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McKenzie Brew House

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McKenzie Brew HouseMcKenzie Brew House
BA SCORE
88
very good

58 Ratings
Ratings: 58
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Active Beers: 78
Beer Ratings: 665
Beer Avg: 3.73
Taps: 0
Bottles: 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 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
Photo of Gavage
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
McKenzie Brew House in Glen Mills, PA
88 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.