Market Cross Pub & Brewery
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Reviews by ffejherb:
4.38/5 rDev +8.7%
I decided to check out Market Cross Pub based on the recommendation of a co-worker, so after our tour of the Troegs Brewery, we made our way down to Carlisle for lunch and brews at Market Cross Pub.
We arrived in Carlisle and were able to find a parking spot right out in front of the pub. It was between lunch and dinner, so it wasnt very crowded. Upon entering, I noticed a warm and inviting English pub atmosphere, with a fairly large bar directly to the right of the entrance. Also to the right were three coolers, each with five shelves, stocked with nothing but microbrews and imports. There were booths to the left situated on an elevated floor, and many more tables toward the back of the establishment. We decided to set up camp at the bar, and were quickly greeted by a friendly male bartender. He was very talkative and I soon found that he had only been at Market Cross Pub for about two weeks, having recently left Chilis (the chain restaurant). He mentioned he liked to hang out at Market Cross all the time, and he loved the place, so that was a good sign. We were promptly given food and beer menus, and after a short peruse, we ordered. The pub offered the following house brews on tap: Pub Porter, Olde Yeller IPA, Excalibur Stout and Red Ale. They also had Naked Porter on cask. In addition to their house brews, they also had the following guest brews on tap: Bass, Stella, Harp, Guinness, Yuengling, Boddingtons, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, Magic Hat Circus Boy, Framboise, Sam Adams Winter Lager, Leffe Blonde and Woodchuck.
I opted for a 10oz. IPA, which was served in a mini pint glass at the proper temperature. It tasted quite like Lancasters Hop Hog not too heavy on the hops but a nice offering nonetheless. While my wife and our friend played some trivia games at the end of the bar, I took some notes on their bottle selection. All of the PA micros were represented, including ABC, Lancaster, Legacy, Pocono, Weyerbacher, Troegs, Stoudts and Victory. Other micros I noticed were Blue Point, Dogfish Head, Harpoon, Stone, Rogue, Red Hook and others. Finally, they had a very good import selection, including Sam Smiths, Fullers, and a ton of Belgians. I mentioned to the waiter that I was surprised the pub didnt offer ANY macros (especially since Carlisle is a college town), and he informed me that all of the macro bottles are kept hidden in a cooler below the bar. He even went as far to tell me that Coors Lite rings up as Piss Water on their bar receipts (not the customers though). Nice!
After conversing with the bartender for a bit, our food was served. All three of us ordered Cottage Pie (basically Shepherds Pie but with ground beef instead of lamb). At only $6.95, the portion was just right and it tasted awesome! For my next drink, I went with the Pub Porter (10oz. again) and loved it. It had quite a robust, malty flavor with a delicious raspberry finish. It was quite possibly the best porter Ive ever had. After lunch, I decided to try a bottle of something Id never had before, so I opted for a Stone IPA. Ive read quite a lot of positive reviews about Stones IPA, so I decided to give it a shot. I poured it into a 10oz. Pint glass. It had a light orange/copper color with a nice hop aroma. The head dissipated rather quickly, and the finish was only mildly bitter. Not my favorite IPA, but still very good.
All in all, we had a fantastic experience, and I look forward to returning soon. The only negative thing I can say about our visit is that they would not let me fill up my Selins Grove growler, but they did sell plastic milk jugs with their house brews for $11. Im not sure why they wouldnt let me fill the growler and just pay the $11. Oh well. Also, our friend got a jug of the Pub Porter, and the waitress who got it for her actually tapped it into a pitcher, THEN poured it into the plastic jug. By the time she got it home, it was flat. Other than that, it was a great experience and I will definitely be back soon!
11-20-2006 21:13:01 | More by ffejherb
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