The Speckled Hen
Taps: 8 / Bottles: 25
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 3
4.13/5 rDev +5.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
From the Speckled Hen website: "Our pub has an ever-changing selection of eight beers on tap including micro brews, imports and other finely crafted beers and ales."
I don't recall seeing any BMC here, which automatically tells me a lot about the type of pub they are trying to be. It was all regional craft beer and imports. Next time I will have to take better note of the brands they actually had so I can improve this review!
The building is the oldest building in Reading and is a unique log cabin style with a fireplace and overall cosy atmosphere. As your basically in the middle of the city, it sticks out like a sore thumb, but in a good way of course. I absolutely love coming here on a cold winter day and enjoying a good craft brew near the fireplace. Ahhh...
They have a pretty active live music program, including a decent open mic night and different showcases of local/regional musicians. The genres seem to lean towards folk, acoustic, americana, & blues and a fair share of jam band type stuff. I could be wrong, but this is the impression I got after the few times I've checked out live music here.
I wouldn't say the prices are not cheap, but they're not expensive either. It's reasonable for good beer. The menu looks awesome, and I've heard good things about the food, but unfortunately I've always been here later in the evening after I already ate dinner.. next time.
All and all. Great selection of beer. Very unique building and atmosphere! Check it out!
12-02-2010 10:38:39 | More by mandolinhomebrew
3.83/5 rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I was introduced to this establishment in just the past year. I went once for a quickie on the way to another venue. I enjoyed my beer and their selection I have gone out of my way to go back.
I really thought the atmosphere was unique, and very quaint. It is a small, log cabin in the middle of a bigger city environment. Inside is dark but comfortable.
The bartender has been the same young woman each time I have gone. She seems knowledgeable about the beer and is willing to give a nice sample to taste.
They tap selection has been different each time I have gone. They always seem to have a basic like Yuengling but then it gets interesting. This last time I had, Weyerbacher Double Simcoe, Maredsous 10, and Lagunitas Brown Sugga. I know they also had Old Speckled Hen and a few others. I never even looked into their possible bottle selection (not sure if they have one).
I did not stay long enough to have food, but the menu looks good and if you check out their web site they have some happy hours and specials.
I will be sure to stop back in everytime I am in or going anywhere near the area.
08-08-2008 12:48:33 | More by Chele1097
3.78/5 rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
My girlfriend heard good things about this place so we decided to check it out. The Hen is housed in an ancient looking building dating from I believe the 1700s. The interior has exposed timber on the walls and ceiling. There are also two fireplaces (one fake). These features combine to give this place a very cozy atmosphere. The tap selection was pretty good, Bells Two Hearted, Victory Hop Wallop, Youngs Double Chocolate Stout, and perhaps four or five others (no BMC!). The food was a bit of a mixed bag. The salad consisted mostly of yellow iceberg lettuce and the bread was dense and flavorless. On the plus side, I had the pork special encrusted with pomegranites and served over applesauce which was fantastic. My girlfriends crab cake was very good as well. One final note, I couldn't tell if this place was smoke free or not. If they do, the smell was not obnoxious.
02-10-2008 15:57:52 | More by DIM
The Speckled Hen in Reading, PA
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.