Taproom (Spring House Brewing Company)

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Taproom (Spring House Brewing Company)Taproom (Spring House Brewing Company)
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Place Score: 90
Reviews: 22
Visits: 71
rAvg: 4
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

25 W King Street
@ N Market St
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17603
United States
phone: (717) 399-4009

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Place added by: woodychandler on 02-02-2011

Monday - 11am to 10pm
Tuesday - 11am to 10pm
Wednesday - 11am to 10pm
Thursday - 11am to 10pm
Friday - 11am to Midnight
Saturday - 11am to Midnight
Sunday - Noon to 8 pm
Sunday - Closed

To-Go: 6-packs; 22-oz bombers; screw-top growlers; swing-top growlers.

E-mail: [email protected]
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Reviews: 22 | Visits: 71
Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I had a delicious mint stout and a delicious peanut butter stout here. These varieties of stouts have eluded me ever since, aside from Stone's Collab Mint Chocolate Stout (which was phenomenal), and a Peanut Butter porter I had recently. I don't know if they carry these year-round but I really want to try them again. The taproom was located around lots of other establishments in downtown Lancaster and I love the cobblestone walkways in town. I wish I'd spent more time here. They have a shuffleboard, which is neat. Their craft beer choices were solid too. If I'm ever in Lancaster again, I'll be coming back here without a doubt. (634 characters)

Photo of 6s_N_7s
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Taproom is a must stop if you would like to enjoy a great stout, or even their seven gates ipa. Typically I have good service, but I have hit some off nights as well when it gets packed. In the summer its always nice to enjoy your beer and maybe some food outside, though it is limited to only a few tables. The food is also good, but kinda limited. You have some appetizers as well as sub's and pizza. The prices are a little high for the quantity, but that's where quality comes into play. You can also pick up a bomber to take home with you or share with a friend, or even some Spring House merchandise. (606 characters)

Photo of Jamey61
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Atmosphere is different with the paint scheme. Could use more room since it was crowded on a Friday afternoon. I imagine weekends get crowded. They had a shuffleboard table and TV for entertainment.

Beers we tried were good. We did not eat but they came out with some samples for the customers which is cool. Had a sample of the Gyro which was very good.

Service was slow , you had to order at the bar which is fine but at times the bartenders were caught up in their own business Ex. Cell phones, eating and talking to each other.

Good selection of beer for just about every palate and food.

Reasonable prices. $6 for a pint which was not bad considering the quality. (672 characters)

Photo of Buller38
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This is probably my favorite taproom to visit in Lancaster city because of the brand that is constantly represented here, Spring House Brewery Company. I absolutely love this place in the fall and winter months because of the special seasonal brews this place has on tap; I'm talking Big Gruesome, Smoked Porters, Braiiinns, and others.

Please visit this place and support a local brewery!

Much love coming from a local! (423 characters)

Photo of TTripp725
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

The location of this establishment was perfect. You could walk around downtown and then come in and enjoy some great beer. The selection of beer was awesome, and afforded me the ability to try several of their beers since they are distributed in my area.

Their were two negative aspects of this establishment. 1) The bar maid wasn't very help when it came to describing the beers and she even made the comment "I don't know, I don't drink beer". She did somewhat redeem herself by finding out local stores that carried a certian beer that they make so we could take some home with us.

2) For the non-beer drinkers there was no alternative such as liquor. My wife isn't a fan of beer and they only option for her to drink was wine, soda or water.

Overall I thought this place was a great time and when I have the opportunity to go back I will jump at the chance. (865 characters)

Photo of Scary_Version
3.88/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Great place. Small but tons of fun. Has great outdoor seating and even a shuffle board table which is SUPER fun. Food is really good and bar staff knows about their beer. Spring House seems to be a VERY IPA heavy brewery. Most of their beers are strong and hoppy which isn't for everyone. Would like to see a nice lager or wheat beer sometime I think it would attract a lot more diverse crowd. Over all good place and good prices. Really fun and relaxing! (455 characters)

Photo of jerdude
3.14/5  rDev -21.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Atmosphere - This place is cramped and has the most ridiculous echo. It can be loud with only a few people in there.

Quality - The beer here runs anywhere from awful to mediocre.

Service - I've never had really great or really poor service here.

Selection - They always have a great variety of beers. Almost always something new from them and typically a few from other local craft breweries.

Value - The beer here is really expensive for the quality you get. (463 characters)

Photo of howsmydrinking
2.93/5  rDev -26.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 2

How can this place be rated above Quipps and The Fridge? The beer is average at best and the food is below average. I was here twice shortly after opening and once more recently.

Does anybody really think that guava or peanut butter flavors should be found in beer??

Their flagship pale ale is below average and everything else is pretty much the same. This place is for hipsters who don't know what craft beer is.

The only redeeming feature of this place is that they sometimes put on beers that are not theirs (Victory, Troegs).

Building is noisy and gets incredibly crowded on weekends.

Avoid. (605 characters)

Photo of teman11111
4.86/5  rDev +21.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Wow! This place is fantastic! Great little bar with pub fare in nice downtown section of Lancaster. They had 11 beers on tap, and there is not anything short of good in the bunch. I got a sampler of all 11 - probably not something to try without a designated driver. Their double IPA was fantastic, and I took a growler home. Other standouts were the stouts; mint chocolate chip, peanut butter chocolate, and eggnog. All had very strong complex flavor, with hint of chocolate. I didn't really taste the peanut butter, but the mint was a nice feel. (547 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

A decent place, fairly small, with a medium-sized bar and a few tables. Windows give you a view of the town, and the walls are otherwise decorated with the brewery's artwork. On tap is a good selection of 10 Spring House brews and a local guest brew (e.g. Victory Headwaters). Service was fine but a bit uncoordinated: for example, our bartender gave us menus to look at, and before we could even glance at them, another bartender took them away and put them back behind the bar. Ok then. I'm being a little bit generous with the food rating, it's just on the border of 3/3.5. The menu selection was fine, but the food wasn't great. I got some sort of grilled meat & cheese sandwich that was ok but not great, my wife got wings that were served sans bleu cheese, and we split the crab mac&cheese bites, which sounded better than they tasted. Prices were pretty decent for food and beer.

I'm not sure I'd go out of my way to visit again, but if I find myself in Lancaster for whatever reason, it's good to know this place is here. (1,030 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

I have been to spring house taproom 3 times now the first was an evening dropping off homebrew to enter the competition they sponsored to have them brew the winning beer and had a pint with stakem. The second the day of the results being read for the competition I was here about 10 minutes -it was so loud and crowded I couldn't make it to the bar for a pint and left after meeting a friend and went to Iron Hill. The last occasion was not quite as hectic I came with my brother and cousin and we all had a pint while waiting for Pour on Prince to open on a Sunday afternoon.

The atmoshpher is a standard bar with some of Spring House's label art displayed on the wall, the place is loud even when it isn't crowded because it is all hard surfaces and there is nothing to soften the reverb. I think the beer is better than average but overall it is not the best choice of Lancaster city beer bars for selection or service. I would come here if meeting someone on a slow night but in general I am not really going to make this my first choice of places to go when in Lancaster. I never tried the food, but I have heard good things. I guess it depends on how much you love Spring House beer, to me they are kind of hit or miss, so take that with a grain of salt. (1,263 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Had some unexpected free time this week, as the office was closed due to a power outage.

Located in downtown Lancaster, the tasting room is a modest size afair, with a decent size, wrap around bar area and then a number of table and chairs in the front area. There is some interesting art work on the walls, and I otherwise enjoyed the warm color scheme in the taproom.

As for the beer selection, there were 10 beers on tap this day, which included a guest beer from Troegs (the sunshine pils). Everything else was from Spring House brewing, and I thought the quality was interesting. A belgiain style wit was pasable, while the cosmic monster, fruit flavored quad was almost undrinkable. On the other hand, the peanut butter imperial stout (the Big Gruesome) was outstanding, and would have me stopping by on a regular basis if I lived nearby. There was also a pale ale and DIPA on tap today, but as I'd had the latter at a DIPA tasting some years ago (and hadn't cared for it), I limited myself to just the three beers.

In terms of food, I got the lunch portion ceaser salad. It was decent enough, though I'm not sure the salad dressing had ever been near any lemon, garlic or anchovies. I'll order something different if I'm ever by here again.

Prices were reasonable I thought, and I liked the fact you could order beer by the pint or half pint. Service was OK, though my server seemed a bit preoccupied at times, and so occasionally there was a bit of a wait.

If I was a huge fan of Spring House beers and I lived nearby, I'd certainly come here from time to time. However, other than the stout I wasn't really impressed with anything I tried, so I'm not sure how often I'll be back. Really did like the PB stout though... (1,734 characters)

Photo of mendvicdog
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Tried this place out yesterday. I tried pints of the PB Choc Stout, DIPA, and Pecan Sandie Porter. All were pretty good but not outstanding. The sampler of all 9 beers on tap for around $5 seems like a great deal. They had a good selection of their different beers. Although I have not been to Lancaster Brewing in a while, I feel that this place has slightly better quality brews. Taproom beers are definitely more interesting to me than what is offered at Lancaster.

The service was excellent. I sat at the bar and the two guys working the whole place were pretty quick. I think service is not as good if you sit at one of the tables since there is no table service.

The pepperoni pizza I ordered was great. They only offer pub food at reasonable prices; right up my alley. They were playing 90s rock at just the right volume where you could still talk to people around you but hear the music as well.

I would go back here if I am in the area, but I would not seek it out. (977 characters)

Photo of thain709
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been here a few times now, so I feel I can give a proper review.

The Taproom is located on the busy King Street in Lancaster. It has nice big windows that allow you to people watch while you enjoy your beer. I like sitting at the bar so I can watch out the windows. The ceilings are very high inside which makes for a loud atmosphere, but there are plenty of seats at the bar as well as tables.

The beer has always been super fresh. The always have Seven Gates on tap as well as seven others. I've seen Gates 3 and 4, Mango IPA, Beyond the Gates DIPA, Oyster Stout, Dr. Wit, Littler Gruesome, Planet Bean, and the oh-so delicious Big Gruesome. Pint prices are very reasonable as well as a growler fill. They offer a sample try that will not disappoint.

On one of my visits I was able to sample the food. They have a nice menu with many offerings from quesadillas, nachos, wings, dips, burgers, sandwiches, and hot dogs. I enjoyed a fresh cheesesteak that was very filling.

I have never had a problem with the service. As soon as my glass was empty, there was always someone asking what I would like next. I guess it helps that I've always been here in the afternoon when it's not very busy.

This is a place that I will keep visiting until they run out of beer. They will always have something that you will like whether it be food or beer. (1,350 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
4.2/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Spring House Taproom located in downtown Lancaster on King St in a very urban looking section of town. It's quite nice and there are a lot of shops around the immediate area. The Taproom in fact, is located right in the entrance of a shopping "centre" for a loose term.

The atmosphere is awesome, very modern looking, somewhat trendy and clean. The big open windows at the front are a nice touch, along with high top tables and a wrap-around horseshoe bar. Visiting with my girlfriend, we sat at the bar and were immediately greeted by the bartender. The draft list is all Spring House beers so it's relatively smaller in comparison however all their beer on tap were excellent that I had. The Little Gruesome (aka PB&J), Big Gruesome (PB chocolate stout) and Mango IPA were wonderful. Servings are a nonic, 20 ounce pint, 12 ounce snifters or half-pour 10 ounce glasses.

The food we had was also very good, we sampled the macaroni and cheese, pulled pork quesadilla and the buffalo wings. All were wonderful and very adequate portion sizes even as appetizers to split with two people. Also, the prices were very reasonable for the food as well as the beer.

From the beer, service, growler fills (they fill any growler) and quality of the beer, everything seems to be in motion to have a stand out establishment. It's definitely a fun place to have a beer and has become a new favorite in Lancaster. (1,402 characters)

Photo of JunkYardJake
4.2/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

It's hard to believe that it took me so long to stop in here since I live less than 5 minutes away. The place is small and has a good city beer bar feel to it. The place is one room and very noisy which keeps things lively. This is clearly intended to be a loud beer bar, not a fine dining atmosphere. That being said, my party did get food and everything was delicious. The beer was great for the most part. The Big Gruesome (PB&Choco Stout)was awesome and Beyond the Gates tasted way better than I remember it being. The Little Gruesome (PB&J Ale) was a swing and a miss for me and the usually tasty Diabolical Dr. Wit was undrinkable. In their defense, I was warned that it was almost empty and was a little "funky". I ordered a 1/2 pint and it was a drain pour. They should have taken it off rather than sell it with a disclaimer but I think this was probably an isolated case. Other than that, I was very impressed and will be back often. (943 characters)

Photo of Beerquester
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

For quite some time i had wanted to tour the barn where the beer is made but I am too late as they no longer give tours, but now there is the taproom.

I visited here after JoBoy's in Manheim. I parked in the Central Market Parking Garage which was very convenient and inexpensive. The first person on the sidewalk i asked for directions to the taproom had no idea. The second person knew readily where it was because they live in one of the apartments above it and frequent the place quite a bit. They highly recommended Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout.

The pub is located right off the square in downtown Lancaster. I used to live in downtown and this is my old stomping ground. Plenty to see and do here. The front entrance is right across the street from Steinman Park, a bricked "alleyway" with a waterfall and outdoor restaurant. The Central Market can be plainly seen through wall size windows on two sides of the taproom. While i was seated at the bar, a group of tourists on segways passed by just outside the windows. A solo pianist played on the outdoor public piano near the market, filling the back alley with pleasant notes.

Inside we found about 9 beers available. Three of their "regulars" and then the seasonals. I got a sampler of 5 beers of my choosing for $6.50. My friend Fred got a sampler with some different ones. I was very pleased with the selection and the quality of the beers. I loved the "Diabolical Wit" which had a pleasingly strong presence of lavender. The mango IPA very nice too. The brewer/s do a very good job with their fruit beers. They use purees for them. The guava came out very well in the one beer. We asked for the peanut butter chocolate stout which the random street lady recommended. As a homebrewer, the very thought of brewing with peanut butter turned me off. I found out it was an extract that was used. But the taste was great! I also heard rumor that they have a peanut butter and jelly beer on tap sometimes. I was disappointed that planet bean, their coffee beer was currently unavailable.

I did not try any food here so I'll have to default to my friend Duane who's been here four times and has a similar palate. I agree with his assessment of JoBoy's that primarily they are an awesome food joint serving house beers. For the Taproom, however, it is flipflopped, it is primarily a showcase for some awesome beers, with food being a sideline.

The taproom is a large room, lots of glass, steel and concrete, so to some people it may be a colder feeling. But the people add the warmth and the life and it is a friendly place.

I wish the owners/brewers luck and I can't wait to get back here again. (2,658 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in here with Deuane and thain709 for a quick beer on a recent trip to Lancaster.

Right off the bat you notice that this isn't the biggest place in the world. The walls are painted with the cartoons from their beers. They have a few tables all around the place surrounding the big bar on the right. A few TV's hanging from the ceiling and a shuffle board table offer some things to do but it is really all about the beer. I will say that the acoustics in this place are terrible. If only one person is talking loud then everyone can hear them but when everyone is talking loud it can be a bit overwhelming.

The overall quality was quite good. I had all my beers served in the correct glasses and my food was top notch. I got the pulled pork quesadilla and it tasted very good. They made it pretty quickly as well. The prices were pretty reasonable but $9 for half a quesadilla is a bit much in my book. The servers were very attentive and pretty knowledgeable. I didn't have to wait very long for my beers to get refilled.

At the time we were there they had seven beers on, all of them being different varieties. They had all of their year rounders on with a few seasonals and even some one offs. The chocolate PB stout was awesome, glad I made it down to try it before Deuane drinks it all. I only wish they would have had one of their other awesome stouts on.

Overall a great addition to downtown Lancaster. I will return many times I am sure. (1,456 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Having been in four times now, to include the rib crushing opening evening, I guess it is time for me to script a little something about Spring House's new Taproom.

Damn Lancaster is a mess on Saturday mornings. Spring House's new taproom is pretty busy too. Glad I arrived just past 11:30AM on a Saturday.

With large windows overlooking The Central Market of Lancaster (worth going to when open) and busy King Street the interior seems larger than it really is. A large, U-shaped wooden bar dominates the space. Numerous two and four seat tables are spread around the remainder of the space offering patrons plenty of non-bar stool options. A bar-sized shuffle board game, opposite the bar and the cool, old school, Zoltar Fortune Teller machine are available for your entertainment.

Well, the beer is trucked up from the brewery barn as soon as it's ready for consumption and a small, but well thought out menu of made to order items make things about as fresh as can be.

While the opening night was crushing our service still wasn't poor, if a bit slow. To be honest though I couldn't expect anything more for the initial shakedown. The past visits have been at various times to include a lunch stop, where I greatly enjoyed the pulled pork quesadilla and most recently a swing in for the new Mango IPA and an appetizer of Edemame Curry spread with pita, crackers and vegetables. The ladies offering bar service have been friendly, attentive and swift to offer up another pint, or half-pint, which I greatly appreciate having the choice to have.

The menu, while small, is still packed with plenty of quality choices to satisfy your hunger or to offer a late night nosh. The menu is catered by Carr's Restaurant and ranges from bar pizza and stromboli to wraps and sandwiches to dips and soups. All, of what I have had has been tasty and well done.

With the ability to have 10 beers flowing this may be a challenge for Matt to reach at the present time. Lately they have had 6 or so flowing. So, keep it at six and I will be happy, start upping the ante and I will be overjoyed.

Well, Spring House finally has a legit pub to showcase their beers and I like it. Sure,parking can be a bit of an issue in downtown Lancaster but the struggle is worth it. A cool place overall. I really like the Spring House characters on the walls, they add a nice touch. To go with fun vibe are good food and quality brews, what more could you ask for? (2,444 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Edits on 9-Apr-11

Service and selection issues have both been worked out. A visit with the akorsak pack was pleasant with prompt attention. At least 6 beers on tap, including the intense smoked bacon porter and mango IPA. Service is up to 3.5 (from 3); selection up to 4.0 (from 3).

***

Damn Lancaster is a mess on Saturday mornings. Spring House's new taproom is pretty busy too. Glad I arrived just past 11:30AM on a Saturday.

Atmosphere: The taproom is a relatively small space overlooking Lancaster's Market, King Street, and a mixed use space. Once inside, a large U-shaped wooden bar greets you. Tables are spread around the remainder of the restaurant. Spring House-related caricatures adorn the walls.

Quality: High quality Spring House beers! Food, based on the menu, is good. The restroom (men's room, at least, could use a little more water pressure at the sink). Shuffleboard too.

Service: Understaffed. One person was left to deal with a crush of people. I saw at least 6 people walk in, sit for a while, and walk out unserved. An interesting quandry because the house was packed but you never want to turn away customers. Eventually Matt and another manager joined the fray, alleviating the issues. More staff would be appreciated.

Selection: Only three beers on tap: Blacker Cracker, Gate 2 and Seven Gates. It's still shakedown so I won't go hard on 'em. The draught tower can accomodate ten taps, that'll be a welcome selection. The brewpub license allows them to carry PA wines too. I had the Gate 2 and Blacker Cracker. Keep the additional taps coming.

Food: A small menu of finger food and sandwichs. I didn't order, so I'll call it N/A.

Hopefully they'll work out the staffing and tap list issues as shake-down continues. A great location for people watching too. I'll re-review after the shakedown period because there is potential here. (1,868 characters)

Photo of guzzle211
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Based on visits over lunch on Friday, Feb 4 and a quick pint the next day, Sat Feb 5

Atmosphere - I like all the windows, which create an open, airy vibe, but at the same time there aren't enough walls to really create a 'warmth.' There was an internet rap station playing, going through a weird mix (my ipod could do much better.) I suffered through Kriss Kross 'Jump' (daddy mack will make you ... Jump! Jump! cause inside out is wiggidy-wiggidy wack!) and other bumbling beats.
There's obviously been a lot of money invested, and I know from following them on FB that there's been blood and sweat (and I'm sure even a few tears) invested as well. Everything is crisp, clean and new.

Quality - Beers are top notch and well-crafted as always. The food is good too. But they hit a pet peave of mine: iceberg lettuce?! I know for a fact that there's more exotic lettuce than that out in Leola, not to mention Central Market being a stone's throw away. A $9 chicken sandwich with iceberg? I'm a coleslaw enthusiast, and the slaw is legit.

Service - The bartender was busy (it was only their second official day) I asked for a menu, but had to interrupt her to put my food order in. Updated beer lists including descriptions, abv, etc will be welcome.

Selection - The menu has more options than I initially anticipated - even a few things listed for the kiddies. There's about 10 appetizers, several soups, and sandwich platters to choose from. There were 4-5 beer offerings when I visited (unfortunately my first 2 choices were no longer available.) I expect that the overwhelming support they received the previous night helped drink through a lot of the initial offerings.

Food - mostly covered under Quality and Selection. Food is provided by Dishes by Diane, out of Leola, and the bonnets give the food Lancaster County 'authenticity' (and reminds me of growing up in East Pete)

I truly applaud all the effort put forth by Matt and the rest of the crew over the past few years to bring good, local craft brew to the Lancaster area (it hasn't been an easy road.) Am I going back? Hell yeah! Would I recommend the Taproom to others? Absolutely! I have no doubt that this will be a wildly successful venture, and my few minor nit-picks over lettuce and music won't hold them back.

Good job guys! (2,301 characters)

Photo of deetz3
4.85/5  rDev +21.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Right off the bat-- the Taproom is clearly for beer lovers.

The actual sprawling wooden bar is massive, and flanked on 3 sides by tables. Huge picture windows facing the street make up the other side of the bar, and people walking by above on the sidewalk make for great entertainment as they peer in to see what's going on. It's big, but not huge. Cozy, but still modern, and not cramped. Welcoming.

As the taproom of a local brewery, Spring House Brewing Company, SH's beers are the only ones on tap-- but you're not going to feel shortchanged. The Taproom has been open for a short time as of this review-- I went to the opening last week-- and as of now, I believe 8 or 9 beers are on tap. They also serve local wines.

I'll be the first to admit that I am a novice compared to many of the advocates on this site-- but I still know good beer when I taste (and see) it, and that is what you'll get from Spring House at the Taproom.

A wide range of beers were on tap last week, including Planet Bean (a coffee stout), Diabolical Doctor (a Belgian white ale) and of course Seven Gates, their signature pale ale... as well as Seven Gates - Gate Two, another delicious take on the beer (some different flavors, and a little less hoppy than the original).

Of course I kept coming back to Cosmic Monster, a Belgian quad, and my favorite as of late. The alcohol content is way up there-- something like 11%-- but not with that liquor-y aftertaste like you get with most other beers with similar abv's. To put it succinctly... it is extremely tasty-- a bit fruity, a bit hoppy, a bit malty-- and drinkable.

As for the service... awesome. They'll take the time to talk to you about the beer-- they WANT to talk to you about the beer. And while you wouldn't realize it unless you've been introduced or have been to SH or the Taproom a few times-- he's a modest dude-- you're likely to be served by the owner.

In summary: The Taproom is a unique addition to Lancaster, and beer lovers across the city are applauding. You should go. (2,029 characters)

Taproom (Spring House Brewing Company) in Lancaster, PA
90 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.