Market Cross Pub & Brewery

Market Cross Pub & BreweryMarket Cross Pub & Brewery
95 Ratings
Market Cross Pub & BreweryMarket Cross Pub & Brewery

Type: Brewery, Eatery

113 North Hanover Street
Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 17013
United States

(717) 258-1234 | map

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Reviews by ffejherb:
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4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I decided to check out Market Cross Pub based on the recommendation of a co-worker, so after our tour of the Troegs Brewery, we made our way down to Carlisle for lunch and brews at Market Cross Pub.

We arrived in Carlisle and were able to find a parking spot right out in front of the pub. It was between lunch and dinner, so it wasn’t very crowded. Upon entering, I noticed a warm and inviting English pub atmosphere, with a fairly large bar directly to the right of the entrance. Also to the right were three coolers, each with five shelves, stocked with nothing but microbrews and imports. There were booths to the left situated on an elevated floor, and many more tables toward the back of the establishment. We decided to set up camp at the bar, and were quickly greeted by a friendly male bartender. He was very talkative and I soon found that he had only been at Market Cross Pub for about two weeks, having recently left Chili’s (the chain restaurant). He mentioned he liked to hang out at Market Cross all the time, and he loved the place, so that was a good sign. We were promptly given food and beer menus, and after a short peruse, we ordered. The pub offered the following house brews on tap: Pub Porter, Olde Yeller IPA, Excalibur Stout and Red Ale. They also had “Naked Porter” on cask. In addition to their house brews, they also had the following guest brews on tap: Bass, Stella, Harp, Guinness, Yuengling, Boddingtons, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, Magic Hat Circus Boy, Framboise, Sam Adams Winter Lager, Leffe Blonde and Woodchuck.

I opted for a 10oz. IPA, which was served in a mini pint glass at the proper temperature. It tasted quite like Lancaster’s Hop Hog – not too heavy on the hops but a nice offering nonetheless. While my wife and our friend played some trivia games at the end of the bar, I took some notes on their bottle selection. All of the PA micros were represented, including ABC, Lancaster, Legacy, Pocono, Weyerbacher, Troegs, Stoudt’s and Victory. Other micros I noticed were Blue Point, Dogfish Head, Harpoon, Stone, Rogue, Red Hook and others. Finally, they had a very good import selection, including Sam Smith’s, Fullers, and a ton of Belgians. I mentioned to the waiter that I was surprised the pub didn’t offer ANY macros (especially since Carlisle is a college town), and he informed me that all of the macro bottles are kept hidden in a cooler below the bar. He even went as far to tell me that Coors Lite rings up as “Piss Water” on their bar receipts (not the customer’s though). Nice!

After conversing with the bartender for a bit, our food was served. All three of us ordered Cottage Pie (basically Shepherd’s Pie but with ground beef instead of lamb). At only $6.95, the portion was just right and it tasted awesome! For my next drink, I went with the Pub Porter (10oz. again) and loved it. It had quite a robust, malty flavor with a delicious raspberry finish. It was quite possibly the best porter I’ve ever had. After lunch, I decided to try a bottle of something I’d never had before, so I opted for a Stone IPA. I’ve read quite a lot of positive reviews about Stone’s IPA, so I decided to give it a shot. I poured it into a 10oz. Pint glass. It had a light orange/copper color with a nice hop aroma. The head dissipated rather quickly, and the finish was only mildly bitter. Not my favorite IPA, but still very good.

All in all, we had a fantastic experience, and I look forward to returning soon. The only negative thing I can say about our visit is that they would not let me fill up my Selin’s Grove growler, but they did sell plastic milk jugs with their house brews for $11. I’m not sure why they wouldn’t let me fill the growler and just pay the $11. Oh well. Also, our friend got a jug of the Pub Porter, and the waitress who got it for her actually tapped it into a pitcher, THEN poured it into the plastic jug. By the time she got it home, it was flat. Other than that, it was a great experience and I will definitely be back soon!

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3.27/5  rDev -19.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.75 | selection: 2

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3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

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4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Full disclosure, this pub is in my hometown. But I'm greatful this jem is here. Laid back atmosphere, about twenty rotating beers on tap, including decent home made brews, plus huge bottle selection from all over the world. Annual round the world booklet. I would recommend for drinks or casual dinner. Traditional pub food, my favorite is Duke of Devonshire (sliced turkey with brie on french baguette). Several TVs with sports, live music, trivia night, there is always something going on. Can get crowded at times. Check out this Carlisle landmark.

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Photo of Echoesofanera
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Was at the classic car show over the weekend and decided to eat lunch at this place, it was very good and had a huge list of great beers to choose from, my chicken cheese steak and fries was delicious!

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of jhartley
4/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went here for a belated birthday late lunch/early dinner with the family and a good friend. They have a huge selection of beers on tap, ciders, quite a few of their own and a rotating cask beer every month. I had their Dublin Your Luck Irish Dry Stout on cask which was very well made.
There was only one waitress on duty and she was pretty busy.
The food was good and once we placed our orders it didn't take too long for it to come out. My friend and I wanted to hang out at the bar and have a few more of the brewpubs own beers, but time did not allow for that.
Typical bar food and decent prices; a lot of sandwiches and a fairly large entree menu as well.
Definitely going back when we have more time. Carlisle is also a great town to walk around and check out the stores and shops.

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Photo of beer2day
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Located on the main drag down the middle of Carlisle. Pretty easy to find and on-street parking was plentiful on our Friday night visit.

Multi-room setup with decent sized bar area. Disappointed in the number of house beers (2), but had quite a few guest taps going.

Food was a little lower in quality than anticipated. Good soup, but my wife's salad was disappointing. In all fairness, though, probably not the place to worry about a salad. Food came out quick and was appropriate for the price.

Service was attentive and cheerful. Can't ask for too much more.

Overall, glad we stopped and would probably go again if in the area.

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Photo of cps98
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Great place to grab a bite and brew. Really good bottle list. They used to have pint night every other tuesday where you bought the pint and kept the glass. If you plan on visiting more than once start a beer passport. You have to drink a set amount of beers usually around 100 over the course of the year. They break up their whole bottle list by country and you try to drink one per country. Great place to try a bunch of different stuff. The food was always really good normal pub fare. The crab dip is to die for! The prices always seem very reasonable. I would suggest this place to anyone traveling through the area.

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Market Cross Pub & Brewery in Carlisle, PA
Brewery rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 95 ratings
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