Charlottesville Restaurant Spotlight: Jack Brown’s Beer and Burgers

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Although Jack Brown’s Beer and Burgers originally started out with its first location in Harrisonburg, Virginia, the popular beer and burger joint now has over 10 locations. With a passion for craft beer and a good burger, two friends turned their childhood dream into a reality and have seen their business expand from the small college town of Harrisonburg to locations all across the East Coast. Jack Brown’s Charlottesville location opened up a few years ago on the Downtown Mall.

When you first walk into Jack Brown’s, you’ll notice the eclectic atmosphere with bras hanging from the ceiling, beer labels stuck to the walls, and Polaroid photos strung up on a clothing line. The restaurant is small, with a long bar and a few tables inside. Although it may be close quarters inside, there is outdoor seating available when the weather is nice.

What is the Notch Club?

If you’ve never been to Jack Brown’s, you’ll probably wonder who all the people in the polaroids are and why people seem to be wearing shirts and jackets with patches like they are part of a biker gang. Don’t worry, once you find out what it’s all about, you’ll want to join in on the fun too! These people are all members of the Notch Club. It costs $20 to join the Notch Club, which you can do at any Jack Brown’s location. They’ll give you a list so you can keep track of all the different beer you purchase. Once you tried 100 different beers, you’ll officially become part of the Notch Club and be dubbed a “Notcher.” That’s when you get your celebratory shirt and photo taken. However, it doesn’t stop there! After you accumulate 1,000 beers on your list, you become a “Saint,” elevating your status. 1,000 or even 100 beers may seem daunting, but it adds up quick! Plus you’ll get to try new craft beers that you might not have otherwise tried.

Burgers, Burgers, Burgers

It’s no secret that Jack Brown’s serves up some of the best burgers in Charlottesville. Not only are they affordable, but they are also made from 100% Wagyu Beef, so you know you’re getting food made with fresh, quality ingredients. Their award-winning menu features untraditional burger combinations such as the Greg Brady, a burger topped with mac n’ cheese and Martin’s bbq chips. If you’re feeling daring, why not try the El Chupacabra? With sweet-chili bacon jam and goat cheese, this burger will be unlike anything you’ve ever tried. They have rotating specials daily, so be sure to check out the menu to see the featured burger of the day. Of course, burgers aren’t the same without fries! Jack Brown’s offers both sweet potato and regular fries accompanied with a creamy dipping sauce.

If the beer, burgers, and fries don’t fill you up, then save room for a fried Oreo! In true carnival style, Jack Brown’s offers freshly fried Oreos topped with powdered sugar. Whether you come for the food or the craft beer, Jack Brown’s is a great spot to hang out with friends and grab a drink. They do have happy hour specials and trivia during the week, so check it out after work!

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