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General Lafayette Inn & Brewery

General Lafayette Inn & BreweryGeneral Lafayette Inn & Brewery

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 //

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

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Photo of Katahdin
2.1/5  rDev -49.5%

Highly overrtaed with average food, below average beers and above average prices. Stay away or bring tons of gold!!!

The quality of their beers needs to be improved. I last had the Fugazi. . How do you create a Lager out of a blend of Ales ... you don't. Their Mirage tasted more like City water than an amber ale, and their Paul's sason was one of the worst interpretations of a Framhouse Ale I have ever tried.

They wanted $9 for a cheeseburger and extra if you wanted fries. The wait staff was very unattentive.

Katahdin, Nov 12, 2009
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.


beertwisted, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of Chinon01
3.3/5  rDev -20.7%

I've been a regular at The General for maybe ten years. The atmosphere is warm dark spacious and friendly. The American Revolution period history of the place very cool. Service is always friendly and efficient. Great people. The food to me has always been disappointing so I rarely eat there anymore. I recently had their new flatbread pizza. It was disappointing as well with the crust like a cracker, uninspiring meat and absent tasting cheese. The beers have been better too. I recall the Chocolate Thunder stout being better. It now has an undesireable tart flavor which dominates. Their ESB recently had a similar tartness. The Pacific Pale Ale and Sunset Red Ale are still solid though and they have decent guest beers from Sly Fox and others. They feature two cask beers which is nice as well. They also installed flat screens which were sorely needed to replace the CRT sets they had before.
There are several new casual restaurants in the Northwest that have a clear edge on The General in all areas save atmosphere and service. My advice would be that they've done a great job with the guest beers and flatscreens. I'd suggest though that they get all their beers back to where they were and foodwise to invest in doing one thing great. Right now there is nothing that I go to the General for in regard to their food.


Chinon01, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of thefireman
3.35/5  rDev -19.5%

Great old place located on Germantown Pike on what was once known as Barren Hill. Very old, historic building. If you like beer, this place is real nice. The rasberry mead is great. Good selection of brews on tap.

The food, however, is quite expensive. What do you expect in the Plymouth-Whitemarsh area. That would be ok if it had any taste. Bland, cold, and just plain small portions. The service was not the best, either.

If you like good beer, by all means this is a great place. If you're looking for eats, move on.

thefireman, Oct 28, 2004
Photo of Sammy
3.51/5  rDev -15.6%

Not many taps, and a smoking and non-smoking side. Most of the action was on the former, and they seemed challenged and testy in serving a moderate volume of clients. The inside has an interesting unique history, but you have to research it elsewhere. Some high A.B.V. selections, and several written warnings not to overdo it, maximum 3 points of these. A long drive, but not a complicated one, to a deep suburb in Philadelphia, which we did not mind on a beautiful night. Lots of free parking out here.

Sammy, May 12, 2005
Photo of mhatters
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%

The bar in the basement is nice - dark, three connected rooms with a bar in 2 and nice comfortable chairs in the 3rd. The rest of the place is kind of sterile - similar to where a wedding reception would be held. The run 6-10 of their own products at a time, some a quite good, some are just OK. Friendly staff who can easily get overwhelmed as this place does get crowded. Their Abbey Bruin and Porter are particular favorites of mine. Well worth the trip, a nice way to spend a rainy Saturday, located on the turn on the Germantown Pike.

mhatters, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of Seanibus
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%

A strange little place - a mix of history and pleasant bar-like squalor. The interior is warm and welcoming, but clearly rundown (the recent cable TV show talking about this as one of America's most haunted inns definitely made it look tidier than it is). But still, it looks like a well-worn watering hole. The day I visited, I found the service friendly but spotty - one bartender dealing with the entire bar dining area. It wasn't crowded, but he was obviously a bit stressed by the experience. The food was basic, clean and tasty and offered at a reasonable price. The beer, however, is the reason to go - it's not perhaps the best beer in the world, but its creative, interesting and drinkable - the very mild Mirage Belgian Pale Ale, weighing in at only 2.7 ABV, was the hit - it is dense and flavorful far beyond its near-beer alcohol content. Well worth a trip out to this place. But we never did see a ghost.

Seanibus, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%

During a visit to the in-laws, we made a stop at the General Lafayette.

A: The place is a converted old farmhouse that is high on charm. There are several dining areas, including a semi-private room that our large party was given without question.

Q: Food was decent, service was not, beer was. Basically a zero-sum.

Ser: Service was slow at best, completely inattentive at worst. During a full meal in which you could expect 3 or so pints, I got one and had to beg three times to get the vintage beer listing.

Sel: They offered 9 house brews, an additional on cask as well as a true jewel, a vintage beer listing from which I chose a 2003 barleywine that aged nicely.

F: Food came out somewhat bland, with my meatloaf lacking any personality and in desperate need of some spices. Sausage and cheese plate was also just okay.

Follow-up: As a result of the Winterfest and the 275th Anniversary celebration, food makes a big jump from 2.5 to 4.0 and the overall quality jumps from 3.0 to 4.0.

akorsak, Aug 20, 2006
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 leftmindedrighty
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%

Went there Friday night to see a friend's band, Downtown Harvest. Great Band, but thats not what this is for is it?

Got banged for a $5 cover charge, but that happens when they have good live music or some other special occasion. Great selection on tap, the number was around 8-10 different house made beers.

The highlight by far is the cask conditioned ales, Their cask Pale Ale is some of the best beer I can find fresh locally. Its too bad they won't fill growlers of their cask stuff, but thats normal and you can't subtract points for that.

Good place to visit if your local or in the area, but try to go on off nights (or during the day), Friday and Saturday night brings in a crowd, and makes it a little more difficult to enjoy the beer without being distracted to go party down like its on sale for $19.99.

leftmindedrighty, Oct 22, 2006
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General Lafayette Inn & Brewery in Lafayette Hill, PA
93 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.