McKenzie Brew House
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3.68/5 rDev -5.9%
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Their website is outdated.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.
12-13-2010 13:36:03 | More by stakem
3.4/5 rDev -13%
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.
12-13-2010 04:54:32 | More by bundy462
3.6/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
02-03-2010 20:53:56 | More by joeyspit
3.25/5 rDev -16.9%
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.
12-21-2009 22:11:20 | More by jwhancher
3.88/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
11-07-2009 23:08:21 | More by bonkers
4.33/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
08-23-2009 01:17:27 | More by TheFightfan1
4.05/5 rDev +3.6%
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).
03-15-2009 02:48:59 | More by Yetiman420
3.68/5 rDev -5.9%
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
12-06-2008 17:18:15 | More by gdfan47
3.78/5 rDev -3.3%
Stopped here several times because it is halfway between home and a regular work trip. Others have adequately mentioned the atmosphere. The bar gets a little loud and always appears filled with people on every night that I've stopped. In fact, last night there were even multiple tables of ladies enjoying brews on a random Thursday.
Quality: Has always been top notch. Their standards are as expected and the seasonals are interesting.
Service: Generally quick and affable. Even the regular waitresses have a good handle on the brews, which is always a plus.
Selection: Have about 5-6 regulars, my favorite of which is the IPA, and 3-4 seasonal brews. I think they usually have a guest, which was recently framboise.
Food: They serve pub grub, neither bad nor great. I'd suggest pulling a Gordon Ramsey and cutting back on the six pages of stuff and focusing on what they have, but we've never been disappointed.
Overall: Quality beer in what appears to me to be in the middle of nowhere. Even without the old fabled brewer, I've never been let down.
11-07-2008 19:58:50 | More by Umbra
3.83/5 rDev -2%
This McKenzie Brew House is located in either Glen Mills or Chadds Ford, PA. My GPS says Glen Mills while the McKenzie beer coaster says Chadds Ford. Either way it's located on 202. It's in an odd location. It's located in front of a fork in the road across from a Nissan dealership on the northbound side. It doesn't what side of the road you're on because they have an entrance on both sides. When you walk through the double doors, the dinning room is on the left and the bar area is on the right. I'm not sure of the size of the dinning room, but it looked pretty big from the door. The bar area is very open with harwood floors, a wooden square island bar, and a handful of tables surrounding it. There is a basement to this place, but that's only reserved for parties.
The service here was good. When I sat down at the bar, I got my beer right away, but the food menu is a whole another question. That took awhile to receive. I don't remember waiting too long for my food after I finally got to order off the food menu. The blonde hair waitresses here seemed to know their beer and they were always there when my glass was empty.
They have a nice sized food menu, but it looked like all of it was either bar food or your typical family restaurant food.I wasn't hungry at the time, so I ordered the chip and salsa. For $5 I recieved a big plate of multi colored tortilla chips and a saucer of homemade salsa. Just make sure you have a glass of water handy when you have any of their salsa.
For their beer selection, they offered 5 to 6 main stay taps that ranged from a Light Ale to a Red Ale and then up to a Stout. On the other side of the beer menu they had 4 to 5 seasonals which ranged from a Hefeweizen to an IPA. All the beers I had here were pretty good, especially this year round Black Lab Stout. I thought they had a nice range of beers. It alos seemed like all of their beers had kooky names to them. I can't remember off hand right now on what so of those names were.
In the end, this brewpub didn't knock my socks off, but it's still a pretty good brewpub that makes some really good beers. That's all that matters! Would I ever visit again? I would if I was in the area, but I wouldn't go too far out of my way to visit this McKenzie Brew House again.
06-17-2008 20:59:37 | More by AltBock
McKenzie Brew House in Glen Mills, PA
88 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.