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Kutztown Tavern

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Kutztown TavernKutztown Tavern
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

36 Ratings
Ratings: 36
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.52%
Active Beers: 22
Beer Ratings: 135
Beer Avg: 3.59
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Eatery ]

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

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Notes:
AKA - Golden Avalanche Brewing Company

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Reviews by Nutleybeer:
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3.85/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

Nutleybeer, Jul 19, 2009
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Photo of Bierman9
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%

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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Bierman9, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of akorsak
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

akorsak, Feb 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

stakem, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of mgbickel
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

mgbickel, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%

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*.

woodychandler, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of thain709
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

thain709, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of Ezekiel81923
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

Ezekiel81923, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of davide169
3.2/5  rDev -19.8%

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.

davide169, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

HopDerek, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of grees20
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

grees20, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

ffejherb, Dec 09, 2007
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4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

pjschurr, Apr 30, 2007
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3.95/5  rDev -1%

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.

tgbljb, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of Beerquester
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

Beerquester, Sep 17, 2006
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Kutztown Tavern in Kutztown, PA
90 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.