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Allentown Brew Works

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Allentown Brew WorksAllentown Brew Works
BA SCORE
88
very good

66 Ratings
Ratings: 66
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 17.62%
Active Beers: 50
Beer Ratings: 1,973
Beer Avg: 3.6
Taps: 12
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

812-816 W. Hamilton Street
Allentown, Pennsylvania, 18101
United States
phone: (610) 433-7777

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Notes:
In 2010 the beers from both brewpubs will be called Fegley Brew Works brands, though the names of the brew pubs will remain the same.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

My wife, son and I came here after picking up a case of hopslam in Emmaus. This is a nice place to pick up lunch. Right in the middle of town on hamilton street. After walking through the two sets of double glass doors. We were greeted by cases of hop explosion. Damn shame I didn't have enough money for a case. Anyway a stairwell is kind of hidden to the left of the hosstess desk with a nice dining area to the left and awesome looking bar to the right. Our seats back were we came in in front of the window to the city of Allentown.

Our server was a bit unpleasant but besides being grumpy he was very quick to ask if we needed anything.

Beers were a bit pricey as well as the samples at $10 for six. Brew works is some of the cheapest cases I have seen and for good quality but at the brewpub the seem to charge a bit more.

I will say the is the cleanest brewpub and restaraunt I have ever been in. Very pleased to go to the bathroom and smell potpouri and not stand in a puddle of urine.

The family and I were very happy to come here.

TheFightfan1, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of pvequalsnrt
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%

stopped in after i picked up my case of hopslam at shangy's...

randomly showed up at a perfect time! saturdays from 12-1, they run a free tour/tasting. the tour was a typical tour and they gave out 6 free tastes. you can't choose, but they give you at least one of the higher gravity beers.

tasted the amber lager, pale ale, wheat, porter, ipa, scottish, imperial stout. ordered a glass of the hop'solutely.

amber lager was pretty solid, actually. good malty backbone, nice sweet finish. pale ale was decent... i liked it better than the IPA (a west coast offering) which was kinda thin, with a big hop presence, with not quite enough malt backbone. the porter smelled AMAZING... the smell betrayed the taste. it was a solid porter... nothing knocking your socks off here, just a solid offering. i won't really mention the wheat beer because i'm not huge on that style. the insidious (impy stout) is a solid, affordable stout. again, not ground breaking but a very good example of the style. even had a good hop finish. it was MUCH better when i let the sample warm. the scottish ale was malty and sweet with not a huge hop mouthfeel, but tasty nonetheless. walked out with a bomber.

last was the glass of hop'solutely i had with my lunch. this is the beer joe sixpack equated to pliny the younger. while a younger clone it is not, it is still a tasty beer, and COMPLETELY affordable ($10/4 pack... i took one home!). it has a nice hop nose and good malty mouthfeel. a little on the sweeter side because of the alcohol (11.5%!!), but you can't taste it at all. only feel its effects.

my lunch was very good.. my buddy had the bratwurst and fries and said it was pretty good. i had a spicy chicken wrap which was awesome. the service was excellent, although there was not very many people there; so maybe not a representative sample. the allentown location is HUGE. 4 floors. only the bottom floor was open when i was there. so i'm not sure how busy it gets at night.

all in all, a good day. good beers and i arrived home with a hop'solutely 4 pack and a case of hopslam from shangy's. bam.

pvequalsnrt, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

This is an odd little place - the beers are perfectly OK, but the experience was just a shade off. Hard to say why - kind of like everything was about half a second out of phase with reality.

Start with the location. The downtown area is, to put it charitably, a little sketchy. And parking is a nuisance. Not to say there isn't plenty, because there is - acres of parking. But it is strictly metered for blocks and blocks in every direction. Bring quarters.

The restaurant is severely modern - wood and steel, with a high ceiling and a gigantic bar area. It's not bad looking, but the effect is rather austere and cold, and the net effect is to amplify the noise from the bar to an uncomfortable degree.

The menu is huge - page after page of food options. Too big, in fact. The dishes get lost in a sea of options.

And the execution is a little odd. Caramelized onions on a gyro? Seriously? It's not that the food is bad, it is just strangely conceived and not a wow - lacking in salt, featuring odd accents.

The beer, however, is good. They have a generous sampling tray that comes in a nifty little holder designed like an industrial gear, the symbol of the restaurant. The Hop Explosion IPA and the Copper Kettle Pale Ale stand out.

Service was competent, but I found a little remote. The staff was friendly without actually being warm or welcoming, though I must say they were reasonably crisp in their timing.

Not a bad place, but not one I will be dreaming of returning to.

Seanibus, May 24, 2010
Photo of Bierman9
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%

Stopped into Allentown Brew Works for lunch on 26JAN10, en route to Lancaster PA.

Located on the ground floor of a large stone building in the heart of Allentown, the front of ABC has lots of metal and large windows. Through a small foyer on the left, and you are deposited inside about 1/3 of the way down the long, front-to-back dining area. Along the right side of the 1st third of the place are large fermenting vessels, perhaps 6 or 7 of them. Tables and chairs line the front windows, as well as some booths parallel to the tanks. More booths and tables are set up heading towards the rear of the place, with a low dividing wall on the left amid some large, square pillars. The bar runs alongside the right, about 1/3 of the way from the front to the far rear. The bar itself has a cool, lemon-yellow plexiglas inlay which is illuminated from below. Behind the bar are rows of neatly arranged mug-club steins and a well-stocked collection of liquor, as well as a few large-screen TVs. Between the brew vessels and the start of the bar is an exit to a fair-weather biergarten. At the far rear, on the right, is a staircase leading to an upper level, perhaps more dining or another bar; I didn't investigate. Most of the walls and decor are brownish, the lighting is fairly low and warm, and the ceilings are high with exposed duct-work. A nice mix of mostly-classic rock with some reggae filled the airwaves.

Parked at the bar, I had to choose from about a dozen draft offerings, most from right here but 1 or 2 from their sister brewpub in Bethlehem. It was a good variety, from pale ales to belgian strongs to doppelbocks. They also have a large, quality list of domestic and imported bottled biers. I opted first for their own DBock, and some food, the 2500° Chicken Breast Sammich. Very well-proportioned, and nice and spicy! It really hit the spot, and the DBock was well-made, too. For "dessert" I went for a tulip of their DIPA. Damn, was that tasty! So much so that I had two! Wish I could have hung for more, but driving was on the horizon. Service here was quite good, staff being attentive, helpful and friendly (even comping me a DIPA. Woo-hoo!).

All in all, a very pleasant and satisfying stop while traversing PA. Prosit!!

4.3
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 - $$

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Bierman9, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of slander
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

ERICA!!

Missed my kid sister and her Bum in from the west for cousin Lauren's vegan wedding (which as the black alpaca of the family, I was not invited to), so I trudged out the next day to PA for a Labor day gathering at mom's. So long a time since I've last been home, my own family didn't even remember me. Was due out there for 3, but how's about I come out around say, noonish and we go grab a beer or two beforehand somewhere (the somewhere I already know where). Promised mom I'd have them back early enough for set up and that we wouldn't get all shitty, and off we went. Mapquested fairly short but came up longer and weren't we (mis)fortunate to have seen the scenes of blight on the scary detoured around town tour. Holy crap, Allentown is dodgytown...

Scored a sweet street spot just up the way from the big old bargain for a buck building on the block. A large cavernous space here and it ain't the half of it. A wall of windows up front with a half dozen tables below, and past there, a row of serving tanks in a pen along the far wall with a row of booths running adjacent.

To the rear, a long "C" shaped bar with a lit yellow splotchy pebble plexi panel top seating a dozen and a half off to one side. We deemed the lack of a foot rail to be "not cool". Barback is a long counter with glass front coolers in the center holding bottled selections, and 4 tiered booze below a tall vertical mirror. Rows of mugs two deep to both sides below mounted flat screens, and further out on more vertical mirrors above towers of 12 at each end. 5 raised bar tables run adjacent to the bar/dining side separator on large beams, a dozen or so booths on the other side, and more seating in a rear perch "L" above around the back and side offering views of the room. Drop blue cone lamps above the bar, brown rough walls, mounted lampage, and exposed duct work.

Elevators and staircases, I got the kind tour without even asking for it. Starting upstairs, in the High Gravity Room; a "C" shaped bar seating 13, with a good deal of seating to the rear, roughly a dozen booths running the near wall past the bar, and about 2 dozen tables riddled about. Up front, a few tables in the bar area looking over the seating in the front windows down below, and a row of alternating sized fermenters in the large front windows above. Forewent the banquet room up upstairs to have a look at the Silk Lounge down in the basement; low lit and chill, with an "L" shaped bar seating a dozen, cushy couches, and a pair of pool tables there.

Currently 10 taps on, 6 flagship and 4 seasonals. The sampler only gives you 6 served in a cog wheel but you get to pick which ones you want, so we did (And then ordered up second samplers to fill in the blanks). Starting with the flagships, the Pig Pen Pilsener was somewhat corny; the Fegley's Amber Lager, slightly malty, okay; the Copper Kettle Pale Ale, pleasant enough, not too hoppy; the Steelgaarden Wit, unfiltered, you got chamomile more than anything, and it was very tasty; the Hop Explosion IPA, at 7%, "An APA with liquid bitterness", so says the Bum; the Pawn Shop Porter, chocolatey roasty goodness; and the seasonals, Belgian Triple, at 9%, pale color, a sickly sweet mess; the Grand Cru, at 6.3%, pepper spicy weird assness, really odd and just not good; the Old Allentown Ale, an English brown, very nicely done; and the West End Red, with a nice hoppy bitterness, Cascade & Chinook. Thought the best of the lot were the Steelgaarden Wit, Pawn Shop Porter & Old Allentown Ale. They've also got a large bottle list, some 90+ offerings. Nearly a dozen and a half American micros, and just as many UK, and then just over a dozen Belgians and just as many Germans. The remainder being just too many crappy beers of the world for my liking. Amongst the American micros... Port Wipeout, Bells Two Hearted, Lost Abbey Avant Garde, New Holland, Stone, Left Hand.

Not too bad overall, but not outstanding either. Service was pleasant and gave me the tour without me having asked for it (maybe it was the red pen jotting). Held the lunch menu but never got to it as I was informed that I was expected to eat back home, which reminds me; that second sampler put us over a tad on time, we need to move.

slander, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%

Travelling home from Weyerbacher's open house, the akorsak clan decided to visit ABW.

Atmosphere: The first floor is reasonably spacious, with plenty of tables both up front and around the long bar. Modest color designs are neither inviting or cold. There is apparently at least one other level, as we sat adjacent to the stairs to the Silk Lounge.

Quality: The hostess seemed disinterested but the waitress made up for it. Food and drinks were all better than acceptable.

Service: Our waitress was prompt and friendly. The boys' lunch came out quicker than we expected (thumbs up for keeping a 3- and 1-year old happy). Beers were kept full.

Selection: I counted 10 or so house brews on tap, including Hop Explosion (a decent, even good, IPA) and Rude Elf (a nice Belgian warmer). As we exited, I scanned the bar and saw what appeared to be a modest line-up of import beers (good stuff, not Corona or Stella).

Food: Mozz sticks were good, not great. The boys were content with grilled cheese and fries. My bacon 'n' blue burger was good (could have used a more robust bleu though) and my wife enjoyed her veggie wrap.

All-in-all, I really enjoyed ABW. After a less-than-thrilling visit to BBW one year ago today, I am glad that we gave the Fegleys another chance.

akorsak, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of Deuane
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Hit around lunch time on a weekday. Fairly busy in the restaurant area but bar was a little slow so I sat there as I was alone.

First time in a this new facility of the sister to Bethlehem Brew Works.

Located right downtown near the square in Allentown. Nice place inside with a modern / industrial feel. I sat at the bar that had a really cool top...it was translucent and seemed to be lighted underneath.

All three of my beers were good or better, pilsner, porter and pumpkin with the pumpkin being the best. I was a bit bummed that they had nothing hoppy on....their 7% Hop Explosion IPA was out and the newly crowned GABF gold medal winning (won in the Pro-Am category) English IPA was out too....although it would on tomorrow for a special thing...damn!

My bartender Michelle was a real talker (in a good way) and was very attentive to all of her patrons. She was truly interested in learning things about beer and was a true pleasure.

Food looked good but I was in a bit of a hurry and passed....next time I plan on taking more time.

All totaled I had 3 pints and my bill was $8....wow, is that all ok!

Overall a nice addition to the revitalizing scene in downtown Allentown and a solid addition to the Fegley's empire. I wish them all the best.

Deuane, Oct 19, 2007
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3.64/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

baybum, Nov 17, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +17.1%

Ragedominion, Nov 15, 2014
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2.2/5  rDev -43%

ConanSachler, Nov 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

Jesser5000, Nov 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

thgreatrandini, Nov 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

SmoothOneTwo, Oct 27, 2014
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3.12/5  rDev -19.2%

Gizzard, Oct 24, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +4.7%

Maguire815, Oct 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

IPAchris, Oct 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

anteater, Oct 14, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Kind of flashy. Not really a beer geek kind of place. I felt underdressed if that's possible. Food good, joint is loud and busy, not really conducive for beer loving.

timmos1, Sep 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

BigRizz62, Aug 19, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -61.1%

Adamshantz, Aug 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

afa, Aug 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

lupercmda, Jul 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Cjebner, Jul 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

stakem, Jul 11, 2014
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Allentown Brew Works in Allentown, PA
88 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.