Brass Rail Deli
Taps: 6 / Bottles: 450
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 33 | Show All Ratings:
4.59/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
On a trip to Hershey Park my wife and I stopped into Brass Rail Beverage to check out the local beer scene. The cashier there suggest we visit the deli to purchase single bottles of beer.
For a little deli they had an incredible selection of beers for sale. Six pack holders are at the beginning of the shelves to help you carry your bottles. About 1/3 of the beers are imports from Belgium, Germany and England. Hefeweizens, sours, and Trappist beers are all available. The rest of the beers are local and national brands, like Stone, Yards, Bells, Founders, etc. My wife and I spent about 15 minutes looking over the selection before we made any decisions on what to buy. We each picked up 5 beers and the cashier let us know that if we each get a sixth we could get a 25% discount. She didn't have to tell us twice!
In addition to the bottle selection there are 6 rotating draft lines for bottle fills.
Neither of us got anything to eat, but it smelled and looked delicious. The only negative comment I have is it was very warm and stuffy in the store. By the time we left we were glad to get out into the fresh air.
Brass Rail Deli is a great little shop with an incredible selection of single bottles and reasonable prices. If I'm ever in the area again I'm definitely going to be buying more beer here.
10-14-2013 18:52:43 | More by WanderingFool
4.43/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$
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 -3.7%
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
4.78/5 rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
When I've been coming back to PA to visit my parents, I've been going to Country Garden in Lebanon to get six packs and bombers, however, on my way back to their place this morning from Hershey, I saw this and had to check it out:
A/Q/S: The atmosphere, well, an entire wall full of warm beer of different styles and companies, good companies like Russian River, Troegs, Lost Abbey, Founders and Ballast Point. So the quality is there. It kinda blew my mind as I fumbled around in trying to stay close to my beer budget.
S: The service was great to me because they left me alone to choose what I wanted.
F: I didn't get any food, but took a look at the menu and thought I wished I would have stopped in closer to lunch just so I could get something (it looked really good).
V: The price did seem a bit higher than Country garden, but hey, I'll be back for a selection kind of thing. Glad I have two places I can always check out when I'm in Lebanon county to visit my parents.
11-16-2012 19:44:03 | More by BeerKangaroo
4.58/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Brass Rail Deli - Campbelltown, PA
Thank goodness for places like this!!!
Great Selection of Beers!!! Stuff from Russian River, Troegs, Lost Abbey, Founders, Ballast Point, Avery, Nebraska, and many more. In addition they have the best selection of Belgian and Trappist beers around. I Was just here again today. I had a wonderful hot roast beef sandwich and a Firestone Walker Double Jack to wash it down. The prices are a bit on the high side but if you like great beer and deli food this is the place to be.
The 25% discount on a purchase of six bottles does help to reduce the expenses. Another great feature here is their blast chiller, you can select a bottle of the self and they can chill it in just a minute or two for you.
This is the place I go for the most rare and hard to get beers around.
Great Beer+Great Food+Great People=Great Times!
Good Job Brass Rail Deli !!!
01-13-2012 22:07:39 | More by jeffmart22
4.63/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
4.65/5 rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I have been there several times and I'm always impressed with the selection. There are very few bottle shops in central PA and this is one of the best. The prices can be a little on the high side but with buying a six pack or more and getting 25% off that makes it more reasonable.
The service has always been very good and the one time I did eat there for lunch the food was very good. I also like that you can get sample sizes of any of their beers that are on tap.
The only down side I found was when it's crowded and the tables are full it can be hard to look at all the bottles without bumping into people seated, but I can live with that because the selection is great.
09-29-2011 21:31:56 | More by kenatbeerswap
4.18/5 rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
The Brassrail Deli: The deli is cool place. You walk in and see a library like bookcase full of beers on the left side. Deli on the right and the back wall has a few cooler doors. Neat concept here, they have cold beer to drink there or they can chill any of the warm bookcase beers to consume their. There selection is very good. They have hand selected products and just to get rare stuff in. Prices are way too high. It is almost rip. What saves them is the 6 pack mix. You can mix a six of any size 12oz/750ml and get a 25% discount. This discount makes it a little easier to take.
The food is very good. Never had a bad meal. The dogs are top notch. Bottom line: Go for the beer and grab dinner while at it, you will not be disappointed
05-19-2011 02:12:09 | More by canjeeps
4.55/5 rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I live locally (just outside of Hershey, PA) so the Brass Rail Deli is just a 5 minute drive from my apartment.... so needless to say I am in there about 3 times per week on average. I know the owner and his wife by name and I've been coming here for 2 years now so I hope my review doesn't seem biased in anyway.
Appearance - Small, corner-store feel deli was the best way I've seen it described in the other BA reviews I've read so far of the place. about 6 tables, each with a few chairs, a refrigerator with drinks, and a long wooden area with about 6 different shelves full of different bottles. Large LCD flatscreen TV which typically has Phillies, Eagles, or Flyers games on (Cisco is a huge fan of everything that is Philly). very cozy and intimate. Only time the place is a problem is on busy nights when the place is full of more people than it can comfortably handle.
Quality - I've noticed that most people have been saying the Food is "So-So". I think it's so much more than that. The sandwiches are creatively put-together with amazing Portugese rolls. The Phillini uses actual sliced RibEye. They marinate and make the Pork for the cuban sandwich themselves. And the Wings are the best I have ever eaten. They are quite pricey but huge and baked to perfection in the tastiest of sauce (you can get it from normal mild to "Ghostly" which I wouldn't recommend for anyone who wants to keep breathing). The beer is very fresh and usually unique. The draft list does change frequently but it doesn't seem to change as frequently as it used to.... maybe he isn't using as many sixtels as he used to.
Service - Considering it is usually just the owner and his wife working along with possibly one other person, the service is incredible. They know you by name, have conversations with you, and go out of their way to make you feel welcome. Whoever wrote the review about them being rude and ripping people off and making you pay for samples must not go out to eat or drink much and they obviously don't look on the board where sample prices are clearly marked. the beers are expensive. whatever made them think Cisco was going to give them free tastings of everything is beyond me. Only drawback is that sometimes your food could take a while if they are packed to capacity... and that's because everything is made to order and made with love (by one or two people). that's worthed to me.
Food - I reviewed the food already. Try the Phillini, Philhoagie, Wings (I recommend zesty or blistering), or the chili. I hear Amy's roasted tomato soup is great as well but I've never personally tried it.
Value - I do agree with everyone that [even for a bottle store with craft beer], the beers are a bit pricey (mainly individual bottles from the shelf. If you mix 6 of them (regardless of size or variety), you do save 25% on the whole thing as long as you don't have more than two of the same thing in the sixpack. that brings the prices down to the acceptable range. The food is priced as you would expect. 7 or 8 dollars for most sandwiches. Wings are pricey but they're the best wings I've ever had in my life. When talking about Value and the Brass Rail Deli, I'll bring up that old saying "You get what you pay for". It certainly holds true in the environment.
This place has selections, friendliness, and quality that is unmatched in most of the Harrisburg area. Only place that gives it a run for its money is Al's of Hampden in Enola, PA (and you can't really compare them because they are different types of establishments totally). Enjoy yourselves. Best time to come is probably early afternoon on a weekday. they open at 11AM and last call is at 9PM (kitchen closes at 8PM). they are open Monday through Saturday. Sunday must be Cisco's day of rest... I'm sure he needs one by the time it comes along.
05-07-2011 22:22:54 | More by danman0125
4.65/5 rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
As for the atmosphere, well it looks like a deli. But there is a wall filled to overflowing with good bottles and an owner that knows my name even though I don't come in very often because I live to far away. Lots of the customers are friendly and willing to talk beer with a stranger. So even if the decor won't win any awards, the atmosphere is great.
The staff are always friendly while the owners, Cisco and I forget his wife's name, are just amazingly dedicated to customer service. Whether its special orders, answering questions, or just chatting they are always friendly and approachable. The sheer number of beers for sale is amazing, plus there are some pretty rare or obscure offerings at times. They offer 6 beers on-tap, always an interesting variety. I had a grilled turkey sandwich here once that was very good. The prices might seem a bit high, but with the mixed six discount they are pretty much in line with other PA bottle shops. Plus, there is a fantastic distributor right next store. Its been awhile, I need to get back soon...
04-03-2011 00:54:07 | More by DIM
Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown, PA
95 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.