Brass Rail Beverage
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Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 31
Reviews by ffejherb:
4.3/5 rDev -7.3%
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped in Brass Rail Beverage to have a look around when I was on my way to Hershey via Rt. 322. It's quite spacious on the inside and there seemed to be plenty of parking outside. They also have a marquee outside displaying several of their case specials for the week. I also like the fact that they have a walk-in cooler area where you can go in and select your own cold beer, rather than asking what they have cold. The staff was friendly and greeted me upon my entrance. They also asked if they could help in any way. Immediately upon entering, I noticed all their microbrews on the left side of the front of the store. The area was a bit smaller than I had anticipated, but they still had a good selection, including all of the PA breweries (Troegs, Stoudt's, ABC, Weyerbacher, Lancaster, etc.) as well as a fairly good selection of other US names (Rogue, Smuttynose, Bell, DFH, Stone, etc.). Most of the macros were in the back aisles, as well as most of the imports. Their prices seemed a bit lower than other distributors I've been in around Central PA. Not much cheaper, though; maybe $1 or $2 less than standard. I picked up a variety case of Yards for $27.99, which included their Pale Ale, IPA, ESB and Saison. The bottles had some dust and cobwebs when I opened it. Not sure how long it was sitting, but it wasn't listed at a "special" price. I will definitely stop in fron time to time when I'm in the area.
EDIT 12/9/06 - I am upgrading the "service" score to a perfect 5, due to the fact that I received correspondence from the owner about a day after I posted my initial review. He was concerned about the dust and cobwebs on my bottles and offered a full refund if I wasn't completely satisfied. I found this to be excellent customer service, and applaud Brass Rail Beverage for going above and beyond my expectations. Please also note that I wasn't really upset about the dust; I was just noting to be as specific as possible. Thanks again!
12-07-2006 19:58:05 | More by ffejherb
More User Reviews:
4.2/5 rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$
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 -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I have been in here a few times now, figured it was time for a review. Upon entering you see all the racks of beer laid out in front of you, with the registers to your right. Vibe is pretty good, as is the service, with a few people around to answer any questions you may have.
Quality has always been pretty good. I have only ever seen one or two out of date cases on the shelves. The selection has always been very good, although not as good as Westy's. They have quite a few exclusives, such as Founders, that nobody else can get. Prices are on-par or slightly above the areas average.
Overall a really solid distributor that I will continue to visit when I am in the area.
02-10-2012 23:57:09 | More by orangesol
4.64/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
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%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I have been here several times and the people working there are always friendly and very helpfull. While checking out I was asked if I found everything. There were a couple of cases I was looking for and the person took the time and checked to see if these were cases they could get. I was also told that if I called in when looking for a beer if they don't have it but could get they will do there best to get it in.
They always have a good selection and get some of the harder to find stuff. All of their cases are marked with prices and I haven't had a case that's past its prime. I will be going back again.
09-29-2011 18:07:35 | More by kenatbeerswap
3.86/5 rDev -16.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $
After reading many reviews here I was anxious to visit this place.
A couple of weeks ago we went to hershey's preopening day and stopped in.
Although we didn't stop to buy any cases the distrubutor itself looked clean neat and well stock. They also appeared to have a good soda collection.
Went to the deli for some single and indeed had a nice selection. That being said I would also point out that the beer selection was about what I would expect in the Philly area.
That being said I is also good to know that on our way into Hershey we can stop and get a couple of good sixes.
A good place to keep in mind or add to the fine list of beer places between Reading and Harrisburg.
05-15-2011 14:42:18 | More by micromaniac129
5/5 rDev +7.8%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
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 +0.2%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is my first official review. I was in Hershey for a DMB show and was hoping to score some hard to find beers. Actually, the place to go for variety is next door at the Brass Rail Deli owned by the same person. Cisco, the owner, sells to himself so that you the consumer can try different beers. A mix six of any size bottles gets you 25% off. The selection was excellent and from my understanding, always changing. Cisco was a big help asking me if i was looking for anything in particular. he even went so far as to tell me to email him next time to see if he could hold a particular beer for me.
The food in the deli was quite tasty and made to order with quality ingredients. My only complaint is that the sandwiches could be a little bigger.
I will definitely return to the deli and beverage store.
07-11-2010 00:34:49 | More by shrek806
4.85/5 rDev +4.5%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Cisco knows his stuff and is willing to help you make a good decision on purchasing your brew. Prices are a bit over the top at the deli (I've never been to the distributor), but it does not keep me coming back every week. 25% off six singles or more helps take some of the sting out.
Six taps are always pouring different and tasty stuff. Prices from the tap are usually a bit high for the area, but you do not go to the Brass Rail for bargains, you go to get stuff you cannot get anywhere else within hundreds of miles.
Never tried the food either, but always a pleasure to go to. Just wish it was opened Sundays/later than 9pm.
03-13-2010 23:12:48 | More by jab5161
5/5 rDev +7.8%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Anyone located in Central PA and LOVES good beer knows about Cisco's distributor... now adjacent Deli. He keeps top quality beers on tap to sample, enjoy or take home in a growler. Plus his "mix six" with 25% off is unheard of around here.
Sit, relax, discuss, and enjoy the highly ranked beers on BA. Quality delicatessens and wings to enjoy with your high quality beer. He even has back issues of BA.com to read.
I suggest the Brass Rail to everyone I talk to that appreciates quality beer.
12-04-2009 03:07:58 | More by nismo80
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