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Allentown Brew Works

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

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

(610) 433-7777 | map

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

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Reviews by slander:
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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4


Missed my kid sister and her Bum in from the west for cousin Lauren's vegan wedding (which as the black alpaca of the family, I was not invited to), so I trudged out the next day to PA for a Labor day gathering at mom's. So long a time since I've last been home, my own family didn't even remember me. Was due out there for 3, but how's about I come out around say, noonish and we go grab a beer or two beforehand somewhere (the somewhere I already know where). Promised mom I'd have them back early enough for set up and that we wouldn't get all shitty, and off we went. Mapquested fairly short but came up longer and weren't we (mis)fortunate to have seen the scenes of blight on the scary detoured around town tour. Holy crap, Allentown is dodgytown...

Scored a sweet street spot just up the way from the big old bargain for a buck building on the block. A large cavernous space here and it ain't the half of it. A wall of windows up front with a half dozen tables below, and past there, a row of serving tanks in a pen along the far wall with a row of booths running adjacent.

To the rear, a long "C" shaped bar with a lit yellow splotchy pebble plexi panel top seating a dozen and a half off to one side. We deemed the lack of a foot rail to be "not cool". Barback is a long counter with glass front coolers in the center holding bottled selections, and 4 tiered booze below a tall vertical mirror. Rows of mugs two deep to both sides below mounted flat screens, and further out on more vertical mirrors above towers of 12 at each end. 5 raised bar tables run adjacent to the bar/dining side separator on large beams, a dozen or so booths on the other side, and more seating in a rear perch "L" above around the back and side offering views of the room. Drop blue cone lamps above the bar, brown rough walls, mounted lampage, and exposed duct work.

Elevators and staircases, I got the kind tour without even asking for it. Starting upstairs, in the High Gravity Room; a "C" shaped bar seating 13, with a good deal of seating to the rear, roughly a dozen booths running the near wall past the bar, and about 2 dozen tables riddled about. Up front, a few tables in the bar area looking over the seating in the front windows down below, and a row of alternating sized fermenters in the large front windows above. Forewent the banquet room up upstairs to have a look at the Silk Lounge down in the basement; low lit and chill, with an "L" shaped bar seating a dozen, cushy couches, and a pair of pool tables there.

Currently 10 taps on, 6 flagship and 4 seasonals. The sampler only gives you 6 served in a cog wheel but you get to pick which ones you want, so we did (And then ordered up second samplers to fill in the blanks). Starting with the flagships, the Pig Pen Pilsener was somewhat corny; the Fegley's Amber Lager, slightly malty, okay; the Copper Kettle Pale Ale, pleasant enough, not too hoppy; the Steelgaarden Wit, unfiltered, you got chamomile more than anything, and it was very tasty; the Hop Explosion IPA, at 7%, "An APA with liquid bitterness", so says the Bum; the Pawn Shop Porter, chocolatey roasty goodness; and the seasonals, Belgian Triple, at 9%, pale color, a sickly sweet mess; the Grand Cru, at 6.3%, pepper spicy weird assness, really odd and just not good; the Old Allentown Ale, an English brown, very nicely done; and the West End Red, with a nice hoppy bitterness, Cascade & Chinook. Thought the best of the lot were the Steelgaarden Wit, Pawn Shop Porter & Old Allentown Ale. They've also got a large bottle list, some 90+ offerings. Nearly a dozen and a half American micros, and just as many UK, and then just over a dozen Belgians and just as many Germans. The remainder being just too many crappy beers of the world for my liking. Amongst the American micros... Port Wipeout, Bells Two Hearted, Lost Abbey Avant Garde, New Holland, Stone, Left Hand.

Not too bad overall, but not outstanding either. Service was pleasant and gave me the tour without me having asked for it (maybe it was the red pen jotting). Held the lunch menu but never got to it as I was informed that I was expected to eat back home, which reminds me; that second sampler put us over a tad on time, we need to move.

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Photo of ogman
2/5  rDev -48.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Mediocre food. Terrible customer service. Failed to provide the beer that was ordered and made the situation worse by ignoring requests to fix the problem. Do yourself a favor and just skip this customer unfriendly brew pub.

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Photo of Stofko1992
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of zekeman17
3.84/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of mikr
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -17.5%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

Photo of JMS1512
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of tim007007
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of schroeder1200
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of GreenMind
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of lamb0176
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Beastcpa
4.54/5  rDev +17%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of jhartley
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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 +8.2%
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 +25.8%
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 +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of craigdb
3/5  rDev -22.7%
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 -3.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Paul432_1
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +21.1%
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 +14.4%
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 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of ncarter5889
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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Allentown Brew Works in Allentown, PA
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