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

68 Ratings
Ratings: 68
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: n/a
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 slander
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

How did I miss this place? This "totally on the way" place. This "you practically pass by it" place. This "you just miss being able to see it as you hit the Pottstown Pike intersection" place? Yeah, it's on the way to Sly Fox from Victory, you ain't kiddin'...
Split between 2 rooms with separate entrances, there's the "this room" where the bar is and the "other room" where the dining thing goes on. The bar is "S" shaped, marbled topped and seats upwards of a dozen, with 5 bar tables (2 high and 3 low) lying adjacent and a marble bar island seating 4 in the center of the room. There's a flat screen over the bar in the corner and smaller TV's in the other 3 corners. Burgundy lowers and beige salt & pepper uppers with a lit pink ceiling (I don't care what Phil says, they're not pink lights, that's a pink ceiling. We got the waitress to turn the overhead lights off. Guess what? The ceiling's still pink). CD juke box against this wall and to the left of it are some blackboards, with the current drafts and their tap dates listed on one long horizontal board and "big beers" listed on another.
15 taps over 2 towers. Some good local and regional micros (Troegs Troegenator & Rugged Trail Brown, Appalachian Broad Street Barleywine, DogFishHead Snowblower, Cricket Hill Hypnotic IPA, Brooklyn Pils), and beyond (Avery Old Jubilation, North Coast Old Stock '03, Grant's Deep Powder), token Belgian Lindeman's Framboise and a group of beers termed the "usual suspects" (Guinness, Harp, Bass, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Amstel Light). Hey, they've got a cask and it's... Sly Fox Centenial IPA. Oh, and, uh, some large coolers behind the bar with a whole lot of bottles, well over a hundred but fewer than a gross. About 2 dozen Belgians, a dozen termed "local flavors" (DogFishHead, Victory, Weyerbacher, Troegs, Heavyweight, Yards, Heavy Seas, Flying Fish), micros, macros, and maltos. Some big bottles and bombers in there (Allagash Curieux, Piraat, Stone 8, Double Bastard, Avery, Chimay). You can get growlers to go from here and they do a Monday night mug club.
Service was attentative, pleasant and responsive to my "mo' water please" requests. Going forward, if I'm driving the clown car by this part of the day, I'm definitely stopping here...

Photo of woodychandler
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I entered on the taproom side, being a taproom kinda guy. Right away, the decor jumps out with the logo being etched onto a glass partition. Scanning the room from top to bottom, the ceiling is unquestionably magenta/flat red raspberry, followed by an orangish mocha/deep tan, followed by faux speckled, finished by plum down to the baseboards. Hope this helps, slander.

The (loosely) S-shaped bar is topped wth faux serpentine and so is the separate short bar with its four high stools. This second bar is positioned to allow its patrons to look at the chalkboard that lists the "Keg Counter", as well as the "Featured Drafts", "Style/Month", "Ususal Suspects", and "Combinations" boards.

Some statistics: fifteen taps, one beer engine (usually featuring nearby Victory's Hop Devil), three small monitors and one large monitor above the bar. Behind the bar are three coolers, each with a maximum of six shelves with each shelf capable of holding up to nine beers. You do the math and get back to me.

There is a short flight of stairs that lead up to a small restaurant area with its own specials blackboard, several art prints by local artists, and a cocktaill sculpture. The Men's and Ladies' are off to the right.

Continuing aft in the building is the main dining room. Here the color scheme changes to plum, cornflower, and a pinkish-tan. The dining room also has a couple of blackboards, each touting specials and the like. One board is flanked by Chimay and Rogue jeroboams and a five-liter stein. They also have a working fireplace with a beer sculpture and a "Big Beer List" in situ.

My uncle and I spent a leisurely afternoon here over Labor Day weekend 2005, drinking and eating, engaging in converstion and working on his crossword puzzle. Our waitress was very pleasant and unobtrusive. I ran into one of the kitchen staff who I knew from his previous employment at Victory. All in all, a winning place, to which I would return.

Photo of Gavage
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of John_M
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of sholland119
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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

Photo of francisweizen
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The drafting room is a nice little bar in the Philadelphia suberb of exton, PA. The atmosphere is very sports-bar-like, making this place a great place to catch the big game. The quality of the beers seems to be very good, as they have tapping dates for kegs *and* casks on their menu. The service was fast, friendly, and attentive, but nothing mind-blowing. The selection was nice, but can be boring. About 14 beers on tap, with 5 "usual suspects" as they put it, lindemans framboise, 1 or 2 Belgian-style ales, and 6 or so local micros. They have a "beer style of the month" listed on their menu, and this month it was Belgian style ales. However, all this meant was that 2 or 3 belgian-style ales were on tap, one being Flying fish grand cru, and the other being the already mentioned Lindemans! I opted for a fresh(ish) cask hop devil, and a pint of good ole' Sierra Nevada Harvest. Both were good pours that arrived in nice shape. The food was decent, and well priced. Erica and I opted for a Belgian beer (which beer!?) and cheese fondue that consisted of melted swiss, provelone, and mozzarella. Twas good, but the bread it came with was a *bit* too hard for my liking and the fondue was *very* rich.

Bottom line: A great place to catch the game (awesome Monday night and pint night beer specials are here), and a few fresh brews.

Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

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.

Photo of corby112
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I entered a review for this place a few weeks ago but it was lost in one of the site crashes so here we go again.

I never really heard of this place until recently but decided to make the trip out there from Philly because of an impressive tap list.

My wife and I went there for dinner but waited in the bar area until our table was ready. The bar area is small but has plenty of seating. The bar is L shaped with few stools but there is a small island that has ample seating as well as high top tables in the back. Behind the bar there are about four or five coolers filled with bottles and on the side wall there is a chalkboard with specials and draft list. The restaurant section is very nice looking but still casual.

The service was very friendly and knowledgeable but there must have been something going on in the kitchen because it took at least 30 minutes for each course to arrive. Although it took this long for each course the food was still at the correct temperature and our server was very hospitable.

The quality of the food and beer at this establishment are excellent. They have everything from very casual gastro pub food to full entrees. Also, the selection was very impressive. They had a very large bottle selection, broken down by country and about 12 taps. Some of the beers available were Lost Abbey Angel's Share, Port High Tide Fresh Hop and Cask conditioned Nugget Nectar all on draft!

Overall I had a great time here and am looking forward to returning many times.

Photo of indiapaleale
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The Drafting Room has it all.

On one side, its a restaurant, that does a great brunch and is awesome for dinner and lunch as well. On the other side, its a bar/pub with an excellent tap and bottle list. When its warm out you can sit outside on the limited seats out in front.

Atmosphere is as good as it gets for what is essentially a strip mall beer bar. The menu is great and the dining room is a cut above pub food.

Service and quality are both great. Bartenders are friendly although the beer knowledge varies.

Tap and bottle selection is excellent! Its PA so you can also get all those great bottles to go!!!

I love this place and go there whenever I am down in the area visiting family.

Photo of tgbljb
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of DrJay
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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!

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped by here for a west coast brewery promotion, been here once before. It's kinda a hike for me but I did it in the name of BEER.

Looks very similiar to the now defunct TDR in springhouse, in feel, decor, and setup. There is a hostess station up front leading into a dining room area to the left, more dining to the right and a bar area going down two steps. It's a classy beer bar.

Good up keep on this place very inviting and crowded, at least the bar area, it's quite small and packed to the gills. The service bar station seemed to be overrun with patrons so I guess speed on drink delivery is hindered. I would love to come here when it's dead. Clean glasses, clean (great) beer, clean floors, Bathroom was alright.

Service was speedy to a point, even on a very busy night, my dranks came with ease. Server was pleasant. The bar was offering tastes of 06, 09 double bastards which she quickly grabbed.

A very respectable collection here in the not so philly suburbs. A great bottle list that I did not have time to look at because of the insane tap list. I had supplication, sculpin, oggi's hop juice a captains sig off a firkin and a lil sumpin sumpin.

Food was really good, I liked the execution but portions were small as shit. Did it ever occur to these bars that if they gave some more food out portion wise that I would drink a bunch more beer, it's not rocket science. The chesse did hit the spot though.

I like this place, I wish it was closer.

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

wasn't gonna stop here. tunnelvision screamed 'sly fox' and this place was almost avoided. then i got a beermail from the general manager, who extended a friendly BA invite. we arrived and promptly met with patrick, who showed us around the place and turned out to be really knowledgeable and beer-fanatic. he was pouring some fantastic, obscure sierra nevada beers as well as rogue saison and immediately bellied up to the bar to sample.

atmosphere was dark and tight, but a picture window on one side of the pub area compensated a bit. the restaurant section is alot bigger, cozier, and dare i say fancy but restaurant areas arent my bag (baby). white light emitted from the coolers full of rare craft beers really drawing attention to the bottles all lined up nicely. the bar decor had an strange new jersey feel to it with alot of black trim mixed with light wood and cigarette clouds. server was nice and attentive and gave me a wine chiller for all the bomber beers that i ordered.. a nice touch.. oh, and appropriate glassware. dreadnaught was yummy and that sierra harvest ale was so fresh.. must have some damn clean lines here.

food was a perfect compliment to the carefully selected beers. we had the belgian fondue, which my girlfriend is still talking about. i forget what she had as an entree because i was so wrapped up in the enjoyment of my rare yellowfin tuna. lightly seared perfectly.. soft and tender and flavorful. only thing about eating at the bar was the inability to properly visually enjoy the food. can't argue though, i had a seat which were surely in short supply on a friday night. a bit on the pricier side, but it is a nice place. $13 dreadnaught bombers and $20 for most entrees.

headed from there over to sly fox, having spent the majority of my night here (happily). i know this area is chock full o stops, but this is the dinner place above and beyond anything else in the suburban west philly area. kudos to patrick and staff for kindness, knowledge, and beer appreciation. it shows.

Photo of koopa
3.94/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped here today for the first time for the Fresh Hop Festival. Not too sure why an establishment would wait nearly 2 months to serve fresh hop beers, but I was in the area so that didn't deter me.

Atmosphere: Located in a strip mall, the left side has a pretty decent sized dining room and the right side has a fairly small curvy bar with a few high top tables along the right wall. The bar side is fairly cramped and the event today made it busy enough to accentuate that fact. There were about 4-6 outdoor tables in the front which were a real bonus on an unseasonably warm day like today. The major drawback was that they face a small and busy strip mall parking lot, but I'm still glad that outdoor seating was available.

Quality and Selection: Other than a couple of the "special" kegs being tapped today, most of the list was fairly standard for the area. Still lots of good regional choices, but it seems like the taps wouldn't be good enough to draw people with more than a 20 minute drive to this place. At least not with so many other comparable or superior spots in other nearby neighborhoods.

Service: I didn't really stay very long and didn't eat any food, so I can't give the most in depth review of the service. The waitress who approached me at the outside table was friendly and attentive though. I couldn't really gauge her beer knowledge but I'd be surprised if it was high.

Food: The menu looked very tasty and the prices were OK. A bunch of regular customers at the Station Taproom in Downingtown raved about the food here so I'm thinking that is probably the main draw of the Drafting Room.

Photo of BigRizz62
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of ggaughan
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

As with my review of the Spring House location of the DR, I have been here on several occasions but I decided to post a review after my last visit for the debut of Troeg's Nugget Nectar. As with the Spring House location, the food menu has a good selection of starters, sandwiches, seafood, steaks and pretty much something for everyone to munch on.
The bar area has a cool atmosphere with a number of TV's but seems to be a bit smaller in size than the Spring House bar although the number of taps seems to be the same and the quality of the taps I think is a bit better in Exton.
The night that we were there they had Nugget Nectar available in bottle, on draft and on the hand pump. I tried both the draft and hand pump versions and it was very good in both cases. The waistress was very nice and quick about getting beers from the bar. They also just tapped a keg of Russian River Benediction which I had a few of and it was great. I was very impressed that they had this since you don't see it that often.
Additionally, the DR is really cool that you can get a growler of pretty much anything they have on tap and I think the price is the same for each beer, $10 to fill a growler and another $4 if you need to buy a bottle. I picked up a growler of the Nugget Nectar for the Super Bowl. Can't wait until Sunday to open it. I tried to get a growler of the Benediction but they wouldn't do it since they only had one keg of it which I can understand.
The bottle selection is very nice at this Drafting House location as well. There is a good mix between American, German and of course Belgian bottles.

Photo of newbeeraday
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Phatz
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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!

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4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Ah, the secret in getting a seat for weekend brunch is to get there before 12 noon and sweat it out until you can order beer. Round about noon the place was a beehive. Glad we got there early.

One of those "strip mall gems," they had 10 taps and a cask, and a thorough bottle list seductively displayed in glass refreigerators above and behind the bar. Nothing I hadn't seen before, but still a really good bottle selection. And they rotate - 240 kegs last year, they had already gone through 84 when we were there in March. Go there for the taps. Go frequently if you can.

The decor is kind of blase (maroon walls and 80s hotel art) but hey, the brunch makes up for it. All you can eat, good stuff, custom omelettes, pastries galore, and a "Rutger Hauer Lookin' M**** F****" serving you ham and roast beef with an evil sneer. If I a) hadn't had to drive and b) hadn't consumed my body weight in beer at 3 brewpubs the day before, I could easily reach an immobile state of toxic satiation here. If I lived in Exton I'd have brunch here every weekend. Service was ok, waitress didn't seem to have too much beer knowledge but Rogue Oyster Cloyster was on tap so it didn't matter much....

Bruch was reasonably priced (but I guess everything is when you leave NYC), don't know about dinner though.

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The Exton Drafting Room is located on the north bound side of Pottstown Pike. If you're approaching this place from the south, then you have to do one of those jug handles. Luckily there's one at the next intersection on Marchwood Road. This Drafting Room is located in a small plaza on the far left side. There's not much in this small plaza. I believe there is an insurance salesman, a floral shop, and a bank. There are 4 doors to this place, but only 3 of these doors will let you gain entry in the Drafting Room. The 2 on the far left are for the dining room and the door that has the big sign pointing to it will lead you into the bar area. The door next to this door will lead you into their utility closet. Why they have an outdoor door to the utility closet is beyond me. The bar area to this Drafting room is relatively small. The bar area houses a curved wooden bar that can sit up to about 15 customers, a few tables by the window, a tiny sit down bar in the middle, and some flat screen TVs along the walls. Also in the bar area is a large chalkboard on the right side of the wall. This is where they list all of their draft selections. I didn't get a real good look at their dining room, but from what I saw, it was classic looking and it reminded me a little bit of the one in Spring House but smaller of course.

I don't have any gripes with the service here. The bartender that I had knew their beers, they knew how to properly pour the beer, and they were always there when I needed another beer. There's really not much more you can ask for from a good beer bar. I guess they could hand out free beer and free food, but that's more like a dream than real life.

This is one of those places where instead of handing you a food menu with pages, they hand you a board with a white piece of paper on it. I guess that means that they have a rotating menu and not a stale everyday menu. I know I have to stop comparing this place to the one in Spring House, but I feel that I must. They basically had the same food choices here as the other Drafting Room. On that day, I wasn't all that hungry, so I opted for the goat cheese salad. The salad was made with spring mix lettuce and topped with walnuts and a big brick of goat cheese. I enjoyed this salad. There was more than enough goat cheese to go around.

Now for their beer selection! They have a total of 14 different rotating craft and imports on tap, one cask, and well over 100 different craft and imported bottles. The day I was there, their taps consisted of Jever, Left hand Polestar, Bell's Two Hearted Ale, Stoudt's Fest, Victory's St. Boisterous, Ommegang Witte, Heavy Seas Red Sky, Duck Rabbit Brown Ale, Flying Fish Dubbel, TDR 14th, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Sly Fox O' Riley's Stout, Amstel Light (for the masses), Lindeman's Pomme, and Sly Fox's 113 on cask. For the bottles, they were mostly the brewery's flagship beers with maybe a seasonal or an uncommon beer here and there. As an example, they had Brooklyn's Local Two and Bell's Hop Slam.

In the end, the Exton Drafting Room can make for a great place to just sit down and sip on a fine craft beer. I know that nobody cares, but I like the Drafting Room in Spring House better. That's because it's closer to me and I they have a bigger and better tap selection. They don't have the bottle selection there, but their tap selection makes up for it. Even with those facts, I would still come back here.

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4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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.

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The Drafting Room Taproom and Grille in Exton, PA
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