Craft Ale House

Craft Ale HouseCraft Ale House
Craft Ale HouseCraft Ale House
Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

708 W Ridge Pike
Limerick, Pennsylvania, 19468-1422
United States

(484) 932-8180 | map

Notes: Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sunday: CLOSED
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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 63 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of THFCBeerBQ
1.78/5  rDev -58.6%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2

Visited the Craft Ale House last night on a whim and would never return due to their SEXIST ideals and policies.

Arrived shortly before 10 with a friend of mine, the place was empty except for two other women who were at a table and a man playing acoustic guitar in the corner. We sat down at the bar and before we could even say hello we were asked to leave. The bartender preceded to tell us they didn't serve men who wore tank-tops and showed us a sign specifically calling out MEN about their sleeves. I was shocked such a SEXIST rule existed! I looked over at the two women, the one was wearing a strapless dress, the other a spaghetti-strap top.

Now I'm all for following rules but this is just an unnecessary, body-shaming rule that left me feeling marginalized and singled out. My tank was a nice, fitted, store-bought top that was free of dirt and holes. I was dressed in a fashionable way and always take pride in my appearance. I'm not sure why men's shoulders are so offensive, how are my shoulders any different than the shoulders of the two women at the other table!?! I can imagine the backlash in 2017 if it was reversed, and women were told they had to cover up while men could wear whatever they like.

As I said, I left feeling upset and singled-out because of my sex. The owner must have a real inferiority complex if he/she is concerned about this type of stuff so much they have to enforce archaic, awful rules.

It's a private business so they have the right to make up whatever stupid rules they want but I know my friend and I will never be returning, and I would suggest others think twice before patronizing this establishment.

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Photo of Bruce5
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The location and outside don't do justice to what one finds inside. The bar only has one small TV, this is definitely not the place to catch the game, but this is the place for serious beer drinkers.

Only 15 taps but all are quality selections along with an extensive bottle selection. Food menu is also limited but definitely a cut above bar food. Great food and great beer ignore the vibe.

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Photo of McAttitude
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Craft Ale House is a great place to sample some great beers or have an excellent dinner! Only real drawback is the limited seating! The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Always an excellent selection on draft and a huge bottle list! Offers discounts on 6 packs to go!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Stopped in here with some fellow BA's earlier last week. This was our second choice of the night but we ended up being pleasantly surprised with how it was. The whole place is rather spacious which was nice when you needed to walk around to the bathrooms or over to the beer coolers along the left side wall. The quality was very nice, clean looking just well kept and cozy. The selection was pretty solid with the minor exception that most of the beer we were asking for off the bottle list were sold out. Pretty bummed when you see Parabola on there and it's not actually available at the moment. The food looked good from what I could see others eating but I hadn't ordered any myself. Overall the value of the place is worth checking out, they also give discounts on 6 packs when you buy them for take-out. Very good service also, Justin was a great bartender to us and I wanna make sure he gets a proper thank you on here to him. If I ever end up in Limerick again someday I'll be sure to stop back into this pub for a good round or two.

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Photo of thain709
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I was able to stop in here a few months back with a few college friends. It was later on a Friday night and the place was pretty busy. There was a twenty minute wait for a table, but we found a place at the "outer bar/breakfast nook."

Both the hostess and the two bartenders were very friendly. The hostess suggested we snatch the open seats by the bar. We were all able to order right away as the bartenders noticed we were standing with empty hands.

The tap list was pretty good with 16 taps ranging from locals (Sly Fox Pils, Yards Love Stout (nitro), Prism Love is Evol), other craft brewers (21st Amendment Bitter American, Great Divide Belgica), to imports (Duvel, Saison DuPont). The bottle list was even more extensive with Russian River, AleSmith, Dogfish Head, and many, many more craft breweries. Imports were also featured in the bottle coolers.

Prices were very reasonable for a bottle shop. The draft prices were spot on. All of our drafts were fresh and served in the proper glassware.

We had a nice visit to the Craft Ale House. I will want to stop in again the next time I visit my old college friends.

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Photo of BHopp12
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place by far is one of my favorite to visit and easily accessible for me as its right in my own "backyard". They have an extensive collection of hard to find and popular craft beers. For example, AleSmith IPA, Speedway Stout, an extensive collection of Dogfish Head, the list goes on. A favorite of mine is to stop and pick up a few bottles for the night. Also great food and great service. Food is pub style and fantastic. If in the area I highly recommend stopping in and grabbing a bite to eat and a few good beers.

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Photo of shangwang
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Decided to check this place out on a Friday night when my mother-in-law wanted to meet up somewhere near Phoenixville. I had read some of the reviews on BA, as well as Google and Urbanspoon, and I'll admit I was a little nervous about the service based on what I had read. It was obvious this place had a great selection, but my wife often likes to ask for alterations to whatever she orders when we go out, and I wasn't sure how that would be received. We arrived around 5pm and had no trouble getting a table, although it did start to fill up quickly and by 6-6:30pm there was a wait. We had a high-top table near the bar and our waitress was very attentive and seemed to have a pretty good knowledge of the beer. I had a Monk's Flemish Sour Ale and a Ballast Point Barrel-aged Black Marlin, and both were priced around $5, which I was happy with. As far as the food went, all 3 of our meals were delicious, and the waitress didn't bristle at all when my wife asked for some slight changes to her meal. We weren't rushed at all, and before we left I grabbed 4 bombers (Cantillon Gueuze, BP Victory at Sea, Avery 18th Anniversary, and Lost Abbey Gift of the Magi) which were discounted 20% because I purchased 4. The prices weren't bad to begin with, but with the discount I was thrilled. The bottle selection was ridiculous!

Overall, I was very pleased with our experience - great beers, great food, and I left with some great bottles and a great price. Definitely will go back.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped in here with some friends from work after a long day.

Craft Ale House is fairly small looking from the outside and inside, well, it's pretty small and fairly tight corners. What a nice place though. Outside looks spiffy with new renovations. Inside, pretty much 90% dark wood interior. Few beer signs and more cozy surroundings is a plus as I hate for a bars interior to be another form of advertisement. One of those almish fireplaces with a two person couch if I recall correct. Bar area is incredibly small and hard to get a seat at. Tables surrounding that with a mix a six to go selection and another cooler of beer behinf the bar. Bathrooms were spiffy.

Grabbing a table(which was mad close to another table) I was greeted promptly by my server and she was pretty hot. That's always a plus! I ordered up some daisy cutters and that new Victory DIPA. Clean glassware and proper pours.

I ordered up a marhgaretta(Sp?) Pizza and some other grub. It was decent, nothing spectacular, but above most bars food offerings. It took a bit to get the food as well and it was not all that busy. Everybody enjoyed the food though so it's a win.

Pretty nice draft list with about 16 or so representing most styles. I wish I came here a week sooner when they had Cantillon 100% Kriek on tap(Kicks Rocks). A killer bottle list as well that is up to date. I mean this list rivals most out there nad reminds me of Eulogy's list in terms of sheer volume and beer styles/breweries/Etc.

A nice small spot that im sure has a loyal local following, because let's face it, what else is there to do in Limerick. Im going to come back and try to get a bar seat and see if the tenders really know their beer.

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Photo of chefmonty
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

CAH is a great craft beer only place in what use to be the Limerick Deli. The complete renovations they did to the place were nothing short of incredible. Nice dark woodwork, a Hightop seating area as you walking in to your left. To your right, a couch line waiting/casual seating area with fireplace. Staight ahead, an L-shaped bar that seats around 15, and the rest of the place is table seating.

Great tap selection with most styles represented. almost aways a sour selection,a stout asaision etc, you get the point.

Staff is very knowlegible and attentive. The food is a definite improvement to the usual Pub-grub.

Overall one of my favorite suburban Philly stops.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

The beer is definitely the star as this smallish bar has a clean, bright and uninspiring atmosphere. Lots of unadorned cream colored walls with dark wood appointments. Bar seats maybe 15 with twice as many standing. Dining room has ample room but is somewhat cramped.

A few open fronted refrigerators behind the bar house many of the high ABV, limited and seasonal bombers, while a half a dozen other open fronted refrigerators continue long the same wall to the right of the bar, able to be browsed at your leisure. The 20 or so taps featured a wide mix of beer, but stuck to the expansive 200+ bottles, all reasonably priced.

Service was spotty as it was hard to approach the crowded bar and the 2 servers lost track of who was due up next. Did not sample the food.

Overall, not the best vibe in atmosphere and crowd composition, but a great bottle selection and decent prices make this place.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Saturday, the day before the Super Bowl 4 of us came here for lunch. Upon walking in I was impressed with the darker woody atmosphere, fireplace with couches in front of it, and the laid back feeling. Waitress was quick to serve us, was knowledgeable, and friendly. We ordered the Tipsy Monk Mussels, Hamburger, Fish & Chips, and Chicken Sandwich. My Fish & Chips weren't bad but weren't spectacular either, my wife's Chicken was the same. We drank some Breckenridge Amber, Green Flash Grand Cru, Stoudt's Lager, and Petrus, all tasty. They, unfortunately ran out of peanut Butter pie! 4 people for lunch and drinks came out to $100. A bit pricey but we had several drinks.
Overall, I enjoyed my visit and would recommend. I wouldn't make another 1hour trip out just for this place but if you're in the area or have friends close by its worthy of a visit.

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

First visit to this place was this past week. It was a great first impression.

As we walked in, you found a few scattered patrons at the bar enjoying a wide variety of brews. My buddy and I pulled up a seat at the bar, to see one of the employees finishing up the draft board that alone was a nice touch. As we sat down, we were greated by the bartender who explained the new brews on the list, as well as handed us a list of the bottles that were also available to purchase.

My buddy asked the bartender about her recommendations from the list. She was extremely knowledgable about all the brews and how well they sell, as well as what she felt about them. I went with a Allagash tripel, while he went with another brew. What made this place great, is what happened with my second brew. My second selection was a Troegs Flying Mouflan, but the keg kicked half through, so she gave it to me on the house. So while deciding a on another brew, she happened to mention that they had a bottle of Victory Dark Intrigue, which neither my buddy nor myself had been able to get our hands on. She said they weren't for take out, but we could have it in the bar. So of course we did and enjoyed the awesomeness that it was. What made it even better was, that she hadn't had it yet either so she asked for a small sip from a shot glass..which we of course gave.

Forgive my rambling, this place is great. Other patrons know there stuff and its a great place for any beer geek to enjoy there stuff and chat about it as well. With staff or other patrons.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I've been going to Craft Ale House since late 2009 and consider myself to be a "regular" there. All things considered, I'm trying to be very unbiased...

CAH is a small beer bar, no wine, no liquor, though BYOW is encouraged and there is no corking fee. The atmosphere is dimly lit throughout, three high-top tables on your immediate left as you walk in, with the chalk beer board behind. The bar is small, directly next to the high-tops though there are stools behind the bar with a thin ledge to rest your drinks on. The rest is dining tables, two or three in the far back, and perhaps 8 or so on the side. Not too big at all.

The taps are always rotating and you can always expect a variety of styles. There is always one Nitro tap on, always one beer in the Sour-realm, and then a variety of dominantly US craft beer from all over, as well as the occasional imports (mostly Belgian or German). His (Gary) bottle selection tops over 400 different beers, last time I did an evaluation with him...I believe Summer 2010.

The service is great and has been from the beginning. Obviously, once you're a regular, your service is top-notch. Though, I've noticed their staff is much more educated, patient and friendly than from two years ago. The bartenders are quite good, especially Brian and Wendy, and will go out of their way to explain the different beers and give you samples to try.

The food is absolutely outstanding. Although their menu is quite small, they have everything from up-scale pub food (chicken tenders ROCK), to fine-dining type of meals. There's something for everyone on here, despite how small of a selection there may be.

If you haven't visited yet, please do, Gary and Melissa are two of the best owners I've seen run a restaurant. They're always on the floor seating, cleaning, tapping, whatever they can do to help out. Perfect.

TIP: Stay past 11pm for the complimentary popcorn - it's outstanding - crackcorn, we call it.

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Photo of pvequalsnrt
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

i don't live too far away, but have not visited yet because there are a few more places closer to me. but i was not disappointed. i went for a troegs event, so the place was crowded. that may be my only complaint; the dining area isn't too large. but it keeps the place quaint, i suppose. the beer selection was great (they had scratch 39 before the brewery did!) and the food was excellent. the BEST burger i've had for quite some time.

i will be going back to this place. most likely next week.

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Photo of George2744
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I've been to this establishment no less than 7 times in the past 12 weeks...yes, the beer brings me in, but the food keeps me returning.

If you're looking to get in and out quickly, this is not your place. Service has always been friendly and knowledgable. You're never rushed here. The quality of the food for the price is exceptional. In my opinion, "one of the best burgers" within 50 miles. The owners, one in the front of the house, the other in the back always keep a watchful eye out for patrons and their needs.

This is Limericks best kept secret!!

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Photo of yobeerman
4.3/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

One of my favorite Ale Houses. This place has an excellent craft beer selection, along with one of the widest selections of bottled craft beers for purchase. They serve upscale pub food, as well as some dishes that you'd only see in fine restaurants. I'm told that all ingrediants are fresh, and that there's no freezer on the site.

Dining is casual w/an cozy dining area of only 10 or 12 tables. Seating is also available at the bar and adjacent to the bar on some high tables and chairs.

Appetizers, Soups, and Salads are all very creative and delicious. As others have mentioned, the kitchen can be slow but it's worth the waite.

The beers on tap are all craft brews. Usually a great selection that comes from areas throughout the US. The staff knows their stuff and is always happy to help w/a sample or advice.


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Photo of mildlybitter75
2.88/5  rDev -33%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The pros of this place is the selection is very good, but they have no hand-pumps and their draft selection is always very High abv beers. When I went here a few times in the Summer it was all High abv belgians and IPA's which I don't want to drink on a hot day.
This place really draws the Yuppie Middle-class crowd which is why they charge a fortune for their beers and food, and as far as food goes its nothing special; but it is very good--I will give them that.
As far as staff goes it's hit or miss. Sometimes you will get a nice friendly bartender but 9 times out of 10 they usually are very snobby and give you dirty looks if you drink your beer to fast. Obviously they don't understand the concept of working for tips.

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Photo of bobfinkenaur
3.59/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5

This place is a little out of my way but I was in the area and wanted to give it a try. Very good draft list on the chalk board next to the bar. Unfortunately after waiting for some time along with another guy to get service at the bar I decided to try and get service in the restaurant side. After sitting there for some time reading Draft Magazine I finally got a waitresses attention who informed me she could not get me a beer...huh? Unfortunately I left this place without buying a beer. I applaud this place for its focus on quality beer but I hope quality service becomes a focus soon.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Transcribed from undated notes, but I was here with chefmonty and TheChauffeur1, so it had to be around mid-Spring 2009.

Located along Ridge Pike, the parking lot surrounded the building with an extensive patio on the left side. The entry was in the center of the side nearest the road, with a wide, glassed-in vestibule. Coming in, a few high tables and chairs were to the left, fronting a blackboard just before the laminated dark wood bar with a slight "S"-shape at its end. To the right of the bar, beginning just inside the door, was a short wooden wall fronted by stools on the bar side. On the other side of said wall was a mini lounge area with a small fireplace, a coffee table and several comfy chairs. Wooden benches lined the walls, fronted by standard restaurant tables and chairs. The lavs were all of the way aft on the right side. The kitchen was aft, in the centerline, with another set of benches and tables to the left of the kitchen door.

Food: We ate, but I neglected to note what I had. We were talking to one of the owners and he mentioned that part of their business philosophy is a commitment to local beers and produce. How many times have I preached the Buy Local, Eat/Drink Local mantra? That's a non sequitur, BTW.

Beers: The back bar included sixteen (16) constantly rotating taps along with shelves for glassware. Past the back bar were the numerous cooler doors, filled with over 200 bottles. My only complaint was that the beers were served too cold, which is a testament to my impatience and also a factor that they were working to tweak.

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Photo of sholland119
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A fine establishment with an excellent craft selection and upscale pub food. A ten or twelve seat L-shaped bar with some high top table on the left. A half wall separates the bar from the open dining room, which probably seats 65 or so.

There are 16 taps, all craft, largely local and nicely diverse. The bottle list is almost uncountable, with great drink-in or take-out selections at relatively reasonable prices.

The menu is creative and generally well executed. The chicken tenders and pork sandwich are out of this world. Salads are beautiful, with lettuce that looks hand picked rather than poured out of a bag. The kitchen can be slow, and struggles at times with consistency but when it's on, there are few pubs with better food.

Fortunately, CAH has done away with many of the off-putting elements of the early dining experience ("No, you may not have your sauce on the side", "Your large table must place its order for only half the table at a time"). Service has become more knowledgeable too.


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Photo of Wilson27
3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

The second time visiting this establishment. The first time was last year and I remember it being much better. This time the service lacked, it was almost as if we were inconveniencing our server. My buddy and I both ordered burgers med-well, mine was burnt and his was raw. Surely an isolated incident. The services was much better the first time I was there.

The beer selection is great. I'd say about 10 taps of local, national and foreign craft selections. Five coolers with about six shelves on them of bottles to choose from to drink there or take with you. Also three other coolers of just 750ml bottles.

Single bottle prices aren't too high, if you get a mix six pack to go, they take 20% off the total. Definitely worth it.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

combo beer bar and restaurant. was very crowded on a saturday night, waited almost an hour for a table to eat. some people in line for tables actually left. however, couches and beer from the bar made the wait fine for us. the place is fairly small with maybe 10? seats at bar, a few high top tables, and maybe 10-15 dinner tables. live acoustic music latter in the evening. mostly a middle age crowd.

quality and quantity of beer selection was great - both tap and bottle.

service was fine, as I didn't wait long for beers and our waitress for food was attentive.

the food was very tasty.

the pork sandwhich and fries was a huge portion, although the soup and salad my wife went with was on the small side. some beer prices I thought were a good deal, others high.

would definitely go back, just maybe during a less crowded time.

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Photo of gcare02
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

It is a great addition to the Limerick area and you have to stop here if you are in the area. Always a great variety of 16 rotating drafts for folks of all flavors. They have around 250 bottles on hand which is pretty impressive. Food menu is pretty limited (but good) which is no problem because the variety of beer makes up for it. They have live music on the weekend, and local beer gatherings with a lot of talented home brewers that attend. The bottles don't change around too much but expect something new on draft every time you are in there.

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Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Made it up to this place a few days after I heard they opened. I head back every so often when I hear they have something good on tap. They have a website keeping you up to date on tap lists, live entertainment and events.

It's a cozy little place with a bar, hi-top tables, booths and sofa's/coffee tables to drink at. Maybe a fire place? I forget. The bottle selection has been gradually improving over the last few months and I would say now it is definitely one of the best bottle selections in the area. Really good stuff in there. The tap list is always great too, and they've had a lot of really good/rare stuff on already for how new they are. Food is tasty too, from what I've tried, and moderately priced.

The rarer/more expensive kegs of beer cost more for a pour, but a lot of stuff is in the $4-$5/pint price range which is what I'm used to. Overall a good value for a really nice looking place with friendly service and great beer.

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Photo of NolanGTI
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Craft is in the middle of nowhere, or right down the street depending on your frame of reference. Housed in a building in the parking lot of a hardware store on a less than inspiring stretch of road, what you find inside is pretty remarkable.

This place is cared for. The owners are always around. It is clean, modern and homey all at once. Generally friendly and moderatley knowledgeable staff compliments a solid tap list and nice take-out selection. Food is above par (or technically under if you are a golfer) the times I have eaten there. It would be pretty hard to not think highly of this place after my multiple visits.

Only complaints would be location (for me at least- which is admitedly arbitrary), decor is a bit sparse and not quite homey as I would like and prices can run on the high side. Many pours are 10oz and $5, which is pretty steep.

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Craft Ale House in Limerick, PA
Place rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 63 ratings