McKenzie Brew House

McKenzie Brew HouseMcKenzie Brew House

Type: Brewery, Eatery

451 Wilmington Pike
Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, 19342
United States

(610) 361-9800 | map

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This review is based on my latest visit (7-13-07). I didn't think I would be back after the Dude was released from his duties. My wife and I were going to go to Firewaters but after being told I couldn't come in with out dress shoes on (are you f'n kidding me? it's attached to a Hooter's!) we headed back down the road to McKenzie's. As far atmosphere goes it's the same as always. The place is too big and open, imo. Dining area is to the left when you walk in and the bar area is to the right. Huge rectangular bar with a bunch of TVs hanging all around. There are tables and booths on the bar side, also. The waitress we had on this particular evening was very difficult to find. She would disappear for 15-20 minutes at a time and didn't clear any glasses or plates away. "I'll be right back to get them" she kept saying. You would have thought there were ten people sitting at our table. The beers seemed to have fallen off a bit, too. I was afraid that would happen. The IPA I had was good, but fairly average. The Honey Maibock I had was horrible. Tasted like I licked the underside of my lawnmower and then drank the gas that was left in the tank. Yuck. We did have an appetizer, which was barely average. I haven't had much luck with the food in the past for some reason. Not sure if I will ever be back.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I wrote this review prior to The Dude's departure and am only now getting caught up in transcribing my notes.

I simply do not get down here often enough, despite its convenience. Headed north on US Route 1, we made a left on PA202, and staying in the left lane, continued a mile on and Voila! As we pulled into the parking lot, The Dude's setup was fully visible in the left-hand window at ground level. The west side of the building was the front, with the entryway up a set of steps with stairs on each side of the climb. Once inside, there was a wide vestibule with the brewhouse again visible on the left side, but behind glass. Passing through a second set of double doors, a chalkboard on the right wall announced specials and the m.d.s. was dead ahead, manned by a seeming cadre of waitstaff.

We sat in the non-smoking area, off to the left, in an "L"-shape, with the kitchen fully visible along the east side of the building. To the left of the kitchen and accessed through the restaurant seating section, was The Oak Room, a semi-private meeting facility for groups of ten to thirty-five. The restaurant area was mainly restaurant-style tables and chairs, but set off by some booths.

To the right of the entry was the bar area. The wood-topped bar was to the right of the m.d.s., past the "Underground" entryway, and was a flattened heagonal shape. The back bar was an island in the center of the hexagon. The washrooms were on the bar side on the east side of the building. On the bar side, booths ran along the west window and there were high tables and chairs along the south wall, as well as a raised floor with high tables and chairs along the wall beside the washrooms. There was also an outdoor deck on the south side of the building.

To the right of the m.d.s. and down an immediate flight of steps was the "Underground Pub - Billiards & Games" area with its own square, centrally-positioned bar; three pool tables; a CD jukebox; and a couple of video games.

I had the tortilla-ecrusted chicken breast sandwich and Cuban Black Bean soup for lunch. As always, the beers were fantastic.

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Photo of roan22
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I am basing this review on 2 visits. The most recent trip was with my Mom, sister Kate and friend carlosd74 around Thanksgiving. I was too occupied bonding happily with them rather than critiquing the place, but I had the pale ale which is very west-cost IPA-like and tasty.

My first visit was a quick hour at the bar during a Grey's Anatomy episode, a TV show which I had never watched before. I became engrossed in it waiting for my lettuce wraps. I had two pints of the pale ale on-tap. Its in the 5% range, brownish red in color. It was surprisingly of quality, with a real hoppy bite to it. Nicely balanced. I really enjoyed it! It went perfect with the lettuce wraps. I took a growler home in fact. I had to get the hell out of there however when the karoake started...shudder.

I would've 'cheers!' MacKenzies, but I've heard a lot of unfavorable stories regarding the firing of their brewer...sorry.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

After visiting Iron Hill Brewing Co. in West Chester on December 1, my wife and I made the short trip over to McKenzie Brew House for some after-dinner brews. We pulled in to the huge parking lot, and it looked pretty busy. My wife commented that the building looked like a “chain” brewpub, which I think it is.

The atmosphere was just that – a huge, chain-type brewpub with lots of TVs strategically placed around the inside bar area. The bar itself was quite large (and full of people), so we found a nearby empty raised pub table and made ourselves comfortable. Overall, this brewpub was a bit too spacious and impersonal for me, but still comfortable.

After perusing the beer menu, which was at our table, we were greeted by a friendly female server who was also able to answer some questions about their beers. I decided to try their seasonal Funf Smoked Dopplebock on draught. I asked about the ABV%, and she wasn’t sure, but found out for me, so that was cool. By the way, it was 7.2%. Their dopplebock packs a pretty weighty malty aroma combined with roasted, nutty and barley overtones. Not much of a hop presence here, but it did have a tinge of alcohol. There was also a very strong smoky aroma, giving it more of the characteristics of a porter than a dopplebock. It was served in a 16-oz. pint glass with a single finger creamy light brown head that virtually disappeared. Not a bad selection. My wife had their Unicorn Amber Ale, which she did not care for.

I decided to try another selection, so I went with their East Kent IPA, another seasonal draught offering from McKenzie. I went with a 12-oz. glass this time. It came to me in a tapered beer glass and appeared somewhat hazy with a blonde/light amber color and nice carbonation. There was a moderate hoppy aroma with citrus notes, but not as strong as other IPAs I’ve had. It boasted a white frothy head that mostly diminished, but retained excellent lacing as the beer went down. This is an unfiltered IPA made with East Kent hops, as the name implies. At 67 IBUs, this offering had a decent spicy, biting hop flavor that stays with you at the back of your throat. It was definitely more spicy that fruity. Not a bad IPA, but not one of my favorites either.

Overall, I wouldn’t go out of my way to go there again, but would likely stop in if I was driving through. The beer was pretty good, but we didn’t have any food, so I can’t comment on that. The service was very good and the atmosphere was just a little too cookie cutter for me to make a special trip there. But I’d rather go to a chain that actually served decent craft brews that the typical American swill found at other restaurant chains.

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Photo of Beerquester
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I visited this pub about a year ago and didn't really think the beers were too outstanding, but I have changed my mind for the better after this visit.

I tried McKenzie Light Lager, Unicorn Amber Ale, Wicked Will's Pale Ale, Shane's Gold, Black Lab Stout, a Belgian, a Double-Bock and East Kent Goldings Ale. So, at 8 beers, it wasn't a bad selection at all. I could find no flaws with any of the beers, so it was extremely hard picking out favorites. My two favorites would have to be the Outmeal Stout and the East Kent Goldings Ale. Black Lab Stout is one of their regular beers and very drinkable, roasty, stout with chocolate and licorice notes. The East Kent Goldings had a very good aroma, body, and mouthfeel and was a specialty beer. The belgian was good, but not outstanding. The double-bock was nice. Other than the black lab stout, out of the regular beers, I thought that Shane's Gold, a Czech pilsner with an incredible spicy fresh hop aroma was excellent.

The brewpub is in a large newer style building with high celings in the bar area with tables along the walls. There is a nice outdoor deck if you are visiting in the summer. We got excellent service from our waitress, which i think may be due partly to the fact that the saturday evening crowd had not yet showed up (by about 6 pm) so there were plenty of waitstaff for each customer. I ordered a dinner special, the mahi mahi with plum sauce, cilantro pesto and baby corn and shiitake mushrooms for $15.95. Very tasty and worth every penny.

There is another bar in a downstairs area that has games including 4 or 5 pool tables and darts. This seemed to have a cozier, less formal atmosphere that some people enjoy.

Like I said, I think the beers have much improved since last year, the food was very good, the service good, and provided an overall very pleasant experience.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

this was the official 'on the way home from dogfish head' 2006 selection. therefore, our team of four hit it up at about 2pm on a sunday.

immediately we made our way to the bar area, which was sparsely populated and rather spacious. the bar was situated in the center of the room, in a square shape, with three hundred and sixty degrees of seating. tables and booths flanked the edges of the giant room, and a deck extended from the bar area. tall chairs were selected for their proximity to the hi-defs, as today was sunday and the iggles were playing... mike had gay fantasy football to concern himself with. i had some good brews.

looked over to the big chalkboard but it was empty. the current selection was available on printed menus scattered across the bartop. currently on tap were the 'standards'.. i believe they were pale ale, lager, stout, and amber.. or something. who knows, i went for seasonals. they had an interesting array.. baltic porter, abbey dubbel, biere de garde and octoberfest. i tried all four which were fresh and varied in overall flavor quality. the biere de garde was the clear winner, a near-perfect beer with amazing dry-grape notes and a refreshing drinkability. the o-fest was solid and traditional without being overly sweet. the baltic porter was good (i only had a small sample), just not my cup of tea. and the abbey 8 was extremely watery and overly fruity, leaving me wanting more. although i complain, it wasn't a terror to drink. i just think i expected perfection after speaking previously to another BA who pimps this place to high heaven.

i ate lunch here as well, and was very impressed by the menu. they step up pub fare with some middle eastern and asian fusion flares, offering both the traditional and something more creative for those of us sick of burgers and fries with our BP beer. i had the toasted pita wedges with lemon hummus, olive tapenade, and fresh salsa. an excellent dish. i also shared some 'extra hot' wings which, despite their name, contained little to no burn. tasted like traditional buffalo sauce mixed with sriratcha.. weird flavor, but everyone else seemed to like them.

the waitress was very friendly and my glass never sat empty for more than a second before she's back with a smile asking me what i needed. albeit, the place was dead, but there is something to be said for attentiveness. i didn't need to ask any beer questions because the beer menu was very in-depth and explanatory.

the beer here is pretty freaking good for the middle of nowhere, pa.. and i like the belgian/european seasonals. this is something i dont get much of in ct. the place itself is your standard restaurant, reminiscent of a less-trendy iron hill. don't go here for lush atmosphere or a cool beer bar vibe. but if you want to drink a couple of good brews, watch a game, and bullshit with your buds, you'll be in brewpub heaven.

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Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Finally got a chance to stop in this place after a round of golf nearby the pub. Entered about 12:30 mid week, and the place had a large lunchtime crowd. When walking in the large bar are is on the right along with an outdoor patio. To the left is the main dining area, and downstairs is the game room which has a smaller bar and several pool tables and dart boards.

We sat at the bar, and surprisingly only the 5 house beers were available, the special beers were gone. 3 new special beers on tap were coming on soon - usual bad luck for me. The Amber, Gold, and Pale were all very fresh and great tasting.

The food was also quite good, as the sandwiches and pizza were reasonably priced and quite filling. Service was attentive and friendly.

I wished I lived a little closer to this place as this is a great place to grab some grub and high quality beers.

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Photo of cupbeerman
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Located in between US 202 N and US 202S, McKenzie's Brew House is one of the top destination breweries in the state of PA, all because of Scott "the Dude" Morrison. The atmosphere, on a Sunday afternoon, had the feeling of a family chain restaurant. This wasn’t a typical family chain restaurant, with a bar to the right upon entering. The wood bar was in rectangular and held about 20. There was seating in both the dining room and a few booths by the bar. There was also a second bar called the Underground Bar, with pool tables and other games; however, it was closed on our visit.

The beers at McKenzie's were great, with the selection consisting of 7 beers, 5 of them being everyday beers: McKenzie Light Lager, Shane's Gold, Unicorn Amber Ale, Wicked Will's Pale Ale and Black Lab Stout. The five regulars were all above average brewpub beers; however the two seasonals were both great. There was a great hefe and a tremendous saison (which what "the Dude" is known for; great Belgian and big beers). The beers were all fresh and showed no noticeable flaws. The beers are available in 12oz, 16oz and 22oz ounce glassware. All tap beers are also available in growlers as well. However no 750s were for sale.

Overall, this place is worth a stop and is not far from the Pa Turnpike and the Delaware state line. The food was good, with a family friendly menu. Also the service was good and very friendly.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This brew pub is located right in the middle of the split lane 202. This caught me as a surprise as the entrance off of 202 is on the left side of the road. One maniacal, multi-lane swerve later we arrived on the scene.

As I walked in, we were directed off to the left, away from the bar and towards the dining area. Here, were sat in a booth that overlooked all of the stainless steel goodies that were in a long, narrow, glassed-in room that separated our booth from the outside. To the other side of the building was a deli style open kitchen where we could watch the cooks do their thing. The dining area had a very soothing and open atmosphere with some pastel greens on the walls and tons of bright, natural light, even on this overcast day. Over all, I got a warm “family dining” or a “Deli” feel. That’s disregarding the bar off in the distance and the brewing equipment through the window, of course. The bar to the right of the door we came in was a large oval and it looked plenty spacious. Also, there was another bar in the basements that had a very different feel to it with pool tables, darts and a very low ceiling. You could really pick the atmosphere you were in the mood for here.

For lunch I ordered the nacho appetizer and a curry chicken with peanut sauce plate. I was a little confused why the delicious chicken dish came out first until the mammoth order of nachos came out. Seriously, this plate probably weighed ten pounds. Don’t try this unless you want to bring it home or you have at least three big guys with you. My girlfriend got a crab bisque and a four cheese pizza. The bisque was just fantastic and the pizza was even better cold the next morning. Over all, the quality and quantity of food here really impressed me.

Our server was absolutely brilliant and on top of everything. Every thing came promptly, a plate pushed to the edge of the table was instantly snatched up and here personality said, “I care, but I’m not going to make a big show of it.” That was really fantastic. I wish I could remember her name because she is a model server and an asset to McKenzie’s. I won’t give a 5 here because it was the lunch hour, so I wasn’t completely blown away.

The beers we had here were good. On our way to the movie, we discussed the quality of beers here. We concluded that there was absolutely nothing wrong here. The three beers we tried were very solid, but nothing legendary. The Bavay was tasty, the Farmhouse Saison was a little hoppy for the style, but tasty as well, and the Wicked Will reminded me a lot of Hop Devil. I enjoyed the beers here a lot, but again, I didn’t get the sense that there was anything amazing going on here. The standard for offering’s here looks like six standards and three offerings of the bier de jour.

Solid food, good service and tasty beers; they have it all. I’d be back a lot sooner if this pub wasn’t so far out of the way.

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Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is from a visit on May 13, 2006 to the Glen Mills (Chadd's Ford), PA location.

Atmosphere: The restaurant has a wide open bar and several diffferent dining sections, with tasteful decoration throughout. There is also a bar downstairs, although I did not venture there.

Quality: The quality of the restaurant was good. We were the first to arrive (at the 11:30AM opening) and were only there for a few rounds. Despite that (and a local graduation that would most likely swamp them later), the staff was friendly, even with my hellion 16 month old.

Service: Service was just above average, nothing bad to say about them (this was reflected with a good gratuity).

Selection: Five house beers and three seasonals gave me plenty to choose from. The beer ranged from pils to stouts, so there is something for everyone.

Food: We only ordered nachos with chicken, but damn they were good. You know how a great plate of nachos really brightens your mood? Well this plate fits that bill. My food rating is somewhat incomplete because we only ordered nachos, so I guess I have to go back.

In terms of value, 3 beers, a plate of nachos and a growler set us back $30, so I call that reasonable.

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

Visited establishment about 1pm on a Friday afternoon. We were immediately seated and handed menue, which included both food and drink selections. The options of smoking, non-smoking, or patio dining were available. We selected non-smoking. The waitress arrived in a reasonable amount of time to take our drink order. They have several different samplers available, and I selected the premium one (why not, I was on vacation and my wife volunteered to drive home). I'm glad she was going to drive home beacause when the sampler arrived it had 9 different beers in it. For our meal selections, I choose the Mckenzie BLT wrap and my wife had the spicy shrimp pasta. The selections were served within an appropriate time frame. The serving sizes were so huge, we each ended up taking half of them home with us. The quality of the food was excellent.The prices were more than reasonable for our lunches. If you are passing through the area, this would be a great place to stop for lunch.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.15/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This was my second time at McKenzie’s around lunchtime. The atmosphere is pretty laid back with both and upstairs and downstairs bar area. There is a game room down stairs with all sorts of stuff to do while you drink, but this being lunchtime it was empty. The food I have had both time was great this included a few different appetizers and entrees. Service was pretty good both times as well, with them being attentive, friendly and most important quick on the refill. The beer selection this time was the 5 standards plus 2 seasonals. Last time the beers were solid but nothing really special on tap. This time the Maibock and Biere de Garde were both excellent. The biggest difference was the bottles were here last time. That helped the selection with 6 damn good beers and I left with a case worth. I knew there were no bottles available when I was there but I asked and talked with the bartender telling him my thoughts on it. He seemed to agree the bottles were a good thing. Besides that though the visit was enjoyable.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A lot of empty space by the bar. Track lighting. One weekend night I stopped by it had a ton of smokers. This place tends to be a haven from the anti-smoking laws of Delaware. I'm all for freedom, but be advised.

Service was just a tad slow, but it was very friendly and accomodating. Our servers filled blitheringidiot's growlers very well.

They have a standard lot of brewpub beers. Light lager, stout, etc. In the recent past, Scott, the brewmaster, made world class beers available in 750 mL bottles. No longer. I don't want to speculate on the owner's motivation for that decision, but it is his business. Of course, we would run it differently. At the present time, some of those special beers can be had on-tap. And they are truly wonderful. The standard beers for the masses are just alright. Not due to lack of talent from the brewmaster though.

Food is good, but not great. Nachos were huge. Had a lot of tomatoes on them and other goodies on them. South Philly pork sandwhich with peppers was chewy and tasty as well.

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Photo of 99bottles
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A pal of mine suggested we try this place. I had maybe heard of it on this site, but it didn't really occur to me at the time. We went on a Wednesday night, around 10 or 11. There was a band, but the place wasn't crowded, per se. The upstairs is more open than the downstairs, and the band was on a makeshift stage upstairs. In the middle of the upstairs is an island-type bar housing the taps. I'm told they typically list the beers on a chalkboard (from my friend) but tonight the slate was wiped clean. Because the band was loud and wouldn't take a break, I couldn't hear the waitress and didn't know they had a biere d'garde on tap. Darn. What I did have I liked, the pale ale really struck me as having a great floral flavor. The baltic porter was decent, not tasting very baltic, the amber was just so-so. I had a little of my girlfriend's berry beer, and it too was rather tasty. I didn't bother with the boring looking beers, like the light lager and the gold (Dortmunder?). Seems just a slight bit dumbed down, from some other brewpubs in PA. Seems to have worked for them, as they can still create interesting styles and draw a less than enlightened crowd.

My friend assures me the crowd here is 'trashy' at times, other times inviting. Diverse crowds win points in my book, and I didn't really notice anyone who would detract from my visit.

I like the downstairs. It's quieter, has it's own little island bar, and is filled with arcade games and the like. They have shufflepuck! It's really quite excellent, except they were running low on sand. No complaints about this place. I didn't even catch the prices, because my acquaintences were buying me all the drinks to commemorate my new job overseas. I'd go back, especially if they were making an interesting specialty beer.

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Photo of djeffbee
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Passed this place 10K times without realizing it was a brew pub. Noticed it first on BA under the BeerFly section - boy was I missing out. Easy to get to (I only live 15 minutes away, set in the beer mecca known as Delaware County (Harvards, Iron Hill, McKenzies). Pretty unique setup - it's centered between 202N and 202S - no crazy turns to get out of the place.

I have two children, so I did the fly by before I unfastened the kiddos. Walked in and while the place seemed like more than a resteraunt than a brew pub, I happily snagged the wife and kiddos and grabbed a table.

Service was awesome - this place is packed with a very attractive and knowledgeable wait staff. Started out by ordering a sampler (6 beers - flagship + a single seasonal) a light (yuck), amber (nice), pale (yum), gold (eh), stout (WOW), and a blueberry (wife liked it - I didn't even try it)

Food - well the waitress told me when I ordered the Nachos that they were large - they should have a warning label - awesome and serves 50. The bisque is a must have.

The beer - my wife just got through 10 months of pregnacy so she was loaded for bear. We sampled them all, but found that the stout was much to our liking.. Kind of a lighter stout, but very very enjoyable.

The suprise- took my 2 year old for a walk around the place and discovered the lower quarters housed all sorts of bar games. This place is awesome! The entertainment of a yellow beer bar with awesome beers. (They bottle 750ml's that I havent tried - yet)

The problem - this place is on my way home from work.

A must visit if you are in the area..

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Photo of ithacabaron
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

(Reviewers' note: I've volunteered as a brewer with Scott here, but I'm writing my review based on a recent visit, when I came with a friend for lunch here. Scott wasn't there, and we didn't go into the brewery to say hello to anyone, so we did not recieve any special treatment or other considerations. In this way, I think that this review could be considered as if it was written by any other patron, and nothing more).

McKenzies helps prove the old adage that you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover.

Pulling up to the building (which resides just north of the DE/PA border on Route 202), it looks like any other chain-restaurant, from the dated 90's font of the sign up front, to the almost cookie-cutter look of the building itself. All in all, it appears more like where you'd go for jalapeno poppers and other "fryolator" foods, not a beer mecca.

Inside, again, there's nothing particularly distinguishing about the dining room, except for the fact that it looks incredibly sterile - another restaurant with no soul of its own. I might have thought I had been standing in an Applebees or a TGI Fridays, if it wasn't for the top of the mash tun and brew kettle that I could see from one part of the dining room. The bar to the right has a lofted ceiling, which was nice, but we'll get there in a minute.

Service was not bad, but not spectacular either. We ordered a sampler (regular beers, and special one-offs), and, when it arrived, the young man serving us did make a nice attempt to explain each of the kinds of beers. He did, however, fall back on a few unoriginal chestnuts ("This is a stout, it's a lot like Guinness, if you've ever had that."), but I'll forgive him for the effort, and I'm sure, for someone trying their first flight of beers at their first brewpub, it would have been a nice intro. It should be noted that the beers in the sampler were not mind-blowing, but definately solid -- something has to pay the bills, I guess.

Food was not bad, and reasonably priced. The brie and crab bisque, I should note, is a must have. Delicious.

It took a while to get a check at the end of our meal, even with only three other tables in the dining room filled, but that's not a big deal.

After eating, we went into the bar area to get some bottles to take home. The bar is slightly more attractive, but again, built more to be a "party" bar, then a place you'd go for some serious beer appriciation. The bartender wasn't familiar with what varieties they had, but since I had previous knowledge of what varieties were in stock, I was able to give her the names of what I wanted. She was able to find all the bottles we needed, which was nice, but it should be noted that every one of them had to be 40 degrees at the warmest. Cold, cold, COLD beer, my friends.

I noted that all of the beers were in different coolers, along with other items. If they consolidated all of their bottles into one cooler (definately possible), and kept it at a more reasonable temperature, it would go a long way in terms of service. I can only imagine that drinking a 750 at the bar there, one would need to let it warm up for a good 30-45 minutes.

All in all, if you're within a two hour drive of this place, go for the bottled selections and maybe a little bisque. Luckily, with the majority of the good stuff in bottles, you don't have to worry about the lack of atmosphere here -- just take it home!

P.S.: If The Dude is here when you visit, do say hello to him. He is quite awesome, and incredibly friendly. A brewer's brewer.

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Photo of stingo
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Went to McK's with some BA's - first time at the place. Had a nice atmosphere - the kind of laid back attitude I like in a watering hole. Wood and other dark tones were much in evidence, giving a nice comfort feeling on entering the establishment. The quality of the beers was good, if unremarkable for the most part. (Perhaps that is the idea - to focus on the food...) Foodwise though, the jambalaya I had was very, very good - spiced just right, with a large portion to be sure. Service was slow at first - it took a while for someone to come over to the table to begin taking orders, but after that things picked up. Overall, a nice place to visit - I just wish the powers that be would let the brewer be more daring with his recipes/choice of beers.

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Photo of PopeDX
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Ooh doggie, this is great place to go. It's by itself right where 202 splits (or comes back together, depending on which way you're going). No matter which way you're going it's always a left turn that you don't have to cross traffic for.

There's an upstairs bar section, a restaurant section and a downstairs bar/game room. The downstairs bar/game room is pretty cool but may be completely empty at times. There's 4 pool tables, shuffleboard, uh darts I think, and a few video games. There's typically their 6 regular beers on tap at any one time and 5 or so seasonals. But the real treat is the hand-filled bottles, available for consumption in the establishment or for takeout. All of PA's wacky laws don't seem to apply to breweries/brewpubs, so take as much or as little as you want. Leave some for me. There's always a great selection and variety of beers, and I've yet to have a bad one.

The service is always friendly and attentive, though not always overly knowledgeable about the beer. The food is excellent, though maybe a smidge on the expensive side.

I'm told at nights, especially on the weekends, the atmosphere dives for the worse, as it's one of the first places across the PA border from no-smoking-in-bars Delaware, and tends to draw a seedy crowd because of that. I've only been there in the afternoon and have never had any problems.

It's not too terribly far from the 95 corridor and right off of Route 1, and is well worth a visit for the takeout alone.

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Well I made the drive here over the holidays and was not dissapointed! It is super easy to find just take 202 south and when it splits you are there! The parking lot was not too crowded even thought the highways were. The weather was pretty messy so that may explain it. Walking in the front door there is a main dining area to the left, host/hostess location in front, bar area and more booths to the right and stairs to the downstairs pub/gameroom to the right as well. We were eating so we took a table in the bar area. There are lots of windows and some good beer quotes on teh walls, also a few TVs for sports. SImple rectangular bar with about 35 stools. Looked like they are running about 10 draft lines, also a full selection of liquor.

First off, I had emailed Scott to set aside bottles for me which he did, the box was taped up and labeled with my name on so that was great. Big thanks to Scott for this and for making outstanding beer! Then we met Bill the owner who stayed and chatted with us for 10 mintues and told us about a recent NY times article detailing some of the beers. He seemed very proud of the beers that Scott is making. He was very friendly and helpful and definitely chatted longer than he had to. Our server Dawn, was also very helpful and friendly, checking on us enough to be sure we were okay but not overbearing. She even brought more chips to finish the great artichoke and spinach dip we ordered. Service was awesome!
The food was very good, I had a pork and prov torpedo which turned out to be a little zippy and it was tasty as were the french fries and onion rings I ordered. My fiancee had a very tasty ceaser salad with seared tuna. The previously mentioned artcichoke and spinach dip was served with tortilla chips and pits slices. Very good stuff!

The menu was also fun with a series of beer related questions. I scored in the highest category "MBA" Master of Beer Appreciation. I'm waiting for my certificate McKenzies!

Onto the beer! I had heard the main brews are good but not exciting so I went with some seasonals. I bought the black lager to start which was good and clean, moved to a spicy pumpkin ale, and bought a growler of the "mad elf" (Dont read if from Troegs) balckberry ale. ALso grabbed bottles of the belle dock, 5 czars, super saison, abby8, and baltic porter. Looks like I have some drinking to do! The Belle Dock was incredible!

If I had any complaint it would be the lack of a beer engine. Some of these brews on cask would be nectar and would make this even more of a beer geek nirvana! If you are anywhere within 100 miles and you dont stop, your liver and stomach and palate will be angry. An excellent brewpub in my mind. I will be going back!

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3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

After two trips to McKenzie Brew House (and six years of being a waiter) my review is ready. Here is my starter line: Any brewpub that can’t offer info about their beer right away is lame! Nobody in McK’s garb could answer my one question: “What are ALL the beers available?” McK's is a flower in a mud puddle (to quote Crane) beset by 202 N & S. Upon entering, the restaurant is to left, and the fun part is to the right. There is an enclave bar surrounded by drinking floor and a few scattered tables about with plenty 'o big t.v.s to watch sports. The table we picked rocked back 'n forth like a presidential voter campaigner. Downstairs is cooler, but it was closed this visit to snaggletooth some bottles. Overall, it's clean but needs a boys room in the basement. Could you take Mom here? Yes. It’s decent.

We care about the beer, eh? The brews are average at best on the sampler. The "dude" has extraordinary talent that is lost making light beer and other basic brews on the menu. His talents lie elsewhere. The Czech Pils is passable and the pale has some hops.

Service? What service? We had to inquire to four different barkeeps to finally get a beer menu. McK's waitstaff doesn't care about beer! They should!

Regular dinner and pub grub is the standard here. Don't expect to order a steak or lobster. McK's is burger, and appetizers. The nachos were ok, and this is from a nachos freek! The Thai pizza was good.

Last swigs: Don’t bother traveling here for the regular beer and food. Our only redeeming quality is when Scott Morrison bottles. Period! If you live more than 15 minutes away, save yourself a trip. Not that it is bad, just not special for beer lovers.

Limited brews for the brew connoisseur

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4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

McKenzies is a really awesome brewpub in the Glen Mills section of the Philly burbs. Sure, the atmosphere is not the best, but this place is clean and big with tons ot booths and tables for grabbing dinner, a huge bar with a 100"TV and a cool downstairs bar to boot (as well as seasonal patio seating and bookable private rooms. The quality of the beer here is awesome! I had 7 draught selections and 1 750ml of Baltic Porter and they were all excellent. The premium sampler with all 7 of their current brews on draught is a steal too at only $7.50. The service here was above average. Our server brought our drinks and our eats quickly and she was quick to ask how everything was, and fill up our glasses. The selection, as I stated above is great with 5 year round brews (Lite, Czech Pils, Stout, Amber, and Pale Ale) and 2 seasonals always flowing. Their is also the "beer cellar" which offers a few 750ml bottles as well. The food was absolutely awesome. Cheap and big portions as well. Erica and I split 2 appetizers (Tapas trio, and Wild mushroom quesadillas) and 1 entree (Grilled prtabello mushroom sandwitch), so this place is very vegetarian friendly. All in all a nice big place with good eats, and awesome brew. The dude, is doing well.

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4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The place is large & the place is ridiculously clean. Personally, I always appreciate cleanliness - especially when we're talking about brewing & foodservice. Rather modern looking inside & features a bigass eating area, a giant bar, a nice looking outdoor patio, & an additional area for drinking & hanging out downstairs. While I can't speak to the food quality, the menu did look solid & the entrees coming out made my mouth water. They have a number of brews on tap. I sampled both the stout and the pale ale & while I can't complain about either of them, the bottled beers are on a completely different level. When I was visiting they offered Biere de Garde, Baltic Porter, and "Super" Wit. I haven't had a bottled selection from McKenzie's I didn't thoroughly enjoy. Fantastic beer & very good service at this place....absolutely has my recommendation.

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4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

First stop on a memorable Saturday Beer Tour. Two Beermobiles were pressed into action early on a warm Saturday for a tour from NYC to Pennsylvania and then onto Philly. Leading the convoy was Davo’s Evil-Element which contained co-driver and navigator Slander, entertainment was provided by my good self the Bum, whilst a new version of Car Air Freshener was being field-tested by FeloniousPhil, we all agreed with Phil that the fresh grassy aromas really helped to battle the effects of long journeys. FeloniousPhil also provided a man size bag of BBQ Lays chips as well. The Support Car contained djgonzalez, rokotgirl and Mike (a.k.a. the ‘young’ Michael Jackson).

Having avoided, Sofa Cushions, large Wooden Boards and flying Mattresses on the Freeway, we arrived at a fork in the road on the Wilmington-West Chester Pike in Glen Mills. This is the home of the legendary McKenzies and we had arrived. The Sun was out and interfering with everyone’s headaches (courtesy of the previous Friday Night session) as we exited our parked vehicles and squinted at each other in the bright light as we mingled in the Car Lot at McKenzie’s after the long road journey. Just at that moment the Evil one spotted Scott Morrison the Brewer who was heading out, pleasantries were exchanged and Davo got to touch him again so he was all smiles.

From the outside, it could easily be mistaken for a single storey, wooden built, modern road-side restaurant, for its appearance is unassuming, even down to the gray exterior. However, a closer look reveals the brewing equipment on display which is easily seen through four full height windows at the front. Entered via a dual sided elevated stairway, the small entrance area is a little clinical. The entrance is situated in the middle of the building, so rooms break to the left and right. There is also a downstairs room (with an ATM machine) as well as outside drinking area. Wood is the construction material of choice and it is everywhere, and when mixed with stainless steel fittings and lots of glass, it all lends a rather a modern feel to the interior.

Airy and well lit, the stand alone bar is to your right and is surrounded by high stools. Our group initially sat at the bar area, but with seven of us to accommodate, it felt a little unsocial as we all talked across each other, so we decided to grab a large table. Food was ordered and proved to be above average, but nothing outstanding, it was to be more of a ‘filler’ for empty stomachs after a long drive. Nevertheless, we were here for the beer, and the food assisted in providing a good base prior to a days drinking, rather than a wholesome meal.

A chalkboard displays the beers available and includes a wealth of information concerning things like batch details, brewed on dates, etc. During our visit they had; McKenzie Light Lager, Unicorn Amber Ale, Black Lab Stout, Shane’s Leap Golden Lager (Shane’s Gold), Old Rogue Pale Ale, Belgian Pale Ale, Hefe Weizen and the Maibock. Mike managed to snaffle a Sampler of the beers on offer, which proved to be a great way to sample a lot of the beers early on in the day. As others have noted, the “regular” beers are all brewed to accommodate the often “safe” decisions of the drinking public. However, the real treats lie hidden at times; they are the “specials” that are frequently brewed here. In addition to the beers listed, Davo managed to snaffle a couple of specials, all of which were top notch. Many of our group even stocked up on some bottled take-outs.

Service was good, but it was quiet, and the de rigeur Glasses that are 'super-chilled' to 0° Kelvin are a tad annoying, be sure to ask for a room temperature glass or you will be picking your fingerprint skins off the glass.

Physically, there is nothing to differentiate MBH from other modern homebrew establishments, the food is good, and the 'regular' beers are solid, which although great wouldn’t get me to come here in of themselves. Notwithstanding that, what really makes the journey worth while, especially the long drive from NYC, are the High Quality 'Special' beers, these are *exceptional* and are most certainly worth seeking out. If I lived within 100 miles of this place and knew of the specials release schedule, I would most definitely make a regular trip here every couple of months to stock up on the bottled special releases for sure and grab a bite to eat and a few beers whilst doing so.

A Huge Thanks to Davo for providing the transport and driving me (and others) here. For sure, without him, I would never have been able to get to this Penn State beer mecca.

Last Visit: Saturday 29th May, 2004.

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3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is an "imitation" of your run of the mill Friday's Bennigans, Applebee's etc. with one exception, Scott "The Dude" Morrison who is the brewer.

The atmosphere, menu, and ameities are standard to those described above. The food is passable - nothing to write home about. The service is average and the several times I've had the opportunity to dine there non of the servers knew spit about the beer. The bar-tenders are also underwhelming about the brews Scott turns out.

The Dude's specialty brews (especially the european inspired ones) are defintely top notch and have won medals at the GABF. Scott has finally been allowed by the owners to condition/age his brews appropriately.

I highly recoments the beer, but don't expect too much with a standard menu and uneducated servie staff.

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4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

One Rt. 202 in Glen Mills a couple miles south of Rt. 1. You can't miss this place, it is huge. Very spacious interior and a nice area downstairs with pool tables, darts, etc. Feels quite modern. Food is excellent and the beers...well, just read the reviews. Large selection of beers on tap and in 750 ml bottles. The dude sure looks like he has fun with the recipes here, making many styles and making them well. With another location coming soon to Malvern, I'm curious to see how big this place is going to grow within the next few years.

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