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October 21, 2014 @ 07:41 AM EDT
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Establishment: The Church Brew Works, Pittsburgh , PA

It's hard to not be overwhelmed coming into the Church. The whole place is gorgeous. We got there late on a Friday night, but because of competing event in the area, getting a table was not a problem. The owners need to get over their problem with serving bar food in the dining room. We visitors from 300 miles away had no idea why we couldn't get a pizza in the "dining room," which has no apparent physical separation from the bar; since we saw people in the dining room eating pizza we insisted, though we probably wouldn't have bothered if there were more vegetarian options on the dining room menu. The salads were some of the best fresh green "house" salads I've ever had in 25 years of travel. Our waitress was a slow starter, but turned out to be excellent--she took the time to explain to us the bar-vs.-dining room policy. I won't reveal her name, because she told us that waitstaff has been hassled for not following the "rules." To the owners: You have an outstanding venue, very good beers (the Brown Ale was our favorite, the Alt was runner-up, but a littel thinner and drier than we expected) very good food and capable waitstaff. Why make your food policy the customer's problem? Sure, we understand if you are busy, this policy makes sense--BUT if you don't make that clear to the customer upon entry, you make it seem like it's their problem for asking. My long experience with designing customer service satisfaction makes me bristle when an arbitrary policy makes it difficult for me to buy from you. Get it? Of course, on balance, you have a fantastic place well worth visiting and revisiting, but this takes you from a solid five star to a 3-1/2.

(07/19/2004)

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Establishment: Market Street Brewing Company and Restaurant, Corning, NY

Corning NY stepped out of a picture postcard, and MSBC is in the center of the picture. Blues skies and warm weather had us out on the patio. Lizz, the waitress, was a gem. We had salads and appetizers, which were all presented beautifully and tasted great. Oh, yeah, this is a brew pub, so let's talk about beer: they were out of the Pot Belly Pale Ale, which must have disappointed Saturday night's revelers. We were there in the afternoon, so we were only mildly disappointed. However, the Mad Bug Lager and the Wrought Iron Red were completely without character. The D'Artagnan Dark boasts 6 different malts, but apparently without a plan and definitely without any sense of balance. Why 6 malts? Because they can? Anyway, I would recommend MSBC if you are in Corning because of the food, the ambience, and the waitstaff, but if it's great beer you are after, don't count on MSBC.

(07/19/2004)

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Establishment: Pearl Street Grill and Brewery, Buffalo, NY

We assembled oor Long Distance pub crawl team to visit brew pubs in four states in three days. Pearl Street was the fianl stop and perhaps it was hard to live up to the competition by that point, but Pearl Street was good, not great.

On the plus side, the Trainwreck Alt was a fine brew and the Oatmeal Stout was peaty and rich without an overpowering bitterness (though the peat flavor rode the edge between smoky and Bar-B-Q sauce). The food was overpriced for the early Sunday afternoon time (suggestion: start Sunday dinner at 6 pm); the waitress said that the computer would automatically bill Dinner prices after 4 pm. I wonder if that's why you could shoot off a cannon at 4:08 pm?

The Light House Ale and the Lake Effect Pale Ale were undistinguished. Sorry, they lacked any spark. Perhaps for the Coors drinker who want to say that he drinks a microbrew? The Flying Bison Red was good, but no match for an Arbor Brewing Company Red Snapper.

Way on the plus side are the building and restaurant itself, and the proximity to anything happening in Buffalo. On the minus side was lack of options for vegetarians. We travel, we drink beer and we eat. How about adding a veggie burger or tempeh burger or black bean tacos to the menu?

(07/19/2004)














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