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Kutztown Tavern

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BEER AVG
3.79/5
Based on:
28 Beers
80 Reviews
Place Score: 89
Reviews: 28
Visits: 43
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

270-278 West Main Street
Kutztown, Pennsylvania, 19530
United States
phone: (610) 683-9600

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Photo of XsoldoutX
3.38/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

Stopped by while visiting Kutztown in late August 2015. I had the veggie wrap for dinner, (along with some good mozzarella sticks) and it was the first time I've ever seen broccoli in a veg wrap. If I'm ever back in K-town (but probably never will be), I'd definitely swing by again. Beers were also good, as was our bar service. Typical brewpub vibe, two large tv's with some preseason NFL games on, brewing equipment visible to all. Thumbs up! (445 characters)

Photo of MidasMulligan
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Really love this tavern.My wife and I sit at the bar and the service is outstanding.I choose the Burner burger with boardwalk onion rings and have never been disappointed.There are plenty of choices of basic tavern fare.The beers are from the in house brewery,Golden Avalanche Brewing Co.,and they are terrific.I love the Hop Hat IPA the best.I think they may have a few domestic choices as well.I always have an enjoyable time here. (434 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped in here twice on Thursday, 02JUN11, while heading to the Reading WWII Weekend. First, for lunch, before getting to Reading and then later, for supper, after checking-in at the show.

Easily found on the first floor of a plain, three-story building on W. Main St. in Kutztown, with large, colorful signs advertising Kutztown Tavern and Golden Avalanche Brewing. The front is all glass, allowing in plenty of light. Through a small foyer and into the brewpub, which runs long from front to back. There's lots of old brickwork, polished wood floors, and exposed ductwork on the ceilings. To the front right are some comfy-looking couches, with foot-stools and reading material; a nice place to crash! To the left are some copper kettles and loads of bags of malt. Further along on the left are about 5 large fermenters. On the right, opposite the fermenters, runs the bar. Large HD TVs hang behind the bar, along with plenty of glassware and various liquors. Further to the rear are a large number of tables and booths. This place seems to have a large capacity, and the brick and wood give it a warm feel.

On both visits I parked at the bar, and the woman and gent who tended to me were spot on, friendly and helpful. I counted 9 of their offerings on tap, from Alt to Hefeweizen, Maibock to Bourbon-aged Stout. The Alt, Hefe- and Maibock I had were all well-made and satisfying. My meals were Bufflao Chicken Sandwich and the BBQ Short Rib Sandwich. Both were fantastic. My only beef is that they come with chips, and substituting fries adds a whopping $2.79 to your meal. A bit excessive, in this case. Regardless, my meals, and biers, really hit the spot. I wouldn't think twice about another visit here. Easy to find, comfy, and satisfying. Zum Wohl!!

4.18 rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

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Photo of akorsak
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Lunch after traipsing around Cabela's. Nothing like stuffed deer and bears to placate the pups.

Atmosphere: We entered from the alley behind the tavern. Up a few steps into the dining area and we were seated. The brewing equipment is in the center of the restaurant as well as the front window. The wooden bar is long, featuring two different tap towers. Brick walls back up the bar. The dining area is large and industrial, plenty of corrugated steel. There is an upstairs however the restaurant was not full enough to require it.

Quality: Overall the brewpub is good. The bathroom was a little tight with a space heat near the sink, making hand-washing a little peligroso. Service was not a highlight.

Service: Service was lacking. Our waiter passed us by routinely, even with empty glasses on the table. He was also now where to be seen when we were finished.

Selection: 5 beers in the regular line-up and three seasonals (blueberry ale, bourbon stout and festivus). I went with the Festivus and Bourbon Stout and shared ksak's altbier. The altbier was the best by far. The other two were laiden with ginger and vanilla respectively.

Food: The menu was varied, offering sandwiches, entrees, vegetarian and kids selections. I went with a burger; it was decent. The pretzels were a good starter as well. (1,309 characters)

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped at the Kutztown Tavern on friday night looking to sample some of the beers and have a bite to eat. The place is spacious, well lit and quite clean. There are plenty of tables, booths and bar area with the brewery's fermenters in clear view. I sat at the bar with the fermenters to my back and enjoyed a sampler of beer that was available. The regular beers being: Onyx Cream Stout, Blonde Lager, Young Allen's Lager, Donner Weiss and Olde Brick Alt. The seasonals I got to try were a barleywine and a bourbon stout. There were also 3 more seasonals which I did not get a chance to try: spring bock, ipa and a blueberry ale. Pretty decent selection along with some usual BMC for the patrons not interested in the house made beer. The beers I did have were not bad. When ordering a sampler, they were served in a piece of glassware I can only best describe as a double-shot glass that was in the shape of a tall skinny mug. Sitting at the bar I got to take note that no matter what style of beer you ordered, it was served in a pint glass. Everything from the wheat beers to the barleywine (bartender claimed it clocked in at 11+%) you got a pint of it even though they had stemmed tulip-like glasses, snifters and goblets on the glassware shelving. The food came out in a timely manner and was pretty good. I had a chance to try the seasfood bisque and a buffalo chicken sandwhich. The rest of the menu has your typical brewpub offerings including individual pizzas, burgers, wings, etc.

2 people: 2 samplers of beer, couple pints of beer, an appetizer, bowl of soup and 2 sandwiches came in at about 50 bucks. Overall not bad. When in the area I would probably stop in again. (1,684 characters)

Photo of mgbickel
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Stopped in here for dinner while traveling through PA. This place is located almost on top of a local college, but the kids were on spring break during my visit. This would explain why the place was pretty empty on a Monday at 6pm.

The food is pretty typical brewpub offerings...wings, sandwiches, pizzas. The beer selection was so/so...I think they had 7 of their offerings on tap.

The place itself is pretty neat. It is attached to a bottleshop. If you want to sit at a table, you have to walk past the brewing equipment and bar area.

I sat at the bar. Lots of natural wood, flat screen TVs, pretty sports bar-ish. The bartender was freindly enough...made some small talk while my pizza was cooking.

Nice place...worth stopping by if you are in the area. (761 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Located on West Main Street, the windows overlook the take-out shop on the east side and the copper-jacketed brew house on the west side of the building. Passing through the short vestibule, a living room-like area with couches and chairs was to the right with bags of grain stacked in front of the brewhouse to the left. The m.d.s. was also on the right, in front of a door leading to a private meeting room. The long, elongated "U"-shaped hammered copper-topped bar ran down the right wall with a bank of 6 FVs along the left wall. Further aft was the restaurant seating area with standard tables and chairs and booths along the walls. A stairwell in the center of the restaurant area led to the second floor banquet hall.

Beers: Blonde Lager; Young Allen's Lager; Tavern Lager; Winter Bock; Donner Weiss Bier; Olde Brick Alt; Onyx Cream Stout; and Tavern Ale. Bourbon Stout*. (880 characters)

Photo of Nutleybeer
3.85/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Stopped by on the way home from Gettysburg. Not that far off Rt 78. Right in downtown Kutztown. It was a Sunday, the town was dead! Walked in and there were a few people in the place. About a block from the university.

Bartender was very pleasant. I ordered a sampler. Included a lager, wheat, alt, cream stout (nice surprise, not your typical brewpub option) and a few others. Their seasonals included a bouron stout, blueberry ale and brown ale.

The bourdon stout packed a punch. You taste the bourbon. Too much of this and it will hit you hard. The blueberry was pretty nice. Smooth and subtle, not too sweet. I ordered the sampler for $7.95 and was pleased.

Coors Lite, Rolling Rock and Molson were also on tap. Not sure why...for the college crowd????

Typical brewpub menu, nothing too out of the ordinary. Had a panini club which was good.

All in all, a good find. Fresh beers. Not far off the highway.

They sell hats, t-shirts and pint glasses as well. (967 characters)

Photo of thain709
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I had a nice experience at the Tavern. I go to school at Kutztown, but I don't like the party scene. I'd rather go to a place like the Tavern and not be bothered by drunken peers.

I like that they have their own brewery. The beer is good. I like when they bring in the seasonals because the regulars get a little boring after a while.

I think they have a pretty good menu. They have great appetizers, which went perfect with a few beers while watching the baseball playoffs. The other half of the menu was filled with your basic sandwiches and some decent looking entrees.

The service here is good. The bar is pretty big and they only had one bartender working. She did a good job talking to everyone and making sure everyone was topped off and doing well.

I will be making plenty of trips back to Kutztown after I graduate and I plan on stopping in. I really enjoyed the Tavern and for Kutztown to have their own brewery is pretty amazing. (948 characters)

Photo of Ezekiel81923
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

I go to school in Kutztown and the Tavern is one of only a few places in town to drink (if you're 21 that is) and one of only a handful of restaurants.

It's pretty big inside with two floors of seating if they get really busy and need it. The bar is pretty big with tables along the wall behind it. There are at least two tv's with sports on almost all the time from what i remember. They have a take-out store connected to the restaurant right on the other side of the brewery part of the building but it only carries big beer brand names and cheap beer for the college kids.

The food is ok, everytime i go though i wish they served a bigger variety of food. They do a couple of things really well though. They usually have 8-10 of their own brews on tap (I think at the bar, 8 of the 12 taps are their own brews) some of which are decent, but decent at best, and the rest aren't very good.

Overall not a terrible place to go. I go to school there and the town isn't very hoppin, so it's the best we can do. Still prefer being home a lot closer to much better beer bars and distributors. (1,091 characters)

Photo of davide169
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Stopped by here on a lazy Sunday afternoon. One of the last places within 25 miles I have not tired. Located right on Main Street in Kutztown. Not sure if there is on street parking or not. No one seemed to be parked on Main St so I went around to the back of the building. From the back you can enter Shorty's to the right or Kutztown Tavern/Golden Avalanche to the left.

Once inside there is dining seating across the back 2/3. The bar is along the left side and seats about 20 people. In the middle of everything splitting the bar and the take out area is the brewering operation. Don't bother even looking in the take out area its 99% Macros.

As for the beer brewed onsite. They had about 8 beers on when I was here. I had a sampler so I can try each one. Almost each one was described as it would relate to a macro which did not impress me at all. Most of them were decent, there were a few duds.

If you are in town, sure stop by, but I wouldn't got out of my way to go back. (985 characters)

Photo of HopDerek
3.93/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Kutztown Tavern is an odd place, in a building consisting of 4 areas; Shorty's Bar (a club type place), a take out shop, Golden Avalanche brewing, and Kutztown Tavern itself, the restaurant/bar. With a decent parking lot out back and a nice location right on the main drag in Kutztown, it gets very popular, but there is plenty of seating. The bar is quite long with plenty of stools and is one of my favorite local bars.

With a range of 6-8 taps of things brewed on premises, and 3 or 4 taps of some domestic stuff, there's a good selection of stuff. 5-6 staple beers with 1-3 seasonal offerings rotate through. Among the seasonals out now include a Blueberry Lager, a Black and Tan, and a Honey Spiced Tavern Ale, in addition to an Alt, Cream Stout, blonde lager, weiss, and a stronger lager. Only disappointment is that I've never seen an IPA offered, and they don't really update the website anymore with the seasonal offerings.

There is a nice wide selection of food options, pizzas, pretzels, seafood, chicken, pastas, steak, salads, burgers, etc, and all very good and reasonably priced. The sweet corn fritters are an excellent appetizer.

While I don't get to the Kutztown Tavern as often as I would like, I've always enjoyed myself there and look forward to a return trip. (1,285 characters)

Photo of grees20
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I check this place out for the first time. I got a sampler, which for $6 is worth it. Really enjoyed the Bourbon Stout, which is a seasonal. Nice chocolate aroma, smooth taste and nice cream soda aftertaste. And of course you taste hints of bourbon. Also liked the Blonde Lager and the Olde Brick Alt. As a Hophead, disappointed they didn't have an IPA.
Food was excellent. The chicken wing egg rolls were excellent and the crab cake sandwich I had was tasty.
I didn't purchase a growler, but they were reasonably priced.
Definitely a place I'd check out again. (562 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Visited with my wife on 12/8/07.

Bright, mile-long room with upstairs seating as well. Bar has an almost diner feel, but with a copper-topped bar and probably 20 or so seats. Plenty of bar tables for additional seating. Very modern brewpub atmosphere that's clean and comfortable. Not smokey at all for a college town bar. Nice view of the brewing tanks from just about anywhere in the place. There was acoustic entertainment during our visit that was at a reasonable volume. Beer menus were right at the bar within our reach.

The beer selection featured a nice line-up of Golden Avalanche (house) brews, including the following: blonde lager, Bavarian lager, Donner Weiss, altbier, Onyx Cream Stout, blueberry lager and bourbon stout, the latter two being seasonal offerings. They round out the tap selection with Labatt Blue, Coors Light and Rolling Rock. We ordered a sampler of all seven brews (only $5.95), and the presentation was nice (mini tall mugs). Every offering was well done, with my favorites being the altbier, bourbon stout and blonde. The blueberry lager was also quite good. I ordered an altbier and my wife got the bourbon stout, which we had with our meal. I would have liked to have seen an IPA or other hoppy beer, but overall I thought the selection was pretty solid.

The menu featured reasonably priced entrees, sandwiches and salads, as well as pretzel pizzas (made with pretzel dough). We split the pot stickers (steamed dumplings) appetizer and then split a buffalo chicken pretzel pizza. Both were very good and served hot. Service was good enough, but nothing to write home about. The bar was fairly busy, but definitely not crazy.

Overall, this is a great addition to this college town. My wife went to college at KU, and this place wasn't really around back in the mid to late 90's. All of their beers are solid, the food is good, and the atmosphere is great. We'll definitely be back next time we're in the area. (1,953 characters)

Photo of pjschurr
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

My husband and I were visiting the area. I had checked BeerFly and saw the positive reviews of this place. So I figured it was worth a stop. I have to admit, my expectations weren't overly high. Just figured it would be a nice place to get some lunch and try some different beers along our trip.

We stopped by on Sunday around 1:30 pm. We were seated promptly. The service was friendly and attentive. Our waitress always seemed ready to help and was there when we needed her.

The atmosphere was nice. Not overly pretentious, but clean & well kept. Very much the brew pub feel. The tanks are pretty central which I admit I enjoy.

The best deal was the sampler. They had 5 oz samples of each of the 8 beers they had on tap for $5.25. I was amazed by the price.

The beer itself was very good. They were good examples of their styles but not so married to the styles as to be dull. They make some nice balanced beers. I am not a huge fan of heavily hopped APAs. But theirs was balanced and complex enough that I finished the sample. It surprised me as it wasn't at all shy on the hops yet very tasty. Kept going back to it. My fav was a bourbon barrel stout. Delicious! The Onyx stout was super smooth and quite delicious. Even the beers my husband and I didn't finish were good, just not our favorite styles. And we wanted to save room for a pint of our favs.

The food was delicious. Their pretzels were a perfect starter for the beer. We got them with the cheese which was good to work with the beers. I had the pretzel Reuben which was so very good. My husband loved his pretzel pizza. Both were made with the pretzel dough, but it was nice the way it was treated to compliment the dishes very well. I wish we had room for dessert as they also looked delicious. But I wasn't even able to finish my lunch.

I wish Kutztown was closer to home. We would definitely become regular customers if it were. (1,915 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited the establishment on a Friday afternoon about 1PM. The servers and hostess seemed very busy even though there were many empty tables. After a short wait we were seated. After I felt was a too long delay, our drink orders were taken. Since we had already had a long time to look at our food menu, we also placed our meal order. The problem (and the reason for the bad service rating) was that our food arrived 10 minutes before our drinks! I have never had this happen in my life. I told them to take the food back until our drinks were sereved, but then we decided that the meal would probably just sit on a counter on the kitchen, so we told them to bring the food back. That's the last time I will ever place my food and drink order at the same time. The food was good and so were the drinks. I can recommend the place, and will visit again, but I will order in a different manner. (891 characters)

Photo of Beerquester
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A very nice brewpub set-up here. Plenty of parking in the back, and walk up the steps to the brewpub. A nice bar area, table, and booths. Comfortable. Can see the entire brewpub setup on the one end and I imagine would be fun to watch while they are brewing. A small take-out shop toward the main street part of the tavern has a few good micros to go. In the bottom of the building is a bar where college students can get good deals on pitchers of beer on certain nights.

The food was good as was the service. My only disappointment was the beer. A reasonably priced sampler of 7 brews came in nice miniature "mugs". Technically, there were minor flaws in all of the beers, though the "Old Brick Alt" and the "Onyx Cream Stout" were not too bad. A slight "sulfury" taste in some of the light lagers, though I know some people do like that flavor. I keep coming back here (this is my 3 or 4th visit in as many years) to try the beers hoping the quality will get a little better but it hasn't happened yet.

Worth a stop for the nice pub, but don't get hopes up too much on the beers. (1,088 characters)

Photo of slander
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

"Ed's goin' down".

We've all agreed. The hike out to Kutztown was my brainstorm, I'll take the heat for that one alone. Weyerbacher open house had wound down and it was time to go somewhere. Ed had sang his, "Oooooh, it's my favorite brewpub" song, and it had rhythm and he sang it with such soul, I mean, well, you'd have wanted to go there too...
A crazy ass haul through the "it's been raining all goddamn day" downpour brought us eventually to Kutztown. Parked around back and came up the stairs through the dining room and out to the bar. It's an "L" shaped bar with wood trim and a bumpy pressed copper top, seating nearly 2 dozen. It's a brick back bar with cut nooks and shelves with booze & glassware over mirrors. TV's in the corners, drop spot lighting directly over the bar, spot lighting overhead, and strung white Xmas lighting running the length of the room along the trim. Yellow and plum painted walls, blue ceilings and red tile floors. The current tap selections are listed on hanging signage that attach and detach as the selections change.
A half dozen bar tables run adjacent to the bar along a glass wall that looks upon a center brewing island housing a row of 6 fermenters. On the other side of the brewing island lie 5 tables and 5 booths somewhat hidden. To the very front of the building holds a few cushy couches on one side of the door and a few copper kettles in a pen on the other side, along with pallets of malt. Past the entrance area you'll find a door to a small side banquet room and opposite that, a corner door to a beer store of sorts where you can purchase some decent micros, and 'fridged growlers of Kutztown beers. The main dining room lies to the very rear of the building, roughly a dozen booths & tables wrapping around a staircase leading upstairs to a larger banquet room. Along the far wall is a slightly elevated perrch with 9 booths and 9 tables.
Had me the bourbon wings and some really good pretzella stix (motz stix done up with a pretzellish coating), served with mustard and good spicy marinara sauce. Food was good, beer was mostly bland.
7 house brews (Blond Lager, Young Allen's Lager, Donner Weiss, Olde Brick Alt, Onyx Cream Stout, Spring Bock, Avalanche Light) and 4 taps for crappy macros (Rolling Rock, Labatt's Blue, Killian's, Coor's Light). The 7 beer sampler came in tall narrow sample steins. Most of the beers had little body and less flavor. The Young Allen's Lager had a little hop bite, the Onyx Cream Stout was slightly roasty, although sweet, rich & smooth, the Avalanche Light was light & crisp, and the Olde Brick Alt was nicely malty. We unanimously agreed on the Alt & the Light being the best of the lot of 'em. And then Davida declared "Ed's going down" and we unanimously agreed on that one too. I called him immediately after we left to tell him so. He was a-scared, you could tell. (2,876 characters)

Photo of Fish113d
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Taking a walk down memory lane was what I considered going here last week with my buddy Sully (sulldaddy-BA). Having graduated from Kutztown U some 5 years ago, I was a bit biased since it was my first time to drink at a brewpub and have pretty decent food at the same time.

Walking in from Main St., the fermenters jump out at you as they line the bar. They create a nice atomosphere along with exposed air flow ducts and water pipes, etc. The bar is rather long with a short "L". Behind the bar stools are pub tables that line the glass between the walkway behind the bar and the fermenters that are visible. In the rear are dinner tables, and even a staircase leads to a 2nd story of dinner tables. They have up to 10 taps, where anywhere from 7-9 were being used at the time for their average brews with little body. HOwever, even though I didn't eat this night, in the past the food is exceptional. Most of the food would be considered typical pub grub, but having eaten meals there over the years, they make a Bad-assed pretzel pizza! Overall, we only had a beer, but since I am biased I just excited to be back in happy ol' Kutztown where Dave Letterman even said in '95 that it was one of the top-10 things to do on Halloween. (1,236 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited this brewpub with my buddy fish113d last weekend. The tavern is located on the main drag in K-town and there are fermenters in the window facing the street.
Walking in there are fermenters on your left along with some grain sacks.
Walking past the hostess we grab two seats at the bar. They had 6 or 7taps available of house beers with some "guest" beers like Labatts as well. The bar is about 25 stools and is a U shape and top is copper foil. Exposed ventilation ducts on ceiling.
There are some small tables directly behind the bar stools. Further into the pub there is a fairly large assortment of tables for dining. Also a 2nd floor of tables up some stairs.
The menu looks to have some typical pub grub but the guy next to me orders some mussels over pasta and FIsh says the food is good.
Growler fills are available for between 7-15 dollars depending on the beer. I think the beers I tasted were okay but not stellar. Definitely worth a stop if in the area, but wouldnt go too far out of the way to chase the beer down. Definitley would be a cool place to hang out though if a student or resident in K-town. (1,128 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited the Kutztown Tavern Golden Avalanche this past Labor Day while in town for a BBQ, with my trusty Lew Bryson PA Breweries book tucked under my arm. The Brewpub is located on Main Street a few blocks down from the State University. The first aspect I noticed is that Kutztown Tavern is neat, clean, well organized and well maintained. There are a few big brew tuns with state of the art machinery to boot. I bellied up to the polished copper dent surface and order up a good ole sampler flight served in appetizing miniature beer mugs with painted labels to boot. Stylish! Even the bathrooms were spanking clean. Does KT pass the "Could you bring Mom here" test? With flying colors.

The entire bill for a sampler flight of seven beers, two pints, a water and a potoato and gravy appetizer? $13 smackers. Pretty cheap! Our waitress admitted that she has been employed there for five years, and the owner is in all the time. Even the salt & pepper shakers behind the counter were organized, for crying out loud...AHHH!!!

Their seven beers availible were: Light Lager, Blonde Lager, Young Allen's Lager, Kutztown Donner Weiss, Olde Brick Alt, Cream Stoudt, and Tavern Ale. The stand outs were the Alt and Pale. All were spankin' clear unfiltered (except the Weiss) but left me wanting a bit more punch, kinda like Wawa coffee is good, but sometimes stronger is better.

Last swigs: The cleanest brewpub I've ever seen. This is no Ramapo Valley. Cheapest brewpub ever, too. Glad I stopped in. I see no reason why any "beer snob" wouldn't enjoy a visiti here. Maybe the only downside is that KT does not offer anything that you can't find elsewhere so I wouldn't go out of my way to get here. (1,703 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This was a really cool stop after a hot day at Dorney Park. It has a casual, yet slightly upscale atmosphere with a well lit dining area and a large bar. The brew system sits right in the middle of the floor and is available for observation.

The quality was fine. It was a clean place with excellent food and a decent selection of good tasting craft beers.

The service was good. The waitress was friendly and prompt. The beer was delivered quickly along with the eats which were great.

The selection was decent. They had three versions of a lager along with a stout, American pale ale, and alt. They were all pretty tastey.

The food was awesome. They everything from bar food to good dinners for the whole family. Overall, this place was a real treasure. The town was cool and this palce rocked! (810 characters)

Photo of dmarch
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

This place is much larger on the inside than it looks. Very open area and the brewing equiptment is literally right in the middle of everything. I should not that I haven't been upstairs in this place yet so I can't comment on that. Service is good and they tell me any seasonals without me even have to ask about them. Good food hear. I'd have to reccomend one of the pretzel pizzas, pizzas made using pretzel dough. As far as the beer, it's well made, but it seems to be just a selection of common session brews. Understandable for catering to a college crowd, but I would have liked to see something more interesting. Even their seasonal this time around was their new "low-carb" beer. I'd have to say that the highlight here is the Black Onyx Stout. I'd also like to give them credit for not serving it on nitro. This has the potential to be one of my favorite places, I just wish they would experiment with some more exciting styles rather than having basically 3 varieties of blonde lager. (995 characters)

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4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited this place last night on the way back from a trip home. I had read about the place here on BA and thought I'd give it a shot as I have driven past the Kutztown exit on 222 dozens of times, yet never bothered to explore. The place is wonderful. There are cozy couches to your right as you enter, and brass railed fermenters and assorted garb to the left. Ahead is a long bar, probably 2 dozen well spaced seats that place themselves at a nice clean bar with a shiny textured copper top. Every few feet are complementary carafes filled with a nice mixture of pretzels (you can sense you're in PA Dutch country when pretzels abound). They have a nice layout behind the bar with micros and liquors displayed very artisically amongst their glassware. On tap are 5 or so Golden Avalanche Beers, with 5 large steel tanks brewing the beer behind glass opposite the bar. Just past the bar are a number of cleanly arranged seats, with a staircase I can only assume leads to some sort of banquet room. The food here is very tasty looking, and I had the crabcake on a pretzel melt--very good. The dutch fries are a stange mixture between potato chips and hashbrowns, yet they are delicious and serve as a perfect complement to any of the beers. Good prices on beer also, 2.75/pint, though don't hold me to that--I may have caught the tail of happy hour. Overall, an inviting and attractive brewpub and somewhere that I could see frequenting more in future.


Update-- Don't ever go on a weekend. Every yocal and college dork with nothing to do crams up the joint. I tried to stop for dinner on a Friday and there was an hour and a half wait. HA! (1,644 characters)

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4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I had the good fortune of working at Kutztown University for a few months, and the Kutztown Tavern, right down the street from the college, quickly became a staple among my beer stops and dining establishments. The place has a great atmosphere. As you walk in the front door, you're greeted by the fermenters in a neatly fenced off area to the left of the very attractive bar. The Tavern's got lots of space for dining, complete with old photos of the town and the University along the walls, a large banquet room upstairs, and an overall atmosphere very conducive to drinking lots of great beer. The quality of the place is impeccable...the food selection is quite diverse, with lots of local favorites, especially the PA Dutch fare. My personal favorites are the pretzel pizzas...any variety will do.Service has always been better than adequate, even on the busiest of nights. Oh, and the beer...the regular line of 5-6 Golden Avalanche beers are superb. My selections are usually the Olde Brick Alt, the Black Onyx Stout or the Tavern Ale, but all are worth a try. The seasonals are very good, too. The Winter Bock and Octoberfest stand out for me. I've never had a disappointing expereince at the Kutztown Tavern, and anyone who happens to meander into PA Dutch country must stop by for a pint and a serving of Dutch Fries. This is a great establishment, and the Golden Avalanche products are a welcome variety of microbrewed beer in the heart of Yuengling territory. (1,471 characters)

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Kutztown Tavern in Kutztown, PA
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