Voodoo (36) Pennsylvania | November 10, 2016| Updated December 24, 2017
Visited the first of two Brewpubs in Williamsport and only ordered a flight.
It is a great location and a great looking brewpub with tin ceilings and brite tanks galore. A list of 10 brews was wittled down to 7.
The beer had very little variation. It appears possibly the same yeast is used in several and left for a similar taste of differing styles. It was a bit lacking. I will say the beer was fair, and OK, but not astounding. It did not have that one amazing brew that just blew me away.
I did not try the food, but it appeared to be pub fare, which is fine so long as I’m excited about the beer. I was disappointed, perhaps I’ll give it a try next time I’m in W-port.....but tomorrow going to the other brewpub a bit further west.
REVISITED after a long trip. They love their IPAs and had several on the eve of Christmas Eve, but also ciders, wild beasties and a sour or so.....perhaps the time of the season but a far more enjoyable tap list.
Pressed tin ceilings, or at least they look like it from distance. Really homey, lived-in, in a great way, a little crude but bright and a very happy vibe, easy convo with strangers, very family friendly (four families with kids in when I was there for lunch). Lots of bluegrass and folk-country music that day, food hit the spot. Flight was self-chosen seven of nine on tap at the time. Not too sure I’ll be going back to Williamsport, but I’m happy to have the kriek whenever I find it and am impressed by the Brett expression they get out of multiple beers (and ciders). Easier parking in the Kohl’s / Wegman’s lot.
I arrived at 11:55. A staff member locked the door behind a girl that walked in about 15 seconds in front of me. I inquired "your site says you’re open until 2" "not tonight" he said.
"I drove here straight from New hampshire. Can I have one beer?"
"sorry, we had last call already"
I stood outside for 10 minutes looking into the place, the brewery, the taps and smiling people enjoying their last pints. It looks really nice and their prices look good but I’ll never go back. There’s literally nothing else to do in this hick town.
Pretty cool setup with about four tanks directly behind the bar. Older looking place, but has a cool old school feel to it. Few tables with limited seating. Bartenders were very friendly! Beer was above average. They have cool wooden food trays that attach to the top of the bar for you to eat from. Nearby are the Little League World Series fields.
First visited in Aug-2012 but we’ve gone back every year since (4 times) and am always happy to stop here on our way to camping. Setup is a long bar with all the tanks behind it, lots of hi-top wooden tables and often lots of locals at the bar. Food choices have ranged (sandwiches and wraps and the like, pulled pork Rico style? fajizzas?!), but it’s usually quite good. Beer selection is solid, a fair lot of their own on tap and we always manage to find a couple new ones when we go. Definitely worth the stop if you’re nearby or travelling through on the highways. (4/9/12/9/8/14) 78
Maybe it was the night I was there. I had heard so much about the place, both good and bad, like a lot of places, but was really looking forward to the visit. I had great hopes, but, I was disappointed. I though the beer was OK but not great. The service was OK but not great. the food, OK, but not great. I’m glad I went, and if I’m ever back in town, may go back, but without great expectations.
When we walked in, a strong off odor turned me off. It was kind of like ketchup and stale beer and something else...Also, the Little Leaguers were in town so it was noisy with kids (but I’m not holding that against them). Service was fine- not terrible, but not great- also not that knowledgeable about the beer. Decent selection of their own brews- a good range of styles with a couple winners. Food was fine. Prices were pretty good.
Visited a couple of times during the Grrrz release. The brewpub’s a simple wood-paneled room with plenty of space for food service. Williamsport was overrun by beer bros that weekend, and the bar frankly struggled at times to handle the crowd. The 10ish beers on tap offered a good range of styles. While the sours predictably got most of the crowd’s attention, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of Bullfrog’s pils and hoppy stuff. The food menu was worryingly expansive, but everything our group tried was pretty awesome. Portions were huge, too.
A note on the Grrrz release itself: Bullfrog struggled to fill orders at a rate faster than one customer per minute, so the substantial line moved very, very slowly. Expect to wait a long time. Bring a folding chair and pray for good weather.