Brass Rail Deli
Taps: 6 / Bottles: 450
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 32 | Display Reviews Only:
4.59/5 rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
On a trip to Hershey Park my wife and I stopped into Brass Rail Beverage to check out the local beer scene. The cashier there suggest we visit the deli to purchase single bottles of beer.
For a little deli they had an incredible selection of beers for sale. Six pack holders are at the beginning of the shelves to help you carry your bottles. About 1/3 of the beers are imports from Belgium, Germany and England. Hefeweizens, sours, and Trappist beers are all available. The rest of the beers are local and national brands, like Stone, Yards, Bells, Founders, etc. My wife and I spent about 15 minutes looking over the selection before we made any decisions on what to buy. We each picked up 5 beers and the cashier let us know that if we each get a sixth we could get a 25% discount. She didn't have to tell us twice!
In addition to the bottle selection there are 6 rotating draft lines for bottle fills.
Neither of us got anything to eat, but it smelled and looked delicious. The only negative comment I have is it was very warm and stuffy in the store. By the time we left we were glad to get out into the fresh air.
Brass Rail Deli is a great little shop with an incredible selection of single bottles and reasonable prices. If I'm ever in the area again I'm definitely going to be buying more beer here.
10-14-2013 18:52:43 | More by WanderingFool
4.43/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$
Disclaimer I live 10 minutes away so I might be a bit biased on the selection and service.
Brass Rail Deli is a craft beer gem hidden away just outside of Hershey PA. The deli is attached to a beer distributor next door.
The actual deli is quite small. 5 tables with 4 chairs each make up the majority of the seating area, with a bar and 4 stools by the entry. That being said, rarely do I have an issue finding a table or feel crowded. Two large TV's play Phillys games and other pertinent central PA entertainment, and there is always a stack of beer magazines to read if the TV doesn't interest you.
The service is pleasant and they are helpful if you need assistance with a beer selection. Cisco the owner takes pride in keeping the Deli clean and well stocked when possible.
The bottled beer selection is better than you will find in at least 50 miles any direction. 6 large cabinets of shelves plus 4 coolers. They have a good mix of nice Import and worthy American craft beers fighting for this shelf space and generally they do a good job of offering the best of what's available in the area. You can expect full offerings from Founders, DFH, Stone, Troegs, etc. Imports like Cantillon rarely make it but they occasionally do so don't skip past the import section.
They have 6 rotating drafts that would please most anyone. Usually there is an IPA, Stout, Lighter beer (pale or lager), an import, a local craft beer, and a strong (barleywines, American strongs, Belgian strongs, etc.). Notable drafts that come annually include KBS, BCBS, Older Viscocity, Pumking, etc. The deli now also offers draft wine by the glass and a handful of top shelf spirits.
The food is outstanding for a craft beer store. Wide assortment of sandwiches, wings, hot dogs, and other snacks. The potato salad is the best I've ever had. I think I've tried everything on the menu and they have all been great. When my family comes into town, they all want to go to the Brass Rail to eat (and none of then drink alcohol).
Prices are reasonable for the most part and you save money by mixing and buying 6 beers. Draft and growler prices are definitely fair if not better than most.
Overall, it's a great place to stop at if traveling through Hershey. Do yourself a favor and get some food while you are here!
06-20-2013 19:42:42 | More by DocJ007
4.18/5 rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
This place I had to admit seemed quite odd. There is as I understand it, an adjacent store which does the case sales but I never bothered to check it out. That being said, on with the review of this tiny place.
The place is VERY tiny, with half of the space taken over by a deli counter, but it's selection is kind of odd and surprising. Much of the shelves seemed to be picked quite clean, but the few items that were remaining really surprised me for craft and foreign. An odd bottle of Damnation, Deschutes, Two Brothers from Chicago, it's apparent that the goods in this place have come mostly I am guessing from Philly. Not sure how that works out legal wise but here they are.
Selection is a bit small for the store, but it's focused on what appears to be desirable and nore obscure brews. There's hardly any bombers, and only a few sixers as well.
I had only one gentlemen help me out and he pointed out the detail about buying six beers to save some coin (I originally only picked out 3) so it was still a pricey 6 pack, but we're I am from mixed single packs are atrociously expensive. He also mentioned that some of the beers came from the Philly area which explains finding Russian River on the shelf (mind you there was only one, and it was a bottle of Damnation).
He noticed also my Hill Farmstead t-shirt and remarked, OH nice, once in awhile we sell their beers too.
I am not sure if he was just buttering me up to get me to come back, but it made me wonder what the ethic acquisition of some of the product here involves if he actually happens to be correct.
That being said, it's way out of the way and quite obscure to come here, but there were certainly beers here worth coming to pick up. Much of the shelves though looked quite picked, it would be nice to see what it looks like fully stocked. Still I would always pop in everytime I would happen to be by to look and see.
06-04-2013 01:34:34 | More by smakawhat
4.58/5 rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Brass Rail Deli - Campbelltown, PA
Thank goodness for places like this!!!
Great Selection of Beers!!! Stuff from Russian River, Troegs, Lost Abbey, Founders, Ballast Point, Avery, Nebraska, and many more. In addition they have the best selection of Belgian and Trappist beers around. I Was just here again today. I had a wonderful hot roast beef sandwich and a Firestone Walker Double Jack to wash it down. The prices are a bit on the high side but if you like great beer and deli food this is the place to be.
The 25% discount on a purchase of six bottles does help to reduce the expenses. Another great feature here is their blast chiller, you can select a bottle of the self and they can chill it in just a minute or two for you.
This is the place I go for the most rare and hard to get beers around.
Great Beer+Great Food+Great People=Great Times!
Good Job Brass Rail Deli !!!
01-13-2012 22:07:39 | More by jeffmart22
4.63/5 rDev +7.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
First of all, I cannot believe there is a resource like this five minutes from my sister's house. I always thought of the area as a dead area for beer. WHAT A SELECTION! I have rarely found a place like this in major cities, but to find one here in Cambelltown is incredible.
Incredible selection of Belgian brews, Craft brews from across the US. Some nice Imported European finds. All are nicely displayed on shelf opposite the deli counter.
Food and beer are worth coming as well. Had Mad Elf from Troeges with a roast beef sandwich. Not pricey. Served in proper brewery glass.
Service was propt and polite.
Parking is fine. You won't be looking for a parking spot all day.
I will come here again. FOR SURE.
01-04-2012 21:52:39 | More by jneiswender
Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown, PA
95 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.