Tried the new brew pub Griffin Claw over by the Birmingham train station / sister resto Big Rock. It was packed to capacity. About what you'd expect. Professionally prepared pub grub, good beer, fresh baked pretzels, stylish corporate upscale character.
My burger was respectable even if not memorable. Served on a 4in diameter brioche, with two juicy medium-well* patties, lettuce, tomato and raw onion, with battered fries and a big spicy pickle. $12. Cheese is $1.50 extra. *not offered cooked-to-order.
Very wide house brew selection. High ABV. Beautiful aroma. Taste didn't quite match my ridiculously high expectation, but was good. I probably need to work my way thru the whole current list, to find my favorites. ;-)
65% dudes, 35% chicks (the women who were there tonight will dispute that and say 50%:50%, but I have tallies recorded and filed).
Seating was shared, beer hall style, which some patrons didn't seem to grasp, as they spread widely out across their "own table" so as to discourage others from sharing their space with them.
I'll be back. Homemade beer is a good thing. But, overall, this is not the kind of place with which regulars fall in love. It is the kind of place everybody "likes."
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