Bullfrog Brewery

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Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

231 West 4th Street
Williamsport, Pennsylvania, 17701
United States

(570) 326-4700 | map

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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Located in downtown Williamsport, parking is a little tough as the lot next door is only for a bank. So you need to find street parking in the surrounding blocks. Fairly large inside, setup like a typical brewpub with a bar and then tabling for dining. Had about a dozen beers on tap, then bottles of their sour beers. Good variety.

Jul 24, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The Bullfrog was a neat place in Williamsport. It was a fairly large place with plenty of seating. There was a band playing neat jazz music which drew a good crowd. There was brewery equipment throughout. the quality of beer ranged from average to pretty good. The service was great. Bar keep let me try a few. They have over 14 beers on tap for their own. I didn't try the food but heard its so so.

Apr 12, 2018
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JOTAS from Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -25.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3

Stopped by on my way back home and was excited to find a brewery along the way. Headed into town and was excited to try out the brews. Had the sampler of the beers that were on tap. Nothing very memorable, all of them pretty much seem to meld together.

One that did stand out was the Blackberry JuJu, had that as my main pint for the evening. The food while looking good was pretty much bland. The onion rings were a bit oily and lacked salt. The pork schnitzel was good but again it lacked salt. The potato pancake that came with the schnitzel good, but lacked salt.

The mac & cheese with bacon was on point and was tasty. The roast beef melt was actually quite tasty so not all the food was bland. Overall, if you're looking to spend money on a local place I say try this place but don't expect a huge wow factor.

Buen Provecho!

May 03, 2016
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66Indian from Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This place is our family favorite of all the breweries within 100 miles!! The beer is outstanding to me as they fit my palate well. The Edgar IPA is my favorite of them all!! Of all the brewery's I have been to, to many to count, this IPA is in my top three. The Edgar IPA is equal to Newport Beach Brewery's IPA. Both outstanding!! Food is always good here as they use local grown product for the most part. It is worth the 3hr round trip to visit Bullfrog!! To me, a must stop place for all you hop heads if you are in the area.

Jan 03, 2016
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

The Mighty Bullfrog! Home of the funkiest beers north of the Susquehanna. This is a classic, small-town brewpub. Reminds me of Jackie O's in Athens, Ohio, but dirtier.

It smells like a brewery right as you go past the door. The tanks behind the bar are cool, and there are hippies everywhere. We were there on a Friday night and they had live music. Pretty good band, but kind of annoying too. I'm here for the beer!

10 taps: Baltic Porter with sour cherries, IPA, Stout, Funny Farmhouse Cider, Red Ale, Aggro Wheat, Sacre Blue, Old Gold, Farmhouse Apricot... of course you expect more from this renowned brewery. I guess I wanted to walk in to 25 taps and a million different sours, plus bottles. But... not too bad.

The Old Gold sour was stunning and hit all the right notes.

Will I come back? Yes, next time I am in the area. Would I make a significant detour to visit Bullfrog? Probably not, considering their beers are distributed on draft in Philadelphia...

Aug 31, 2015
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brother_rebus from Maine

4.4/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Great food. Very fair proportions and booming with flavor. A good variety of styles. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. A couple beers were run of the mill, a few were very good, but nothing distasteful. Overall a very cool vibe; sweet custom made bar top earing trays, handcarved tap handles, cool decor / plant life, and crankin dead tunes all day. Great spot.

Aug 25, 2015
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Budlum from Maryland

3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

The exterior is rather unassuming, but the brew kettle is immediately visible to let you know that you have found the right spot. The bar is small, maybe 12 seats, with a full row of fermenters working in the back. I believe I counted 12 taps and there were 9 different beers available during my visit. All beers were available for growler fills. Unfortunately, I do not believe any bottled beers were available for on-site consumption or take out. The food was great, fresh, and very well matched to their beers. The staff were friendly and courteous without becoming over-bearing.

Aug 23, 2015
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JuglashB from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Huge interior with tons of seating. Was here for the Grrrz release so it was a bit of a sh*tshow. Fairly decent number of tap lines, lots of sub-par beers.

Awesome that the owners are cool with opening it up for bottle shares during the Grrrz overnight camp.

Jun 12, 2015
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J-Rye from New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

I found this place through a happy accident while travelling home from visiting family. There was a live jazz band playing on the particular Sunday I went there. The beers this place brewed were very creative and bold, but well balanced. The bartenders gave nice tastes to help you decide what you wanted to drink. The burger I had was fantastic. I wish this brew pub were in my neighborhood.

Apr 26, 2015
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Ninkasi-SW from Canada (ON)

3.03/5  rDev -27.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Although the selection seemed great. The bartender was extremely difficult when i sent a beer back (which I almost never do). The beer was a saison which is my favourite style and i know it well. I would have been fine to write it off as an end of the keg issue but he he gave me a hard time. There was no head which means no belgian lace, hust a hint of citrus, no spiciness and no carbonation. I wouls have passed it off as one of those things but the bartender daid there was nothing wrong with it. Food was good but the arrogant attitude was too much.

Mar 21, 2015
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Lucular from Maryland

4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Visited on a Monday afternoon. My wife and I decided to come in because of all the sour/wild beers they had on tap (two Flanders Oud Bruins, two saisons, and even a wild yeast-fermented hard cider). The seafood mac-n-cheese was better than I expected. Can't argue with a beer sampler of seven pours (probably 4-5 oz. each) of any seven beers for $8.50. Our server was generous with providing us samples of the final two beers we hadn't already tried. We're looking forward to going back!

Feb 17, 2015
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DrDietz from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

I try to stop in here once every few months. It has never dissapointed. The beer, atmosphere, food, and service will continue to draw me in. Don't expect too many typical brews here. They leave ordinary behind. This is one of my favorite places to try sours and really different brews. If your anywhere near this place STOP BY!

Sep 17, 2014
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ski271 from Pennsylvania

4.86/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

January 27, 2005
Ah, the Bullfrog. Such fond memories for me. It was my hangout back when I was in college up there in Williamsport from '96-'98. The food is fabulous, the beer is consistently good with some real gems, and the place is gorgeous! For being crammed downtown on the main drag, they really did a great job setting the place up. With the big copper tank at the entrance, the gorgeous bar, fermenting tanks visible behind the bar, high ceiling, and relaxed casual atmosphere, it's just a place that I feel comfortable. The food is wonderful, huge selection, and it has everything from unique cuisine to bar food. Then another draw for me was the nightlife. They consistently brought in wonderful unknown bands, lots of jazz. I still listen to my Wayne Horvitz and Zony Mash CD I bought after seeing them for free at the Bullfrog Halloween night '97. Great time! And that's the thing, they'd rarely charge cover, and when they did it would only be like $3 to see an amazing band. I know a lot of the staff left the Bullfrog to come down to my town (State College, PA) and open Otto's, but it was good to see that the Bullfrog is still making tasty brews and excellent food and bringing in the killer jams! One of my favorite brewpubs. If you're ever traveling along I-80 through PA, it's worth the detour to stop in.
July 25, 2014
Stopped by there today. It has been over a decade, and some parts of the town have really changed.... not the Bullfrog. They did change brewmaster, but they still have great beer! Still a wonderful place!

Jul 26, 2014
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GJ40 from North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I stopped by for lunch before a flight out of Williamsport mainly to sample the Veritable Grrrz. The atmosphere is fantastic and the crowd fits well. The beer list had some interesting options but I had to have the Veritable Grrrz and then after rewally enjoying it, another. It was fantastic! I had a burger and fries which were decent but nothing special. I really enjoyed my visit and will certainly go back.

Jul 17, 2014
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Docrock from Illinois

3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

Tried several beers. Nice offering of 7 separate samples of 4 oz pours. Beers were all average with Edgar IPA Being the best. Actually the Cider was the best offering. Food and service were both very good. Not much happening on a Tuesday evening, lots of empty tables and the music was a bit loud for the amount of pele that were there. Don't go out of your way bit if in Williamsport, it's. Ah sort walk from many of the hotels..

Apr 30, 2014
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crag from Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This place is off the freak'n hook worthy of brew pubs found in larger cities. Great vibe - eclectic. Jazz musicians playing by the front door invite you in. noise level is high but that's because this place is alive. Beer selection for you hop lovers is great. Food pairs well with beer and the service albeit swamped is friendly and helpful

Mar 18, 2014
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x_Khalix_x from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Attended the Et Tu Brut bottle release. The place looked great inside and the staff was very friendly. The event was organized well and it did not take long for everyone in line to get what they came for. In the midst of it all I was even able to get to the bar and have a growler filled in a matter of minutes even with everything that was going on. Overall I was impressed with Bullfrog and will be returning. The only down side was that they were out of the Edgar that I had been looking forward to trying there, but they had said it would just be a few days. I look forward to going back.

P.S. I have seen a few people asking questions regarding whether or not they will fill other growlers that you bring in, and the answer is yes, they do.... As of 10/4/13 anyway... If you look at their website it also says that they will take other growlers in trade as well, which I thought was pretty cool.

Oct 05, 2013
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OWSLEY069 from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Rolled in on a Wednesday evening. Kind of narrow and long, but a cool set up nonetheless. When we got in there, it was a bit hectic due to a band playing. They were on a break and the staff was bombarded. Once we got a table, and the staff got everything together it was ok. 10 taps, only eight available, but not complaining at all. Food was really nice, had the crab dip and a really nice Cuban sandwich with garlic fries. Beers were great, food was great, service, a rocky start but they picked up the pieces and were really cool. I thought the prices were fair for what it was. I would definitely go back, and I will!

Aug 30, 2013
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GlenRockJohnZ from Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

My wife and I were up around Williamsport on a sightseeing trip and drove by this place and thought it would be good for lunch. It was not. It was outstanding-had a great lunch and some great beers (Edgar, Coq Fight, the stout, Ham & Cheese-yeah, it's a beer) and a good time with Josh the bartender. Atmosphere was great, sound system was pumping Jamaican, and the food was bangin'-we liked it so much we went back for dinner and trivia, met some great folks, service was spot on...can't believe there's a place like this in Williamsport, PA. Our visit was 7.09.13

Jul 17, 2013
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dscolemonade from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Excellent food and beverages! In general, the atmosphere is excellent... it can be a tad noisy at times but often the Bullfrog has stellar live music. Prices are incredibly reasonable for food. Beer does seem a bit pricey but if you find something you like it is certainly worth it ($5/beer).

Jun 24, 2013
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pcsnyder from Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -32.5%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.75

This place gets talked up a lot around town, but I really can't for the life of me see why. You walk in the front door, and it feels cramped, since they have small area for bands to play right by the front door. The main room is kind of long and narrow, with the bar stretched along the left wall and brew tanks behind the bar. It's a nice appearance. There's more seating further back, but I don't think I've ever been back there.

The service was slow, and our server wasn't very welcoming. I felt like I was interrupting her day, and I don't like that vibe. A lot of the clientele seemed hipsterish, and I heard a lot of them talking amongst themselves about how good their beer was. I was less than impressed. The only decent beer I got in my sampler flight was the Edgar IPA, and even that was middling at best. I certainly wouldn't have gotten a full pint of it. Honestly, my homebrew tastes better than the swill there.

Nothing on their menu seemed really appealing, either. It seems like they're trying to cater to a higher end customer base, like you could expect to find around major metro areas, but in central PA, that element is noticeably lacking. The area is largely blue collar to middle-class folks who want a nice steak and a decent beer. (Note: I just looked up their menu, and it seems a bit more down to earth than when I ate there a few months back. However, I think the Mushroom Asparagus Strudel they currently have on their menu demonstrates my point.)

All in all, my husband and I have tried that place close to a dozen times over the past couple years, and every single time, we walk away disappointed, feeling like we've spent too much money on food, beer, and service that was subpar at best.

May 07, 2013
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.26/5  rDev -22.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

After hearing talk about the place for so long, I finally decided to give Bullfrog a try, following a rather impromptu Selin's Grove visit. Located in an average-looking building on an average-looking street in the somewhat average-looking town of Williamsport, Bullfrog seems, from the street, to be a typical city bar, even going so far as to have a Bud Light banner on their front door. That kind of threw me off from the start. But I walked in anyway.

It's a pretty simple setup inside, bright and roomy, brewing tanks in full view. There is a good-sized bar and plenty of dining space, and a small spot for bands to play. Not really my kind of place as far as atmosphere goes, and the crowd wasn't too appealing either.

As far as beer goes, I was pretty disappointed. Everything was mediocre at best, basic and uninteresting. General word-of-mouth got my hopes up, I suppose. They did have a pretty good selection, and a good range of styles, but after a sampler flight, there was nothing I really wanted a full pour of.

Service was okay. Our bartender was quick and to the point, but was also very curt and standoffish, and didn't seem to display any discernible knowledge of the brewery and its products. He kind of just furthered my overall opinion that this was more of a neighborhood bar under the guise of a brewpub, than an actual brewpub or beer destination.

The food was good at least. The menu was decent with some interesting options in addition to basic pub grub. I took the simple path and got the jumbo BBQ wings, and they were actually pretty amazing. Overall prices were not bad.

I wouldn't really recommend this place to anyone other than locals. I like to go to Selin's Grove about once a year, and despite Bullfrog being an easy ~35-45 minute drive away from there, I can't say they have anything to offer that would have me revisiting.

Feb 13, 2013
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5/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

One of my favorite places. The beer selection is fantastic - usually 7-10ish beers on draft, also a great selection of spirits. Pub atmosphere, also one of the premier live music venues in the area. Lots of locally sourced ingredients on the menu - beef, bread, pork, greens, veggies, even coffee & tempeh. Also a good selection of vegetarian & vegan options.

Feb 09, 2013
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

After being lucky enough to try Beekeeper, Bullfrog has always been on my beer radar. (Can we just please make that beer again? Please??) The setup on the inside is larger than I was expecting and without many frills; or without them entirely, really. There is a pretty wide selection of beers to choose from with some of their bottlings on the side in a cooler as well. Food was alright. Seemed like the standard brewpub type of menu. It was nice to be able to make a stop here to check the place out.

Aug 30, 2012
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CliffBrake from New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped here on my way to VA last Sunday night.

Big open pub with the brewery fully integrated with the bar and restaurant area. I felt like I was sitting in the middle of a brewery as much as I have in any brewpub. The gurgling bucket air-locks just behind the bar were a great background to the other sounds of people having fun and enjoying themselves. There was also a very nice neighborhood feel. I could see frequenting this place if I lived in the area. Although traffic was a little light on this frigid Sunday, there was live music, which was quite good.

Good selection of beers of a wide range of styles. The beers seem like good examples of some of the typical styles you'd expect to see at a brewpub, and experimental examples, of varying success, of some more unusual styles. My impression was that some of the ratings and reputation of this pub were achieved under previous brewmasters, one of whom has a brewery across town.

Service was friendly, if not very knowledgeable about the beers. Food was quite good - nothing very unusual, just fresh, well made and well presented.

Feb 21, 2012
Bullfrog Brewery in Williamsport, PA
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