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4.08/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
11-15-2006 01:32:50 | More by PopeDX
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