Stopped here recently while taking a scenic drive back from DC to northern NJ. Actually after reading the reviews on RateBeer I pretty much rearranged my drive to accomodate a visit here...and boy was it worth it! If you’ve read any of the reviews you already know about the unique setup...Italian restaurant one side (with all beers available from the other side), and Belgium restaurant and beer bar on the other. What amazed me about this place was not just the huge bottle list...or even how strong it was from a Belgium perspective...but just the overall knowledge this place (i.e. staff) has and the incredibly large selection of correct glasswear. It doesn’t stop there though. This is an authentic Belgium menu and I highly recommend this food...especially if you think Belgians only eat two things (frites & mussels). I would say that eating (and drinking) here is not cheap...but I would also say it’s worth every penny for the amazing experience. This is clearly a destination craftbeer bar you should go out of your way for or plan a special trip to. You can also couple a visit here with a trip to Victory Brewing in nearby Downingtown.
Wow! I’m not sure if I’ve ever been to a better beer bar than this! An incredible beer menu with very good servers that are quite beer savvy. They also feature a pretty exotic and delicious food menu. The beers are very fairly priced as well. I go to try Ale Smith’s Speed Way, Russian River’s Pliny, and Baladin’s Xyauyu amongst a few other in 1 sitting!!! Incredible!
By far the best place I went to on my last visit to the philly area. You walk in and you can go 2 different directions; on the left is I think Italian and on the right Belgian. I choose wisely and went right. I was by myself and hoping for a bar spot but it was a busy Thursday and the bar was packed so I grabbed a table. Service was a little slow but from then on it was good. The beer selection was pretty good and I went with a Nugget Nectar and a Union Jack. The food was great! I tried the Mussels and then the Gyro and both were awesome. Cool place and I would go back if in the burbs again.
A Belgian style restaurant on the bar side. I have been going to Teresa’s Next Door off and on for years. I have been there when the place was empty as well as when there were 30 people waiting outside for a table. Very good, ever changing, well rounded beer selection (good wine selection too). Check their website for bottle & draft beers. http://www.teresas-cafe.com/TNDOnTap.htm My menu favorites: cheese & charcuterie, bunny bites, Moules-frites and chocolate chip waffles topped with crème. I tend to order the same items so I don’t know about other menu items. I use to travel in to Philly to a very popular spot if I wanted Moules-frites and Belgian beers. I don’t bother going in to Philly anymore. The quality of Teresa’ mussels has improved over the years for the better. I don’t know what changed but it was for the best. The place isn’t outrageous in price for the quality of food and beer/wine selection but it isn’t cheap. I don’t go there to eat on the cheap . Wait staff is good. Bartenders are really knowledgeable in beer and wines. Tables turn quickly. No reservations are taken – just walk ins. I have found over the years that they cannot accommodate a party 6 or more. I went there with 6 people on two different occasions, the tables in the front window were free, no waiting list and the hostess refused to put us all in front together. Only offered us three tables for two around the restaurant. No big deal, we went down the road. I would call ahead and reconfirm if this still is the case if you plan to go as a group.
This place is really a Belgian style restaurant with a long bar that runs the length of the place. Crowded but comfortable on a Saturday night, most people at the bar were waiting for tables - but sampling an amazing selection of draft and bottled beers while they did. Staff was very good, generous with the samples, and had good beer and food recommendations. Definitely worth the easy trip from Philly. Best selection of Russian River - draft and bottles - on the East Coast.
Unassuming small town in PA with a world-class beer bar. Selection was completely insane when I was there. Literal tap list was 5 Russian River sours, Pliny, Blind Pig, Lost Abbey Angels Share, Deliverance, Older Viscosity, Hill Farmstead Arthur and Anna, Grassroots Sankt Hands (never seen before on tap in my life), Peche Mortel on Cask! Bottle list impressive, you can get bottles to go at 20% discount. Food looked insane like dry aged Wagyu beef burger (!) but we had just eaten at Tired Hands. Nice, wooden, long bar to sit at or tables. Service was friendly but a bit slow. Ridiculous place that I will return to many times before I move to California. Value was great, all the tap beers were $7.50 despite many being insanely rare and high abv.
A decent bottle selection however a bit lacking in IPA;s, 30 taps, heavily belgian influenced. The place was in the middle of being renovated so the ambience was kind of out of whack. The thing that turned me off was the service, got the feeling that if you weren’t a local you were ignored.
A classy and comfortable bar and restaurant located not far from a couple of universities. The tasteful surroundings and low-key lighting are a little unusual for the craft beer scene, but beer is not all this place has to offer. There are some intriguing items on the menu, although I must admit I was a little disappointed with the size and freshness of my elk burger. The beer list had a number of exciting choices on draft and a lot of bottles too. It deserves to be (and is) one of the Philly area’s top brew destinations.
Nate (330) Indiana, Pennsylvania | August 21, 2012
Stopped here for an hour or so for a small plate and a few rounds. Nice neigjhborhood bar with good tap selection, reasonably priced. Good little food menu - cheeses and small dishes were ample. Good service and a nice atmosphere.
Visited yesterday before heading into Tired Hands. Ambiance was nice. Very long bar with plenty of seating. That reminded me a bit of the Moeder Fontainas location in Brussels. AMAZING selection of glassware behind the bar. That goes into ambiance, but will also be included in selection. Service was spectacular. The bartender was funny, engaging, and clearly into good beer. Draft selection was fantastic, with a nice mixture of import and domestic. All quality. We didn’t really eat, so I can’t comment there, though I will compliment the cheese that came with the Tripel van de Garre. Gret value and overall just a very fun place. This will become a go-to stop for us.