Stoudts Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 54
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Reviews by ffejherb:
4/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Every time I drive on the PA turnpike, I always see the billboard for Stoudts Brewery. Id been wanting to visit for quite some time (since I first tried their sampler case a while back), so my friend, my wife and I decided to make the short 30-min. drive on Saturday, 11/18 for lunch, some brews and a brewery tour.
We arrived at what appeared to be more like a miniature town than a brewery. It was pretty chilly outside, so we just decided to go in and eat rather than look around. We ate in the non-smoking area of the pub, which was nice for non-smokers. The décor was primarily Victorian, especially the deep red walls and antique furniture. The focal point of the room was a huge, wooden-looking chandelier flanked by rows of old school beer trays, bottles and memorabilia. The bar was just outside this room, and there was enough room for perhaps twelve people at the bar.
The beer menu featured all of Stoudts regular offerings (ESB, Fat Dog Stout, APA, Double IPA, Lager, Pilsner) and they also had their Oktoberfest and Winter Warmer as well as Lavender Fat Dog Stout on cask, which I did not try. Our waiter (who was kind of quiet but friendly and answered our questions) came over with menus and we then ordered our drinks. I opted for a Scarlet Lady ESB, which I very much enjoy. My wife got a nice sampler of four selections, with the Winter Warmer being her favorite. My friend went with the Fat Dog Stout, which he said he liked, but I ended up finishing for him. The ESB was a deep copper/amber color with a creamy white head that quickly dissipated to 1/8-in. with lacing around the glass. It was served in a 16-oz. pint glass and a very nice temperature.
For lunch, I went with the Shepherds Pie, probably because I was still jonesin for some after the excellent serving I had at Market Cross Pub the prior weekend. However, it was not as good as Market Cross, but still acceptable. My wife and I also split the cheese sampler, which was very good. My friend got the seasoned crab dip, which was amazing! They also got entrée selections, but I forget what they had. I decided to go with the Double IPA with my food. It had a similar appearance as the ESB, but the waiter indicated that it was about 10% ABV. It had quite an alcohol punch, and probably just a bit too strong for my personal tastes, but still good nonetheless. My glass displayed a nice doily-like lacing down the entire length. For dessert, I had a scrumptious piece of chocolate raspberry cake and washed it down with the rest of my friends Fat Dog. All in all, the food was quite good.
After lunch, we inquired about the brewery tour, which was scheduled to begin at 3pm. The greeter informed us that we could wait in the lobby, and that the tour guide would come through the restaurant to gather up all of the people. Well, we waited for over 20 minutes until finally we left. This was pretty much my only gripe, as we would have liked to tour the brewery. Otherwise, it was a fairly pleasant experience. Overall, very good beer and an interesting atmosphere.
12-01-2006 14:17:17 | More by ffejherb
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