Allentown Brew Works

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Allentown Brew WorksAllentown Brew Works
BEER AVG
3.75/5
Based on:
61 Beers
610 Reviews
Place Score: 87
Reviews: 35
Visits: 82
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: --
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:
Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-11-2007

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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Reviews: 35 | Visits: 82
Reviews by deanhead:
Photo of deanhead
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4

I was down in the Lehigh Valley last weekend to officiate a wedding ceremony for one of my best friends. He got a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn center city. The Brew works is less than a block a way so it was the perfect meeting spot.

It is situated in center city Allentown, which is also happens to be a pretty sketchy area of the All American City. The brewery is housed in the historic Harold's furniture building. There are huge windows in the front of the building which displays the assorted fermentation tanks.

The main bar area is very open. The dark lighting gives this place a bit of a cavernous feel. There seems to be several seating area's on different levels for dining. We arrived around 9:30 pm on Friday night and the place was very quiet. We took up some real estate in the bar area and joined about ten to twelve other patrons seated or standing around the bar. There were two bartenders present and several servers milling about.

We encountered around ten beers on tap with an extensive bottle menu of beers from both near and far. Despite the fact that there were so few people present in the bar, it was next to impossible to get either bartenders attention. After what seemed like ten minutes and some hand waving we finally got a chance to ask some questions and place an order. The first bartender had very little knowledge of the beers on tap. Perhaps he was the resident mixologist. At any rate he could not offer any information on the beers other than pointing out the placard at the bar which did little a little more than identify the beer, abv, and the style.

We opted for a sampler which we designed on our own. It consisted of the pawn shop porter, the copper kettle pale ale, pig pen pilsner, hop explosion, and the Hefeweizen.

The porter was decent, as well as the Hop Explosion. All the others were meh, just average beers.
From there I moved onto the bottle beer menu and we decided to try a bluepoint product, LeTrapp Tripel and a baltic porter. I can't recall it's origin, but it was European. We experienced an equally challenging time trying to get the bartender attention so that we could quench our thirst. One bartender was engage in conversation with a patron (which is fine), the other was busy texting on his phone. WTF?

I must so though that the bartender was quick to return with our bottles once we were able to flag the bloke down.
The Bluepoint and porter were fine.
The LaTrappe, was clearly past it's prime. It had a distinct ring around the neck and some major floaties in the beer. I'm not talking about yeast floaties, I'm talking about something that looked like coagulated proteins. Globs of stuff, not haze. Once again it took a few minutes to get the bartender attention. See a pattern here about the service? WTF?

I explained to the barkeep that these floaters are bad, the ring arounf the neck of the beer is not a good sign either. He scoffed it off and said... The brewer said it's supposed to be there. It's unfiltered. I tried to explain the difference between unfiltered and old beer. He again said, The brewer said it's supposed to be like that, and then he walked off.

We ended up getting charged for that shitty old beer. This beer was undrinkable.

After that I got a pint of the hop explosion. I enjoyed, and would have it again. The shitty service I could do without. This place would get another chance as we had plans to meet up with some friends on Saturday night after the wedding and fireworks.

We came back Saturday night after the fireworks to find a sign that said Closing at 10:00 pm for the holiday". So much for a second chance.

Despite the otherwise nice atmosphere in this place, the vibe from the employees really sucked. Service was beyond awful, while the beer selection was good. We did find it a bit pricey (8.00 for that bad LaTrappe). I would like to go back and give the table service a try here. As for the bar, steer clear the service was terrible. (3,966 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of lamb0176
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Beastcpa
4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of jhartley
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Stopped by on May 24, 2015 for dinner with the family. Nice and inviting atmosphere with a nice look to it. Our waitress came over quickly to take our drink orders and I had the Time Bomb IPA, while everyone else had water or soda. The beer was just tapped at the Allentown and Bethlehem locations on May 21st, so this was fresh and I added it to the website as well! Our waitress was more than helpful; made a couple of suggestions and was patient while we decided on what we wanted to eat. There are plenty of food and drink selections to choose from, to fit all appetites and preferences. I had the newly added fish and chips, which the beer batter was made with the brewpubs own amber lager, the 2 pieces of cod were HUGE, looked a little over-fried but were excellent and the fresh cut fries were delicious too! The wife got the grilled chicken sandwich with cheese (she enjoyed it), oldest son chose the Iron Pigs pulled pork (named after the local AAA minor league baseball team of the Phillies: Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs; which is also served at Coca-Cola Stadium) we has to stop him from eating it too quickly! Our daughter got the mac and cheese; it was fantastic and our youngest son got a cheeseburger (his usual), he ate the whole thing quickly too! The desserts were great too! Chocolate cheesecakes made with the house porter! Creme brulee for the wife and I and an ice cream sundae to round it out for the youngest.
The check came and we thought the menu said that kids eat free on Sunday's from 4-6, The waitress told us it was for "mug club members" and asked us if we wanted to sign up; which of course we did! Which was really helpful!
Definitely gonna head back again some day! (1,708 characters)

Photo of XsoldoutX
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Went to Allentown BrewWorks on May 24th, 2015. Our bartender was Kyle and dude was pretty awesome. I had the bean soup and the nachos w/ guacamole and enjoyed both. Sat at the bar, which had 4 or 5 large tv's with various sporting events on. Thankfully, I don't live in Allentown, but if I did this would easily be my go-to place. Excellent vibe inside, liked the place so much I bought a t-shirt. (397 characters)

Photo of Abeevee
4.88/5  rDev +27.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Outstanding family brewery, you will not be disappointed. (57 characters)

Photo of DaveHack
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of craigdb
3/5  rDev -21.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Extremely average experience and food quality has slipped since it was opened. (78 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Paul432_1
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

Great quality beer selection, but very pricey. You'll pay for the vibe (70 characters)

Photo of Wenhodav
4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Great Beers and good variety. Kid friendly environment too. (60 characters)

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4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great food and great microbrews. (32 characters)

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3.88/5  rDev +1%
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Allentown Brew Works in Allentown, PA
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