Sprague Farm & Brew Works

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

22019 US-6
Venango, Pennsylvania, 16440
United States

(814) 398-2885 | map

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Added by WVbeergeek on 07-05-2006

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by Deuane:
Photo of Deuane
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Located in Venango, the town in Crawford County not in Venango the county which is located a short distance to the southeast....confusing to the ignorant!

Located in a restored and renovated barn on the Sprauge's 60 acre farm this building is a tribute to ingenuity, creativity and the skills of folks who know how to use their hands and minds to create!

Large space inside this vaulted ceiling barn with unique tables down the center the bar and kitchen area along the one wall with the rather large stage tucked into one corner. An inviting "smoking lounge" area is secluded in the corner opposite the stage.

The Sprague's offer a large number of interesting and attractive glassware for sale. From 8 ounce, old fashioned milk glasses, to handled half-gallon milk jugs to German flip top growlers.

Six hand crafted beers were available and while this usually warrants a 3 from me I bumped the score up a half point due to the location and the fact that Brian is a one man brewing machine. Prices were very reasonable with pints being $3 ($4 for the IPA) and a cool sample platter served in mini mason jars that was 6 beers for $7.

Food was limited but enough to keep you satiated. A couple of sandwich, wrap choices, numerous side items and unlimited free hot popcorn. We had some munchies ordering half dozen oyster shooters, being raw oysters in a shot glass with lime juice and hot sauce. Also, we had an order of the mini-kabobs, which turned out to be small skewers of summer sausage, cheese cubes, olives, topped with a hot cherry pepper.

Being a friendly and talkative group I feel we almost always receive good service....well, Minnie and Brian went above and beyond. What I assumed would be a visit of an hour or so turned out to be a 2+ hour stay! From enjoying the beers on tap, to grabbing a bite to eat, to a personal tour of the brewery works to cracking open a 40+ old pony bottle of Koehler Jack that Brian has nearly a full case of....collecting the bottles and they just happened to be full! It didn't smell very good but amazingly tasted like a light vanilla cream soda!

We left as the band was setting up for the night and it looked like a good, floor stomping time was about to occur. Sadly, we had to get to Erie for the beginning of a conference. Just before leaving and saying our good-byes we saw some plans for their outdoor beer garden (they now have a small deck) and pavilion it looks like it will be awesome. I am sure we will be back to the farm to enjoy!

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Photo of CabbageA19
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Go for the beers stay for the vibe. Almost every person I’ve taken there has left both laughing and astounded on how much fun they had.

7 pm at Spragues feels like midnight at a raging kegger. Great music, better than great ownership in Brian and Minnie- interesting, eclectic, good folks and building/ grounds of the estate!!!!!!

Ohhh and the beer described by one of my friends on her first visit “ a quick trip to crazytown”

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Photo of edthehead
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of heddar33
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Muss42
3.76/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of SiepJones
4.24/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped here while doing a brewery tour around Meadville.

V - Laid back. A farm out in Venango, PA. The bar is inside a barn which is decorated with tons of old beer memorabilia. Live music inside, with plenty of tables and chairs to sit at. You don't have to hang around inside if you want as you are free to wander the farm. People were hanging out all over the place: In the barn (which was pretty crowded), on a large deck outside of the barn, in the yard playing cornhole, etc.

Q - Beers are good with several different styles represented. Most of the ingredients grown on the farm. Did not eat while I was there.

Ser. - Bartenders were very nice and helpful as we selected which beers we wanted to try. We ordered, the IBUD 59, Ale Mary, and Hellbender

Sel. - Ten beers on tap. Various 32 oz. cans for take out. Several food and snack choices.

F - I didn't eat here but what I saw looked good.

O - This is not your average brewpub. A fun place if you like beer, and live music. Would be great for large groups.

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Photo of Mofunky
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Great atmosphere - selections are interesting - always something new. Owners are very special people. Open 4 nights/week - regular live music.

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Photo of kkdowning
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of ZachDow7
5/5  rDev +25%

Great place, great beer, and great owners. They grow alot of their hop and barley haul on their farm. The man building a side barn as well that features different beers on tap than what is in the main beerhalla/and a second stage that features live music thursday-saturday. And their annual "MAN UP DAY" is a beer event that could compare to the best of them.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3/5  rDev -25%

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5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of BirraMicali
4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Have visited Sprague Farm & Brew Works on several occasions as I travel through the area for business.
I find SF & BW quite unique in many respects. First is the location. It's in the middle of nowhere, quite literally. A brewpub in a barn surrounded by open fields. It's a nice, relaxing setting.
Once inside you'll find a warm glow brought on by the combination of wood floors and ceiling, some stained glass and copper accents on the walls. The ceiling is tall and arching, and the space features a large stage off to one corner. I find the regular live music engaging.
The food menu is limited, but good quality. The kitchen generally closes about 8 pm, so get it while you can.
The beers are well crafted, and they always seem to have 6 to 8 draft lines pouring at all times with a combination of regulars and seasonals. Local wines are offered by the glass for those so inclined. Prices are very reasonable.
There's a definite "local" vibe, but that's understandable given the rural location. I have found the family and staff personable and engaging. Even the musicians are approachable while on break.
Outside the barn is surrounded by a deck with chairs and benches, perfect for enjoying nicer weather and looking out over the fields. You'll also find a variety of chainsaw carvings around the property, as owner Brian is a renowned chainsaw artist.
Overall, I highly recommend this brewpub. If you can find it, it's definitely worth the stop.

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Photo of apr3940
4.64/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Without a doubt one of "those" places you just have to visit. Whether you enjoy the smaller brewpub atmosphere, or a more main stream micro brewery, Spragues offers a unique and friendly place to enjoy friends and flavor. I've never had a bad experience, or a bad beer. And it's pretty cool that you will almost always see Minnie and Brian walking around talking with everyone.

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Photo of SudsTerkel
4.6/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

I just made a 2nd visit to SF&BW, having been there in 2009 while visiting family nearby. At the time of my initial visit, the renovated barn ["Beerhalla"] which serves as the tap room, dining and performance area was still in process and I recall too, that the Spragues' license wasn't yet final and they were offering samples of their work on a pro-bono basis. I'm happy to report that all of the heavy lifting has been done the barn's been transformed into a very appealing venue to enjoy the Spragues' good works. They've also added food to their offerings, which I didn't try on this visit. I did have a very tasty rye-style IPA, a robust amber and a grand Scottish ale which all pointed to the Spragues continuing commitment to quality beer in addition to providing a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

While it's off the beaten path, you will be well rewarded by making a stop here when your travels take you to Northwest Pennsylvania.

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Photo of tommyguz
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Sprague Farms is a nice brewery located in a woodsy area outside of Meadville known as Venango. The building is really awesome. Its an old barn and they built a newer building which is their beer hall. They also do a lot of Wood working and wood carving outside the brewery. Pretty cool stuff. Great atmosphere.

The building inside has room for sitting and has a little stage for music acts. The newer beer hall is twice the size of the old farm house with a bigger stage.

It is a cool atmosphere and the head brewer / bartenders are always willing to talk with you and are super friendly. Cool place.

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Photo of drperry11
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Located in a rural town in Northwestern Pennsylvania, Sprague Farm and Brew Works is fantastic in terms of atmosphere. Upon entering the establishment there is a huge tinsel beer mug sign that is attached to Sprague's silo. I find Sprague's great for a warm summer evening as the barn can get really warm during these months. The scenery is great, last year my friends and I were on the back deck and saw 3 or 4 whitetail deer which reminds me why I love being in this area. The barn contains a very rustic look with old beer signs and a comfy area to sit. They also have bands on certain weekends.

The beer is reasonably priced at $4 for a pint, but the selection is not vast. I think their menu contains 5 or 6 beers in all. They also serve wine, which I know nothing about the selection or quality of. The food is restricted to cheese and meat trays and other appetizers and small sandwiches. They have been expanding the kitchen but as far as I know, do not offer dinner type selections.

Sprague's atmosphere supplemented with a warm NW Pennsylvania night and good friends have value that far exceeds their price of pints and not so huge selection. If I was to have a friend from school ask me to take them to get beers, Sprague's Farm and Brew works is where I would take them without a doubt.

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Photo of thrillofthebeer
1.25/5  rDev -68.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 1

Have been there several times since it opened, going downhill fast. Beers have gone from average/good to poor. Cloudy, thin & cheap tasting, as if quality isn't important anymore. The atmosphere there has turned into something akin to a Hillbilly Family Reunion. If you are not friends or family of the owners then you get the stare down when you walk it and a real cold shoulder when it comes to service. They are only open Thurs-Sat 4-9 pm so it has turned into more of a "private drinking party" for the owners and their groupies. Regular customers are not important anymore. The music is now limited to the Bands which are personal friends/family of the owners (Brian & Minnie Sprague). Save your money and go elsewhere.

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Photo of Kolsch
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Stopped here on our way up to the 2009 Erie Brew Fest. It was also their grand opening of the Bierhalla, which now classifies them as a brewpub on BA.

Atmosphere: Large half moon barn opening with wooden trusses across the ceiling. Very rustic looking but very new as well. Wood carvings throughout and recommend walking around to see everything. Very nice indeed.

Quality/Selection: They had roughly 7 beers for the grand opening. They had a Pale, IPA, Wit, Dunkle, Porter, Brown & Scottish Ale when we were there. Had a plastic cup of the Porter, Brown and Dunkleweizen. The Porter was the standout amoung them. Excellent example of a Coffer Porter. The Dunkleweizen was good as well but the Brown was mediocre at best.

Food: Did get a Pulled Pork sandwich since that was the only offering that day. They will offer food but the menu will be very limited.

Service: Here is where things fell apart. Since this was a Grand Opening, they were charging $5/beer in a plastic cup. I thought this was steep and a bit greedy considering the regular price is $3/pint according to the sign at the bar. I understand this was a grand opening but a better way would have been to charge a "Cover" and keep the regular price for beer. Also, I did initially receive a hard time when I asked for a sample. The guy seemed irritated about this and said they don't normally do that. If I am spending $5 for a plastic cup of beer, then I damn well want to try it before I buy it.

Value: Since the regular price is $3/pint that is very reasonable & cheap. Growler prices were a bit steep though at $15. Better off buying 4 beers and pouring into your growler.

Overall: I really liked the place, though I was a bit turned off by the Grand Opening. If I am ever up this way again, I will edit my review if warranted.

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Sprague Farm & Brew Works in Venango, PA
Brewery rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 96 ratings