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McKenzie Brew House

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McKenzie Brew HouseMcKenzie Brew House
BA SCORE
88
very good

59 Ratings
Ratings: 59
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Active Beers: 78
Beer Ratings: 665
Beer Avg: 3.73
Taps: 0
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[ Brewery, Eatery ]

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

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Photo of CowsCanBark
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.

CowsCanBark, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of rfgetz
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

rfgetz, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of stakem
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.

stakem, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of bundy462
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.

bundy462, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of joeyspit
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.

joeyspit, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of jwhancher
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.

jwhancher, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of bonkers
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.

bonkers, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
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.

TheFightfan1, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of Yetiman420
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).

Yetiman420, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of gdfan47
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

gdfan47, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of Umbra
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.

Umbra, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of AltBock
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.

AltBock, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of slvrmon82
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

Every time I go home this is about the half way point. It is a great sports bar with lots of tv's. The quality of all of their beers are good but their seasonals are the best I've had. Including Peach Wheat, Farmers Saison, English Pale Ale, etc. Always a great seasonal on. Last time I was there were 4 seasonals on tap. The service is very fast and friendly. The selection is great and the food is unbelievable. Check out there calamari which is some of the best I have had. Cut perfectly tender. Food is a little pricey but the beer is reasonable. I must stop if you get a chance. I will be back again and again.

slvrmon82, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of Ralph
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

Just got back. I was pleasantly surprised that there was no wait at about 6 PM on a Saturday night. Service was good, especially considering that the restaurant was fairly full. I really enjoyed the food. I had a Key West Salad with spicy tuna that was very good, with strawberries, blueberries, mandarin oranges, walnuts, and a corn salsa.

Unfortunately, I thought the beer was just so-so. My favorite was probably the Czech pilsner. I had the premium 7 beer sampler, and the additional seasonal beers were probably the most boring.

The thing that probably would keep me from returning was the flies in the dining area - a real turn-off, to say the least. That's too bad because the beer was passable, the food very good, and the service, location, atmosphere, and value were also pretty good.

A second visit in September 2007 was even better. Again it was pleasantly uncrowded for a Saturday night. The seasonal peach wheat beer caught the fancy of all four of us, and we weren't disappointed - it was incredible! Just the right hint of peach - very subtle but flavorful. I could have drank a gallon of that stuff. And the steak night special was great. And no flies this time! We'll definitely be returning again to see what new beer they have.

Ralph, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of Imstillthegman
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%

This review is based on my latest visit (7-13-07). I didn't think I would be back after the Dude was released from his duties. My wife and I were going to go to Firewaters but after being told I couldn't come in with out dress shoes on (are you f'n kidding me? it's attached to a Hooter's!) we headed back down the road to McKenzie's. As far atmosphere goes it's the same as always. The place is too big and open, imo. Dining area is to the left when you walk in and the bar area is to the right. Huge rectangular bar with a bunch of TVs hanging all around. There are tables and booths on the bar side, also. The waitress we had on this particular evening was very difficult to find. She would disappear for 15-20 minutes at a time and didn't clear any glasses or plates away. "I'll be right back to get them" she kept saying. You would have thought there were ten people sitting at our table. The beers seemed to have fallen off a bit, too. I was afraid that would happen. The IPA I had was good, but fairly average. The Honey Maibock I had was horrible. Tasted like I licked the underside of my lawnmower and then drank the gas that was left in the tank. Yuck. We did have an appetizer, which was barely average. I haven't had much luck with the food in the past for some reason. Not sure if I will ever be back.

Imstillthegman, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of woodychandler
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%

I wrote this review prior to The Dude's departure and am only now getting caught up in transcribing my notes.

I simply do not get down here often enough, despite its convenience. Headed north on US Route 1, we made a left on PA202, and staying in the left lane, continued a mile on and Voila! As we pulled into the parking lot, The Dude's setup was fully visible in the left-hand window at ground level. The west side of the building was the front, with the entryway up a set of steps with stairs on each side of the climb. Once inside, there was a wide vestibule with the brewhouse again visible on the left side, but behind glass. Passing through a second set of double doors, a chalkboard on the right wall announced specials and the m.d.s. was dead ahead, manned by a seeming cadre of waitstaff.

We sat in the non-smoking area, off to the left, in an "L"-shape, with the kitchen fully visible along the east side of the building. To the left of the kitchen and accessed through the restaurant seating section, was The Oak Room, a semi-private meeting facility for groups of ten to thirty-five. The restaurant area was mainly restaurant-style tables and chairs, but set off by some booths.

To the right of the entry was the bar area. The wood-topped bar was to the right of the m.d.s., past the "Underground" entryway, and was a flattened heagonal shape. The back bar was an island in the center of the hexagon. The washrooms were on the bar side on the east side of the building. On the bar side, booths ran along the west window and there were high tables and chairs along the south wall, as well as a raised floor with high tables and chairs along the wall beside the washrooms. There was also an outdoor deck on the south side of the building.

To the right of the m.d.s. and down an immediate flight of steps was the "Underground Pub - Billiards & Games" area with its own square, centrally-positioned bar; three pool tables; a CD jukebox; and a couple of video games.

I had the tortilla-ecrusted chicken breast sandwich and Cuban Black Bean soup for lunch. As always, the beers were fantastic.

woodychandler, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of roan22
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

I am basing this review on 2 visits. The most recent trip was with my Mom, sister Kate and friend carlosd74 around Thanksgiving. I was too occupied bonding happily with them rather than critiquing the place, but I had the pale ale which is very west-cost IPA-like and tasty.

My first visit was a quick hour at the bar during a Grey's Anatomy episode, a TV show which I had never watched before. I became engrossed in it waiting for my lettuce wraps. I had two pints of the pale ale on-tap. Its in the 5% range, brownish red in color. It was surprisingly of quality, with a real hoppy bite to it. Nicely balanced. I really enjoyed it! It went perfect with the lettuce wraps. I took a growler home in fact. I had to get the hell out of there however when the karoake started...shudder.

I would've 'cheers!' MacKenzies, but I've heard a lot of unfavorable stories regarding the firing of their brewer...sorry.

roan22, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of 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 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.

ffejherb, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of Beerquester
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%

I visited this pub about a year ago and didn't really think the beers were too outstanding, but I have changed my mind for the better after this visit.

I tried McKenzie Light Lager, Unicorn Amber Ale, Wicked Will's Pale Ale, Shane's Gold, Black Lab Stout, a Belgian, a Double-Bock and East Kent Goldings Ale. So, at 8 beers, it wasn't a bad selection at all. I could find no flaws with any of the beers, so it was extremely hard picking out favorites. My two favorites would have to be the Outmeal Stout and the East Kent Goldings Ale. Black Lab Stout is one of their regular beers and very drinkable, roasty, stout with chocolate and licorice notes. The East Kent Goldings had a very good aroma, body, and mouthfeel and was a specialty beer. The belgian was good, but not outstanding. The double-bock was nice. Other than the black lab stout, out of the regular beers, I thought that Shane's Gold, a Czech pilsner with an incredible spicy fresh hop aroma was excellent.

The brewpub is in a large newer style building with high celings in the bar area with tables along the walls. There is a nice outdoor deck if you are visiting in the summer. We got excellent service from our waitress, which i think may be due partly to the fact that the saturday evening crowd had not yet showed up (by about 6 pm) so there were plenty of waitstaff for each customer. I ordered a dinner special, the mahi mahi with plum sauce, cilantro pesto and baby corn and shiitake mushrooms for $15.95. Very tasty and worth every penny.

There is another bar in a downstairs area that has games including 4 or 5 pool tables and darts. This seemed to have a cozier, less formal atmosphere that some people enjoy.

Like I said, I think the beers have much improved since last year, the food was very good, the service good, and provided an overall very pleasant experience.

Beerquester, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

this was the official 'on the way home from dogfish head' 2006 selection. therefore, our team of four hit it up at about 2pm on a sunday.

immediately we made our way to the bar area, which was sparsely populated and rather spacious. the bar was situated in the center of the room, in a square shape, with three hundred and sixty degrees of seating. tables and booths flanked the edges of the giant room, and a deck extended from the bar area. tall chairs were selected for their proximity to the hi-defs, as today was sunday and the iggles were playing... mike had gay fantasy football to concern himself with. i had some good brews.

looked over to the big chalkboard but it was empty. the current selection was available on printed menus scattered across the bartop. currently on tap were the 'standards'.. i believe they were pale ale, lager, stout, and amber.. or something. who knows, i went for seasonals. they had an interesting array.. baltic porter, abbey dubbel, biere de garde and octoberfest. i tried all four which were fresh and varied in overall flavor quality. the biere de garde was the clear winner, a near-perfect beer with amazing dry-grape notes and a refreshing drinkability. the o-fest was solid and traditional without being overly sweet. the baltic porter was good (i only had a small sample), just not my cup of tea. and the abbey 8 was extremely watery and overly fruity, leaving me wanting more. although i complain, it wasn't a terror to drink. i just think i expected perfection after speaking previously to another BA who pimps this place to high heaven.

i ate lunch here as well, and was very impressed by the menu. they step up pub fare with some middle eastern and asian fusion flares, offering both the traditional and something more creative for those of us sick of burgers and fries with our BP beer. i had the toasted pita wedges with lemon hummus, olive tapenade, and fresh salsa. an excellent dish. i also shared some 'extra hot' wings which, despite their name, contained little to no burn. tasted like traditional buffalo sauce mixed with sriratcha.. weird flavor, but everyone else seemed to like them.

the waitress was very friendly and my glass never sat empty for more than a second before she's back with a smile asking me what i needed. albeit, the place was dead, but there is something to be said for attentiveness. i didn't need to ask any beer questions because the beer menu was very in-depth and explanatory.

the beer here is pretty freaking good for the middle of nowhere, pa.. and i like the belgian/european seasonals. this is something i dont get much of in ct. the place itself is your standard restaurant, reminiscent of a less-trendy iron hill. don't go here for lush atmosphere or a cool beer bar vibe. but if you want to drink a couple of good brews, watch a game, and bullshit with your buds, you'll be in brewpub heaven.

goodbyeohio, Oct 11, 2006
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4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

Finally got a chance to stop in this place after a round of golf nearby the pub. Entered about 12:30 mid week, and the place had a large lunchtime crowd. When walking in the large bar are is on the right along with an outdoor patio. To the left is the main dining area, and downstairs is the game room which has a smaller bar and several pool tables and dart boards.

We sat at the bar, and surprisingly only the 5 house beers were available, the special beers were gone. 3 new special beers on tap were coming on soon - usual bad luck for me. The Amber, Gold, and Pale were all very fresh and great tasting.

The food was also quite good, as the sandwiches and pizza were reasonably priced and quite filling. Service was attentive and friendly.

I wished I lived a little closer to this place as this is a great place to grab some grub and high quality beers.

Gavage, Sep 01, 2006
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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

Located in between US 202 N and US 202S, McKenzie's Brew House is one of the top destination breweries in the state of PA, all because of Scott "the Dude" Morrison. The atmosphere, on a Sunday afternoon, had the feeling of a family chain restaurant. This wasn’t a typical family chain restaurant, with a bar to the right upon entering. The wood bar was in rectangular and held about 20. There was seating in both the dining room and a few booths by the bar. There was also a second bar called the Underground Bar, with pool tables and other games; however, it was closed on our visit.

The beers at McKenzie's were great, with the selection consisting of 7 beers, 5 of them being everyday beers: McKenzie Light Lager, Shane's Gold, Unicorn Amber Ale, Wicked Will's Pale Ale and Black Lab Stout. The five regulars were all above average brewpub beers; however the two seasonals were both great. There was a great hefe and a tremendous saison (which what "the Dude" is known for; great Belgian and big beers). The beers were all fresh and showed no noticeable flaws. The beers are available in 12oz, 16oz and 22oz ounce glassware. All tap beers are also available in growlers as well. However no 750s were for sale.

Overall, this place is worth a stop and is not far from the Pa Turnpike and the Delaware state line. The food was good, with a family friendly menu. Also the service was good and very friendly.

cupbeerman, Aug 31, 2006
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4.18/5  rDev +6.9%

This brew pub is located right in the middle of the split lane 202. This caught me as a surprise as the entrance off of 202 is on the left side of the road. One maniacal, multi-lane swerve later we arrived on the scene.

As I walked in, we were directed off to the left, away from the bar and towards the dining area. Here, were sat in a booth that overlooked all of the stainless steel goodies that were in a long, narrow, glassed-in room that separated our booth from the outside. To the other side of the building was a deli style open kitchen where we could watch the cooks do their thing. The dining area had a very soothing and open atmosphere with some pastel greens on the walls and tons of bright, natural light, even on this overcast day. Over all, I got a warm “family dining” or a “Deli” feel. That’s disregarding the bar off in the distance and the brewing equipment through the window, of course. The bar to the right of the door we came in was a large oval and it looked plenty spacious. Also, there was another bar in the basements that had a very different feel to it with pool tables, darts and a very low ceiling. You could really pick the atmosphere you were in the mood for here.

For lunch I ordered the nacho appetizer and a curry chicken with peanut sauce plate. I was a little confused why the delicious chicken dish came out first until the mammoth order of nachos came out. Seriously, this plate probably weighed ten pounds. Don’t try this unless you want to bring it home or you have at least three big guys with you. My girlfriend got a crab bisque and a four cheese pizza. The bisque was just fantastic and the pizza was even better cold the next morning. Over all, the quality and quantity of food here really impressed me.

Our server was absolutely brilliant and on top of everything. Every thing came promptly, a plate pushed to the edge of the table was instantly snatched up and here personality said, “I care, but I’m not going to make a big show of it.” That was really fantastic. I wish I could remember her name because she is a model server and an asset to McKenzie’s. I won’t give a 5 here because it was the lunch hour, so I wasn’t completely blown away.

The beers we had here were good. On our way to the movie, we discussed the quality of beers here. We concluded that there was absolutely nothing wrong here. The three beers we tried were very solid, but nothing legendary. The Bavay was tasty, the Farmhouse Saison was a little hoppy for the style, but tasty as well, and the Wicked Will reminded me a lot of Hop Devil. I enjoyed the beers here a lot, but again, I didn’t get the sense that there was anything amazing going on here. The standard for offering’s here looks like six standards and three offerings of the bier de jour.

Solid food, good service and tasty beers; they have it all. I’d be back a lot sooner if this pub wasn’t so far out of the way.

DarkerTheBetter, Jun 05, 2006
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3.78/5  rDev -3.3%

This is from a visit on May 13, 2006 to the Glen Mills (Chadd's Ford), PA location.

Atmosphere: The restaurant has a wide open bar and several diffferent dining sections, with tasteful decoration throughout. There is also a bar downstairs, although I did not venture there.

Quality: The quality of the restaurant was good. We were the first to arrive (at the 11:30AM opening) and were only there for a few rounds. Despite that (and a local graduation that would most likely swamp them later), the staff was friendly, even with my hellion 16 month old.

Service: Service was just above average, nothing bad to say about them (this was reflected with a good gratuity).

Selection: Five house beers and three seasonals gave me plenty to choose from. The beer ranged from pils to stouts, so there is something for everyone.

Food: We only ordered nachos with chicken, but damn they were good. You know how a great plate of nachos really brightens your mood? Well this plate fits that bill. My food rating is somewhat incomplete because we only ordered nachos, so I guess I have to go back.

In terms of value, 3 beers, a plate of nachos and a growler set us back $30, so I call that reasonable.

akorsak, May 15, 2006
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4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

Visited establishment about 1pm on a Friday afternoon. We were immediately seated and handed menue, which included both food and drink selections. The options of smoking, non-smoking, or patio dining were available. We selected non-smoking. The waitress arrived in a reasonable amount of time to take our drink order. They have several different samplers available, and I selected the premium one (why not, I was on vacation and my wife volunteered to drive home). I'm glad she was going to drive home beacause when the sampler arrived it had 9 different beers in it. For our meal selections, I choose the Mckenzie BLT wrap and my wife had the spicy shrimp pasta. The selections were served within an appropriate time frame. The serving sizes were so huge, we each ended up taking half of them home with us. The quality of the food was excellent.The prices were more than reasonable for our lunches. If you are passing through the area, this would be a great place to stop for lunch.

tgbljb, Nov 05, 2005
McKenzie Brew House in Glen Mills, PA
88 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.