Taps: 20 / Bottles: 70
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 27 | Show All Ratings:
4.33/5 rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
On a rec from he who Bakes and she who knows, too. Heard about, known about, and have wanted to see but so seldom ever never out this way. Up in the ‘burbs I have to work for a bit. Easy navigation from points to & from points elsewhere, having gotten out early this Saturday, for Philly play...
It’s one of them old inn at an intersection type places. I wonder if they house here, as I’m on the ground floor of something with more than another floor. Enter from the back and find the bar to the far; a backwards ‘J’ with a marbled laminate top, wood lip, panel base, & foot box; seating for 18 on leather topped stools. The first thing that jumped out at me was the black plastic ashtrays every 3 feet along the bar. Oh, I see, they’re not ornamental; no. Well liquor and cooler space bordering three sides around. Bar island piece in the middle there, and stacked glassware and a Jager machine on a cooler housing bottled selections below. Upright racks behind the bar with non pint glassware stacked or dangling, and a rear corner kitchen space where the magic happens.
Reddish square tile floorings, wood slat ceiling and plank overhang tracing Brick walls and some stucco towards the front side. They’ve got, well, they must be fans but they look like roulette wheels out over the floor; haven’t seen that one before. Ping pong ball lamps running the bar overhang, and house growlers a-danglin’ from the top side. Flats above the bar and on every wall everywherewhichway; exciting golf on most of them today. Light brewery tins, pub signs, and an old town map of somewhere called ‘Middletown’ (I think we may be in it). Shwag showcase inlayed below the largest flat, and draft & bottle boards to each side. Juke box over there (me, pointing).
A dozen or so tables about; 2 seat rectangular hightops & shorty low boys for the push together, and bar counter space on the far wall with countered gaming there. Plus the small front side step down room with nearly a ½ dozen tables. And I can see a far side room through the across the bar on the other side, done up with some brewery tins, 2 pool tables, Phil’s golf game, & electronic darts.
20 taps spread across a stainless steel barbell tower of 10, a pair of upright cylinder towers of 4 each, a solo Lindemans handle, and a hand pump. Mix & match PA play (Weyerbacher Heresy, Victory Summer Love, Yuengling Bock & Lager), craft regional (Ommegang Aphrodite, Allagash White), and elsewhereables (Founders All Day IPA & Rubaeus, Leininkugel’s Summer Shandy, Avery White Rascal, Russian River Damnation, Bruery Bois, Firestone Walker Union Jack & Double Jack, Stone Ruination), a few imports (Lindemans Framboise, Guinness), macro wahs (Coors Light, Miller Lite), and a single hand pump (Yards IPA). I drank the Firestone Walker Union Jack due to its inherent goodness & the ‘when in Philly’ cask Yards IPA.
Beer menu lists tap date, brewer, beer, style, ABV, origin, serving size, & price, including that for pitcher & growler fills. And 4 dozen good bottles (Oh, hello Deschutes, Great Lakes, Port, Russian River, Brewer’s Art…), and 2 dozen+ macros, meh imports, maltos, & N/A, which they refer to as ‘everything else’.
Let us not pretend food won’t fix my head; you know it, and I know it. I went with the blackened chicken wrap (cheddar, lettuce, tomato, but hold the ranch, please). It showed up (like) instantly, actually, even before I thought of ordering it; it was that quick. It was warm fresh off the grill and you could tell they made that shit with love, yo. Killler wrap, it had some nice heat but it wasn’t over the top. And thank you pickle spear and chips of crunchy, accompaniment.
The clientele is a mix of old Saturday guys and inked pierced tough guys, or a blend of. It’s good crowd; they’re talking beer. The Bruery Bois came up, I expressed interest and was poured a shorty glass. It’s a 15% beast of a barrel aged old ale. Good grief! A wrap and 2 beers for $17, oh yeah. Hell, my 2 pints ran less than $10. Just like NYC pricing. In the 90’s. Good food & drink. Someone knows what they’re doing here. Like!
01-10-2014 04:40:37 | More by slander
4.75/5 rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I am a smoker so the fact that I can smoke at the bar is a plus for me.
I have been to this place more times than I can remember over the last 10+ years. There's only been a handful of bartenders over the years and they are all very pleasant and knowledgeable. A couple of them are even home brewers with above average of knowledge of craft beers.
I find that Monday nights are sometimes the best nights with their specials on craft beers. Weekends are usually the mix of patrons but don't let that stop you.
I feel their food is above average for a bar. The wings and cheesesteaks are some of the best in the Philly area.
The beer selection at The Hulmeville Inn cannot be summed up in one visit. The taps rotate constantly. If the owner happens to be around, he is usually talking to a patron as if they were a close friend. He loves to talk beer and is always open to suggestions for beer to put on tap. There's almost always some brewery or special beer event planned.
The owner hosts a monthly meeting of the local home brew club as well.
If you don't like the smoke, go for lunch when it's not as crowded.
08-21-2012 13:54:09 | More by BulletToothJake
4.4/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is a great beer bar in a city known for great beer bars so the stakes are high. They have 20 taps that can range from Moylaner IIPA to Russian River Pliney the Elder and Younger. The day I was there they had a great selection of beers from New Holland to Russian River to Yards and Weyerbacher etc. Great selection on the juke box and they had the Phillies game on the large screen TV. They have a great outside patio but it wasn't open yet they have 40+ micro brewer in cans out there so if it's the summer give it a try they also have a separate food menu for the patio. The food is decent bar food the wings are good the Firehouse burger is one of the best I've had. Overall a solid bar the only negative is it's a smoking bar.
04-08-2012 23:20:35 | More by shueyy
4.21/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped by here for beers in between in laws. 20 beers on tap, some bmc but most were offerings from victory, voodoo, Troegs, etc. Also had old crustian, and a handle from ballast point.
Beer was served in clean and appropriate glassware. Food smelled good, but we did not eat. Food was average pub offerings.
Service was pretty quick and efficient despite on one bar tender for a full bar.
Atmosphere was a mix of hipster and local low lows. I thought it was fun.
Prices were fair, growlers to go. What more to ask?
12-31-2011 21:12:15 | More by UDbeernut
4.53/5 rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Good beer selection, whether you are looking for draught or bottle. They have a beer menu available which tells you when the keg was tapped, the name/type and place of origin, alcohol %, and price. The menu is also updated constantly with new arrivals. Food is pretty decent for bar food, especially their sandwich selection. The building has an old colonial look to it, and probably is from that time. I've been there many times and never experienced any "rift raft" causing problems. Definitely a place to check out.
12-17-2011 21:32:21 | More by olblueyes1915
4.03/5 rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
This place has 21 taps and a cask selection. Always solid choices the bartenders that i encountered were very friendly and seemed to know about the beers that they had. The food menu is basic bar food but not bad i had a Boardwalk Cheesesteak and Old Bay fries and i had no complaints about it. In the back i noticed a pool table. I think they now have an outdoor seating area. This is an old building it looks really cool from the outside. The place is clean also. When ever im up in that area i always make it a point of stopping in. they fill Growlers too. I never been there at night alway around the lunch hour. It seems to have many locals at the bar drinking the Bud and Coors. But they are also friendly. The only complaint about the place is they allow smoking which im fine with just as long as i don't sit right next to a smoker.
P.S i have nothing against the mass beer consumers.
12-15-2011 22:49:20 | More by mingo1968
4.4/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The Hulmeville is my favorite bar in Bucks County. They have about 20 taps, with 15-18 devoted to craft beer. Selection is unbeatable-I've had Russian River(Pliny+), Hill Farmstead, Ballast Point, Cigar City, Deschutes- the list is endless. When you're seated at the bar you're given a full Beer Menu for draft and bottles with descriptions/ABV/glassware for each beer.Prices are pretty consistent at $4.75/pint- can range about a $1 depending on the beer. Mondays are $1.25 off all craft beers.They also do growler fills of almost everything. I've eaten a few times, only tried burger & fry type stuff but food is solid and reasonably priced. Service has always been great. They also have a website that is updated daily with their current tap list, as well as an email list & Twitter account for daily updates. Can't recommend this place enough. One drawback is there is very little parking- often have to park on street or about a block away. Not a big deal but just a heads up.
EDIT: Wanted to update to reflect that as of Oct 2013, the Hulmeville is now smoke-free.
09-25-2011 12:37:23 | More by NJR19056
4.15/5 rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This place is around the corner from me and is probably the best local bar in my opinion. The selection is good with many oddities available. They have special tappings and events regularly. They also recently opened back up the outdoor area and let me tell you this is probably the best part about it. On a nice day it is a great place to spend a meal or afternoon. Fountains, a grill, umbrellas, etc. The food is fairly good the one time I had it. The beer is fairly well priced especially for the area. I'd say the one downfall is the atmosphere inside. It does have the typical things that are associated with a local bar in this area. Smoking, (gasp) normal beer drinkers, etc. It doesn't bother me but I know it could bother others. The service everytime has been good and friendly, from the little conversations I've had about beer they seem to know what they're talking about. Overall I'd like to go here more often and I think it's worth checking out if your just looking for a place in the are where you know you can get different beers.
07-19-2011 20:21:34 | More by whrice
3.81/5 rDev -10.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
So I heard about this place from a friend. I got word that they had a good selection of beers and some harder to find choices as well. I looked online and was surprised and interested by the selection. Hulmeville is sort of off the beaten path if you ask me but was worth the trip. A nice selection on-tap and bottle as well for a place outside Philly. Good prices as well. They carried a good amount of local stuff and the bartender seemed friendly. I dont have much to say about the service as we only had a few minor interactions ordering. I wasn't fond of the vibe of this place. It was layed out strange there which is ok but it was FILLED with cigarette smoke. Maybe I'm spoiled living in NJ and hanging in Philly often but to me this part sucked. It seemed like the crowd there werent fans or drinkers of the craft/foreign beers there either(especially seeing a couple pieces of Coors Light clothing). I feel that this place is worth the trip but the location, vib and smoke knocked this one down a couple notches for me.
03-16-2011 02:08:11 | More by BeerForMuscle
4.58/5 rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $
Great looking bar and I love the beer bottle xmas tree. Enough TV's Nice wood accents. The only drawback is the smoking.
Always friendly service and attentive.
The food is good. But it is basic pub food. Burgers, BLT, Chili, Soup.
The draft beer selection is the best north of Center City. I have had Russian River, Weyebacher 15, Dogfish Head Bitches Brew, Olde School, and Worldwide Stout, etc. Jeff always tries to get the unusual.
Some bottles can be expensive but they are expensive outside the bar.
01-16-2011 02:44:43 | More by shamrock1343
Hulmeville Inn in Hulmeville, PA
94 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.