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Bullfrog Brewery

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3.79/5
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Place Score: 94
Ratings: 118
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.22
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231 West 4th Street
Williamsport, Pennsylvania, 17701
United States
phone: (570) 326-4700

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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stop 4 on the magical mega central PA 2 day brewery tour, and the last of day 1!

A figurative hop skip and jump from Abbey Wright in the heart of Williamsport, which is a great city if you happen to be in the year 1925. As I hinted at in my review of the aforementioned neighboring brewpub 4th st. is one way east to west. And right next to the police station, which I failed to mention. So be careful. It's right across from a big theatre, which I think is the only real culture for 100 miles around save the 20 small colleges in that range that put on "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in the fall and a more risqué modern play in the Spring. Fie! Huzzah!

The brewpub itself is very nice on the inside. The brewhouse is on your right just as you walk in, which I suppose makes it very hard to brew while they're open. Tanks are behind the spacious bar. 7 brews on tap, we get the sampler. The smoked porter was the real standout, maybe better than Stone's. Another real good one was a Belgian/American pale ale hybrid that reminded me of something Scott Morrison would do at McKenzie's.

We're really not that hungry, but the food that's coming out looks good. We split an order of the mussels. The broth they were in was really good, super garlicky...but they weren't cleaned very well and were overcooked. I guess I should know better than to order shellfish in a town so isolated from the outside world that they get one radio station (according to my buddy who went to nearby Penn College for 2.5 years).

Service was fantastic, very prompt and pleasant. Got a growler of the smoked porter to go. We left and went to find a hotel, figuring it's not June, finding a hotel in Williamsport won't be hard at all. Go a couple of blocks away to the Hampton, she says everything is booked except for the Genetti, which is the tall building in town. Some sort of convention in town plus kids sports. Having worked in different hotels and studied the industry on the graduate level I'm always wary about places that aren't part of a chain, but it was AAA listed so I figured it couldn't be too bad. It's a real old hotel, so the room was umm cozy but was functionable, and the menu in the elevator said the downstairs lounge had Vic'ree and Troegs on tap, like 5 beers between the two. With my AAA discount it was $80 including tax and right across from the Bullfrog to boot...so think about it if you're driving through or are doing a longer trip involving a few different places.

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Photo of NateF90
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Lucular
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

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4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

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3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

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4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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!

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.67/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.86/5  rDev +15.2%
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 dtreindl
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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Bullfrog Brewery in Williamsport, PA
94 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.