Swashbuckler Brewing Co, LTD
Active Beers: 19
Beer Ratings: 106
Beer Avg: 3.61
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Reviews by woodychandler:
4.14/5 rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Transcribed from notes dated Sa, 24 Oct 2009.
It was located on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Rennaisance Faire, not far from Exit 266 of the PA Turnpike, or up/down PA Route 72, if you are local, as I am. Brewer Mark Braunwerth and Marketing Manager Barb Lacek had been after me to come up for a while and so a warm, rainy Fall afternoon seemed like an apt time to visit.
Located quite near the pirate ship, the brewery was a high-ceilinged wood structure that housed two five-tap, "U"-shaped laminated wood bars on the back end of the building. The entire operation was housed in the central part of the structure and included the brewhouse and hot liquor tank as well as five (5) FVs and six (6) SVs, all on display. Four (4) more SVs were behind the two bars. Also inside was the combined Merchandise and Cigar Store. Built-in heaters hung from the overhead for the winter months, when canvas and plexiglas walls would be temporarily installed, along with a door in the center, allowing them to have year-'round customers.
It is a small operation and it keeps Braunwerth busy, but he makes good beers and one can and may get growlers for take-away.
The ambiance can be disconcerting for the casual visitor, but for a guy who routinely goes around in monk's robes, it was another day at the office. Just be aware of the Men in Black Watch!
09-01-2010 16:41:08 | More by woodychandler
More User Reviews:
4.63/5 rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
There are four ways to experience the beers from the Swashbuckler Brewery. Unlike the wine which was moved out to vineyards in Erie Pa, the beer is brewed on site. recently there were hops planted on the grounds which have been used in some of the brews. Beer tours are availible.
1) During faire and faire ground events. In off faire season there are several smaller events that allow for smaller crowds but less atmosphere(green fest Brew fest and food fest). During the run of the Renaissance Faire you can expect crowds of 10,000 or more. this will impact service times that run up to 30 minute lines, however with the actors and shows going on there is much to do while waiting. Also during faire your beertenders will be in character and very entertaining. From shy and quiet to rude (playfully so) and crude. Even with additional pour stations there can be long lines.
2) off season on weekends the pub known as the Swashbuckler is open and there are tables and seats, good pub grub and less people so waiting times drop. the pub is also open during mansion shows such as Dickens Xmas and Poe shows
3) year round one can buy 22 ounce bottles are available at the wine shop.
4) on occasion at local bars such as Farmers Hope, there will be beers on tap.
I will say that even with crowds, the faire is the best time to experience Swashbuckler Beers. The atmosphere, actors, music and shows will make it a full bodied experience. information is available at parenfaire.com
11-22-2011 14:17:17 | More by SirEdwinWNorth
3.73/5 rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I was asked by my girlfriend to goto the renaissance fair for a long time and finally for her birthday we made it out there last September. Aside from the people dressed up and acting their parts this place has a small brewery. That drew me right in. I wasn't told anything about that since my girlfriend wasn't into beer it wasn't something she looked into in advance. The brewery was interesting a pirate served me a Capt. Rude's Stout and talked with us for a bit. The area wasn't too shabby it kind of fit the whole environment of the fair. I wanted to try more of the beers they had but I was low on money at the time so I wasn't able to get much more. Overall the place was pretty cool, it's not something I'm dying to go back to but it is worth checking out if you're around.
06-11-2011 02:39:53 | More by Knapp85
4.28/5 rDev +6.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This review and the establishment is a two-fold experience.
It is on the grounds used by the Pennsylvania Renaissance Festival. During the Faire hours expect Service and Food to possibly get half ratings. The place can have 10,000 people a day moving through it and the food is average for the price (festival/faire food).
I will rate this based on my experience outside of Faire hours, attending events and hitting the Swashbuckler in "off hours". The service is generally friendly and surly in a jovial manner. The bartenders/servers know their beer.
The food you can get from the kitchen is average to good; it is always well prepared even if not fancy.
The brews on tap from the brewery are all high quality and the brewmaster holds all drinks to high standards. Their "Gold" (kolsch) and the Captain Rude's Blackwater Stout are my ongoing favorites. He is also very forthcoming in discussing brewing and beer.
There are usually 5-7 beers on tap and special blends rotate through out the season. Of particular note are his bock beers, saisons, and scotch ale.
I often frequent the faire long after my interest in the repetitious shows, cheeky comedians, and stage fighting has waned for that season. My reason for having a season pass to this event is The Swashbuckler Brewery.
01-05-2010 05:57:38 | More by Minotaur
4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Margie and I made our first visit to the "open" brewpub last night. They are only open Thurs-Sat at the moment from 4:00 to 11:00 or so. Although there may be some kind of activity going on (last night was Open Mike), there is no cover or Faire entrance fee. They kicked this program off late last year and it should get better as it gets warnmer. The menu is a little limited at the moment but our food was warm and tasty. They had 6 beers on tap, the Kolsch, Amber, and Stout making up the regulars and Dunkleweizen, Scottish, and Barleywine comprising the specials. I liked the barleywine in particular; full flavored but not a load, even though it clocked in at 11.5%. Mark, a Rock Bottom graduate, is doing the brewing and said that one was cooked up last February. Scott was also there and told me the brewhouse is on its third configuration, basically to allow more seating and brewing volume. He would up buying the whole Faire so he and Heather are pretty occupied with all that, particularly during the summer. I'm glad they finally got this together and folks can just pop and and enjoy their beers, albeit over the weekend.
01-16-2009 21:47:05 | More by BeerIsland
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