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Bullfrog Brewery

Bullfrog BreweryBullfrog Brewery

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 93
Beer Ratings: 1,035
Beer Avg: 3.81

Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

83 Ratings
Ratings: 83
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

231 West 4th Street
Williamsport, Pennsylvania, 17701
United States
phone: (570) 326-4700

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crag

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

This place is off the freak'n hook worthy of brew pubs found in larger cities. Great vibe - eclectic. Jazz musicians playing by the front door invite you in. noise level is high but that's because this place is alive. Beer selection for you hop lovers is great. Food pairs well with beer and the service albeit swamped is friendly and helpful

03-18-2014 15:13:41 | More by crag
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x_Khalix_x

Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$

Attended the Et Tu Brut bottle release. The place looked great inside and the staff was very friendly. The event was organized well and it did not take long for everyone in line to get what they came for. In the midst of it all I was even able to get to the bar and have a growler filled in a matter of minutes even with everything that was going on. Overall I was impressed with Bullfrog and will be returning. The only down side was that they were out of the Edgar that I had been looking forward to trying there, but they had said it would just be a few days. I look forward to going back.

P.S. I have seen a few people asking questions regarding whether or not they will fill other growlers that you bring in, and the answer is yes, they do.... As of 10/4/13 anyway... If you look at their website it also says that they will take other growlers in trade as well, which I thought was pretty cool.

10-05-2013 00:59:18 | More by x_Khalix_x
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5 | $$

Rolled in on a Wednesday evening. Kind of narrow and long, but a cool set up nonetheless. When we got in there, it was a bit hectic due to a band playing. They were on a break and the staff was bombarded. Once we got a table, and the staff got everything together it was ok. 10 taps, only eight available, but not complaining at all. Food was really nice, had the crab dip and a really nice Cuban sandwich with garlic fries. Beers were great, food was great, service, a rocky start but they picked up the pieces and were really cool. I thought the prices were fair for what it was. I would definitely go back, and I will!

08-30-2013 18:03:28 | More by OWSLEY069
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GlenRockJohnZ

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

My wife and I were up around Williamsport on a sightseeing trip and drove by this place and thought it would be good for lunch. It was not. It was outstanding-had a great lunch and some great beers (Edgar, Coq Fight, the stout, Ham & Cheese-yeah, it's a beer) and a good time with Josh the bartender. Atmosphere was great, sound system was pumping Jamaican, and the food was bangin'-we liked it so much we went back for dinner and trivia, met some great folks, service was spot on...can't believe there's a place like this in Williamsport, PA. Our visit was 7.09.13

07-17-2013 02:10:57 | More by GlenRockJohnZ
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dscolemonade

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$

Excellent food and beverages! In general, the atmosphere is excellent... it can be a tad noisy at times but often the Bullfrog has stellar live music. Prices are incredibly reasonable for food. Beer does seem a bit pricey but if you find something you like it is certainly worth it ($5/beer).

06-24-2013 13:00:57 | More by dscolemonade
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pcsnyder

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -32.5%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.75 | $$

This place gets talked up a lot around town, but I really can't for the life of me see why. You walk in the front door, and it feels cramped, since they have small area for bands to play right by the front door. The main room is kind of long and narrow, with the bar stretched along the left wall and brew tanks behind the bar. It's a nice appearance. There's more seating further back, but I don't think I've ever been back there.

The service was slow, and our server wasn't very welcoming. I felt like I was interrupting her day, and I don't like that vibe. A lot of the clientele seemed hipsterish, and I heard a lot of them talking amongst themselves about how good their beer was. I was less than impressed. The only decent beer I got in my sampler flight was the Edgar IPA, and even that was middling at best. I certainly wouldn't have gotten a full pint of it. Honestly, my homebrew tastes better than the swill there.

Nothing on their menu seemed really appealing, either. It seems like they're trying to cater to a higher end customer base, like you could expect to find around major metro areas, but in central PA, that element is noticeably lacking. The area is largely blue collar to middle-class folks who want a nice steak and a decent beer. (Note: I just looked up their menu, and it seems a bit more down to earth than when I ate there a few months back. However, I think the Mushroom Asparagus Strudel they currently have on their menu demonstrates my point.)

All in all, my husband and I have tried that place close to a dozen times over the past couple years, and every single time, we walk away disappointed, feeling like we've spent too much money on food, beer, and service that was subpar at best.

05-07-2013 13:27:36 | More by pcsnyder
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.26/5  rDev -22.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75 | $$

After hearing talk about the place for so long, I finally decided to give Bullfrog a try, following a rather impromptu Selin's Grove visit. Located in an average-looking building on an average-looking street in the somewhat average-looking town of Williamsport, Bullfrog seems, from the street, to be a typical city bar, even going so far as to have a Bud Light banner on their front door. That kind of threw me off from the start. But I walked in anyway.

It's a pretty simple setup inside, bright and roomy, brewing tanks in full view. There is a good-sized bar and plenty of dining space, and a small spot for bands to play. Not really my kind of place as far as atmosphere goes, and the crowd wasn't too appealing either.

As far as beer goes, I was pretty disappointed. Everything was mediocre at best. General word-of-mouth got my hopes up, I suppose. They did have a pretty good selection, and a good range of styles, but after a sampler flight, there was nothing I really wanted a full pour of.

Service was okay. Our bartender was quick and to the point, but was also very curt and standoffish, and didn't seem to display any discernible knowledge of the brewery and its products. He kind of just furthered my overall opinion that this was more of a neighborhood bar under the guise of a brewpub, than an actual brewpub or beer destination.

The food was good at least. The menu was decent with some interesting options in addition to basic pub grub. I took the simple path and got the jumbo BBQ wings, and they were actually pretty amazing. Overall prices were not bad.

I wouldn't really recommend this place to anyone other than locals. I like to go to Selin's Grove about once a year, and despite Bullfrog being an easy ~35-45 minute drive away from there, I can't say they have anything to offer that would have me revisiting.

02-13-2013 09:03:24 | More by Rifugium
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Alabaster


5/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

One of my favorite places. The beer selection is fantastic - usually 7-10ish beers on draft, also a great selection of spirits. Pub atmosphere, also one of the premier live music venues in the area. Lots of locally sourced ingredients on the menu - beef, bread, pork, greens, veggies, even coffee & tempeh. Also a good selection of vegetarian & vegan options.

02-09-2013 01:39:16 | More by Alabaster
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

After being lucky enough to try Beekeeper, Bullfrog has always been on my beer radar. (Can we just please make that beer again? Please??) The setup on the inside is larger than I was expecting and without many frills; or without them entirely, really. There is a pretty wide selection of beers to choose from with some of their bottlings on the side in a cooler as well. Food was alright. Seemed like the standard brewpub type of menu. It was nice to be able to make a stop here to check the place out.

08-30-2012 17:23:10 | More by RblWthACoz
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Stopped here on my way to VA last Sunday night.

Big open pub with the brewery fully integrated with the bar and restaurant area. I felt like I was sitting in the middle of a brewery as much as I have in any brewpub. The gurgling bucket air-locks just behind the bar were a great background to the other sounds of people having fun and enjoying themselves. There was also a very nice neighborhood feel. I could see frequenting this place if I lived in the area. Although traffic was a little light on this frigid Sunday, there was live music, which was quite good.

Good selection of beers of a wide range of styles. The beers seem like good examples of some of the typical styles you'd expect to see at a brewpub, and experimental examples, of varying success, of some more unusual styles. My impression was that some of the ratings and reputation of this pub were achieved under previous brewmasters, one of whom has a brewery across town.

Service was friendly, if not very knowledgeable about the beers. Food was quite good - nothing very unusual, just fresh, well made and well presented.

02-21-2012 18:41:21 | More by CliffBrake
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Bullfrog Brewery in Williamsport, PA
93 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.