occasional parades around the place and chickendances for the kids. Children were swaying their sodas back and forth with the adults during the drinking songs. It was a family friendly place, which I enjoy seeing. The accordionist/bandleader sat with us between sets and he was friendly (he later called me up to join the parade, during which I collected tips for the band--it was a lot more fun than it may sound). The only reason I didn't give it a 5.0 for atmosphere was b/c we went back later that night and the atmosphere turned into a very loud place chock-full of twenty-somethings standing on tables and chairs listening to a mediocre cover band (though one that had an accordionist!). The nighttime there was not my cup of tea, at least when compared to the day, but everyone there seemed to enjoy it.
We had lunch--I had the three sausage sampler, which came with sauerkraut and (suprisingly-good) mashed potatoes, which I enjoyed. Another had the wiener schnitzel, which I tried and enjoyed. The pretzels were great. Our waitress was attentive and knowledgeable about the food and beer.
I thought the beer was very good. While I can honestly say that, for each beer I've tried I've had a tastier example of the style (and none of us enjoyed the German pilsener seasonal), something about the presentation and the above-average nature of each made them all truly enjoyable (with the aforementioned exception). We tried the lager, weizen (whose glass I don't recommend for swaying around during the drinking songs), pilsener seasonal, and the dunkel (which everyone seemed to like the best of the four--noone tried the light), and I enjoyed all of them. As to the value, we all expected to pay a lot more when the tab came around.
It rained during the afternoon, but we went to the beer garden that night and had a good time. It was a little too crowded for me, so the next time I go (and I would definitely go back if in the area) I would go during the day. I consider it a must-go.
06-05-2006 01:45:42 |
More by Tchuck
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I used to live near Newport and frequented this place when I was in college. As other reviewers have noted, the interior looks just like a Bavarian beer hall. The service is always good, at least in my experience. Most of the beers are solid (though there are a few one may want to avoid), and most of the major German ale and lager styles are represented. The food is good, if you like vaguely German cuisine, but the portions tend to be enormous. Overall, Hofbrauhaus Newport is a great place to grab a couple of beers and a meal.
11-02-2011 18:24:12 |
More by mrfrancis
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