Stewart's Brewing Co.

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3.89/5
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45 Beers
108 Reviews
Place Score: 90
Reviews: 36
Visits: 54
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: n/a
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Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

219 Governors Pl
Bear, Delaware, 19701-3026
United States
phone: (302) 836-2739

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Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Knowledgeable staff. Sean was great with insights and recommendations. Generally a fairly spacious brew pub with multi-TV/sports channels going on. Games. Glass walls displaying brew tanks, etc.Has a feel of brew pub, british pub, sports bar and strip mall.
Beer was typically very good with a few awesome beers. Many seasonals to enjoy.
Everyone was ordering/eating food ( eat in and take out). I didn't this trip, but felt sure I would have been more than happy.
Overall atmosphere was upbeat, friendly and definitely full of regular happy patrons.
Enjoyed my stay, beer was way above average with standouts. Considering how many GABF and WBC medals these guys have won...they definitely showed it in what I had. Nice thing is that they had something for practically anyone. Something for everyone. Will definitely go back. (827 characters)

Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I stopped in with a few friends while making our rounds across the PA boarder.

Stewart's is located in a strip mall, but it's easily detected. The not-so-full parking lot translated into a few patrons at the bar and a few tables being filled. I believe the bartender was attending to everyone. She was very attentive with the four of us and even took time to talk about the beer.

The beer selection wasn't bad. We were there right at the time where summer seasonals were dying off and fall seasonals were coming in. I enjoyed a pint of Highlander Stout (on nitro) and Smoked Pumpkin Porter, the latter being pretty smokey with some fleshy tones right at the beginning. They have a few year rounds (stout, white, IPA, gold) and a few seasonal taps (dunkel, wit, kolsch, porter).

We did not try any food this time. Actually, I don't even remember if we looked at a menu.

I enjoyed our time here as the service was quick and attentive and the beer was very fresh. Their website keeps up-to-date with seasonals and even special, one-off casks. Stewart's is one I will visit again when I'm in the area. (1,102 characters)

Photo of stevoj
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Not much to see from the outside, and first glance inside looks like a typical sports bar. The beer selection and quality are top notch. Bar type food had that extra edge to it, and very reasonably priced. The sandwich I ordered was very good, I heard no complaints from around the table (about 25 people). I was with a large group for my nephew's rehearsal dinner, and service was fast and attentive. Growler's are also offered, and the sampler was a god place to start to test the varieties available. Since my sister lives nearby, I see myself visiting again every time I am in the area. (590 characters)

Photo of MsRif
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited with my husband on 10/23/11 after a trip to the Christiana Mall. Very unassuming place located in a strip mall, even our GPS got confused trying to find it. Unfortunately it was "game day" which meant a lot of noise and general douchbaggery, however, the service/food/beer were all good enough to make staying for an hour worth it. I had a few samples of the brews and while the year-round line up wasn't too impressive, the seasonal beers were pretty amazing, particularly the Pumpkin Smoked Porter. The food was decent...usual pub fare but done a lot better than many other places I've been to. I got the chicken quesadilla appetizer and it was big enough to be an entree. Despite the very large crowd there were still plenty of tables available, but don't expect to get a bar seat during "the game"...we got lucky as two patrons were leaving just as we were coming in.

If you are getting the sampler, I'd highly recommend passing up the lighter beers in favor of their seasonal offerings. The lighter beers (ie-pale ale) are pretty generic/average. Unfortunately, we were there on a Sunday which meant nothing was on the hand pump, but if you go on Friday they apparently have a new casked brew ready to pump every week. They did have a couple of "Sunday Night Football" beer staples such as Coors Light on tap which seemed a shame to me given that their brews were miles better than Coors...a waste of a perfectly good tap but again, considering the clientele, it really is to be expected.

Service was great considering that there were only two bartenders serving a very large (full) bar. Our bartender was attentive and there was hardly a wait time for food and beer. Prices were reasonable and they had several enticing specials on for "game day." Pretty much all comfort food but there were also a couple of options for salads that looked good. Oddly, this place had a very "chain restaurant" feel despite it being an independent brewery.

Other than the Coors Light, there weren't any other "guest taps" which didn't really bother me, but I would have liked to maybe see one or two dedicated Dogfish Head taps as they were located pretty close to DH. No bottled beer to speak of, but with what was offered, I wasn't really "wanting" too much for anything else. One sign that this place was only average in my experience was that we left immediately after finishing our food...normally we stay for awhile to sit and drink but the atmosphere really wasn't conducive to sitting back and relaxing with a brew...too much whooping and hollering over the multiple games that were being broadcast. I'm all for people having a good time while drinking, but I guess my definition of a good time is slightly different given my general dislike for sports bars (which is what Stewart's reminded me of).

Overall, worth a visit and I'd really like to see what this place is like on a non-sports day (if such a day exists there). I wouldn't go out of my way, but I'm glad I went once. (2,991 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

We visited this place on a whim one day on the way back from the Christiana Mall. Pretty decent overall, I thought. A generic facade in a strip mall opens to a local-friendly bar, basic layout, simple decor. There's a large bar that might seat 50 people when full, and lots of table room for a sizable crowd. TVs everywhere for obnoxious sports fans. If you're looking for a dark Euro-style pub, please look elsewhere.

Beer selection was pretty good for a microbrewery, with about 12 of their own brews on tap--6 rotating and the rest seasonals--and Coors Light and Woodchuck for the aforementioned obnoxious crowd. The house brews were all pretty decent, even the lighter ones. Food was very good and served in generous portions. Bartenders were friendly and seemed to know their ways around. Prices were reasonable, but the entreés got into a bit of coin.

I don't know that I'd go out my way to return here, but it was definitely worth a visit, and if I find myself in the area again, I'll probably go back. (1,012 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped in here with Deuane, thain709, and StormKing47 on our trip around DE and MD last week. First time I had even heard of this place was when Deuane said we were going here. I am always down to try a new place so away we went.

When we pulled up I thought we had made a wrong turn and we were turning around. I then noticed the sign and just how big this place really is. Tucked into quite a few storefronts in a large strip mall is Stewart's Brewing Co.

The atmosphere is pretty good, even on a slow day like the one when we visited. There is a big horse-shoe shaped bar in the middle of the room, lots of TV's all over the room, and lots of seating all over the place. The quality seemed to be pretty good. Our beers were all server in the correct glasses and while I didn't try any food I was told by a few different people that it is pretty good. I will have to try and stop here again in the future to confirm that for myself. Prices seemed to be on par with most of the other places we stopped so no biggie there.

The service was pretty good. Our bartender was very nice and knew quite a bit about their beers. She flawlessly filled a growler for us and it was filled to the brim, as it should be. The selection was good. They had a few new beers, most notably the smoked pumpkin porter, that I enjoyed trying. I got a full glass of the Wind Blown Blonde Kolsch and it was very good. I saw they had one cask line but they didn't have anything running through it. Oh well, maybe next time.

Overall I enjoyed this place. If I am ever in the area again I will stop by again for sure. (1,594 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Went to Stewart's for the first time today after work with a few coworks. First thing that I noticed was a nice relaxed atmosphere that was welcoming. The quality of the beer and food was great, with good prices. The only down fall was the menu, what was on it was great, but it was small, wish the food had more selection. The beer selection was great. Compared to the other brew pubs near me this is the most reasonably priced and the most down to earth atmosphere. Definitely will be going back, even if it is just a growler run. (532 characters)

Photo of 86sportster883
3.85/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Sampler - Eight (5oz) beers or your choice for $10. I got all six seasonals, the IPA and the Golden. I originally included the Irish Red, but after the bartender asked, and confirmed, that I was a beer geek he steered me away from the red.

Chinook IPA (6.8%) - Not bad, but you've got to be a fan of this piney, resiny hop.
Wind Blown Blond Kolsch (5.3%) - very good, easy drinking, clean and refreshing.
Governor's Golden Ale - flavorful, with a distinct noble hop finish.
TriviAle Wit (5.1%) - Great aroma of spices and orange. Crisp with a dry finish.
Oktoberfest - Good
IPA - Almost undrinkable after the Wit, but even after my pallet adjusted it was still my least favorite.
Smoked Porter (5.6%) - An English-style porter w/beachwood smoked malt. A very drinkable beer with a nice balance between the bacony smoke and sweet caramel flavors.
Old Perculator Coffee Stout (5.5%) - An English-style porter brewed w/roast coffee. Tastes exactly as described w/ strong, rich coffee aromas.

1/2 price Angus burgers every Tuesday - I got the mushroom swiss version with fries. The burger was nothing special but it was filling and the price was right.

Stewart's has a singular large room separated by a very large rectangular bar that might seat as many as forty. There's a second large room behind the glass enclosed fermentors that seamed oriented toward larger parties. The place was busy on a Tuesday night, with many of the 40+ clientel sporting mug club mugs and/or preoccupied by the Playmaker trivia game.

Phillys /Braves, Flyers /Devils and Yankees /Rays games all took up TV real estate on this late September evening. A chalk board on one side advertises the upcoming Friday and Saturday night bands for the month.

Overall, a decent place with some very drinkable beers. (1,785 characters)

Photo of Nutleybeer
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped by on the way home from the Delaware beaches. A simple stop right off the highway. Tucked in a strip mall. A pretty big place once you get inside. Service was really good, extremely friendly waitress. Typical pub menu. My slider trio was really good.
Nice beer selection...standards included an oatmeal stout, irish red, ipa, golden and wheat. On their rotating line was a hopped up amber, smoked porter, coffee stout, wit and their kolsch...everything was good but the kolsch and oatmeal stout really stood out. They offer 2 sized samplers. Standard swag for sale if interested.
Cool place. We had our baby with us and felt totally comfortable. Thanks for a pleasant visit...will be back next year. (708 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
3.73/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Strictly no frills in terms of appearance and atmosphere - this place could just as easily be another soulless Chinese buffet in another soulless, fading suburban strip mall. But thanks to some better than decent beer, this is actually a pretty good place.

The interior atmosphere is a bit better than the exterior, though it is still sterile and unremarkable. Half is given over to a bar area which seems to feature a variety of Quizzo played with wireless keyboards and linked to some kind of national network of other barrooms playing the same game. The bar area was jam packed when we were there, seemingly with hard core regulars who knew one another well and were quite vocal in playing the game. While this lent a homey feel to the place, the fact is that the dining room is lined with TV sets on every available space, many displaying the quizzo game, many showing sports of various sorts. It all seemed a bit too much, and was quite distracting.

The food is decent. The menu has a nice-looking selection of generic bar food and it turned out to be reasonably well executed, though none of it is distinctive or high end.

The service was quite friendly, but I found it a bit slow, even though the main dining room was relatively slow.

All in all, I wouldn't give this place a second look were it not for the beer - they are surprisingly flavorful and distinctive. I had the very reasonably priced 8 beer sampler, so I got a wide view of the offerings. The signature Governor's Golden Ale was delicious, the seasonal "Windblown Blonde," which is actually a kolch, was remarkably crisp and tasty. The seasonal American brown was malty and robust, with a pleasant bitterness and solid hop character. The IPA was a disappointment, but everything else was good to excellent.

And the price was right - $10 for the sampler, most meals well under $10.

So don't expect elegance, but or a gastronomic treat, but this place is a worthy stop for thirsty travelers. (1,965 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped by here during a road trip over the holidays.

Atmosphere is alright. It's in a strip mall which made it somewhat hard to find, but at least there's ample parking. Once inside I see that the place is huge. Tons of seating with a fairly large U-shaped bar in the middle of things. Brewing equipment is visible at the end of the brewpub.

Quality is good. Proper glassware was used for both my beers and it was served at a good temperature with the appropriate amount of head.

Service was very good. Our waitress came over right after we sat down and was very friendly and attentive.

Selection was solid. About 14 beers total with about six that were year-rounds. They limited brews were pretty original, including a smoked dunkelweizen and an interesting take on a BSDA.

Food was solid but not exceptional.

Value was good, we had a solid amount of food and two beers and the bill was very reasonable.

Overall this isn't the most intimate place in the world but the food and beer selections are good and you won't have to wait long for either of them. (1,062 characters)

Photo of Deuane
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I am surprised I have not reviewed Stewart's. I stop in here two/three times a year on my way to and from the Delaware bayshore. I am always hoping one of Ric's "special" brews will be on tap when I visit. Usually something really good and unusual is flowing which is a good thing as I find the regular offerings somewhat pedestrian.

The place is one big room with a large bar in the center. This set up can be noisy if the place is crowded. It reminds me of a sports bar with class. I have always had decent service if not good....but nothing to write home about.

Food has always been solid with very good burgers and usually some nice seafood slanted soup/chowder too.

Almost always a nice selection of brews with 10 or so on tap at any one time. I have never had a problem finding a pint or two of interest.

Overall a quality place that is overshadowed by the local Iron Hills and the BIG brother to the south. If you are in the area I urge you to give this place a go, I doubt you will come away disappointed. (1,017 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

atmosphere is so-so, the brewpub is located in the center of a large strip mall, the interior is one large room - makes for a pretty loud place when crowded, the bar sits in the center with tables evenly spread on either side, the brewing equipment lies behind a wall of glass at one end of the room, decorations are sparse - photos of the brewpub hang on the walls and a couple blackboards list the seasonal beers and food specials, enough tvs for a decent view from most anywhere, a bit of a sports bar feel, comfortable but pretty unaffecting

there were 5 year-round beers on tap, as well as 5 seasonals, I went with the Nugget IPA and Smoked Porter, both very tasty and obviously fresh, also tempting were the coffee porter and oktoberfest, all beers served in standard pints

was only a little hungry so I went with the crab dip appetizer, it was good but a little over-cheesed, relying on fat for flavor more than the crab, but perfectly acceptable and satisfying

service was good, quick and pleasant

pints on Sundays are $2, other night most hover between $4 and $5

overall I found Stewart's to be an unexpectedly enjoyable stop seemingly randomly placed out here in industrial Delaware, even worth going a bit out of the way for a pint or two (1,254 characters)

Photo of Tromba
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great place. As far as beer goes, the year-round selections are ok, but the rotating seasonals they put out are fantastic! Go on friday night to find something new in the cask each week. The pumpkin, coffee porter, and anything in the cask are some of my favorites. The food is equally good - I've never had anything I didn't like. If you're into fish and chips or crabcakes, this is the place. Check the weekend food specials - there are always unique offerings. To top it off, the staff is friendly (and knows their beer) and atmosphere is welcoming. Check it out! (566 characters)

Photo of bytor
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

A- This is a quirky place at best. It doesn't feel like a bar at all. I guess this is because it's a combination of 5 stores in a strip mall. It's not quite dark enough either. It does have the prerequisite number of flat screen tv's on the far wall but I think they need a pool table or something. One thing I will note though: If youy are sitting at a table with the quad speaker thing over your head it tends to stifle the atmosphere very quick. On a previous visit we left half way through the dinnerbecause it was so obnoxious.

Q- I was there for the Barleywine Festival so I can't comment on any of the other styles. I pretty much exclusively drank the 03 cask aged barlywine which was superb.

S- The service was great. I could see the bartender knew his stuff. He was prompt and didn't forget about me. He even stopped to talk briefly even though I could see he was busy.

S- They had a lot of beers available but I'm assuming that was mostly due to the event.

F- The food was an excellent compliment to the beer being served. I ordered the fruit and cheese plate which came with venison pate in addition to some kickass cheese and grapes. The apples weren't so great though. You better believe I'm coming back for the venison. (1,238 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is an interesting brewpub. I visited here on a Saturday afternoon with fredandboboflo. It's located in the middle of a strip mall in suburban Delaware. It's definitely a hangout for locals and the bartender seemed to know a lot of the people that were there. They have TVs, a dartboard, trivia TV games, and poker TV games. There is a horseshoe bar and it is quite large. The bartender was very friendly, seemed to know his stuff and he won points with me when I ordered a glass of water and he asked if I wanted "regular water or Coors Lite." We ordered a basket of fries which was tasty. Well-priced food and beer. They had ~5 house beers, ~5 seasonals (can't remember exactly). Their cask IPA was phenomenal, their kolsch was good, but the other 2 I had (weizenbock, winter wonder) were not good. So I guess it kind of depends on the beer, but definitely try their cask IPA if you get a chance. Overall, it is a very chill place to just hang back and enjoy a beer. I'm glad I stopped by. (995 characters)

Photo of bonkers
4.05/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I have occasionaly frequented Stewarts for years and have always had a good time. Stewarts is set up like a sports bar. There is about 5 TV's with various games on. They also have 2 dart lanes available.
The food is solid, but not spectacular. They do better with the typical pub grub(wings, fries, burgers) than they do with some of their other entrees. I have never been disapointed, but also have never been wowed.
Where Stewart's shines is its beer. Their beer selections are varied and most are very good. Tonight I enjoyed a smoked porter that was excellent. The food and the beer are all reasonably priced.
Edit:
The last few times I have been there the service has been spotty. (685 characters)

Photo of sholland119
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

We like this bar. The regulars are very friendly and the staff is very nice.

There are usually 8-10 beers on tap, sometimes less (like right after a special event) and sometimes more. The regular beers are good, not great. The seasonals we have had are generally better, especially the Stumblin' Monk.

The food is generally no better than ok. Typical pub fare, nothing particularly memorable.

Stewart's is a worthy stop after a visit to State Line, on the way to or from the beaches or, I guess, if you live nearby. If the food and beer were just a bit better, we'd go out of our way to go more often. (605 characters)

Photo of GnomeKing
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Update 12/22/07
Went back for a second time and my opinion, which was already high, was raised. The food--a crab dip appetizer and meatloaf entree--were terrific. The service was extremely attentive and friendly. They assigned each server only a small number of tables, which more places should do. There were also a greater number of beers on tap, but I didn't boost my selection score because I'm not sure that as many brews are always available.

Original Review 11-08-2005
Stewart's is located in a suburban strip mall, and inside it looks just like a bar that would be in such a place. There is a large horshoe bar with lots of tables on either side, and there's a banquet room adjacent to the regular seating area. There are TVs all around, it's fairly well lit, and, well, it looks like a suburban chain restaurant. It's kid friendly and mother approved. The low-volume music is piped through a dinky ceiling speaker.

For a small brewpub, they hit varied and sometimes unexpected styles, including a Belgian Strong and a smoked porter. A few of the beers listed on the board were out, including the Golden Ale and Stout, so I capped my selection score at 4...more for the tap lineup's variations than for its quantity.

The smoked porter was great. It had a distinct smoked smell and taste that will please fans of the style but will be enjoyed by people who aren't crazy about smoked brews. The Amber Ale was drinkable and smooth. The Bourbathalon, a version of their Decathalon Belgian Strong soaked in Jim Beam barrells, was incredible. It had a rich taste in which the alcohol (13.3%) came through less strongly than you'd expect, partly because a cherry taste (think the cherries on top of a sundae, sweet and candy-like) tempered the potency nicely. Their coffee porter is top notch too. The Wacky Wheat and IPA were nice but unspectacular. The IPA was closer to a regular American Pale Ale than a true IPA.

The food was pretty good. The crab soup kicked ass, the nachos were okay (the chicken on them was chicken-loaf quality), and the meatloaf/vegetable/mashed potato dish was really nice.

The service was solid but nothing special.

Stewart's is fighting the good fight (and winning) in a neighborhood that wouldn't normally embrace a brewpub. Check this place out. (2,285 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A pre-Christmas visit to State Line required (yes, required) that we finally visit Stewart's for lunch and a few pints.

Atmosphere: For a joint that used to be a pet shop, they've done wonders. Bar seating greets you on the left, dining room on the right on entrance. A wall of televisions blanket the far left wall and brewing equipment is located between the bar and dining area. Bar is a long 'U' shape, stretched around the middle of the bar.

Quality: Nice tap selection, service was friendly and beer was generally good.

Service: Our waiter was friendly and offered recommendations, including the newly released Stumblin' Monk. He was stretched a little thin though, serving the entire back half of the bar area.

Selection: In addition to the regular line-up of six or so beers, Stewart's offered a nice seasonal line that included the aforementioned Stumblin' Monk, Winterfest, Dunkelweizen and a Scottish Ale. Guest taps were uninspiring, including the macro line-up.

Food: The pretzels are an excellent appetizer, warm and nicely salted. I had some buffalo chicken tenders (on special request) while my wife went with a caprese sandwich. Both were good, nothing extraordinary just good.

A growler and two pints each, along with food ran $50, not terribly bad. (1,273 characters)

Photo of endgames
4.25/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I've been going to Stewart's for the past ten years which is a testament in itself. I've seen it go through changes for the better, and sometime wish they'd make some more changes. So to touch on the ratings I give:

Atmosphere:
When you've gone to a place for ten years you become part of the atmosphere. You often forget that you are in a strip mall (something I wish they could change) when you are inside. The kettle's are on display to remind you that your beer is made on premise. The recent painting inside has brightened the place up a bit too.

Quality:
This is something I've seen a lot of improvement in over the years. There is a definite attention to quality in everything at Stewarts. From the beers to the food. Now if they could get some better chairs I'd move in!

Service:
We have our favorite servers of course, and on occasion there is a mistake made. But they always are attentive if you point it out. For example, we had a new guy one night and he brought our meals out before the appetizer. Before we could say anything to his trainer, the trainer picked up on the mistake and took the appetizer off the check and apologized several times. We didn't even act upset about it. They just took care of it. All in all, the service is top notch.

Selection:
The standard house beers could use some updating. I was glad when they added the IPA as a standard. It's about the only standard I drink there when there isn't a seasonal that catches my eye. As for the seasonals, they are creative, frequent, and always interesting. Last Halloween they turn a pumpkin into a cask to condition a batch of their Pumpkin Ale. They actually tapped the pumpkin! While the beer was room temperature and not the best beer I've ever had. The experience was well worth it. That's what it's all about.

Food:
I am a big fan of their daily specials. It really shows that the chef is as inventive and inspired as the brewmaster. One of my favorites was the Bore Chops and Venison Steak. Even the regular menu items are good and they always have something I am in the mood for. I only wish that they had an extended vegetarian selection for my non carnivorous friends.

Value:
The best value is the Mug Club they have. If you go there a lot that is. For $50 a year you get your own 22oz mug that fills for the same price as the standard pint glass. Also the Tuesday night 1/2 price burger night is a personal favorite. (2,417 characters)

Photo of NolanGTI
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Really impressed with what I found here. A truly great bartender, tons of choices on draft, including two aged barleywines and really solid food. There was a guy at the bar asking about where hops came from and 2-3 other guys and the bartender all joined in on giving the guy a very non-pushy beer education which included the bartender going back and getting some hops form the back for the guy.

All in all very solid, definitely recommended based on my trip there. A welcome stop from my drive to the shore. (512 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.65/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

We stopped in here on our way back from Baltimore for our last destination of the day. Stewart’s kicks so much ass at fests, we had to stop by. I’m kinda wished I hadn’t

The location is a strip mall nestled in with a bunch of other strip malls on the highway. Inside was utterly bland and completely unremarkable. The walls were nearly bare with a solid coat of a sort of crimson color on one half and a forest green on the other. There were ads for Verizon or some cable company here and there with a random black and white picture every once in a while. The walls were smeared with flat screens catering to the sports addicts. In the middle of it all was a bright and attractive solid wood bar which seemed rather out of place for some reason.

For beer, they had six house standards and two seasonals; both of which were left half drank on the table. One, an IPA of sorts, was a bit buttery and the double I had was un-drinkable. I squeezed the lemon from my water into it to see if that would help, but it didn’t. I don’t understand what happened here considering the major presence at fests with some dominating beers. I guess we must have missed them. I’d like to come back when something more impressive is back on.

The server we had was really on the ball for the evening. She was prompt, positive and generally really friendly without even getting close to obnoxious.

I’ll com back if I hear their tap list has something more remarkable and I’m in the area. (1,487 characters)

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3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Stewart's is a place I have visited many times, but this is the first time in awhile. We got there at 5:30pm at the start of the dinner rush and got a table right away. The server was spotty but nice. She was nice with my son (that goes a long way- some places look at kids and avoid them like the plague). The beer was good as usual - I had the IPA and tried the Brown ale which I do not remember having before. My wife tried the rye ale and enjoyed the change from her usual middle of the road picks. The food was timed nicely and the portions were fair. The bar started to pickup as we were getting ready to leave. I live about 5 minutes from there, so they get regular business from my family and I can say that it worth the time if you are looking for good beer and also if you are ready for some well prepared food. (821 characters)

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4.13/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Its location isn't impressive: a strip mall off of a major highway, but the inside makes up for it. Everything is open and looks roomy. I went there during the Sunday football games, and despite many customers being inside, the place hardly looked busy. Walking in, you're in the barroom, with the bar having lots of seating on three sides of a rectangle. To the right are many pub tables, and next to that are large windows where you can observe the brewery. Peek beyond this through the windows, and you'll see where the fermentation tanks are stashed. Still to the right is a dining area, and to the left of the bar there's another seating area surrounded by TVs. I can't imagine not being able to snag a table at this place.

Don't be put off by the Bud and Corona signs in the front windows, these red herrings only serve to pay the bills. Stewart's own beer is fantastic. The big sampler had ten beers, eight of their usual brews, plus two seasonals. The seasonal was where it's at: strong ale aged in Jim Beam barrels, oh man! Had a mini-vertical tasting as they included among the samples the strong ale not aged in bourbon barrels. Other standouts were the Governor's Golden Ale, which tasted like "buttered popcorn," to steal from PopeDX. I never minded and actually like a buttery flavor in beer, so this one was a hit with me. Their Highlander Stout was also very well made and a good example of the style.

Service was friendly and had the right amount of chattiness. Food came out quickly and was delicious. I had the black and bleu burger, while the boyfriend had a "pork in a barrel" dish, where it appeared they weren't stingy on the pork. Fries are the type that are very crispy on the outside- very yummy. As for entertainment, they also seem to do trivia against other bars, as one TV was dedicated to trivia questions and rankings. They appear to be catering to the sports bar clientel, with a game on each of their numerous TVs, and offering macros and cocktails. Although, with beer as good as they offer, I hope they make some converts out of the shot-and-beer folks. (2,095 characters)

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Stewart's Brewing Co. in Bear, DE
90 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.