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The Barley Mow Craft Beer House

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

17 Ratings
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 13.82%
Taps: 4
Bottles: 700
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Store ]

719 Penn Ave
West Reading, Pennsylvania, 19611-1005
United States
phone: (484) 926-2094

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(Place added by: DLSheidy on 03-23-2014)
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Photo of Blaze5445
5/5  rDev +17.1%

First off the decor and overall look of the place is great. It is very inviting and fits West Reading like a glove. The taps are always rotating and there is always something for everyone. Each time I have visited the owners have had a smile on their face and offered help if you need it. They are knowledgeable as well. They are some things that has lacked in this area. Along with Ganly's it is nice to see some awesome spots to get craft beer. Cheers

Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Great selection and rotating taps
knowledgeable staff.

Photo of Psupunk
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

I'd give it a higher rating if their bottle prices would be more comparible to other local bottle shops. However, the tap list is awesome and always changing and its usually not stuff you will find on tap at other local places.

Photo of BrianBoruma
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

So the food is snack fare, but not bad.

The beer selection is great.

Their draft stuff is a constant rotation, so if you see something you like order it as it will likely be gone by the time you come back. Their prices are extremely reasonable.

The staff are all super friendly and incredibly knowledgeable about not only what they're pouring, but the local beer scene and craft beer in general. They're happy to make recommendations if you're looking for something special and are really devoted to spreading the love and knowledge of craft beer. A great place to grab a beer and spend an hour chatting.

Photo of MikeWard
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%

First time visit yesterday evening. Of the ten taps, about half were pumpkin, a style I dont care for. That's just me, but seemed too many for one style.. A Boulevard was on, so that's a win anyday.

Place is essentially a house, and so the bottle area is very small, though packed. The aisles are very narrow. I am not a small gent at all, so a lot of tight space squatting squinting and searching. Hard to figure out best by dates without blocking traffic. Did find some out of date stuff. But picked up some new stuff, as well as a few old favs, so left fairly content.

Photo of Furley80
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Jake12
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Beastcpa
5/5  rDev +17.1%

This place is awesome. A very relaxed atmosphere designed for any age group to relax, mingle, and share great beer. It has allowed me to add several dozen beers to my listing and the constantly changing selection is refreshing. Go to this place if you like a reasonable priced mix and max 6 pack beyond compare, a good variety of beer, and a very clean ,well maintained locale.

Photo of DLS168
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of PTEdelman
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Great spot in West Reading. Tap list and bottle offerings are constantly changing and unique. Very friendly, knowledgable owners. Also a great location to have a pint, pick up a couple beers to go and visit one of the many BYOB restaurants down the street.

Photo of Greenplastic615
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 3

I was a little skeptical at first - when they opened, it was 4 taps for growlers and a fairly limited selection of bottles. I really wanted to like it because it's 5 minutes from my house, but after stopping by in their opening week, I left feeling I wouldn't be back often.

Fast forward a few months, and they really have their stuff together. While the selection is still small (no imports, mostly focused on PA breweries), they've managed to create a great atmosphere for enjoying a beer and picking up some nice locals. They're recently expanded to 10 indoor taps and 4 outdoor taps in the back patio-like area. The draft prices are extremely reasonable ($4 for a 19oz pour of Dock Street Rye IPA?! Yes!), growler prices are good, and bottle prices are fair for the area.

Sure, I'd love for this place to have more non-local bottles available, but for a place focused on the PA beer scene, they're doing a great job. The owners are really nice, and I find myself stopping in for a pint or growler with regularity, even if I don't leave with bottles to-go. Definitely not the shop for walesbro, but if you're in the Reading area and want a good place to have a beer and spend a half hour, I recommend The Barley Mow.

Photo of sdaly3
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of yourefragile
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Shad_dahs
2.5/5  rDev -41.5%

Photo of JTO_Read_PA
4.57/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Very good beer selection, reasonable prices. Went with friends, sat outside on the patio and enjoyed some brews...very good draft selection for everyone and excellent beer selection for bottles...good pricing on buying bottles to go... i'll go back again...cool place !

Photo of TimoP
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of DLSheidy
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

The Barley Mow Craft Beer House in West Reading, PA
94 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.