Taps: 20 / Bottles: 70
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
4.33/5 rDev +0.5%
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
4.05/5 rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
Old building located at a busy intersection. Very limited parking on premises, and some street parking is also available. The bar area is very old looking with plenty of wood. There is an open kitchen behind the bar which is shaped like a J and sports about 20 stools. Some other table are in the bar area. There were also about 10 very small TVs around the smallish room.
Two boards have draft and bottle listings for easy review. There were 17 taps and about 20+ bottles. Beers ranged from two Sly Fox beers, Founders Dirty Bastard, Anchor Xmas, Walt Wit, Sam Cherry Wheat, Home for the Holidays, Corsendonk Xmas beer, and Russian River Damnation. There is also the standard Yuengling, Miller Lite, Guiness, and Stella Artois.
The food was real low down pub grub. The brisket sandwich was very good, and people were raving about the homemade chili.
Surprising they serve so many good beers since most of the crowd was drinking Bud bottles or Yuengling. This place is a hidden gem.
01-31-2009 20:57:15 | More by Gavage
4.22/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Hulmeville Inn is a bit of a drive for me, but I had to check this place out. Located somewhere in Bucks county, I don't know. I came on a friday night and the parking was not terrible. This place has a nice country like vibe to it from outside which is nice and a change of pace. I think this place actually has rooms for rent.
From inside, this looks like a BMC bar and the patrons seemed to be drinking mostly that swill. Im cool with it, whatever pays the bills. There is a nice craft vibe here though with all the usual signs, tap handle collection, and a chalkboard type list up on the wall. Seperate rooms from the main bar/room held dining tables and a seperate pool table room
The service was good from what I can tell. As soon as the bartender realized I was not here for the swill, he promptly handed my a draft and bottle list, thanks, one less thing I have to ask for. I did not see any waitresses or the like for table service and this was a friday night, so I don't know about that. The bartender was prompt both times I went up.
Selection was pretty extensive for a bar that is just getting into the craft game. Nothing really OMG from the bottle list, just a few selections from various countries and styles. Great prices on these bottles and the drafts by the way. While I was there I got a Stateside Saison, Bear Republic Apex and a Coronado Idiot IPA off the handpump.
I did not have much food, just some fries, but I could not find a menu, so I don't know what they offer. I'll have to grab a bite here sometime. The bathrooms could use some work, I don't like all that graffiti on the walls. One other small complaint. They have a TV that shows what currently is tapped and it said Flying Fish Exit 16, so I tried to order one, and he said don't pay attention to what the TV said, and to focus on the "chalkboard". Fair enough, but please try to update your list, I got excited there for a second. My friend also ordered a Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree as it said in the menu, and it was the single version, which is great, but it was not what he expected. These are just minor faults from a establishment that I'll be coming back to quickly.
Edit- I LOVE this place, keep up the great work, Jeff. I've been here over 50 times since i started coming only about 6 months ago.
11-07-2010 17:39:56 | More by BARFLYB
4.43/5 rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
I found this place in philly beer week.org for the Weyebacher night.I knew about it but never went in. Parking is a little tight we had to park by another building that was closed. You first walk in and it seems a very tight fit. Decent size bar area.A little crowded when we went I guess do to beer - week and the weekend. (Then all of a sudden some big guy stumbles grabs hold of a chair the chair goes down then he stumbles some more trying to regain balance then boom falls flat on his ass). Small room when you walk in to your right with pool table's. If you walk straight there is a dining area that stretches the length of the bar.
Was very impressed with the selection of brew on tap probably right around 15-20 taps. I seen Founder's Breakfast Stout, Dogfish head, Troegs, Weyebacher and free tasting but none of us had any. My first beer was Palo Santo, second was Manage a Frog, Third was an Allaghdash white I believe. All served into the proper glassware which was a plus. A new hot spot for me.
03-15-2009 18:33:33 | More by TheFightfan1
3.81/5 rDev -11.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
So I heard about this place from a friend. I got word that they had a good selection of beers and some harder to find choices as well. I looked online and was surprised and interested by the selection. Hulmeville is sort of off the beaten path if you ask me but was worth the trip. A nice selection on-tap and bottle as well for a place outside Philly. Good prices as well. They carried a good amount of local stuff and the bartender seemed friendly. I dont have much to say about the service as we only had a few minor interactions ordering. I wasn't fond of the vibe of this place. It was layed out strange there which is ok but it was FILLED with cigarette smoke. Maybe I'm spoiled living in NJ and hanging in Philly often but to me this part sucked. It seemed like the crowd there werent fans or drinkers of the craft/foreign beers there either(especially seeing a couple pieces of Coors Light clothing). I feel that this place is worth the trip but the location, vib and smoke knocked this one down a couple notches for me.
03-16-2011 02:08:11 | More by BeerForMuscle
4.38/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Drove over on a snowy Tues. afternoon. Only 15-20 minutes from my house and pretty close to Oxford Valley Mall.
Good slightly worn interior with lotsa blue collar guys and older women smoking like chimneys, drinking, and talking about the EAGLES! Pool room off to 1 side and plenty of tables outside the bar area.
Bartender was quick and friendly. I didn't eat but the lady next to me ordered a cheese steak. The food is prepared practically in front of you and the cook was really into making her cheese steak and making wings! Excellent tap list included Rogue- Yellow Snow, Lagunitas- Brown Sugga, Victory- Limited ESB, Pliny the Elder, and Mad Elf, to name a few.
Overall- Comfortable and far from pretentious. Excellent bar to hang out and drink! I'll be back here based on its close proximity and excellent tap selection. Worth seeing out if you're within a 30-40 minute radius!
Place was packed! 2 beers (Weyerbacher- Charlie & Delta) cost me $4.75 and there was a free buffet (pierogies)! Awesome place.
Chicken Cheese Steaks are delicious here! and half price on football Sundays! Awesome tap selection, Aleiens homebrew club meetings every month, and an owner who really cares about good food!
12-17-2008 23:37:51 | More by NJpadreFan
4.21/5 rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped by here for beers in between in laws. 20 beers on tap, some bmc but most were offerings from victory, voodoo, Troegs, etc. Also had old crustian, and a handle from ballast point.
Beer was served in clean and appropriate glassware. Food smelled good, but we did not eat. Food was average pub offerings.
Service was pretty quick and efficient despite on one bar tender for a full bar.
Atmosphere was a mix of hipster and local low lows. I thought it was fun.
Prices were fair, growlers to go. What more to ask?
12-31-2011 21:12:15 | More by UDbeernut
3.43/5 rDev -20.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
We've been here twice, about three months apart. The second time we were real close and looking for somewhere to eat. As I was pulling in I thought there was a reason I wasn't very impressed the first time I was here. As soon as I took the first sip of my 60 Minute I remembered...
Oh yeah, the beer is way off. My girlfriend could drink it, and she normally hates 60 Minute due to its bitter/hoppiness.
I mean kudos to them for trying to turn this into a beer bar, but it's not working at the moment. Either they aren't cleaning their lines regularly enough, or that beer has been sitting around way too long. There IS a half-decent bottle selection...sitting under bright fluorescent lights (and probably for a while). Selection was basic, but solid...about 7 craft taps and another ~15 bottles. 60 Minute was the most adventurous thing they had...which isn't saying a lot.
Food is real basic pub grub...burgers, wings, fries, cheesesteaks. Not bad, but nothing special...frozen food thrown on a griddle or in a fryer. You can watch them cook it, which is a little nice plus. The hoisin sesame wings were the best thing we had between both visits.
Atmosphere is...well it's your average bar-in-a-really-old-building. The magnet boards with the beers on tap and in bottle are a nice touch. The oldi-ness of the building also adds to the charm. Last time we were there (on a somewhat brisk day in the middle of May) it was cold inside.
Service, however, was fantastic. We had the same bartender both times. She took the time to learn our names and was very prompt and friendly. She even did the little things like refill my water without asking.
Overall this would be a really place if they took better care of their beer...the Bensalem/Bristol area needs a good beer bar. I just don't get the feeling that they're moving the craft stuff fast enough...I saw a lot of BMC being drunk there, and not much else. Maybe some promos and specials to raise awareness among the local clientele would help. And if the lines aren't being cleaned weekly, that would be a good place to start. In addition, the $4.50 pints, while not an unfair price nowadays, probably aren't helping much to get the locals into it either.
Local pubcrawling options are bleak...like I said, this area really needs a good beer bar. Issac Newton's in Newtown is 10-15 minutes away, that's about it as far as I know.
05-20-2007 12:43:46 | More by PopeDX
Hulmeville Inn in Hulmeville, PA
95 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.