McKenzie Brew House
Active Beers: 70
Beer Ratings: 642
Beer Avg: 3.74
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4.75/5 rDev +21.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Well I made the drive here over the holidays and was not dissapointed! It is super easy to find just take 202 south and when it splits you are there! The parking lot was not too crowded even thought the highways were. The weather was pretty messy so that may explain it. Walking in the front door there is a main dining area to the left, host/hostess location in front, bar area and more booths to the right and stairs to the downstairs pub/gameroom to the right as well. We were eating so we took a table in the bar area. There are lots of windows and some good beer quotes on teh walls, also a few TVs for sports. SImple rectangular bar with about 35 stools. Looked like they are running about 10 draft lines, also a full selection of liquor.
First off, I had emailed Scott to set aside bottles for me which he did, the box was taped up and labeled with my name on so that was great. Big thanks to Scott for this and for making outstanding beer! Then we met Bill the owner who stayed and chatted with us for 10 mintues and told us about a recent NY times article detailing some of the beers. He seemed very proud of the beers that Scott is making. He was very friendly and helpful and definitely chatted longer than he had to. Our server Dawn, was also very helpful and friendly, checking on us enough to be sure we were okay but not overbearing. She even brought more chips to finish the great artichoke and spinach dip we ordered. Service was awesome!
The food was very good, I had a pork and prov torpedo which turned out to be a little zippy and it was tasty as were the french fries and onion rings I ordered. My fiancee had a very tasty ceaser salad with seared tuna. The previously mentioned artcichoke and spinach dip was served with tortilla chips and pits slices. Very good stuff!
The menu was also fun with a series of beer related questions. I scored in the highest category "MBA" Master of Beer Appreciation. I'm waiting for my certificate McKenzies!
Onto the beer! I had heard the main brews are good but not exciting so I went with some seasonals. I bought the black lager to start which was good and clean, moved to a spicy pumpkin ale, and bought a growler of the "mad elf" (Dont read if from Troegs) balckberry ale. ALso grabbed bottles of the belle dock, 5 czars, super saison, abby8, and baltic porter. Looks like I have some drinking to do! The Belle Dock was incredible!
If I had any complaint it would be the lack of a beer engine. Some of these brews on cask would be nectar and would make this even more of a beer geek nirvana! If you are anywhere within 100 miles and you dont stop, your liver and stomach and palate will be angry. An excellent brewpub in my mind. I will be going back!
12-26-2004 17:59:59 | More by sulldaddy
4.6/5 rDev +17.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
Ooh doggie, this is great place to go. It's by itself right where 202 splits (or comes back together, depending on which way you're going). No matter which way you're going it's always a left turn that you don't have to cross traffic for.
There's an upstairs bar section, a restaurant section and a downstairs bar/game room. The downstairs bar/game room is pretty cool but may be completely empty at times. There's 4 pool tables, shuffleboard, uh darts I think, and a few video games. There's typically their 6 regular beers on tap at any one time and 5 or so seasonals. But the real treat is the hand-filled bottles, available for consumption in the establishment or for takeout. All of PA's wacky laws don't seem to apply to breweries/brewpubs, so take as much or as little as you want. Leave some for me. There's always a great selection and variety of beers, and I've yet to have a bad one.
The service is always friendly and attentive, though not always overly knowledgeable about the beer. The food is excellent, though maybe a smidge on the expensive side.
I'm told at nights, especially on the weekends, the atmosphere dives for the worse, as it's one of the first places across the PA border from no-smoking-in-bars Delaware, and tends to draw a seedy crowd because of that. I've only been there in the afternoon and have never had any problems.
It's not too terribly far from the 95 corridor and right off of Route 1, and is well worth a visit for the takeout alone.
12-29-2004 03:57:39 | More by PopeDX
4.55/5 rDev +16.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
One Rt. 202 in Glen Mills a couple miles south of Rt. 1. You can't miss this place, it is huge. Very spacious interior and a nice area downstairs with pool tables, darts, etc. Feels quite modern. Food is excellent and the beers...well, just read the reviews. Large selection of beers on tap and in 750 ml bottles. The dude sure looks like he has fun with the recipes here, making many styles and making them well. With another location coming soon to Malvern, I'm curious to see how big this place is going to grow within the next few years.
04-04-2004 16:18:57 | More by dmarch
4.5/5 rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5
Another Philly area brewpub that has really impressed me. It is a large place with plenty of space to dine upstairs, and a big downstairs bar area. It is simple with a nice quiet relaxing atmosphere. They also have a shuffleboard table which really scores points with me. It is not as long as the one in my hometown bar, but then again that bar doesn't serve brews like McKenzie's does. Lots of belgian selections in bottles, and a few on tap. I think they had about 10 taps. I was only there for a little bit, but I got to try a couple. The pale was very good, and the porter was excellent. I got a case of mixed bottles to go, and I will be enjoying them shortly. The service was great, and I was very happy to see that they really went out of their way for the BA Rally. I will be visiting soon because the food looked excellent.
03-29-2004 22:18:03 | More by ElGuapo
4.45/5 rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
McKenzies is a really awesome brewpub in the Glen Mills section of the Philly burbs. Sure, the atmosphere is not the best, but this place is clean and big with tons ot booths and tables for grabbing dinner, a huge bar with a 100"TV and a cool downstairs bar to boot (as well as seasonal patio seating and bookable private rooms. The quality of the beer here is awesome! I had 7 draught selections and 1 750ml of Baltic Porter and they were all excellent. The premium sampler with all 7 of their current brews on draught is a steal too at only $7.50. The service here was above average. Our server brought our drinks and our eats quickly and she was quick to ask how everything was, and fill up our glasses. The selection, as I stated above is great with 5 year round brews (Lite, Czech Pils, Stout, Amber, and Pale Ale) and 2 seasonals always flowing. Their is also the "beer cellar" which offers a few 750ml bottles as well. The food was absolutely awesome. Cheap and big portions as well. Erica and I split 2 appetizers (Tapas trio, and Wild mushroom quesadillas) and 1 entree (Grilled prtabello mushroom sandwitch), so this place is very vegetarian friendly. All in all a nice big place with good eats, and awesome brew. The dude, is doing well.
11-05-2004 00:27:08 | More by francisweizen
4.4/5 rDev +12.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
The place is large & the place is ridiculously clean. Personally, I always appreciate cleanliness - especially when we're talking about brewing & foodservice. Rather modern looking inside & features a bigass eating area, a giant bar, a nice looking outdoor patio, & an additional area for drinking & hanging out downstairs. While I can't speak to the food quality, the menu did look solid & the entrees coming out made my mouth water. They have a number of brews on tap. I sampled both the stout and the pale ale & while I can't complain about either of them, the bottled beers are on a completely different level. When I was visiting they offered Biere de Garde, Baltic Porter, and "Super" Wit. I haven't had a bottled selection from McKenzie's I didn't thoroughly enjoy. Fantastic beer & very good service at this place....absolutely has my recommendation.
07-08-2004 22:57:21 | More by garthwaite
4.35/5 rDev +11.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
11-27-2006 02:54:09 | More by Beerquester
4.33/5 rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5
Passed this place 10K times without realizing it was a brew pub. Noticed it first on BA under the BeerFly section - boy was I missing out. Easy to get to (I only live 15 minutes away, set in the beer mecca known as Delaware County (Harvards, Iron Hill, McKenzies). Pretty unique setup - it's centered between 202N and 202S - no crazy turns to get out of the place.
I have two children, so I did the fly by before I unfastened the kiddos. Walked in and while the place seemed like more than a resteraunt than a brew pub, I happily snagged the wife and kiddos and grabbed a table.
Service was awesome - this place is packed with a very attractive and knowledgeable wait staff. Started out by ordering a sampler (6 beers - flagship + a single seasonal) a light (yuck), amber (nice), pale (yum), gold (eh), stout (WOW), and a blueberry (wife liked it - I didn't even try it)
Food - well the waitress told me when I ordered the Nachos that they were large - they should have a warning label - awesome and serves 50. The bisque is a must have.
The beer - my wife just got through 10 months of pregnacy so she was loaded for bear. We sampled them all, but found that the stout was much to our liking.. Kind of a lighter stout, but very very enjoyable.
The suprise- took my 2 year old for a walk around the place and discovered the lower quarters housed all sorts of bar games. This place is awesome! The entertainment of a yellow beer bar with awesome beers. (They bottle 750ml's that I havent tried - yet)
The problem - this place is on my way home from work.
A must visit if you are in the area..
02-05-2005 23:37:26 | More by djeffbee
4.33/5 rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Every time I go home this is about the half way point. It is a great sports bar with lots of tv's. The quality of all of their beers are good but their seasonals are the best I've had. Including Peach Wheat, Farmers Saison, English Pale Ale, etc. Always a great seasonal on. Last time I was there were 4 seasonals on tap. The service is very fast and friendly. The selection is great and the food is unbelievable. Check out there calamari which is some of the best I have had. Cut perfectly tender. Food is a little pricey but the beer is reasonable. I must stop if you get a chance. I will be back again and again.
02-21-2008 06:03:21 | More by slvrmon82
4.33/5 rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
11-05-2005 14:20:02 | More by tgbljb
McKenzie Brew House in Glen Mills, PA
88 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.