Bethlehem Brew Works

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Bethlehem Brew WorksBethlehem Brew Works
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87 Beers
1,449 Ratings
Place Score: 88
Ratings: 124
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews by woodychandler:
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4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

BOHICA, boys and girls! Another rave review from everybody's favorite Beer Pest. I don't stop and neither should you.

Man, I love this place! It is located right on the corner of Main and Broad Streets, and it is an homage to the steel that was produced in the region, which speaks directly to my love of industrial decor.

It's all exposed: piping, ducting, brickwork, even the brewhouse and fermentation and serving tanks are out in the open. Heck, the brewhouse sits right in the window overlooking the street! Whoops, there's that sense of overwhelming excitement again. Gotta go to the lav and change my skivvies.

Okay, I'm back. That sense of euphoria is overtaking me a lot more often these days. Wow.

The restaurant booths are fashioned from storage lockers, diamond-deck plates, and bolted pipes. It leaves me almost breathless until I look at the murals on the walls which evoke steel mills and in the banquet facility is a rendition of the interior with regulars depicted at the bar. It is at that point that I fall into a swoon and must be revived. Speaking of the bar, it is a long, curving affair that takes up about a quarter of the space on the first floor. As always, you can find me at the bar.

Going upstairs to pester people, one encounters a set of diamond-deck steps in the center of the upper restaurant area. This leads one into the SteelGaarden, a Belgian-style lounge with several billiard tables, one full-service and one smaller bar, and numerous leather and faux-fur couches. When the lights are dimmed to near-Stygian darkness, I begin to have these wild flights of fantasy hearkening back to my days in the navy, indulging in all sorts of sensual pleasures ... Damn these digressions!

I should also mention that the entire building is cigar-friendly, which doesn't bother me, but it is a consideration for some.

Let me now touch on service and ownership. The Fegley family are some of the greatest people on the face of the Earth. I was a beginning Beer Pest the first time that I actually made the trek up, in the summer of 2000. I had a copy of PA Breweries, by my mentor, Lew Bryson, in hand and I casually asked if any brewers or owners were about. The next thing I know, the ebullient head waitress comes running over, fully excited about my visit. Ah, the halcyon days of yore! She explains that none of the Fegleys are around but she signs and dates my book to commemorate the visit. The next time that I saw the Fegleys was at Coors Field in Denver ISO GABF 2001 and in talking to Dave and Jeff, they not only introduced me to their mother, Peg, but Dave tells me that the waitress, Nicole, has now upgraded her status to wife! Wow. Dave and Nicole now live in Denver, but that memory remains a fond one for all of us. Jeff and current brewer, Lewis Thomas, bring in a European brewer each summer on a work visa to guest brew with and for them. I think that has to be a unique situation and I commend them for it. The last such brewer that I remember was Sven (?), no? This post will have to be edited later, I suppose.

Their beers are always spectacular (don't get me started on the Peche Lambic) and the service always prompt and friendly, even after I start drooling and swooning. I love yunz guys!

More User Reviews:
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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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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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Bethlehem Brew Works in Bethlehem, PA
88 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.