Stewart's Brewing Co.
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Active Beers: 40
Beer Ratings: 257
Beer Avg: 3.85
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Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 35 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Deuane:
3.98/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I am surprised I have not reviewed Stewart's. I stop in here two/three times a year on my way to and from the Delaware bayshore. I am always hoping one of Ric's "special" brews will be on tap when I visit. Usually something really good and unusual is flowing which is a good thing as I find the regular offerings somewhat pedestrian.
The place is one big room with a large bar in the center. This set up can be noisy if the place is crowded. It reminds me of a sports bar with class. I have always had decent service if not good....but nothing to write home about.
Food has always been solid with very good burgers and usually some nice seafood slanted soup/chowder too.
Almost always a nice selection of brews with 10 or so on tap at any one time. I have never had a problem finding a pint or two of interest.
Overall a quality place that is overshadowed by the local Iron Hills and the BIG brother to the south. If you are in the area I urge you to give this place a go, I doubt you will come away disappointed.
10-12-2009 07:06:28 | More by Deuane
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
01-12-2012 22:05:47 | More by thain709
4.03/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Not much to see from the outside, and first glance inside looks like a typical sports bar. The beer selection and quality are top notch. Bar type food had that extra edge to it, and very reasonably priced. The sandwich I ordered was very good, I heard no complaints from around the table (about 25 people). I was with a large group for my nephew's rehearsal dinner, and service was fast and attentive. Growler's are also offered, and the sampler was a god place to start to test the varieties available. Since my sister lives nearby, I see myself visiting again every time I am in the area.
01-06-2012 18:01:11 | More by stevoj
3.75/5 rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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.
10-24-2011 14:40:08 | More by MsRif
Stewart's Brewing Co. in Bear, DE
89 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.