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Forest & Main Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Forest & Main Brewing CompanyForest & Main Brewing Company
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

44 Ratings
Ratings: 44
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 12.15%
Active Beers: 81
Beer Ratings: 768
Beer Avg: 3.92
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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 by slander:
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4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

Had been meaning to get out here for a while now. Just went one night without Ed, ‘cause I’d been waiting on him forever and he’s all about the maybe tomorrow, and I am of the now; or the then, anyway. Ran 73 down, left at the Axe, train tracks, left, park post meter and look for the what am I looking for? Oh, a little house on the corner of (duh)...

Pushed past the porch and in, swing to the left, a small room with a straight bar to the rear. Wide 3 plank wood topped bar from wall to wall, with a framed dinged copper panel base, a foot box, and seating for 5 on non-backed cushiony leather squared stools.

Entranceway to the next room closed off is the barback wall of fat beam framing. Center board listing tap selections, and a row of 5 taps below on another dinged copper panel piece. Vertical mirrors to both sides of center over jarred somethings and other pieces of, um, stuff. Down below, something cupboardy fronted dinged as such and glassware shelved on the ends. Twin candleholders mounted to both sides of the tap board, and tulip glassware dangling over the bar area. A single flatscreen in the corner shows the Phillies already losing. 3 handpumps on the bar, some pint glasses with tea candles fronting.

Wood plank floors, lime painted wall, and a white ceiling. Bar counter space for 3 on the near inside wall, with a tap board mounted above, and a smaller counter piece on the opposite wall below an arched framed mirrored piece. A corner table for 2 with a dartboard over it (danger!), a barrel in the other corner, framed pics, fishing nets, mounted lamps and chandeliers. Small, but comfortable enough, with tunes piped in from somewhere. Owner Daniel popped out for a bit to chat while I was there.

Around the bend, the other front room, equally as tight with a ½ dozen tables. Wandered upstairs, there are 2 small front rooms; 1 with a single table, the other with 4 shorty 2-seaters on a shared bench, and a roundie in the corner. And out front, porchside, 4 little 2-seaters to 1 side, and a large table to the other. Hanging plants about, it’s really comfortable.

They do flights of pick 4 shorty 4oz glasses for $6.50, the sampler served on a slot wood board with your choices chalk written upon it. I must have done 2 of them because all 7 beers were somehow sampled. 3 of British inspiration on cask (Queen Anne, 3.5%, Dry Irish Stout, a baby stout, really, roasty, dry, chocolatey, sooo smooth; Tiny Tim, 4%, Ordinary Bitter, lovely, caramel, nutty, excellent bitterness; Kinch, 7%, IPA, slight slight hop bite, piny, grassy, won 6th in the new beer sixpack in the brewvitational), and 4 of Belgian inspiration on draft (St Mary, 7%, Saison, peppery, dry, very nice, smells bubblegummy; Lunaire, 5%, amber from Chardonnay barrels, oh, winery overtaken, some good sourness; Cosette, 5.5%, light Farmhouse with malted spelt, pleasant spiciness; Saison Bonne, 5%, orange hued Saison, honey sweetness follows, nice Saison). Tiny Tim Ordinary Bitter, St Mary Saison & Cosette Farmhouse were the best of ‘em, but there were no slouches in the mix. And then wound down with a pint of the Tiny Tim (there can be only one). They’ve also got a handful of wines if that’s your thing.

And necessary food decisions. It’s a small tight menu; 2 kinds of popcorn, a salad, a soup, a cheese plate, mussels, pierogies, 4 entrees, and a few desserts. Started with the bacon popcorn. It was just as awesome as you would think that would be. And then, I was toying with the pan roasted chicken, and she made it sound very awesome, but also told me I needed the burger, which apparently I did, so I did. The Forest & Main burger (medium, please), with aged cheddar & bacon, mayonnaise (is that even legal?), and served with house pickles and chips (Coulda shoulda traded up the chips for fries. Grrr!). It was a killer burger, it’s all gone now, so sad.

A revisit with Ed 3 weeks later found 2 new beers up (Plowman’s Bitter, 4.5%, an Ordinary Bitter, a little warmer than I would have liked, but nicely bready, & good floral, grassy hoppiness, and Ablution, 9.5%, a Belgian Tripel, lovely, fruity, peppery, boozy, love).

And we took in dinner seated on the porch, both starting with the Summer corn soup, and then I had the pan roasted chicken, served with Swiss chard, while Ed had the fried oyster sandwich. He did enjoy it, but said it was difficult to maneuver. Food was tasty and unusually flavored with things I cannot easily put the identification on. Now, I’m kind of wanting on the fish & chips. Next time. Oh yes, they will be mine.

I like what they do here. English sessionable & Belgian Farmhouse, oh hell, yes. And solid food, too. It’s a good house, literally.

slander, Oct 26, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of stakem
3.3/5  rDev -22.9%

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.

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Forest & Main Brewing Company in Ambler, PA
94 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.