2015-08-15. An interesting spot on the main drag of a small town. The decor and exterior are all very artsy. Our table is on the small stage where bands play at night. It definitely feels more like a cafe as per the name than a pub, despite the nice bar to one side. Fairly bright during our lunch visit. Food menu is relatively short but it all looked pretty good. We shared a grilled cheese (with pears) and a ham and cheese sandwich. Both are good, but the rich flavour of the grilled cheese ultimately wins out. (The ideal sandwich might be the grilled cheese with the pears swapped out for the ham.) Fresh bread (possibly made in house Iím not sure) and local cheese are fantastic. We actually tried to visit the cheese location down the road but we couldnít find it (or perhaps it doesnít have a retail shop). There were a number of beers on tap in a range of fairly conservative styles for the most part. Most were average, with an eye to accessibility and balance, with only a few standing out as more flavourful. Overall we enjoyed our visit but probably wouldnít make a point of seeking it out again unless we were hungry.
This is a really cozy neighbourhood brewpub with a solid range of house beers and delicious food. We ordered a taster of each beer and they were well brewed. Friendly service and everyone seemed chill. A real nice surprise and worth a drive to the small town of Millheim.
This is a large old building right in the center of the small town of Millheim, a nice rural ride from State College. Easy street parking. Brewer was in attendance on a Saturday afternoon, chatting with a guy from Troegs sitting at the bar and sipping a black ale. Service at the bar was quick and attentive. Food was tasty and creative. Beers were solid, and available as full pours or sampler sizes of any or all. Worth the ride.
Another one in the middle of nowhere Ė acres and acres of farmland centered on a tight little traditional downtown Ė but stunningly gorgeous in the autumn, when the colors alone make the trip worthwhile. Place is pretty open-concept and was pretty darn busy for a lazy pre-noon Sunday brunch, which indicates its popularity as an actual cafť/restaurant/bistro. Thereís a municipal parking lot less than a block away and on the other side of the street, though thereís also some street parking to be had and more with a bit of a walk.
Awesome local/green plan for food, awesome awesome and enthusiastic service. Cheapish sampler (8x 5oz for $10) and good! All of the beers had excellent balance and drinkability, though I really think the maltier beers are much more dialed-in at this point than the hop-forward ones, which are somewhat closer to average. Food was super delicious and fresh/local, touch more than Iíd like to pay for some things here and there but worth every penny. Iíll be back!
Stopped in here yesterday for brunch after leaving Campground Brewdown. My first time visiting but I have always heard great things.
The space is very nice, lots of tables and a decent sized bar. It was packed with lots of happy people eating and drinking the entire time we where there. Quality seemed to be high. My food was top notch, as were the beers. Our service left a lot to be desired. Our server was great...when she was around. We had to flag her down multiple times and she forgot a few beers had been ordered, twice.
Selection was pretty good. They had eight of their regular beers on with three extra ones, including the ESB on cask. I got a DIPA and it was decent. Food was definitely the star of the show. We where there for brunch so I went with the blue cornmeal blueberry pancakes and they were great. I checked the rest of the menu and I saw quite a few things I would love to try.
Overall a great little place that I will definitely return to when I am in the area.
Brewpub located on main street in a town 12 miles east of State College. Restored old building is bright and cheery with parking on the street and behind the building. No tvís in the whole place so the focus is on conversation when they donít have live music. Theyíre really big on local, sustainable food which leads to constantly changing menu items. Most of the beers were ok. They had 8 things on tap including a couple of seasonals. I think Iíll stop if iím on my way to state college but I wonít make a special trip.
A real gem of a place somewhere you would never expect. Nice rustic atmosphere with live music on weekends. The food menu changes daily and the dishes are interesting and quite tasty. The beer is decent and well priced. Service is ok and the staff tend to know their beers fairly well. I always make a point of stopping in when I am near.
Visited this small town on a Saturday afternoon in late August. A very open, friendly-looking place with lots of open space, wood-based furniture, and bright sunlight streaming through the windows. Everything looked very new, except for the floor, I believe. There were ~8 beers on tap. Between me and my boyfriend, we tried the IPA, IIPA, Pale ale, Porter, and Pilsener, and all were quite good. The food menu has lots of vegan and local/organic options and whatever I tried (I think it was a turkey sandwich, canít quite remember) was very good. While we were there a band was setting up to play although we left before they actually played. Overall, it was a great chill place to relax and enjoy a brew and I wish Iíd stayed longer. It looks like their tap list has a bit of rotation, so Iím sure Iíll be back.
Visited on a Saturday afternoon. Pretty busy, though not crammed. There was a band playing later that evening which they were charging a cover for, though, so it must be a pretty popular place. Also lots of growler sales going on, but also lots of new customers ordering samplers. Outside is a sleepy little town; inside is fresh decor, simple, wide open (one big room with a single column int he middle), bright with lots of windows. Service was solid, what I would expect. Tried five beers (porter, IPA, DIPA, pils, pale), and they went five for five in being very good to excellent, stuff I would very much want to drink on a regular basis if I were local. Total of 8 beers on tap, 6 regs and two seasonal. Pretty small menu, but unique offerings, fresh, local products, very nice. Prices I guess are on par for the general vicinity, but quite a nice break from NYC/Long Island pricing for me.
All in all, my rambling hasnít captured my enthusiasm for this place, but this is what a brewpub should be. Great attention to beer quality, clean, upbeat atmosphere, and pairing it all with great food. Such simple concepts, yet somehow few nail each one. Elk Creek does nail each one and then some.
I live nearby, and cheerfully admit to being biased. That said, how sweet is it to have a local food place where you can take your vegan & carnivore friends, hang out, eat well, hear great music and generally have a fine old time? Iím especially partial to the Sunday brunches. And to the Brookie Brown Ale, alttho itís always worth findig out what Tim Yarrington, the brewmaster, has cooked up recently.