Monday, March 29, 2010

Sprecher Pub - It's Related to Tomorrow's Post, But I Wanted To Give Its Own Due

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.


  1. I think it's a great place to get a beer and maybe a snack, but I understand some of the criticism too.

  2. I was there a few weeks ago and had a similar, fairly pleasant experience. I also liked the oak aged doppelbock quite a bit, but then had the dunkelweiss which tasted like DMS and soap (I think it's possible the glass had some dish washer residue on it). The only food I got was the pretzel and mustard ap, which I liked a lot, but I'm a total sucker for anything dipped in whole grain mustard.

  3. I stopped by for beers and apps last week and enjoyed it. the app menu is nice and I'm looking forward to trying the sauerbraten. Beer? eh? I've never been super impressed by Sprecher with two exceptions (Black and Hefe) but was ok with the lagers I had.

    Sitting at the bar I didn't feel pushed with add-ons but table service always seems pushier. FWIW - everytime I've been to Granite City I felt the service was sub-par/bad. Sprechers had vgood service and attentiveness so I have hope that it will be around for a while (we've needed something more on the west-side).


  4. The first time I went here I really enjoyed it. The second time I had a soapy glass, returned it and got another soapy glass. The food and service were both very good. I've only gone during lunch, and usually on the back end of the rush at that, so I don't know how it fares at peak hours.

    Sprecher Black Bavarian is close to my favorite beer, so I generally order this exclusively. However, after the soapy glass incident I went with the IPA2. I thought it was OK but spoiled a bit since I'd started with the Black. I also am a fan of the Winter Brew lager, but I haven't had it in a while.


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