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McKenzie Brew House

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McKenzie Brew HouseMcKenzie Brew House
BEER AVG
3.7/5
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66 Beers
509 Ratings
Place Score: 88
Ratings: 63
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: n/a
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[ Brewery, Eatery ]

451 Wilmington Pike
Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, 19342
United States
phone: (610) 361-9800

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Reviews by ffejherb:
Photo of ffejherb
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

After visiting Iron Hill Brewing Co. in West Chester on December 1, my wife and I made the short trip over to McKenzie Brew House for some after-dinner brews. We pulled in to the huge parking lot, and it looked pretty busy. My wife commented that the building looked like a “chain” brewpub, which I think it is.

The atmosphere was just that – a huge, chain-type brewpub with lots of TVs strategically placed around the inside bar area. The bar itself was quite large (and full of people), so we found a nearby empty raised pub table and made ourselves comfortable. Overall, this brewpub was a bit too spacious and impersonal for me, but still comfortable.

After perusing the beer menu, which was at our table, we were greeted by a friendly female server who was also able to answer some questions about their beers. I decided to try their seasonal Funf Smoked Dopplebock on draught. I asked about the ABV%, and she wasn’t sure, but found out for me, so that was cool. By the way, it was 7.2%. Their dopplebock packs a pretty weighty malty aroma combined with roasted, nutty and barley overtones. Not much of a hop presence here, but it did have a tinge of alcohol. There was also a very strong smoky aroma, giving it more of the characteristics of a porter than a dopplebock. It was served in a 16-oz. pint glass with a single finger creamy light brown head that virtually disappeared. Not a bad selection. My wife had their Unicorn Amber Ale, which she did not care for.

I decided to try another selection, so I went with their East Kent IPA, another seasonal draught offering from McKenzie. I went with a 12-oz. glass this time. It came to me in a tapered beer glass and appeared somewhat hazy with a blonde/light amber color and nice carbonation. There was a moderate hoppy aroma with citrus notes, but not as strong as other IPAs I’ve had. It boasted a white frothy head that mostly diminished, but retained excellent lacing as the beer went down. This is an unfiltered IPA made with East Kent hops, as the name implies. At 67 IBUs, this offering had a decent spicy, biting hop flavor that stays with you at the back of your throat. It was definitely more spicy that fruity. Not a bad IPA, but not one of my favorites either.

Overall, I wouldn’t go out of my way to go there again, but would likely stop in if I was driving through. The beer was pretty good, but we didn’t have any food, so I can’t comment on that. The service was very good and the atmosphere was just a little too cookie cutter for me to make a special trip there. But I’d rather go to a chain that actually served decent craft brews that the typical American swill found at other restaurant chains.

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3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Review from 12/18/2012: McKenzie Brewhouse in Glen Mills, PA was in a fork in the road and hard to pull into at night, but walking up and seeing the tanks made it worth the trip since I was in the area. It's a big place with a decent sized bar area, as well as separate dining areas so this could handle big crowds. Overall it looked clean.

Atmosphere was very laid back and casual with an after work crowd lingering on a Tuesday night. Music was playing, TV's all had games and ESPN on and it had an open feel to the place. Very basic sports bar decor, perfect to just sit at the bar alone and drink.

Bartender was OK with the personality of a stick, and didn't offer up any beer explanations and seemed to care less, but he was attentive so that's all I cared about since it's a brewpub and explains all the offerings in the menu.

Food was edible; had a bowl of gumbo that was decent and a crab-cake dinner, which both went well with the Application IPA. The gumbo was the highlight of the meal, so I would not make this a food destination. They had 6 standard beers on tap representing all of the basics and 2 seasonals, so the variety was decent. They also had a bottled winter old ale which sounded very interesting. The IPA I had was average in every way.

Overall it was better than sitting in my hotel room, but I'm doubtful I would come back here. The place was boring. The patrons all seemed boring, the bingo announcer was boring, the music was boring and I almost had to check to see if the bartender had a pulse. Beats going to a funeral or old age home, but not by much. Don't mean to offend anyone, but this is an honest assessment of my night at this place.

Photo of greyghost86
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I enjoyed the evening with my wife, daughter and her boyfriend that just graduated from college. Myself and the boyfriend ordered the sampler which offered the 6 standards and two seasonals.

The seasonals were pretty decent (experiment a little more please!!!) along with the oatmeal stout. I really enjoyed the American pale ale and the IPA, but the "light" tasted just a little bit better than water...sorry but after trying the APA and IPA the light really was a non-entity!!!! The Belgain wit was nice, but nothing special.

I ordered the wings with bbq sauce and they were okay. They were not really meaty, but the sauce more than made up for it. Very tasty!!!!

The sampler gave a decent overview of what McKenzie's has to offer, but I felt that most of the offered fare was over carbonated. The IPA and APA really stood out, while the seasonals were nice, but didn't really make me want to jump up and say, "I want that!!!" They were enough to enjoy, but want to see more 'umph' in the brews.

The prices were reasonalble, and the atmosphere at the bar area was great, the server was very good, but I didn't like the fact that he describe their beers by comparing them to known stables as Sierra Nevada. Hype up your beers!!!! Sell them, not someone elses!!!

Overall, I enjoyed the experience and would recommend it to anyone passing through Chadds Ford, PA. The service was extremely good, just need to sell thier own beers!!!

Photo of spdyfire83
2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

Visited McKenzie in September 2011 while in Philly for a wedding; this is actually where the rehearsal dinner was held. Anyways, the service was slightly above average for a busy Friday night, but the beers here were not so good. I tried the Oatmeal Stout, English Brown, Wit, and Pale Ale and I'd say the average of all four combined couldn't be above 2.5. Either way, such goes life with a small joint like this. The food was fairly decent for a buffet-type spread, but I could get over how simply off the beers were. I guess some places stay in business because people don't know what the quality of what they are drinking. Maybe their lines were unclean or something was funky with their taps, but I just thought the beer was off. The bar area was a decent size and the dining room seating area was quite large as well. Worth a stop if you want some quality food, but maybe skip the beer unless your just looking to tick some stuff.

Photo of CowsCanBark
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went here about a week ago with my girlfriend to have dinner and try a few of their beers. We attended the Glen Mills location.

Atmosphere: The atmosphere was simply average. Just your average run-of-the-mill brew-house/eatery, nothing overly fancy but nothing horrible either. Where we sat we could see the chefs cooking in the open kitchen and the beautiful brick pizza oven. However, the lighting was a bit dim and the place had this overall shoddyness to it.

Quality: The quality was good. It wasn't dirty or anything; the floors were clean, we had silverware waiting for us at our table that was clean, and nothing was really dirty or anything like that. As stated above, though, the place, for some reason, felt shoddy, like dim and drab.

Service: The service was very courteous and kind, and wasn't bothersome by asking us how we were doing a hundred times. If I was empty on a beer, the waitress was right there to see if I needed a refill. The food and drinks came very fast, as well.

Selection: The beer selection was nice. They had their usual beers on tap: McKenzie Light, McKenzie Wit - Belgian Wheat, Saison Vantour - Farmhouse Ale, American Pale Ale, English Brown Ale, and Oatmeal Stout. They also had various seasonals, as well as expensive special barrel-aged beers for purchase. I got the Saison Vantour, English Brown Ale, and Oatmeal Stout, all which were delicious.

Food: The food at this place tastes amazing! I got a caramelized onion and bleu cheese burger that was absolutely delicious. My girlfriend got the chicken pot pie, which was probably the best pot pie I had ever tried. The only thing that is keeping their food from a perfect score is the fact that my girlfriend got a piece of a plastic bag in her pot pie. Not only did they make her a new pot pie, but they comped us for it as well.

Value: Everything here is reasonably priced. Their beers are $4.50 for a pint, $4.25 for a select few. The food is also very reasonably priced. Nothing wrong here.

Overall: I would definitely go back here. I had a nice experience, aside from the plastic incident. However, I would still definitely go back for the great beer and amazing food.

Photo of rfgetz
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Located on a wedge between the northern and southern lanes of a major highway, McKenzie's appears as an average suburban non-chain restaurant.

Unassuming, clean interior - large bar to the right, high ceilings and minimal maount of fixtures give a very open and airy feel. Dinning area to the left feels quite comfortable and welcoming, again with minimal decor and fixtures. Open kitchen to the rear of the dinning room adds a splash of atmosphere. The brewhouse is visable from the front parking lot and dinning room interior and is quite modern and organized.

Beer list consisted of 6 regulars (approchable and straightforward for the most part) and 3 seasonals (more creative). Small bottle list focuses on the widely available, but highly rated Belgians such as Chimay, Orval etc. Good beer all around.

Food menu is quite expansive (appetizers, burgers, pizzas, sandwhiches, steaks etc.) and a slight tick above your normal pub grub in quality and composition. Ample portion sizes and great preperation (one of the few places to cook a burger to the correct medium rare i prefer).

Service is knowledgeable and friendly - as a beer geek, still uncomfortable hearing everything described as ale/lager, hoppy/not hoppy, light/heavy from a server, but he isnt supposed to know anyones level of knowledge.

Overall, a great little stop off when in the area. There should be a beer for everyne, a food item for everyone and a relaxed atmosphere. All a rediculously good price - all the regular brews were under $5 for a pint.

Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The first thing we noticed as we got out of the vehicle and started towards the building was the smell. Wow, something smells really good. This place looks very clean, even the floors look like they are new or were just buffed. The walls are painted with a bright and lively arrangement of colors which works well with the lighting. Relevant and amusing pieces of artwork decorate the walls. There are many tables, booths and a "roundabout" rectangular fully stocked bar area that has many wide screen panel TV's hanging on the wall. The open kitchen is a nice touch. We are early today, it is slow and quiet but they are well staffed and this looks like a place that could get packed.

Their website is outdated. It advertised they were open for brunch at 10, we showed up at 10:30. Hostess greeted us and explained that since it hasn't been busy lately before 11 they don't do food until then. We were seated, placed our food order and it was served all before 11:00 anyway. Very fast service from the time the order was placed to delivery considering the kitchen supposedly wasn't open yet.

While we waited, we enjoyed a couple of beers, in particular an ipa in the 7% range. It was served in a 10oz glass and the hostess continued to seemingly pest us and explain why the serving size was so small. "You know, that's a very strong beer so we have to give you a small pour until you get some food in your stomach." Really? Are you serious? We did not even complain about the glassware and it seemed like she was making excuses. She was trying a little too hard be funny, if that's even what she was trying to do. Strangely enough, our waitor was constantly apologizing to us for the hostess' actions...strange.

Both a brunch menu and lunch menu were made available to us. A vast selection of food is there for the picking. We opted for Eggs Benedict on one plate and a burger and fries on the other. Both were cooked perfectly and were very enjoyable. The beer selection consisted of 6 of their staple brews and 2 seasonals, one of which was a dark wit that was barrel aged. The beer I tried was not all that good, it was nearly flat and tasted off.

Towards the end of our meal, more people started coming in and we were pretty much neglected. No offering by our waitor if we wanted coffee or anything else for that matter. The check just arrived at our table. I asked about a certain beer gift pack that I wanted to pick up for a friend. They adjusted the check, I paid and then they informed me that they were out of one of the beers in the gift pack. The hostess asked me which bottle I would like as a duplicate in the gift basket and before I could answer, she left again "to make a call." By the time it was all said and done, we waited for an extra half an hour after paying to get the gift basket with unlabeled bottles...

I fully intend on going back to this place to give them another shot outside of breakfast/brunch time. Perhaps the hostess and/or waitor were new. The food was excellent and priced very reasonably...the beer on the other hand was not.

Photo of bundy462
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

A: Typical micro, nice and clean, bar, dining, and outdoor porch area. Big place, can easily accommodate 300 or so customers.

Q: Good brews, good food, nice place. Their oatmeal stout was especially good.

S: Service was average.

S: Selection was also average, about 20 different food choices and about 8 or so homebrew choices.

F: Food was good, above average for sure. Went nice with their brews.

V: It was a bit pricey I thought at about $20 for a meal and $6 a draft. Probably not bad for that area, but more than I'm accustomed to.

Photo of joeyspit
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I have been here a number of times but most recently about a week ago. The beers are usually average but easy to drink. I am usually here in the afternoon so the crowd is light and it is not noisy at all. They have about 8 TVs around the bar area. It is a large place with a bar area, separate dining area, downstairs bar with pool tables and other games and an outside deck during the Spring and Summer months. The food is usually pretty good and consistent. I do have to say Saison Vantour is excellent and I will always stop in when that is on tap. I believe this won gold at the 2009 GABF. Great beer.

Photo of jwhancher
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Have been a here a few times, but recently visited last week for lunch. The beers regularly on tap are pretty tame. Obviously, this is mostly due to attracting as large a crowd as possible. The beer is good...found nothing unpleasant with any of the brews that I tried. The food, however, could use some improvement. Portions are big, but the taste is somewhat on the "eh" side. Service is fine. Atmosphere is a grey area- I've been here on a Friday night in the downstairs where it was so smokey I was disgusted to even sniff my clothes the next day. The upstairs has a circular bar- okay, but nothing that really attracted me all that much. Overall, not a bad place although I think it still lacks something. Maybe in the food or beer category. Basically, there's nothing that really draws me to this place.

Photo of bonkers
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I visited McKenzie's a few weeks back, but my original review was wiped out in a crash. The bar and restaraunt are both well lit and have a nice decor. Our waitres was pleasant and prompt, but needed to know more about beer. I overheard her describing Spaten's Octoberfest as being very similiar to a pumpkin beer. Our meals were both very good as was the beer. I had the Abbey 8 and it was very tasty. If you are going for dinner on a Saturday night get there early, by 6 the line was out the door.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Well my wife and I made a little trip here on a Saturday and man was it worth it. As you stroll up to the front doors you can see the tanks through the windows. As you walk in there is a square bar surrounded by t.v's with numerous amount's of different sports on to your right. The dining area is off to the left which is huge. There is a clear glass window to see what the cook's are doing.

I got the premium sampler and my wife got the amber ale. I must say they have a solid line-up of permanant brews but I thought their seasonals could have used a little work. I believe it was Saison Vautour tasted like I was drinking rubbing alcohol.But most of there beer's didn't have that homebrew taste that you sometimes get. There is something different about this place then a normal brewpub it actually has a restauraunt chain atmosphere that I kind of liked.

Our waitress was very quick and helpful and seemed to know what she would tell her customer's about their company's beer's if need be.

Selection of both food and beer was excellent they had something for everyone. I had the chicken and pasta combo which was excellent and my wife had a special of swordfish which she said was amazing.

Beer's seem cheap here for what you get. I mean 2.00 for a 12 oz and 4.00 for a pint seems very cheap to me as for some other brewpubs I've been to in the past. Well worth the drive and may be back sometime.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Stop number 265 on my quest to visit every quality brewery/brewpub in North America.

Arrived around 8:30 on a Thursday night - thumpin! Quite a happy hour crowd in the bar. Lots of young professionals, loud music, and sports on TV in the bar. I also think I saw a sign for a lounge/club in the basement.

A very nice place. Well appointed and obvious someone spent the money to do it right. We ate in the bar, the dining room was dim and looked like a very nice place to eat in a more formal setting.

We took a booth in the bar for drinks and dinner. I had a French farmhouse ale. 10% served in a proper, flute glass. I finished that with the house pale ale that had a nice mild aroma and strong biterness for a pale ale.

I had seared ahi tuna and a steak/Belgian endive/gorgonzola salad for dinner. Aside from the entree coming out halfway through the ahi appetizer, the food was very good.

The beer was good and I would have liked to have seen more selections. The other seasonal was a scotch/wee heavy. There was maybe 5 house beers (pale, stout, amber, and can't recall the others).

Photo of gdfan47
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

this place is a good half hour from my house

its a great place to stop at if you are going back to philly on your way home from de

right on 202

big place, giant bar in the middle. They have tvs and usually have the hip sports games on. Its non smoking inside (which I love)

the beer is very reasonable, I cant remember the names of any of the ones I have had off the top of my head but all of the ones I have had I have enjoyed. They have a very specific beer menu, including abv and gravity.

Like most Bops around, I feel like the crowd sways more towards people who could care less if they brew their own beer, they just wanna drink and or get drunk.

Occasionaly they must get people that are really interested, but this is a place that I usually go to by myself or with a lady friend, so I never really know anyone else there.

The head brewer has won some awards( I forget his name)

the food is very good, and ecclectic. I think last time I was there I had some calamari and kobe beef sliders

def worth checking out

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McKenzie Brew House in Glen Mills, PA
88 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.