Active Beers: 33
Beer Ratings: 123
Beer Avg: 3.63
Taps: 6 / Bottles: 30
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 40 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ffejherb:
3.8/5 rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
After bottling our first batch of home brew on a Saturday afternoon, my friend Joel, my wife and I decided to visit Bubes Brewery, which is only about a 30-min. drive from our home. My wife and I have been there on numerous occasions, either for dinner or for the popular Music Trivia on Wednesday nights, so we were familiar with the establishment, as well as their food and drink menu. Ive liked quite a few of their house brews in the past, but some have been only marginally good. Plus they typically have a few taps dedicated to local craft brewers.
We made it to Bubes before the dinner crowd came in, which was nice, because its typically very busy in there on the weekends. We settled at the bar in The Bottling Works, and were instantly greeted by a friendly male bartender. Many of the staff were dressed in Halloween costumes. We noticed the beer menu on the wall upon entering, and were surprised to find that there were NO HOUSE BREWS ON TAP!!! We inquired with the bartender, who explained that the brewers recently quit and they were in the process of finding new brewers. They apparently hired some interim brewers, who were working on a batch or two, but at the moment, there was nothing. Bummer. Anyway, we decided to stay for a few pints and a snack before heading to Lancaster Brewing Co. for dinner and more brews.
As I said, there were no house brews on tap on the date we visited (Saturday, 10/28/06), but they had the following craft brews on tap: Dogfish Head 60-min. IPA, Troegs Oatmeal Stout, Legacy Brown Aled Girl, Stoudts Scarlet Lady ESB and Magic Hat #9. They also had Blue Moon and Sam Adams Oktoberfest, as well as a few imports such as Smithwicks, Harp, Boddingtons and Guiness. Finally, they also had a pair of marcos: Miller Lite and Yuengling Lager. My friend and I both ordered a Legacy Brown Aled Girl and my wife got a Troegs Oatmeal Stout. Our pints were priced at $3.50 each. As we drank our beers, I noticed their selection of bottles, which was fairly decent. They had Chimay, Stella, Rare Vos, Dogfish Head, Lancaster, Victory, Brooklyn, Magic Hat, Sierra Nevada and Sam Smiths Oatmeal Stout, among other typical macros. I quite enjoyed the Legacy beer. It had a nice head and good flavor, and went well with my pretzel rods and beer cheese (which was very creamy and flavorful).
I love the atmosphere of Bubes and enjoy drinking beer there. In addition to The Bottling Works (which has two separate rooms, a stage, and a balcony area), there is also a beer garden and two adjoining restaurants, Alois and The Catacombs, both of which serve excellent food. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. We even got a quick tour of the brewing and holding rooms. They also have a cool little gift shop upstairs, where you can buy Bubes merchandise and also some home brewing supplies amidst some antique furniture and brewing equipment.
I will definitely return, as it is in close proximity to my house. I also would like to review some of their house brews. But they always have a few excellent craft brews on tap, which will make the trip worth your while. However, they lose a few points for not having any home brews on tap.
11-01-2006 14:19:14 | More by ffejherb
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2.15/5 rDev -40.9%
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.
11-03-2013 14:48:01 | More by jubraa
2.88/5 rDev -20.9%
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.
05-26-2011 15:06:07 | More by stakem
1.98/5 rDev -45.6%
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.
11-14-2010 04:33:46 | More by ritter57
Bube's Brewery in Mount Joy, PA
84 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.