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Union Jack's Inn on the Manatawny

Not Rated.
Union Jack's Inn on the ManatawnyUnion Jack's Inn on the Manatawny
BA SCORE
99
world-class

48 Ratings
Ratings: 48
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 6.56%
Taps: 17
Bottles: 250
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @ujsmanatawny

Notes:
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(Place added by: jakester on 07-14-2005)
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Photo of Intheshadows
3.75/5  rDev -17.9%

A nice place to stop by when you are out that way, but a place that does perplex me a bit.

The Good: Right next to a picture perfect creek setting. Service is generally good at the bar, less so at the tables. Very diverse selection of bottled beers, the drafts are nice for out there, but seem a little week in comparison to the "top tier bars". Decent food (not bad, not great but we do always eat when we are there.)But, then again our agenda is not the food here.

The Bad: "Next to a picture perfect creek setting", but they do not let you get close to it on a Sunday; they drop you next to they parking lot. Inside is okay, nothing special. Food is consistent, not great, not bad, but you do know what you are getting. Quality of taps beers is good, but the bottled beers are a bit touch and go. Service, a few months ago a table near me a had bad bottle (they ended up sharing with us) and the waitress still dinged them for it.

Synopsis: If you are looking for a day with a nice drive, a good place to stop. Overall, not a place I would go out of the way for unless we lived a lot closer.

Intheshadows, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of BeerBishop
3.78/5  rDev -17.3%

This place it out in the sticks. I drive over an hour to get there. And I've done it several times. Why? Because it's been awesome. Awesomely awesome.

So, last time I made the trek, and found the tap selection to be completely off-season and medicore (at best!), I was more than a little disappointed. Onto the beer bible I went for U.Jack's bottle selection. Struck out here a few times.

This was a Monday. Barkeep said they were super busy over the weekend so things weren't what they should be. Wasn't buying it. Somebody dropped the ball.

It's still on my list. I still like the place. But when I'm closer to a whole barrel of brewpubs and awesome bars with selections that are always good, I'll think twice before spending almost 2.5 total hours in the car to sit at this bar and be disappointed by its lack of "world class" selections.

Food is good. I like it. But let's be honest. That's not why you're there. Not in a place like this.

There once was a place called Kclingers out in Hanover, PA. (Well, it still exists, but it's a shell of its former self.) Journeyed there one weekend last year. The owner's let it slip so badly - a place that used to boast THE best beer selection on the East Coast - that we got one bottle for every 10 we ordered. One. And the worst part? The barkeep mocked us for ordering from such a long outdated list.

I mention this only because this place used to be a beer mecca. I'm sure it started slipping, in much the same way U.Jack's did that recent and fateful December Monday afternoon I was just there. Hope it doesn't go that route and it was just a one-time blunder, a temporary glitch in the fantastic beerdom that is U.Jack's.

My next review after my next visit will tell as much. Fingers crossed, friends. Fingers crossed. World class establishments shouldn't slip up, not if they intend to remain world class.

BeerBishop, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.88/5  rDev -15.1%

My wife and I stopped in for the Easter Hopfest. Met up with a bunch of BA's around lunchtime. Started off with a glass of Russian River Pliny the Elder and placed my order for the burger special of the day - a Bourbon Bacon Cheeseburger : bourbon glazed bacon, smoked gouda, and Boulder Mojo beer battered onion rings on a half pound burger. Everything about the burger was great except that I ordered it medium rare and when I got it, there was no pink to be found. It was still quite juicy, and not too killed, so I did not complain much. The Mojo Onion rings were killer, I should have tried to order an entire side of them. My wife had the Port Wrap - grilled chicken and portabella shrooms with spinach, feta on a pesto wrap. She was a fan of that. Due to the hopfest and all the people groveling over a sixtel of Pliny the Younger, the place was packed. Because of this, service suffered terribly. Too much attention to the time consuming sample flights. We waited around half an hour for each draft. That's unacceptable. Wish I would have been able to try a few more beers, but my patience wore thin. Didn't feel like wasting 2-3 hours there trying to get 2-3 more drafts. Prices for draft and bottles were a bit high for the location as well.

Edit - I've bumped the service from 1.5 to 3.0 after being contacted by management stating they will make things right on my next visit. That alone, after this review was posted just a few hours earlier, shows class on their part as well as a true concern for their customers satisfaction. I'll revisit this review on my next trip down to UJ's and update it accordingly.

ClockworkOrange, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of candcholt
4.05/5  rDev -11.4%

I love this place.

It is located in an out-of-the-way setting along the banks of the Manatawny Creek. Inside, it's a nice dimly lit pub. Outside, you can sit on the expansive patio at umbrella tables.

The food is great traditional pub food, fairly priced.

The tap list is always interesting and changes often. The draught menu is descriptive, informational, and often includes staff reviews. And I love it that they have Yuengling for the unadventurous, but the description just says "Duh." The bottle list is big and outstanding. And the staff is knowledgeable.

One of my favorite things is the free music on Sundays in the summer out in the band shell on the lawn. Bring your family and some chairs or blankets, sip some great beer, and listen to music. It is absolutely one of my top places to hear a band.

I go here every chance I get, and regret every time I have to drive by the road which leads to it and don't have time to stop.

candcholt, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of Kadonny
4.1/5  rDev -10.3%

Stopped by UJs on the Manatawny on Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The bar was crowded obviously. It's really amazing anyone can find this place.

A: The bar area is rather small with some bar height tables and some booths. The bar is an L shaped but maybe only has 12 seats or so. Dark inside with minimal windows. The decoration is cool with lots of bar signs and old tap handles. The bar is very rustic.

Q: Here is where UJs shines. What a great lineup of quality beer. It amazes me that the bar has this quality located in basically the middle of nowhere.

S: I was a bit disappointed here as they only had one bartender serving the entire bar area. It was crowded and I had to get up from our table to get our beers.

S: Excellent, I don't know how many taps they had, but damn the selection was great. Local brews like Victory, hard to find beers like Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide and other very good hard to find beers. Nice, nice selection.

F: Did not eat, sorry.

V: Reasonably priced. 6 beers cost us $ 34.00.

Overall a great beer bar in the Berks County area. I'll definitely get there again.

Kadonny, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of sholland119
4.15/5  rDev -9.2%

A very nice pub in a beautiful country setting. We have only sat inside as the weather has not been right to sit outside when we have been there. But there is a beautiful deck in a wooded setting by a riverbank.

The bar area inside has a nice neighborhood pub vibe to it, with about 15 seats at an L-shaped bar.

The beer selection is excellent with about 15 taps with lots of good choices (recently Cane & Ebel, Southern Tier Hoppe and Cherry Saison) to go with a couple of taps from Sly Fox. The bottle list is outstanding, with about 150 selections (give or take 50; too many to count).

Service is always very pleasant and the food is tasty pub grub. Despite the wealth of great beer bars and brewpubs nearby, we always enjoy our one hour excursion to see what's going on.

Make sure to bring cashm or your ATM card, as they do not accept credit cards here.

HV

sholland119, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of John_M
4.28/5  rDev -6.3%

This place is pretty amazing, but what it's doing out in the middle of nowhere, I'll never understand. I drove up from Baltimore to visit this place for the first time, and was beginning to think I was lost when I finally spotted UJ's Inn on the Manatawny. From the outside the place kind of looks like an old farmhouse or barn, something that's been transformed into some kind of knick-knack goods and antique store. However, that impression quickly ends as soon as you walk in the door.

I really liked how low key the bar area seemed, with it's kind of cool, dark and informal vibe. The place just seems like an ideal place to hang out and while away a quiet afternoon drinking good beer. The day I was there I think they had between 12 and 16 beers on tap, most of which were very well thought out and interesting. From previous posts I was a bit afraid they would not pour/sell samples size glasses (which given the number of great beers they had available, would have been a huge problem for me), but fortunately this was not the case. I didn't look closely at my bill, but it appeared that sample size glasses were around $1.50 to $2 for a 4 to 5 ounce pour. In my opinion, this was more then fair for what they were letting me sample (Founder's Dirty Bastard scotch ale, among other things)

The service here was pretty good for the most part, especially as it appeared they were preparing for a large party in the dining room next door. Chatted a bit with the bar tender about the selection, as well as DIPA's in general.

As for food, I ordered the wings, which while pretty good, I would not describe them as outstanding (though they were good size). No complaints, again they were fine for what they were.

This is an excellent place, though given where it's located, you have to really want to visit the place. I'm guessing no one just happens to drop in to UJ's Manatawny by accident. Amazing.

John_M, May 13, 2007
Photo of Deuane
4.3/5  rDev -5.9%

What a great location. I wish I could get to this place more often. The following notes Carolyn took from our visit on 9/23/06 for the King of Hops contest.

On Friday, September 23, D and I were joined by our friend Mark to make a trip into the countryside where we would help crown the King of Hop Beers at Union Jack’s Inn. What a beautiful building - an old brick house with a patio - the perfect country setting and two of my favorite people accompanying me. The beer didn’t even need to be good, but thank goodness it was!


The tap list at Union Jack’s was pretty amazing, and the bottle list was equally impressive. Picking our pre-contest beer was a chore (and, unfortunately, after I ordered a Sly Fox Simcoe, there was no more to be had!) D started with a Young’s Double Chocolate Stout and Mark had the Rodenbach. Inspired by the despised podcast title, I decided on a Lindeman’s Peche, which was really quite refreshing on that early fall evening.


Shortly after our dinner, the taps were switched over, and the King of Hops contest began! We each ordered one of every contestant, and they were served in perfect glassware for tasting - 6 oz glasses with a wide rim. The hops were pretty overwhelming - I’m not suggesting that is a bad thing - and I was finished after those five samples.


D went on to order the additional Russian River selections (Deification and Damnation - obviously not part of the contest) so we could enjoy those together. It seems a limited number of these Russian River kegs were released in PA, and we had already missed out on two opportunities to enjoy them, so we were going to take in one of each while we had the chance!


The King of Hop Beers contest ballot asked us to rate each beer from 1 to 5; 1 being not so hoppy; 5 being hoppiest (now THAT answer would have been obvious.) Upon further questioning, we learned that we were really to rate them according to our preferences; 5 being our favorite.


Now for the contestants:

Russian River Pliney the Elder - 8% (which they would serve in 6oz or 18oz)
This one made us all say WOW! What an easy drinking beer! It was full of flavor, yet light (in comparison to the others.) Very tasty! On the final table rating scale, this averaged a 4 (I rated it 3, D rated it a 4 and Mark rated it a 5.)


Russian River Pliney the Younger - 11% (also available in 6oz or 18oz)

On first tasting, this one just made us all exclaim WHOA! It blew us all away with the high alcohol and the strong citrusy hops flavor. As it warmed up to room temperature, I became more and more impressed, and in the end, I rated this one a fabulous 5. The final table rating was a 3.33 (D waffled on his #3, so we allowed him to rate two beers in that level; Mark rated it a 2.)


Union Jack’s Hoptimus Prime - 9.4% (6oz or 18oz)

This particular beer was brewed for Union Jack’s by Legacy Brewing Co. in Reading, and the brewer was just around the corner at the bar. What a moment that could have been - an opportunity to meet the brewer and congratulate him on a job well done - except it just wasn’t. The flavor was so very harsh, and no one enjoyed it (Mark and I didn’t even finish our 6oz glass!) This got a final table rating of 1, with ones all around.


Weyerbacher Eleven - 11% (6oz or 10oz)

Brewed for the 11th anniversary of Weyerbacher, this was a superb glass of beer. D commented that it was the “Cognac of IPA”, and he was pretty good in that assessment. It was SO smooth, and it was hard to tell this was such a high-alcohol beer. I rated it a 2 only because something had to be a 2…in my mind, however, a this 2 was so much closer to 5 (and the 1 was much closer to -5.) The final table rating was a 3.33 as D rated it a 5 and Mark rated it a 3.


Southern Tier Unearthly Imperial IPA - 11% (6oz or 10oz)

It had only been two weeks since D and I enjoyed Unearthly onsite and by the growler, so it was fun to taste it side-by-side with other big IPAs. This is such an excellent example of this style. We gave it a collective table rating of 3.66 (Mark and I agreed on a placement of 4, and this was D’s other 3.)

As I said before, for a Friday night with a drive ahead, that was plenty of beer for the moment, but D did order the other two Russian River beers for us to try. Deification had a very nice candy sugar sort of flavor to it, and Damnation was very unique, reminiscent of a cider. We liked them both very much!

Deuane, May 28, 2007
Photo of coalcracker
4.33/5  rDev -5.3%

Nestled deep in the Oley Valley, this place is a little diamond in the rough. Driving along country roads, this place just appears like an oasis- reminds me of a ski lodge/chateau. Inside is a cozy L-shaped bar reminiscent of English style pubs. A seating area is also located in this area as well as a separate dining area in another section of the building. There is also an outdoor seating deck, though I have not yet had an opportunity to check it out. The beer selection is impressive, and for this area- enigmatic. Pliny the Younger is a typical find! Otherwise, great selections on tap and bottled. The food is respectable (only once have I eaten here). The service is good and friendly, though service speed can slow down a tad when busy. The bar area can get smoky- which knocks down 'amosphere' a little. Value: Prices are just a bit above average for beers, but well worth the price when you come across worthy beers that are not easy to find (especially on tap).

This is a great place to visit. Enjoy the selection and the comfortable confines!

coalcracker, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of bbeane
4.35/5  rDev -4.8%

I live relatively close to Union Jack's so I am a somewhat frequent customer... I've never really had a bad experience. Yeah, definately some better beer bars out there, but not to many in the Reading area. Service has always been good. Staff is knowledgeable in the different brews and I've always been able to find something exciting to drink. Can't get to into detail on all the food, but I can definately say that their wings are phenomenal. As far as prices go, I'd say that they're in line with other bars with the same food and beers. If your in the 20-40 minute drive radius, check it out.

bbeane, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of jmdrpi
4.38/5  rDev -4.2%

Had dinner and beer here on a Saturday night with some friends.

We sat in the bar area, not the dining room which had a nice pub feel to it, although a pit cramped, they fit in as many booths as possible. L shaped bar. Unfortunately the weather wasn't great so we didn't get a chance to check out their patio.

Quality of beer on their tap and bottle list was excellent, with an array of American craft beer and Belgian imports. An array of styles, so easy to find something for every palate- including some craft hard cider for my wife.

Service was good, our waiter was friendly and checked on us often. Food was tasty, our group stuck with standard bar food of wings, sandwiches, burgers, etc. They had some dinner entrees on the menu too.

My rating of $$ was based on the draft prices that were reasonable. Menu clearly indicated size and cost. Some of the limited release bottles on their list were a bit pricey.

jmdrpi, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of mgbickel
4.39/5  rDev -3.9%

Stopped by here before crashing at a hotel in Douglassville. A little bit out of the way...actually in the middle of nowhere!

The bar reminds me of something you would see in a ski resort. Lots of natural wood...kind of a rustic feel.

They have lots of high end brews here...both on tap and in bottles. You can read what they have available from beer menu place cards.

I was there pretty late on a Wednesday night, but from what I could tell, everyone there was a beer person...which may or may not always be the case.

Great little place that I will seek out again if I am in the area.

The only bad thing is that they do not take plastic...at least not when I was there...

mgbickel, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of jakester
4.45/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

jakester, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of yourefragile
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

yourefragile, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of DaveHack
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

This place was great. I've been wanting to go here for some time and finally made it. When we arrived, I noticed it was a very charming place in the middle of nowhere. We walked into the bar, but chose to sit outside on the phenomenal patio area.
The beer selection was great, about 15 taps, unfortunately there were only a few I personally was interested in, but in the upcoming area, I saw several I was into. The bottle list, however, was fantastic! They had 4 RRs, FW Abacus (which I split with my GF)and many great selections. Bar tenders were knowledgeable and very helpful.
We split a crab dip app, which was really good. We then split a turkey burger w/ sweet potato fries, again another awesome selection.
Overall, this place is a hit! I can't wait to go back.

DaveHack, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

A lovely place right off of 663 in suburban berks county close to the bucks line. Easy to get too but seemingly in the middle of nowhere in a batty location tucked in the woods by some big lake or river or something. Atmosphere is great, this place is HUGE, and decked out like a boathouse from the 40's or something of that ilk. The quality of the beer is top notch and the serive was fantastic. The tenders' are friendly and love talking beer. The selection was also killer, with two russian rivers on tap! (Benediction and Pliny the younger) with the elder on deck apparantly. I was sad to see the deification was gone, but apparantly there was a problem with a foamy keg :-( Wow, this is one of the best beer bars that I have been to recently and it is only 40 minutes from my house...Awesome! The food looked great too! It's worth a special trip here for the Russian River beers alone (who else has em'!?). If you live within an hour of here I suggest going (multiple times)...I know I will!

francisweizen, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of DLS168
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

DLS168, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of magine
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Went to this place for some brews only. Would love to go back for some grub next time.... along with their world class selections of brews.

In the middle of Gods country; farms and nothing else around it. For a guy who comes from the city and now resides in a city like suburb; this place is out there.

Nice big parking lot and outdoor seating. Dark pub like atmosphere with lots of wood and tables to go along with the booths. Good size bar. Lots of pictures of breweries and beer stuff along the walls.

Huge bottle selection with lots of rare brews. Great draft selection with. Very reasonable prices. Good efficient service as well. You can really see they care about the customer and they are beer geeks as well. Was told by a member of the staff they get their beer descriptions from BA's website - nice.

Would love to venture back here again to sample some food to go along with the brews. Awesome beer selection and a good pub-like atmosphere to enjoy it in.

magine, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of Doorman1810
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

This is my go-to pub. It takes some driving to get to, but that is part of why I like it. Union Jack's is located in the heart of Berks County farmland and, as the name suggests, is settled alongside the Manatawny River. This is especially nice in the spring and summer when they have their patio open and you can enjoy some open-air dining/drinking. Other seating options are the dining room or the bar area which are decorated in dark wood and English pub signs.

The menu is typical English Pub style with the highlights being fish and chips and a nice selection of burgers. They also offer a nice selection of wings with 8 or so different flavor selections.

The beer selection is second-to-none for Berks County with 10-12 selections on tap and probably 100 more in bottles. This may seem overwhelming to those new to the craft-brew world, but the knowledgeable wait-staff are great at making recommendations that match your taste. They are also skilled at recommending brews that you may have overlooked otherwise.

Union Jack's is a haven for fans of IPA's and Belgians and the beers are very fairly priced.

Doorman1810, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of CaptainObvious
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

I went to this little restaurant this past Sunday with a few friends. Our first impression was that it was an extremely cozy feeling little place. Very dimly lit, with a number of people relaxing at the bar, and even a family sitting down to a meal. It was rather quiet, which was good because we just wanted to chat instead of getting loud and wild. The beer menu was rather overwhelming at first, but we were able to round it down to a couple of beers each that we wanted to try out. Prices on the beers were pretty reasonable, about a dollar less than what I'm used to paying in Philly.

Next was the food. As soon as we all opened our menus, we were pretty surprised as to how cheap the food was. Burgers for 5 and 6 dollars, pork BBQ for 8, most appetizers were 4 or 5. It was really reasonable, but it got us worried that the food was going to suck. I got a burger and everyone else got the wings, and we all really enjoyed our meals. We also had a couple of orders of their homemade french fries which were delicious.

The service was pretty decent at Union Jack's. Our waitress made an excellent recommendation of Two Hearted Ale to my friend who loves IPA's. She was very helpful and when we ordered our beers, she was back with them in only a couple of minutes. The only mishap was that we got charged for a beer that we had ordered but then were told that they were out of, but the waitress was very apologetic and took care of it right away.

All in all, I can guarantee I'll be going back to this place, regardless of how out of the way it was for me. The beer selection is great. I can find some things here that I have never seen in Philly, and the place is small and quiet unlike the Philly bars. Great place for families, too. I can't wait to go back again.

CaptainObvious, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of BARFLYB
4.55/5  rDev -0.4%

Went to the Manatawny location for their 3rd Annual Hopfest with a sick-ass line up. I can't believe I went to school 15 minutes from here for fourish years and never went here. Kicks rocks...

"There's no way that a beer bar is out in this area."- me on the way up. I was wrong, Manatawny's Union Jack's is a beer bar destination and a regular/local joint, and I spotted a group of biker's as well. A great mix of people. The Inn reminded me of a 'Great Outdoors' type of place with old wood and a homey feel. There is a bar area with tables, a middle room dining area with tables, and a banquet type room with a small bar area serving Hopslam when I looked. There is a upstairs to and I don't want to imagine all the foolishness that goes on up there. With all of that, an outside dining/drinking area with seating and a great view. I would drink here all day if I could, outside at least.

The quality is up there. Clean lines from what I could tell and a clean place inside and outside. The bathrooms were clean and nice looking, very relaxing, but I digress. Clean glassware and different types for different styles. The bottles were refrigerated without light so that freshness and skunkness are kept in check. The outside area looked beautiful.

I had no problems with the service, not to pushy but informative when asked some simple questions. Water filled when needed, not to mention the beer. I was up at the bar so I can't comment on table service, but from the looks of it, im going to have to eat and drink outside next time, all to easy to have a good time.

Well, I drove about an hour or so to get here from philly, so the selection is top notch, no need to drive away from philly to get good beer. It was a hopfest and I got there late to avoid the crowd but I had two top notch IPA's plus a hopslam and something in between. I also saw a plethora of bottles of beer that I want to drink, a vast selection, Im not going to spill any beans here, but there are some gems up there.

The food was spot on to. Having already had the Union Jack's wings's at the other two locations, I opted for some duck quesadillas which were superb. I also got some asiago crab dip and something else which I forget. In short, the food menu is much more vast than the other locations. And it's good as well.

Well, this place is the shit, it's just, how do I say this, what I want in a bar. I just wish I knew about it sooner. I would of lived here in the early 2000's. This is a place that Im coming back to if they have a great line up going on, it is a bit out of the way. This place is great!!

BARFLYB, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of slander
4.58/5  rDev +0.2%

It was mid to late morning. Handsome Ed had cut out to work at an ungodly hour earlier; otherwise everyone was still asleep. I was standing in the kitchen looking out the back windows over the deck that'll be built someday, listening to the birds chirping, and contemplating the day, when Not Terribly Unattractive Heather came downstairs. Coffee, Ed having to leave for work in the wee hours, our day ahead, eventually the conversation turned to the crazy chirping of the birds.
So Heather says, "You know that's Phil, right?"
And I'm like, "What?"
"Yeah, that's Phil making that chirping noise".
"Shut up".
Now she's laughing, and with a "this way" motioning gesture, we tip toe into the living room and sure enough, the noise that I thought was being made by birds chirping outside was actually Phil's head whistling as he inhaled and exhaled, sleeping there on the lazyboy. I approached a sleeping (Evil) Davo on the couch in the corner to quietly wake him so he could hear this too, and he just sprung up as if alerted to danger somehow. I gave him the "Shhh" and then the 3 of us sat listening to the song of the endangered "Phil bird", until it suddenly opened its eyes and flew for the bathroom...

Took some time to get out here and I don't even know where here is. It's not near nothin' close or otherwise. A long stand alone building in a lot on a rural road, we entered off to the far left into the bar area. The 12 seat "L" shaped wood paneled top bar with a dark wood lip runs 2 walls here, the bar back on one side being shelves of booze over small windows looking in on the adjacent dining room and a corner cooler full of beer, the other holding a much larger cooler with 3 rows of bottled beer and more displayed below on the counter on half the wall, and a pair of arched shelving units housing booze (Tequila, hooray!!) to both sides of a center mirror and booze, specialty giant bottles, figurines and growlers below on the other half. 3 bar tables and a half dozen booths about the room. Brewery mirrors mounted on the bar overhang, lined with chili pepper strung lighting, and hanging glassware racks at both ends of the bar. Green wall uppers over slat wood lowers, brewery mirrors between blinded windows, and tap handles displayed above. Low lamps and candles on the bar. TV's in opposite corners, a CD juke, electronic darts, and a corner bar video game. A corner door near the entrance leads you into the dining room holding upwards of 2 dozen tables and booths, and through to a large banquet room beyond that. Off the bar, a doorway to an exterior 3 tiered brick seating deck and another elevated deck below separated where they set up for live music, all this with good views over the Manatawny River out back just yards away.

Perused the food menu some and came up with a cup of chili (topped with cheddar and served with garlic bread), and the sirloin tips sandwich (good, yeah!!, in fact, the food was good all around and a shot of the Cuervo Reserva De La Familia helped nicely. You don't see it out everywhere and it's well worth whatever they're charging for it).

And beer... 17 taps across different points along the bar on towers of 2's and 3's. Nearly half of them micros from Pennsylvania (Stoudts Double Blonde & Mai Bock, Sly Fox Galena IPA, Legacy Hoptimus Prime Double IPA), and beyond (Avery Collaborator, Rogue Imperial Stout, Smuttynose Hanami, Boulder Mojo IPA), the other half a mix of imports (Warsteiner Pils, Franziskaner Hefe, Spaten Optimator, Lindemans Peche & Framboise, Murphys), a cider (Strongbow), and then Yuengling and Coors Light. Apparently, I just missed the Verhaeghe Echte Kriekenbier on tap (what a world, what a world). No cask beer, but infrequent firkins.

And, uh, yeah, 300 or so bottles. At least 1/3 of them American micros, with goodies from Bells, Jolly Pumpkin, Russian River, Lost Abbey, and then 5 dozen plus Belgians, 2 dozen UK, a dozen and a half German, etc. Some hard to find vintage stuff, too (I bought a '93 Courage Russian Impy just because).

Sick selection here, not near anywhere, but well worth the jaunt in the country.

slander, Jul 09, 2007
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4.58/5  rDev +0.2%

This spot is great for the beer connissuer. I attended a beer tasting at this locale and tried several beers (on tap and in bottles) that I probably would not have found anywhere else in the general vicinity. The location is a bit off the beaten path, but that adds to the ambience. Beers I tried here for the first time:

Russian River - Pliny the Younger, Damnation
Collaboration
Allagash - Interlude, Musette
Legacy - Fantasy, Hoptimus Prime
Nugget Nectar in a cask.

The servers behind the bar were very pleasant and very very knowledgable about their selection. The crowd on this specific night were pleasant and very knowledgable as well about beer.

Matteox3, Feb 24, 2007
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4.6/5  rDev +0.7%

It has been said many times but if you are not from around there - you will drive by the road that leads into the woods to their location. So be smarter than I and don't attempt your first run in the dark of night. The key to not missing the turn off West Philly Street onto Toll House is to be looking for a small billboard advertising Pheasantland Roller rink. Once you see it - TURN!

Anyways, the place looks like some Pocono lodge circa1950 - think that place in the crappy movie - Dirty Dancing. So it is very rustic and woodsy. However, it is in great shape and not a bit rundown.

It was a chilly night so I did not make it onto the deck overlooking the "river" (hey my Girlfriend is from Cali and thinks 60 degrees is cold). It didn't matter because fruits of our trek lay inside.

They have a bottle selection that easily rivals Monk's Cafe and surpasses it as far as non-Belgian micros go. They have 8 taps (I think) and only a few stinkers (Coors, Yuengling, and Stella). The rest were a mix of local & national craft brews and one Belgian (Lindemanns). They served their beers in appropriate glassware and temperature.

The menu looked good but the best things are the wings. I grew up in North Hills (near their original location) and these wings have a reputation. I asked the barkeep what was the deal with their flavored wings (I only had hot wings). He recommended this stuff that was like Chinese Sesame Chicken/General Zuo's...but not sickly sweet or like it was a sauce from a bottle.

The staff was a highlight and that is rare for me. They offered their opinions and actually liked drinking craft beers. Bonus:
It turns out the one gal is the wife of the owner (or did she say owner's brother?). Anyways, she kicked butt!!! Thank you Jennifer Daily's younger sister!!! LOL

It was worth the 1 hour drive and I will go again....btw it is very reasonable. Two people drinking and an order of 10 wings and we paid less than $40 (b4 tip).

P.S. - the beer menu is great. Dare I say it is even better than The Beer Bible???

carlosd74, May 31, 2006
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4.64/5  rDev +1.5%

Stopped in here for their Hoppy Easter event. I was expecting to get some Pliny the Younger that day but apparently they couldn't get a keg which sucks. The place is a lot larger than I thought it would be. The pub area is tiny but the dining area is a little large with a nice banquet area in the back. There is plenty of decor on the walls to look at. The selection of beers is very impressive. The service was very good, incredibly friendly people there. I wasn't able to get any food there that day. The only gripe I had about this place was that when we pulled up it was a cash only event. I'm not sure if it's like that all the time or if it was just because of the event they were having. Overall, I would hit this place up again one day in a heartbeat. I really enjoyed it there and would love to experience more of it soon.

Knapp85, May 15, 2012
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Union Jack's Inn on the Manatawny in Boyertown, PA
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