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.
DocLock (158) 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.
My son and I visited this new brewpub and had a great time talking with Jeff, the brewmaster, his wife, Jo, and the rest of the staff. Had the sampler of 5 home brews. The Darkside Stout was my favorite and I also enjoyed the Manheim Red and his newest creation, Wheat. All of the beers are fresh and unique. The BBQ sliders with the sauces that you put on yourself were delicious as was the red slaw. I can’t wait to return and sample Jeff’s latest creation and eat the succulent BBQ.
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.
Stopped in for dinner a few weeks after their grand opening. It seems as though they don’t have everything running at 100% yet or at least have not ironed out the bumps. The food ranged from decent to good and the lone beer that was offered on tap was only passable. They were moderately busy during my visit but service was definitely lacking. We sat with empty glasses for over 20 minutes and one friend was served the wrong wine (out of 4 choices). 2 of the 3 house beers had run out in the course of a week and there were no bottled beers to be found. As a barbecue restaurant the place was not bad but as a brewpub it is very lacking at the moment. I will stop back in a few months to see if they get their act together.