Union Jack's Inn on the Manatawny

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

49 Ratings
Ratings: 49
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: n/a
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

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(Place added by: jakester on 07-14-2005)
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Photo of slander
4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.7/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Heeere's Johnny!

Well Now, here is a really nice surprise.

Stop #2 during a quiet Sunday drive round PA with BA Erica. First off it’s listed as in Boyertown, but it is not actually in Boyertown. You need to take Rte. 73 *from* Boyertown & head West for about 5 miles until you get to Pheasantland (no really it is called that), once through there you turn left onto Tollhouse Road, be careful not to miss it, we did, look for the sign that says Pheasantland Roller Rink and Reppert’s Candy. Once in the back lanes take a left at the stop sign onto Manatawny Road and it’s on your right hand side set down the hill after about a mile.

Remember the driving sequence up the hills to the Overlook Hotel (Oregon’s Timberline Lodge) in The Shining??…..oh I digress, but needless to say we seemed to be in the back of beyond by the time we got here. After a lonely drive we ended up outside a large wooden lodge affair….ooh spooky. My attention was immediately drawn to an Old London Black Cab (Hackney Carriage) sitting to the left of the driveway that leads down to the largish parking lot.

A small deck area fronts Union Jack’s, it was dark when we arrived, it felt like 9pm but it was barely 6pm when we got there, the clocks had just gone back that day so it seemed much later than it really was. Quiet as a Church Mouse inside, we were outnumbered by the staff & the focus of much giggling attention it seemed. Surely we must be lost tourists!?

Nevertheless, once inside the bar, which is a large L-shape affair, lots of wood & the cabin feel are accentuated by the darkened interior. The bar area sits towards & in front of you and dog-legs to your left as you enter, whilst the nicely appointed restaurant area is to the right which is visible through a glass pane from the bar area.

Even though there was no sound on the TV, it wasn’t hard to work out that the Eagles were getting their proverbial arses pasted by the Broncos when we arrived. 30 minutes later an Eagles fan turned up for the “Football Night”, he was alone; needless to say he fought hard to get the volume on the TV raised.

None of this mattered to me, for I was fixated on the great draft beer range. Divine providence had me sit at the bar right in front of Russian River Pliny the Elder…naahhh….YEP! Sure enough, I started with a PtE. Erica chose a Victory Moonglow, which was too sweet & way too Bananery for my liking, and I suspect hers too, yet even though she bravely soldiered through it. Some 15 plus taps with a seriously impressive range of draft brews, lots of choice, style and source and no crap on tap. My second draft brew was a Rogue Saison from the John’s Locker range, weird to say the least but the chance to try it out here at the Outlook Hotel was awesome. Beyond the drafts the coolers behind the bar contains some real serious eye candy. Well over 300 brews to choose from in total, far too many to mention but suffice to say that it ranged from Coast to Coast and North to South as well as overseas. An immensely impressive range of brews that bowled me over, well except for the bottle of Flying Fish crap that I tried, did I really order that (slaps forehead). Nevertheless, I did manage to snaffle a DFH Olde School and Raison D’Extra to take out though.

Service was superb, a little quiet at first but once the beers were ordered the guy behind the bar was incredibly helpful, was his name Jack Torrance? Later on one of the waitresses, Shelly Duvall I think, joined us in the conversation with a few locals. Warm and friendly the attitude was great and very welcome.

The toilets were clean and well appointed, I just followed the directions from the two young twin girls stood next to each other in the hallway saying “Hello Darren, Come and play with us. Come and play with us, Darren" but I hated having to wade through all that gushing blood as the toilet doors opened.

I couldn’t resist food here, not usually a good idea in a quiet bar, but I was hungry by the time we got here. Fear not, I opted for a spicy El Paso Burger whilst Erica opted for a Non-Carnivorous Veggie version called a “Hey Vinnie” whatever that meant. A basket of home-made Fries completed the sides as did the Ketchup and Malt Vinegar. Both the Burgers were superb and demolished in no time, I thoroughly enjoyed mine and Erica was quiet so I am sure she enjoyed hers. The food menu was varied and seemed to offer a lot of home made options. I would eat here again no worries.

The décor is heavy with Englishness and Beer related items which lends a nice atmosphere throughout. I imagine that in the Summer this place is a really cool place to hang out, but in the Winter, the snow covered maze will probably be the only reason to venture outside.

They say that…..
...All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy…..Redrum…..

So what did happen in Room 237?

The Union Jack Torrance-Nicholson’s Inn at the Outlook Hotel is highly recommended.
Well worth the drive up the Colorado Rockies. ;-)

Last Visit: Sunday 30th October, 2005

Photo of John_M
4.28/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

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.

Photo of sholland119
4.15/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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!

Photo of Deuane
4.3/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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!

Photo of jmdrpi
4.38/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.64/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I finally was able to pop into another UJs after practically growing up in UJs Glenside. This place is stunning. A beer lover's dream! It's a little tricky to find this joint but well worth finding. Appearing like a hunting lodge or a bed & breakfast type building out of the blue as you turn the corner, it's a beautiful spacious building. Inside, the bar, booths and band are to the left and a second restaurant type room is to the right where you'll find the little boy's room replete with antique style. Lots of dark wood enhance the beauty of this beer geek heaven. There is also an outdoor deck that is open for beers when it is warmer, and a babbling brook to boot. Free entrance with a reggae band that was really good.

I was most impressed with the knowledge of the bar staff. I ordered a couple esoteric beergeek bottles of Luciérnaga, The Firefly and Middle Ages for $22. They actually asked if I wanted them cold or not. How cool! Also take out was further enhanced by AlphaKlaus, Panil Barque, and the taps are to die for. As good as anywhere with Urthel Hop-it, Vic'ry Storm King and Hop Wallop, Sly Fox, Russian River Pliny the Elder and more! About 20 taps overall. Awesome! UJs pays attention to good local beer and good beer in general. Mad props.

Last call: Could you take your Mother here? Absolutely. An inviting ambiance. Top notch beer and top notch people. Even Stevie Wonder can see that UJs cares about beer. A little off the beaten track, but only by about an hour from other great places like Sly Fox and Vic'ry.

Photo of tgbljb
4.95/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This had to be one of my most enjoyable visits to a beer bar ever.
After my twists, turns, (and one wrong turn), my wife and I arrived at Union Jack's. It has a very impressive from the outside, and the scene was complete with an English Taxi parked in the front. We arrived shortly after noon on a Friday and we were the only patrons. We were offered any table in the place, and selected a corner booth. The waiter came with a menu and asked for our drink selections. When I asked what was on tap, he presented me with a listing that was fabulous. They also have a list of their new bottle arriveals and are in the process of printing up a full listing. I selected a Russian River Benediction for the tap list, and was not disappointed. The lunch menu selection was typical, with some nice wraps and several portabella mushroom selections available, in addition to your standard burgers, chicken dishes, and appetizers. I chose a chicken and portabella wrap, and my wife sselected the Maryland crab soup and the ceasar salad. I also ordered my second beer selection, a Bell's Two hearted Ale on tap. The food was excellent, ane the beers were fresh and delicious. I also purchased theur last bottle of Russian River Temptation. The manager, Tom, was very familiar with the beers being served and it was enjoyable talking to him. Our waiter was also very attentive, and gave us a tour of the outside when we were leaving. Definitely a first rate operation. While talking with Tom I mentioned that I found out the place from BA, and he says he frequently is on line. My wife and I also looked at the dinner menu, and it seemed to have some nice selections at reasonable prices. I hope to return in the near future.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.55/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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!!

Photo of drtth
4.7/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

My wife and I were in the Berks county area for other reasons but decided to find and try out this place for lupper (late lunch/early supper) and are quite pleased we did. It was a beautiful afternoon and so we sat on the upper patio enjoying the gentle breezes and the view of the grounds.

I was very impressed with the list of both draft beer and with the very very extensive list of bottled beer. The pricing seemed very reasonable. I also have the impression that the draft list I saw there matches quite well the list currently on their web site, suggesting that someone keeps the web site pretty current if you want to check that before you go.

In the end I wound up going with one of the evening's specials, which included a burger with lots of timmings and a happy hour pricing on a 16oz serving of a local DIPA on draft. My wife had the chicken fingers (almost always a safe choice for her when trying out the food in a new place).

The service was outstanding (which I'm sure was aided by the fact there were so few customers at the time we were there, but...) and friendly. We were able to chat for a while with the waitress and learn more about Union Jack's layout.

When the food was served it was hot and well prepared. We were both quite happy with the quality of the food and thought the fries that accompanied what we had were excellent.

I'm expecting we'll be going back

Photo of Knapp85
4.64/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of yourefragile
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of ggaughan
4.94/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I just visited Union Jack's the other night with my wife and cousin after hitting a winery on the way up from the Paoli area. A woman at the winery highly recommended UJ's and the wine maker is a huge Belgian beer fan and a fan of UJ's as well. Although we had already planned on visiting UJ's after we left the winery, if we didn't have those plans we would have been convinced by the kind folks at the winery to head there.

Our directions got us a little off track but we eventually got our barings straight and found UJ's without alot of trouble. I was suprised at the overall size of the place although the bar area is somewhat small, it has a very cool vibe to it and the number of quality taps and bottles per square foot was off the charts.

When we arrived there were only a few other customers at the bar but that changed over the 2 hours or so we were there as the bar filled up quickly and so did the restaurant. Unfortunately we didn't stay to eat dinner as we already had plans to go somewhere else for that but I heard their food is also very good.

The bartenders were very friendly and when I sat down at the bar I prompty got a nice glass of RR Pliny the Elder in a nice gobet. Heaven it was. My wife got an equally tasty glass of RR Benediction which I also enjoyed myself later. The bartenders were very friendly and came over to talk when they were not busy and the manager, Tom, also came over and chatted with us for awhile and recognized me from BA based on some of the questions I asked and recent posts I had made on this site. I thought that was pretty cool.

The tap selection was very good including the two RR beers I mentioned, Bell's Two Hearted Ale and a few from Troeg's and Victory to name a few. We sat right at the bar in front of their impressive collection of bottles on the shelf and in a cooler. Some of the newer bottles they had included DFH Fort and Panil and they have a great selection of Belgian's that were too numberous to mention or remember at this time. There was also a very stocked cooler of more domestic bottles that I didn't get a chance to look into that much but it looked very impressive.

One of the bartenders was nice enough to talk to my cousin on the phone and give him directions to get there after he got lost from his mapquest directions. Overall it was just a really cool place, with great staff and great beers on tap and bottle. I will surely make this a regular stop on the weekends. I am already planning my next trip here for some beers and to try their food.

Photo of Phatz
4.83/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

What an absolutely magnificent destination!!! I was at Union Jack's Inn On The Manatawny a week ago but the delay in the review is because I wanted to take the proper time to tell you why you *must* visit this place.

First and foremost, Tom. Tom is the owner / manager of UJ's and he truly is a Beer Advocate in all respects. This is a man who loves great beer, cares about great beer talks beer and serves great beer. The service from Tom and from his staff was *far* beyond my expectations!

Second; UJ's On The Manatawny is gorgeous! It is a site to behold. You will get lost trying to find this remote location in the middle of nowhere, (I did) but that is part of the beauty. When you find it, it'll be worth the effort. The building is located right on the bank of the Manatawny river. I was there while snow covered the patio, the outdoor seating, the banks of the river, the trees and everything else. Still, it was amazing. I love the sound of the water running over the rocks and the ambience it creates. I will be back, with my wife in the spring (despite the hour and a half drive). The building has a lodge appearance with woodwork and Breweriana to tease the eye.

Third; The most important of all. THE BEER! I started to jot down the breweries represented in the cooler (from which he does sell takeout) and I stopped and changed my notes to “most brewery’s available in PA”. And he has some of the best beers from them as well. Trust me on this; you will not be disappointed in the beer quality or selection. Period.
-- oh and by the way the food is good too but the beer is my focus and decent food... just a plus!

No matter where you live you are going to need to travel to find your way to the Union Jack's Inn On The Manatawny. There is no two ways about that. Still, it is a *must* see beer destination in my very humble opinion.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of mgbickel
4.39/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

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...

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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of weeare138
4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I'm not really sure of what to say after this place has been heralded by so many other reviewers. I'll do my best...
Atmosphere - well, if you don't mind drives(speaking to the people that aren't from the Boyertown/Pheasantville area), this is the place to actually drive to as a destination.
Across the street from this establishment, that's set back in the woods, is a roller rink...I thought most of these went the way of the dinosaur by the early 90's but I guess I'm wrong. It's a nice, 2 storied building resembling a back-woods lodge complete with a beautiful outdoor seating venue that even boasts a stage. To me, this is a wonderful place to sit outdoors while the weather is good. Inside the bar area, it's dimly lit with beer memorabilia, and retired tap handles. To the right, is a medium sized dining room with some older booths that are still holding their own.
The quality of the beers, and the food is top notch. Having dined here on several occasions now, it's safe to say that I really enjoy the food. It's not going to blow you away as some fine dining experience would but for tavern food, it's certainly on the top notch.
The service is usually pretty good and they are well informed about the beers. We had one snafu where our server was done and we got a replacement waiter, who remembered us before eventually forgetting about us(though - he did buy me a parting gift to make up for it!) but it wasn't that big of a deal.
The selection...what can be said? Several hundred bottles...mostly winners. Several taps...mostly winners. In fact, I was able to catch all the Port Brewing / Lost Abbey beers the day after the event, which were offered in 2 different flights. Great deal.
I love this place, and my wife loves this place. Heck, even my daughter enjoyed it here.
If for nothing else, try the wings. They are great. My favorite is the Bourbon Molasses.
BTW - cash only establishment. This does help keep the cost of some of the bottles down though. See for yourself.

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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.

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4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I met April & her husband for a few pints on this random Saturday. It is a bit of a hike to get there: over an hour for me from the burbs of Philly. Google maps 422 route was faster (an hour with no traffic) but boring while I took 73 home (slower by ten minutes but a nicer drive).

Neat place. Old rustic hotel with a great deck overlooking a creek (thus it takes a while to get there). The service was good and the manager Tom is a good guy who chatted me up while I waited for April to arrive. Great bottle list (Founders, Belgians, Lost Abbey, RR, etc) plus great beers on tap (Bell's, Arcardia, locals, RR on deck). I had a tasty pulled pork sandwich. Prices were reasonable for the quality of the brew. I will be heading back there for sure.

Cheers.

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4.8/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

What kind of place is this? When I sat at the bar on my first visit, the manager caught my attention and asked if I was GnomeKing on BA--he recognized me from my avatar.

UJ's really makes the effort not just to stock beer from great breweries (which they do), but also to pick the top notch beers from each. For instance, they had World Wide Stout on tap on my visit, which is a rare site. DFH has plenty of wonderful beers, and WWS is perhaps tops among them, although it's rarely on tap anywhere. The effort to have WWS on draft shows the commitment UJ's has to quality. There are lots of beers--so many that you might not see them all unless you make the effort to scan thoroughly behind the bar for every cooler or cabinet. A few examples: Alphaklaus, Southampton (Cuvee), Sly Fox Rare Vos, Stone Double Bastard/Oaked Bastard/Ruination, Oaked Yeti, Storm King...the list went on and on.

The bartenders know their beer and are happy to give honest, informed opinions. They're really friendly--naturally so, not the fake "yes, sir" kind of formality you get in some places, but an unaffected way of treating you like a friend and a geniune appreciation for your business.

Lots of their beers are in big bottles, so bring a friend or your whole crew to share. You can take out single bottles also.

It was after dinner, so I only sampled a little food. The crab soup was as good as what I've had in Maryland, and my toasted ravioli dish was creative and tasty.

This place has little competition out in Blair Witch country, so they could easily just have macros. It's not like a place in the city that has to step up its selection to compete. UJ's dishes out the beer kung fu just because it wants to.

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3.88/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

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4.85/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I finally got a chance to give UJ's on the Manatawny a visit for an early Sunday lunch. Many things have been said about the location because it seems to be in the middle of nowhere. It is actually not hard to find and the spot where it is situated is beautiful. The building is well maintained and the inside was spotless.

The bar was quiet but it was early. Tom, the Manager (Owner?) was friendly, beer savvy, and easy to talk to. The taps were incredible with two Russian River beers, including Pliny the Elder, Nugget Nectar, and Speakeasy Big Daddy with 7 or 8 others. There were only one or two macros, which is strange for the area.

The food was very good. There were three soups on the menu, salads, other appetizers, a bunch of burgers with combinations of toppings, veggie burgers, and some more hearty platters. We had the crab soup, the Italian Wedding soup, and the pulled barbecue pork sandwich, which came with fries and coleslaw. A very hearty repast, even though my wife and I split the sandwich.

The bottle selection is huge. I wouldn't want to make a guess how many bottles were on hand but it had to be more than 150. I selected an assortment of bottles that I can't get in southern NJ and ended up with 11 bottles. Tom threw in an aged bottle of Cantillon Kriek Lambic that I really look forward to trying. I also picked up two more Russian River beers, Temptation and Damnation, the Middle Ages 10th Anniversary Ale, and the Southampton Cuvee des Fleurs. Tom also took $2 off the bottle price for each bottle since I was taking they with me.

This is a destination place that I will definitely be returning to. I have family in Pottstown and Boyertown so the trip for me is not a long one. In fact, it's a pleasant drive.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of erica
4.7/5  rDev +3.3%
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!!!

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Union Jack's Inn on the Manatawny in Boyertown, PA
99 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.