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Reviews by Rifugium:
3.26/5 rDev -22.6%
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.
02-13-2013 09:03:24 | More by Rifugium
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4.86/5 rDev +15.4%
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.
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!
07-26-2014 05:02:25 | More by ski271
3.98/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
07-17-2014 18:47:26 | More by GJ40
Bullfrog Brewery in Williamsport, PA
94 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.