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Union Jack's Inn on the Manatawny

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Union Jack's Inn on the ManatawnyUnion Jack's Inn on the Manatawny
BA SCORE
99
world-class

43 Reviews
Reviews: 43
Visits: 50
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: n/a
Taps: 17
Bottles: 250
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

546 Manatawny Rd
Boyertown, Pennsylvania, 19512-8056
United States
phone: (610) 689-0189

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @ujsmanatawny

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Place added by: jakester on 07-14-2005

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Photo of erica
4.7/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Wow, what a super place in the absolute middle of nowhere!! I drove out here over the weekend with TheLongBeachBum, my confidence in directions shattered after going to Ortino's first (I sort of had wrong directions, but it wasn't that out of the way). Finally we found it via a sign on a main road to turn down a smaller road into really the middle of nowhere. Great looking place, all wood exterior, with an old London cab out in the 'front yard'. Inside the bar area is straight ahead, very dim, and the more restaurant area is to the right. We sat at the bar, and were the only ones in there. VERY quiet for a football season Sunday late afternoon. Anyway, the bar was actually almost too dim, and they had an eclectic music mix going, most of it pretty good, and a few muted TVs with football. A band started playing a half hour or so after we got there, and we thought the place would get crowded then, but, sadly for the band, it did not. They played in the restaurant part, so we could hear them but not see them. I wonder if they get bands there often..

So then, when we sat down at the bar, we sat in front of one of the 4 or so sets of taps (about 15 taps total I think) and right in front of our faces is Pliny The Elder. Wow!! English bar in PA with Russian River on tap. Nice. However, I ordered a Moonglow. Which I started to regret towards the end of the glass, watching LBB drinking that hop juice while I was sipping at a sweet weizenbock. Still good though. Service was excellent. The bartender, whose name I never got, really seemed to know his beer, and casually mentioned Beer Advocate while talking to some other customers a bit later on. Interesting. He was also very nice and joked a lot, which made the place more interesting, since it was mostly empty. I asked for a beer list, which just had the taps (almost all micros or imports) and the new bottles. Pretty many new bottles. TONS more bottles in the fridges. Honestly I can't think of another bar who has such a huge and varied selection! Bad news for someone like me who can't make a quick decision. I trusted Mr. Bartender's suggestion for my 2nd beer on a Humbolt... I think it was Golden Nectar? It was a good choice. Thanks!!

We ordered food, too, which was excellent. Not an extreme amount of veggie food on the menu, but you could substitute a veggie burger or portabella for a cow on any of their burgers for $1 more. I got a Hey Vinnie burger, which was an Italian, cheesy-saucy-basily thing on a veggie burger, which seemed to be homemade. Yum! Split a basket of fresh-cut fries with malt vinegar with Mr. Bum, who had the spicy El Paso burger on a 'real' burger 'for real people.' Ha. Ha.

Everything at that place was awesome, except for the location. The Bartender, the few other people who came into the bar, were all great people. So nice and friendly and helpful. The prices weren't out of control either, considering what you get there. I highly recommend venturing out into the woods or wherever, and paying a visit to this fine establishment. You will not be disappointed!!! (3,083 characters)

Photo of NolanGTI
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (1,959 characters)

Photo of jakester
4.45/5  rDev -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. (1,132 characters)

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Union Jack's Inn on the Manatawny in Boyertown, PA
99 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.