DocLock (156) Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania | September 16, 2009
I made a few wrong turns and navigated a few one-way streets to get here, but finally parked a few blocks away. The inside was OK, a non-descript fairly narrow room with tanks near the bar, a back section with tables, and a middle section with hightops and tables. I sat at the bar and was the only one there at the bar, so my service score may be skewed high. The sampler was 8 strong, and there were two selections in bottles. The beers ranged from decent to very good, and the bottled Belgian IPa was awesome. The food was above average but not great. I had a decent burger, sub-par French onion soup, and a bready onion ring that tasted like crap. The bartender, a fairly young guy, was very knowledgable and friendly, and I would definitely go here again. Worth a trip, but not as good as Ottoís.
the bullfrog brewpub is very bright and comfortable...lots of natural light, bright colors and a warm homey feeling. has a long bar and a number of tables...live jazz playing at sunday brunch made it feel like a coffee shop. my server was very friedly but had far too many tables to handle them all efficiently so service was a bit slow. there were about 8 beers on tap and two available in bottles for takeout...they tap special beers on busier nights. the menu was simple but exciting with everything from omelets and pancakes to wings and burgers. i had a burger with bleu chz andc onion rings that was large and juicy. prices were pretty reasonabe.
This place was certainly interesting. Right as you walk in the door there is a mashtun and a brewkettle to your right. Long thin interior with several different types of seating. The service was slightly slow but was made up for by good beers and excellent food. Our waitress didnít seem to know a whole lot about beer but another one of the employees was a full on beer geek. He kept stopping by out table telling us to try this beer or asking if we have had that. Really nice guy. They also have a couple guest taps several bottles of guest beers but they are a bit pricey, like $22 for a bottle of Lost Abbey Serpents Stout. Definitely worth a revisit though.
Visited on Sunday, 7/5/09. Iím glad I finally got to visit Bullfrog, after sampling some of their bottles and a number of their draft offerings at Belgium Comes to Cooperstown the past few years. The draught list was a bit sparse on the day I visited; 3 of the standard offerings and the "kegs gone wild" selection had run out over the Independence Day weekend. The beers that I got to try were very enjoyable. I had a pulled pork sandwich that was very good, and my fiance enjoyed her po boy sandwich. Service was attentive enough, but the place wasnít that busy. My future in-laws are moving to Williamsport, so I will definitely visit again.
MrBunn (91) The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania | June 6, 2009
Stopped by for Frambozen release. This is a cool building and a very cool setup. Iíd love to come back and enjoy it when things are a little less wild. As is, tap list was good, prices on bottles are high, and service was just OK (but it was pretty crazy, so Iím cutting them some slack.)
MrChopin (100) Baltimore, Maryland | May 3, 2009| Updated November 6, 2012
Maybe it is Williamsportís remote location or that W. 4th feels like it could have been plucked from NYCís upper west side with the added bonus of green hills looming nearby. Anyway, really enjoyed getting to and visiting this one. A little cramped with ample light rustic wood and metal throughout, and of course green everywhere. Service has been quite slow and rather cold every time Iíve been here, but the bartenders know their stuff and were using first names with some of the guests. 8-9 taps, plus 4-5 in bottles from a small bar-side cooler. The menu looked standard but my sandwich was pretty fresh, perhaps a little pricey. The taps are $5 and bottles unfortunately $15+, though they offer a restricted $7/7 beer sampler. My biggest complaint is the small size of the bar, seating only 10-12 people, but otherwise, I really liked this place and will definitely head back.
miketd (125) Cleveland, Ohio | March 1, 2009| Updated February 11, 2010
Probably my favorite place during my Central PA tour. Nice open bar and restaurant. Service was pretty good and the food above average. Nice selection of draft beer and bottles. Seems like it would be a cool place to hang out regardless of time of day or company.
This place was really great. All of their beers were solid. I love the Kegs Gone Wild idea, as most small brewpubs like this (that I have been to) aren’t willing to do anything sour or funky. I would really like to get up there at some point to have some of these beers kegged. The food I had here was pretty solid... nothing spectacular, but good grubbing food. I love the atmosphere, which is kind of a hipster meets hippie with a lot of mirrors? It just felt like a fun place to be. I had good service and a good time. It was definitely worth the 3-hour trip.
After multiple visits, Im still a little conflicted about this place. The food, sub-par, and the atmosphere, a little too Chatchkies, but the beer, often really nice. There is definitely a local, family feel. The waitstaff has been lacking in knowledge about their beer or the beer availability a few times and emails have gone unanswered. The two times I had food I was underwhelmed. This place is for beer, and beer only. The 750 bottle prices are a little insidious, but worth it for the heavy hitters. Bottom-line- worthy of a visit for the beer alone, but dont expect stellar service, good food, or open arms.
Stopped in during a trip to PA. Nice place, fairly spaceous inside, warm feel, super cool murals painted on the outside by a local painter. Food was decent, perhaps a little pricey. Service was sluggish at best despite being not very busy. If I gotta ask for a beer every time my glass is empty something is wrong. My wife was not drinking beer and was never offered anything else, finally had to ask. Empty dinner plates sat in front of us until flies started to collect and again I had to ask for them to be removed. I tried five of their beers and all were solid, though nothing really stuck out as being exceptional. They had 750ml bottles for sale, all in the $16-20, most of which were not on tap so I was hesitant to spend that much, based on what I had on tap. All-in-all, a slightly above average place that I would visit again if I was in the area, however not a destination that I wouls specifically travel any great distance for.