Forest & Main Brewing Company
Active Beers: 62
Beer Ratings: 472
Beer Avg: 3.92
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 17 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by joeebbs:
4.26/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here for a sample on 5/27/2012.
The bar is literally right at the corner of Forest and Main streets in Ambler. You'll probably have to park a block or so away from the brewery but parking is free so that's good. When I got there a few people were dining on the porch. I went straight for the bar area which is immediately on your left as you go in. The bar is rather small (probably seats 6) with a TV suspended on the right. (which wasn't on) The decor is has a very cozy feel as if you're right at home. They serve their house beers and PA Wine so no mixed drinks. There a 8 beers available on draught with three beers always on the handpumps. This is probably the closest to having a British beer experience in PA.
Had the Kinch, Queen Anne, Pigeontown and Tiny Tim. Samples all tasted good but I can't give a full review on them all as most of them are hand-pumped and should probably be drank in pint form.
I brought my own growler and had that filled with Solaire. The bartender said they will be getting their own growlers in at some point. They'll do fills when they open and later in the evening but when it gets busy they probably won't fill them that often.
06-01-2012 13:54:54 | More by joeebbs
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4.19/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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 -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Had a few rounds of beers here on a Saturday night, in the bar area. We only got an order of fries to snack on, so I will not review the food. Menu looks good though.
The location has it's pros and cons. The Victorian style house is very nice and is a nice chill atmosphere. But over the course of a couple of hours, the bar room fluctuated from being appropriately filled, to being packed with people and really hot. So there isn't much space for crowds, so I would probably recommend visiting on an off-night.
The beer however was fantastic, and most were on cask, drawn with the hand pump. Every beer I tried was top notch. The selection is good but if you're not a fan of English or Belgian styles, you would be out of luck. Beers were pricey but you are getting quality for your money.
09-26-2013 16:11:38 | More by jmdrpi
4.42/5 rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$
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
Forest & Main Brewing Company in Ambler, PA
94 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.