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Stoudts Brewing Co.

Stoudts Brewing Co.Stoudts Brewing Co.

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 53
Beer Ratings: 7,334
Beer Avg: 3.74

Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

93 Ratings
Ratings: 93
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.68%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

Route 272, PO Box 880
Adamstown, Pennsylvania, 19501
United States
phone: (717) 484-4387

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Notes:
Also home to the Black Angus Restaurant & Brew Pub

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curmudgeon236

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$

Far better selection of food than typical brewpub. Pubgrub to elaborate dinners. Excellent salads, sandwiches, and friends raved about quality of fresh oysters. Bartender was a real character, handled the bar well. Very helpful and knowledgeable. Nice beer diversity as well. Only negative was a kind of 'touristy' vibe... not uncommon for PA Dutch country, unfortunately...

03-13-2014 07:55:38 | More by curmudgeon236
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BradC

Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75 | $$

We live about 25 minutes from Stoudts and try to make at least one trip up per year. The atmosphere is great with lots brewery memorabilia both national and local and a lot of antiques around. Beer selection is usually decent with their staple German brews and some seasonals on. Food is great, good steaks, some great German dishes. Have always had good service.

02-09-2014 23:27:19 | More by BradC
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JandJMD

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25 | $$

Didn't have a chance to do a tour as it was a Friday, but it was a good place to stop. If you are into a little history of craft brewing or just history in general, its a good stop to make.

Other than Fat Dog, I haven't been the biggest fan of their beers. But they are good and it's an interesting place.

This is really an old, pretty dark, bar/restaurant. The food was surprisingly good. I was there with friends on a quiet day and the bartender was happy to give a little history lesson of the brewery and show us around a little. She pointed out Ed Stoudt who was hanging around. And we got to peek into the brewery operations.

Good people and a nice place to stop if you are in the area.

01-19-2014 19:30:10 | More by JandJMD
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qcbrewer

North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | $$

Pretty easy to access off of the PA Turnpike. Plenty of parking. Older side of the building is the restaurant/bar side, while the seemingly newer side is the brew house. There is also a large antique store attached (the whole region is really into antique stores - so if you're interested in that this is a money spot).

Once inside the large foyer, it gets "smaller" quickly, and a lot darker (and I don't mean mood). The bar area is very dark with 12 bar stools, and also a seemingly separate (possibly smoking lounge) connected to it. There are 3 main restaurant rooms, each with it's own theme; presidential, movie, and breweriana. Seemingly everything in his place is an antique, and with it comes a slight scent of "old", which to me is very neat. The "presidential room" is seemingly the only room with windows; all of the rest are lit with overhead lights - if that at all. The "movie room" is extremely dark, and it's nearly hard to see the old movie posters on the wall. The "Breweriana room" is the largest with high ceilings and some really neat beer antiques.

The beer overall is moderate, with a couple really great beers. I've always loved the Fat Dog Oatmeal Stout, so I had to have one while here. Otherwise, I wasn't too impressed with their selections that they don't already distribute on a regular basis. They make decent beer, but nothing to blow your socks off. Personally, I'm really glad I came to experience Stoudts because as far as I'm concerned, due to the antiques, this is a very unique brewery to visit and I would recommend everyone stop by at least once. That being said, I don't think I've visit all too often, if again, for a while.

08-16-2013 18:27:21 | More by qcbrewer
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JakeEsterly

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 5 | $$

I Went on a Saturday when they were doing a Tour and the owner gave it himself which was pretty awesome cuz we got to hear how he started from scratch! The beer selection was pretty decent and I enjoyed the 4 beers I drank there.. and the food I got was Amazing! The steak was perfect! Only thing I have to say bad about the place was the service. Waitress we had didn't really attend to us and took awhile to get our drinks..other than that a good place to go

07-15-2013 17:09:39 | More by JakeEsterly
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25 | $$

I must've passed by this place (or the area it's in) dozens of times since I moved to PA, but I never had the opportunity to visit until recently. I've never been a huge fan of Stoudt's beers, but I must say, this place reeled me in, and I'm sure I'll be returning.

There's a lot to explore when you go to Stoudt's, what with a brewery, a restaurant, a bakery, and an antique shop all vying for your attention. There's a general feel of vintage Americana about the place, from the rustic bar to the mobster car in the vestibule, to the old-time "photos" in the bathroom (you might want to blindfold your kids). The bar is medium-sized, and there is plenty of dining space.

As I mentioned, I'm not huge on their beer, but most of it is solid and at least approachable, perhaps a bit mass-pleasing. Fat Dog and its variants always make for good selections. And of course many of the style they produce here are better suited for a fresh draught line than a bottle on a dusty shelf, which makes me want to remind people to "try it at the source" to get the most out of it. On tap, they have their usual year-rounds and 2 or 3 seasonals and/or extras.

Service was fine. The bartender was a little wifty, but friendly nonetheless, and our drinks and food were promptly served. I treated myself to a steak dinner--this is a steak house after all--and it was extremely good...the steak was cooked perfectly, and sides were simple yet tasty and in good portions. I passed on dessert, but the bakery options looked good for those of you with a sweet tooth. Overall the prices were reasonable, with some of the higher end entrees getting expectedly pricey.

This place may not have the uber beer to make it a "destination," but it is definitely worth checking out if you're in the area.

04-06-2013 13:57:02 | More by Rifugium
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

This is located just off the turnpike and there are signs everywhere to get to it. Never realized this was such a tourist attraction.

The brewpub itself is part of a unique combination of businesses run by Stoudts. Its a Germantown/AntiqueStore/FleaMarket/Brewery/Brewpub.

There's an old Packard in the lobby to get into the brewpub and old PA brewery paraphonalia all over the walls. We sat in the dining room in soom old antique chairs table. Actually the place really smells like a flea market. It kind of has that dusty air to it.

The food- I was expecting the typical german brewpub/traditional german fare-but this menu is FAR different. Since they also have their own cheese and bread place on premises-the menu offers some unique artisinal cheeses and lots of steak and salad and whatnot too

The Beer- Very well done. They had the typical Stoudts line-up plus 2-3 brewpub only. The pumpkin-oktoberfest and the dubbel were offered when I was there. Both were great.

Overall-this is a must stop and a very unique place.

04-25-2012 00:11:03 | More by PittBeerGirl
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wazzy47

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

My girlfriend and I ended up stopping by here as we had always seen the signs advertising it on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Stoudts is not far away from the turnpike exit and there is plenty of parking. We decided to check out the Antique Mall and market first. We were very pleasantly surprised by the variety of goods available (though as antique shoppers we weren't crazy about some of the prices).

We went to the restaurant afterwards around noon. The place seems very cramped but the ambiance is great if you are in to vintage style (old portraits, paintings, private seating for couples, and a full antique car). We both ordered the black angus burgers and enjoyed our meals; we were stuffed but not too stuffed. The beer samples we had were excellent (Lager, Kolsch, Fat Dog, and Vanilla Porter).

We took the tour as well. Mr. Stoudt himself led it and was very informative. He tells it like it is and is unashamed to call out big name brewers on their products. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our experience and look forward to stopping by again.

02-04-2012 16:52:21 | More by wazzy47
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claytri

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

We went for lunch and stayed for the tour. We had dropped by to have lunch at the Black Angus, where we found a wonderfully charming restaurant, and a great menu. The food was very good, and the menu was nice with schnitzel, brats, and stroganoff as options among the standard fair. The beer was as expected better fresh. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly making for a great lunch. Then just as we ended Ed Stoudt announced he was ready to give the brewery tour. We had a great tour and found it very informative. Then returned for a couple more beers before moving on for the evening. The antiques market and farmers market are sure to be bonuses to an already nice experience when they are open. Make the trip it will be worth it.

01-29-2012 01:09:14 | More by claytri
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

Came to Stoudt's with my friend and girlfriend on a Wednesday night. We got there a little early, and were welcomed in when they opened at 4:30. The bartender was extremely friendly, and talked to us about all of their tap offerings....about 10 or 12 if I recall, including nearly their entire lineup (spring seasonal Karnival Kolsch was around, as was their fest). Two special taps, a barleywine and a vanilla almond porter, and the cask, an ESB. I got a sampler, which gives you four generous pours (probably about 6 ounces) or your choice. Priced right at $7.50, too. The beer....the porter was fantastic, DIPA was OK, and the pils & kolsch were perfect style examples. The decor is absolutely brilliant, very old timey with lots of older-style American historical type pieces in the place. My steak sandwich was excellent, and the menu is very diverse, with a raw bar as well as lots of German-style meat options. As I mentioned, the bartender was very attentive and receptive to our questions. Would definitely come back, much better than I ever expected.

01-12-2012 01:11:17 | More by bigfnjoe
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Stoudts Brewing Co. in Adamstown, PA
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