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Canal Street Pub & Restaurant

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Canal Street Pub & RestaurantCanal Street Pub & Restaurant
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

26 Ratings
Ratings: 26
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.62%
Taps: 18
Bottles: 100
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

535 Canal St
Reading, Pennsylvania, 19602-2675
United States
phone: (610) 376-4009

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Notes:
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(Place added by: bigsplash on 12-08-2007)
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

BigRizz62, Aug 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

jdaddy, Jul 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27.2%

stakem, Jul 11, 2014
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4.11/5  rDev -0.2%

The selection of beer is awesome for an old factory building with a brewery in the basement. Took a coworker here and introduced them to Founders Raspberry Ale and had a good time. Great food, reasonable prices, and an awesome beer selection. The wings are awesome. The tap takeovers are rather ambitious and really let you try out 2 different breweries at once. This is a great place for any type of meeting.

Beastcpa, Jul 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Kegatron, Jun 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

DLS168, Jun 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

sdaly3, Jun 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Blaze5445, May 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

TimoP, Jan 10, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -15.5%

Reading has always seemed to be good beer's "blindspot" in Eastern PA. To the South you have Sly Foxes, Iron Hills, Craft Ale House, Union Jacks, Teresas, TJs, etc and that's before you get near Philly. To the North the Lehigh Valley has an, well not exactly thriving but adequate scene of bars, brewpubs and breweries (which is partly driven by Stockertown and Shangys wholesale operations being located there). To the West Lancaster County delivers the largest number of breweries/brewpubs in the whole state.

And with that, we stumble upon Canal St Pub. In as few of words as possible, it is "good for the area" (as mentioned by most recent reviews as well).

Sure, they do get their cache of rarities (KBS, Hill Farmstead, Sculpin, etc) but they aren't quite as common as they are in the suburbs to the South. However, they will also last 10x as long on draft here as they do there. And to be fair, their daily taplist IS better than average, when average is anywhere in the US, not the greater Philadelphia area (if they were in MD and DC this would sadly be up for best taplist ever among the hype generators there).

And complaining about service when a bar is full... I mean, yea, nearly everywhere sucks at that. Otherwise, if you do get a chance to talk to the bartenders they generally know what they're talking about and can offer some insights into the their list. Growlers are sketchy, sometimes they fill certain things, sometimes they don't.

Hopefully the recently open Liberty Taproom will drive some competition between these two bars to step up their service in quality for the high-end craft beer niche market in Reading. Unfortunately, if you're from out of the area and looking for good beer I still recommend to keep on driving (to Union Jacks that is).

yourefragile, Jun 19, 2011
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Canal Street Pub & Restaurant in Reading, PA
92 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.