Bullfrog Brewery

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3.77/5
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PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(570) 326-4700 | map
www.bullfrogbrewery.com

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Reviews:
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PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
149
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
8.15%
 
 
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0
Bottles/Cans:
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Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 79 | Ratings: 149
Reviews by PopeDX:
Photo of PopeDX
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stop 4 on the magical mega central PA 2 day brewery tour, and the last of day 1!

A figurative hop skip and jump from Abbey Wright in the heart of Williamsport, which is a great city if you happen to be in the year 1925. As I hinted at in my review of the aforementioned neighboring brewpub 4th st. is one way east to west. And right next to the police station, which I failed to mention. So be careful. It's right across from a big theatre, which I think is the only real culture for 100 miles around save the 20 small colleges in that range that put on "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in the fall and a more risqué modern play in the Spring. Fie! Huzzah!

The brewpub itself is very nice on the inside. The brewhouse is on your right just as you walk in, which I suppose makes it very hard to brew while they're open. Tanks are behind the spacious bar. 7 brews on tap, we get the sampler. The smoked porter was the real standout, maybe better than Stone's. Another real good one was a Belgian/American pale ale hybrid that reminded me of something Scott Morrison would do at McKenzie's.

We're really not that hungry, but the food that's coming out looks good. We split an order of the mussels. The broth they were in was really good, super garlicky...but they weren't cleaned very well and were overcooked. I guess I should know better than to order shellfish in a town so isolated from the outside world that they get one radio station (according to my buddy who went to nearby Penn College for 2.5 years).

Service was fantastic, very prompt and pleasant. Got a growler of the smoked porter to go. We left and went to find a hotel, figuring it's not June, finding a hotel in Williamsport won't be hard at all. Go a couple of blocks away to the Hampton, she says everything is booked except for the Genetti, which is the tall building in town. Some sort of convention in town plus kids sports. Having worked in different hotels and studied the industry on the graduate level I'm always wary about places that aren't part of a chain, but it was AAA listed so I figured it couldn't be too bad. It's a real old hotel, so the room was umm cozy but was functionable, and the menu in the elevator said the downstairs lounge had Vic'ree and Troegs on tap, like 5 beers between the two. With my AAA discount it was $80 including tax and right across from the Bullfrog to boot...so think about it if you're driving through or are doing a longer trip involving a few different places.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Swh744
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of JOTAS
3.13/5  rDev -24.9%
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!

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Photo of smanson56
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Dogleg
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of 66Indian
4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of blassor
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of barflybastard
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
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...

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Great food. Very fair proportions and booming with flavor. A good variety of styles, but some hoppy beers were kicked. 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.

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Photo of Budlum
3.96/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of micropale
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of _morandi_
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Kjbober
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Steelfan77
4.66/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Great friendly place. Brews are some of the best I've ever had!!!

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Photo of TedStrosser
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of ShanePB
3.96/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of seanchai
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of JuglashB
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of CTJman
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of QueefLatina
5/5  rDev +19.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of cp45
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Rizzy17
4/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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Bullfrog Brewery in Williamsport, PA
3.77 out of 5 based on 1,928 ratings.
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