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Bethlehem Brew Works

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Bethlehem Brew WorksBethlehem Brew Works
BEER AVG
3.71/5
Based on:
87 Beers
1,458 Ratings
Place Score: 88
Ratings: 125
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews by NoLiberty:
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3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

BBW seemed to be a anticipated stop on a late-night delivery, but turned out to be merely a pit stop. Dropped by with my girlfriend on a Thursday night around 10:30. It wasn't busy but the '90's pop rock booming from the stereo gave a different impression.

The scene is 20-30 somethings hang out and very much speaks to the chain restaurant goer. The decor references an earlier time in Bethlehem's history, of steel, the working man and pride in local quality. Unfortuntely this theme was lost somewhere between faux metal piping and the window placed copper tanks.

The tap lineup on paper looks good - Apricot Coriander, Peche Lambic, Oatmeal Stout, ESB, and Golden Ale accompanied by a number of rotating seasonal English, Belgian, and German style beers. The food too looked good - standard fare, but well suited for the veg and meat eaters alike. The beers came late and the food too early.

The beers lacked depth and the food was overly processed. In my mind craft beer is about quality not showmanship and BBW focuses too highly on the latter. I appreciate their interest in a range of beers - my goodness Peach Lambic and Rude Elf! But again, nothing was exceptional here.

Their beers reach out to an educated beer audience but the result doesn't represent. I wish I could speak more highly, but BBW hovers around average.

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4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Mike is a great guy and bartender.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I swung by here for lunch on 05JUN14, enroute to the Reading WWII Weekend. BBW was easily found on the first floor of a corner building in downtown Bethlehem. The place runs long from front to back, with brewing equipment visible right up front at the windows. There were plenty of tables and booths, and about halfway in I found the bar, running back along the left side. The whole area was bright and airy, and a mix of rock and pop was playing in the background.

They had about 10 brews on tap, with a few bottles also available. I settled for the well-made Maibock, which hit the spot. It paired well with my tasty chicken cheese-steak sammich. The bartender was very friendly, helpful and attentive throughout my visit. I would not hesitate to stop by again if in the area. Prosit!

4.15/5 rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

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Bethlehem Brew Works in Bethlehem, PA
88 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.