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Kutztown Tavern

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Kutztown TavernKutztown Tavern

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 22
Beer Ratings: 130
Beer Avg: 3.61

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Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N

33 Ratings
Ratings: 33
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.55%
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Eatery ]

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

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AKA - Golden Avalanche Brewing Company

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Reviews by ffejherb:
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3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

12-09-2007 20:54:28 | More by ffejherb
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

10-30-2013 02:35:37 | More by canawler
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

10-09-2013 02:51:59 | More by rydev24
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New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +5%
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 | $$


06-12-2011 16:23:42 | More by Bierman9
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3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

02-01-2011 13:53:37 | More by akorsak
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Kutztown Tavern in Kutztown, PA
90 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.