McKenzie Brew House
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Reviews by ffejherb:
3.41/5 rDev -12.8%
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 wasnt 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 Ive 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 wouldnt 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 didnt have any food, so I cant 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 Id rather go to a chain that actually served decent craft brews that the typical American swill found at other restaurant chains.
12-03-2006 23:06:18 | More by ffejherb
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3.3/5 rDev -15.6%
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.
12-21-2012 05:37:47 | More by CHickman
4.23/5 rDev +8.2%
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!!!
05-29-2012 02:50:45 | More by greyghost86
2.9/5 rDev -25.8%
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.
02-03-2012 23:21:10 | More by spdyfire83
3.88/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
11-14-2011 07:23:26 | More by CowsCanBark
McKenzie Brew House in Glen Mills, PA
88 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.