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Bethlehem Brew Works

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88
very good

97 Ratings
Ratings: 97
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.59%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

569 Main Street
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 18018
United States
phone: (610) 882-1300

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ChappyCubsFan

California

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

This was our first stop on the Mid-Atlantic leg of our east coast tour. Judging by how hard it was to find a parking space on a Friday night, I was hoping the beer would be outstanding. We were not disappointed.

Upon entering the building from the back parking lot, you are inside a mall of many small shops, including a home-brew store which was serving samples. There is downstairs portion of the Brewery which specializes in Begian beer. Unfortunately, with limited time, we did not get get a chance to visit it. After turning a few corners and climbing a few stairs inside the mall, we located Bethlehem Beer Works.

The place was packed and we were lucky to find a table for the four of us. The brewpub has a nice long bar that seems to fill about 1/2 the room, which is long and narrow. Through the glass windows there is a nice view of the street traffic from the restaurant and bar.

The waiter was very freindly and knowledgable about their beers. We ordered the beer sampler and found we enjoyed the pale ale more than anything. But each beer we sampled was quite good. We enjoyed an appetizer and a pint of the pale before heading on to Easton for the night and a trip to Which Brew.

Bethlehem Beer Works has good beer and is a nice and friendly place to visit.

07-31-2005 20:12:49 | More by ChappyCubsFan
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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.

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Bethlehem Brew Works in Bethlehem, PA
88 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.