It took me a long time to actually sit at this bar since it always looks so busy. The ambiance is very nice. It was a Tuesday afternoon so there was not a ton of people but the lights were dim but bright enough to see. There was a chill grateful dead convo going on by a group of guys. The service was really good. The bartender was really nice and even looked me up on rate beer to check out my ratings. Selection is pretty much tops for a bar. 350 bottles plus some really high end taps. I had the funky mussels and they were the best i’ve ever had. Big and flavorful. Prices were what you’d expect from a place like this but the value of enjoyment was very high.
I love this place! I stopped in 5 or 6 times for a quick pint or 2 on my way home from work . I find that if I exit 422 at Sanatoga and go about a mile and a half out of my way,it’s right on the way home!The place is very cozy and attractive. A great beer selection that includes a fair share of local breweries,but not what one might expect from them. Victory , you get St. Victorious and Old Horizontal,not Hop Devil. Sly Fox’s Oddessy and PBC’s Kenzinger just to name a few. The place has a nice T.V. behind the bar,but really I think the place is going for more of a friendly conversation between customers than getting blasted with 20 televisions. The times iI was there people were talking beer amongst each other wether they were friends before or not.The Craft Ale House is a more than welcome addition to the area and really is a destination spot for lovers of quality beers and food. I did have the Buttermilk Tendres and fries and they were awesome. I may have to become a regular.
Holy cow does this place rule. Not a huge draft selection but what they do have is very nice with tons of variety. Everything is served in proper glassware and there is food available although I did not eat there. The bottle selection is staggering for the area. Lots of options and you can buy them to go. In a state where most beer sales are by the case this is a great option!
Macegan75 (29) Phoenixville, Pennsylvania | June 27, 2009| Updated July 25, 2009
The Craft Ale House has been around for 6 months now and the place keeps getting better and better. The owners Gary & Melissa are beer veterans and seem dedicated to making the CAH a great beer spot. They have brought in some great beers. The food is all made from scratch unlike many place in the suburbs. The burgers, Pork sandwich, chicken pot pie, chicken tenders are great. The fries are good but they seem to over salt a few things/sauces on the menu. My wife and I both love their soups. The bartenders are knowledgable and waiters & waitresses provide adequate explanations of the beers. The coolers hold a very nice selection of bottled beer. The bottle prices are a bit high for this part of Mont Co. but they do have the best beer bar in the area and can justify the prices. The tap selection is nice but perhaps a too local centric with the choices. However, with beers like Pliny the Elder and Younger, Blind Pig. Ballast Point Victory at Sea, Sculpin, Dorado, Navigator I can handle some PBC and Victory.
Very nice place. The interior is cozy, nicely decorated, but a bit small, with a 12 seater bar and roughly 50 person seated dining capacity. The food is out of this world. The burgers melt in your mouth, the homemade seasoned fries are the best I have ever had, the pierogies are astounding, and the soups are great. Everything my wife and I have eaten here has been spot on. The tap selection is 16 strong, and includes a lot of great local stuff, relative rarities like Pliny the Elder, and a smattering of Belgian and dark beers. There are always two or three solid IPAs, 2 or 3 solid Belgians, and 2 or 3 solid stouts on. Service has ranged from initially slow to much better lately. Value is above average, and the takeout beer coolers are stocked with a great deal of awesome stuff. Gary (the owner) has been around the beer business for most of his life, and it shows in this place. I highly recommend Craft Ale House to anyone. You will not be disappointed.
A welcome addition to the Eastern PA beer scene! I struggled between entering this as a bar or restaurant and went with a bar since the Craft Beer is the focus at this place. Went on a Saturday for lunch and was pleasantly surprised. They really did a great job with the inside of this place. Dark woods, fireplace, sofas to chill on, maybe 10 or more tables to seat people who want a meal. Bar is medium size with a decent size TV and 15 beers on tap (one was on nitro). They have two large coolers filled with beer to go. Prices on beer and food seemed reasonable. $4 to $5 for most beers on tap. The higher ABV/rare beers they served in 10 oz glasses but in that same $4 to $5 price range. They had Pliny the Elder on, which has become more common in Easter PA over the past few months but was still nice to see. The staff was very friendly. The bartender is a homebrewer and seemed to know his stuff. Everyone else at the bar was talking either homebrewing or craft beer. Someone mentioned they o
I had driven two hours to get to this place and now I’m well aware that I’d gladly drive a bit further for this experience. On arrival I was greeted by Sara the bartender/front of the house specialist. She was warm, engaging, knowledgeable and hospitable. I was there for lunch on a Tuesday, so no crowds to speak of, just an easy going beer friendly few. I had the parsnip and hazelnut puree soup which was fantastic! Also had the radicchio salad that was just good. I selected a Port Brewing Mongo as my lunch companion and it was presented in a beautiful flared tulip. Huge bonus: you can carry out 99.9 percent of everything on the vast and comprehensive beer menu. The owner even came out to look for a couple beers that I did not see in the case. Great value here on the food and especially the beer. These people aren’t looking to become millionaires, just looking to spread the goodness around. Awesome place.
Another new beer bar that is doing it right. Was bummed when I got there on Sunday and it was closed but had a nice lunch and beer experience on Monday.
The owners seem to be doing everything right despite facing a new and popular bar.
Congrts, this is a greet place
This place could definitely become a regular stop for me. What a selection of beer on draft the night I was there. For a small example, they were offering Old Rasputin Impy Stout, Twin Lakes Pale Ale, Stoudts’ Double IPA and Founders Centenial IPA. Plus they had about ten or so other selections. The only bad thing I can say about the Craft Ale House is the lack of selection on the food menu. They had some nice appetizers, a few selections of mussels, a burger, pork sandwich and a few higher end entrees. But that was about it. Not a whole lot of food selection. But the burger and pork sandwich were quite delicious, though. The artisan cheese tray was quite nice, as well. The staff is extremely friendly and attentive. The service was pretty good, especially for a very busy Friday night. They told us it was going to be about a half-hour wait, but it was only about 20 minutes. The servers didn’t try and rush you to eat and get out, like at a lot of other places. The atmosphere was of a smallish pub,