McKenzie Brew House

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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 sulldaddy
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
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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Photo of PopeDX
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
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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Photo of dmarch
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
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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Photo of ElGuapo
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Another Philly area brewpub that has really impressed me. It is a large place with plenty of space to dine upstairs, and a big downstairs bar area. It is simple with a nice quiet relaxing atmosphere. They also have a shuffleboard table which really scores points with me. It is not as long as the one in my hometown bar, but then again that bar doesn't serve brews like McKenzie's does. Lots of belgian selections in bottles, and a few on tap. I think they had about 10 taps. I was only there for a little bit, but I got to try a couple. The pale was very good, and the porter was excellent. I got a case of mixed bottles to go, and I will be enjoying them shortly. The service was great, and I was very happy to see that they really went out of their way for the BA Rally. I will be visiting soon because the food looked excellent.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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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Photo of garthwaite
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
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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Photo of Beerquester
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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 djeffbee
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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 slvrmon82
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Every time I go home this is about the half way point. It is a great sports bar with lots of tv's. The quality of all of their beers are good but their seasonals are the best I've had. Including Peach Wheat, Farmers Saison, English Pale Ale, etc. Always a great seasonal on. Last time I was there were 4 seasonals on tap. The service is very fast and friendly. The selection is great and the food is unbelievable. Check out there calamari which is some of the best I have had. Cut perfectly tender. Food is a little pricey but the beer is reasonable. I must stop if you get a chance. I will be back again and again.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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 TheFightfan1
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Well my wife and I made a little trip here on a Saturday and man was it worth it. As you stroll up to the front doors you can see the tanks through the windows. As you walk in there is a square bar surrounded by t.v's with numerous amount's of different sports on to your right. The dining area is off to the left which is huge. There is a clear glass window to see what the cook's are doing.

I got the premium sampler and my wife got the amber ale. I must say they have a solid line-up of permanant brews but I thought their seasonals could have used a little work. I believe it was Saison Vautour tasted like I was drinking rubbing alcohol.But most of there beer's didn't have that homebrew taste that you sometimes get. There is something different about this place then a normal brewpub it actually has a restauraunt chain atmosphere that I kind of liked.

Our waitress was very quick and helpful and seemed to know what she would tell her customer's about their company's beer's if need be.

Selection of both food and beer was excellent they had something for everyone. I had the chicken and pasta combo which was excellent and my wife had a special of swordfish which she said was amazing.

Beer's seem cheap here for what you get. I mean 2.00 for a 12 oz and 4.00 for a pint seems very cheap to me as for some other brewpubs I've been to in the past. Well worth the drive and may be back sometime.

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Photo of nomad
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

EDIT: If you order their year-round offerings might be bored to death depending on the time of year and day of week; if you order their seasonals or their Belgian 750 ml. bottles you will enjoy truly great hand crafted beer. Adjust your thoughts accordingly.

Somehow came up with an excuse to get to this place, as I've been dying to pick up some of their 750's to go. Thought it would be a bad drive from Center City, but isn't that bad if you go 95 and blah blah blah. Anyways, I like how minimal the interior is, sleek and thin lined lights and chairs allow the expansive floors and ceilings to give this place its character. Tons of seating, with a quiet family area separate from a louder/smokier bar area - anybody could go to this place, as I saw a number of families with little kids. Wait staff was helpful and abundant, and the beer selection was good but I wanted more seasonals and, to be greedy, I wanted all of their award-winning offerings. Besides getting the Triple and Trappist Pale to go, me and the lady enjoyed the Saison (review coming, quite good), Oatmeal Stout (review coming, excellent), and Pumpkin Ale (eh...). Food was fine, though a bit uninspired American stuff (i.e. ribs and burgers), but that's okay. Enjoyed the big screen with sound (a rare pairing in many places), and will look forward to checking back monthly to pick up their famous, rightfully so, bottled offerings in those lovely 750 ml. bottles.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
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 ksqdomer
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Well this is my first beerfly so McKenzie's gets the honor. I'll start by saying that I've eaten here at lunch or dinner at least 50 times. That should be indication enough that I like it. Sometimes the parking situation indicates that plenty of others do as well, especially in the summer, when cars will be parked on the shoulders of Rte 202. That is dangerous at best.
I think the atmoshere is pleasant. Not too pubby and definitely light and airy enough for families. We go as a family all the time.
I think the food is very good and would rate it higher than the national chains with similar menus. As a local comparison, it is better than Victory but a notch below IronHill.
The beer has come a long way. And that is not a criticism of where it started, it's just that Scott has been given the opportunity to create many new, great beers. You all know that the 750 ml line is not to be missed. The latest is Bier de garde and it will not disappoint.
And beyond the regular draft lineup, the East Kent IPA is wonderful, as is the current Raven Baltic porter.
My only nitpick is the annoying habit of serving beer in frosted glasses. It drives Scott nuts. No problem, just ask for a non frosted glass, but know you will get one if you don't request a non frosted.
All in all, a great place with an excellent brewer added to an area of great breweries and brewpubs.

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Photo of slander
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Dropped in on what was to become a messy Saturday afternoon with Captain Evil to meet up with some other BA's which is always a fine time. Yeah, it just a slight haul to get to but definitely worth the time. They had the house standards on tap, and I went first with the East Kent IPA, floral and mad hoppy, and then ventured for the the Abbey Oatmeal Stout which was smoothy and chocolatey. Very nice. It was then that brewer Scott Morrison showed up and he busted out some bottles of the 750 ml seasonals. My absolute fav is hands down, the Abbey 8. Da-da-da-da-deep, alcohol, fruity, alcohol, sugary sweet, alcohol, beautiful. Just beautiful. The Saison was so very nicely spicy and the Trappist Pale Ale was dry and hoppy, but again, the Abbey 8, the Abbey 8. Scored me a bottle to go.
Food menu was solid. The Brew House Chili was all chorizo sausage and beans and the Hot Steamship Roast Beef & White Cheddar sandwich was the perfect base to hold me this Saturday afternoon. Sat at the bar in a large well lit but deceiving room that looks bigger than it really it thanks to the wall of mirrors. Never got around to seeing the main dining room except from afar or the basement room at all but I plan to be on back again.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of greyghost86
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I enjoyed the evening with my wife, daughter and her boyfriend that just graduated from college. Myself and the boyfriend ordered the sampler which offered the 6 standards and two seasonals.

The seasonals were pretty decent (experiment a little more please!!!) along with the oatmeal stout. I really enjoyed the American pale ale and the IPA, but the "light" tasted just a little bit better than water...sorry but after trying the APA and IPA the light really was a non-entity!!!! The Belgain wit was nice, but nothing special.

I ordered the wings with bbq sauce and they were okay. They were not really meaty, but the sauce more than made up for it. Very tasty!!!!

The sampler gave a decent overview of what McKenzie's has to offer, but I felt that most of the offered fare was over carbonated. The IPA and APA really stood out, while the seasonals were nice, but didn't really make me want to jump up and say, "I want that!!!" They were enough to enjoy, but want to see more 'umph' in the brews.

The prices were reasonalble, and the atmosphere at the bar area was great, the server was very good, but I didn't like the fact that he describe their beers by comparing them to known stables as Sierra Nevada. Hype up your beers!!!! Sell them, not someone elses!!!

Overall, I enjoyed the experience and would recommend it to anyone passing through Chadds Ford, PA. The service was extremely good, just need to sell thier own beers!!!

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Photo of rdrummer
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Visited during the Philly Beer Rally. I found the upstairs a little too wide open and consequently kind of cold. It is probably different when the entertainment is there. The downstairs bar is more homey with some TVs and bar sports going on. The beer quality was excellent. I ordered three varieties and tasted at least another two or three. I didn't find a bad one. It was hard to judge the service with a large group arriving all at once, but the management did respond quickly to put a second bartender on to serve us. I found the selection great between the drafts and bottles. We only had the nachos. They were certainly good, large, and filling. The rest of the menu looked interesting as well. I will be back.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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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4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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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4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

This is your typical restaurant / bar style brewpub as far as appearance goes. Very spacious and the downstairs sports some pool tables, darts and other games. Very clean inside and out, nice patio deck on the backside. The food is pub grub style and prepared quite well … the cobb salad was huge.

The beer selection is very broad; on-tap varies from the Light Lager to a pale ale to Baltic Porter … with a few others that land in-between. The bottled beers are a real treat and are highly suggested; look for the Trappist Pale Ale, Saison and Bavay (Biere De Garde) … these are for sale to go as well.

Certainly worth the visit for an out-of-towner.

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4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A nice little brewpub on Rt.202 just east of where it meets Rt.1 (not far from Victory). It's nicely appointed with wooden floors, and a green & tan color theme (which I guess is supposed to be Irish). The kitchen is open, which can be distracting to some, although it doesn't bother me. The bar is quite large, and in a huge room with high ceilings. It has a very open feel to it with the exception of the smoky pool room and bar downstairs. There's a nice deck outside (except that it overlooks the parking lot and highway). The beers are above par, but the regular selection is limited: light, amber, pale, pilsner. Look for the seasonals! The dark beer seems to have been eliminated, probably because sales of Guinness (which has been on tap since day one) slowed it down. Of course, the place is called McKenzie's, so I guess having THE Irish beer on tap is OK. And thankfully, brewer Scott Morrison has not let things slow him down. He's been doing bottle conditioned versions of his specialty beers to keep things interesting for the more adventurous. Recently there was a Belgian "double" White (extra strong Witbier) and an exceptional Belgian Pale Ale. Unfortunately, they don't sell the bottles to go. You can, however, get growlers of their regular beers. The food is pretty good, and fairly priced, but there aren't many vegetarian dishes. Still, I like the roasted vegetable pizza alot - some of the best brewpub pizza I've ever had. A nice brewpub that's worth a trip if you're not too far.

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4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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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4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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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4.08/5  rDev +6%
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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McKenzie Brew House in Glen Mills, PA
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