Brass Rail Deli
Taps: 6 / Bottles: 450
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 32 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ffejherb:
4.85/5 rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
I finally have a beer mecca only ten minutes from my home! Needless to say, I have shopped many times at the Brass Rail distributor next door, so I have been in the know about this place a good year before they finally opened their doors in late 2008. I visit quite frequently, at least once a week (sometimes more) and always have a great time chatting with Cisco, his staff and patrons.
The Deli is fairly small, but always clean and comfortable. I've eaten there a couple of times, and the food is quite tasty and portions are fair. Their menu consists of deli sandwiches, paninis, soups, etc. and they also have an artisan cheese plate that rotates often.
Now, on to the beer selection. This is what keeps me coming back! Sure, the bottles are a little on the pricey side, but the tap prices are definitely more than fair, especially when one considers the selection. I have already tried plenty of offerings seldom seen in Central PA including, most recently, Founder's KBS and Bell's Hopslam. They even have a few bottle chillers if you're not feeling up for anything on their tap list. But for only offering six taps (one of which is always on nitro), the selection is always stellar. You'll always find an IPA/DIPA, an Imperial stout, something bourbon or oak aged, a Belgian-style ale, and something local.
All in all, this is an amazing addition to the local beer scene. You can usually find me there on Monday or Wednesday nights... sometimes both!
03-24-2009 19:57:30 | More by ffejherb
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4.59/5 rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
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 +2.8%
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
Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown, PA
95 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.