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Bob's House of Brews aka B.O.B.'s House of Brews - Grand Rapids, MI
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Bob's House of Brews aka B.O.B.'s House of Brews
Overall: Great    Score: 71.4 / 100
20 Monroe Avenue NW
The B.O.B.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
United States
(616) 356-2000
Listed Since: June 1998
Last Updated: April 2002
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Did not eat. ONly about 5 beers on tap,but high quality and not cookie cutter. Had a harvest ale that was quite good.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from MARK MARK, palm harbor, , FL
(09/30/2012)

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INTERESTING PLACE. LARGE WAREHOUSE WITH SEVERAL DIFFERENT RESTARAUNTS. BREWERY (LOCATED IN THE BAEMENT) SUPPLIES DRAFT LINES TO ALL RESTARAUNTS IN THE BUILDING...PLUS SOME EXTRA TAPS. BLONDE AND PALE ALE WERE GREAT...SEASONAL WHEAT PALE ALE WAS DEFINITELY IN YOUR FACE WITH THE FLAVOR HOPS. DIDN'T GET TO TRY THE OTHERS. DEFINITELY WORTH CHECKING OUT AFTER VISITING FOUNDERS AND HOPCAT FIRST.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from JIMBO JIMBO, SPRINGFIELD, OH
(08/16/2008)

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We were there late in the afternoon on a weekday, and there were only two others in there at a table. We sat at a corner of the bar, and the bartender could tell us the names of their own beers, and what else was on tap, but that was about it. She did offer us tastes of a few before we ordered, so that was helpful. They were good, better than a national brand, but none of them were outstanding. A guy came in and sat down at the opposite end of the bar from us, and seemed to have some "issues". He was conversing with some invisible person, sometimes loudly, and became a little abusive with the bartender. She handled it very well, unobtrusively calling the manager, who showed up quietly and quickly with another guy, taking a nearby table. She let us know that it was being handled. When he started again, the manager went to him, had a very quiet conversation, and returned to his table. A few more customers had arrived by this time. At the next incident, the manager must have quietly asked him to leave, and he did so with no problems, leaving the man his dignity, and not disrupting other customers. Very well handled. We had a couple of pretty good appetizers, and some good conversation with a few of the locals, which is one of my favorite parts of visiting a brewpub. We went back again the next evening, and it was all positive. Good food.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Bruce Bruce, Palatine, IL
(07/10/2008)

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disagree with earlier review indicating this is a high class establishment - for the town it is nice, but certainly NOT high class - more of a resturaunt and entertainment facility than brewpup, wide open feel - not cozy, servers were not knowledgable or eager to discuss the beers - acted as if it was the bar they were assigned to that day (there are 7-10 actual barcounters in the building)

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Mike Mike, Grand Rapids, MI
(09/12/2006)

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I visited this upscale place on a recent visit. The beer was pretty good and I settled on the porter. Didn't try the food, perhaps next time. They seem to be more of a restaurant than a brewpub.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Allen Burt Allen Burt, Ann Arbor, MI
(09/17/2005)

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Huge building with various reataurants/bars throughout. The beer (6 in all) was thin and several different styles were undistinguishable from each other. The servers could have cared less about the (few) customers when I was there.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Beav Beav, York, PA
(07/05/2004)

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Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Geo. Miller Geo. Miller, Plymouth, CT
(06/30/2004)

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I liked Bobarino's but the remodeling does make it a nicer and more smoke free place to eat. The beer selection is wide and the Ales are smooth with a fair kick. Order the sampler. A great place to take visitors to Grand Rapids. Food can get a bit pricey if you're one of the indigenous Dutch. But it's well worth the price. The service frequently sucks. I can understand they're busy but there are still tables open and you're waiting to be both seated and served. It's purely a management problem.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Michael Mast Michael Mast, Grand Rapids, MI
(03/20/2002)

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Very impressive place. Neat way to recycle a solid, visually interesting building. The concept of so many totally different things going on in one big building is one I've not seen before. It was PACKED the Friday we were there. People were having a blast. With attendance like that, they've obviously doing a lot right. It's like a night of pubcrawling, all without leaving the building. I thought the beers were good; no obvious defects. Not gonzo, like Bell's, but well-made. All 4 of us had excellent food. The service got a little slugish at bill-paying time, but was fine otherwise. (THey were hammered by the crowd, so I don't downgrade them for a minor slowdown) Heck of a place; hope I can return.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Patrick Pickett Patrick Pickett, Kettering, OH
(12/02/2001)

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The Big Old Building is a 4 story building with a steak house, a seafood place, an Italian restaurant, a barbecue place, a comedy club, a cigar lounge and an arcade with pool tables. The beer, although on the light side was pretty good. I liked the Festive amber and the Smoked beer the most. The Wheat was pretty good also. If you make a trip there, they don't open till 4 PM. The sign on the outside door reads: No hats, No tank tops, No athletic wear, No cut-offs; so keep that in mind.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Mike Wittner Mike Wittner, Clinton Township, MI
(07/11/2001)

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The porter was a bit hoppy for porter,very little head retention and uncommonly fruity for porter it was so so The IPA Very hoppy and lite. Congradulations to the BOB they actualy had one vegitarian pasta dish. All in all not a place I would make an effort to go back to unless they had better vegitarian additions to the menu.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Rich Ross Rich Ross, North Street, MI
(06/20/2001)

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Brewmaster Dennis Holland was the original brewmaster at Great Lakes in Cleveland and has won numerous awards for his beer(deservedly so). Strange hours and not much for atmosphere but go for the beer!

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Doug Beedy Doug Beedy, Roseville, MI
(01/15/2000)

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Not really a pub. Wouldn't go back.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Ron Nichols Ron Nichols, Goodrich, MI
(10/10/1999)

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Sounds like this may be a hit or miss place, but we definately had excellent food, service and beer on our visit. What a great concept for a downtown building.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Pat Cornils Pat Cornils, Dexter, MI
(09/03/1999)

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The beer has gotten much better. I was told they have a new brewer and that he formerly worked for Larry Bell(?). I haven't eaten in every restaurant in the BOB, but the ones I have sucked. As for the service, I stood at the bar for 15 minutes waiting for the bartender to acknowledge me. I was the only patron at the bar. If you like hanging around a bunch of idiots and paying a cover for nothing, go on a weekend.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Kevin Horning Kevin Horning, Grand Rapids, MI
(06/30/1999)

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So So Lousy Lousy So So Lousy
Just buy a six of Mackeson at Martha's. Not worth the trouble at all. Maybe they should show up mit der Gaswagen every Friday night or so -- might weed a few of 'em out.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Ray Weston Ray Weston, Grand Rapids, MI
(02/12/1999)

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Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Mark Mark, Clinton Township, MI
(02/10/1999)

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BOB is a nice concept and much needed for a sleepy old town like Bland Rapids... Beer is marginal at best, however, really like Stogies Cigar Bar...

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from J. Pappas J. Pappas, New York, NY
(12/31/1998)

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The BOB is a restaurant/entertainment complex with a brewpub under the direction of Dennis Holland, formally of Great Lakes BC. Wednesday evening Mug Club is the best time to check it out. November 4th you may meet some of Michigan's other brewers.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Michigan Beer Guide Michigan Beer Guide, Leonard, MI
(09/20/1998)

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Not really a brew pub, more of a gimmick to draw in the trendy crowd. The entire BOB concept is good but the brew pub is average at best.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Jeff Conklin Jeff Conklin, Albany, GA
(07/24/1998)

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This is more of a nightclub than brewpub. Cover charge required. If you like beer, go to Robert Thomas or Grand Rapids Brewing Company.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Jeff Jeff, Farmington, MI
(07/16/1998)

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Great Good Awesome! Good Great
The BOB (Big Old Building), a converted warehouse in downtown Grand Rapids, is a collection of several restaurants, bars, and other entertainment establishments, featuring live music, a comedy club, and all sorts of stuff to facilitate enjoying an entire evening there. Their beers are above-average to good. The experience as a whole is excellent, whether you're a 20-something (like most of its inhabitants are), or not. Note: Thursday nights are jazz night on the bottom floor -- I recommend this above all other nights.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Robert Travis Robert Travis, Wyoming, MI
(06/14/1998)





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