Visited for the first time on June 18, 2013, for lunch. A pub on the second floor, not pleasant for those with mobility proble (not my case but still), the place is all wood, large enough and a little busy at noon. The beer selection is small and not super interesting, there was a cask, one other place that I visited in Philly offered it. The food menu was ok, mostly pub fair. The service was ok to, until at the end when she ask us if we wanted something else and we said no, before we ask separate checks, they where all ready made. Imagine if we wanted something?
I have stopped in here a bunch of times now, figured it was time to write up a review. Heading up the stairs you are not really sure what you are going to find but it is much larger than it appears. Small bar with tons of tables and booths all over the room. I have been here when I am the only person in the place and also when it has been packed with people for a PBW event. Service has been all over the place on my visits. When they aren’t busy it is quite good but on my recent visit we had to wait over a half hour for service, twice. I still haven’t eaten here but I have heard some good things, maybe next time. Quality always seemed to be pretty good. Selection has been pretty good on my visits, I usually just order the Berliner as it is one of the best around. Prices are on par with all of the other places in the area. Overall a nice brewpub in the heart of the city.
Ambiance is great. Obviously older second-floor brewpub with display cases full of bobble-heads (hence the name). Service is nice and helpful, though thoroughly blase hipsters. The selection is mostly home-team beers which are mediocre for the most part (although I love them). The food is where this place really shines. If you like spice, try anything with their jerk rub. You won’t be disappointed. Priced pretty fairly (I recommend trying the beers first and then order a pitcher of whatever’s good).
Overall, a favorite haunt.
Tried the cask 60 schlilling which was not bad. The Grog "brown ale" has over the years adjusted to a porter! The double IPA was good but not quite Green Flash standard! Large spacious bar with pretty worn out furniture. Worth at least one visit.
Visited mid-afternoon on a Monday for lunch and a couple of beers. The brewpub is located on the second floor of a cool old building on a side street in central Philadelphia. Based on the narrow staircase, I was expecting a cramped tiny space, but the stairs open up to a sizable bar and restaurant area. The bar itself is small, 8 seats, and well worn. There are tables and booths spread out through the three rooms, and seems designed to handle crowds. The service at the bar was great, very attentive and friendly. I had the bleu cheese and bacon mussels, and the session IPA and cask brown ale (they had 5 beers + a cask). Everything with fresh and tasty, enjoyed my time here.
Stopped in for a quick drink so my review could be lacking given the short time I spent here. However, I have been here years before when it was the Sam Adams brew house (can we say decades ago). With only 3 people at the bar looking for service i was surprised at how long it took for the bartender to recognize our needs. Ambiance could be promising under right circumstances although I do like the interior a lot. Selection of house brews limited. If it wasn’t for the pubiness of the place I’d probably not return.
Divey type brewpub, but with a small phohibition type bar that we sat at upstairs which I liked. Service was good, probably because the bar was so small, and tender was knowledgable. Selection was decent, probably 6-8 of their beers on tap. Beers were fairly cheap and were able to get in small portions. Worth it if you’re walking past, but not much more than that.
Visited Wednesday lunch time. It was quite busy but still the bartender had time to chat for a moment. 5 taps and 1 cask. I had the cask one (BPA) and it was tasty. There’s nothing special about this place but nothing’s fundamentally wrong either. Could visit again (if it was a bit closer).