FINALLY made it here! Very much a tasting room stuck inside a brewery. I had my back to the brewery, but cases of labels were stacked next to me and the sound of forklifts was common. Kind of a cool vibe to the bar, and a very intimate vibe based on the proximity to the brewhouse. Staff was helpful and friendly. A lot of them, but I imagine they get a little busy. I hope the brewery workers leave early in the day because I had a little bit of trouble finding a parking spot and I was the only customer when I arrived. Many beers on tap, including limited options. Bottles to go were well priced, 4 ounce pours priced reasonably, only hitting Strangeways prices for 13 month barrel aged sours (lower gravity pours $1.75-$2.25). Beer quality was overall very good. Good mix of styles (I tried three sours, pilsner, brown ale, dry stout, barleywine, saison, Belgian Ale, carrot cake infused imperial stout). Recommended stop.
Visited Weyerbacher today with our north Jersey based homebrewers group called MASH. They arranged a bus trip that included a private tour and an hour of tasting before the general public were allowed in. The staff and the facility are top notch. The best part of course was getting to try over a dozen beers including several cases where we got to try the standard version and a barrel aged version. Weyerbacher makes a lot of high alcohol beers and features many Belgium styles...especially Tripels & Quads. Being a hop lover I most enjoyed their 2 regularly available IPA’s (a single and double with west coast hops) as well as a one-off specialty IPA that was very original. I highly recommend a visit here to sample some very original beers and enjoy a first rate brewery.
Riserva release ’open house’. What can you say, its a brewery that gives out free samples and allows you to mix and match cases (a big plus in PA). I will be heading out for any other future special releases...
Ambiance: Typical Warehouse Brewery with a rectangle serving station up by the front door.
Service: Bartenders were decent and friendly
Selection: They had 14 beers on tap while I was there, plus they were opening bottles of Rhumpshaka too.
Value: They still do not charge for beers yet, so do not go there expecting a pint...their policy is 6 - 2.5oz pours for free. As much as I like free beer, I prefer a pint over a plastic sipping cup.
Overall: A nice place to visit but not something that I would stop at frequently for free samples. Most beers that they had on tap were common distro’d beers.
Standard warehouse brewery with a decent-sized taproom and merchandise area right as you walk inside. The area is open and looks into the brewing and packaging areas. Huge number of taps with many of their trademark beers and a few taproom-only selections. All beers are served as free 2oz pours with no pints or flights sold. Good prices if you’re buying beers to go with a large selection of their beers and the ability to buy as singles. Fun place with great, friendly staff.
Visited here with Ryan (frumptydumpty) one year ( i think 2007 or 2008) while on the way to BCTC. Ryan used to be a rep in this area and was friends with some of the owners/brewers so they hooked us up with a case of various things they had bottled. I dont remember there being any kind of taproom but maybe they were in the process of building it. Nice brewery, nice people, pretty good beer.