Bethlehem Brew Works
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Active Beers: 99
Beer Ratings: 1,326
Beer Avg: 3.66
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Reviews by slander:
4.33/5 rDev +11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
Went for lunch with friends while in the Poconos. Oddly located in a small mall of sorts occupying a large portion of the upper floor and their Belgian beer garden holding a good part of the lower floor.
There's a long bar seating a dozen and a half with just as many booths and bar tables running it's length adjacently. It's a brick back bar with diamond plating shelves and there are mug club mugs hanging a good length of the way down. Behind the bar lies a separate dining area riddled amongst copper brewing vessels. They have a fairly large menu with identified "made with beers" items from soups and aps to entrees. the food was very good and the desserts were terrific. Pouring 7 house taps, Hoegaarden, cider and lemonade. The Steelworkers Oatmeal Stout was outstanding and they made an Apricot coriander beer that was tasty and pleasantly drinkable as well. Collectively, we tried everything they had on tap and there wasn't a clunker in the lot. On a more recent visit we drank the Mirabelle, a plum lambic, which I thought was real damn nice. The waitstaff was friendly and knowledgeable and the place was nice and clean with a good decor (early period bar scene paintings and banners from award winning beers they've made). Pretty much just what I'm looking for in a brewpub.
Now, come 4 PM they open the belgian beer garden downstairs. (So we mulled around town 'til then). An outstanding Belgian beer selection, although slightly pricey, in a dimly lit lounge set up with a pool table and comfy couches and chill chairs. A nice comfortable joint overall. Certainly well worth waiting around 'til 4 to visit.
02-17-2003 10:52:20 | More by slander
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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.