Black Rock Brewing Co.

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Type: Brewery, Eatery

380 Coal St.
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 18702
United States

(570) 270-ROCK

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by slander:
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4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Went for lunch on a Friday with friends while out in the Poconos. We chose to sit barside, as usual. A big spacious place with the bar at one end with an extended off-the-bar tables and stools area and somewhat isolated dining areas along the perimeters. They were pouring a half dozen beers or so and a hand drawn. The best of the lot was the porter and the Anthracite Ale was very good too.
We all got a good meal there. A clean, well lit, friendly place with good beers. Pool table and video games in the back room, and they had a guy setting up to play music on a friday afternoon.

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Photo of QXSTER1
2.73/5  rDev -26.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

It's a rare brewpub that gives me bad vibes. This is one of the few that I've ever been too with no redeeming qualities. The beers, a porter and a oatmeal stout, were uninspired to a fault. No head or lace, negligible aroma and absolutely no subleties in the taste. Roasted malt and some carbonation and that's it. Blindfold me and I couldn't of told you the beers were two different styles, they tasted identical.
The food was just as bad. My shrimp came wrapped in raw bacon, my wife's French Onion soup was brown water with a few onions and some cheese melted on top.
I usually try to give the benefit of the doubt to brewpubs because I appreciate the possibility of a bad night or batch of beer, but I can't recommend this joint.

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Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This place is located in a nice steakhouse kind of building. Once inside you have to wait to be seated. It has a nice horseshoe shaped bar with a fine dining area surrounding it. It has a formal dining atmosphere in the day and early evening hours, but it turns into a happening bar at night. It hosts bands on the weekends.

The quality was good. It was a nice clean joint with an upscale feel. The food was good although it was just a step up from regular bar food. The beers were of great quality. The selection was lacking a bit (only five), but they were all very good. My favorite was their American pale ale.

The service was fine. The waiter was very friendly, but didn't seem to have much knowledge of the beers. There wasn't that many people in the place, but I guess it picks up at night. All in all this was a good day trip. The beers were good, enough said.

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Photo of stirgy
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped on by for lunch on a Saturday afternoon. Kinda inconspicuous looking place. Smelled the cooking grains as we pulled up and it smelled great (they always do). This brewpub is pretty big, but it was like a graveyard inside. I think, besides us, there were 3 other people in the place. The place is very new looking and very clean. They have a pool room and the brewhouse is next to it.

I ordered the beer sampler and was surprised that it was only $5 for seven 5 ounce samples. Nice selection of their own draft beers -with styles ranging from a light lager to an Altbier, porter and Saison. All of their beers were well made and tasty (some better than others). The Anthracite Ale was my favorite - which was a very bold and hopped up pale ale. The saison was interesting, too.

We ordered sandwiches and they were fine. Standard pub grub.

A nice place to check out if you're in the area, just don't expect too much excitement on a Saturday afternoon!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Black Rock is using a small 5 bbl system, so the beer is always fresh, and there's always something new on. Terry Hawbaker is a great brewer who's used to pumping out small batches - he was at W.T. Hackett's in Scranton on a small system. His beers are clean and very much to style, yet they have something unique about them as well! I find the pale ale to be a real teaser. It's got just the right amount of character to get you interested, but not enough to make you go "WOW"! But you just keep going for more of it until you look down to find an empty glass! He also tries some more adventurous stuff like strong ales, etc., but excels at Belgian styles. But enough about the beer. The decor does leave a little to be desired, as mentioned in the previous post. It just feels a little "institutional". But alot of restaurants have that at first. In a year or so it'll be a bit broken in with some more touches added. The service is good and the food is very good at fair prices. You could really get used to this place!

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Photo of stingo
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Our first and only local brewpub here in the Wilkes-Barre area. The atmosphere is ok, but reminds me too much of a cafeteria, though I do like the furniture itself. The brews are good to great and the list varies fairly frequently. On the whole you could probably do better, but you could also do a heck of a lot worse.

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Black Rock Brewing Co. in Wilkes-Barre, PA
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