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Bullfrog Brewery

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Bullfrog BreweryBullfrog Brewery
BEER AVG
3.79/5
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108 Beers
1,337 Ratings
Place Score: 94
Ratings: 118
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.22
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews by Rifugium:
Photo of Rifugium
3.26/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

More User Reviews:
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!

Photo of sirsteve42
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of dfhhead25
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

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

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

Photo of jbaker67
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of JonB25
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of miffsudd
4.01/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.36/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.72/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.92/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of BeerCon5
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of DrDietz
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!

Photo of ErinGoBraugh
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of BigRizz62
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Afroman
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of ski271
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.