I'm not going to make this long and drawn out. It is what it is. And it's basically Granite City with Sprecher Beer and without the fermentation tanks.
So, if that's your thing, it's fine.
Some quick notes:
- The Isthmus Review was not particularly favorable and some of the items have been addressed since then. For example, the Prime Rib was fine and the grilled shrimp was pretty decent.
- Our server did a great job of pushing; virtually every order was followed with "would you like to add ..." or "do you want to try ..." or "How about some ..."
- Like Granite City, they have a pub club card for $10 which gives you discounts on drinks and some other stuff. We were advised of this card not only with the numerous marketing pieces around the restaurant itself but by our server.
- The beer. First the good: Black Bavarian is great as usual; the oak-aged doppelbock was nice and soft and bready with great oak aroma. The bad: the EPA was dreadful - it was thin and the hopping schedule (and yeast? and grain? the combination of everything?) made it taste less like an EPA (Extra Pale Ale - typically an "American Pale" or somewhere on the hoppy side for a pale ale) and more like Bud Light Lime. I was told they are trying these new recipes to appeal to a younger crowd, but frankly, I think they just missed badly on this one. The IPA2 was not very good either - about as hoppy as a regular IPA but without any of the flavor.
- I think it's weird that they don't have the Sprecher Ginger Ale (a fine Ginger Ale, in my opinion) on-tap. Mrs. MBR was a little under the weather and rather than a "free refill" $1.75 or $2 tap soda, it was a $3.50 bottle. Which, I don't have a problem with that; I just think it's strange that it isn't on tap.