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The Drafting Room Taproom and Grille

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The Drafting Room Taproom and GrilleThe Drafting Room Taproom and Grille
BA SCORE
97
world-class

67 Ratings
Ratings: 67
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 6.15%
Taps: 13
Bottles: 120
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

635 N Pottstown Pike
Exton, Pennsylvania, 19341-1677
United States
phone: (610) 363-0521

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Photo of mhatters
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

A local, and a great local. Small bar with a good-sized dining room attached. Bar menu is good, dining room is superb. 10-12 taps and one beer engine, typically run 4-5 standard beers and the rest rotate. Monthly themed menu of taps (IPA, Stouts, etc.) make it a great place to indulge. Good bottle selection and storage - both 12 and 22 oz. Staff is tremendous, well versed, attentive, and professional. No BS - they are great. Beers are fresh, and kegs go quick. They do beer events on a monthly basis or so, which are fun and relaxed.

mhatters, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of psurandy
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%

This place has been on my list of places to get to and last night was my first visit. My girlfriend and I went for a nice dinner and will definitely be back in the future. We started out with the Belgian beer and cheese fondu which was outstanding and could have been enough for a party of 4. As far as beers go, I had a Racer X from the cask and she had Anchor's Christmas Ale and both were fresh and delicious. My entree, pork tenderloin with a pomme lambic reduction, was amazing. My girlfriend had the gumbo which was delicious and very spicy. We ended the night with the East End winter warmer which I can't recall the name of but was also great. The draft list was very good, but seemed heavy with IPA's and then some winter warmers, a stout and a porter. It would have been nice to have a good pilsner or some sort of lager to have with dinner, but if I really wanted it I could have ordered from the bottle list. Atmosphere was very nice, but nothing really stood out for me. Candles were on the tables so it could be a bit romantic, but by no means a couples only type of place. There was a good mix of people there.

The beer was great, but the food is what will get me to come back. As other people have said, there are many great beer establishments in the area, so to stand out the food needs to be on par with the great beers and the drafting room satisfies both of these conditions.

psurandy, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of madmanjf
3.6/5  rDev -18%

I stopped off to kill time here on my way to Victory Fall Fest.

I gave this place a low score on atmosphere. At the risk of sounding mean, it just didn't have anything distinctive to it. It resembeled a no-name place that you'd expect to see attached to a Days Inn or something equivalent.

The beer selection was nice. They had approximately 16 tap lines of all micro/craft beer along with a beer engine. My disappointment with the tap lines was unique to me. I'm from upstate NY and most/all of the beer available on tap is readily available by me. So I wasn't intrigued by anything I couldn't get back home. I was hoping to see something I can't get in NY but that just wasn't the case. Something from Erie or Bells would've been nice to see. Instead I saw a lot of NY beers instead of PA-Locals (with the exception of Troegs)

The bottle selection was impressive. They had three floor-to-ceiling coolers with glass doors behind the bar; with ~ 85% dedicated to bottles. It was something you'd expect to see at a really good micro-brew distributor store not at a bar. So this was nice to see and very unique.

I had a burger like I usually do in most places. It was reasonably priced, and a really tastey aged-cheddar on it and was served on a hard roll.

Given the other beer bars in the area that I dind't get to, I probably wouldn't return here without checking out the competition first.

madmanjf, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of Biscuit033
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%

I go here almost ever Sunday and occasionally after work during the week. All of my experiences have been during mostly off peak hours in the bar area.

The bar area is small but I never feel too crowded. It can get smoky but nothing that has caused me to leave. The staff from the managers on down are friendly and knowledgeable. The beers that they get there are always top notch and move much quicker than anywhere else I have seen. It is almost a new tap list everytime I get in there. The price are great and you can order pints or 10oz. which is something that I look for a bar to offer so I can try a couple of beers in a sitting.

The food is also really good. There is a brunch buffet offered on Sunday morning/midday that seems great but I have yet go for it. I have had the Cream chipped beef of biscuits with potatoes that I can never finish, roast beef sandwhich that was well better than par for the course, and the open face portabello sandwhich is by far my favorite. The staff has also gone out of there way to make my 2 year old daughter feel welcome when she was in there with me.

I can't say that I have ever had a bad experience here.

Biscuit033, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

The layout of the building is nice and compartmentalized. On the right, you have the bar which is pretty well cut off from the fancier restaurants half. The bar is an L shape nestled into a corner touting some nice taps. The cooler behind the bar is in plain sight and offers again some nice selections. One of my favorite parts of the bar is a little half wall with a thin strip of counter top running down it for people to hang out and enjoy their beer. It really says, "Come here and drink!" Maybe I'm over thinking it, but it made an impression on me. The restaurant half is unremarkable, but it's quite spacious and often quite.

The beer list screams SEPA! Sweet. The bottles cover a wider region, but after you see the tap list, you won't even consider the bottles. The list is up on a chalkboard that is quite easy to read. Someone with a little artistic ability must work here. This also lists the big beers available in bottles. Just so much of this place encourages the consumer to enjoy themselves.

The food is all right when it comes to bar sandwiches, but their resturant meals and specials are really quite wonderful. I had a lamb dish from the special menu that blew my mind. Every time we've come, dinner has been great, but as I mentioned, their bar sandwiches are just so-so.

The servers are quick and the bartenders are extremely educated, but not snooty at all. The professionalism and ability to get information to the consumer is duly noted.

I wish I lived a little closer. This is clearly one of the better places to drink in the greater Philly area.

DarkerTheBetter, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of John_M
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%

At long last, I had occasion to visit the drafting room.

Located right off of hiway 100, just before you get to the turnpike, yet another outstanding beer bar in a bizarre location. This place is located in a small strip mall, just off of hiway 100. You have to want to visit this place, as the traffic flies by on hiway 100 right here.

The atmosphere at this place is hard to describe and is clearly not it's best feature. There is a very sterile, industrial feel to the drafting room. As one walks in, there is a wrap around bar with a few tables and chairs in front of you. Most of the dining area is off to the left, up a couple of steps. In any event, I spent my time in the bar area, which even on Sunday was pretty crowded by 3:00 in the afternoon. It's a pretty comfortable place, with 4 or 5 flat screen TV's over the bar for watching various sporting events.

The TDR had something like 16 beers on tap and the quality was impressive. At least on this day, it included the Maharaja, Nugget Nectar, Heresy and Hop Devil on cask. Very, very nice.

Service was odd. The young lady serving me was very friendly and pleasant, but she seemed very distracted much of the time as well. Also, she had this annoying habit of taking my order, and then puttering off to go do something else for 5 or 10 minutes. Nevertheless, she was pleasant, polite and relatively attentive the entire time I was there.

As for food, got the ceaser salad and for what it was, it was very, very good. Ingredients were fresh and the ceaser dressing very good.

All in all, was impressed with the Drafting Room and would undoubtedly be a regular if such existed in Baltimore. However, when I compare it to Capones, Quotations, TJ's, TND's and some of the other better beer bars in the area, I have to say I'll continue to take my money elsewhere. Competition in this part of SEPA is very, very stiff indeed.

7/6/09 update:

For whatever reason, I find myself going here more and more often, as I've come to enjoy and appreciate TDR all the more. While the atmosphere hasn't changed a great deal, I've come to appreciate the low key, relaxed vibe. Also, the service here is now so good, it's nearly bewlidering. Not only is it fast and efficient, but on one occasion the bar tender lent me a growler so I could bring home some breakfast stout that was on tap. Also, the attentive and knowledgable young lady who frequently serves me, on one occasion gifted me with a bottle of beer for an upcoming BA event I was attending in Baltimore. It was a beer not available in Maryland, and she wanted me to share it with the folks at the gathering (Heather, you're the best!).

What more can I say. This place is exceptional and just seems to get better and better. Food also continues to be quite good here. What's not to like? I just wish it were closer to my home.

John_M, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of sholland119
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

A really terrific beer bar in Exton.

The atmosphere is nice but nothing special. The place can get pretty smoky.

The beer selection is quite good, and only pales in comparison to the bigger selections at some really outstanding beer bars in the area (TJ's, Teresa's Next Door). This is, however, the only place I have seen Three Floyds Dreadnaught and Stone XI (bottles only) and one of the few places with Hop Slam in bottles (they also have a keg they are holding for something special). Only about a dozen taps, which is again very nice but we spoiled Chesco types are used to 24 or so.

Service is knowledgeable and friendly. Not everyone is a beer geek (or aficionado or expert or whatever noun you would use as a compliment) but Heather and Sean are, and most everyone else knows a fair bit.

The food here is consistently excellent. From the chicken quesadillas to the sandwiches and even the entrees, you will find good stuff. Phyllo-wrapped cheesesteak, crab and corn cakes and the brisket are some of my favorites.

Only 20 minutes from our house but rarely on the route to or from anywhere we go so we're not here as often as we might be. But we always enjoy stopping in when we can.

HV

sholland119, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

My first trip to the Drafting Room was for the Victory/Heavyweight release party. Went back there recently for on a non event weekend night to get a real feel for the place. And I must say, a very high quality bar with an excellent rotating tap selection and a large cooler of bottles proudly displayed in the small bar area. Bartenders know what they are doing and had a tidbit or a suggestion for everything they brought over.

Food was pretty solid, with a pretty extensive menu.

Only negative was that smoking was allowed in the bar, and given its size, its can be a little much.

This place is highly recommended for a visit.

ColForbinBC, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

The Drafting Room- Exton

My wife and I showed up for the Heavyweight/ Victory fest. Got here in about an hour. Easily got seats but the place filled up quickly afterward. We were here at 11:45am.
Anyway, Excellent tap selection, excellent bottle selection. My portabella sandwich was very good, my wife's turkey burger was mediocre. The waitress did a fantastic job even though see had to deal with a packed room! Much farther from me than the Spring House establishment but just as good if not better. A definite spot to hit if you're nearby.

NJpadreFan, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%

I went down to the Drafting Room in Exton w/ BitterBeerFace and Mughugger for the Baltic Thunder release. Walking in the bar side noticed the draft tower and beer cooler prominently displayed in a somewhat small eating/bar area.

The selection is pretty darn good, with a plethora of local beer -Victory had several beers featured that day and the menu is even divided by locals and Countries for ease of ordering. The service was pretty good considering the crowd the Baltic Thunder release brought to the place. We were checked on frequently and everyone was friendly. A member of management even replaced a dish when asking if everything met our satisfaction.

I found the food to be just above average since some items were great and others were ordinary. The atmosphere is better than average for dining and bar atmosphere w/ nice decor and some of the big beers were displayed on the mantle to get your attention. I enjoyed the cheese plate shared and the flight offerings very much.It was fun to meet many other BA's like: Phatz, gottajiboo2, Beer Island, etc. also. I am sure I will be back to the Drafting Room.

edit-I have visited the Drafting Room several times since I continue to be impressed with the commitment to craft beer - ex. West Coast Beer night and brunch brought harder to find stuff like Pliny and Racer X, SN Chico IPA.

Slatetank, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
4.83/5  rDev +10%

I've been going to the Drafting Room in Exton for a little over a year now, and at no time have I ever been disappointed in the least. With a great and always changing variety of microbrews on tap and a great bottle list, it's almost impossible to not find something that appeals to everyone. The staff, especially those in the bar area know their stuff, and after a few trips, they begin to know you as well.

The bar area seems a little on the small side, but usually it isn't too hard to find a seat, and there is sufficient standing room. Only downside to the bar is that smoking is allowed, but the dining area is smoke free, so it's not that bad.

As far as the food goes, whether it be lunch, dinner, or just a snack, they've got a wide variety of fantastic items; from nachos and wings, to burgers and sandwiches, to fondue, to steaks and seafood dishes. Their daily specials are always unique and delicious, and their happy hour prices are very reasonable.

HopDerek, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of gwong
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%

Went here as part of a Philadelphia region bar trip on a Saturday in the mid-afternoon. Sitting at the bar, the service was great with knowledgeable staff who know their beer and are friendly. They have a wonderful, varied selection on tap as well as a good collection of bottles that can be drank on the premise or taken home at a discount. The prices are reasonable - four beers and a four sample flight came out to less than $30. The only drawback would be the smoking but we were at the bar and it was to be expected. Smoking aside, the atmosphere is great and is well worth the trip.

gwong, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of mfhlucky13
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%

The Drafting Room is one of my favorites. The beer menu was great before most places in this local thought of having a beer menu. The food is great too. They have excellent dinner specials on the weekends and their rotating taps always have something good to offer. Today I had a Dupont Moinette (blonde) and the time before, Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise both on tap. Watch their website for their monthly beer styles. This month is Brown Ale. Check this place out, you won't be disappointed. If you like dessert get the peanut butter pie.

mfhlucky13, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of shertz
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%

Went here with fellow BA's Phatz and HombreWing after the Brew Club trash pickup. The day was planned weeks before to be here for the One Final Victory for Heavyweight and the release of Baltic Thunder. However, due to the bottling issues it was postponed for another day. In any case, we decided to make the trip anyways and I'm glad we did. Started with a pint of Pliny the Elder and then went to Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale. Both spectacular and fresh. Nice full bottle list to compliment the nice draft list. Had a bowl of Chicken Gumbo for $4.50 that was very tasty and spicy. The only problem I had with the place was the smoke at the bar so we sat in the dining room. The service was as perfect as you can find. Waitress was cute and very attentative and seemed interested in our beer talk. The manager stopped by and chatted for close to an hour eventhough he was quite busy. He even gave us a sample of the Baltic Thunder, wow, awesome beer. I wish this place was closer because I would probably live there. It certainly was worth the drive and very convenient to I76.

Cheers,
Scott

shertz, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of mymrnngjckt
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%

I have frequented this place a few times. Each time is a better experience than the prior. The draft selection has always been phenomenal. The last time I was there they had, Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise, Rogue 10,000, Allgash Curieux & Weyerbacher Muse all on draft. The bottle selection is equally impressive. The staff has been top notch. Both times there I sat at the bar and the bartenders were attentive and knew their beer. They even offered samples before I tried them. The food is also superb. The salads and sandwiches I had both times were amazing.

I really recocmend this place to any one passing by.

mymrnngjckt, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Visited this establishment for Sunday brunch. We ahd reservations and we were promptly seated. Our server soon arrived and took our drink orders and we all selected the brunch. The selection of food was excellent and well worth the price. Tere was a very good assortment of beers on tap and I was able to find 2 beers which I had yet to try. The beers were sevred promptly and the buffet was always well stocked. If you are looking for a place in the area to have Sunday brunch and a few drinks, I highly reccomend the Drafting Room.

tgbljb, May 06, 2007
Photo of dbatch
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%

My first weekend off from tax season, and I wanted to check out a new place, so I met my friends for a few. When I walked in, I was confused, it looked more restaurant than beer establishment. But I was lead to the bar, which was on the smaller side, but then saw the coolers full of beers from all over. The beer list was impressive, as was the knowledge of the bartenders. It was IPA month, and they had Gordon Oskar Blues IPA and Hop Devil on cask. I also had my first Weyerbacher Simcoe IPA, which was fantastic. The list was extensive, a lot of locals such as Victory, Troegs, Sly Fox and Yards. There was a little taste of everything on the beer list as well, from Ales to Wheats to Stouts. For the size of the place, it was amazing they had that many on hand.

For dinner, we sat in the restaurant area and had a nice meal. I ordered the bacon wrapped sea bass. Not bad, but a little dry. Overall, I'd highly recommend going.

dbatch, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of roan22
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%

The priciness of the place is worth it, trust me. The food is excellent, the menu is innovative, trendy, satisfying and presented well. The beer selection is top notch. I regularly travel to this Drafting Room location only; the west-coast IPA and pale ale styles are mutually loved by both the staff and the beer geeks, and the respect level for these two specific styles is high (much appreciated by at least this local IPA hophead). I've been to two specialty nights devoted to Sierra Nevada harvest ales alone, plus their efforts to maintain a great selection whenever IPA-style month is upon us is worthy enough of a great rating. Cheers!

roan22, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of Phatz
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%

The Drafting Room is like a Hybrid. Exceptional restaurant - True craft beer bar - & Sports bar. It is a place that you could take your date for a very nice meal with wines and whiskeys to accompany; but who could drink wine when there are a hundred superior beers to choose from. The capacity is deceptively large with three separate parts; bar, smoking and non-smoking sections respectively. There are more than a dozen craft beers on tap. Local regional and even Pacific coast beers made it to the board. A huge easy to read chalkboard lists the draft options while there is both a beer menu and a menu for "Big beers" available for bottles. This may fall shy of Monk's "Beer Bible" but it is certainly a more than respectable selection and the best I have seen in the area.
The draft options rotate regularly but Last night we had Rogue JLS Release #17: Monk Madness. Lagunitas 12th Anniversary Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale. & Weyerbacher Imperial pumpkin on tap and a bottle of New Holland Pilgrim's Dole Wheat Wine and a bottle of Slaapmutske Triple Nightcap mmm! Just to recite our order and give you a taste of a few options. To list ‘em all would be crazy, just assume this is a must see place.
The service was attentive and the food was fantastic. I highly recommend the Apple Walnut Chicken. The nachos were very spicy if you are into that as well. This is a new regular pit stop for me. I hope you will check it out soon too!

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Shout out to Patrick and to a great server. Last experience was the best yet. Thanks TDR!

Phatz, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of Gavage
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%

While staying at a hotel on the Rt 113 & 100 intersection, the question was to drive to Victory or Sly Fox as we usually do, or finally hit the Drafting Room. Since it was late, we decided to hit the Drafting Room figuring we would try something different.

Pretty easy to find with directions, but it is buried in a strip mall so if you aren't paying attention you could miss it. Upon entering we notice a large a dining area, but opt for the bar. The bar is quite small, only about 10-12 stools, a small counter table, and two high tops. The bar was packed which I found surprising for a Wednesday evening.

A large blackboard lists the selections, and a beer bottle menu is available upon request. 208 unique beers have been served on tap as the sign states. The bottle beers are very prominent behind the bar. About 13 beer were on tap ranging from some staples as SNPA, Sly Fox, and Victory, but there were some unique offerings like Troegs Mystery Pils #2, Rogue Imperial Porter, and Sly Fox Palisades IPA. Beers were fresh and tasty.

Service was a bit slow, but knowlegable. But it was very crowded too. We did not try any food.

This is a great beer bar anyone travelling through the are must hit for at least a pint before hitting the brewpubs in the area.

Gavage, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of Imstillthegman
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%

The Drafting Room is well worth the one hour drive from my house. Excellent food...I have never had something I didn't like...awesome beer selection, and super friendly staff. This is the first place I have been to where the server asks if you want a glass of water when you order a beer, instead of me having to request one. You have four choices for seating; smoking section, non-smoking section, outside, and the bar area. My only gripe (and it's a small one) is that the bar area is a bit on the small side. Sometimes it gets a little tight in there. They have fourteen beers on tap and a cask-conditioned offering as well. Lots of local brews like Victory, Sly Fox, Tröegs, and Legacy as well as many others. Awesome bottle selection also. Belgians, Lambics, pretty much any style you want, they probably have. During my visit last night the manager (?) stopped by our table and let us know that they had some other beers that weren't on the beer menu and that one of the ones on the "big beer" was sold out. He was very helpful and seemed to enjoy good brews as much as us. Oh yeah...the Pliny the Elder and Younger were freakin' awesome! They had both on tap....man, I love this place.

Imstillthegman, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of DrJay
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%

Since moving to PA, this place (along with Sly Fox) has become one of my regular stops for beer/food. The establishment is sort of divided into three - the bar area and smoking/non-smoking restaurant sections. I've spent most of my time in the non-smoking section, though I've purchased beer at the bar as well. The atmosphere is decent, a little more upscale in the dining area with the bar area having a sports vibe.

About 5 taps are reserved for the "usual suspects", with Guinness recently being replaced by Sly Fox O'Reillly's Stout. The real gems are found in the rotation taps - around eight of them. This place goes through hundreds of different beers on tap during the year (you can get the current count on the website and on the beer menu). Each month brings a new featured style as well. Kegs are brought in from far and wide - I've already enjoyed Stone Ruination, vintage Bigfoot, and several Belgians. Even though the number of taps isn't extremely high, I had to give an exceptional rating for selection just based on the fact that I show up an average of once every two weeks and the tap beer list has completely turned over, with plenty of selections that I haven't had before (or old favourites I haven't had for a long time). There's also a hand pump, normally serving Victory HopDevil. The bottled beer list is impressive as well. Probably around 100 beers, with plenty of quality selections to choose from, both import and domestic micro from around the country. When I brought my parents for dinner, my father appreciated the fact that there were some "mainstream" beers in the list as well. If you ask, you can take a look at the "Big Beer List" as well - a small selection of higher abv, intense, or hard to find beers - I've seen things like Russian River, Three Floyds, and Stone on here. Bottled beers are available for take out at half the price listed on the menu (Big Beers and Belgians are still full price).

The food here is quite good and is one of the reasons I get to come here while my wife is pregnant. The entrees can be a bit pricey, but I haven't been disappointed by anything yet and the quality easily justifies the cost. Burgers and sandwiches are still reasonable though, as are the appetizers. I've also had consistent, excellent service. I was alone on my first few visits and was treated very well by the staff. Patrick (the beer guy) stopped at my table during my first visit. We chatted for a while and he filled me in on what TDR is all about and pointed me to their website and mailing list (if you sign up, you get coupons once in a while). And Keith (the dining room host) remembered me by name when I showed up for my second visit a couple of weeks later. Servers in general seem well informed about the beer, which is a significant achievement when the kegs change so often.

Overall, this is one of the best beer bars that I've been to and it's less than a half hour from our apartment. I keep finding reasons that we need to go shopping in the area, mostly to justify additional stops at TDR!

DrJay, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of sfairbro
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%

They almost always have a cask offering. I especially enjoyed the time that they had the 10th Anniversary Ale in the cask along with the 11th on draft. The 10 had smoothed out quite nicely.

When my wife attends we always end with the Lindemans variety that is always available on draft.

The food is inventive and there is always an interesting fish offering among the specials.

The number of taps (14) and the theme of the month always provide a fun tour through a style. The staff is helpful and the bartenders are especially knowledgable.

A recent development has been the replacement of Guinness with a local favorite, Sly Fox O'Reilly's Stout.

sfairbro, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of IrishRedRock
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%

I was out at a charity event in Malvern, and having finished earlier than I expected, I thought, well I have to be close to the Drafting Room...do I care that I'm alone? Negative. I'm thirsty and I hear wonderful things about this place.

Pretty easy to find on route 100. Small crowd in the dimly lit bar area on this particular Monday evening, so I was able to get a seat at the bar. Three different TV's going in the area, and it was a big night for sports: an NBA game 7 and Sox/Yankees. Perfect. Upon checking the chalkboard listing the draughts, I noted Sierra Nevada Torpedo. Obviously I'm going with that...but alas! The keg kicked an hour prior to my arrival. About 10-12 other draughts to choose from, with what appeared to be over 100 bottles behind the bar as well, sorted by country. Nothing mind numbing, but I did inquire to the very friendly wait staff if they had anything new,rare, etc...and of course they had the Weyerbacher Simcoe Double IPA, which I promptly would have...but after I finished my pint of SN Pale Bock first. SN was well represented on the taps on this particular night: Pale Ale, Pale Bock, Bigfoot (wish I wasn't driving!), and the kicked Torpedo. Locals and regionals represented nicely, with some of the "usual suspects" (Guinness, Harp, Bass, etc.), and a cask - HopDevil this time around.

Food ran a little bit pricey, and thankfully I was only a little bit hungry, so I went with the wild mushroom soup, absolutely delicious, and a blackened chicken sammie that was very tasty, though with a bit too much bread. Tasty selections though.

What really impressed me was the bar staff. My waitress Heather was friendly, quick to chat and discuss beers, sports, whatever...and was knowledgeable about the beers on hand. Very relaxed crowd; started up a conversation with a guy next to me, drinking a Corona, who was very interested in my choice of the Weyerbacher (never heard of it; there's so many beers here; 9% ABV?!). I'll certainly be back to this place when hitting up Victory and Sly Fox this summer. See, it is possible to enjoy a bar when you show up alone...and you've never been there...and it's Monday.

IrishRedRock, May 24, 2006
Photo of jasonm
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%

I had the pleasure of visiting the Drafting Room Taproom during a trip to Lancaster.

The taproom itself is somewhat smallish, with modern decore, somewhat dim lighting. Faux marble tops on the main bar and separate bar top. Fairly crowded for an early Thursday evening but I was able to get a seat at the bar.

Without knowing, you might think youve walked into a neighborhood lonely hearts bar, until you see the 3 cases full of quality beer, along with the ~15 beers on tap, all of good quality. Several of these taps seem to be rotated on a fairly routine basis. Sierra Nevada was on center stage with a recent tapping of the Torpedo Ale. Nearby Sly Fox also had a couple of taps, including the Warrior IPA. Back to the cases, full of beer of just about any style and locale you could want. I was happy to find a bottle of Dreadnaught, since we dont get any 3F back in Pittsburgh. Ask for the beer menu, which is kept up to date with notes for their draft beers (including the ones that were just tapped the day before I got there).

Chatted with Greg the bartender, who had also lived in Pittsburgh for a time. Was very knowledgable on things beer.

Another nice thing is that you can get beer to go, growlers or bottles. I picked up a bottle of Fort to take back home with me.

A cool place to hang out and enjoy good beer.

jasonm, May 22, 2006
The Drafting Room Taproom and Grille in Exton, PA
97 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.