IMHO best brewpub in the Philly area. Solid line up of beers by a knowledgebale brewer. GABF Gold Medal Porter was outstanding. Simcorilla and Snow Cat IPAs were fantastic this winter. Layout is good in that you have a large bar area with high tops, and then an almost separate sit down restaurant. Takes reservations and is very family friendly. Two of the best servers we’ve ever had dining out were (are) here. $11 growler fills (compare that to $18 to $25 at Iron Hill) with $6 fills on Mondays(!!). Food is definitely above average for a brewpub that’s not serious about being a gastro-pub.
We have eaten and drank here several times. Place is clean and service was always great. Need to catch more of the special release beer dates. Had their standard line up available with Oatmeal on cask. 2 dollar drafts on thursdays yea! Good food selection but prices can be on the high side, although cheaper than iron Hill! Decent beers and a swinging bar area after 5 PM. Worth a stop.
I was really hoping to hit General Lafayette, but the freezing rain just made it too risky to drive out there. This brewpub was right near the Hampton Inn, where I was staying for the night. It was not very crowded, probably because it was a Tuesday night and the weather was bad. Ambiance is your typical chain brewpub, but it is well done and clean. The bar is long and spacious, with all the current beers up on a large chalkboard, listing the name, style, ABV, and description. They have about a dozen beers on tap, including an engine. Most of the beers were very solid and enjoyable. The bartender was ok. He kept the beers coming, but was not very sociable. I did not eat, but the food looked decent. I would return again if I needed a quick beer near the hotel. Rocl Bottom may be a chain, but each location brews it’s own beers. I have yet to visit one that is bad. Put the snobbery aside and stop in for a brew or two.
Beer Quality// moderate
Beer Philosophy// four house beers; a few rotating taps; house beers are simple; many of the rotating offerings are fairly uninspired; rotating IPAs can be of high quality
Serving Sizes// flights; full pours
Growler Situation// 64oz (will fill theirs and others)
Food Situation// chain restaurant food
Ambiance// in the fucking mall; chain brewpub construction; sportsbar vibe
Overall// worth checking out if close by; go with the rotating IPA if you only have time for one; let your significant other go shopping while you have a beer
Came up as a surprise while shopping at the mall, haven’t seen one before. Service was good, it was an early lunch. The setting and food was typical family restaurant fare, I did like being close to the fermentation tanks where some work was being done. Beer selection was all in-house or contract made offerings, all seemed on the lighter side so settled on their schwarzbier. Overall pretty cool to stumble upon a brewery in a mall, I wouldn’t go out of my to come here but a nice stop if shopping anyways.
Bricks (17) Delaware | June 26, 2010| Updated July 4, 2010
House beer is better than average as is the food. Nothing spectacular.