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Stewart's Brewing Co.

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Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 40
Beer Ratings: 253
Beer Avg: 3.86

Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

37 Ratings
Ratings: 37
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4
pDev: 6.25%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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mobud

Delaware

3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

01-28-2007 00:24:03 | More by mobud
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev 0%

02-26-2014 16:06:37 | More by InspectorBob
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kpteabo

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

02-17-2014 18:26:41 | More by kpteabo
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thain709

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%
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
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stevoj

Germany

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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
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MsRif

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
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
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

10-24-2011 03:09:10 | More by Rifugium
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

10-12-2011 22:55:59 | More by orangesol
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larryi86

Delaware

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

04-01-2011 02:08:11 | More by larryi86
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86sportster883

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

09-22-2010 01:59:15 | More by 86sportster883
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Stewart's Brewing Co. in Bear, DE
90 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.