The Quest for the Holy Grain - Best Brew Pubs
Pennsylvania

 

 

Adamstown

Allentown

Bellefonte

Bethel Park

Carlisle

Columbia

Dallastown

Danville

Downingtown

Duncansville

Enola

 

Ephrata

Erie

Hanover

Harrisburg

Kutztown

Lancaster

Lititz

Malvern

Meadville

Media

Mount Joy

New Freedom

Philadelphia

Phoenixville

Pittsburgh

Reamstown

Selinsgrove

Slippery Rock

Swiftwater

State College

Titusville

Williamsport

York

 

 

 

Sterling Pig
609 W State St.
Media, PA 19063
(484) 444-2526

Sterling Pig is a brewpub in Media, PA., specializing in Bar-B-que.
In their own words, Sterling Pig say they " bring local flavor and elevated pub favorites to the Baltimore Pike."
The street entrance leads to the bar which fills up most of that level, seating over 20.
The parking lot entrance comes into the 2nd floor which is a cozy dining room containing about 15 tables with the kitchen in plain sight.
They have 9 of their own beers on tap...5 regular and 4 seasonal, with mostly German styles as well as several IPA's.
The beers were good - and so was the food, and not expensive.

If you did not drink your fill of Sterling Pig brews on site, you can take home a growler.

 

 

 

 

Spoonwood Brewing Company
5981 Baptist Road
Bethel Park, PA  15236
(412) 833-0333

Spoonwood is a new stand-alone brew pub in a newly developed area of Pittsburgh. The bar is in one corner of the large room.
The rest of the area is filled with tables big and small, seating over 200.
Overhead doors open to a patio in the rear which also has a small stage for live performances.
Spoonwood was particularly crowded at the time of our visit - a Thursday evening at 7:00.
The owner rearranged some people at a great table to squeeze our party in.
Spoonwood offers 10 beers on tap.
The beer is brewed in a separate section visible behind the bar.
The food is what one would expect and not too pricey.
When chatting over a Questor Card, the owner asked about the beer. I responded that the Rye IPA was good, but that the Kolsch wasn't "Kolschy". His response was that they "had missed the mark on that one" !!

 

 

 

Warehouse Gourmet
Bistro & Brew Pub

7 Pennsylvania Avenue Hanover, PA
717.451.9898

Warehouse Gourmet is one of the four breweries now operating in the sleepy little Pennsylvania town of Hanover.
The warehouse itself, in its over 100 years of service, has seen duty as ribbon factory, a cigar factory, and a furniture factory, to name a few.
The Bistro, which is downstairs, seats about 45 customers, and serves handmade dishes including soups, sandwiches, and desserts.
Upstairs at the Pub, Warehouse Gourmet pours 8 of their homemade beers ranging from Rye, Baby, Rye to the potent Imperial Leggy Blonde.
As of the time of this article, the Summer of 2015, Hanover boasts 4 breweries and all four are well worth visiting.

 

 

Miscreation Brewing Company
6 Center Sq
Hanover , PA 17331
717-698-3666

Miscreation is a brewpub in the rural town of Hanover, in southern Pennsylvania.
The pub sports two levels, with ample seating at tables and chairs downstairs, and a bar with about a dozen seats and more tables upstairs.
Miscreation creates 15 different beers with 7 or 8 on tap at any one time.
The styles include pale ale, stout, wit, imperial IPA, pumpkin porter, and others.
After a few beers, a Questor can order food from a tasty pub menu.
Beers are brewed on site using their 1 bbl. system.
Miscreation also offers a Miscreation 101 class explaining the art and science of their brewing. Tuition includes session with an expert, flight of 8 beers, and free pint/keep the glass.


 

 

Black Forest Brewery
301 W Main St
Ephrata, PA 17522
(717) 450-7217

The Black Forest Brewery is a small brewpub in Ephrata, PA.
It seems that in another life the building had been a two car garage behind a stately home on Main Street. Redone, the building has a small brewing area in the rear and a small bar area in the front.
The bar itself seats 8, and another dozen can sit at tables.
There is also a bar rail along the front wall.
Black Forest has several of their own beers on tap; tasty and not expensive.
The Black Forest repertoire includes a pale ale, amber, IPA, stout, and strong Belgian.
Aside from serving beer and wine, Black Forest offers snacks, appetizers, soup, and several sandwiches.
If you are planning a trip, check your schedule...Black Forest is open 4 days per week.

 

 

Columbia Kettle Works
40 North 3rd Street
Columbia, PA 17512
717-342-2374

Columbia Kettle Works is a brewpub in downtown Columbia, PA.
If you are driving on Route 30 from York to Lancaster, Columbia is the town on the right just after you cross the mighty Susquehanna River.
CCW's space is one narrow storefront that isn't too deep. The brewing equipment is along the left wall.
The bar separates that space from the drinking area, and seats about 10 patrons who can sip their beer and gaze at the brew works.
Several round tables can seat 25-30 guests in the middle of the tap room, and there is a leaning shelf along the wall opposite the bar.

They serve several of their own beers, and there are as many as 8 on tap.
The beer is tasty and not expensive.
CCW also offers a menu with a number of tasty sandwiches, appetizers, and other snacks.
We considered listing Columbia Kettle Works as a microbrewery, but decided to call it a brewpub because of its menu...'tho is is only open 3 days per week.

 

 

 

Wyndridge Farm Brewing
885 S Pleasant Ave.
Dallastown, PA 17313
(717) 244-9900

Wyndridge Farm is a brewpub near Dallastown, PA.
The bar and restaurant are part of a sprawling catering venue quite a distance from town.
There are no signs identifying the place, but being rather isolated it is easy to find...a big new building with a very large parking lot.
One enters into a large hallway.
The catering venue is to the right, the restaurant to the left, with a large courtyard separating them.
The restaurant has a very large bar at it's center.
There are no partitions or walls so the area seems quite spacious, especially because of the open kitchen to the left. The brewing operation is visible in a room in the back.
They have about 20 taps.
This could be misleading to a Questor as Wyndridge also brews their own cider and has several local wines on tap.
On the day of our visit, they had six beers. They were out of several others. The beer was tasty and not expensive.

 

 

 

Manu Forti Craft Beer at the 7 Sports Bar & Grille
14 E Franklin St
New Freedom, PA 17349
(717) 759-8707

The Manu Forti Brewery is the creation of brothers Aaron and Mick McKee who began as homebrewers.
In February, 2014, the brothers began brewing with a 2-barrel system inside of the well-established 7 Sports Bar & Grille in the small town of New Freedom, just north of the Maryland line and a tad west of Route 83.
Manu Forti means "with a strong hand" and comes from the McKee Clan's motto.
7 Sports Bar carries 8 draft beers, two of which are Manu Forti beers.
At the time of our visit, they offered Sucker Punch, a strong ale, and Oktoberfist, a peach-infused Oktoberfest.
The only place one can get Manu Forti beers as of now is on tap at 7 Sports. Growlers can be filled to take home.
Our bartender was very helpful in answering our questions about the bar and the brewery.
Manu Forti is a brewery that should not be missed by a Questor on his way from The Old Line State into the beer-rich environs of Central and South Pennsylvania.

 

 

Pocono Brewing Company
2092 Pennsylvania 611
Swiftwater, PA 18355
(570) 839-3230

Deep in the ski country of Eastern Pennsylvania, the Pocono Brewing Company brewpub has a ski lodge motif.
The main door opens to a vestibule containing a hostess stand. To the right is a bright, windowed, sunny dining area; to the left a darker bar area.
To the rear of the bar is a very large dining room often used as a comedy club, that seats several hundred with a large balcony.
To the rear of the Comedy Club is an expansive outdoor bar and patio area. Pocono makes five of their own beers and has 25 guest taps, mostly B M/C. Although the beer was good and food portions large, everything was quite expensive.

 

 

 

The Brewery at
Gamble Mill

160 Dunlap St  
Bellefonte, PA 16823
(814) 355-7764

Hard by the railroad tracks, Gamble Mill is a brewpub in Bellefonte, PA.
The building that you see today has appeared that way since 1892, although the history of a mill at this site, on Spring Creek, goes back decades befor that.
The structure was saved from condemnation and restored between 1975 and 1985.
The downstairs lounge is closed for modernization, but the restaurant upstairs is fully functional. Although the main room is not particularly large there are also several more rooms and alcoves.
All of the chairs match, but the tables are an eclectic mismatch of sizes and styles.
They have 7 of their own beers on tap, including a seasonal and a Belgian-style. One tap is also reserved for a guest beer.
The food was good and not expensive.

 

 

 

JoBoys Brew Pub
27- 31 E Main St
Lititz , PA 17543
(717) 568-8330

JoBoy's opened in 2014, and is situated on Main Street in quaint and attractive downtown Lititz.
You have to pay attention whilst walking down Main Street, as JoBoy's has understated signage.
JoBoy's states that they are "one of, if not the smallest nano-brewery in Pennsylvania. "
The whole venue feels private and cozy, yet is not small.
The staple-shaped bar seats 14, with numerous booths and tables.
Dark wood and exposed brick prevail in the decor.
JoBoy's had 15 taps and 2 casks of their beer available at the time of my visit.
Many styles were represented, from an American lager to barley wine, IPA's, stout, wheats and more.
I had an Oktoberfest on tap, and took two other beers home in growlers...all were tasty and well-crafted.
My bartender was helpful and friendly, and I am sorry I did not ask here name.
Although I did not indulge in food, JoBoy's is noted for their Southern Barbeque.
The brew works were in evidence; growlers can be filled.
JoBoy's is another splendid reason to visit the beer-friendly town of Lititz.


 

 

 

Appalachian Brewing Company
55 N Water St
Lititz , PA 17543
(717) 625-0300

Lititz, PA, "America's Coolest Small Town-2013", is the latest location for the Appalachian Brewing Company.
ABC sits about four blocks from the entertainment hub of Lititz...the intersection of Broad and Main Streets.
ABC's L-shaped bar seats approximately 12. Over top is a large screen listing what is pouring from each of the 15 taps, 7 of which rotate.
There are many tables for dining.
Beers are also sold to go in bombers and 6-packs.
ABC fills growlers, but only those of 2-liter capacity.

 

Al's of Hampden/Pizza Boy Brewery
2240 Millenium Way
Enola, PA 17025
717-728-3840

Al's of Hamden is a... oh wait...you think you think you've been there already...maybe, maybe not...the new Al's of Hamden is across the street, and much improved.
Al's of Hamden is a brewery that makes pizza. The brewing operation, Pizza Boy, is quite extensive and takes up half the new building.
The rest of the space will remind you of the previous Al's; pizza equipment way off to the right, a vary large central seating area. The seating area has about 20 tables as well as two large German-style common tables with a very large bar on two sides. The food is the same pizza and deli stuff, but the beer will overwhelm the Questor.
Al's has about 15 of their house beers, Pizza Boy, on tap, as well as 85 guest beers. The guest beers include eight taps of DuClaw and ten of Troegs which rotate among themselves, and many beers from the local area.
All are available in growlers.
They still have a large cooler of good beers as well as the make your own six pack deal and many good bombers.

 

 

 

Timber Creek Tap & Table
11191 Highline Drive
Meadville, Pa 16335
814-807-1005

Timber Creek is a brewpub on the outskirts of Meadville, PA.

It's located in a new stand-alone building that has lots of parking.
The entrance walkway takes one up to a patio area near the doorways. To the right is the restaurant. Inside is like so many corporate eateries of today; booths around the outside, tables in the middle, and a modest sized bar.

Back out on the patio, one should turn left and go into the bar. It's a large enough space, but one's eyes are drawn to the floor...the brewing operation is visible below through the glass surface !!
They have five full time beers on tap as well as two seasonals, all of which seemed true to style and quite good.

The food came in large portions, was good, and not expensive.
They also have bombers to go.

 

 

Voodoo Brewing Company
215 Arch Street
Meadville, PA 16335

The Brewpub at VooDoo in downtown Meadville, PA, is an outlet for the VooDoo brewery. It's across the street from the Post office in an otherwise beatup neighborhood, in a long but narrow storefront.
To the right side, the bar is quite long, and in the center of the room is a great table. Some couches up front but not much else.
They have about 10 beers on draft in many styles.
Voodoo fills growlers, but one must bring their own as they have none to sell.
They also offer 12 oz. bottles and/or bombers of their full-time beer.
The draft beers are served from what appears to be very old Coke refrigerators modified like kegorators.
The beer list is on a chalk board opposite the bar.
The food menu is not printed as it changes often, but the chalkboard list seemed very eclectic.
They age of the crowd ranged from young to old, all enjoying their beer.

 

 

Mexitaly
2440 E. Market St .
York , PA 17402
phone: (717) 600-8226

If you enjoy brick oven pizza, monster burritos, and tacos, and don't mind washing it down with craft beer brewed on premise, then Mexitaly is just the place for you.
The venue occupies two storefronts in a strip center in the Eastern stretches of York.
On the right side is the grill, serving up artisan pizza and Mexican fare.
On the left, probably the first stop for a Questor, is a long bar seating 20 patrons or so.
Parallel to the bar is a long community table, and tables and booths round out the ample seating.
Mexitaly usually has 7 or 8 of their own beers on tap, plus wine and cider.
Styles included Pils, Pumpkin Ale, Belgian Gold, Stout, and more. Those we tried were clean-drinking and true to style.
In the back of the restaurant was a private dining area for special events, and the brew works which were clearly visible.
Mexitaly, which opened in the Spring of 2014, is a fun place with great food and beer, and a necessary stop for any thirsty Questor while in York.


 

 

Liquid Hero Brewery
50 East North Street
York PA 17401
(717) 814-9250

You are not going to pass by Liquid Hero on your way through York. You will have to be looking for it. But look for it you should, as this microbrewery and brew pub is one of York's hidden gems.
Liquid Hero resides in a 100-year old freight terminal, across the street from York's old train station, which sits just across the tracks from the ballpark of the York Revolution, an independent baseball team.
The barroom seats about 30 people, at tables or at the small, copper-topped bar. There is ample room for standing and moving about.
A chalk board lists the brew pub's offerings. Liquid Hero will have anywhere from 5-8 of their beers on tap at any one time, and they are proffered by the snifter, pint, or growler...all reasonably priced.
Our bartender, Christian, also an owner/brewer, was helpful and informative about the beers and the operation. His partners/buddies could be seen through the open doorway toiling in their 5-bbl. brewhouse.

Lots of century-old, vintage wood and brick distinguish Liquid Hero's cozy barroom from the tasting rooms of many microbreweries. It is a place where you could stop in for a quick one, or sit for hours and drink with your friends.
And the fact that patrons can fortify themselves with hot dogs and chips makes it a brew pub and not just a tasting room.

I would anticipate that as the York Revolution's baseball season heats up, fans could stop in Liquid Hero for some liquid refreshment before and/or after the game...it's just a short walk or a long fly ball away!
Liquid Hero is an integral cog in York's nascent beer scene; beer lovers should check it out.




 

 

Mudhook Brewing Company
34 North Cherry Lane  
York, PA 17401
(717) 747-3605

Mudhook Brewing Company is a family-run operation tucked just off W.Philadelphia St. in downtown York.
The brew pub is small and cozy, with a wooden bar that seats about 10. A long, face-to-face table has room for another 14 patrons, and 6 or so tables complete the inside seating. There is a patio for warm-weather outdoor imbibing.
The place was busy in the middle of a cold Saturday afternoon, and both our barkeep and his six taps were kept occupied pouring Mudhook's very quaffable selections. The crowd was mature and beer-wizened. The kitchen did not open until 4:00 PM, but a market conveniently adjoined the bar, and a variety of sandwiches and other edibles could easily and economically be obtained.
Our bartender, the proprietor, was friendly and helpful in answering our questions between pours. The beers were good...some filtered, some unfiltered...and could be taken home in growlers.
Four of the taps are regulars and the other two rotate.
We two Questors considered Mudhook a real find, and plan to return as soon as possible.

 

 

 

Spring House Brewery
209 Hazel Street
Lancaster, PA 17603
717.984.2530

Spring House is a production brewery and restaurant located in a large re-purposed structure in Lancaster.
It has replaced the original Spring House Brewery located in a barn in nearby Conestoga, PA.
The venue consists of one huge two-story room, the front part being the bar and restaurant, and the grreater part in back being the impressively large brewing system.
There are plenty of exposed beams, brick, and stainless steel.
There were 12 taps of Spring House beer available, sold in pints or flights. For those wishing to take beer home, growlers could be filled, and Spring House beer was also sold in bombers and six-packs.
Aside from 14 or so seats at the bar, the barroom offered seating at more than a dozen heavy wooden tables.
Outdoor seating was also available on a large front patio.
The brewery also offered a complete menu of soups, salads, entrees, small plates, and a raw bar.
The crowd was mostly mature, and the staff hip and artsy.
"Where can I get Spring House beer?" you ask.
Spring House is distributed throughout many areas of Pennsylvania, and in New Jersey.
There is also a Spring House Tap Room in Lancaster, reviewed separately on this site, not far away on King Street.

 

 

 

Mad Chef Craft Brewing
2023 Miller Rd
East Petersburg, PA 17520
Phone: (717) 690-2655

Mad Chef is a brew pub located in a small retail strip in East Petersburg, although we have listed it under Lancaster due to its proximity to the City of the Red Rose.
The one enourmous room is divided by the bar into two areas.
In front of the bar are numerous tables of different sizes for drinking and dining.
Behind the bar are the open kitchen and
7- bbl. brewery bustling with numerous black tee-shirt clad employees hustling to provide the clientele with food and beverage.
Mad Chef had 14 of its own beers on tap during our visit.
I drank an Agave Kölsch, and found it to be clean and tasty, full of body and easy to drink.
The venue was jumping at 6:00 PM on a Wednesday, and the clientele ranged from young to mature, with some families.
Greg, the proprietor, was eager to provide details about the operation, and the staff was extremely friendly and helpful.
If you want Mad Chef beer, you have to come to this location, where you can either drink it by the pint, or take some home in a growler.
A Questor may wish to do both.


 

 

Taproom
25 W King Street
Lancaster, PA 17603
phone: (717) 399-4009

Taproom sits in downtown Lancaster and is a dispensary for the Spring House Brewery in nearby Conestoga.
It is totally beer-dedicated, featuring no other liquors. They do offer a nice food menu, though.
It was a mixed crowd on the evening of our visit, running from business suits to grunge. The taps included seven Spring House beers with 2 wits, a porter and stout, and several high and lower octane IPA's. My Hoppy Wit was unique and very good...at $4.00 for an imperial pint it was a deal! Growlers were also being filled, but to my chagrin I had left mine in the truck.

The bar seats 16 patrons, and the 7 tables seat about 30 more. Approximately 8 drinkers can sit at the long table facing King Street. The large windows provide a panorama of historic Lancaster.
There are several non-intrusive TV's, shuffleboard, and for those who wish to see into the future, Zoltar.
My fortune indicated that I would be returning to Taproom.

 

 

Lancaster Brewing Company
302 N. Plum Street
Lancaster, PA 17602
717-391-6258

The Lancaster Brewing Co. sits in the idyllic small town of Lancaster , PA, which carries its 200+ years with great dignity. The building is perfect for a brewpub; a former tobacco warehouse. It's a massive, timber-framed structure, with all of the hand-worked joinery left exposed. There are ample nooks and crannies to create an adventuresome, varied floorplan. The high ceilings, exposed timber framing, varied textures of wood and steel in the structure and brewing vessels, and overall spaciousness combine to create the perfect setting for enjoying beer, food, and the company of other bon vivants. The knowledgeable and friendly wait staff might be stretched a bit thin at the busiest times, but are still good-natured and helpful. Being a brewpub, it really is all about the beer, and Lancaster really delivers. Its Milk Stout, Hop Hog IPA and Hefeweizen all stand out as superb examples of vastly different brews.  I would return in a heartbeat.

 

North Country Brewing
141 S. Main Street
Slippery Rock, PA
724-794-BEER

North Country Brewing is a brewpub in downtown Slippery Rock.  It is particularly rustic in style, like a hunting lodge, with slab wood on the bar and exposed beams and wood everywhere.  Although rebuilt, there has been a brewpub on this location since 1805.  The brewing operation is behind glass in what would be the front room.  They have a large rotation of beers, with about 10 on tap at any one time.  The beers are very tasty.  The food they served seemed a bit high end, but there was no lack of customers.  They have several rooms and various nooks and crannies.  The patio looks like a mining camp with large wooden tables and a great stone fireplace set under trees.

 

 

The Blue Canoe
113 S. Franklin St.
Titusville, PA 16354
814-827-7181

The Blue Canoe Brewpub in Titusville, PA is housed in a refurbished store front. The old store windows give the otherwise darkly paneled bar plenty of light. The ten-barrel kettle is in a separate, glass-enclosed room, and the rest of the seven-barrel system is in the basement. The dining area is small with about ten tables...the medium-sized bar has seating for about 20, plus several tables of it's own. The food was quite good and not over-priced. On the bar is an embedded, frozen metal stip, a "cool tray" to keep the glasses of beer cold. There are seven beers on tap.  They are tasty and true to style.

 

 

Allentown Brew Works
812 W. Hamilton St
Allentown, PA  18101

610-433-7777

Allentown Brew Works is located in downtown Allentown and features 6 year round "flagship" beers as well as 6-8 additional seasonal selections.  The establishment also carries a decent selection of international bottles.  There is a mug-club for regulars and a patio called "Der Biergarten".  With an ultra-modern feel, this is a decent place to check out when in Allentown. There is also another location in Allentown, and one in Bethlehem.

 

Old Forge Brewing Company
282 Mill St.
Danville, PA 17821
570-275-8151

Old Forge Brewing Company is as delightful on the inside as it is unassuming on the outside. Inside the narrow storefront in this small central Pennsylvania town, it is clean, cozy, and comfortable. The brew works are right up front and behind the bar is evidence of a sizable mug club...testament to the fact that the locals know where to drink. The small bar seats about 10, with a half-dozen tables. Upstairs, you'll find another bar, booths, and an outdoor deck. The barmaid, though not a beer-drinker herself, was knowledgeable and friendly. Brews included a light session ale, Belgian-style blonde, Czech pils, porter, stout, and others. So if you can bend your beer trail along Rt. 11, between Sunbury and Bloomsburg, your time spent inside this little gem will be well-rewarded.

 

The Valley Inn & Abbey Wright Brewing Company
204 Valley Street  
Duboistown, PA 17702  
(570) 326-3383

Abbey Wright Brewing Company is located in the Valley Inn just across the river from Williamsport, PA.
Abbey Wright had six of their own beers on tap at the time of our visit, and we were surprised to see an assortment of 14 macro taps, too.
They also stock maybe 45 bottles.
The whole place is done in knotty pine, with many places to sit, rest, lean, eat, and drink. Pool and Foosball are available to while away the hours while drinking your Abbey Wright, though most of the patrons at this time seemed to be partaking of the macros.
A stage for live music was at one end of the room, and thankfully, we counted only one television.

 

 

 

Bullfrog Brewery
231 West Fourth Street
Williamsport, PA 17701

The Bullfrog Brewery is in the shopping district of downtown Williamsport. It has a long bar and one row of tables that extends into an alcove in the back, making it seem larger than it is. It's bright inside, with light colors...blonde woods, copper tanks, and copper- colored ceiling. Large windows, with ferns and other hanging plants give it a '90's feel. The copper cooker and lauter tanks are right in the main seating area, the ten 310-gallon beer holding tanks are in a row behind the bar. They had 9 beers on tap and an ESB on hand engine. Since the brewing equipment is in the restaurant, the brewer comes to work in the middle of the night, and is gone by the time the place opens.
The bar maid was conversing with her chum and didn't pay much attention to this Questor.

 

McKenzie Brew House
240 Lancaster Ave
Malvern, PA 19355
(610) 296-2222

McKenzie Brew House features 5 regulars on tap as well as 2 or 3 seasonals. They sell no other beer. They offer a varied selection of boilerplate regulars...lager, ale, and stout. I had two seasonals; one hit and one miss. Two bottle-conditioned beers are also featured. The bar is large and rectangular and there is lots of open space. The feel is modern, clean, and hi-tech. Wood bar and floors warm up an otherwise minimalist feel. The brew works are visible. Bartenders were young and pleasant when questioned. The crowd was young, upscale, and lively.
The bar area here takes up most of the building; the dining area is perhaps half as large as the bar. Besides being spacious, the bar is modern and well lit. The menu seemed pricey, but the portions were large and well prepared. There were five year-round brews and two seasonals on tap. Although true to style, the beer efforts seemed modest: the boldest offering was a pale ale. The brewing operation is not evident.
McKenzie has another location in nearby Chadds Ford.


 

Victory Brewing Company
420 Acorn Ln
Downingtown , PA 19335

Victory has a pub ajacent to their brewery in Downingtown, PA. Tours are available, but the brewing operation is not evident from the pub. The bar area is very long and narrow starting at the entrance door. The dining area is a large area beyond, with the tables crowded together in a noisy and casual manner. They have about 12 of their own beers on tap, and they are quite reasonably priced. A store with their bottled products and paraphenalia is at the far end of the building.

 

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

130 E. Bridge Street
Phoenixville, PA 19460
P: 610 983.9333  

The Iron Hill Brewpub in Phoenixville, PA, is one of seven in this chain, and is in a newly renovated building in the downtown area. It has large windows and light colored paneling, accented with stainless steel and copper ornamentation, making the place feel very bright yet somewhat sterile. They have six of their own beers on tap. The beers are true to style but expensive... as were the menu items.

 

 

Sly Fox Brewery
519 KIMBERTON RD. (RT.113)
PIKELAND VILLAGE SQUARE
PHOENIXVILLE, PA 19460
P. 610-935-4540

The Sly Fox Tavern is a brewpub in an older strip mall in Phoenixville, PA. The bar is long and zig-zags around kettles and some fermentation tanks. There are also about 8 tables. The dining area is in a separate room and seems rather small but cozy. There is more dining area upstairs. The pub grub was good and reasonably priced. They had about 10 of their own beers on tap as well as bombers of two of their specialty beers.
There is also a location in Royersford.


 

Union Barrel Works
6 N. Reamstown Road
Reamstown, PA 17567
717-335-SUDS (7837)

You wouldn't expect to find a great brew pub in this sleepy little Pennsylvania town about a mile off the main antique drag. But you'd be wrong. A long bar has ample room for a crowd of beer drinkers, and there are a number of tables for dining. The beers were tasty and true-to-style. Tin ceilings and hardwood floors add to the feeling of a mature neighborhood watering hole. You have to look for the Union Barrel Works, and that you should do.


 

The Brewerie at Union Station
123 West 14th St.
Erie, PA 16505
814-454-2200

The Brewerie at Union Station is in a refurbished railroad station. They have lots of room in a spacious setting with railraod decor.
There is a 3.5-barrel lauter and kettle on display in one hallway, and seven-barrel fermenters in another.
The food is very cheap and the service good.
The Brewerie has seven of their own beers on tap as well as two guest taps. Their bottled beers are all from other local breweries.
The men's room is spacious with no waiting.

 

Kutztown Tavern
272 West Main Street
Kutztown, Pennsylvania, 19530
Phone: 610.683.9600

The Kutztown Tavern is an inviting place to drink. There are several over-stuffed couches sharing the entryway space with what appears to be the 5-barrel brewing system of the Golden Avalanche Brewing Company. The very long bar area shares space with six 16-barrel tanks. A large dining area is beyond. They have eight beers and a seasonal on tap. The food is good, the prices are low, the service is quick, and the servers attentive.

 

Marzoni's Brick Oven & Brewing Company
165 Patchway Road,
Duncansville, PA 16635
814-695-2931

Marzoni's is housed in a stand-alone building in a shopping center near Altoona, Pa. A new building, it has lots of windows and blond paneling making it light and spacious. The bar side takes up at least half the space. There are about 25 booths and tables and the large bar sits about 35 . The food is good and not expensive. The 10-barrel system is visible adjacent to the bar. They have six year-round beers and two more seasonals in a good rotation. The beer is tasty and true to style, and quite reasonably priced at $2.75 for 20 ounces, even cheaper at Happy Hour.

 

Appalachian Brewing Company
50 N. Cameron St.
Harrisburg, PA

ABC seems to have found a real niche in Harrisburg.
They have a spacious bar and restaurant and brew a wide variety of beers that people just plain like to drink.
For a sample of the events and activities, visit their website and get on their mailing list. Specials, beerfests, live music, contests...ABC has them.
Did I mention the beers? They brew a wide variety of ales and lagers, and had 11 on tap during our visit.
Brewmaster Artie Tafoya was glad to take some time to talk about the brewery.

Upstairs is the Abbey Bar...more intimate with a selection of over 50 Belgian drafts and bottles for those so inclined.

ABC also has brewpubs in Gettysburg, Camp Hill, Collegeville, Lititz, and Mechanicsburg.
Questors are encouraged to check one or more of these worthy establishments.

 

Bube's Brewery


102 N. Market
Street
Mount Joy, PA 17552
Phone: (717) 653-2056

Bube's is certainly one of your most intriguing brewpubs.
Housed in an old brewery dating from 1859, Bube's features lots of dark wood, stone and copper.
Bube's usually will have about 5 of their own brews on tap. The alt bier was a session beer that went down easy. They provide 18 taps altogether and about 40 bottles. As you descend the steep stone steps into the catacombs (left) you could be easily going back in time.
Bube's has a mug club, special Feasts, mystery dinners and theme parties.
Mount Joy isn't far from York, Lancaster or Harrisburg, and going a little off of your route will be well rewarded.

 

Stoudt's Brewing Company

Route 272
Adamstown, PA 19501 (717)-484-4386

For a great German Oktoberfest, Stoudt's can't be beaten. Whether for a beer fest or a visit anytime, your hosts Carol and Ed Stoudt provide the best in German beer and cuisine. Stoudt's has about 9 taps of their hand-crafted beers. Though they specialize in German lagers, the styles are diverse with the likes of a stout and a double IPA. There is really too much happening at Stoudt's to cover in this space...just visit their website.

 

Selins Grove Brewing

119 North Market Street
Selinsgrove, PA 17870

 

For four years I matriculated at Bucknell University. A 3-hour trip from Ellicott City, MD, up the West bank of the Susquehanna River through Enola, Marysville, Liverpool, Selinsgrove, Shamokin Dam...where was Selins Grove Brewing in the 70's? Well, it's there NOW! A tiny brewing gem in an old stone house with 9 of their own drafts...2 hand engines. They brew it back in the garage. It is cozy, rustic, an oasis, the food is great, and the beer is greater. I can only speak for the pils, but Brendan says the whole sampler was excellent.

 

Market Cross Pub
113 North Hanover St.
Carlisle, PA 17013

717-258-1234

Well, this is another brew pub in a college town that makes me want to re-enroll. Market Cross has 13 guest taps and 3 of it's own brews.
This a small brewing operation, but the beer is big on quality.
Their Olde Yeller is an IPA pumped from a hand engine that will probably make my top 10.
What's more...they offer maybe 200 bottles from their cooler.
Frequent visitors should sign up for their Passport Program to earn free stuff.
Market Cross certainly deserves the numerous awards they have won.

 

Otto's Pub & Brewery

2105 N. Atherton St.
State College, PA 16803

814-867-OTTO (6886)

It was a mild surprise to cruise into Otto's at 12:30 on a Sunday afternoon and find the bar full. I guess Otto's is a popular place. The only brewpub in State College provides about 8 taps, one of which is a hand pump. The beer is brewed right here, and they offer no guest taps or bottles. The barmaid was helpful and knowledgeable, expertly filling me a growler of Pils. There are specials nightly, with Friday being firkin night. They have a Pub Club featuring many bargains. Otto's is a necessary visit for any Questor in the region, and it's worth traveling to get to.