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Ithaca Beer Company
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Active Beers: 30
Beer Ratings: 8,221
Beer Avg: 3.91
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
122 Ithaca Beer Dr
phone: (607) 273-0766
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 2 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
The Ithaca Beer Company's Taproom offers really delicious food, some of it inspired and creative, much of it the best of its kind. I've eaten there five times since the IBC moved just a bit north and uphill with its new restaurant in its new larger building with outdoor tables that are wonderful when weather's nice. On my last visit, the bocce court had fallen into decay (no jack or palino, so we played with a mismatched small plastic ball, no matched sets left), but a new firepit was a fine place for a fire on a chilly fall day. You can have wait service indoors, or order at the bar and have your food brought out to a table on patio where you display your order number. I've much enjoyed the burgers, wood-fired pizzas, salads and hand-cut fries. Lately the service has been more attentive and organized. Unfortunately the acoustics in the hard-surfaced dining area have so much echo that a nearly full house is so noisy you have to shout to be heard—conversations with somebody more than a yard away are nearly impossible. I hope IBC will install some sound-absorbing material under the metal ceiling. It's wonderful to see how popular the great beer and good food have made this place, but unless you enjoy yelling with most of the crowd trying to enjoy each other's company, you'll do well to eat and drink outside. Not a comfortable option when it's raining, sleeting, or snowing, but way more peaceful than the roaring box of the Taproom's dining area.
11-25-2013 04:24:16 |
More by jameswaldo
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
It's been about a year since the taproom opened. Review based on about a half dozen visits since then.
Atmosphere - Really nice space. Walk into the retail area and a large L-shaped bar. A fair number of indoor tables and at least as many outside as well. Bigger than it looks on first impression, especially when people can spread out in the summer months. From the retail corner you can look into the brewery floor and see the tanks, etc. We've not been on the tour of the new place, but they always appear packed when we've seen them. There is a bocce court outside and shuffleboard.
Quality / Selection - If you aren't already familiar with Ithaca Beer offerings they are all well done. The taproom offers a rotating "5 BBL" series of small batch beers. Over the past year I've tried 6 different offerings that were all good to very good. They provide a nice wrinkle to the year round and seasonal offerings I'm already well acquainted with. All pours are offered in either full or half pints and they typically have 3 different flights (year round, seasonal, and hop) to choose from. These make it easy to try a variety of different beers in one visit. Every Wednesday night they have a cask offering tapped at 5 PM. We've only been able to visit once for this, but if we were a little closer I could imagine making that a frequent stop.
Service - The only place they seem to lack a bit. At times it feels like they are 1 or 2 servers short of full staff. Still not enough of an issue to impact the overall visit.
Food - The menu is pretty limited, but everything we've tried has been good. The focus is certainly on local ingredients which lines up with the general vibe in Ithaca. The staples seem to be the brick oven pizza and the taproom burger which is offered a few different ways). Other items seem to rotate in an out with items like a variety of salads and some bigger entrees (steaks, etc). Almost every time we get the fry flight to start - hand cut fries that they manage to keep from getting too greasy, served with 3 different condiments.
Value - Very good overall especially on the beer side. Full pints are all around $5. Growler prices remain incredibly cheap ($8-10) with the exception of the Excelsior beers which are $20/fill. Food prices certainly aren't cheap, but are appropriate for the quality and sourcing that is going into them.
10-06-2013 12:17:46 |
More by nh2032
Ithaca Beer Company in Ithaca, NY
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