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Forest & Main Brewing Company

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Forest & Main Brewing CompanyForest & Main Brewing Company
BEER AVG
4.03/5
Based on:
93 Beers
89 Reviews
Place Score: 94
Reviews: 20
Visits: 66
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

61 N Main St
Ambler, Pennsylvania, 19002
United States
phone: (215) 542-1776

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Place added by: Rifugium on 11-17-2011

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Reviews: 20 | Visits: 66
Reviews by joeebbs:
Photo of joeebbs
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped in here for a sample on 5/27/2012.

The bar is literally right at the corner of Forest and Main streets in Ambler. You'll probably have to park a block or so away from the brewery but parking is free so that's good. When I got there a few people were dining on the porch. I went straight for the bar area which is immediately on your left as you go in. The bar is rather small (probably seats 6) with a TV suspended on the right. (which wasn't on) The decor is has a very cozy feel as if you're right at home. They serve their house beers and PA Wine so no mixed drinks. There a 8 beers available on draught with three beers always on the handpumps. This is probably the closest to having a British beer experience in PA.

Had the Kinch, Queen Anne, Pigeontown and Tiny Tim. Samples all tasted good but I can't give a full review on them all as most of them are hand-pumped and should probably be drank in pint form.

I brought my own growler and had that filled with Solaire. The bartender said they will be getting their own growlers in at some point. They'll do fills when they open and later in the evening but when it gets busy they probably won't fill them that often. (1,183 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of TheNakedStiletto
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of McMatt7
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of ShanePB
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Dumsboa09
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I have a thing about dirty glasses, that aside the place and space is awesome. Great food and the beer is even better. (118 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of mwa114
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Cool spot in Ambler with awesome summer brews. Has both inside and outside seating but I recommend grabbing a table on the porch on a nice spring/summer day. Wish they opened before 4:00 PM but that's my only complaint. (219 characters)

Photo of epyon396
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of ColdOne
3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of BigMike
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of souredonbeer
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of ianwhitewilliams
5/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of DaveHack
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Evahflow
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

When you arrive in fron of Forest and Main you wonder if you are at the right place. You look at the fancy old house, back at the GPS, back at the house. This MUST be it, a brewery in a quant house on a non descript street, hmm. You walk in and immediately you feel at home. The tap room is TINY. The beers on the other hand are not. Great prices and you can choose a 16 or 20 oz pour. Onto the beers! When I arrived they had 4 different saisons on brewed with foraged yeast, this style is so far up my alley it is practically in my house. The St. Mary was wonderful, dry full of flavor, with an earthy airiness to it. The Solair was similar, spicy hops slight tartness to the finish. Also had the Double dan IPA which was very very good. Really light bitterness, tasted like Amarillo and Galaxy were used but Im not 100% on that. Very good combo I would have loved to have more of this actually. The big winner for me was the Djed winter saison. The description of oranges, cocoa, and coffee and the fact that it was a winter saison made me think it would be a darker roastier one but I was wrong. This was a slightly darker saison than the rest with a slight reddish hue to it, the smell was outrageous, with all the descriptors, real big coffee bean aroma with some orange sweetness to it. The body of the beer was more substantial than the other saisons but I wouldn't say thick. This beer blew me away and made me wish I could get something like this more often. I did not try any food but certainly will next time. If you are on the fence about going here hop on to our side and try it, you won't regret it. (1,617 characters)

Photo of mcintire78
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of TrackcoachLVPA
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of IPAchris
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

Photo of random846
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of newbeeraday
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Leeds_xx
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of cwelsh55
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of stakem
3.3/5  rDev -22.7%

Been really anxious to check this place out. It seemed to be in the same vein as tired hands so to speak. From their style selection (being saison focused) right down to cartoonish artwork. This place reminds me of tired hands in quite a few ways.

The place is tiny. Luckily they had seating outside to distract me from the feeling inside like I was at a college house/frat party. The beer selection was split with 3-4 brittish inspired brews and 4-5 belgian. I made the mistake of ordering a beer based off the written descriptions...seriously, whomever describes their beers is quite the creative exaggerator. The mild dark saison was not good and trying to put down a full glass of it was not enjoyable. I followed that up with a cask ipa that was pretty awesome. Having had 1 really good and 1 pretty poor beer, I decided to try a sampler of the rest of the belgian beers that were available.

This place seemingly has a wild fascination with using local microbes to ferment some of their beer. While that might appeal to some and sound super rad on paper, those beers I sampled felt quite flawed with notes of plastic, bandaids, cream corn and mineral/metallic notes.

Unless you have been here already and are familiar with their selection, I would highly suggest sampling prior to throwing down 6-7 bucks for 16-20oz. I was really hungry and looked at their menu and decided this place wasnt for me. $16 for a burger better be a fantastic burger. Sorry, but after having the beers my confidence in this place was not enough to take the chance. Call me cheap or that I made the wrong choice, thats fine. I would not go out of my way to visit this place again. (1,668 characters)

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Forest & Main Brewing Company in Ambler, PA
94 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.