The Brewerie At Union Station


Type: Brewery, Eatery, Store

123 West 14th Street
Erie, Pennsylvania, 16505
United States

(814) 454-2200 | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-24-2006

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 35
Photo of J455K
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

I loved this place. Great house beers plus lots of other locals and food was great. Service was a little slow But it was st patricks day and crowded so I can excuse it a bit. Over all a great place to stop.

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Photo of madnismo
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Good local beers and nice place, BUT the service was terrible and rude. We only asked her 3 questions which she didnt know the answers to, but every time she would roll her eyes and say YUUUP... also we had to ask for glassware..

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Atmosphere- This is a really cool place. A brewpub that is the old Union Train Station in Erie. Do you know how many beautiful places like this (i.e. Detroit and Buffalo) are sitting abandoned and rotting? What an awesome way to preserve a piece of history. Once you enter the lobby the main dining room is to the left with all kinds of cool old train station stuff. In warmer weather they also open the upstairs back patio up which was the old boarding station. There is no train stop here anymore-but only a chain link fence separates you and freight trains flying by.

Quality and selection- The beer wasn't really impressive. Kind of disappointing given the atmosphere. Their beer isn't BAD or anything-its just really lackluster. Fortunately, they do have a number of guest taps from other local/regional breweries and some are hard to find. I believe I had Voodoo cowbell after sampling all of Union Stations offerings.

Food- We had a variety of appetizers and the food was really good. No complaints.

Service- The bartender was very nice and helpful. She also pointed us to the top floor so we could check out the old boarding area.

Overall- This is definitely worth a stop-but mainly because its a brewery in a historical building that is very well maintained.

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Photo of apr3940
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Great atmosphere with a lot of history. Always enjoyed going and talking with the crew about the beer, and the industry. Great location in Erie, and easy walk from downtown. When you go, make sure to try the seasonal beer on tap. Definitely a stop in Erie if and when you go through.

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Photo of SudsTerkel
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I hit [email protected] will in Erie while visiting relatives. I used to live there and I was impressed with what lengths the proprietors of this establishment did to utilize the street level space of the former New York Central Passenger station, which laid dormant and neglected during the AMTRAK years.

The beer? Well executed on all fronts. I had the Hopness Monster IPA which came from a fresh keg upon my arrival. It's a true British style and was a welcome and rich drinking experience. I also opted for the Amber which provided a nice balance after the hops blast of the IPA.

For eats, I opted for the Cobb Salad, which was generous and competently prepared. The service was a little spotty; it looked like they had several large graduation parties to serve but overall it was okay.

I wouldn't hesitate to return on my next visit; this establishment is a real plus for Erie which suffers from a plethora of lookalike chain eateries and just plain crummy bars offering little more than the "yellow fizzy stuff."

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Photo of DWolf
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Housed in an old train station, the atmosphere is unique. It's both cool and cold (as in cavernous). It depends on where you are seated, in other words. The servers and service and the food really make this place. They were quite friendly and accommodating of our kids who we had in tow. If you're hungry, go here. If you're looking for some delicious craft beer ... eh. The Brewerie beers are average at best. After a few of their beers, we stuck with the guest taps. And, now I need to write about thirty more words. So, in sum, food and service good. Beer lacking. Oh, it was very reasonable in price I thought.

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Photo of gws187
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

The Brewerie is a nice place with a good atmosphere and has a pretty cool interior. They also offer a large amount of specials, which is the only reason why I went there; the night we went the beers were $2 each once you purchased a $5 glass. The beers that I tried were all very sub-par and tasted like somebody's first homebrew. All of the people I was with enjoyed the beers and food, but they also enjoy Coors Light and McDonalds. I plan to avoid this place in the future but if my friends really want to go I would go along, just because the beer is inexpensive. They do have a good selection of bottles, but they are rather pricey.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
2.93/5  rDev -16.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

The atmosphere is the best part about this brewpub. Tall ceilings, woodwork, stonework atmosphere can not be beat. I am sorry but it goes downhill from here. I have tried a number of their beers both at the brewpub and at brewfest. I am sorry but most are sub-par. They just miss the mark. The menu is limited and okay at best. Service is just okay. I don't mean to slam the place, I just wish their beers were a little more noteworthy. The thing is they have guest taps that often include Sprague Farm brews which are great beers. The 3 berry weis is my favorite Brewerie beer.

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Photo of beergod1
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I have only been there 2 times...both "Special Event's" I had great time's there, but disappointing too.

The Home Brew there was average to below average, the ryepa was really good, but the other 8 beers I tried were all....ehhh. A couple beers at an international beer fest I went too, I didn't want to finish, and left them at the bar. the food was ok the beer was ok. Atmosphere blew me away and will give it another try. I hope service will be better then other reviews in here.

I don't like giving below average scores on any place I visit, so I will be back with an update...hopefully soon. Cheers

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Photo of Fezfreak
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Visited for lunch on a weekday earlier this month. The building is mind blowing! They don't build 'em like that anymore - which is one of the reasons it still stands, while other, more recent ones fall apart.

As per the routine, I had a few samples from their roster - but with an eye firmly planted on the IPA, in this case - the Hop Ness Monster. Sure enough, the IPA won out, and before long I was quaffing down the fine, hoppy nectar and enjoying every bit of it.

They had just opened for lunch and so the bartender was stuck doing a lot of ancillary things but the service did not suffer. In fact, I'm gonna go against the grain of previous reviews and say my service was great.

My food, a Union Burger with American Cheese, arrived hot and was delicious! (Unfortunate update: I no longer eat meat, pork or poultry in restaurants unless it is local and grass fed) Up to this point I was a rather road-weathered musician in need of sustenance, and I'm happy to report that the Brewerie at Union Station fulfilled all my lunchtime needs!

By the way, once inside and seated at the bar (where the train station's newsstand once was), I couldn't help but try and imagine what it must have been like back in the 1930s and 40s, when there were trains running day and night, with bustling crowds of people coming and going.

I will definitely go back (actually, an attempt was made to return, but it was a Sunday - when they are closed).

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Photo of cooncat
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5

I've been to BrewErie many, many times, for fests, as well as for dining. All my fest experiences have been very positive ones. Unfortunately, all my dining experiences have been negative ones.

The atmosphere may be one of the best things going for the BrewErie. Located in an old railroad train station, it has an interesting and quaint ambience. The facility is fairly clean, and many improvements have been incorporated since operations first began.

Quality of the food is just average, imho. On more than one occasion, food was brought to our table, which had to be taken back to the kitchen to be warmed up. If you are looking for cuisine which will 'knock your socks off', this isn't the place. Mostly, you'll find the menu palatable, if you get it warm, and in a timely manner.

Service has been a disappointment. Every time I've been to BrewErie with friends for a dinner, we've had to wait a l-o-n-g time before ever getting waited on. One time we became so disgusted, we all just up and walked out. Even after you are waited on, be prepared for a long wait for your order. Better order some of their appetizers if you are hungry, since you'll be waiting for the main course. Seriously, a couple times I wanted to stand up and shout "HEY, what does it take to get waited on in this place?" Hope your experience won't be as bad.

I'd put the selection of food at or just below average. As a vegetarian, I usually had to make up a meal ordering from appetizers and side orders. The rest of the menu is pretty standard 'pub-grub'.

The food, when you get it, IF it is warm, will be decent enough. You probably won't be rolling your eyes and savoring each mouthful, but you won't get anything 'god-awful' either. Portion size is, compared to other 'brew pubs' I've patronized, smaller.

All that said, prices are reasonable, but given local competition, I don't think they could raise prices and expect to have a steady clientele.

This was a painful review for me to make, as I would have much preferred for it to have been much more positive. I can only report on what I have experience in the approximate 5 or 6 times I've attempted to dine there. (ymmv)

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Photo of tosshin
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I have only been here once, but I was really impressed by this brewpub. The building is amazing! There is a great ambiance in here.

They have all their standard brews on tap, as well as some brewpub exclusives which are pretty good. I had a very interesting Belgian style here when I stopped by.

Their service is great, my glass was never empty, and the waitress stopped by frequently to make sure that we had everything that we needed.

Their menu had some really interesting items in it. It seemed like they tried to incorporate a lot of their beer in the cooking process which was neat. Unfortunately it only ended up being average. I was not wowed by any means, but it was alright. I would order here again.

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Photo of Sleepisforthewik
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I went to the Brewerie this past Saturday night. The live music was pretty good, everything seemed to orderly. This is my second time visiting there (I went there last in early October) and the service this night was good, much better than it was the last time I went there. The waitress was very attentive and knew their on tap beers well enough that my friend (who drinks macros mostly) paired him up with something on tap that he would like (their blonde ale). As for their selection, it seems to rotate with their bottles as well as their own on tap beers. My friend and I both ordered appetizers (starting an evening of drinking) and they were pretty tasty. As for the price I think it was reasonable for the service and quality of food as well as the beer.

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Photo of armock
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

I found this brewpub on the beer mapping project. I saw that I could make it on my way to NY on my drive from TX so I took a small detour in Erie. Stopped in on a Saturday around five looked like it was just before their dinner rush as there where only four or five other small groups so far. I have to say that his place looks really cool the converted train station feel goes over very well. Straight back from the front doors you can see their small brewery setup. Our service was good the waitress had all of their beer memorized and was very kind and quick with our drinks and food. The selection wasn't all that great from what I'm used to they had six of their beers on tap then a handfull of beers from PA in bottles. I go ahead and get their sampler of their six current beers for $8 and my wife gets a pint for $5 a little pricey to me for brewpub beer. All of the beers that I tried had a weird ashy flavor to the after taste to them I would have to say its the yeast they're using because their Hefe was pretty decent and would use a different yeast. The food was pretty average we ordered some cheese burgers that were ok. Overall I don't think I would go out of my way to come back to this place the beer wasn't very good and the food was just average.

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Photo of Kolsch
3.34/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Visited Friday night right around happy hour. Place was busy but not packed.

Being an old train station, I really like the ambience of the place as it had a real 1920's feeling to it. The horseshoe bar was spread across 2 different rooms with high vaulted rotunda ceilings.

The bartenders were great as they gave samples of all the house beers. I am glad I did get samples, as they did not have even one that was worth getting a whole glass of. They ran the range from IPA, Brown Ale, Blonde, Belgian Wit and oddly enough a Raspberry Pale Ale. The style's of all the beers were way off, very watery and little flavor. The best was probably the Belgian Wit and that is being kind. Thankfully they did have guest beers on tap and bottle, so all was not lost.

They also have a pretty neat outdoor area where the trains still in come in. You can sit up there to hang out and they even had a Bocce Ball court set up. Very nice!

Did not eat there, but would like to try the food next time. I would definitely recommend checking the place out just for the atmosphere alone. Just stick with the quest beers.
EDIT...Recent visit on 5.22.09 warranted an update on the beers. It seems the beers brewed on premises have gotten better. I tried the re-formulated IPA and it was very good, so good I had two. My wife had the 3 berry hefe and it too was very tasty. I did sample the regular hefe and it was on the thin side with no flavor, so they still got some work to do. But this is encouraging.

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Photo of fireqc
2.4/5  rDev -31.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 1.5

What a bad dream when I went to this brewpub last summer (august 2008)!!

The beer sample was not very surprising and the food... Oh my god, atomics (Fremen said!!)!! I was take a reuben sandwish but beurk... Fries not cooked, bread ... ?!?!? My girlfriend take just a salad! How could you miss a salad? Even if you're a child at 8 years old you'll do better! The salad, a kind of vinegar with some peices of lettuce!!!

The sampler, was ... (prefer to not say a word)! The service? The guy who served us seem to not know much about beers and he felt "lassy"! I don't care if the guy go outside sometimes to smoke Marijuana but if you planned to go there (because you have no choice) hide the eyes of your child!

One more bad thing is the cleanliness! If you look at the berwery, you'll see the floor and the tank completly dirty. Imagine, you brew ales with [...] on the floor and over the tank! I'm not sure if you'll like it.

Was my first and last time, bad experience (I've pictures if you don't trust me!)...


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Photo of Morey
3.45/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The best thing about this Brewerie is that it is located in an old train station (hence the name). The atmosphere is very nice. The food is definitely good too. However, I was not impressed with the Brewerie's own beers. They all tasted a bit like grapes to me. Almost as if they where part wine. On my second visit, I drank a Fat Dog Stout (Stoudt's), a Golden Monkey (Victory), and a Railbender (Erie Brewing Co.). I'd recommend going with the other local Pa beers, for a better drinking experience.

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Photo of MagnusJager
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

Went here with my wife last Saturday 11/17. Managed to fall right between their two sessions of European beer fest. Had I know I would have probably planned on staying in town but with a 2 hour drive ahead of me that was a no go. Instead we had dinner and I had a couple of beers.

The setting is awesome, an old rail station with all the original charm. We had our meal in the main entrance area around 5pm. They got us seats right away with no issues. They where conscientious of the fact that the doors would be open a lot with the people coming for the beer fest and did their best to seat us away from the traffic and doors. We both got the special of the day, a stuffed pork chop with chorizo stuffing. As a bit of a pepper head I was disappointed that it did not have more spice to it. My wife liked the porkchop, but here mashed potatoes where cold, mine where a little warmer than room temp.

With my meal I had the 1 specialty beer which was marked to celebrate their 1 year anniversary. I'm not sure the style, but I'm guessing a porter, or mild. It was dark but kind of thin on body. It was not bad, but it did not have much body, or malt flavor.

After dinner I decided to try the IPA, Hopness Monster. With a name like that I was expecting something along the lines of the NY Neighbor to the East Southern Tier Brewing's IPA. Again I found the beer low in body, and in this case not living up to the name, being on the low end of hop bitterness and flavor for an IPA.

What I suspect is some learning curve for a new Brew Pub. Nothing was bad, but there is room to grow. I will probably visit here next time I am in the area or passing through. I see some potential, but it seems like they may be suffering from a bit of hesitancy to push the envelope on either the food or the beer. If you set the bar high with names like Hopness Monster, and don't come through it is disappointing.

In summary "ambition without risk". This is common with new brew pubs, as they test the waters, and the brewers gain skill and confidence in their abilities. I expect that the next time I come around probably a few months out it will most likely be better with time.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

What a cool atmosphere in the old train station, as it was largely left alone and includes all of the original features of the train station. There was some cool blues band playing and everyone in our group found it to be very relaxing and quite unique.

The menu had a nice variety and everyone enjoyed the food that they got. They had some nice beers on tap, although not a wide variety of styles. The beers that I samples were tasty, although nothing that really stood out. They did have 2 "guest" taps and offer bottles from quite a few other PA breweries.

I got the chance to meet the brewer / co-owner and recieved a nice tour of the facilities. He was more than willing to hang out and chat about brewing with me and was very open about his process and his recipies.

Overall, it was a great experience even for those in our party that could care less about beer. I would certainly patronize this place again if I ever find myself up this way again. I would recommed it to anyone visiting Erie who is looking for some fresh pints or a quality meal.

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Photo of mck144
2.85/5  rDev -19%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 1.5

Visited the Brewerie over the weekend and I hate to say I was disappointed. My visit started at the bar for a couple of beers until the rest of the party arrived. First impression was a good one; excellent building, beer tasted good and the bar tender was very nice.

Once everyone arrived we went back to our table for dinner. The menu was OK for selection. The disappointment was with the quality of the food. 3 people ordered the fried fish sandwich all of which were soggy. I ordered the special, a 20oz porter house steak. It was a miserable looking piece of meat and didn't taste for good either. The steamed vegetables were so over cooked they fell apart before I could get them on my fork. The other 2 people ordered a philly cheese steak which the said was OK. We tried to order some more beers from their draft list to find out that only 4 were available (porter, stout, blonde ale and a hef).

So far the beer was good but the food was not. Other customers that I talked to said they like the place for happy hour. Apps and drinks are half off. Seems like that is the only time to go.

Their location, building and beer quality spell success so long as the food improves. Given that I'm in Erie quite often I hope they can turn the food quality around.

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Photo of beerphan
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Recently opened in the old union station railroad station, the brewpub offers some unique charm along with the usual growing pains.

I visited around 2pm and was just about the only customer. The wait staff was friendly and i had an opportunity to meet the owner who seemed nice. The room is a giant octagon? with 30 feet ceilings and a ton of charm.

They offer a full liquor bar, four of their own taps with more soon to follow, (limited to 8 taps for now), also on tap they had a Sprague Farm Brewworks beer and some Erie brewing products. Also for sale are PA microbrews in bottles.

The food was average pub fair, no complaints.

The beer was a 50/50 proposition. The blonde ale, and the brown ale were excellent. The Amber and the ipa probably shouldn't of been for sale. Although they seemed to have the right smell and appearance, the taste was pretty much overwhelmingly alcohol after a few minutes. I took home a growler of the ipa and there is no way that it was 6.2% as listed. I'm not trying to be overly harsh here just honest. The bartender mentioned that the brewer was adjusting to the system, so here's hoping that things will straighten out. The blonde and brown were excellent though, and the brown was very full flavored and worth the trip alone. Another negative is that they were not offering samplers for sale, you can get a taste, but its hard to judge a brew with a 1/2 ounce in a plastic cup. Buy some 4 ounce sample glasses, charge for a pint, and let people actually get a taste of the selection.

They have plans for a chocolate cherry stout for valentines and a porter is also on the way. Stop on in next time you are in NorthWest PA.

edit: 5/22/07

Revisited the pub and the beer has improved. Now offering 5 regular brews and a seasonal (a porter at this time). Also, a sampler with six 5oz glasses for six bucks. Bravo!! Glad too see a place improving, can't wait to get back in a few months and see how the brews develop. Score raised.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Stopped in this past weekend with my g/f looking to sample a few brews and grab some light food. As we walked into the open rotunda/former train station area we were very impressed by the whole setup and age yet quality of the building. We ordered a lineup of samples of all their draft offerings combining Brewerie's Uncle Jackson Blonde, General McNair's Nut Brown, Erie Maibock, and Sunshine Wit, and Sprague Rustbelt Amber and Hellbender Porter. Brewing on site actually begins today (11-13-06) good luck to Burleigh the brewer and thank you Chris Sirianni for the in depth tour of all of the facilities. Service was friendly and prompt and she didn't charge us for the samples before we ordered imperial pints so I was pleased with that. This place is massive it is sectioned off into about three parts the main area is the ex train station located on the far right, and the central area is more bar/dining space, and the far left is used for wedding receptions and other banquet style activities. Brewing equipment is all visible through the glass all new fermenters lining the wall and the 3.5 Barrel brewing system was acquired from the Brew Kettle in Strongsville, OH. As mentioned earlier, Chris Sirianni gave Emily and I a tour of the facilities we even went upstairs to the haunted area where somebody years earlier fell down a flight of steps. There are plans for outdoor dining along the train tracks for this coming summer should be really cool. Food wise we just went with an appetizer (beer battered deep fried pickle spears), not bad at all and reasonably priced as a whole. Great happy hour during the week from 5-7 with half off drafts is definitely key. I can't wait to return and see the brewing going in full effect on note though the two brews they offer were brewed by Burleigh at Erie Brewing right down the street on Veshecco Drive. Selection will improve and Chris gave me the heads up on a couple of beers their planning to brew. Also Lew Bryson is much loved in Northwestern Pennsylvania, and it helps if you know of him or of him when speaking to brewers and management of these new establishements.

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Photo of DomErie
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

As you can tell from the name, Brewerie is located in Erie's Union Station which has been restored over the past few years into an impressive edifice. The main room is a large, eight sided rotunda that on previous vists can get quite loud. This wasn't a problem on this visit because the place was not very busy. Hopefully, this was because it was early (5:30). When we left business began to pick up.

Needless to say service was very attentive so we didn't have to wait very long to get served. Our waiter was knowledgable and made some suggestions, even bringing an unsolicited sample of one of the beers we asked about.

Due to some licensing problems, the in-house brewery was not brewing so the selection was limited to a blonde ale and a nut brown ale that were brewed at Erie Brewing Co.. There were three guest beers on tap from Erie Brewing Co., as well as, two from Sprague Farm Brewery that covered spectrum of beer types. One glaring omission was a pale ale. Most (if not all) microbreweries that I've been to offer a pale ale. Hopefully, one is coming. There was also a modest selection of Pennsylvania microbrews (Penn, Church Brewing, Victory, Stoudts and Troegs) available in bottles.

Foodwise, we were not disappointed. Our choice of the daily special was a good one. On this night they offered a chicken alfredo plate that was very cheesy and delicious. It was preceded by a large side salad that was almost too big to finish.

Erie is a price-driven town so Brewerie has kept the prices in the acceceptable range to keep us happy. Our specials were $10.99 and pint drafts were $1.75 As brewpubs go this one should have a bright future.

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The Brewerie At Union Station in Erie, PA
3.64 out of 5 based on 88 ratings.
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