The Gem and Keystone
Taps: 8 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Deuane:
4.13/5 rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5 | $$
So, Gem & Keystone/ShawneeCraft. Beers offered now are not blow you away beers but they are solid nonetheless. I had...Entire Porter, a nice English Porter, German Pils--solid, quite crisp, clean and well done, Blanche--surprising amount of falvour in this light bodied Belgian, "Pale ale" which isnt a pale at all but an ESB--it isnt really exciting but it is decent enough, and lastly the Pumpkin Saison--I found it to be very nice, interesting and well, different....I mean how many pumpkin saisons have you ever had? Selection overall is a a touch low right now....4-5 house beers and a few guest taps. They also offer 20 ish bottles, mostly macro beers and a few other craft selections . I am sure this will change once the brewery gets running up at full speed.
The food is VERY solid. Dare I say, as of now, the food is better than the beer! During our visit C and I had an awesome lunch. I had a Morrocan spiced/inspired beef stew (wonderfully spicy and flavourful) and the absolutely AMAZING Pumpkin Ravioli with a spiced cream sauce....freshly made pasta and flavour beyond belief! C had a delicious, pan fried, hazelnut encrusted trout on a bed of "autumn chowder" which consisted of diced squash, turnips, potatoes and roasted red peppers with a red pepper cream sauce....it was outstanding!
Our service was solid and the place is very nice....multi-leveled with lots of room and different feels between the more "upscale" dining area versus the more casual sports bar feel of the downstairs. They even have lovely deck seating for when the warmer months come back to the Poconos!
A great addition to the Poconos a location that has LONG been in need of another beer/foodie establishment. Highly recommending if you in the area or passing by on I-80, only about 5 minutes from exit 309.
11-06-2009 12:58:39 | More by Deuane
More User Reviews:
3.1/5 rDev -16%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
Atmosphere - The restaurant is located in a nice looking inn the upstairs area seamed more formal or at least has customers that like to dress well. A coworker and I wanted to sit at the bar so we were sent downstairs. The downstairs bar is larger and more my speed being very casual with some tvs showing college football and a side room with a pool table and two dart boards which is a plus for me. Overall I liked the way the place looks lots of wood lower lighting and pretty chill.
Quality/Selection - During my visit they had four beers on tap from their onsite brewery Shawneecraft a Blonde, Wit, Oktoberfest, and porter along with two or three macros. Their beers for the most part were good but nothing to go out of your way for.
Service - I came in for a late lunch and sat at the bar so it wasn't very hard to get the bartenders attention if I needed something. However the shift changed and a new bartender came in and she liked to complain about work with her coworkers sitting next to us which didn't seem like good business to me.
Food - I ordered the honey mustard chicken sandwich for lunch and while it tasted good I doubt anything was from near or fresh other than the lettuce and tomato on it. The piece of chicken was small and looked like a piece that comes in one of those frozen bags with ten in it.
Overall if you want some decent craft beer in an otherwise wasteland with some decent food this place isn't bad.
01-03-2012 01:23:48 | More by armock
3.3/5 rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
This was a place that my cousin stumbled upon and wanted to check out with me. We went up last night for dinner and a few beers. The place looks nice on the outside, good amount of parking. The atmosphere was nice also, an employee opened the door for me as I walked in the door. The seating we good and the menu was also pretty extensive. The beer selection was a little generic without much of anything to write home about. The beer menu had about 6 or 7 choices on it and they were sold out of about 3 of them. It's was a little irritating that this place wouldn't have something else to put on tap right away once an old keg kicks. The beers I ended having were a mediocre Oktoberfest and a pretty good Porter that was on nitro. The food was good, left feeling very full and satisfied about that. Overall I didn't think that the prices were outrageous or anything but I felt that the selection was very minimal on the beers. The service was decent and manager was very attentive. Overall it was a decent place I thought. I could end up going there again one day perhaps. I feel there are much better places out there though.
10-16-2011 18:35:07 | More by Knapp85
4.1/5 rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
This is a review from notes- I was here in June with my mother on our annual PA pubs and parks tour-which this year stopped in the Deleware Water Gap.
This place is super swanky- so swanky that it doesnt really even have an address-people just know where it is. Its located next to this huge, goregeous, and expensive resort in the Deleware Water Gap area.
The inside is fancy yet kind of woody. Dark wood is everywhere and it of course has white table clothes with the servers dressed to the 9s. The beginning of our experience was kinda weird with there being a ton of tables open but the hostess wasnt seating anyone and kept telling people different lengths of time for the wait. Well-it finally got all sorted out and we got our seat inside.
I really enjoyed the beer menu-all Shawnee Craft-actually I was almost so excited about it I didnt know what to do with myself. A great balance of session ales, big beers, and speciality beers. I had two barrel aged beers and one session beer-actually I may have had four beers. All were very well done and good.
The dinner menu is "vegetarian friendly" and, of course, a bit pricey. After all it is located next to a swanky resort and named the Gem and Keystone. My salad and the cheese plate were wonderful- but this isn't your average burger and fries kind of joint.
Overall I really enjoyed this place, espicially the beer. Definately worth a stop.
10-13-2011 22:17:11 | More by PittBeerGirl
4.13/5 rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The slogan on their sign out front reads: "Beer from here. Food from near." The Gem and Keystone beer is brewed in a building separate from the pub, yet all on the same Shawnee Inn property, a close walk to the banks of the Delaware.
While waiting for the door to open at 11:30 we noticed all kinds of herbs growing in half barrels outside the building and were told there was a garden also on the property they use to grow food for their menu. I like that concept.
Upon entering the top floor we asked for a seat at the bar but were directed to the downstairs bar instead. The downstairs bar was bigger and more aesthetic anyway. We got a sampler of all 6 beers that were available: gold lager, session porter, rasberry blanche, biere blanche, American blonde, and stock ale. To my recollection both blanche beers were good as was the stock ale.
The service was good as was the food. The atmosphere is relaxing and it is nice to look out the window at the outdoor seating area and see hops growing under the deck. When we left we went back upstairs and were surprised to see almost all the tables taken by diners, so that may be another indication of good food. The pub is in a nice setting not far from the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. I will definitely be stopping back here next time I am in the area.
08-15-2011 23:20:56 | More by Beerquester
2.63/5 rDev -28.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
The Gem & Keystone is more a tied house for Shawnee Craft, but the beer is brewed on the Shawnee Inn property, so technically it's referred to as a brewpub.
The place looks tiny from the outside, but in addition to the upstairs bar and dining room, they have a large downstairs with another full bar and outdoor seating. The outside overlooks a nice stream and attractive landscaping too.
Food has always been good and the beers, while mostly sessionable and pedestrian, are solid. Stock ale is probably my favorite but also I can never seem to coordinate a visit when they have anything remotely IPA-like available.
Doesn't matter though, since my most recent visit will probably be my last. I stopped by a week ago for lunch a little after the place opened @ 11:30AM and the place was not ready to serve anyone. The guy upstairs told me to try downstairs. Once downstairs a server told me she wasn't ready for anyone and to try the upstairs. Told her they just sent me down, and she said, yeah well, I'm not ready. Rude, dismissive and unacceptable. My money will now be spent elsewhere.
To be as fair as I can, I leave this review only after my email to management concerning my visit went unanswered. I really like the Gem, but I will in no way support a place that treats customers like shit. Try it for yourself, could be different for you.
07-25-2011 17:36:10 | More by ShaneThePain
4.38/5 rDev +18.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in on the way back to RI with two friends to see what this place was all about. We met Linda our friendly, enthusiastic and talkative bartender and were immediately taken with the place. The brewpub is part of a vacation resort complex by the river on the Water Gap road. The beers on draft at the time were style of pale, stout, etc. Two caught my eye in particular; a pumpkin beer - I think saison-like and a raspberry saison. The food selections were abundant - I decided to go with a pulled pork sandwich as that is a staple food source of mine. Excellent choice I must say. Had it not been late in the day and colder than normal for the time of year I would have hung around longer and explored the area a bit as the grounds are huge and sprawling. This visit was the last on a three day trek starting in Bethlehem and I hope to be stopping back at this place in July some time.
04-03-2011 15:10:14 | More by sudzweasel
The Gem and Keystone in Shawnee on Delaware, PA
87 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.