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The Brewerie At Union Station

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Type: Brewery, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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 by beergod1:
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3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of heddar33
4.32/5  rDev +21.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Photo of Chackman151
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Craft_Imperial
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

Photo of AJmon13
4.21/5  rDev +18.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of yergermeister
2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of McMatt7
4.16/5  rDev +17.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of J455K
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
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 -22.5%

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 BigRizz62
4.44/5  rDev +25.1%

Photo of Shandycan
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of jdh5113
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Sebz33
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of HoppyBastard1
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of bcgeiman
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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 tommyguz
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of sliverX
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of apr3940
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
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 +11.3%
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 -3.4%
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 -24.5%
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 -17.5%
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 Fezfreak
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
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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