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General Lafayette Inn & Brewery

General Lafayette Inn & BreweryGeneral Lafayette Inn & Brewery
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

68 Ratings
Ratings: 68
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
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[ Brewery ]

646 Germantown Pike
Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, 19444
United States
phone: (610) 941-0600
// CLOSED //



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The pub is closed, but the brewery continues to produce beer for wholesale distribution.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

The General is in a great old buildng and the bar is very cool. The smoke is a bit much at times (which is reflected in my vibe score) so I only go off-hours. The beer quality is always very good with anywhere from 8-10 drafts plus two on cask. The General is best IMO at German & English style beers. The bottle list from the cellar is always a treat. I am very pleased that they are starting to bottle for outside consumption. I have never had "dinner" there but the bar food is always good. Staff is friendly & prices are reasonable.

Recommended.

SkinnyElvis, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.7/5  rDev +13%

Talk about fate.

So we drop someone off for their two hour meeting and I hit the GPS for a list of nearby restaurants from our current position. What? General Lafayette Inn is 25 yards away? I think to myself: "What? THE General Lafayette Inn? Like...the brewpub??" I had no idea I was going to be in the area, so hadn't planned any excursions. But alas, what is meant to be is meant to be.

Great decor. I love the old building. Just wreaks of history and being a standard of the area. Great paint on the walls, nice wood bar. It's nice. And the plexiglass floor so that you can see brewing equipment in the basement? Good touch, whoever had that idea. To me, this place just exemplifies the area and the region.

Quality of brews was nice. All was fresh and as it should be.

Service was good. I ordered the sampler (more to follow) and told the 'tender to just pick the four I should have. All good choices were presented.

Selection is very good. I think there are 10 taps on? And it is of a wide variety of stuff. They did have the 275th Anniversary barleywine on. A sampler cost $6 and you get four 4 ounce glasses. I don't think I have seen sampling glasses like this ever. It is a very generous portion and you truly get a full sense of what the experience is with each beer. If I had more time (though I doubt one trip would be enough), they do have vintage bottles available for purchase, but only for consumption at the bar. (well...you can buy the 275th anniversary barleywine to take home)

I didn't go for the food as I had eaten already.

Overall I am very glad I was able to check this place out. I mean what are the odds? I wasn't even 25 yards away when I hit the GPS! I realized later it was right to our left just as I hit the menu on the Tomtom. I am very glad I got to go.

RblWthACoz, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of SixpointJMH
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

As I was in the area and had been wanting to try this place, a stop at General Lafayette was clearly in order.

The entire establishment is situated within a colonial era building/inn and that theme is thankfully continued within the building. Save for the necessary modern twists, you do indeed feel as if you are stepping back in time here. The building is divided up with bathrooms off in one direction, the main dining area in another and the bar in it's own little nook as well.

I walked in just about noon time and the crowd was minimal at first so I was able to chat with the bartender about the selections. He was quite helpful and knowledgeable and kept up with a friendly banter throughout my visit. As the lunch crowd picked up conversation was easily and unexpectedly struck with other patrons making for a lively and homey visit.

The selections were fairly plentiful and varied, with about 8 or so items on tap that ranged from brewpub standards to more diverse styles that you don't find everywhere. Everything that I tried was quite fresh, with one or two of the lines just being added that morning or the previous night. You can't get much fresher than that.

Food came out rather quickly and was very good overall.

As I perused the menu for a growler of something to take home, the bartender thankfully noted to me that some of the special brews would end up being quite pricey, especially with having to purchase the growler itself. That said, they then informed me the there were currently no growlers available as the few they had remaining on-site at the time were being held for an upcoming event. After chatting with the bartender and the manager for a while about beer in general and other topics, they were kind enough to try to see what they could do re: finding a growler, and lo and behold one appeared for me. Kudos to them for making the extra effort.

Overall, the General Lafayette is an enjoyable experience. Prices are reasonable for the most part, just watch out for certain beers' growler pricing. I'll certainly re-visit again when I can.

SixpointJMH, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of mymrnngjckt
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%

Stop here on a recent pub crawl. Easy to find right on the Germantown Pike.

The atmposphere was old. This place is a bit anncient but quaint look. A lot of little spaces and many things to look at. We were surprised to see the bar full at 2:00 on a Saturday. That is always a good sign.

We went up to the bar to order our drinks and the barternder took our orders and brought our beers over to our table quickly. The beers were $5 for a pint. I thought this was a bit pricey so we only stayed for one. My fear of inflated prices was confirmed when my growler of Rasberry Meade cost me $30. Yikes. But it was very good.

Didn't try the food but it looked good.

mymrnngjckt, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of beertwisted
3.05/5  rDev -26.7%

I became a member of the "mug club" during my first visit. The great thing (for me) was that I was so close to work, so how could I go wrong. The food was a little on the pricey side, but the quality was good to better then good. The service was mediocre at best, maybe because we were regulars and were demanding at times, but no more then the average Joe off the street.

The mug club allowed a free selection from the menu and a mug of beer after the first 10 fills of approx. 20oz. This kind of offering to members was a bargain if you came at least once a week and became a mug club member at the beginning of the year. Unfortunately for me this was not the case, and I was not told the details of the club when I bought it. It was ok considering I started in early July and still had half a year to get my monies worth.

Their beers fluctuated in quality from one week to the next, even if you were drinking the same beer you had a week ago. Most of the beers I tried, and I tried them all, were nothing to write home about. They were decent beers but nothing really memorable. One of my associates loved the mead and I too enjoyed its company from time to time.

The "General's" service is what kept me from coming back after six months of diligent service. This is a brewpub for the occasional visit, not for someone entertaining the notion of being in the mug club. Being dedicated to any one bar/brewery/pub is enough work as it is without having to pay$40+ for a mug that you will feel obligated to get your moneys worth.

Still some beers are worth a try and the food will make amends for the service.

~Arrogant

beertwisted, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of coalcracker
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

This place has been at the top of my favorite beer destinations for some time now. I have always been a fan of the old and ancient taverns that have been around for 200+ years- the history, ambiance, and architecture is always fascinating. This place does not disappoint. An ancient tavern previously known as "Three Tuns' prior to the American Revolution, it sits at the crest of Barren Hill along Germantown Pike and was witness to the Battle of Barren Hill. Atmosphere inside is great, the fine dining area is partitioned from the pub itself, which happens to be cozy with just enough seating. The beers here are fantastic with the 'house populars' being Pacific Pale Ale and Sunset Red. They usually have about ten to a dozen available at one time (which also include seasonals and cask-conditioned ales). There is also some vintage ale in reserve, from what I hear. Service is reliable but can slow if you arrive later on hot nights- this has become a popular spot! The bar food is typical but good- the chicken cheesesteak is awesome! If you opt for the main seating, make a reservation. The meals on this side are delicious. Pricing is about right for the Philly suburbs, but quite affordable.

If you happen to be in the area, make a stop. You'll be in heaven if you are a true beer lover and appreciate the history of this great little corner of the state. Local attractions include Valley Forge, the King of Prussia mall, and Philly itself!

coalcracker, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of Jredner
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Historic old building complete with a widow’s walk and hand-hewn beams. Very cool setting for a brewpub. I was told the food was good and while the menu was a bit sparse the food did not dissapoint and was fairly reasonably priced. 4 of us with a sampler, pint and a $15 bomber only set us back a touch of $100 with a 20% tip. We ate in the dining room rather than having pub grub in the bar side- I understand there is a different menu on that side.

At first the service was fairly slow, but our waiter was working five tables. When he finally got some help he was very attentive.

The beer was very good. I had the Scotch Ale and the Imperial Stout....both solid....and also shared the sampler with my wife. It was a great time and I’d love to go back.

Jredner, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Visited for the BA Gathering on 1/27 - once again, it was great to finally meet all of you! Very easy to find once on the Germantown Pike...very close to King of Prussia, so in case any of your wives want to drop you off and go shopping...

I spent the whole time in the downstairs bar and restaurant areas. Enjoyed the Sunset Red on-tap...rather enjoyable red ale. Bar staff was very friendly and helpful to a first-time visitor. When it was time to move into the restaurant to share our goodies, the staff stayed on top of things, frequently filling empty water pitchers being very patient of us. Considering there were 30-some people cracking open bottles and being rather boisterous, I felt they did a great job and should be commended.

A very enjoyable atmosphere for a large gathering or small dinner...I really like the bar setup. I'm very much looking forward to returning for another visit.

JohnnyM2002, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of Phatz
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%

The General Lafayette Inn & Brewery is absolutely gorgeous place. Colonial style mansion with attractive woodwork all over. Classy but fun I went to the downstairs bar. a pool table through one door and restaurant seating through the other. Expansive bar. Good selection of their own brews including vintage bottles available. A big food menu and wine as well. The pub grub looks decent but I didn't try any to comment on. I did try the platter of cold cut meats and cheeses they prepare. Very fancy. Very nice. The most important thing is good beer. The Porter is classic and right on the money. The red ale is easy drinking. The McGlynn’s Ghost Barleywine from the cellar is a real treat. And if you have a few too many there is a B&B right there.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of Beerquester
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Came back to visit this place about a year later because we enjoyed the Holiday Cheer so much last year. We were not disappointed at all. In fact, I think it may even be better this year. We had to get one for the road. Forgot to bring an empty growler along, so had to purchase one for $5. They do have a nice logo on it, so its a nice one to keep. The holiday cheer cost $18 for the fill, but was worth it. I think its about an 8% abv, so lots of bang for the buck. This was definitely my favorite beer here.

I also tried (in sampler-size amounts) and enjoyed: rasberry mead ale, sunset red ale, holiday cheer, novemberfest, chocolate thunder porter, pacific pale from tap, and pacific pale cask conditioned. I tried the pacific ale cask first and was really pleased with it. An astoundingly good ale with excellent hop aroma. This time of year I like to concentrate my drinking interests on darker beers, but this was definitely a standout that I could not ignore. I ordered one on tap because i thought the co2 bubbles would bring out the aroma even more. I was wrong on this effect, maybe because the beer was served a little too cold. Still good, though i preferred the cask a lot more. The chocolate thunder porter was a very good beer, my only disappointment being that it had a little too much alcohol for my taste (6.7%, which technically is fine for a robust porter). Being a little higher in alcohol, I would not be able to sit back and drink too many of these in a row.

I ordered only beer-battered onion rings with jalepeno ketchup, but the portion was large and they tasted really great!

The thing that makes this place so great is that it is in an ancient stone tavern, with low beam ceilings, and fireplaces and dark corners. A really cozy feeling that makes you think you are back in a different era. I love it when historical buildings are preserved in this way. They are really treasures. Their were some locals at the bar this Friday night visit and it seemed like they were good ordinary people with a good sense of humor. A great place to visit for some dependably good brews on a cold winter night.

Beerquester, Nov 27, 2006
General Lafayette Inn & Brewery in Lafayette Hill, PA
93 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.