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Craft Ale House

Craft Ale HouseCraft Ale House

Taps: 16 / Bottles: 367
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
95
world-class

43 Ratings
Ratings: 43
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.55%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

708 W Ridge Pike
Limerick, Pennsylvania, 19468-1422
United States
phone: (484) 932-8180

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Notes:
Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sunday: CLOSED

(Place added by: sorryaboutbrooks on 01-07-2009)
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McAttitude

Pennsylvania

4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$

Craft Ale House is a great place to sample some great beers or have an excellent dinner! Only real drawback is the limited seating! The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Always an excellent selection on draft and a huge bottle list! Offers discounts on 6 packs to go!

09-18-2013 20:41:17 | More by McAttitude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$

Stopped in here with some fellow BA's earlier last week. This was our second choice of the night but we ended up being pleasantly surprised with how it was. The whole place is rather spacious which was nice when you needed to walk around to the bathrooms or over to the beer coolers along the left side wall. The quality was very nice, clean looking just well kept and cozy. The selection was pretty solid with the minor exception that most of the beer we were asking for off the bottle list were sold out. Pretty bummed when you see Parabola on there and it's not actually available at the moment. The food looked good from what I could see others eating but I hadn't ordered any myself. Overall the value of the place is worth checking out, they also give discounts on 6 packs when you buy them for take-out. Very good service also, Justin was a great bartender to us and I wanna make sure he gets a proper thank you on here to him. If I ever end up in Limerick again someday I'll be sure to stop back into this pub for a good round or two.

07-30-2013 01:01:41 | More by Knapp85
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thain709

Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I was able to stop in here a few months back with a few college friends. It was later on a Friday night and the place was pretty busy. There was a twenty minute wait for a table, but we found a place at the "outer bar/breakfast nook."

Both the hostess and the two bartenders were very friendly. The hostess suggested we snatch the open seats by the bar. We were all able to order right away as the bartenders noticed we were standing with empty hands.

The tap list was pretty good with 16 taps ranging from locals (Sly Fox Pils, Yards Love Stout (nitro), Prism Love is Evol), other craft brewers (21st Amendment Bitter American, Great Divide Belgica), to imports (Duvel, Saison DuPont). The bottle list was even more extensive with Russian River, AleSmith, Dogfish Head, and many, many more craft breweries. Imports were also featured in the bottle coolers.

Prices were very reasonable for a bottle shop. The draft prices were spot on. All of our drafts were fresh and served in the proper glassware.

We had a nice visit to the Craft Ale House. I will want to stop in again the next time I visit my old college friends.

02-13-2012 22:07:29 | More by thain709
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BHopp12

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

This place by far is one of my favorite to visit and easily accessible for me as its right in my own "backyard". They have an extensive collection of hard to find and popular craft beers. For example, AleSmith IPA, Speedway Stout, an extensive collection of Dogfish Head, the list goes on. A favorite of mine is to stop and pick up a few bottles for the night. Also great food and great service. Food is pub style and fantastic. If in the area I highly recommend stopping in and grabbing a bite to eat and a few good beers.

01-17-2012 16:18:06 | More by BHopp12
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shangwang

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Decided to check this place out on a Friday night when my mother-in-law wanted to meet up somewhere near Phoenixville. I had read some of the reviews on BA, as well as Google and Urbanspoon, and I'll admit I was a little nervous about the service based on what I had read. It was obvious this place had a great selection, but my wife often likes to ask for alterations to whatever she orders when we go out, and I wasn't sure how that would be received. We arrived around 5pm and had no trouble getting a table, although it did start to fill up quickly and by 6-6:30pm there was a wait. We had a high-top table near the bar and our waitress was very attentive and seemed to have a pretty good knowledge of the beer. I had a Monk's Flemish Sour Ale and a Ballast Point Barrel-aged Black Marlin, and both were priced around $5, which I was happy with. As far as the food went, all 3 of our meals were delicious, and the waitress didn't bristle at all when my wife asked for some slight changes to her meal. We weren't rushed at all, and before we left I grabbed 4 bombers (Cantillon Gueuze, BP Victory at Sea, Avery 18th Anniversary, and Lost Abbey Gift of the Magi) which were discounted 20% because I purchased 4. The prices weren't bad to begin with, but with the discount I was thrilled. The bottle selection was ridiculous!

Overall, I was very pleased with our experience - great beers, great food, and I left with some great bottles and a great price. Definitely will go back.

01-16-2012 23:42:16 | More by shangwang
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

Stopped in here with some friends from work after a long day.

Craft Ale House is fairly small looking from the outside and inside, well, it's pretty small and fairly tight corners. What a nice place though. Outside looks spiffy with new renovations. Inside, pretty much 90% dark wood interior. Few beer signs and more cozy surroundings is a plus as I hate for a bars interior to be another form of advertisement. One of those almish fireplaces with a two person couch if I recall correct. Bar area is incredibly small and hard to get a seat at. Tables surrounding that with a mix a six to go selection and another cooler of beer behinf the bar. Bathrooms were spiffy.

Grabbing a table(which was mad close to another table) I was greeted promptly by my server and she was pretty hot. That's always a plus! I ordered up some daisy cutters and that new Victory DIPA. Clean glassware and proper pours.

I ordered up a marhgaretta(Sp?) Pizza and some other grub. It was decent, nothing spectacular, but above most bars food offerings. It took a bit to get the food as well and it was not all that busy. Everybody enjoyed the food though so it's a win.

Pretty nice draft list with about 16 or so representing most styles. I wish I came here a week sooner when they had Cantillon 100% Kriek on tap(Kicks Rocks). A killer bottle list as well that is up to date. I mean this list rivals most out there nad reminds me of Eulogy's list in terms of sheer volume and beer styles/breweries/Etc.

A nice small spot that im sure has a loyal local following, because let's face it, what else is there to do in Limerick. Im going to come back and try to get a bar seat and see if the tenders really know their beer.

01-07-2012 16:04:36 | More by BARFLYB
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chefmonty

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$

CAH is a great craft beer only place in what use to be the Limerick Deli. The complete renovations they did to the place were nothing short of incredible. Nice dark woodwork, a Hightop seating area as you walking in to your left. To your right, a couch line waiting/casual seating area with fireplace. Staight ahead, an L-shaped bar that seats around 15, and the rest of the place is table seating.

Great tap selection with most styles represented. almost aways a sour selection,a stout asaision etc, you get the point.

Staff is very knowlegible and attentive. The food is a definite improvement to the usual Pub-grub.

Overall one of my favorite suburban Philly stops.

11-04-2011 15:18:48 | More by chefmonty
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

The beer is definitely the star as this smallish bar has a clean, bright and uninspiring atmosphere. Lots of unadorned cream colored walls with dark wood appointments. Bar seats maybe 15 with twice as many standing. Dining room has ample room but is somewhat cramped.

A few open fronted refrigerators behind the bar house many of the high ABV, limited and seasonal bombers, while a half a dozen other open fronted refrigerators continue long the same wall to the right of the bar, able to be browsed at your leisure. The 20 or so taps featured a wide mix of beer, but stuck to the expansive 200+ bottles, all reasonably priced.

Service was spotty as it was hard to approach the crowded bar and the 2 servers lost track of who was due up next. Did not sample the food.

Overall, not the best vibe in atmosphere and crowd composition, but a great bottle selection and decent prices make this place.

08-28-2011 16:26:34 | More by rfgetz
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$

Saturday, the day before the Super Bowl 4 of us came here for lunch. Upon walking in I was impressed with the darker woody atmosphere, fireplace with couches in front of it, and the laid back feeling. Waitress was quick to serve us, was knowledgeable, and friendly. We ordered the Tipsy Monk Mussels, Hamburger, Fish & Chips, and Chicken Sandwich. My Fish & Chips weren't bad but weren't spectacular either, my wife's Chicken was the same. We drank some Breckenridge Amber, Green Flash Grand Cru, Stoudt's Lager, and Petrus, all tasty. They, unfortunately ran out of peanut Butter pie! 4 people for lunch and drinks came out to $100. A bit pricey but we had several drinks.
Overall, I enjoyed my visit and would recommend. I wouldn't make another 1hour trip out just for this place but if you're in the area or have friends close by its worthy of a visit.

02-06-2011 13:44:32 | More by NJpadreFan
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mattgreger

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

First visit to this place was this past week. It was a great first impression.

As we walked in, you found a few scattered patrons at the bar enjoying a wide variety of brews. My buddy and I pulled up a seat at the bar, to see one of the employees finishing up the draft board that alone was a nice touch. As we sat down, we were greated by the bartender who explained the new brews on the list, as well as handed us a list of the bottles that were also available to purchase.

My buddy asked the bartender about her recommendations from the list. She was extremely knowledgable about all the brews and how well they sell, as well as what she felt about them. I went with a Allagash tripel, while he went with another brew. What made this place great, is what happened with my second brew. My second selection was a Troegs Flying Mouflan, but the keg kicked half through, so she gave it to me on the house. So while deciding a on another brew, she happened to mention that they had a bottle of Victory Dark Intrigue, which neither my buddy nor myself had been able to get our hands on. She said they weren't for take out, but we could have it in the bar. So of course we did and enjoyed the awesomeness that it was. What made it even better was, that she hadn't had it yet either so she asked for a small sip from a shot glass..which we of course gave.

Forgive my rambling, this place is great. Other patrons know there stuff and its a great place for any beer geek to enjoy there stuff and chat about it as well. With staff or other patrons.

01-09-2011 04:51:10 | More by mattgreger
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Craft Ale House in Limerick, PA
95 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.