Union Barrel Works
Active Beers: 21
Beer Ratings: 141
Beer Avg: 3.68
Taps: 6 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 32 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ffejherb:
4.38/5 rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
My wife and I dediced to do an afternoon session at Stoudt's and Union Barrel Works, since they are both in such close proximity to one another. I had read some nice reviews of UBW and the picture I'd seen of the exterior and interior were quite nice, so we took the leisurely 40-min. drive to Reamstown.
The atmosphere of this place is among my favorite of brewpubs I've visited in PA. We sat at the bar, whch had a nice view of the brewing tanks. Their tap handles are especially cool and unique, and looking around, I also noticed some interesting seating, with barrels used as tables. The ceilings are quite high with intricate designs and ceiling fans kept the room nice and cool. But the highlight was definitely the intricate woodwork throughout the establishment, including the bar. The seating was also very comfortable at the bar.
There weren't many other patrons, since we usually tend to go to places at odd hours (usually between 2-3pm for late lunch/early dinner). Our bartender was very attentive and friendly, though quite new and still had some learning to do with regard to some of the brews.
Since we had already eaten at Stoudt's on a seperate occasion, we decided to eat at UBW today. We ordered the bruschetta appetizer, which was excellent... very fresh and tasty. I ordered a bowl of shrimp and corn chowder, which was simply amazing and huge taboot! And at only $3.50, it was a steal. I also had the pesto chicken sandwich ($5.95) which came with the best sweet potato fries I'd ever have. What a deal! My wife's salad was pretty small for the price, though.
Now, on to the beer... We each ordered a sampler, which included the small servings of the following: kolsch, pale ale, heffe, dopplebock, lager, maibock and stout. My favorites were the kolsch (great session beer... very light, refreshing and crisp) and maibock, while my wife absolutely loved the dopplebock. Pints were only $3.50, and you could also order 12-oz. glasses for $3.00. After our samplers, I went with a 12-oz. Maibock, which was served in a unique glass. Their Maibock boasts a beautiful orange color with tinges of bronze and rust. While there wasn't much of a head and virtually no lacing, the beer itself had a nice fruity/spicy aspect with a semi-dry finish. Very tasty brew! Before we left, I also had a 12-oz. pale ale that a nearby customer bought for me as a "thank you" for explaining some beer styles to him, as he didn't know what to get. We had a nice conversation with them as well. I'd also like to point out that they had growlers for sale at $15, and fills were either $9 or $11, depending on the beer.
Overall, this was an extremely pleasant visit, and we are already making plans to return. Only one small gripe was that the chef/cook came out to the bar area (he is apparently the owner/brewer's son), and he kind of dissed Stoudt's when I told him we were stopping there next. Apparently, his dad used to be the head brewer at Stoudt's and left to open UBW. At any rate, the food, beer and atmosphere were all fantastic and I will definitely be back very soon, especially since it is so close to my favorite record store, The Record Connection in Ephrata!
09-09-2007 19:08:24 | More by ffejherb
More User Reviews:
3.65/5 rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
A decent brewpub in the middle of no where. I first started going here about three years ago. Most of the beers are German/English styles. I enjoy their Hefe-Weis and Dark Lager. The food is really good and reasonably priced. I have always had decent service in here, nothing special but a great place to come to once or twice a year. I recommand the Smoked Trout soup which is homemade and just amazing, also I enjoyed the Elk meatloaf as well. I had a few things here that I didn't care much for but over all the food is good.
12-24-2012 20:00:45 | More by mildlybitter75
4.38/5 rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This place is close by so I get there quite often. The Mai Bock is one of my favorites. Supriseingly, the quality of the beer is not consistent. Sometimes it is the best beer in the area. Other times it is not what I expected. Actually at time I am a little dissapointed. Overall, I still believe this is the best of their brews and be the one I recommend.
Since this is a beer pub, a lot depends on the food which can also add or subtract to the taste of the beer. I am just amaized that the Mai Bock is so much like the beer from Erie Brewing called Railbender which is also one of my favorites.
12-18-2011 21:00:40 | More by etop8222
3.85/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
Appearance/Atmosphere : Brick building blends organically well with surrounding environment. Rustic and early feel. Inside had a nice and spacious feel with a lengthy bar that was dark maple or oak that went well with the dark wood floor. Around were small scattered signs and memorabilia such as Pabst signs and Unibroue. Off to the right sat the array of tanks show prominently through the glass enclosure. Comfortable, rustic with a cozy welcoming feel even on the first time.
Quality: The beers were clean, mostly lagers, though most seemed to have a similar flavor or grain bill running thoughout with exception of their IPA hop knockers which was noticeably malty. Nothing over the top flavor wise, sitting comfortably in that safe zone for acceptance which may be a product of its environment and area (Yuengly country with mendendite church right down road) which is a good business model. Finding that special neglected niche of lagers that will turn the local crowd into support while still drawing in outsiders.
Service: ok I was here sipping my first beer at 11:20am so didn’t have a lot of competition for refills or conversation. Knowledgeable staff, especially bartender who was well versed on the beers and brewer’s philosophy of lager brewing.
Selection: Very good selection, most were lager based with 10 beers on tap, one on engine. Something for everyone with a summertime selection of maibock, lager, pilsner, octoberfest, kolsch as well IPA for the ale fiends all suitable for the August weather. An simcoe pale recently kicked as well the Brugg Belgian I was so looking forward to.
Food: good selection of food, wraps, sandwiches, as well prices. All can be found on website. Fairly extensive, nothing gourment, just good ole fashion bar food again well suited for area. Pricing was good as well. Again as with their beer selection something to appease everyone.
Value: $3.25 pounders. Not matter what you drink from the ipa with hops to the 10%abv dopplebock wobbly bob. Pricing was a promotion that brewer said will stick around. How can you go wrong with prices like that 6 beers under $20 with good pairing of food value makes this a good lunch time spot.
08-25-2011 01:40:25 | More by beerthulhu
2.85/5 rDev -26.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
I dont know what the deal is with the beer at this place but all of their beers seem watered down to me. Not to mention that every beer from the IPA to the Stoudts to the Hefe all have the same weird kind of a soapy after taste. And I am not the only one who has said it. I know of about 5 other people that agree. The food is better than average and I would go there to eat but to fill a growler or sit at the bar and have a couple of pints... I dont think so. How anyone could sit and drink more than one of their beers and think that it tastes like it should is crazy. I do like the place. It is a cool little brew pub but they need to improve on their beers. I dont know if it their cleaning solutions or the water that they us but they need to change something.
07-11-2011 21:16:30 | More by Ibrewmyownbeer
Union Barrel Works in Reamstown, PA
88 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.