I had a lot of hopes and expectations when I went to 33 Acres. I had heard a lot of good things about their beers and was really looking forward to going there. Having a nice long vacation, and not really knowing a lot of people who would want to go drinking with me on a weekday, I ended up going on my own. I quickly learned that 33 Acres is not my type of brewery.
I have absolutely nothing against this brewery and they do make great beers, but the atmosphere is not for me. To put it simply, it is a very hipster place to be. When I walked in, I grabbed a seat at the counter, which was pretty small, and grabbed a beer. The people behind the counter were not very friendly, but they could have been a little busy with their work and I just didn’t notice. It doesn’t help much that there is a large espresso machine on the counter blocking the workers from the customers.
The place is pretty busy overall and the people going in with their skinny jeans and white t-shirts seemed to love the place. I saw a lot of beards and flannel as well but being the middle of summer meant that flannel was not really in style. I am not into this scene and felt a little out of place. I did my best to just keep to myself and enjoy the beers that I ordered while observing the people inside. I felt like Steve Irwin in the wild and observing hipsters in their natural environment. It was fun to observe a little.
The beer at 33 Acres is really good. They make a nice fresh IPA called Nirvana and when I visited, it was mid-summer and their seasonal 33 Acres of Sunshine, a Blanche (Witbier) was on tap. It had a slight sourness, on purpose, that was very refreshing and perfect for a hot summer beer tour. I may have over hyped 33 Acres a little and became let down by the hype, but I wasn’t let down by the quality of their beers. I just don’t enjoy the atmosphere of their shop as it didn’t fit with my personal style. I wouldn’t be afraid to get their beers to take home, but I doubt I’d be staying there very long, other than to pick up a 6 pack of fill a growler.