Bethlehem Brew Works
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Active Beers: 99
Beer Ratings: 1,324
Beer Avg: 3.66
Taps: - / Bottles: -
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Ratings: 96 | Reviews: 85 | Show All Ratings:
3.78/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25 | $$
I’ve been a resident of the area for slightly over a year now, so I figured it was time to review this place.
Situated in the historic downtown area, the Brew Works is right on the corner inside the Bethlehem Commons. Parking is either in the metered lot behind it, or on the street. I’ve never really had an issue with finding a spot.
The entrance can get a bit crowded at the busier times with people walking in and out, and waiting to be seated. They recently started using texting to notify you when your table is ready if there’s a wait. Pretty convenient.
The seating is mostly booths in the downstairs area, with a fairly long bar on the one side. Upstairs is more seating with a mix of tables and booths. It’s usually a bit quieter up here if the bar is busy. They have their fermentation and conditioning tanks up here as well. During the appropriate seasons they also have outside seating on the sidewalk.
Service is pretty quick, even at busy times. They have a lot of staff moving about. I’ve never had any issues with anyone; in addition to being quick the service is almost always with a smile and good attitude.
Food is more upscale pub food, and very good. I think in the dozens of times I’ve been here there’s been maybe one time where I didn’t like what was ordered (it was a special so it wasn’t a regularly offered dish).
Their beer is very well done. Their standard lineup is solid, and they usually have a couple rotating beers as well as a couple one-offs. Thursday nights they have a cask beer on to benefit a charity. They usually don’t last the evening. Over the past year they’ve had a few sours on, with a Flanders Red being the most recent. Usually a style I’m pretty particular about, their take on it was very good. They also offer some of their beers in bottles for consumption on premise or take out. I believe they only fill their 64 oz growlers so something to keep in mind.
Overall it’s a no-brainer for me if I’m looking for a decent meal and good beer. If you’re in the area and looking for a place to stop I’d definitely recommend it for anyone.
12-06-2013 16:22:58 | More by skiofpinsk
2.61/5 rDev -33.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2.25 | food: 3 | $$
Basic pub fair for a somewhat reasonable price. Service is something left to be desired, however the bartenders seem to have their shit together. Most of them know their product as far as beer, wine, and
Spirits are concerned. The brew works does produce a couple above average brews throughout the year and the ESB is a solid staple of theirs, however there really is nothing they make that puts them on the map. Yeah yeah, A couple GABF awards for a Scottish ale and Christmas ale...meh...I've had
Better brews from places that haven't made it to the GABF, but are just as big as the brew works.
One thing that disappoints me as a beer drinker is that I cannot get anything that their main brewery in Allentown produces at their place in Bethlehem...most of those brews are more solid than what Bethlehem puts out. It may be more beneficial for some to go right up the street to another place that has better beer on tap and far better cuisine...just my 2 cents.
10-21-2013 08:56:10 | More by Budinetz
4.23/5 rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
I have eaten (and drank) at this brew pub on Main Street in Bethlehem many times. The atmosphere of the brew pub is nice, and I like how they renovated the building. It is always good to be able to see the brew tanks. I have been there with just my wife, as well as the kids. The atmosphere is fine for the whole family.
The beer is good and there is always some unique types of beer of tap, as well as the usual standards. The food is typical pub fare. The service has been good for me, but I tend to go earlier in there in the afternoon so I can not comment on how it is during a busy evening.
09-01-2013 12:34:07 | More by JJKBeerLvr
3.2/5 rDev -17.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
The restaurant itself is excellent but the steel garden can't make up if it is a night club or a bar. The service was less than expected but the recommend choices of beer was point on as to what I was looking for. Lucky I live close by and I can go back, hopefully we have a better experience.
07-28-2013 20:47:37 | More by TTripp725
4/5 rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This place is on the corner of Main Street in downtown Bethlehem. From the street you can see the giant copper beer vats inside the front window. The inside is inviting with a relaxed vibe. This brewpub has incorporated a lot of steel inside to pay homage to this town that was once a a small epicenter of the steel industry. Much like many local brewpubs, Brew Works has an industrial look, is dimly lit, and has a good selection of house made beers. Their oatmeal stout is one of the best I've had. They offer a small group of steady beers as well as new brews and seasonal selections that rotate. Beer flights are available year round as well as bottle selections for enjoying there or taking home. There is also a good several handfuls of other craft and international beer. The food menu is just as full, with a number of solid pub choices, Pennsylvania German dishes, and fare made with their beer. A must have is the Bavarian soft pretzel rods rolled in cheese and butter served with a cup of beer cheese. There is plenty of room and also a lounge downstairs called the Steelgarden Lounge. This establishment is a definite if you are in the Lehigh Valley.
11-02-2012 02:49:44 | More by BeerForMuscle
3.5/5 rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Grabbed dinner and a few beers at BBW while passing through Bethlehem this past Friday night. The atmosphere is typical for a moderately sized brewpub with lots of bar seating and tables with brewing equipment constituting most of the decor. Taps included approximately 10 house brews. I tried the Heart of Darkness, a strong dark Belgian, and the Devil's Hearth, a strong pale Belgian. Both offerings were good, but nothing special. Service was timely even for a somewhat busy Friday night. I ordered the mac n' cheese with bacon which was good, but a bit heavy. All in all, reminiscent of the Beer Works chain in the northeast: it's nice for a local brewpub, but don't expect incredible quality or selection.
08-21-2012 17:43:05 | More by NEhophead
3.25/5 rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
I got a very mixed impression of this place. I'm pretty familiar with what Fegley's has to offer, as their beers pop up all over eastern PA quite often, but I was in the area and figured I'd go to the source.
The place is nice enough, with a casual dining atmosphere leaning towards a vintage industrial / steel-mill theme that pervades pretty much everything in the general area. Moravian College is nearby, so the crowd is [unfortunately] a bit heavy with these students, at least it was during my visit. There was a rather large bar that was completely full, forcing us to snag a table, of which there was quite an abundance.
As for the beer, well, the Fegley's/Allentown/Bethlehem project has a fairly large output, and many of the beers are made to appease a less discriminating crowd. As such, the beers are generally "okay" on average. Four flagships included a wit, ESB, blonde ale, and oatmeal stout, with about 6 or 7 seasonals also on tap. Also available are bottles of many of their house brews, as well as a decent selection of standard craft desirables (Chimay, etc.). I only really had one beer here that I'd ever consider having again, which was their Black Friday Scotch Ale. Everything else was--like I said before--just "okay." Good variety of styles if you look at their entire annual output, but not much is really very good.
Food...meh. The menu had quite an impressive selection, and I do give them credit for that. However, aside from the soup, everything that the wife and I had was pretty sub-par, and in fact, her salmon salad went mostly untouched. And considering the quality of the mid-priced items we got, I think their food is quite overpriced and I wouldn't even go near the high-end entrees.
Service was decent. I imagine this place gets extremely busy during games and weekend nights. It was fairly busy when we visited, and the servers all seemed pretty much on the ball, so I can't really complain.
To sum up this place with one simple phrase: the quantity outdoes the quality. And that goes for the beer and the food. I'm glad I went, but I would never go back.
05-07-2012 02:05:41 | More by Rifugium
4.45/5 rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Brew Works is convenient to beer shopping @ Abe's 3 minutes one way and gambling @ the Sand's 5 minutes the other. Win Win!
Been here a few times and loved it each time. Sat at the bar everytime and had great service. The beer lineup is always good as there's something for everyone each time I've been. This past stop they had BA Insidious on tap and carry out 4 packs so that was a treat. Cool industrial interior, clean and layed back. Super comfortable place to have a beer and some wings. Great prices and the blast furnace wings were no joke after about 6. They creep up on you. Great brew pub as NJ lacks such luster.
02-21-2012 01:36:13 | More by richbrew
4.15/5 rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I visited Bethlehem Brew Works on Sunday November 6, 2011. My overall impression was great food and good but slightly pricey beer. The food menu had a nice selection of options. The beer menu contained a brief description of the brew but lacked prices. Our entres were served in a reasonable amount of time and were great. The beers that we ordered were also served promptly and were good representatives of their style. A great plave to grab a few brews and have a grat burger. It seems like this place would also be an awesome place for a midweek happy hour.
12-20-2011 22:54:20 | More by DrKnoskelson
4.3/5 rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is a great place right in downtown Bethlehem. I actually got a chance to go here with my brother during Music Fest.
Its got a great bar/brewpub style place. As you walk in you smell the aroma of food and beer. You just see giant copper color casks all throughout the room.
Once sat down, there was a lot to see. The beer list was amazing. So many different brews, they seem to follow with the seasons, because many of the available brews on tap were centered around the late summer/early fall. The had some of there classics as well.
The staff is good as well, the waiter we had was very knowledgable. We had chosen our meals and he actually suggested particular brews that go well with each. It was just a nice personal touch.
This is a great place, I will be sure to come here again and try some of the other brews throughout other seasons, as well as other classics that they have during different times of the year.
10-05-2011 14:37:55 | More by mattgreger
Bethlehem Brew Works in Bethlehem, PA
88 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.