Allentown Brew Works

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BEER AVG
3.69/5
Allentown Brew WorksAllentown Brew Works
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

812-816 W. Hamilton Street
Allentown, Pennsylvania, 18101
United States

(610) 433-7777 | map
www.thebrewworks.com

Notes:
In 2010 the beers from both brewpubs will be called Fegley Brew Works brands, though the names of the brew pubs will remain the same.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-11-2007

BEER STATS
Beers:
66
Reviews:
634
Ratings:
2,337
PLACE STATS
Score:
86
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
91
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.11%
 
 
Taps:
12
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 91
Reviews by Durge:
Photo of Durge
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Having been to the sister location in nearby Bethlehem I could see some similarities, but generally, contrary to the other reviews, I tend to like this one better. It may be unfair to judge this based upon one visit on a quiet Monday night, but I found the bartender (Dennis) and other employees milling about to be friendlier and more helpful then I recall in Bethlehem, though granted, there wasn't much going on to distract them as I experienced in Bethlehem. I had three beers during this visit, all were good, none great, though the Hop Explosion was better than average. The food (chili & the buffalo chicken salad) was very decent, no problem there at all though it seems you might need to be careful what you choose according to what I heard in conversation. This is a big place with four floors (!) right in the heart of the downtown Allentown area, just a block away from the Holiday Inn on Hamilton Street if you are visiting from out of town as I was. The atmosphere is dark and fairly moderne trendy but not offensive by my take. I was comfortable. There's a constant stream of good music with a few well placed televisions. The variety of brews is pretty solid although I was disappointed to find that they were out of the barleywine this night. Dennis threw me a free round along with a free bottle of water for the walk to my hotel. A few folks sitting at the bar around me were very friendly and chatty (good to have met Griffin, Mr. Mug Club, growler king and member of the unofficial/official Allentown Municipal golf league). All in all, it was a real enjoyable visit and I will be sure to stop here again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of zekeman17
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of mikr
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

I know it sounds weird, but I've been wanting to visit Allentown for the longest time. Mostly for the art museum, which has an original Frank Lloyd Wright library... so the wife and I finally made it to this not-so-pretty, rather-ghetto town on a Saturday night. We had a hotel in downtown, and Fegley's was a couple of blocks down from our lodging.

What an odd jawn. It is like a nightclub and sort-of-trendy restaurant (completed with bouncers and dance tunes) that happens to have a brewery inside. They bill themselves as the "largest restaurant in the Lehigh Valley". OK.

We were there late on a Saturday night and the bar was sparsely populated. They have 14 taps with a bit of every style produced by Fegley's, plus around 17 bottles with more Fegley's stuff. I'm sure you'll find something you like here; I personally go for their Triple IPA and their bourbon-barrel Imperial Stout if it happens to be on tap... but they are not the most exciting brewery around. I did have a nice, super-tart two-year-old Berliner Weisse.

Service is fine and the brews are good and fresh, but I don't dig this joint's weird vibe.

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Photo of TheNakedStiletto
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

Photo of JMS1512
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of tim007007
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Salt-n-Beer
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of schroeder1200
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of GreenMind
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of lamb0176
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Beastcpa
4.54/5  rDev +20.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of jhartley
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Stopped by on May 24, 2015 for dinner with the family. Nice and inviting atmosphere with a nice look to it. Our waitress came over quickly to take our drink orders and I had the Time Bomb IPA, while everyone else had water or soda. The beer was just tapped at the Allentown and Bethlehem locations on May 21st, so this was fresh and I added it to the website as well! Our waitress was more than helpful; made a couple of suggestions and was patient while we decided on what we wanted to eat. There are plenty of food and drink selections to choose from, to fit all appetites and preferences. I had the newly added fish and chips, which the beer batter was made with the brewpubs own amber lager, the 2 pieces of cod were HUGE, looked a little over-fried but were excellent and the fresh cut fries were delicious too! The wife got the grilled chicken sandwich with cheese (she enjoyed it), oldest son chose the Iron Pigs pulled pork (named after the local AAA minor league baseball team of the Phillies: Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs; which is also served at Coca-Cola Stadium) we has to stop him from eating it too quickly! Our daughter got the mac and cheese; it was fantastic and our youngest son got a cheeseburger (his usual), he ate the whole thing quickly too! The desserts were great too! Chocolate cheesecakes made with the house porter! Creme brulee for the wife and I and an ice cream sundae to round it out for the youngest.
The check came and we thought the menu said that kids eat free on Sunday's from 4-6, The waitress told us it was for "mug club members" and asked us if we wanted to sign up; which of course we did! Which was really helpful!
Definitely gonna head back again some day!

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Photo of XsoldoutX
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Went to Allentown BrewWorks on May 24th, 2015. Our bartender was Kyle and dude was pretty awesome. I had the bean soup and the nachos w/ guacamole and enjoyed both. Sat at the bar, which had 4 or 5 large tv's with various sporting events on. Thankfully, I don't live in Allentown, but if I did this would easily be my go-to place. Excellent vibe inside, liked the place so much I bought a t-shirt.

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Photo of Abeevee
4.88/5  rDev +29.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Outstanding family brewery, you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of DaveHack
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of craigdb
3/5  rDev -20.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Extremely average experience and food quality has slipped since it was opened.

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Photo of beermeister9
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Paul432_1
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

Great quality beer selection, but very pricey. You'll pay for the vibe

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Photo of Wenhodav
4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Great Beers and good variety. Kid friendly environment too.

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Photo of Irishbeerdrinker
4.44/5  rDev +17.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great food and great microbrews.

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Photo of NJBeer265
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of ncarter5889
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Keystone
4.5/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Jake_eff
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2.75

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Allentown Brew Works in Allentown, PA
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