This was an interesting little place. Not real big, but lots of room inside. A little red neck, but friendly joint. The food was OK, and the one (in house brewed) beer was decent. They were out of all their other in house brewed beers, but had plenty of the usual mass produced stuff if you needed something to cry in while listening to the juke box. Iíd go back. I want to check out their other creations.
This is not the type of place we often find on ratebeer. Looks like a countryside white trash hangout. Pool tables take a lot of room is the medium size place. Loud trendy hip-hop music got on my nerves. 4 of their beers on tap and only one was ok. Customers were a bunch of younger white trash dudes who all seemed like they wanted to pick a fight with me. It was 9pm and everybody looked like they just came out of working in the farm. Everybody was eating chicken wings (I assume it was wings night) and most of them were not even drinking the brewpub beer and drinking shitty macros. Clearly one of the less pleasant brewpub Iíve been to, if not THE LEAST pleasant brewpub Iíve been to. Memorable for all the wrong reasons.
Iím surprised the score is that high. Clearly two things are true. One, This place is not for everyoneís taste. Two, they make some really bad beer. Itís gotta be a bad sign in a Brewpub when the bmc product is given prominent placement and the stuff they actually make is hidden in the corner. Donít be fooled into thinking this place is a hotel. Itís a bar tucked away on an obscure block across the river from Billtown. Chances are you will drive past it the first time. The inside has wood paneling, a square bar, pool tables, and clouds of smoke as this must be the only bar in PA you can still smoke in.
The waitressís though kind seemed inexperienced. One of the servers asked the bartender for a Yuengling Lager. (if you live in PA that shit is real funny. ) they had 10 things normally on tap though they were out of a couple of things. Most of the beers had funny aftertastes and smells to them. (unclean taplines?) I didnít have one beer that caused me to say "gee. That was good." and they do very little on the bar to promote their beer. Why make beer if you donít give a shit about it? The irony was the wings I had were fantastic. They were fresh and nicely sauces though a northern hot is equivalent to a southern medium As Uncle Lew advises get the jumbo wings. The prices were very reasonable as well. (the sampler was only $6.00) Clearly itís something of a down home crowd but everyone seemed friendly. The next time I come back it wonít be for the beer but for those fantastic wings.
I heard good things about Abbey Wrightís IPA, so I was excited to try this place. Cut a trip short and went out of my way to find it, which wasnít all that easy either. Disappointed is all that I can say. The beer wasnít all that great and the food was worse. The seemed to be setting up for some wedding reception of some sort. Itís kind of an open place. Not the "cozy" beer garden type place I prefer. So, maybe we were lost in the shuffle. Maybe it was just a bad day. Donít know. Not impressed.
The place looked like it was in transition, dive bar to brew pub maybe? We were in last year so things may have improved since then. Service was so so. Beer was average with nothing really standing out. Prices were very reasonable for the beer but didnít have the food. Check them out, it may be worth the trip- at least they are brewing craft beer!
DocLock (156) Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania | September 16, 2009
Went here after work one night, and zipped right by on the first pass. Came back, and saw an open area with a large pool room in the back, an open bar area with a decent sized crowd, and the kithcen was in the front. There were only 5 beers on, ranging from the subpar smoky oak to a pretty solid IPA. The food was mediocre at best, although the prices were pretty fair for both beer and food. Our server was very friendly, and Iíd rate service as slightly better than average. If I lived near this place, Iíd likely check in for half an hour once a month to try the new stuff, but Iíd likely not make the trip otherwise.
Slightly strange place for a brewery. Although the decor is nice the place has a dive bar feel to it. One of the few places in PA that still allows smoking. Beers ranged from decent to pretty bad. Service was slow and she seemed sort of miserable. Didnít have food but the prices seemed reasonable and the beer was fairly cheap.
This spot brings me back to home. It was like most rural, working-class joints in the middle of nowhere. Most of the people here were swiling small pitchers of Bud Light for $5. I actually thought some of the beers were really solid (Pils, Scottish, IPA) and would probably garner much more attention, if the focus at that place was on the beer. Itís kind of unfair to the brewer to put a bunch of small taps in a corner, when the focus is obviously on all the macros. If youíve got some extra time, itís actually probably worth a stop by. Samplers were super cheap.
MrBunn (92) The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania | June 6, 2009
I liked this place quite a bit. Had a cheeseburger for lunch there and it was good. Beer was good and fairly inexpensive, which was nice. Growlers were reasonably priced, except for the $10 they wanted for glassware.
This could really be a country bar anywhere in Central PA. Dark lighting, paneling, pool tables, and the cook at the bar subbing out a cigarette before she goes back to fry your wings. I wouldn’t consider any of their beers bad, by any means. Some are decent. Their Alpha Deuce IPA and their Smoky Oak Scotch Ale are both very solid beers. I will say that their sampler is a steal coming in at around 4.75 for 6 beers. I had wings there and for all intents and purposes, there were pretty good. Their service was so / so. If you don’t mind a very smoky environment, the place isn’t that bad. There isn’t a pretentious nail in this place, which is hard to find in a brewpub that makes anything of any quality. I wouldn’t drive the 3 hours for just this place, but with the number of great places in the area, it’s worth swinging by.