Bullfrog Brewery

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3.8/5
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Place Score: 94
Ratings: 128
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.21
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231 West 4th Street
Williamsport, Pennsylvania, 17701
United States
phone: (570) 326-4700

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Ratings: 128 | Reviews: 73
Photo of J-Rye
4.8/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

I found this place through a happy accident while travelling home from visiting family. There was a live jazz band playing on the particular Sunday I went there. The beers this place brewed were very creative and bold, but well balanced. The bartenders gave nice tastes to help you decide what you wanted to drink. The burger I had was fantastic. I wish this brew pub were in my neighborhood.

Photo of Ninkasi-SW
3.03/5  rDev -28%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Although the selection seemed great. The bartender was extremely difficult when i sent a beer back (which I almost never do). The beer was a saison which is my favourite style and i know it well. I would have been fine to write it off as an end of the keg issue but he he gave me a hard time. There was no head which means no belgian lace, hust a hint of citrus, no spiciness and no carbonation. I wouls have passed it off as one of those things but the bartender daid there was nothing wrong with it. Food was good but the arrogant attitude was too much.

Photo of Lucular
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Visited on a Monday afternoon. My wife and I decided to come in because of all the sour/wild beers they had on tap (two Flanders Oud Bruins, two saisons, and even a wild yeast-fermented hard cider). The seafood mac-n-cheese was better than I expected. Can't argue with a beer sampler of seven pours (probably 4-5 oz. each) of any seven beers for $8.50. Our server was generous with providing us samples of the final two beers we hadn't already tried. We're looking forward to going back!

Photo of DrDietz
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

I try to stop in here once every few months. It has never dissapointed. The beer, atmosphere, food, and service will continue to draw me in. Don't expect too many typical brews here. They leave ordinary behind. This is one of my favorite places to try sours and really different brews. If your anywhere near this place STOP BY!

Photo of ski271
4.86/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

January 27, 2005
Ah, the Bullfrog. Such fond memories for me. It was my hangout back when I was in college up there in Williamsport from '96-'98. The food is fabulous, the beer is consistently good with some real gems, and the place is gorgeous! For being crammed downtown on the main drag, they really did a great job setting the place up. With the big copper tank at the entrance, the gorgeous bar, fermenting tanks visible behind the bar, high ceiling, and relaxed casual atmosphere, it's just a place that I feel comfortable. The food is wonderful, huge selection, and it has everything from unique cuisine to bar food. Then another draw for me was the nightlife. They consistently brought in wonderful unknown bands, lots of jazz. I still listen to my Wayne Horvitz and Zony Mash CD I bought after seeing them for free at the Bullfrog Halloween night '97. Great time! And that's the thing, they'd rarely charge cover, and when they did it would only be like $3 to see an amazing band. I know a lot of the staff left the Bullfrog to come down to my town (State College, PA) and open Otto's, but it was good to see that the Bullfrog is still making tasty brews and excellent food and bringing in the killer jams! One of my favorite brewpubs. If you're ever traveling along I-80 through PA, it's worth the detour to stop in.
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July 25, 2014
Stopped by there today. It has been over a decade, and some parts of the town have really changed.... not the Bullfrog. They did change brewmaster, but they still have great beer! Still a wonderful place!

Photo of GJ40
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I stopped by for lunch before a flight out of Williamsport mainly to sample the Veritable Grrrz. The atmosphere is fantastic and the crowd fits well. The beer list had some interesting options but I had to have the Veritable Grrrz and then after rewally enjoying it, another. It was fantastic! I had a burger and fries which were decent but nothing special. I really enjoyed my visit and will certainly go back.

Photo of Docrock
3.51/5  rDev -16.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

Tried several beers. Nice offering of 7 separate samples of 4 oz pours. Beers were all average with Edgar IPA Being the best. Actually the Cider was the best offering. Food and service were both very good. Not much happening on a Tuesday evening, lots of empty tables and the music was a bit loud for the amount of pele that were there. Don't go out of your way bit if in Williamsport, it's. Ah sort walk from many of the hotels..

Photo of crag
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
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

Photo of x_Khalix_x
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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!

Photo of GlenRockJohnZ
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
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

Photo of dscolemonade
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
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).

Photo of pcsnyder
2.83/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.26/5  rDev -22.6%
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, basic and uninteresting. 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.

Photo of Alabaster
5/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of CliffBrake
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.25/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Arrived on Sunday midday for brunch as a walk-in; they were a-hoppin'. A Jazz band was playing and the place was full. Our waitress was gracious enough to spot our large party a table without a reservation. 5 min. to be seated, 5 to get our drinks ordered, 10 before our drinks come and our food order is taken, 15 before the food arrives.

The atmosphere is great. Two huge copper stills dominate; behind the bar are nine additional stainless steel ones; hand-carved pump handles designate the different brews; take a look at their on-tap list and you'll see that they tend to be very creative. The place is decorated in copper and green colors that harmonize nicely.

The food was very scrumptious and flavorful. Great colorful presentation of the entrees. The potato cake was especially scrumptious. In a more populous city they could easily charge a lot more than what they do. Kudos!

Photo of nh2032
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Review after my 3rd visit - twice for food, once just for a growler fill.

The space is deceiving as it's quite narrow, but very long. You walk in past the bar with all the tanks behind it. Every time we've been there it's been quite busy.

As for the beer selection - I've been there twice with the previous brewer and once with the new one. Both times there were 7-10 of their own offerings available. They don't seem to have as many "staple" beers as other brewpubs (the exceptions being Edgar IPA and Billtown Blonde), but rotate creative one-offs and seasonals regularly.

On my most recent visit I tried FARO-ut, their Faro/Lambic, which was good, but not mind blowing. Still just having a sour/wild ale on tap is a major plus and good sign for things to come. I also tried Fortunate Pilgrim which is a anti-pumpkin fall brown ale. It wasn't bad, but nothing too exciting.

Our experience with the food has been mixed. On our first visit we weren't impressed at all, but on the most recent visit everyone's food ranged from good to excellent. The fare is typical pub stuff for lunch, but they do offer full entrees after 4.

The only real downside has been the service. Getting drinks, placing orders, getting the check all seem to take way longer than they should. I don't think the layout does them any favors as server's have to cover a lot of ground to get from the bar to the kitchen and their tables.

Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

On my way back from Pittsburgh to Baltimore, it occurred to me that Bullfrog was right on the way home (more or less), and that I should therefore stop in for a visit.

The brewpub is located in a handsome old builing, that looks as if it's been lovingly refurbished. There is lots of dark wood with dark green paint, and the fairly large bar is all marble and wood. Otherwise, the atmosphere and vibe are very informal and relaxed, and once again this seemed like a great place to hang out with a pint.

In terms of selection, this day there was something like 11 beers on tap, which included some unusual/interesting offerings, including a coffee and peach saison (two different beers), a smoked porter, a rye ale and a dunkel. I thought the two saisons were the most enjoyable of the bunch, though really, other than the hefeweizen (a rather bland american style wheat beer), everything I sampled was pretty tasty. I should add that samplers here are a buck a glass for a 4 or 5 ounce pour, and can be purchased in either a 7 glass or 11 glass platter.

As for service, it was pretty good. My bartender/server was friendly, quick, efficient and knowledgeable. Food was likewise pretty good (got the wing appetizer), though nothing extraordinairy either. Food here seemed to be pretty much pub grub, with an emphasis on sandwiches, burgers, pizzas and the like.

Prices were fairly reasonable, especially if you get the sampler plate (as I did). Total cost with tax and tip was just over $20, making this one of the cheaper outings I experienced over the weekend.

While I didn't have anything that wowed me here, I nevertheless had a pleasant and enjoyable visit.

Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I had heard about Bullfrog for a little while and then my cousin said he went there and liked it. After he went he and I made plans to go out together and make it a small road trip. We got out there and the place is kind of like the Bethlehem Brew Works in comparison to style. Almost identical actually. The atmosphere was pretty relaxed. People seemed nice and helpful. The beer selection was very good, lots to choose from. The food was excellent as well. We ended up leaving the place with full belly's, a damn good buzz, and a big smile on our faces. Very cool place that I'd love to visit again.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I've stopped by the Bullfrog a couple of times now while passing through Williamsport.

The brewery is located on one of the main streets of this little town, with metered parking in the municipal lot less than a block away.

The front of the building has lots of windows with fliers and posters for various events and concerts. Upon entrance into the downstairs portion I see the bar on the left, with the brewing equipment on display behind it. To the right and further back into the building are tables for eating. The bar top is marble and the tap handles are mostly made of wood and beautifully hand-carved.

I've seen between 4-8 beers on-tap, all house beers. Everything I've tried has been good, a few have been even better. If you get the chance I recommend visiting on the first Friday of the month to try one of the "Kegs Gone Wild."

The vibe is a local hang out place, and it gets a crowd on the weekends. Every visit someone at the bar has struck up a conversation with me, mostly about beer too.

The service has been everywhere from good to fantastic, which is a nice range to be in. The first tender I encountered chatted with me for a long time and was definitely a fan of beer. Every tender seems to know their beer though.

The food is pretty good, although I've only ordered off of the lunch menu. Nothing special, but fairly good pub grub.

I'm sure that I will be visiting the Bullfrog again, and anyone who finds themselves in the area should check it out if they get the chance.

Photo of mgbickel
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Took a "quick" detour off of I-80 to stop here for an early dinner. Located in the down town area of Williamsport, this quaint building sits on a corner on the main drag.

The interior is skinny...some seats up front with a long bar lining the left side of the building. Fermenting tanks sit behind the bar and add to the decor. Lots of exposed brick, copper, and dark wood...

The food was good/great with a pretty unique menu. The beer selection was better...great for sure. They had a number of selections...ranging from an APA to a Stout.

Our server was friendly and helpful...nothing to complain about here!

A very cool place that I can see getting very crowded during prime drinking hours. Well worth stopping by for a visit!

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A night after going to Selin's Grove, we made the trek up to Bullfrog. When you go in, there are brewing kettles right by the door, and fermenters behind the bar. I assume neither are in use, but I really have no idea. Anyway, we were seated, and it took us maybe 15 minutes to get our first drinks. Not the best start. The beers were...interesting. Edgar IPA was alright, but I've had better. Double coffee stout was fantastic, but I've had it before. Master Blaster imperial stout was lacking flavor. Festivus marzen was really blah. The pale ale didn't impress me. A Czech wheat didn't really mesh the two styles together. And finally, the Night Owl saison. This was brewed with some Brett. Let me tell you what about this beer...it tasted like a mixture of horse blanket and Robitussin. It actually started growing on me the more I drank though...whatever. The food was good, though the portions were a little small. But everything was cheap, so whatever. The three of us got out of there at 60 bucks after tip for 3 entrees, 3 beers, and a sampler. Not sure if I'll be back, with the drive to Selin's Grove half as long from me. It was a decent experience, though

Photo of adirondack88
5/5  rDev +18.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The quality of the beer at the Bullfrog is excellent, and very creative. Their IPA has a lot of nice flavor, and probably the best IPA that I have had the pleasure of drinking in a brew pub. They have a great selection to choose from, but I stuck with the IPA because it was so good. The food is very, very good and creative as well. The night I was there they had an acoustic music group that really added to the already cool atmosphere. The bartender at the Bullfrog was very knowledgeable and is largely responsible for turning me on to Beer Advocate. This place is worth stopping in for a beer or two or three.

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Bullfrog Brewery in Williamsport, PA
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