Brass Rail Beverage
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Reviews by beermanbrian:
4.45/5 rDev -3.7%
First, let me say that my review is probably biased. I live less than a mile from this place and therefore have a vested interest in it staying open and increasing the variety. So please, if you heading down 322 to Hershey stop in and give the place a try.
The owners are great people who love to talk beer. They are really trying to get a large selection of micros but it is a little difficult due to the wholesaling laws and such that you have to deal with in PA. Despite the hassel, they do have a nice selection to choose from. Every Thursday is micro tasting night so stop by to get a sample of something new.
Do check for freshness dates if you can. It seems that maybe their wholesalers are trying to dump some old stuff on them. I've had one or two cases that were past their prime, but if you take the time to check the cases for dates it shouldn't be a problem and i'm sure if you got something that was bad they would take it back.
Weyerbacher, Victory, Stoudts, Troegs, Penn Brewing, Appalachian and Lancaster are amoung the local brews that are represented. From out of state, you can find Dogfish, Stone, Rogue, Harpoon, Brooklyn and Magic Hat to name a few. They also have a nice selection of imports. The selection is ever changing and expanding. For the Palmyra/Hershey area they definately have the best selection without driving across the river to Westy's. Prices are very reasonable.
edit 2/6/06 I just upped the selection from 4.0 to 4.5. They continue to bring in more and more excellent beers. Nice selection of Belgian beers to go with an increasing variety of American craft brews. Keep up the good work guys.
10-10-2005 18:55:05 | More by beermanbrian
More User Reviews:
4.2/5 rDev -9.1%
I was on vacation with my wife heading to Hershey Park and saw a sign for Brass Rail Beverage. We thought we'd check it out and see what beers they have that we can't find at home in the Boston area. The store is a very clean and well organized. They only sell beer by the case, but each brand has a small sign letting you know the price, brewer and a brief description of the beer. The front half of the store is all craft beer with the macro beers in the back. Brass Rail carry's beer from Stone, Dogfish Head, Rouge, some local PA brews (including Victory and Troegs) and regional beers like Bells and Great Lakes.
Other than the cashier, we were the only people in the store. The cashier was very friendly and let us know we can buy singles and growler fills at the deli next door. Prices for the cases we purchased were reasonable. We got some Two Hearted and a Great Lakes mix pack. Things we can't get at home. Each was about about $30-35. Two wheel hand carts are available if you're buying multiple cases.
If you're heading to Hershey and want to bring home some good regional beers definitely check out Brass Rail and the Brass Rail Deli next door for singles.
10-14-2013 18:36:49 | More by WanderingFool
4.3/5 rDev -6.9%
I have been in here a few times now, figured it was time for a review. Upon entering you see all the racks of beer laid out in front of you, with the registers to your right. Vibe is pretty good, as is the service, with a few people around to answer any questions you may have.
Quality has always been pretty good. I have only ever seen one or two out of date cases on the shelves. The selection has always been very good, although not as good as Westy's. They have quite a few exclusives, such as Founders, that nobody else can get. Prices are on-par or slightly above the areas average.
Overall a really solid distributor that I will continue to visit when I am in the area.
02-10-2012 23:57:09 | More by orangesol
4.64/5 rDev +0.4%
Went here after going to the adjacent deli. Incredible selection of case beers.
Many Trappist selections by the six pack and case. Alot of local craft brews as well.
Pricing is fair. The place is kept clean and is very well organized. You can certainly find what you are looking for easily.
Parking is not abundant but you won't be looking for a spot. If you are looking for something smaller than a case, go next door to the Brass Rail Deli. Both are worth it.
No pushy service or obnoxious signs for macro brews in your face when you walk in.
01-04-2012 21:46:16 | More by jneiswender
4.64/5 rDev +0.4%
I have been here several times and the people working there are always friendly and very helpfull. While checking out I was asked if I found everything. There were a couple of cases I was looking for and the person took the time and checked to see if these were cases they could get. I was also told that if I called in when looking for a beer if they don't have it but could get they will do there best to get it in.
They always have a good selection and get some of the harder to find stuff. All of their cases are marked with prices and I haven't had a case that's past its prime. I will be going back again.
09-29-2011 18:07:35 | More by kenatbeerswap
3.86/5 rDev -16.5%
After reading many reviews here I was anxious to visit this place.
A couple of weeks ago we went to hershey's preopening day and stopped in.
Although we didn't stop to buy any cases the distrubutor itself looked clean neat and well stock. They also appeared to have a good soda collection.
Went to the deli for some single and indeed had a nice selection. That being said I would also point out that the beer selection was about what I would expect in the Philly area.
That being said I is also good to know that on our way into Hershey we can stop and get a couple of good sixes.
A good place to keep in mind or add to the fine list of beer places between Reading and Harrisburg.
05-15-2011 14:42:18 | More by micromaniac129
5/5 rDev +8.2%
Took a trip to Hershey with my wife and daughter and was looking for a place to score some good stuff.. thank you fellow BA'ers for telling me about this place!! what a gem this was for me!!
The guy Cisco and his wife who run these places are awesome! I grabbed a case of fresh bells two hearted here but was really amazed with the selection.. i'm gonna do a separate review of the deli but want to give these guys a big thumbs up!! Great selection and service... so happy i made the trip... read my review of the deli and you will see why!!!
07-20-2010 22:46:01 | More by Tomdee74
4.65/5 rDev +0.6%
This is my first official review. I was in Hershey for a DMB show and was hoping to score some hard to find beers. Actually, the place to go for variety is next door at the Brass Rail Deli owned by the same person. Cisco, the owner, sells to himself so that you the consumer can try different beers. A mix six of any size bottles gets you 25% off. The selection was excellent and from my understanding, always changing. Cisco was a big help asking me if i was looking for anything in particular. he even went so far as to tell me to email him next time to see if he could hold a particular beer for me.
The food in the deli was quite tasty and made to order with quality ingredients. My only complaint is that the sandwiches could be a little bigger.
I will definitely return to the deli and beverage store.
07-11-2010 00:34:49 | More by shrek806
Brass Rail Beverage in Campbelltown, PA
99 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.