JoBoy's Brew Pub
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Reviews by Deuane:
3.8/5 rDev -3.6%
Visited on opening day 4/1/10. In the old Sumney House Hotel on the Manheim Pike in downtown Manheim.
Interior has a homey feel. Lots of wood paneling, wood bar, wood tables and chair...WOOD! A lot like an old country store. Nice, appropriate, background music of bluegrass and American folk music.
They don't even have their official serving license yet so they couldn't sell pints and were offering samples of two (Manheim Red and Darkside Brown) or their initial 4 beers.
The folks were very friendly and seemingly happy to serve us. They talked to us about the BBQ, the beers and even took us back to see the smokers and their brewery---a 1/2 barrel Sabco Brew Magic system.
The BBQ--well....it really is DAMN good! I had the pulled pork sandwich and I have to tell you I am a true Q aficionado and this may have been the moistest, tastiest pulled pork I have EVER had. I barley needed to use the authentic Carolina vinegar sauce. It was accompanied with a zippy pepper slaw and very nice and super (almost pomme fritte like) crispy fries.
They also do beef brisket (next time) and chicken. Numerous side are also available. I am sure I will return to explore the menu more thoroughly.
I am not going to knock them on the beer yet....they really aren't truly up and running yet so. The beers were decent and certainly serviceable but nothing ground breaking. I am looking forward to trying their American IPA which is made with Cascade, Centennial and Citra hops...sounds promising.
Overall I feel that JoBoy's will be a BBQ joint that serves house made beers, not a brewpub that serves BBQ. If this is the outcome I am OK with that. This area could us a quality BBQ joint that doesn't serve BMC swill!
04-02-2010 14:00:56 | More by Deuane
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4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
Stopped into JoBoy's on my way to the Sutter's Fall Cask Ale Festival to get some lunch. The road it is on, Main Street, is currently under construction so getting there was pretty fun. Finally got to the rear parking lot and walked through the ridiculously tiny walk way to arrive at the front door.
Upon entering I realized that this place is much bigger than I thought it was. A small seating area at the front of the place, the bar area, and a few dining rooms make up the space. I sat at the bar and was greeted by a very nice bartender. I ordered a 10mo. RIS and it was pretty good. I noticed a few other things on the tap list that I would have liked to try but I had to save room for the festival. I took a look at the menu and I decided on the brisket platter with mac n cheese, baked beans, and corn bread. I thug the BBQ was excellent, as were the beans, but the mac n cheese was good and I didn't much care for the corn bread. Prices were a little high for my liking. I thought the food was about right but the beer prices were a little high.
Overall I really enjoyed my trip to JoBoy's and I will definitely return the next time I am in the area.
11-08-2011 20:39:12 | More by orangesol
4.5/5 rDev +14.2%
This was my first visit to JoBoy's and I was pleasantly surprised. It is located in an old hotel/restaurant building in the heart of Manheim and has a warm, cozy tavern feeling.
The beers were good, 7 on tap, my favorites being Rasberry Summer Ale, Porter, and Manheim Red. I ordered all of them as a sampler and they cost $2 each for a total of $14 for 7 beers, which is about the priciest sampler i have run across recently. Most establishments will offer a deal if you get them all, but not here.
They are known for their southern style barbeque and i got a sample of pork, chicken, and beef barbeque in the form of 3 sliders, which cost about $11. They sure were tasty.
The service was great, though admittedly I was there in the middle of weekday when they weren't too busy. The bartender is very helpful and friendly and took me to the back to see the small Sabco brewing system. Although it makes good beer, it is much undersized for the number of people they get here. Signs on the bar indicated "No Growler Fills". I hear the owners may be looking for a larger place.
I would go back again, just for the barbeque itself, though I hear they can get really busy evenings and weekends.
07-21-2011 19:48:30 | More by Beerquester
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
The first thing you notice when you walk in is wood. Its everywhere. I like wood, so I like the atmosphere. The building is old and feels well worn and loved rather than rundown.
They had 6 beers on-tap which was nice. I tried the Hefe first and was impressed. The IPA was a bit off this visit, but other reviewers seemed to like it. I visited shortly after they opened and enjoyed the stout they had on at the time. There are lots of good beer options in the area, so for me this place is all about BBQ. And its damn good. For $12 Jes got a ridiculously massive pile of pulled pork with two generously sized side dishes. I tried some and it was quite good, with the Memphis style sauce in particular. My $21 rack of ribs was absolutely superb. Fall off the bone tender and delicious. My only complaint about the food is the overly vinegary cole slaw. No problem though, I'll just get something else next time. And there will be a next time.
Overall this is a nice addition to the local beer scene. I'm anxious to try some more of their beer and I'm looking forward to significantly shortening my life span one rack of ribs at a time.
06-30-2011 15:56:29 | More by DIM
4.18/5 rDev +6.1%
As with other reviewers, it took me a little maneuvering to figure out where to park, & then the skinny walkway was a little foreboding at first. I was honestly a little put-off with the accessibility difficulties, but that vanished when I got inside. Warm, cozy bar & dining area, with corner tables & benches next to the roughly 10-seater bar. Dark wood, very comfortable & intimate.
I liked the beer selection, posted very conspicuously behind the bar. Nice variety, with a good mix of standards & some less ubiquitous offerings (the black IPA & smoked Scotch ale both caught my eye). Ordered a sampler - noticed a few off-flavors with a few of the beers, but minor enough to be overlooked. Again, the Hopblack & Smoked Scottish were real standouts, I'd definitely order them again.
I have some self-imposed limitations with barbecue, as I don't eat beef or pork, but the chicken sandwich & sauce were great. As were the Caroline slaw, baked beans, & pecan pie I ordered. My only critique here is the portion sizes - there was a little too much space on the plate, & it's only a compliment to the food that I wanted more. But the quality is right up there.
Prices were very reasonable & the sample sizes were substantial. Our server was great, a kindly lady who was very attentive, responsive, & friendly - she gets big points in my book.
Great little place overall, I'd definitely go back, & I saw plenty more on the menu I'd love to try.
03-21-2011 02:38:14 | More by OneDropSoup
JoBoy's Brew Pub in Lititz, PA
89 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.