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McKenzie Brew House

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McKenzie Brew HouseMcKenzie Brew House
BA SCORE
88
very good

61 Ratings
Ratings: 61
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Active Beers: 80
Beer Ratings: 697
Beer Avg: 3.72
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Eatery ]

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

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Photo of slander
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%

Dropped in on what was to become a messy Saturday afternoon with Captain Evil to meet up with some other BA's which is always a fine time. Yeah, it just a slight haul to get to but definitely worth the time. They had the house standards on tap, and I went first with the East Kent IPA, floral and mad hoppy, and then ventured for the the Abbey Oatmeal Stout which was smoothy and chocolatey. Very nice. It was then that brewer Scott Morrison showed up and he busted out some bottles of the 750 ml seasonals. My absolute fav is hands down, the Abbey 8. Da-da-da-da-deep, alcohol, fruity, alcohol, sugary sweet, alcohol, beautiful. Just beautiful. The Saison was so very nicely spicy and the Trappist Pale Ale was dry and hoppy, but again, the Abbey 8, the Abbey 8. Scored me a bottle to go.
Food menu was solid. The Brew House Chili was all chorizo sausage and beans and the Hot Steamship Roast Beef & White Cheddar sandwich was the perfect base to hold me this Saturday afternoon. Sat at the bar in a large well lit but deceiving room that looks bigger than it really it thanks to the wall of mirrors. Never got around to seeing the main dining room except from afar or the basement room at all but I plan to be on back again.

slander, Sep 27, 2003
Photo of woodychandler
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%

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 TheLongBeachBum
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

First stop on a memorable Saturday Beer Tour. Two Beermobiles were pressed into action early on a warm Saturday for a tour from NYC to Pennsylvania and then onto Philly. Leading the convoy was Davo’s Evil-Element which contained co-driver and navigator Slander, entertainment was provided by my good self the Bum, whilst a new version of Car Air Freshener was being field-tested by FeloniousPhil, we all agreed with Phil that the fresh grassy aromas really helped to battle the effects of long journeys. FeloniousPhil also provided a man size bag of BBQ Lays chips as well. The Support Car contained djgonzalez, rokotgirl and Mike (a.k.a. the ‘young’ Michael Jackson).

Having avoided, Sofa Cushions, large Wooden Boards and flying Mattresses on the Freeway, we arrived at a fork in the road on the Wilmington-West Chester Pike in Glen Mills. This is the home of the legendary McKenzies and we had arrived. The Sun was out and interfering with everyone’s headaches (courtesy of the previous Friday Night session) as we exited our parked vehicles and squinted at each other in the bright light as we mingled in the Car Lot at McKenzie’s after the long road journey. Just at that moment the Evil one spotted Scott Morrison the Brewer who was heading out, pleasantries were exchanged and Davo got to touch him again so he was all smiles.

From the outside, it could easily be mistaken for a single storey, wooden built, modern road-side restaurant, for its appearance is unassuming, even down to the gray exterior. However, a closer look reveals the brewing equipment on display which is easily seen through four full height windows at the front. Entered via a dual sided elevated stairway, the small entrance area is a little clinical. The entrance is situated in the middle of the building, so rooms break to the left and right. There is also a downstairs room (with an ATM machine) as well as outside drinking area. Wood is the construction material of choice and it is everywhere, and when mixed with stainless steel fittings and lots of glass, it all lends a rather a modern feel to the interior.

Airy and well lit, the stand alone bar is to your right and is surrounded by high stools. Our group initially sat at the bar area, but with seven of us to accommodate, it felt a little unsocial as we all talked across each other, so we decided to grab a large table. Food was ordered and proved to be above average, but nothing outstanding, it was to be more of a ‘filler’ for empty stomachs after a long drive. Nevertheless, we were here for the beer, and the food assisted in providing a good base prior to a days drinking, rather than a wholesome meal.

A chalkboard displays the beers available and includes a wealth of information concerning things like batch details, brewed on dates, etc. During our visit they had; McKenzie Light Lager, Unicorn Amber Ale, Black Lab Stout, Shane’s Leap Golden Lager (Shane’s Gold), Old Rogue Pale Ale, Belgian Pale Ale, Hefe Weizen and the Maibock. Mike managed to snaffle a Sampler of the beers on offer, which proved to be a great way to sample a lot of the beers early on in the day. As others have noted, the “regular” beers are all brewed to accommodate the often “safe” decisions of the drinking public. However, the real treats lie hidden at times; they are the “specials” that are frequently brewed here. In addition to the beers listed, Davo managed to snaffle a couple of specials, all of which were top notch. Many of our group even stocked up on some bottled take-outs.

Service was good, but it was quiet, and the de rigeur Glasses that are 'super-chilled' to 0° Kelvin are a tad annoying, be sure to ask for a room temperature glass or you will be picking your fingerprint skins off the glass.

Physically, there is nothing to differentiate MBH from other modern homebrew establishments, the food is good, and the 'regular' beers are solid, which although great wouldn’t get me to come here in of themselves. Notwithstanding that, what really makes the journey worth while, especially the long drive from NYC, are the High Quality 'Special' beers, these are *exceptional* and are most certainly worth seeking out. If I lived within 100 miles of this place and knew of the specials release schedule, I would most definitely make a regular trip here every couple of months to stock up on the bottled special releases for sure and grab a bite to eat and a few beers whilst doing so.

A Huge Thanks to Davo for providing the transport and driving me (and others) here. For sure, without him, I would never have been able to get to this Penn State beer mecca.

Last Visit: Saturday 29th May, 2004.

TheLongBeachBum, Jul 04, 2004
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%

A nice little brewpub on Rt.202 just east of where it meets Rt.1 (not far from Victory). It's nicely appointed with wooden floors, and a green & tan color theme (which I guess is supposed to be Irish). The kitchen is open, which can be distracting to some, although it doesn't bother me. The bar is quite large, and in a huge room with high ceilings. It has a very open feel to it with the exception of the smoky pool room and bar downstairs. There's a nice deck outside (except that it overlooks the parking lot and highway). The beers are above par, but the regular selection is limited: light, amber, pale, pilsner. Look for the seasonals! The dark beer seems to have been eliminated, probably because sales of Guinness (which has been on tap since day one) slowed it down. Of course, the place is called McKenzie's, so I guess having THE Irish beer on tap is OK. And thankfully, brewer Scott Morrison has not let things slow him down. He's been doing bottle conditioned versions of his specialty beers to keep things interesting for the more adventurous. Recently there was a Belgian "double" White (extra strong Witbier) and an exceptional Belgian Pale Ale. Unfortunately, they don't sell the bottles to go. You can, however, get growlers of their regular beers. The food is pretty good, and fairly priced, but there aren't many vegetarian dishes. Still, I like the roasted vegetable pizza alot - some of the best brewpub pizza I've ever had. A nice brewpub that's worth a trip if you're not too far.

NeroFiddled, Sep 03, 2002
Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

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
Photo of Yetiman420
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

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 akorsak
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%

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
Photo of francisweizen
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%

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.

francisweizen, Nov 05, 2004
Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%

This is your typical restaurant / bar style brewpub as far as appearance goes. Very spacious and the downstairs sports some pool tables, darts and other games. Very clean inside and out, nice patio deck on the backside. The food is pub grub style and prepared quite well … the cobb salad was huge.

The beer selection is very broad; on-tap varies from the Light Lager to a pale ale to Baltic Porter … with a few others that land in-between. The bottled beers are a real treat and are highly suggested; look for the Trappist Pale Ale, Saison and Bavay (Biere De Garde) … these are for sale to go as well.

Certainly worth the visit for an out-of-towner.

Jason, Apr 01, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

After two trips to McKenzie Brew House (and six years of being a waiter) my review is ready. Here is my starter line: Any brewpub that can’t offer info about their beer right away is lame! Nobody in McK’s garb could answer my one question: “What are ALL the beers available?” McK's is a flower in a mud puddle (to quote Crane) beset by 202 N & S. Upon entering, the restaurant is to left, and the fun part is to the right. There is an enclave bar surrounded by drinking floor and a few scattered tables about with plenty 'o big t.v.s to watch sports. The table we picked rocked back 'n forth like a presidential voter campaigner. Downstairs is cooler, but it was closed this visit to snaggletooth some bottles. Overall, it's clean but needs a boys room in the basement. Could you take Mom here? Yes. It’s decent.

We care about the beer, eh? The brews are average at best on the sampler. The "dude" has extraordinary talent that is lost making light beer and other basic brews on the menu. His talents lie elsewhere. The Czech Pils is passable and the pale has some hops.

Service? What service? We had to inquire to four different barkeeps to finally get a beer menu. McK's waitstaff doesn't care about beer! They should!

Regular dinner and pub grub is the standard here. Don't expect to order a steak or lobster. McK's is burger, and appetizers. The nachos were ok, and this is from a nachos freek! The Thai pizza was good.

Last swigs: Don’t bother traveling here for the regular beer and food. Our only redeeming quality is when Scott Morrison bottles. Period! If you live more than 15 minutes away, save yourself a trip. Not that it is bad, just not special for beer lovers.

Limited brews for the brew connoisseur

blitheringidiot, Dec 20, 2004
Photo of ecoboy
2.89/5  rDev -25.9%

Okay, I'll throw a little cold water.

Maybe I shouldn't review a pub after a visit on New Year's Eve (although I was there early enough that it wasn't all that crowded and the music hadn't started yet.) Maybe the downstairs game room is not where to enjoy ales, but instead to enjoy bubble-boy hockey and pinball, which I did. It felt like a church rec. room with metal post holding the ceiling up. Bathrooms were some of the poorest attended I've seen in an operation this size: wet floors, glasses everywhere, paper overflowing the trash.

The beers were very light tasting, right through the saison which is not one-fifth as good as DuPont. I appreciate the attempt at Belgian style; it just didn't happen. Anything my companion and I oredered was like a pale version of its namesake, not enough hop character here, not enough alcohol warmth there.

Service (again, on New Year's Eve) was more interested in talking to friends and regulars than actually serve. Jukebox was filled with middle of the road blue collar pop, rock, country. Next time, if there ever is, I'll try the upstairs.

ecoboy, Mar 25, 2003
Photo of tgbljb
4.33/5  rDev +11%

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
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

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
Photo of rfgetz
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

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 sulldaddy
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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!

sulldaddy, Dec 26, 2004
Photo of jrancan
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%

I've only been once, but I'll give it a shot. Nothing stood out to me in any way other than the very friendly service. Selection, to me, was very basic. (light lager, pils, raspberry wheat). I did try a Belgian Pale Ale that was nowhere near spicey enough for me. Seemed watered down. I will be going back soon, so I'll re-review.

jrancan, Dec 20, 2002
Photo of Imstillthegman
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%

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 drtth
4/5  rDev +2.6%

drtth, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.33/5  rDev +11%

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 JackNip
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

JackNip, Yesterday at 05:18 PM
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

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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3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

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
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

BigRizz62, Aug 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

JKV96, Sep 20, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +10.3%

EDIT: If you order their year-round offerings might be bored to death depending on the time of year and day of week; if you order their seasonals or their Belgian 750 ml. bottles you will enjoy truly great hand crafted beer. Adjust your thoughts accordingly.

Somehow came up with an excuse to get to this place, as I've been dying to pick up some of their 750's to go. Thought it would be a bad drive from Center City, but isn't that bad if you go 95 and blah blah blah. Anyways, I like how minimal the interior is, sleek and thin lined lights and chairs allow the expansive floors and ceilings to give this place its character. Tons of seating, with a quiet family area separate from a louder/smokier bar area - anybody could go to this place, as I saw a number of families with little kids. Wait staff was helpful and abundant, and the beer selection was good but I wanted more seasonals and, to be greedy, I wanted all of their award-winning offerings. Besides getting the Triple and Trappist Pale to go, me and the lady enjoyed the Saison (review coming, quite good), Oatmeal Stout (review coming, excellent), and Pumpkin Ale (eh...). Food was fine, though a bit uninspired American stuff (i.e. ribs and burgers), but that's okay. Enjoyed the big screen with sound (a rare pairing in many places), and will look forward to checking back monthly to pick up their famous, rightfully so, bottled offerings in those lovely 750 ml. bottles.

nomad, Oct 13, 2003
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McKenzie Brew House in Glen Mills, PA
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