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LilBeerDoctor (335) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | July 7, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Essentially a cider growler shop in Lawrenceville. It is easy to miss because there really is no sign (just a small easel on the ground that you can easily miss from your car). Hours are limited. They have a number of interesting ciders available, which Iíve always enjoyed, but they are pricey! About $20 for 1L. They do have a card where you get a free growler or something after 10 purchases, but itís not much of a deal when you actually work out the math! The interior is small. I guess you can get samples but itís not a place to hang out and sample all day, just grab a quick swig before you make your purchase. Unfortunately, this isnít a place I frequent much due to their very high pricing, unless theyíve got something special on (like the Santaís Cinnamon Apple. Yum!). Some of their ciders are available on tap at bars in the city though (Fat Heads and Piperís come to mind)
Drake (468) Free Union, Virginia | May 3, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 14/20
Well, isnít this a weird little place. In a residential neighborhood, itís easy to miss. Just look for the red brick house that has an "open" sign. Inside is a well appointed room, wood decor, with the bar in the front and tables in the back. Very comfortable. Bartender pouring the samples was nice. Ciders (and one mead) are average and better.. The samples are served in little one ounce paper cups which is a bit annoying, and they limit you to four samples, though it is a soft limit. They do not do full pours but they do allow you to open growlers on premises. Iíd wager this has something to do with some law. Lots of options on tap, including cider, mead and wine (be careful, not all ciders available are rateable). Growler prices are a bit high. Easy street parking, but watch out as the neighborhood kids like to dart out from behind cars! Overall, nice place.
douglas88 (204) Portland , Oregon | March 4, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
A really cool place. Great service. Limited to samples in Dixie cups and growlers that cost about 20$. With that said, the place oozes coolness and is easy to find. Small, but some nice seats. You can easily buy a growler and share it. I guess the PA laws are at work here. But overall, this was a really cool place and great cider, fruit wine and a mead. I hope this place does well, and I will support it!
SudsMcDuff (183) .....Manchester United.........., Texas | January 25, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
interesting setup, basically a house where they brew in the basement and the ground floor is for sales and samples .. husband/wife team were very friendly .. the cider was excellent. growlers to go and for on site drinking, no licensing for pints. growlers were pricey though.. civil war style theme
JStax (134) Devola/Marietta, Ohio | December 12, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Stopped in on a Sunday afternoon. Parking is on the street, but it wasnít a problem at this time of day. All their ciders were on draft. We got free samples of all they had. You get probably about an ounce with each sample. Three of the four of us got 1 liter growlers to go. Pricing is a bit steep for the growlers, but their refill price wasnít bad. All the ciders I tried were very good. Some stood out more than others, but all are definitely worth a try. Friendly staff and both working seemed knowledgeable of their product. I would go back, but I donít know for sure if they have anywhere to sit and drink. I didnít see any tables or chairs.
Beerman6686 (146) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | May 17, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 13/20
very cool place in lawrenceville. Civil war themed and deck out appropriately. usually have 5-7 ciders or meads on tap, all of which ive had were great. the couple running the place is very nice and are willing to discuss all kinds of stuff. Only drawback is the price as some of these are pretty expensive.
Foam (13) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | March 29, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
Great and I mean great hard ciders made locally in PGH. but very expensive, unfortunately ... they seem to be expanding their distribution to various bars around PGH and even into Ohio, apparently which, is good. Wonder how long til someone else opens a cidery around PGh and doesnít charge so much ?!!
cheap (158) Beaver County, Pennsylvania | May 13, 2011| Updated May 16, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 18/20
This was a gem in the rough. Very pleasant welcoming cider bar off penn avenue. Easy parking on side of street. Tap handles are civil war guns, bones and hands holding fruit. Bill, the brewer is a really fine fellow and his wife is welcoming. The bar is about 5 foot wide and they donít sell food. This was a really nice cider tasting experience. If you stop by ask to taste the cider sorbet, fantastic. Also they brew a sour cherry cider that rivals lambics, make sure you ask to taste that as well. I was very happy to stop here! The bartendees sure do have a lot of knowledge about the civil war vets burried nearby in allegheny cemetary. Bill knows all about making good tasting cider!
Acetobacter (46) Pennsylvania | November 28, 2010
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Visited on a Saturday afternoon. The establishment is located on the first floor of a home across the street from what was once the Allegheny Arsenal, hence the name. We were greeted by the co-owner, and wife of the cider maker. We were immediately offered samples of the cider houseís products, and we given nice descriptions of what we were trying. The owner was happy to answer our questions about their processes and products, and made us feel quite welcome. The ambiance of the business has been made to reflect a civil war-era room. Attractive hardwood floors, period tools and equipment, period music, and several other items complete the illusion. The products were generally quite good, and very reasonably priced for sale in growlers, either provided by the business, or brought by customers. Overall, an out-of-the-ordinary business that skirts the line between wine and cider, and is absolutely worth visiting.
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