Hereford & Hops Restaurant & Brewpub
Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ffejherb:
4.13/5 rDev +2%
Visited on 11/34/07 during a weekend trip to Pittsburgh with my wife. It turned out that this was the closest place to our hotel in Wexford, so it was a must-stop. I'm glad we checked it out.
The brewpub was really easy to find since it was only a few short miles from our hotel. From the outside, this looked like quite a beautiful place with plenty of parking in the front lot. We entered the building and found it to have a large, spacious interior with seperate pub and restaurant areas. We sat at the bar, which was an extremely comfortable "L" shaped design with about 16 seats. There were also plenty of bar tables placed strategically around the area. The pub featured attractive lighting, hardwood floors, nice woodwork and a spacious floor plan. Very clean and comfortable place.
Our service was outstanding. While we were there at around noon, they weren't really busy in the pub at all. We received beer menus immediately and complimentary samples of about six of their beers. All of the samples looked fantastic and were very lightly carbonated and served at cellar temperature - just like a British pub. Server was extremely friendly and very knowledgeable about all of the house beers and the restaurant.
The selection was quite impressive as well. They had more house brews that I had anticipated - 11 taps in all. The had the following beers on tap during our visit: Dortmunder pilsner, unfiltered wheat, blonde ale, dry stout, schwarzbier, red ale, English mild, IPA and a few others. There was definitely something for everyone. After sampling a few of their offerings, I went with the English mild, which turned out to be pretty solid.
We also got lunch during our visit. I had a chicken breast sandwich with some fresh fruit on the side, which was tasty and reasonable at $6.95.
Overall, we really enjoyed the atmosphere of this brewpub and they beer was all pretty tasty. I'd also like to point out that the staff was really friendly. On a side note, they sell 5L pig-shaped mini-barrels for around $22 plus a $20 deposit. They were really cool looking!
11-30-2007 00:18:59 | More by ffejherb
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4.13/5 rDev +2%
Went to this place Saturday night and was told there would be a 30 minute wait, which is very reasonable on a weekend. Went to the bar, very spacious, lots of open space and seats. Bartender was very knowledgable about the beer and quite friendly. A decent selection of beers very reasonably priced. Their cost for quality custom brews is equivalent to what other places would charge for macro's.
The food was excellent but our waitress was miserable. My lady friend was still eating and she came to try to grab the plate and then got a little disgusted when we said she was not finished. Overall though, I wouldn't hold the miserableness of one waitress against this place.
Good food, quality well-priced beers and a knowledgable bartender!
04-29-2008 18:15:57 | More by IronCitySteve
3.63/5 rDev -10.4%
great atmosphere in the pub area! watched many games in the pub. 5 or 6 50 inch lcd hd tvs. during steeler games they have 2$ drafts when the steelers score a td for 5 minutes. otherwise 16 oz drafts are 3.75. great price!
quality of food and brews are great. ive had everything from burgers, wings, irish egg rolls, salads to prime cut ny strips. the hop rocket, IPA, and blackbird stout are my go to beers.
service is not that great which should be fixed!
great selection and food is great!!
hell i had all my buddies here after my moms wake! quality joint that has to work out the service issues.
04-27-2008 04:17:41 | More by kush6875
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
This place is a mile from my house, and I worked there the first five months it was open. That was about two years ago.
This is a large place with two distinct areas: the three large dining rooms have the feel and the menu of a nice family steakhouse, sometimes right down to the crying babies. The pub area is going for the traditional Irish feel, to the point of being slightly kitschy. No crying babies, but it gets loud in its own right.
The food is of uniformly high quality- a bad meal would be a surprise. The standouts are the steaks, as you might expect. With just about every cut you have the choice to have the kitchen cook it for you, or grill it yourself, standing around a large grill where you can drink your beer and chat with your friends. For groups of guys, this is the way to go. Women seem to like to let the kitchen do it.
The service is great, but we know a lot of people there. My guess is you'll have a great experience even if it's your first time.
The beer is very good. I would say competent but not divinely inspired. The Hop Rocket, the IPA, the ESB and the Blackbird (Oatmeal) Stout are my usuals, and excellent. We've been trying to convince the brewery team of Jim and Jim to flex their muscles and try some creative high-grav or other more adventurous beer styles, but with such a big system and a large place, they've been reluctant. They haven't come out with a new beer in a while, they just cycle through their current ones. They're good, just don't expect a high turnover or anything off-the-wall crazy fantastic. (If you need something NA, the root beer is awesome.)
Lots of TV's in the pub means the place is popular when a game is on. Nice happy hour specials means the place is full of yuppies from the local office parks after work. So this place has a bit of everything for everyone, with enough space to fit them all comfortably. Definitely recommended- anyone should be able to find something they like here.
04-21-2008 14:38:29 | More by MikeFromMarsPA
4.18/5 rDev +3.2%
Being home for the holidays, this place is only about a 20-25 minute drive so I figured I'd go give it a try later on a Wednesday night. We arrived and had a seat at the bar. It was a bit after 10pm on a Wednesday and the place was nearly deserted apart from a few folks seated at the bar. The entire bar and surrounding seating area was Irish Pub themed with dark wood and a dimly lit atmosphere. The service was good, there was one lone young lady working the bar and she seemed friendly and helpful. There were 10 selections on-tap and my girlfriend and I split a sampler of all of them. They were all tasty and of good quality. The trend I noticed in H&H's brews are that they are a bit on the mild side but well balanced and of high quality. I particularly enjoyed the IPA, Barleywine, and the DIS (I can't remember the actual names). I'm usually not a huge fan of DIS but this one was full flavored with a good roasty aroma. We did not eat because the kitchen had closed at 10:00 but I have heard good things about their steaks and appetizers. The 10 beer sampler was only $10 so that was certainly reasonable but the growlers cost $10 to fill. Thats not outrageous by any means but after checking out the website, I was under the impression that it only cost $6 or $7 but was informed that those prices only applied when using their growlers and I had brought two from home and had them filled already. Also I think the deal may only be good on a certain day as well. In any case, all indicators pointed toward a quality establishment. Although I heard the place was experiencing some financial difficulties. Possibly the fact that there was no one in the place was not a coincidence; I'm not sure. But I enjoyed my visit and I'd urge anyone to go check it out and support a quality beer location. Its definitely a fairly upscale place so use this opportunity to take your significant other out for that nice, romantic dinner they've been itching for and experience some good craft brew at the same time. Its Win/Win!
* I revisited this place on a Friday night a couple weeks later and had a great time. The food was very good the beer was of course quality. The service was also exceptional. In fact the gentleman working the bar was more than courteous and very friendly. We were seated in the pub and the crowd seemed to be mixed but generally younger and the overall atmosphere was great. I enjoy this place more and more every time I visit.
12-27-2007 20:17:18 | More by letsgopens
3.95/5 rDev -2.5%
they have a nice daft selection of there own brews. my favorite is the hop rocket. they have a different food special everyday but saturday. highly recommend this place. this place is big enough that it doesnt usually get very crowded. the bar is a nice wood bar with a few big screen tv's. the servers could learn a little more about the beers but there is a brief description guide on all the tables describing the beers. they offer cook your own steak but i havent tried there steaks yet. the octoberfest beer is also very good
12-21-2007 16:18:48 | More by PITTMAN80
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
We dropped our son off at college in Pittsburgh after a weekend visit and headed back to the Cleveland area. Before we left home we had planned a visit to a local Brew Pub Hereford Hops in Cranberry Township, PA, for out return trip. We read the reviews on BeerAdvocate.com before we left home and we were looking forward to sampling some of their wares.
We found the place quite easily right off the highway, on the right hand side, set back from the road, with the Cranberry water tower looming in the background up the hill. Its a very impressive building with a very large parking lot. Upon entering we headed to the bar. It was attractively decorated in the Irish Pub style with ample seating. We took two stools at the corner of the bar and were greeted promptly by the server. It was about 6:30 on a Saturday evening and we had our choice of seats. It wasnt long, though, till the bar area was filled with people waiting to be seated in the dining room.
I ordered the sampler that included 6 of their standard selections plus 4 seasonal offerings. We tested each one as we read from the cards that describe each offering. The Dortmunder, a seasonal, and one of my favorites, was described as having low level malt sweetness, medium hop bitterness and low hop flavor and aroma 4.6.abv. We just returned from Germany a few weeks earlier and this brew reminded me of some of the wonderful beers I had enjoyed in Deutschland.
The sampler included a wide variety of beers including Stouts, an Irish Red, Ales, a Wheat beer, etc. and cost $1.00 per 3 oz. glass, or $10.00 in total. We enjoyed them all with the exception of the White Tail Ale a blonde ale, their best seller. Obviously this is a popular beer for them, but it reminded us of a mass produced domestic beer such as a Budweiser too light for our liking. My favorite was the Cleary Red an Irish Red described as having caramel malt, medium bitterness, light hop flavor, no hop aroma 3.9 abv. Mauras favorite was a real surprise to me, she preferred the Cashel Bay Stout with roasted barley, hops bitterness, no hops flavor or aroma. This stout was real smooth, delicate and would make a nice brew for sipping over the course of an evening.
We ordered an appetizer, the imitation Bloomin Onion and we enjoyed it, although I would have liked more of the dip served along with the onion. We then ordered from the Pub menu, a grilled steak salad, a club sandwich and a Diet Coke. The food was Ok and our check totaled about $41.00 plus tip.
On our way out I stopped and bought one of their souvenir mugs, a substantial piece of glass with their logo in green for $9.00. This will make a nice addition to my collection.
To sum up our experience Id say that the beer was very good, service was excellent, the food adequate and the prices moderate. The atmosphere would be much more to my liking at a less busy time. We went during what is probably their busiest time and the bar area was filled with patrons, including many families with young children waiting to be seated in the dining area. At this time the establishment was more like a very nice restaurant that made their own beer and you could wait for your table in the bar. Rather than a brew pub that had a restaurant.
Overall, it was worth the trip, but next time we'll go at a time when it isn't as busy.
11-10-2007 17:36:41 | More by wterbush
4.33/5 rDev +6.9%
This is the easiest place in the world to find. If traveling on I-79 its the first establishment (other than the Marriot) off of the Cranberry/Mars Exit (route 228). It stands alone and is near Olive Garden and Smokey Bones. The place is huge. Complete with a pub and several separate dining rooms.
We sat in the Pub area which is beautiful. Dimly lit and lots of dark wood and has a pretty authentic Irish Pub feel to it. Posters and pictures of different things around Ireland are everywhere and there is even a small area to eat that resembles a reading nook. The brewing area can be seen through glass windows in the pub section. The dining rooms are really classy but more run of the mill than the pub area. Big grilling area where you can make your own steaks are located in the dining section.
They had 9 of their brews on tap and I was able to try four of them. The ones I tried were the dry stout, schwarzbier, the wheat, and the irish red. All were decent for the style taste-wise and very drinkable. They seemed to have a common theme of being a bit thin but still quite enjoyable. Drafts run from about $4-$5.50.
Our server was excellent. He was friendly and new about the beers the brewpub had to offer. The food was excellent but quite expensive. Great selection of seafood and steaks. Luckily they offer a pub menu with more affordable selections that are still good. The whitetail soup and the crab bisque were amazing.
Overall this is a pretty upscale place with an expensive menu. Food is good and my parents loved it. I will be back again.
09-04-2007 00:58:34 | More by PittBeerGirl
4.15/5 rDev +2.5%
Hereford & Hops is a steakhouse and brewpub. It's fairly upscale, but still comfortable. The decor has a decidedly Irish theme--the bar is offset from the rest of the restaurant and looks very much like an Irish pub.
My co-workers and I were very impressed with the food. Two of us ordered the filet mignon, while another co-worker ordered the prime rib. In each case, the steaks were cooked to spec, and were tender and well-seasoned. Mine came with a baked sweet potato, which was a welcome break from the traditional baked potato or french fries.
The beers were solid. I drank a Hop Rocket and a Schwarzbier. One co-worker ordered a Whitetail Ale, while another had a root beer. I enjoyed the Hop Rocket. It was a pretty standard IPA. I could have stood it to have a more pronounced hop flavor, but I am admittedly a hophead, so others would probably find it strong enough. I also really enjoyed the Schwarzbier. It was smooth, with a roasted malt flavor that didn't overwhelm. I picked up a growler for some friends back home, as well as a growler of the Irish red.
A note about growlers. H & H will fill your growler and it's reasonably cheap--I think I paid $9.95. They also sell their own growlers, the kind with the flip-top lids. These are $17.95 plus $9.95 for the beer. It was a little more than I expected, but I should have asked about the growler price before I ordered it.
Overall, H & H was an enjoyable experience. The food was excellent and deserves high marks. The beer didn't blow me away, but it was all solid and well crafted. I'd give the food an A and the beer a strong B+.
04-09-2007 11:53:21 | More by KevBrews
3.7/5 rDev -8.6%
I frequent this place often, as it is right outside the entrance to the office park I work at. The first thing that grabs you is the smell of the steaks cooking when you approach. We usually hit happy hour, which includes 2 dollar pints and ½ off appetizers. The bar is alienated from the rest of the restaurant, but it is quite roomy. They also provide free chips which are made in house, and very tasty. I usually opt for the Cashel Bay Stout, unless the Blackbird Stout (oatmeal) is available, which unfortunately doesnt seem to be most of the time. They also have description of each beer at the bar on cards which include specific gravity, IBU, ABV, and ABW.
As far as the food goes, I would not recommend the pizza, it isnt very good. Stick to the steaks, appetizes or sandwiches. They have a cook your own steak thing, which is cool if you are into that. Personally, I prefer to let the cooks take care of mine. The steaks are good and the prices arent too bad. Check their website for specials, they have some really good ones. The steak and crabcakes for 9.95 on Wednesdays is an awesome price. You can fill your growler on Thursdays for 6.95, which is less than ½ the usual price. They have 2 kinds of growlers, one is a party pig, which is in the shape of a piggy bank.
The beer is good and happy hour is usually pretty lively. In the summer there is outdoor dining available. The crowd is very laid back, mostly consisting of local office workers, especially during happy hour. Even though it is the only show in town, if you are looking for a brewpub, it is very well executed and worth the trip.
01-28-2007 02:01:52 | More by gixxerman
Hereford & Hops Restaurant & Brewpub in Cranberry Township, PA
91 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.