Located in downtown Manheim in what looks to be a former hotel building. Parking is available in the back. They had 9-10 things on draft. The beers were solid but none was spectacular. The barbecue was decent. There was some smokiness to the meat but the sauces were not very good especially the Carolina style which seemed like pure vinegar. The prices were insanely high. Ten bucks for a pork sandwich and fries seems about 25-40% higher than what you’d pay down south. The servers seemed nice enough, but I can’t say they had a passion for beer.
This is a great BBQ joint cum- nanobrewery, situated in an old turn of the century house. They offer great Carolina style BBQ (mixed platter was a great deal at 18$, huge portions which fed me 2 days). The beers are decent, the lighter ones being good quaffers, a decent IPA, but some others a tad unbalanced. 5 X 4 on. sampler for 9$. If you like BBQ, go there.
It’s only 5 miles down the road from the renaissance faire ... nice pub feel long bar as you walk in with the owner/brewer behind there taking care of you ... in the back rooms you have one eating area with tables booths and a tv (we watched the phils kick butt in game 1 of the nlds) the other eating area is more family oriented with just tables and a restaurant feel .... the service was prompt and the food was excellent southern style bbq (owners from North Carolina) just the chips and salsa were disappointing for 6 bucks get the nachos for 2 bucks more .... Value was average but worth it the brews (8 on tap and unfiltered) German Wheat and IPA were great, the rest average but decent 15-18 bucks for a growler fill. The owner brews once or twice on a small 15 gallon system and he keeps the website updated which is great. All in all if your in the area definitely check this place out.
Narrow brewpub located on what seemed to be the main strip through the city. Long bar with plenty of seats along with tables and booths filling out the rest of the space. Pretty typical decor. House beers were all solid with 1 or 2 standouts. Bartender was very friendly and spent most of her time talking beer with us. Didn’t eat here, but the pulled pork barbecue definitely smelled good when we walked in.
Stopped into JoBoy’s on my way to the Sutter’s Fall Cask Ale Festival to get some lunch. The road it is on, Main Street, is currently under construction so getting there was pretty fun. Finally got to the rear parking lot and walked through the ridiculously tiny walk way to arrive at the front door.
Upon entering I realized that this place is much bigger than I thought it was. A small seating area at the front of the place, the bar area, and a few dining rooms make up the space. I sat at the bar and was greeted by a very nice bartender. I ordered a 10mo. RIS and it was pretty good. I noticed a few other things on the tap list that I would have liked to try but I had to save room for the festival. I took a look at the menu and I decided on the brisket platter with mac n cheese, baked beans, and corn bread. I thug the BBQ was excellent, as were the beans, but the mac n cheese was good and I didn’t much care for the corn bread. Prices were a little high for my liking. I thought the food was about right but the beer prices were a little high.
Overall I really enjoyed my trip to JoBoy’s and I will definitely return the next time I am in the area.
DocLock (156) Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania | August 23, 2010| Updated August 28, 2011
Went here with the family weekend of 8/19/10. Place has a front room with a few tables and a bigger area in back. Decent decor, nothing to write home about but quaint and pleasant, with a 10 seater or so bar and wood interior. The beer menu had 5 selections, and the red was off, then on again, so it seemed our waitress was a bit confused about the beer lineup and the sampler criteria. I had the patriot pale, IPA, stout, red, and Belgian dubbel. The beeres were all unfiltered, all decent but not world beaters. The food was the standout. Great BBQ chicken, ribs, pork, and my wife got a delicious slider trio. The fries were home cut and perfectly salted, and the corn bread, cole slaw, beans, and hot dogs were great. The chips and salsa were a big rip off; a small container of Herr’s round tostilla chips with fresh salsa. An OK place, but expensive, and the server was very nice and fairly quick.
Added 28-Aug-2011. Went here again and they had 7 beers on tap, the service was excellent, and the food was as delicious as the first time. The porter was a standout, and the IPA continued to wow me. Worth a trip.
stopped in to see his small opperation in work. We were greated by Jeff, the man behind almost everything here. He does all of the brewing himself on a 15 gallon Sabco setup in the back. The BBQ is all his recipe as well. He greeted us, answered all of our questions and showed us around. The place is small I would say 30 tables or so with a nice sized bar. 6 house beers on tap when I was there, the Darkside is an always changing recipe so for us was an 7.5 percent stout. The stout and IPA were very well done, tons of flavor. The others were true to style, just not out of this world. We enjoyed the BBQ sliders with their 2 homeade sauces and loved them. I think for the beer sampler and food my total was around 17 dollars. Very reasonable and a nice stop in a great lanscape north of Lancaster.
If you like southern bbq, this is the place to get it. The food is HOT! but good. The ambiance is typical pubbish. Service was good although it was not busy, very friendly. Selection is pretty much bbq and they only had 4 brews on tap. The food was good, but very HOT! ABT’s were great and the ribs were fall off the bone, sides were delicious. Value was OK for this type of place. Overall, I enjoyed it, I would go back and would recommend to a bbq lover.
Local new small micro brewery in Manheim. Had the Imperial Stout which was good, would have liked to try the other offerings but all out, this probably due to the small output. The service and brew availability I chalked up to being the new kid on the block, but they need to bring their "A" game soon and get the beer flowing! Food was tasty and the selections of BBQ decent. If you are a vegetarian good luck, sit quietly and drink soda. Hopefully when we are back they will have stepped up the beer output.