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Bube's Brewery

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Bube's BreweryBube's Brewery
Based on:
45 Beers
143 Hads
Place Score: 84
Reviews: 40
Visits: 57
Avg: 3.65
pDev: n/a
Taps: 6
Bottles: 30
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

102 N. Market St.
Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, 17552
United States
phone: (717) 653-2056

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Reviews: 40 | Visits: 57
Reviews by WesWes:
Photo of WesWes
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

I stopped here while on the way to Downingtown. It's located in an old brick building that looks like it has been around since the late 1800's. The bar is right inside and not well lit. It has a colonial era feel, whick is pretty cool, but that's where the coolness ends.

The quality of this place isn't that great. It's crowded and dark with a damp feel. The gift shop is loocated on the second floor in some sort of musuem slash grain room. There was a 1/4" of dust on the display case.

The selection of beer was quite limited. There were five beers total and the quality was not very good. The head brewer said he was a full time chemist and that brewing was easy. I would have to say that I've had much better beer from people who never even went to brewers college.

I won't be back here again anytime soon. It's shame, because the atmosphere looks quite interesting. They just need to retool the business plan.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JaredSammy
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of mandy_mic700
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of lamb0176
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 5

Photo of therealJAYZ
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of DaveHack
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

The beer is average, the real draw here is the building and the catacombs

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3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.88/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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Photo of jubraa
2.15/5  rDev -41.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 1 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 1

We were seating right away. We ordered the beer sampler which was good. We then ordered our appetizer which seemed forever to get, probably 30 min or more, we had the crab dip, which was nice. I then ordered the Cajun Combo, I asked for a loaded baked potato as a side, and she said ok. When I got the meal, the meal SUCKED !! Chicken was overdone as anything, the steak was pork (said they had to substitute) which was too loaded with Cajun seasoning which i couldn't eat, and the shrimp had NO TASTE at all. Worst of all, I asked why my baked potato didn't have any cheese or bacon on it, and server said that the chef would not allow it !!!! WTF !!!! REALLY ! My friends had potato skins for an app and they got bacon and cheese. I called for the OWNER and she didn't give a rats behind that I was unhappy. Honestly, this place sucks and will NEVER go back, please don't waste your time, the atmosphere is GREAT, but food sucks and servers are untrained. We had a party of 6 and most of us were unhappy and will NOT RETURN. What a waste of money !!!! I'm so bummed with this place, and I was really looking forward too it.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of stakem
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

So I've driven by the general area of Bube's multiple times when I head to the Lancaster area after leaving work in Harrisburg. It wasn't until Monday, 5/23/11 that I finally decided that was the day I was going to check this place out. Their website leads you to believe that Bube's is broken down into several areas of interest: homebrew shop, biergarten, bottlingworks and catacombs. On my visit, it was decent outside and the biergarten was open so that is where we headed. We had to walk through the bottlingworks en route to the outside and seriously I needed a flashlight to see where I was going. This is hands down, the darkest place I've ever been in. I understand the idea of ambiance but seriously, turn some lights on that is rediculous. I can only imagine what the catacombs look like... I couldn't help but think this was their low-budget means of saving money by not turning lights on. Being fairly early on a Monday evening, we were the only patrons in the garden. It was peaceful and had a good vibe to it despite the frustrating dark interior.

The quality of this establishment is interesting. We enjoyed some typical bar food while enjoying a few pints so I can't complain. All the beers for the most part were average or slightly above. The food? Well it's kind of hard to screw up deep frying hot poppers, cheese balls and pickels. The menu had the expected bar food, nothing really stuck out as a must-try.

The service was quick and attentive. Lacking a bit in general knowledge of what their beer offerings were but I guess not every waitress cares about what is on tap except for what they like? I was agitated that I had to go into the bar area myself just to see what was on tap because our waitress didn't know other than "we got a blueberry and a wheat" and didn't offer to get the info for us.

The food selection was a bit lacking but covered all of the usual suspects you would expect. The beer selection is what pissed me off. Their website clearly listed 6 of their house made offerings, 2 of them in particular sounded interesting and were my deciding factor in stopping. Upon my arrival, none of the listed brew's were on tap. However, they did have 4 selections to choose from along with guest taps along the likes of Victory, Flying Fish, Guinness, Lost Coast, Spring House, Long Trail and some BMC.

This is a place I wanted to stop at for quite some time. I see I haven't really been missing out on much. I would not visit this place on a regular basis but I might give it a shot sometime again in the distant future to see if anything changes.

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Photo of ritter57
1.98/5  rDev -45.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 1.5 | food: 2

I live a few miles away and I have always wanted to try this place. It was a brewpub long before brewpubs were cool. But for one reason or another I never made it here before. I found out today that I wasn't missing much. I tried two beers and they were very unfortunate - like so many less than mediocre "microbrews" in unknown corners around the country I've had. You can't just take a biker bar, brew beer in the basement, give it a clever name, get hipsters to serve it, and call it "craft." The beer, food, and service were below average. The place leans on it's history and doesn't seem to try very hard on anything but image.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I've patronized Bube's once or twice a year for the better part of a decade and I never know what kind of experience I'm gonna get. Sometimes it's great, other times it's disappointing. The last few years, however, have been more of the latter. That includes the food, service and most importantly, the beer. This time I was impressed. Hopefully, this means things are on the up there. We sat out in the garden and it was packed. Service wasn't great but wasn't terrible either. Food was better than my last few visits. I had a grilled cheese with crab, bacon and tomatoes and a side of onion rings. It was quite good. Everyone else at our table enjoyed their food too. I had the beer sampler to start and enjoyed each beer. Berliner Weiss (very good), Alois Lager (decent), Hopback Amber (good), Scottish ale (decent) and Kolsch (very good). They also had a bunch of other craft brews on tap. Looking forward to going back in a while to see what's brewing. Check it out if you've never been. The building alone is worth the trip.

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Photo of Beerquester
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

One of my favorite places, especially for the atmosphere! The setting is an historic brewery dating from the 1800's. I may be sketchy on some details, but i believe they basically padlocked the doors during prohibition. The equipment remained in the building for decades and now is still viewable in secret hidden rooms throughout the establishment. Historically, this is one of the best kept secrets in American Brewing history.

The brewhouse is tiny and the brewer is doing his best to produce a quality beer in the space he has available. I went there last summer and was disappointed but a couple weeks ago i was there and I enjoyed about 3 of the 6 house beers which i tried in their sampler. I couldn't decide on which to bring home in a growler. I decided on the DoppelBock. A Belgian trippel was very good but i felt the doppel bock would be better for the party for which i intended it.

Service was great, food was good. They just expanded the space in the Biergarten. I always like to sit outside in the warmer months. As always, there are lots of things going on . Everyone I bring there is always impressed. A worthwhile stop when travelling through the Lancaster/Harrisburg area.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I think the most alluring of this place is the atmosphere. The place looks as it would have looked when it was built in early 1800's. The most interesting room to me was the dining area underground which was lit only by candle light and gave you an even more colonial feel.

For a brewpub I was disappointed that they only had 3 of their own beers on tap, though they did have a few other tasty beers on tap including some Troegs and Dogfish Head. I had their Belgian Pale which was ok and also the Chocolate Porter which also was just average.

Since my wife an I were there for one of their Murder Mysteries the staff was in full character including the wait staff which made it a bit more entertaining.

The food was average, we were served roast beef and chicken breast family style both were decent, nothing exceptional.

I thought for the show and dinner the price was reasonable, I believe the ticket was $40.

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Photo of Kolsch
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Visited late Saturday afternoon; sat outside in the Biergarten on a pleasant Sept day.

Atmosphere: Not to repeat what others have said but if you have never been here before, it is well worth your time to take 15 mins and walk around especially if you can get down to the Catacombs. Very cool indeed.

Quality/Selection: Bube's has taken some hits on this site more than once for brewing mediocre to bad beer served in a unique atmosphere. Being here 5yrs ago, I would completely agree. At the time, the beer was unpalatable. Having said that, the beers I tasted were quite good. Had the Bohemian Pils, Brown Ale and Fresh Hop IPA. All were good with the Bohemian Pils being the standout. Had an opportunity to talk with 1 of the Brewers (Rick) who really seems to care about the beer and is making some interesting styles to say the least. He gave us a taste of a Berliner Weiss that was still in the Fermenter Tank. They only have a 2 barrel system, so there are no year round beers.

Value/Service: service was fine, waiter was attentive as well as the bartender when we moved inside. Value was good. That day, the special was $3 for the Bohemian Pils.

Food: we did eat lunch there and food was average. I had an Omelet which was good. My wife had the Tuna salad and the Tuna was badly burned. What is interesting, last time we were there the food was the standout while the beer was mediocre. Complete turnaround this time.

Overall: I believe they are trying to turn around their image of brewing mediocre beer. I would hope that others give it a try again, just as we did because we were pleasantly surprised.

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Bube's Brewery in Mount Joy, PA
84 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.