Bethlehem Brew Works
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Active Beers: 99
Beer Ratings: 1,326
Beer Avg: 3.66
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Reviews by BeerForMuscle:
4/5 rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This place is on the corner of Main Street in downtown Bethlehem. From the street you can see the giant copper beer vats inside the front window. The inside is inviting with a relaxed vibe. This brewpub has incorporated a lot of steel inside to pay homage to this town that was once a a small epicenter of the steel industry. Much like many local brewpubs, Brew Works has an industrial look, is dimly lit, and has a good selection of house made beers. Their oatmeal stout is one of the best I've had. They offer a small group of steady beers as well as new brews and seasonal selections that rotate. Beer flights are available year round as well as bottle selections for enjoying there or taking home. There is also a good several handfuls of other craft and international beer. The food menu is just as full, with a number of solid pub choices, Pennsylvania German dishes, and fare made with their beer. A must have is the Bavarian soft pretzel rods rolled in cheese and butter served with a cup of beer cheese. There is plenty of room and also a lounge downstairs called the Steelgarden Lounge. This establishment is a definite if you are in the Lehigh Valley.
11-02-2012 02:49:44 | More by BeerForMuscle
More User Reviews:
3.78/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25 | $$
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
Bethlehem Brew Works in Bethlehem, PA
88 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.