Located just east of Hershey, it’s certainly an interesting drive from suburban sprawl to pastoral beauty to typical PA small town in less than 10 miles. The building is plot between the deli/bottle shop and the beer case store. The deli is relatively small with craft singles lining the shelves along the left side with a few coolers in the back. It’s an interesting shop that has a lot of typical things plus a few gems like Deschutes and Lost Abbey which aren’t exactly available in great quantities around here. The food was ok which is fine. The prices are really high for bottles but buying 6 or more gives you a 25% discount which makes the prices mor reasonable. It’s a solid shop and a pretty good local for such a small town.
Capa (436) Kitsap, Washington | December 14, 2012| Updated February 13, 2013
I was taking the scenic route from Harrisburg to Philadelphia and needed to grab some lunch so I made sure to time my arrival to the Brass Rail with lunchtime. Small little shop located in the same building as their distributor shop. a few coolers line the back wall and the left of the shop is lined with warm shelving for singles. A decent selection of Belgians, German, British beers as well as a nice selection of American brews. Six taps that you can get as samples, pints, or growlers. They have some odd pricing listed on the growlers (a buck extra for "guest" growlers, a buck more for non-translucent growlers) but the lady that rang up my guest growler didn’t charge me that buck so I’m not sure why they list those things. Anyhow, I snagged a mixed six pack (25% off when you get a mixed six- solid deal) and a growler of Springhouse Big Gruesome. Very friendly ladies working behind the counter. I got there shortly after 11 on a Thursday and it was rather empty, but by the time I left it was really filling up with the lunch crowd. My sandwich was sub-par. I would not eat here again. Had the Chicken Parm and nothing about it was really worth getting again. I would recommend this place as a place to get a sixer or a growler, though. Also a nice place to have a quiet pint with a buddy or two. Overall a real nice place.
Second go to store for me in my current locale. This place is well kept and always has a quick friendly service. Though I haven’t had any of the food yet, every time I’m in, I see others eating and am enthralled by the looks and smells of the sandwiches. One of these days, I’m gonna spring for one of those sandwiches. There’s a vast array of bottles on the shelf, ranging from local PA stuff to national and even European brews, the classics such as Weihenstephaner, Frankishaner, Spaten, Samuel Smith and a brewery from Iceland (sorry I forgot the name of it). The value seems reasonable for the SE PA area. Yup, I dig this place as I go there every so often.
Sweet some mix 6 packs. Right next to the case only joint score for me. Only had a few minutes to look around but the guy behind the counter was very helpful. He even hooked me up with some club only bottles since I was visiting from across the country.
What a great little place. Sisco is a good guy and the selection of beer is very good, even tho most of it is a tad over priced...You can always buy a mix 6 pack and get the 25% discount but sometimes you don’t want that much and the prices get to you. They have 6 taps of high quality beer flowing at all times with the prices for a Sample, Pint, and Growler clearly marked on the wall board. The food is pretty good but some of my sandwiches have been a bit lackluster. Service is also very good and very knowledgeable. Overall it is one of the better bottle shops in the area. Worth a visit for sure.
Nice place, lots of bottles in a nice setup, didn’t get to eat there, but looks like they have deli sandwiches, about 6 beers on tap that were all pretty exotic, prices not the greatest, but I’ve seen worse.
machfive55 (45) Columbia, Pennsylvania | January 15, 2009| Updated November 23, 2009
I thought this was a pretty awesome place, I think that 60+ bottles is a little conservative, I think its probably more like 100+. I saw a good selection of fairly rare beers for this area, just a ton of stuff that you don’t normally find in PA. Expect to pay bottle shop prices here, which is a downside, but I think the selection makes up for it. I did not try the food, but it looks like standard deli fare, nothing special. The place is clean and smoke free and they have a nice HD TV in there. I think I saw six taps as well, with some interesting things on tap. Pretty sweet...I’ll be back definately.
Update: The food is excellent but a little pricey. The guy that runs the shop Cisco, is an awesome dude that really knows his beer. The only downside to brass rail is that it is expensive for everything, but the quality is excellent.
Another find for beer and a real great selection at that! Some great craft beer on tap as well. Food was good, friendly service, clean and quiet. Many import and craft beers to chose from however prices are high. Nice to have another place to find some extraordinary stuff.
This place is an excellent addition to the local beer scene. The have an excellent selection of bottles, some of which are not easy to come by, and six rotating craft taps. Cisco, the owner, was very friendly and knowledgeable about craft beer. Food is standard deli fare though it is an interesting take on the bottle shop/restaurant combo. Most other places serve only greasy subs while all the ingredients used here are fresh and at least semi-healthy. The fries were very good. Also worth noting is that it is very clean compared to other bottle shops in the area. The only downside is that the prices are relatively high.
BeerGestapo (14) Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania | February 10, 2009| Updated October 19, 2010
Beer adventure with AFI96 !!! The Brass Rail has a very nice selection of beers from around the world. Some of the staff is Friendly. clean atmosphere, average deli food and very bad tv programming......... lol. Some of the prices are high on the one’s that are hard to find.