Lancaster Brewing Company
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Reviews by ffejherb:
4.28/5 rDev +8.6%
Since we were at Bubes Brewery earlier in the day, we decided to drive the extra 15 miles and visit Lancaster on Saturday, 10/28/06. I had enjoyed Lancasters beers since I first tried their variety case, which I loved! I also had the pleasure of trying their new Hop Hog shortly after it was released. So needless to say, I have wanted to visit the brewery for quite some time.
After circling the city for a few minutes trying to find the building, we located the establishment and pulled into the small, cramped parking lot. They could definitely use some more parking in the back. Still, we grabbed a spot just as a car was pulling out. (Our friends, who met us there later didnt have our same luck they had to park a few blocks away, apparently.)
We entered the brewpub area and it was smaller than I had anticipated. I figured it would be quite busy, since we were visiting on a Saturday night at dinnertime, and I was right. There was a wait for tables, but luckily we found two small tables near the back of the bar area, right next to the windows overlooking the brewing area. We pushed the two tables together and grabbed an extra chair that was in storage. Perusing the beer menu, they had an amazing selection of home brews on tap and one on cask, including: Strawberry Wheat, Milk Stout, Hop Hog, Gold Star Pilsner, Franklinfest, and Four Grain Amish Pale Ale (flagship beers); Winter Warmer, Red Rose Amber, Litening Lager, and Oktoberfest (seasonals); and Chocolate Dipped Strawberry (cask conditioned). I ordered a Hog Hog, my friend got a Milk Stout (because they were out of sampler glasses) and my wife got the Chocolate Dipped Strawberry. All three were served in a nice pint glass. Our waitress was very friendly despite the restaurant and bar being extremely busy, and she even recognized me from the band I play in! She had a good sense of humor and I mentioned that she reminded me of the comedian Kathy Griffin (which is a compliment from me).
Anyway, back to the beers.
My friend wasnt even half done with his Milk Stout before they brought over his sampler tray, which featured a 5-oz. glass of each beer on tap, including the cask conditioned selection. We then ordered our food. I went with the hummus, which was made with white and black beans and served with veggies, pita bread and tortilla chips. At only $5.95, the portion was twice as much as I was expecting, and it was delicious taboot! My wife got the reuben sandwich with fries, which she said was just OK and my friend got a huge plate of nachos, which apparently were meatless. But they did have quite a lot of cheese, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, and beans. We got our food around the time one of my other friends arrived. He was able to order and got his food not much longer after we had received ours. I decided to get the Chocolate Dipped Strawberry on cask, and it was amazing! The beer looked glorious in the pint glass, very robust, and the aroma was a knock out! The head was nice and creamy, and the flavor was well balanced. It went down quite smoothly and the finish was a nice combination of bold and sweet. The temperature of the beer was perfect.
Overall, I very much enjoyed our visit to Lancaster Brewing Company. While it was too busy for my personal taste, we still received very good service and we were able to sit down quickly and enjoy a pint. Their beer is exceptional and the atmosphere is fine for a brewpub. Some of the dinner selections seemed a bit steep, but the quality and value for money we got with our selections was spot on. I would definitely like to return sometime soon for lunch or during a weeknight when they arent as busy. Of course, they seem busy for a reason excellent beer!
11-01-2006 14:32:25 | More by ffejherb
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3.65/5 rDev -7.4%
Visiting the restaurant at the brewery for lunch/dinner on a Sunday afternoon.
The atmosphere is cool, rustic/industrial, exposed brick and steel beams that appear to be original to the building. Also a bar area and a smal merch area behind the attendant stand, and I think there was a porch.
They had 14 beers on tap, and you can order a sampler of them all. All of their regulars, a few seasonals and specials. A wide variety of styles, so you could definitely find a style you like. However most of the beers were just "okay". Probably the Milk Stout and Hop Buggy were the tops.
Food was good - I had the Steak Frites, which was great. Service was good - only complaint is that our calamari appetizer came out to the table after our entrees.
06-23-2014 22:09:33 | More by jmdrpi
Lancaster Brewing Company in Lancaster, PA
89 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.