Elk Creek Cafe & Aleworks
Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ffejherb:
3.93/5 rDev -6.4%
Visited on Saturday 1/19/08. Got there right when they opened at 4pm, and there were two other people waiting to get in as well. I always enjoyed passing through Millheim on my trek from State College to Shamokin during my days at PSU, so I'm glad a nice place like Elk Creek popped up on the scene.
Walking into the place, it definitely has the feel of an artsy cafe, but with a brewpub atmosphere. Lots of local artwork graces the walls, which is all for sale. The main room boasts a pretty large floor plan with plenty of comfortable seating, including an L-shaped bar with about twelve heavy wooden and iron seats. There is also additional seating in the back of the establishment for the dinner crowd. By the time we left at 6pm, the place was pretty packed, with the bar completely full and most tables occupied.
The bartender on duty was also the assistant brewer, so he was obviously very knowledgeable about the beers, and beer in general. We also met the owner, who was very sociable and enjoyed answering questions about Elk Creek.
The selection was fairly modest, but they only recently opened, so I'm sure they will beef up their line-up soon. I know they have an IPA that will be on tap very soon. All in all, they had the Winkleblink ale, pale ale, copper ale, brown ale, porter and strong ale on tap. My wife and I shared the sampler, which consisted of nice 5-oz. sampler glasses of each offering. All were above average, with the exception of the pale ale, which I thought was a bit off track. I particularly enjoyed the Winkleblink ale, copper ale, brown ale and strong ale. I opted for a pint of the copper ale (see my review for more info). Beer menus were available right at the bar, and offered pricing and info for each of their brews.
As for the food, we didn't have dinner there, but we did order the hummus appetizer, which was tasty. The pita bread was warm and toasty.
Overall, Elk Creek is an excellent addition to the community of Millheim. They also offer a selection of Presque Isle wine, and it was cool to see beer geeks mingling with wine aficionados at the bar. This is also a great stop between Otto's in State College and Selin's Grove Brewing, so make sure you plan on checking out Elk Creek if you are in the area.
01-20-2008 22:02:39 | More by ffejherb
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4.19/5 rDev -0.2%
A great brewpub in the mountains of central pa. Brews are primarily english style ales. Six main beers always on tap with two rotating handles they use for seasonal/speciality brews. Best offering would have to be the Poe Valley Porter or Double Rainbow . When in season spring/summer elk creek takes advantage of their location and uses local ingredients from nearby farms and purveyors in their beer and food. What I enjoy the most about Elk Creek is that they keep things simple. There is no extreme or outlandish beers, just easy drinking ales that they do well. Only drawback about this place is no TV so don't plan on having a beer and watching the game. Its prolly a good thing they don't have a tv because you would never leave. If you want to experience a local friendly place with a sociable atmosphere then this the place. Well done Elk Creek.
02-13-2014 13:47:57 | More by b_packer
4.18/5 rDev -0.5%
Stopped in here yesterday for brunch after leaving Campground Brewdown. My first time visiting but I have always heard great things.
The space is very nice, lots of tables and a decent sized bar. It was packed with lots of happy people eating and drinking the entire time we where there. Quality seemed to be high. My food was top notch, as were the beers. Our service left a lot to be desired. Our server was great...when she was around. We had to flag her down multiple times and she forgot a few beers had been ordered, twice.
Selection was pretty good. They had eight of their regular beers on with three extra ones, including the ESB on cask. I got a DIPA and it was decent. Food was definitely the star of the show. We where there for brunch so I went with the blue cornmeal blueberry pancakes and they were great. I checked the rest of the menu and I saw quite a few things I would love to try.
Overall a great little place that I will definitely return to when I am in the area.
08-20-2012 17:27:09 | More by orangesol
4.63/5 rDev +10.2%
Arrived for lunch a little after noon on a rainy Saturday. We were promptly seated, and our waitress soon arrived to take our drink order. I selected the beer on cask and was very pleased with my selection. My wife and I selected a sandwich from the menu which was served in a timely fashion. The food was delicious and the portions were adequate without being overly filling. I wanted to purchase a growler and our waitress gave me several samples before I made my selection. An excellent place to stop if you are in the area. Good people, good beer, good food. The perfect combination.
10-24-2011 21:34:28 | More by tgbljb
Elk Creek Cafe & Aleworks in Millheim, PA
93 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.