McKenzie Brew House
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3.4/5 rDev -7.4%
Went to McKenzie's with my family on Saturday. I enjoyed the beer, and the atmosphere at this brew house.
The location in Malvern is new, very clean, and the employees we met were friendly. I have not tried their other locations. The beer selection was very good. I had their local Porter, and really enjoyed it.
The food was tasty feel-good style, typical of pubs, which is what we wanted.
I will definitely eat & drink at McKenzie's again when I am in the area.
09-25-2013 22:53:30 | More by JJKBeerLvr
3.88/5 rDev +5.7%
Stopped in last night (been here a few times before too)
It was happy hour! Ordered the Spinach and Artichoke dip. For Happy Hour it was $5, awesome deal. It came seved in a large, banana shaped dish, with plenty of chips for dipping. This was a really good SnA dip. Dip not come off as a frozen dish, as it had nice artichoke chunks and a nice golden, melted layer of cheese on top. Tried the seasonal, La Soeur Mechant. I enjoyed this refreshing, funky beer. http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1872/76511
The bartender was attentive and good. I wasn't there long, and didn't order much. It would've been hard to mess up.
I didn't browse to food menu much, but the beer selection is impressive. I think it can be hard for a smaller, lesser know brewpub to offer almost strictly their own offerings, but they do it, and pull it off well.
I'll definately go back. Some of the beers they are outting out are pretty impressive. Given some time and more bottling, they would be embraced by the beer loving community.
01-26-2012 12:35:09 | More by DaveHack
4.08/5 rDev +11.2%
stopped in here after a few people recommended i should; went here for lunch on a day off. bar area is huge. lots of tables, booths - plenty of seating. even a small stage area for live entertainment. the overall feel (since it looks recently renovated) is a bit sterile and bland for my liking... really my only complaint.
had a grilled chicken sandwich.... it was great. fries were top notch, too. sandwich was ~$10. i got the sampler, which was very reasonably priced. all the regulars + 4 seasonals for $10. the regulars were OK... pale ale, english brown, oatmeal stout/porter, wit, and the saison vatour (the one they're known for). i was disappointed because there was a filtration problem... the beer poured a light tan and completely opaque, my vision obscured by yeast sediment. unlucky. the seasonals were great. an IPA that was good, but wouldn't hold it's own against many of his bigger brothers, but there was a dubbel that was delicious. and my 2 favorites were a couple of sours. aged in wine and brandy barrels to boot (if i remember correctly). i would look forward to more sour/wild offerings if they choose to go in that direction.
i would come here more if it didn't take me a half hour to get there!
12-29-2011 16:16:37 | More by pvequalsnrt
3.55/5 rDev -3.3%
This is a pretty nice place with a good selection of microbrews. There's nothing tremendous going on here, but it's one of the few microbreweries in the area, somewhere between Sly Fox, Victory, and Iron Hill, and lesser known than all of those named.
Sort of a sports bar / pseudo-hipster joint / business lunch atmosphere. Fairly big bar with plenty of tables. Service was fine; maybe a little slow at times, but the bartenders are typically friendly and attentive. Beer selections are pretty run of the mill, but there are still some interesting choices to be seen, as well as some rotating seasonals. Food has always been very good and reasonably priced, though the entries can get into some coin. Tasty desserts.
I do like to go to this place once in a while, but I wouldn't exactly call it a beer connoisseur's paradise.
05-17-2011 20:46:11 | More by Rifugium
3.56/5 rDev -3%
After coming from the drafting room and then Victory Brewing, I noticed a DUI checkpoint up ahead so I made a quick right into a parking lot. Phew, hey, where are we? Oh, it's mckenzie's brew house, I've been meaning to come here, just not from avoiding the cops, LOL.
The atmosphere is pleasant but a bit loud from all the TV's surrounding the bar area. Im sure the dining area is a bit more subdued. A big large space and bar with a weird lighting arriaingment above. Outside was beautiful, I would love to drink here all day. I don't remember too much but I know I liked the outside.
Service was good, although I think the bartender is a bit shy as it took a while for him to warm up.
They brew beer here so Im guessing it's fresh, I had a saison (what mcKenzie is known for) it was really good. For a seasoned beer drinker like me though, the offerings are a bit pedestrian and I would get bored here quickly. They have hard alcohol and I guess wine too. They need to throw some brett into one of their saison's in the future.
Did not try the food. I'll come back here when Im not on the run from the cops, now I just need to find a different route home, DOH.
09-04-2010 20:15:42 | More by BARFLYB
2.53/5 rDev -31.1%
Went to this place after 10pm, after watching The Dark Knight. The restaurant took a cue from the movie, as the non-smoking section was so dark I could hardly see the wife and in-laws, with whom I went.
Selection was pretty good, standard fare for a brewhouse, and more complex than bar food. I ordered a specialty 12" pizza, moderately priced at $10, if I remember correctly. I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was.
The atmosphere was average; non-smoking was deserted since it was after 10. The bar looked spacious and sounded casual and friendly, not nearly crowded for a Saturday night, from what I could see; the wife and family detest cigarette smoke and are still not inclined to visit a bar of a restaurant even if there is no smoke.
I worked in a restaurant for 6 years, hence I have high standards and expectations for service. I know when waitstaff needs to hustle and when they're shooting the breeze in the back. There was no hustling (despite us being the only people in the joint) and there was no hospitality. Service was bad.
I have already reviewed the beer: McKenzie's Black Lab Stout. Beer selection was not very good; there were only a few brews on tap that I could find. The darkness may have caused me to miss something, but I doubt it.
Overall, despite the underwhelming beer I had and the eerie feeling of being in a large, dark dining room by ourselves, especially after having seen such a dark and dour movie, I would attend this place again just to try another pizza and give the beer another shot. I would probably go to the bar though.
07-29-2008 20:09:28 | More by ljbrisson
McKenzie Brew House in Malvern, PA
86 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.