The Drafting Room Taproom and Grille


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The Drafting Room Taproom and GrilleThe Drafting Room Taproom and Grille

Type: Bar, Eatery

635 N Pottstown Pike
Exton, Pennsylvania, 19341-1677
United States

(610) 363-0521 | map

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Photo of madmanjf
3.6/5  rDev -17.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I stopped off to kill time here on my way to Victory Fall Fest.

I gave this place a low score on atmosphere. At the risk of sounding mean, it just didn't have anything distinctive to it. It resembeled a no-name place that you'd expect to see attached to a Days Inn or something equivalent.

The beer selection was nice. They had approximately 16 tap lines of all micro/craft beer along with a beer engine. My disappointment with the tap lines was unique to me. I'm from upstate NY and most/all of the beer available on tap is readily available by me. So I wasn't intrigued by anything I couldn't get back home. I was hoping to see something I can't get in NY but that just wasn't the case. Something from Erie or Bells would've been nice to see. Instead I saw a lot of NY beers instead of PA-Locals (with the exception of Troegs)

The bottle selection was impressive. They had three floor-to-ceiling coolers with glass doors behind the bar; with ~ 85% dedicated to bottles. It was something you'd expect to see at a really good micro-brew distributor store not at a bar. So this was nice to see and very unique.

I had a burger like I usually do in most places. It was reasonably priced, and a really tastey aged-cheddar on it and was served on a hard roll.

Given the other beer bars in the area that I dind't get to, I probably wouldn't return here without checking out the competition first.

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Photo of AltBock
3.9/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The Exton Drafting Room is located on the north bound side of Pottstown Pike. If you're approaching this place from the south, then you have to do one of those jug handles. Luckily there's one at the next intersection on Marchwood Road. This Drafting Room is located in a small plaza on the far left side. There's not much in this small plaza. I believe there is an insurance salesman, a floral shop, and a bank. There are 4 doors to this place, but only 3 of these doors will let you gain entry in the Drafting Room. The 2 on the far left are for the dining room and the door that has the big sign pointing to it will lead you into the bar area. The door next to this door will lead you into their utility closet. Why they have an outdoor door to the utility closet is beyond me. The bar area to this Drafting room is relatively small. The bar area houses a curved wooden bar that can sit up to about 15 customers, a few tables by the window, a tiny sit down bar in the middle, and some flat screen TVs along the walls. Also in the bar area is a large chalkboard on the right side of the wall. This is where they list all of their draft selections. I didn't get a real good look at their dining room, but from what I saw, it was classic looking and it reminded me a little bit of the one in Spring House but smaller of course.

I don't have any gripes with the service here. The bartender that I had knew their beers, they knew how to properly pour the beer, and they were always there when I needed another beer. There's really not much more you can ask for from a good beer bar. I guess they could hand out free beer and free food, but that's more like a dream than real life.

This is one of those places where instead of handing you a food menu with pages, they hand you a board with a white piece of paper on it. I guess that means that they have a rotating menu and not a stale everyday menu. I know I have to stop comparing this place to the one in Spring House, but I feel that I must. They basically had the same food choices here as the other Drafting Room. On that day, I wasn't all that hungry, so I opted for the goat cheese salad. The salad was made with spring mix lettuce and topped with walnuts and a big brick of goat cheese. I enjoyed this salad. There was more than enough goat cheese to go around.

Now for their beer selection! They have a total of 14 different rotating craft and imports on tap, one cask, and well over 100 different craft and imported bottles. The day I was there, their taps consisted of Jever, Left hand Polestar, Bell's Two Hearted Ale, Stoudt's Fest, Victory's St. Boisterous, Ommegang Witte, Heavy Seas Red Sky, Duck Rabbit Brown Ale, Flying Fish Dubbel, TDR 14th, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Sly Fox O' Riley's Stout, Amstel Light (for the masses), Lindeman's Pomme, and Sly Fox's 113 on cask. For the bottles, they were mostly the brewery's flagship beers with maybe a seasonal or an uncommon beer here and there. As an example, they had Brooklyn's Local Two and Bell's Hop Slam.

In the end, the Exton Drafting Room can make for a great place to just sit down and sip on a fine craft beer. I know that nobody cares, but I like the Drafting Room in Spring House better. That's because it's closer to me and I they have a bigger and better tap selection. They don't have the bottle selection there, but their tap selection makes up for it. Even with those facts, I would still come back here.

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Photo of koopa
3.94/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped here today for the first time for the Fresh Hop Festival. Not too sure why an establishment would wait nearly 2 months to serve fresh hop beers, but I was in the area so that didn't deter me.

Atmosphere: Located in a strip mall, the left side has a pretty decent sized dining room and the right side has a fairly small curvy bar with a few high top tables along the right wall. The bar side is fairly cramped and the event today made it busy enough to accentuate that fact. There were about 4-6 outdoor tables in the front which were a real bonus on an unseasonably warm day like today. The major drawback was that they face a small and busy strip mall parking lot, but I'm still glad that outdoor seating was available.

Quality and Selection: Other than a couple of the "special" kegs being tapped today, most of the list was fairly standard for the area. Still lots of good regional choices, but it seems like the taps wouldn't be good enough to draw people with more than a 20 minute drive to this place. At least not with so many other comparable or superior spots in other nearby neighborhoods.

Service: I didn't really stay very long and didn't eat any food, so I can't give the most in depth review of the service. The waitress who approached me at the outside table was friendly and attentive though. I couldn't really gauge her beer knowledge but I'd be surprised if it was high.

Food: The menu looked very tasty and the prices were OK. A bunch of regular customers at the Station Taproom in Downingtown raved about the food here so I'm thinking that is probably the main draw of the Drafting Room.

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Photo of maybrick
4/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

TDR in Exton is a great place to enjoy a brew and eat some quality food. The beer menu constantly shanges for draft selections. The management has been doing a "beer Stye of the Month" and apparently has been well received. Draft styles and choices are diverse and tend to be more regionally available but also include brews from Europe.

Sunday Brunch buffet is a very good value for the money. Includes eggs to order, carving station, cold shrimp and smoked seafood.

There is a regular bottle line up and the Big 3 are available for the non-initiated. Could be a great palce to bring your friends that want to learn more about good beer and pairing brews with food.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The drafting room is a nice little bar in the Philadelphia suberb of exton, PA. The atmosphere is very sports-bar-like, making this place a great place to catch the big game. The quality of the beers seems to be very good, as they have tapping dates for kegs *and* casks on their menu. The service was fast, friendly, and attentive, but nothing mind-blowing. The selection was nice, but can be boring. About 14 beers on tap, with 5 "usual suspects" as they put it, lindemans framboise, 1 or 2 Belgian-style ales, and 6 or so local micros. They have a "beer style of the month" listed on their menu, and this month it was Belgian style ales. However, all this meant was that 2 or 3 belgian-style ales were on tap, one being Flying fish grand cru, and the other being the already mentioned Lindemans! I opted for a fresh(ish) cask hop devil, and a pint of good ole' Sierra Nevada Harvest. Both were good pours that arrived in nice shape. The food was decent, and well priced. Erica and I opted for a Belgian beer (which beer!?) and cheese fondue that consisted of melted swiss, provelone, and mozzarella. Twas good, but the bread it came with was a *bit* too hard for my liking and the fondue was *very* rich.

Bottom line: A great place to catch the game (awesome Monday night and pint night beer specials are here), and a few fresh brews.

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Ah, the secret in getting a seat for weekend brunch is to get there before 12 noon and sweat it out until you can order beer. Round about noon the place was a beehive. Glad we got there early.

One of those "strip mall gems," they had 10 taps and a cask, and a thorough bottle list seductively displayed in glass refreigerators above and behind the bar. Nothing I hadn't seen before, but still a really good bottle selection. And they rotate - 240 kegs last year, they had already gone through 84 when we were there in March. Go there for the taps. Go frequently if you can.

The decor is kind of blase (maroon walls and 80s hotel art) but hey, the brunch makes up for it. All you can eat, good stuff, custom omelettes, pastries galore, and a "Rutger Hauer Lookin' M**** F****" serving you ham and roast beef with an evil sneer. If I a) hadn't had to drive and b) hadn't consumed my body weight in beer at 3 brewpubs the day before, I could easily reach an immobile state of toxic satiation here. If I lived in Exton I'd have brunch here every weekend. Service was ok, waitress didn't seem to have too much beer knowledge but Rogue Oyster Cloyster was on tap so it didn't matter much....

Bruch was reasonably priced (but I guess everything is when you leave NYC), don't know about dinner though.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The Drafting Room has it all.

On one side, its a restaurant, that does a great brunch and is awesome for dinner and lunch as well. On the other side, its a bar/pub with an excellent tap and bottle list. When its warm out you can sit outside on the limited seats out in front.

Atmosphere is as good as it gets for what is essentially a strip mall beer bar. The menu is great and the dining room is a cut above pub food.

Service and quality are both great. Bartenders are friendly although the beer knowledge varies.

Tap and bottle selection is excellent! Its PA so you can also get all those great bottles to go!!!

I love this place and go there whenever I am down in the area visiting family.

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Photo of Erix
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I have to say I'm biased towards this place. This is where I learned good beer. A rather large selection of bottled beers, and not too bad with the draft list either. They always have about 7 or 8 pretty standard beers on tap, such as Bass, Guinness, and Harp, but then they have another 7 or 8 that change constantly. This keeps the selection fresh, with something new being tapped every few days. The atmosphere is definitely yuppyish, and my friends and I do not fit this mold (being a bunch of scruffy long hairs.) Despite this, the staff is very helpful and friendly, and someone usually knows something about whats on tap. The food is pretty good, with decent lunch deals, but its the half price drafts from 4-6 weekdays that I love. If you are around the area, make sure to give this place a try; its pretty much the only bar in the area with a decent selection. Being 15 mins from Victory and Iron Hill West Chester is a bonus too.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Visited 10.1.11 with some friends who live in the area, came highly recommended for a place for pints. We went here after Victory's brewpub.

A simple pub feel, in a strip-mall sort of place. But I could tell from one glance at their glass-fronted coolers that this was a winning beer place. Tap list was fairly short, but saw some good Weyerbacher and others on there. Bottle list caught my eye and I ordered a Russian River Redemption. It was served with a stemmed glass, nice, but it wasn't too clean (lots of finger prints/smudges). That's ok, I just quickly polished it with my napkin and went to work. While I was drinking and talked I noticed a few beers in the coolers that weren't on the menu so I took a walk up to the bar, read the chalk boards, talked to the bartender and perused the cooler doors, selection a Troegs Perpetual IPA ($11/22oz). It was served with a cold footed cocktail-like glass, which I forewent in preference to the stemmed glass from before (I hate frozen glassware).

Good service (didn't test their knowledge but they were very attentive and friendly!), and a damn fine selection of regional beers and Russian Rivers (Consecratiom, Damnation, Redemption, Supplication and Sanctification - $13-$22/375mL). Fair prices too, that goes a long way with me!

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Photo of greybeerd
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Came to town to visit Victory, but we were too tired to make the trip from our hotel after traveling all day. So we decided to try this place - having heard about it but never been there. A happy choice. A great selection of beers on tap that we had never tried before, including a hoppy Fancy Pants Pale and the Weyerbacher Quad! Hop Devil on cask! And a tasty Black Sun Stout. For very little effort, we had a great evening, good food (a great dessert selection) and even the Flyers on the tube. Definitely a comebacker.

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Photo of KenDog
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I've been stopping here a few times a month for 2+ years while on business travel. The food is usually very good, although I've had a couple of "misses," but nothing worthy of discouraging a visit. I'm a beer lover, but a novice w.r.t. styles and nuances. As such, I've appreciated the staff's knowledge and willingness to explain subtleties and to provide samples. The selection rotates rapidly, but they do have a large list of usual suspects. Worth the visit if you are in the area.

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Photo of ark57
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The Drafting Room is an excellent place to spend the night. They have great dinners and their selection of beer is wonderful. I would reccommend reservations on most nights for dinner because it does get very crowded. The have a good selection of beers on tap that usually include some local brews from places like Victory and the Sly Fox. Their bottle list is also impressive boasting some Trappists like Achel, Westmalle Tripel, and Westvleteren 8 and various local micros. It's not the selection that they have at Monk's, but very few places can compare to that.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped by here for a west coast brewery promotion, been here once before. It's kinda a hike for me but I did it in the name of BEER.

Looks very similiar to the now defunct TDR in springhouse, in feel, decor, and setup. There is a hostess station up front leading into a dining room area to the left, more dining to the right and a bar area going down two steps. It's a classy beer bar.

Good up keep on this place very inviting and crowded, at least the bar area, it's quite small and packed to the gills. The service bar station seemed to be overrun with patrons so I guess speed on drink delivery is hindered. I would love to come here when it's dead. Clean glasses, clean (great) beer, clean floors, Bathroom was alright.

Service was speedy to a point, even on a very busy night, my dranks came with ease. Server was pleasant. The bar was offering tastes of 06, 09 double bastards which she quickly grabbed.

A very respectable collection here in the not so philly suburbs. A great bottle list that I did not have time to look at because of the insane tap list. I had supplication, sculpin, oggi's hop juice a captains sig off a firkin and a lil sumpin sumpin.

Food was really good, I liked the execution but portions were small as shit. Did it ever occur to these bars that if they gave some more food out portion wise that I would drink a bunch more beer, it's not rocket science. The chesse did hit the spot though.

I like this place, I wish it was closer.

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Photo of Gavage
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

While staying at a hotel on the Rt 113 & 100 intersection, the question was to drive to Victory or Sly Fox as we usually do, or finally hit the Drafting Room. Since it was late, we decided to hit the Drafting Room figuring we would try something different.

Pretty easy to find with directions, but it is buried in a strip mall so if you aren't paying attention you could miss it. Upon entering we notice a large a dining area, but opt for the bar. The bar is quite small, only about 10-12 stools, a small counter table, and two high tops. The bar was packed which I found surprising for a Wednesday evening.

A large blackboard lists the selections, and a beer bottle menu is available upon request. 208 unique beers have been served on tap as the sign states. The bottle beers are very prominent behind the bar. About 13 beer were on tap ranging from some staples as SNPA, Sly Fox, and Victory, but there were some unique offerings like Troegs Mystery Pils #2, Rogue Imperial Porter, and Sly Fox Palisades IPA. Beers were fresh and tasty.

Service was a bit slow, but knowlegable. But it was very crowded too. We did not try any food.

This is a great beer bar anyone travelling through the are must hit for at least a pint before hitting the brewpubs in the area.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I went down to the Drafting Room in Exton w/ BitterBeerFace and Mughugger for the Baltic Thunder release. Walking in the bar side noticed the draft tower and beer cooler prominently displayed in a somewhat small eating/bar area.

The selection is pretty darn good, with a plethora of local beer -Victory had several beers featured that day and the menu is even divided by locals and Countries for ease of ordering. The service was pretty good considering the crowd the Baltic Thunder release brought to the place. We were checked on frequently and everyone was friendly. A member of management even replaced a dish when asking if everything met our satisfaction.

I found the food to be just above average since some items were great and others were ordinary. The atmosphere is better than average for dining and bar atmosphere w/ nice decor and some of the big beers were displayed on the mantle to get your attention. I enjoyed the cheese plate shared and the flight offerings very much.It was fun to meet many other BA's like: Phatz, gottajiboo2, Beer Island, etc. also. I am sure I will be back to the Drafting Room.

edit-I have visited the Drafting Room several times since I continue to be impressed with the commitment to craft beer - ex. West Coast Beer night and brunch brought harder to find stuff like Pliny and Racer X, SN Chico IPA.

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Photo of dbatch
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

My first weekend off from tax season, and I wanted to check out a new place, so I met my friends for a few. When I walked in, I was confused, it looked more restaurant than beer establishment. But I was lead to the bar, which was on the smaller side, but then saw the coolers full of beers from all over. The beer list was impressive, as was the knowledge of the bartenders. It was IPA month, and they had Gordon Oskar Blues IPA and Hop Devil on cask. I also had my first Weyerbacher Simcoe IPA, which was fantastic. The list was extensive, a lot of locals such as Victory, Troegs, Sly Fox and Yards. There was a little taste of everything on the beer list as well, from Ales to Wheats to Stouts. For the size of the place, it was amazing they had that many on hand.

For dinner, we sat in the restaurant area and had a nice meal. I ordered the bacon wrapped sea bass. Not bad, but a little dry. Overall, I'd highly recommend going.

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Photo of bmills1608
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place has a relatively small bar area and a larger room for the restaurant. The food is pretty good, leaning a bit towards fancy-shmancy. It can get pretty crowded on Friday nights. The crowd is usually predominately 30's and older.

As far as beer selection goes, it is rather good. I think they try to get a cross section of beers from several countries and American regions. Check the homepage link for a breakdown of what's currently available on tap and in bottles. Malt Advocate's John Hansell hosts whiskey tastings (and possibly beer, not really sure) from time to time and Victory Brewing is a couple miles down the road, so they always have fresh Victory products including Cask conditioned HopDevil. Tap rotation is very good and seems to be constantly changing. Always good micros from around the country.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was out at a charity event in Malvern, and having finished earlier than I expected, I thought, well I have to be close to the Drafting I care that I'm alone? Negative. I'm thirsty and I hear wonderful things about this place.

Pretty easy to find on route 100. Small crowd in the dimly lit bar area on this particular Monday evening, so I was able to get a seat at the bar. Three different TV's going in the area, and it was a big night for sports: an NBA game 7 and Sox/Yankees. Perfect. Upon checking the chalkboard listing the draughts, I noted Sierra Nevada Torpedo. Obviously I'm going with that...but alas! The keg kicked an hour prior to my arrival. About 10-12 other draughts to choose from, with what appeared to be over 100 bottles behind the bar as well, sorted by country. Nothing mind numbing, but I did inquire to the very friendly wait staff if they had anything new,rare, etc...and of course they had the Weyerbacher Simcoe Double IPA, which I promptly would have...but after I finished my pint of SN Pale Bock first. SN was well represented on the taps on this particular night: Pale Ale, Pale Bock, Bigfoot (wish I wasn't driving!), and the kicked Torpedo. Locals and regionals represented nicely, with some of the "usual suspects" (Guinness, Harp, Bass, etc.), and a cask - HopDevil this time around.

Food ran a little bit pricey, and thankfully I was only a little bit hungry, so I went with the wild mushroom soup, absolutely delicious, and a blackened chicken sammie that was very tasty, though with a bit too much bread. Tasty selections though.

What really impressed me was the bar staff. My waitress Heather was friendly, quick to chat and discuss beers, sports, whatever...and was knowledgeable about the beers on hand. Very relaxed crowd; started up a conversation with a guy next to me, drinking a Corona, who was very interested in my choice of the Weyerbacher (never heard of it; there's so many beers here; 9% ABV?!). I'll certainly be back to this place when hitting up Victory and Sly Fox this summer. See, it is possible to enjoy a bar when you show up alone...and you've never been there...and it's Monday.

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Photo of slander
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

How did I miss this place? This "totally on the way" place. This "you practically pass by it" place. This "you just miss being able to see it as you hit the Pottstown Pike intersection" place? Yeah, it's on the way to Sly Fox from Victory, you ain't kiddin'...
Split between 2 rooms with separate entrances, there's the "this room" where the bar is and the "other room" where the dining thing goes on. The bar is "S" shaped, marbled topped and seats upwards of a dozen, with 5 bar tables (2 high and 3 low) lying adjacent and a marble bar island seating 4 in the center of the room. There's a flat screen over the bar in the corner and smaller TV's in the other 3 corners. Burgundy lowers and beige salt & pepper uppers with a lit pink ceiling (I don't care what Phil says, they're not pink lights, that's a pink ceiling. We got the waitress to turn the overhead lights off. Guess what? The ceiling's still pink). CD juke box against this wall and to the left of it are some blackboards, with the current drafts and their tap dates listed on one long horizontal board and "big beers" listed on another.
15 taps over 2 towers. Some good local and regional micros (Troegs Troegenator & Rugged Trail Brown, Appalachian Broad Street Barleywine, DogFishHead Snowblower, Cricket Hill Hypnotic IPA, Brooklyn Pils), and beyond (Avery Old Jubilation, North Coast Old Stock '03, Grant's Deep Powder), token Belgian Lindeman's Framboise and a group of beers termed the "usual suspects" (Guinness, Harp, Bass, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Amstel Light). Hey, they've got a cask and it's... Sly Fox Centenial IPA. Oh, and, uh, some large coolers behind the bar with a whole lot of bottles, well over a hundred but fewer than a gross. About 2 dozen Belgians, a dozen termed "local flavors" (DogFishHead, Victory, Weyerbacher, Troegs, Heavyweight, Yards, Heavy Seas, Flying Fish), micros, macros, and maltos. Some big bottles and bombers in there (Allagash Curieux, Piraat, Stone 8, Double Bastard, Avery, Chimay). You can get growlers to go from here and they do a Monday night mug club.
Service was attentative, pleasant and responsive to my "mo' water please" requests. Going forward, if I'm driving the clown car by this part of the day, I'm definitely stopping here...

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Photo of mgbickel
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped by here in conjunction with a visit to Ron's. You can enter through the dining area or the bar. I stayed in the pub area, which houses a few tables and a "Z" shaped bar. There are a few TVs showing local sports and a touch screen game at the far end.

They offer a lot of bottled beer which is in coolers behind the bar. They have a number of beers on tap which are explained in great detail in the menu. They seem to have a nice variety of locals, domestic craft, and imports. I decided to go with a Brooklyn Cookie Jar Porter.

The bartenders were both knowledgeable and attentive.

This is a very cool place to grab a beer. It looks like they keep things up to date and get some hard to find brews on tap. I will stop in here next time in am in the area for sure!

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Photo of Tucquan
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I'm a recent convert to The Drafting Room as it is about an hour from my house. Their Hopfest on 2011-03-12 was the draw.

The barroom is reasonably sized and there is a big dining area. It's in a strip mall so it isn't as impressive as say the Full Sail brew pub perched over the Columbia River Gorge! I sat at the bar.

There aren't a ton of taps but each one was a winner on this day, including Hopslam, Green Flash Imperial IPA, Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger. The bottle list is impressive and they are on display in coolers behind the bar. 50% discount for takeout bottles except those marked with an asterisk. I got a mixed sixer to go.

Even though it was very hectic for the Hopfest, service was very knowledgeable and friendly. Big props for this.

I had a very nice meal; well prepared and served quickly and piping hot. Tasty.

Stop in if you can.

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Photo of weeare138
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere in the Drafting Room is slightly upscale with nice, clean tables and decor with an occasional beer bottle decoration, or two. The bar area can get crampy at times, especially during sporting events or weekends. The dining room is the preferred choice if you don't need to be standing, or if you are going to eat anyway.
The quality of both the food and the beer is always top notch with an occasional slip up here and there but nothing to harp on about.
The service is always attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable about the beer and meals.
The selection of beer is nice. They have 10+ tap choices and a cask. They always seem to have the hard to find stuff too, so check out their web site.
The food is great. My personal favorite is the brisket. The crab and corn soup is also a treat. Check out the Sunday brunch some time too.
Many of the items can be on the pricey side but considering the area (Exton) and the quality, it's safe to say that you get what you pay for...not to mention all the great beers, including a huge bottle list they have.

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Photo of winetrdr
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I've eaten here twice, once in the bar and once in the restaurant. I'd give the atmosphere of the bar a higher rating than a 3 but the restaurant looks way too much like a bad hotel eatery.

The bar area is small and gets smoky easily. A blackboard on the wall shows the beer selections and the food specials of the day. The beer menu at the table is as well done as I've seen. I wish more places would follow their lead. Full descriptions with ABV. They focus on a region of the world and recommend a beer from there. They also add the date the keg was tapped and a running total on how many kegs they've gone through all year.

My guess is they'll always have Victory on since it's right down the road. Sly Fox seems to be another favorite as that's also about 10 minutes away. I could live on those 2 breweries alone. Last time I was there they had a great Lancaster Alt that I was expecteing decent things and got great things from.

Food was great both times...wings, Philly Cheesesteak in Phyllo, Ranch Chicken's all been great. I highly recommend this place followed by a trip to Victory for a few more beers.

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4.38/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is currently my favorite place to have a pint. Each month they have a few examples of a specific style on tap, as well as a few other "random" brews (typically seasonals), and of course "the usuals". The bottle selection is certainly ample, although I would prefer they had larger selection of beers brewed in the Tri-State area. It seems to mostly consist of Belgians, along with a patchy representation of stuff from the western US. Not that this is a bad thing. When asking to look at the bottled beer menu don't forget to ask for the Big Beer List. It usually has 5-7 higher alcohol beers not listed on the regular menu. There is limited seating in the bar area that could be increased with better use of space, but most nights there's plenty of seating available due to small crowds...a big plus in my book. Beer is not the Drafting Room's only attraction, the food is superb and a semi-good deal. Last time I was there, they had ostrich on the menu. I would have tried it if I wasn't a poor college student. Ostrich ain't cheap.

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4.38/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I entered a review for this place a few weeks ago but it was lost in one of the site crashes so here we go again.

I never really heard of this place until recently but decided to make the trip out there from Philly because of an impressive tap list.

My wife and I went there for dinner but waited in the bar area until our table was ready. The bar area is small but has plenty of seating. The bar is L shaped with few stools but there is a small island that has ample seating as well as high top tables in the back. Behind the bar there are about four or five coolers filled with bottles and on the side wall there is a chalkboard with specials and draft list. The restaurant section is very nice looking but still casual.

The service was very friendly and knowledgeable but there must have been something going on in the kitchen because it took at least 30 minutes for each course to arrive. Although it took this long for each course the food was still at the correct temperature and our server was very hospitable.

The quality of the food and beer at this establishment are excellent. They have everything from very casual gastro pub food to full entrees. Also, the selection was very impressive. They had a very large bottle selection, broken down by country and about 12 taps. Some of the beers available were Lost Abbey Angel's Share, Port High Tide Fresh Hop and Cask conditioned Nugget Nectar all on draft!

Overall I had a great time here and am looking forward to returning many times.

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The Drafting Room Taproom and Grille in Exton, PA
4.38 out of 5 based on 71 ratings.
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