Historic location with sometimes cracking floors, yet a comfy, dark atmosphere. The restaurant offered classical music and calm, respectful patrons, the waiters being very polite, but not necessarily beer oriented (had difficulties knowing which beers were which, etc) in the restaurant portion of the house. While some of the beers definitely aim at the masses, they do seem to enjoy bold experiments, mostly on the malty side though I must say I was generally unimpressed with the beers considering the enviable reputation and the rather expensive prices.
Not many taps, and a smoking and non-smoking side. Most of the action was on the former, and they seemed challenged and testy in serving a moderate volume of clients. The inside has an interesting unique history, but you have to research it elsewhere. Some high A.B.V. selections, and several written warnings not to overdo it, maximum 3 points of these. A long drive, but not a complicated one,
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | October 10, 2005| Updated October 12, 2005
Very nice old building with a dark, cozy ambiance. The dining room area with its fireplace, war decoration, and classical music aims to give an upscale experience to its patrons, and could succeed. The food is expensive for the quality you get, but there are some very good recipes in there, like the crab cakes with smoked tomato jam. The beers varied in quality as well, ranging from the boring quaffer to well-executed and highly flavorful glasses. The Weizen-Heimer Weizenbock was particularly spot on, bright and authentic. I would definitely come back here if I were to drive by this area, but I would probably skip the fancy dinner and eat in the bar area.
The bar is a dark Irish-like pub. Another section is a rather nice space reserved for the restaurant. An overall classy look. When I was there they had more than 10 beers on tap including 2 casks. They also had a separate list for vintage 22oz bottles Ɩ of them) for about $18 each. I stuck to the taps. I enjoyed many of the beers there, I even scored a 4.0. Many adventurous beers that go outside the beaten path of Stout/IPA/Pils/etc. We had a quick lunch meal, affordable, good quality, but small portions. I cannot comment about the dinner menu but given my lunch meal I can only assume that the dinner menu kicks ass. Really worth a detour.
Now this is a place with some authenticity, except for the AC, I feel like Iíve just jumped down from my horse, after a hard days travelling along Germantown Pike, now ready to rest. I feel Iím in the early 19th century with wooden cealing and huge fireplaces, and only dimly lit. And this is a good place to rest, first You get a very tasty meal at a very resonable price, then You sample all the beers, 9 on tap/cask and 5 vintage bottles, ranging from boring to outstanding. And then You can retreat to the inn in the back yard - again it reminds me of being a traveller of the 19th century. The inn is a bit pricy, but included in the price are complementary soda, juice, bagels, coffee etc. and a huge living room, kitchen and dining room as a shared facility of the 5 rooms - I really felt at home and could stay for awhile. So if You visit the place, then do stay the night, then You can also sample all the strong vintage bottles without having to think about driving afterwards. The service in the restaurant and the bar was very friendly, it is a very nice couple that owns and runs this place. I want to come back.
Nate (329) Indiana, Pennsylvania | January 5, 2009
Didn’t eat here, but sat for a while and tried some samples. The ambiance is completely terrific and you feel like you’re sitting in an old pub from the 1700s (as I would imagine and without TVs). Anyway, the service was good and the beers were solid. I’d like to stay here some time and be able to crawl up to a room when I was done drinking. Worth a stop if you’re in the area.
This is a must-visit, if only for the creaky 18th-centuray atmosphere. I had a great time in July at the Philly gathering, but I suspect itíd be fun anytime. Big meaty meals, good appetizers...interesting if not entirely successful beer that tend towards the higher ABV territory. Hey, they make a mead; thatís worth something.
This is a basement bar, with a historic ambiance with modern accents. The bar area is split, with a non-smoking area and the smoking/live music area. Both areas are fairly small but cozy. They do offer a reasonably priced four beer sampler and around 10 beers to choose from, ranging from American to Belgian styles. The beers were decent and enjoyable, but not mind-blowing by any stretch. The bartender did his job, but was not very outgoing. The food looks good, but the menu may be a tad pricey for some. This is worth a visit, even if itís just for the ambiance. Just be prepared to pay a small cover for the live music.
The ambiance here is perfect. A gem in the Philly area if your talking about historic buildings. A nice big seating area separate from the bar area which is nice since there are TVís and live events in the bar. Ate and watched a Phillies game in the bar area the food wasnít bad for pub grub. The beer was average, but I still tried 4 different ones so they were quality! If your in the area and love history definitely give this place a try.