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“First Review!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Congress Beer House

Congress Beer House
Ranked #34 of 660 Restaurants in Saskatoon
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Bar, Canadian, Pub
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Saskatoon, Canada
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“First Review!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2013

Congress Beer House is a very cool new place in Saskatoon, but as with most new ventures, it's not perfect.

The Good:
- The atmosphere is pretty great. The layout of the building was not changed much from when it was Scratch, but they've decorated it to have a very unique and homey feel.

- They have an excellent chef that makes everything from scratch. Some of their daily specials look to die for. Chef Cole shops at the local farmers market, so two-thumbs up for keeping it local. They also offer gluten free food and beer options which are all outlined on their menu. Only eaten here once, but it was refreshing.

- The beer & wine selection is fantastic obviously. They proudly feature a "house" beer called Kolsch which is brewed at a local brewery (Paddock Wood). Again, proud to keep things local. Lots of craft beers both in the bottle and on tap, and they carry my favorite brew, Steam Whistle.

The Not-So-Good:

- Service has been spotty at times. It gets very busy some nights, so that's understandable, but there's been times when I've stood at the entrance for a long time without anyone coming around. Maybe I was supposed to seat myself? I don't know. It didn't say. I grabbed a menu and did it anyway. They have a "wait to be seated" sign that I've seen out, but not a "please seat yourself" one. Would be nice to have a better greeting/seating system.

- Beer prices are kind of hefty, which is accentuated by having a choice of 12oz or 16oz glasses. You see the 12oz price first on the menu, and if you don't specify, they'll bring you 16oz. No one wants a 12 oz glass of beer, lets get real. Just do away with the 2 sizes and charge a fair price. It's $8.50 for 16oz of Steam Whistle. Winston's charges $8, although their's tastes like garbage.

- Lots of the beers are served in generic glasses. This sounds like a petty criticism, but after all, it IS a beer house and you're definitely paying a premium for it. It must be because of the 12/16oz sizes. If you've ever visited Beer Bros in Regina, you'll appreciated what I'm talking about. It really elevates the experience (how pretentious am I right now!)

Overall, I love this place but it's expensive to drink here so I don't go as often as I'd like. Definitely worth checking out if you're visiting Saskatoon though!

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