Union Jack's Inn on the Manatawny
Taps: 17 / Bottles: 250
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 42 | Show All Ratings:
4.75/5 rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I have been waiting a long time to review this gem. I have been to Union Jack's about 5 times now and eaten there twice. I can honestly say that this has to be the most in the middle of nowhere great beer bar that even local BA's have never heard of. Hopefully that will change.
Inside is a typcial pub setting. Some booths and tables, with plenty of space at the S shaped bar. Outside there is a a great deck and patio that overlook the Manatawny. Truly one of the best places to grab a beer outside. They also have a separate bar outside with a pretty solid bottle selection.
The tap lines here are a great start, I think there are about 16 with many standards (Corsendonk comes to mind, will update with the rest when they come to mind). They rotate about 5 taps and always have great finds here. Recently I have had Ruination and 90 Minute to name a few.
What moves the selection up to a 5.0 is the bottle selection which is the best in the area (and I am talking about a pretty large area). I actually can't remember a bar that had as many great bottles. When stocking my cellar over the past year I have left Union Jack's with a new 6 pack each time. Just some great stuff. The bottle selection has also been different every time I have been there...recently I have gotten Three Philosophers, Saison DuPont, Nostradamus, etc... just killer.
I have eaten there twice now and the bar food is really top notch stuff. I have also had one dinner there which was very good. This place does not exude the most confidence when you walk in or see it from the road, but you will be quickly put at ease.
For the most part the bartenders haven been great and knowledgeable. The owners son (I believe) runs the place and is up on his beer and has gone out of his way to be especially gracious to me every time I have been there.
Biggest shortcoming - only jakester and I have ever been there!!! Get out there people while the weather is still good.
08-23-2005 20:04:13 | More by NolanGTI
4.45/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This place has been here for three years, and I only found it in February, when the nurse at the vet, who is a waitress here, heard us talking beer. There are two other Union Jack's, both in the Philly area. I haven't visited either place, but I assume they are similar.
There are 17 taps, only one crap. They always have some hoppy drafts, and a few Belgians on draft as well. The real beer story, IMHO, is the bottled selection. There are @ 200-250 bottles to chose from, and Tom, the manager, knows his beer. I was introduced to Hercules DIPA, Stone Ruination, and Gumballhead, just to name a few. They are usually very fresh, a hard thing to do, especially in Berks County.
The food is good, and so is the service. The prices are reasonable. I've been there many times, and have taken my whole family on occasion. My only complaint would be the bar area can be smoky from time to time, but nothing outrageous or anything.
Also, during the summer, there is live music outside along the banks of the Manatawny Creek. This place needs to be seen to be appreciated. For Berks County, it doesn't get any better than this.
07-16-2005 20:46:24 | More by jakester
Union Jack's Inn on the Manatawny in Boyertown, PA
99 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.