Forest & Main Brewing Company
Active Beers: 56
Beer Ratings: 388
Beer Avg: 3.9
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 17 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by TheFightfan1:
4.34/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The wife and I have been wanting to come here since it opened a few months ago. Very nice transformation from an old victorian home into an awesome little watering hole. Nice patio seating outside as you walk up the steps and into the front door. Host or hostess desk as soon as you walk in, and a staircase leading to extra seating upstairs. Nice comfortable bar area to the left with a smaller sitting area. As for the food I haven't had any but it did smell terrific. And now on to the beer. 8 beers to try 4 from the English inspired side and 4 from the Belgian side. We got a sampling of all eight and all of them were enjoyable. I ended up getting the Solaire and for the wife St. Mary. I would say the most unique thing about our experience here was the fact all of the beer is cellared temp. And naturally carbonated. It really complements what they are trying to do here not just going with the flow and selling over carbonated, frozen fizz water to the locals. Anyway very nice place I will definetly be back.
10-01-2012 13:33:46 | More by TheFightfan1
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4.19/5 rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Forest and Main has a great interesting design. The restaurant takes its shape in one of the oldest Victorian houses in Ambler, a suburban neighbor 20 minutes outside of Philadelphia. The house is extremely quaint, walking in one runs into a lively hostess as if you were entering a family member s home for a holiday meal they gladly invite you in. Similar to the holidays at a family event the place can become full and very busy. I recommend visiting on a week day as opposed to the weekend. If going solo a separate small bar area is available. Which many will guest will stop for their first delicious pint prior to being seated. I recommend walking around the place and really seeing how the space works. It very odd to see a brewpub run its business through the walls of a home but something about it is also very nostalgic, or historical. It’s a beer lovers dream to enter a brewpub that fancies themselves in farmhouse and British ale styles and feeling the love through brick and mortar of the facility, a romanticized view but one I think many can relate to. The beers are very well made and they have a great balance for those people that are interested in multiple styles. The food is also very good, it can be a bit pricey after you include your beer prices as well but both are highly recommended. I think anyone in the area should visit F&M if presented the chance.
01-22-2014 01:33:20 | More by t8s8l8
4.18/5 rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Had a few rounds of beers here on a Saturday night, in the bar area. We only got an order of fries to snack on, so I will not review the food. Menu looks good though.
The location has it's pros and cons. The Victorian style house is very nice and is a nice chill atmosphere. But over the course of a couple of hours, the bar room fluctuated from being appropriately filled, to being packed with people and really hot. So there isn't much space for crowds, so I would probably recommend visiting on an off-night.
The beer however was fantastic, and most were on cask, drawn with the hand pump. Every beer I tried was top notch. The selection is good but if you're not a fan of English or Belgian styles, you would be out of luck. Beers were pricey but you are getting quality for your money.
09-26-2013 16:11:38 | More by jmdrpi
4.42/5 rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$
This is a very quaint little spot in Ambler. It's a converted home, with numerous rooms for seating and outdoor/patio seating as well. Four beers on draft, four on cask. Four of them were Belgian inspired and four were English inspired. Bartender was ridiculously friendly and the atmosphere was cozy, though a bit warm. The sampler of four cost just as much as a pint of one, and all of the beers were really good, including a barrel-aged saison with Brett, a slightly funky stout, and a hoppy porter. Didn't try the food, though the menu looked a bit limited. This might be more of a seasonal stop as opposed to a monthly one, but it's worthy.
09-23-2013 16:59:01 | More by bigfnjoe
4.36/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$
Visited back in July 2013:
As another BA noted, this is an old house turned brew pub...and if you are driving too fast you will miss, I did. Upon entering, the place has a nice porch, but I headed to the bar where my wife was already waiting for me and I think that by the time that I got there, the bartender had let her try all the beers that were on tap. This did not change once I showed up, great bartenders, let you try anything you wanted. I think that I only purchased three beers total, but must have had more like 5 total. All beers we tried were very well done, but the selection could have been better as they must have kicked two of the kegs in the hour plus that we were there. The food was well done as well. I think that I tried the fish and chips. When I arrived, we were the only people in the bar area, but that was certainly not the case when we left. Great vibe, great people and good beer. I would recommend this place to any BA in the area. Just another reason why Philly is the best beer city in the US.
09-07-2013 19:46:46 | More by PhillyStyle
4.28/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25 | $$
An old house turned brewpub. Awesome. A porch outside contains some tables and a grassy area where people were hanging out. Downstairs features a small bar area to the left once you enter the front door and a small dining area to the right. The brewing operation and kitchen take up the back half of the downstairs, and is not visible. I did not venture upstairs. I found a seat in the corner of the bar.
They have 4 British style beers and 4 Belgian style beers on tap at all times. I had three different saisons, all of which were barrel aged and absolutely delicious. I also ordered the burger, which was cooked perfectly and damn good.
My first time visiting left a very good impression. I will be heading back here soon. The ripping reggae all night didn't hurt either.
08-21-2013 16:45:16 | More by ColForbinBC
Forest & Main Brewing Company in Ambler, PA
94 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.