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“Great beer, Good Food, Great place to down a pint (or...?)”

Terminal Gravity Brewery & Pub
Ranked #1 of 16 Restaurants in Enterprise
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $12
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Boise, Idaho
1 review
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“Great beer, Good Food, Great place to down a pint (or...?)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2011

Having had their fantastic IPA before, was looking forward to visiting the brewery in person. Beer was as good as advertised and the food, although limited and basic, was very good. However, if you are looking for an elegant, intimate atmosphere, probably not the place for you. As another reviewer noted, there is extremely limited indoor seating and it can get crowded inside. We were lucky enough to score one of the indoor tables since the weather got rainy and cold, but spent most of our meal looking at the bar patrons' butts (some of them were quite nice, a lot of the local ladies seemed to be there that afternoon!)

In nice weather, the outdoor seating looked really nice. Will be back later this month on a motorcycle trip through there and definitely plan to stop again. If you like to visit the NW breweries and mingle with the owners and locals like I do, worth a trip. Just don't expect DelMonicos!

  • Visited July 2011
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Horsham, PA
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“Excellent beer”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2011

Had a pint of their IPA at a restaurant in nearby Joseph, OR. It was so good I had to stop at their brewery to quaff another. Would definitely go back.

  • Visited July 2011
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Oregon
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“Great brewpub, great food, great outdoor seating. You won't be disappointed!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2011

We visited back in 2009 while staying in Joseph, OR for a week. We liked it so much we went back again this year while back in town. The beer is still some of the best in Oregon but the food is also incredible. They have the best reuben sandwich out there, along with other great sandwiches including an awesome steak fajita pita, the meat melts in your mouth. The kettle chips are also great. Their outdoor seating area is along a stream with nice gardens.

  • Visited June 2011
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Portland, Oregon
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“Good beer is possible, but horrendous service is guaranteed”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2011

I went to Terminal Gravity during a three day trip through NE Oregon during which I hoped to see what this area offered in the way of craft brewing. I was really looking forward to Terminal Gravity as their IPA is my favorite. Unfortunately, my experience was so horribly bad that it will be some time before I have their beer again (simply to avoid bringing up memories of my experience).

Let’s start with the indoor accommodations, which are, quite simply, an embarrassment. When you first enter the building, you walk into the “taproom.” I use quotation marks because, at a mere 10’ x 12’, it is really more of a tapcloset. Seating a modest 12 people, one would expect a somewhat intimate setting. However, since all business must be transacted in the tapnook (ordering food, beer, and settling up your tab), there will invariably be at least a half dozen people milling around trying to catch the bartender’s attention. You will be lucky to hear yourself think in this room.

The only other indoor seating is upstairs in a stuffy, windowless converted attic that evokes the vibe of a run-down Chinese restaurant (think of Wong’s Golden Palace in LA without any of the irony – it just plain sucks). We weren’t fortunate enough to get a seat up there so we had to sit outside, which is a charming enough area in good weather. But with temperatures flirting with 50 degrees, we had to scavenge every long sleeved item of clothing from our car. But that was OK since we were about to sample some of TG’s rarer offerings which aren’t available in the Portland area. Right? Wrong.

I was fortunate enough to get a pint of IPA immediately upon arriving. However, some serious process issues quickly made themselves apparent. As indicated above, all business needs to be transacted directly between the customer and the bartender in the tapcubby. There is about a 3 foot section of open bar so only one person is helped at a time (they would have a hard time housing a second bar tender). This meant huge backups because a relatively small group that pauses to ponder the menu will cause the entire operation to grind to a halt (there was only a single menu available in the tapcranny when we were there). Very soon, a line built up which pushed out the door and down the front steps. The bartender, seemingly oblivious to the huge delays, was more than willing to chat to each person as they reached the front of the line, offering samples and comments. This is appropriate when feasible. But when people have to wait 20+ minutes to get a beer, you need to keep things moving. Some locals, aware that they were more likely to run into one of Oregon’s two rarely seen wolf packs than get a second shot at ordering beer, left the bar with 3-4 pints each (i.e. everything they
intended to drink that evening). That’s fine if you like to end your night with warm flat beer. Incidentally, you will need to wait in this same insane line to close out your tab. And if you leave without signing your tab, Terminal Gravity adds an automatic 18% tip to the bill (talk about pouring salt in the wound).

Wanting some more Terminal Gravity beer, I eventually went to Ember’s Brewhouse in nearby Joseph, which had three TG brews on tap. As far as bars go, Ember’s is pretty average as far as character is concerned. But the women who tended the bar were quick to provide service and they have learned some of miracles of modern restaurant operation, like having staff go out amongst the customers to take orders and actually get beer into their hands (what a concept!). If you go to Embers to have a few pints of TG beer and still find yourself longing for a genuine “Terminal Gravity experience,” I suggest you then head up into the Hell’s Canyon Recreational Area and shove a few hot lava rocks up your butt. You’ll experience similar pain and irritation without needlessly wasting more time and money.

Finally, there does appear to be a second outdoor tap that I am told opens during nicer weather when crowds build up. When I was there, more than half of the outside tables were occupied by shivering customers (would it be socially acceptable to ask if you could cuddle up to complete strangers sitting next to you so as to conserve body heat?). Who knows what it takes to actually get the second tap open. But if it requires a full house, I suspect that opening the second tap causes an insanely infuriating experience to become merely incredibly frustrating. Either situation should be unacceptable for a beer that has developed such a strong following.

  • Visited June 2011
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Washington State
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“Great Beer, music in a relaxing atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2009

Locals mix with guests to the area for good food, good music and local beers.

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