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KClinger's Tavern

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14 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

304 Poplar St
Hanover, Pennsylvania, 17331
United States

(717) 633-9197

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Photo of Slatetank
4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I had the day free the other day so I decided to swing by KClinger's and have a late lunch. I have been coming to KClinger's for close to ten years now and really enjoyed visiting the Publick house (r.i.p.) which was closer to where I live. I like the atmosphere at KClinger's - you can tell beer is the focus as you walk in. There are bottles circling the ceiling in the dining room and displayed in front of a mirror behind the bar. Personlized plates from around the country and Delerium Tremens neon beside European style tap towers.

I surveyed the extensive beer menu and draft menu of about 40 beers and ordered. I got to meet Tyler, the bartender who is a BA and discuss beer in general. about 8 or 9 of the taps are your usual Guinness, Bass, Stella, Yuengling, but I ordered a Southern Tier Imperial Pumpkin ale. I also ordered a Zydeco Charlie, which has been a fave of mine since I started coming to Kclinger's. It is a tuna steak sandwich served w/ cajun mayo. The service was fast, the beer kept flowing even as the bar started to fill up. I met a couple of Camra members from Virginia while I ate, which was nice

There are many several seating choices while you enjoy your beer: you can relax outside at the biergarten, pull up a stool behind the long tap tower, there is even a games area adjacent to the dining room. I have enjoyed more than a few big name blues artists while seated in the bar area, as well as quality local acts.

The attention to detail and knowledge of the bartenders is good and they won't hesitate to offer you an alternative if your choice is out of stock. The bottle menu is detailed and has beers grouped by beer style. I like the fact that you can mix a six of beer to go, since I travel a distance to get there.

I really enjoyed my visit and was able to add some beers to my passport. The passport is part of the International Beer Taster's Club. There are many levels and after 'tasting' 1,000 beers they have a beer brewed in your honor. I appreciate KClinger's commitment to quality craft brewed beer. They are definitely one of the best beer bars in Central PA. I will continue to support their them, they offer choices of craft beer from California, Oregon, Michigan and many local PA choices as well from the Mid Atlantic area. It is worth a visit if you are in the area since they keep the taps rotating and usually carry a unique Rogue draft.

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Photo of hollyisaway
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I had a job interview, and two friends took me here afterward since we had all heard the great reputation.

Off the bat, the waitress was incredible. Welcoming, knew about the beer, and even had a cigarette with us to chat about beer taste and music. Wonderful person to have tending the restaurant.

There were about 30 beers on tap, 28 standard and 2 nitro. The nitro's were worthwhile but seemingly picked randomly. Not impressive. Nitro's were Old Speckled Hen (which was probably done to emulate cask) and Red Seal (which made no sense and lost a lot of quality).

They also serve a specialty beer, Donna's Forbearance Stout, where every pint bought contributed to breast cancer charity. A very solid program.

The selection was pretty standard, but the oddity of some selections was delightful. Seeing Bud Light beside Old Crustacean was very welcome, and I ended up trying every beer possible. A sample platter of any six beers cost about $8, which for 5oz glass seems incredibly reasonable.

Food was a bit expensive, hence the value not being perfect, but I did not have anything. Friends enjoyed their medium and well-done burgers.

I've heard Kclinger's has gone downhill, but I listened to 10 songs on the jukebox, had a pint, three samplers, and only paid $30 for some of the best service in the world and one of the best beer selections in the area.

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Photo of shawnsmith1
1.45/5  rDev -63.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 2 | selection: 1 | food: 3

This place is a heartbreaker for me. These days their 40+ taps are dedicated to the mega-producers and other cheap swill, atmosphere unclean and unsavory. When they first opened in 1995, they were ahead of their time--unassumingly dedicated to great beer, with over 40 draft selections and page after page of bottle selections. I remember when a firkin of J. W. Lees was tapped on the bar. This is where I discovered the world of Belgian beer, where I had my first DFH Midas Touch, where my passion for craft beer was born. I guess since then, the business has been sold, because you'll find none of this at Kclingers now.

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Photo of brewman63
4/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

You wouldn't expect to find a place like this out in the middle of nowhere (Hanover may not be the middle of nowhere but it's close). Places like this in a larger city are hard to come by. If you can't find a beer you like here then maybe you should stop drinking beer. They have an enormous selection of bottled beer and a large selection of drafts. I've only been here once (traveling on business) but plan to come back when in the area. The food was good, standard pub fare. The bar is full of different items that give it a quaint but not over-the-top cliche' feel to it. This isn't TGIFriday's (thankfully). The waitstaff was very freindly and helpful. The people of Hanover should feel very fortunate to have a place like this in their hometown.

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Photo of ScottDep
2.7/5  rDev -32%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4

What happen to this place? They no longer have a large beer menu; now only 2 pages long with most easy to get and macro stuff. Only had 4 Belgians in bottles and Stella on tap. Bartender said they are now longer buying expensive beers as they don't sell. The tap and bottle selection showed it. The place was filthy, in a state of disrepair, and very empty for a Saturday night. No longer a beer bar, just a bar. Seems like they are having financial difficulties like the other location that closed. Can't imagine they will be in business much longer.

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3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

a local bar in hanover pa. lots of regulars show every week. the bar managers are very nice and friendly and can help with many questions that you may have.

there are 2 hand pumps (casks) and 42 taps on a rotating basis. hand pumps are on every once in a while with guinness, kclingers brown ale brewed by ottos in state college and one of the big three coors, bud, miller on at all times.

the menu had some entrees and bar food. the sandwiches are good to have with the quality of beer that they have on tap

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Photo of dedrinker
4/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I loved this small town bar. Cozy atmosphere, wood paneled wall, but not everywhere - almost a cross between UK pub and rural US beer joint. Nice patrons, nice staff, kinda male-dominated, but they were all nice. Sports on all the TVs, but low or no volume, which is good. No smoking, which is great - I like to smell my beers, not cigarettes. Besides, I can smoke outside, no big deal. Good draft selection, lots of mid-Atlantic offerings and then a few west coast/new England/ imports thrown in. Decent pub grub. Lots of bottles, and two hand pumps. Enthusiastic and reasonably educated staff to boot. A very bright spot in a small town. Not a destination, but if you are passing through, then definitely go there.

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Photo of Flashy
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Haven't been to KClingers in about 10 years. Loved the place during that visit which was around dinner time. I remember a different place from the one I found on this trip. Drivng to Gettysburg at 11 PM on a rainy foggy night I saw a sign for Hanover and took the exit. An arrow straight road took me to Hanover and after some driving around the back streets I found KClingers(everyone I asked knew where it was). I found what looked and sounded like a smokey roadhouse. I was a bit turned off by the cigarette smoke cloud, but it matched the Delta Blues Band on stage. Not quite the nice pub for a dinner from 10 years ago, but I guess many places change after 9-10 PM. It was a bit loud to converse with the bartender over what beers were available and the taps were scrunched together making for hard reading. Thank goodness the helpful bartender handed me a printed beer menu. The list was impressive: 2 stouts from Bell, Cisco Whale Tail (must be some trip from Nantucket to Hanover), Smuttynose Blue Point, Southern Tier, Anderson Valley, Acme, and on and on...and a couple of beers on the hand pump.
No food this time, just had two great beers, and left with a full growler and cigarette smell on my clothes (only down side and I smoke). Will love to come back in less then 10 years and check out the dinner menu.
Highly recommended.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.94/5  rDev +24.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I recently visited KClinger's Tavern in Hanover on a rare day off from work, and it's definitely motivation for me to take more time off from work! First off, the bartender was awesome and super-helpful and patient with me. I had a Flying Fish Summer Ale and Rogue American Amber, and was sure to leave with a 6-pack for the road (I drove over an hour to get there). I gave him a list of a sixer I wanted, and when they didn't have everything, he made some suggestions for replacements, which all turned out to be great (I'm drinking one of them right now - a Lion Stout). The selection is definitely the best in Central PA, hands down. The price would have been pretty steep, but I got a discount for getting a six-pack, and I didn't visit during happy hour (I was there around 2:00 pm).

I definitely plan on returning soon to get some more west-coast brews. Thanks for a wonderful time!

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Photo of doubleipa
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I always plan on spending an afternoon that turns into an evening at KClingers when our family visits south central PA to visit relatives every summer. This summer's visit turned out to the best so far. They had 9 IPAs or DIPAs on tap. We tried all of them excpet the SN. We can't get ANY of the other 8 in Georgia. Food is average pub grub. Food service is OK, but the beer service is outstanding. Not only could the waitress answer all of our questions on beer, the bartender stopped by our table twice to talk beer with us. The best beer they had on tap was Hair of the Dog Doggie Claws. Not only was it on tap, but it was cask conditioned!! As if that wasn't good enough, the bar tender allowed me to go with him down into the cellar and hand pick beers I could buy.

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Photo of cubedbee
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is a great bar in the middle of nowhere that's hard to find, and even if you accidently drove by you'd never expect the great bar inside from the dinghy looks outside. Place looks really small, coming in there was a fair sized bar straight ahead with a small dining room right in front of the bar. There was also a second little room with more bar and a side dining room I didn't go in, but I can see how this place gets crowded at nights. I stopped for lunch, there were only 2 other people, so service was very prompt.

This place has an absolutely amazing beer selection, even if it was in a bigger city and not a small rural town. There's a huge bottled beer list with something like 900 beers--didn't even look at that. The had about 40 quality beers on tap--started with a sampler of Avery Hog Heaven Barleywine, SN Celebration, SN Harvest, Smuttynose IPA, the house Brown, and a Pils brewed for a member of their beer club that reached 1000 beers. Finished the meal with a great Kalamazoo Stout. Other gems I didn't get to try included some special Rogue brews I've never seen before, St. Bernadus Wit, and Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen. All the beers tasted fresh, and it seems like they get good rotation, as the beer list had been printed the previous day and two of the beers I asked for were already changed. Prices are all very reasonable; $3.75-$4.00 per serving. Most served in Pint glasses, hich octane beers in wine glasses, Pils and Hefe glasses used as appopriate.

I had a blackened chicken sandwhich for lunch, very good, pretty inexpensive at $5. Served with potato chips and a pickle. As I said, place was empty, so service was prompt and good. I really love this place, wish it weren't so far away from Baltimore---friend of a friend lives in Hanover though so I'll definitely see if I can't make it up here more often to hit this great establishment.

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Photo of Edwin
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Atmosphere - A very cool bar with a lot of character to it. This is the original Kclinger's that spawned the newer (and superior) Etter location. A lot of fun to be had here. Great bands and a stellar open mic night. Always something happening.

Quality - A lot of bang for your buck. Never a cover on Fridays and Saturdays for the bands, and a lot of high quality brews for very reasonable prices.

Service - This place gets ridiculously packed, so it is tough to always have great service, but I would say that it is usually very good.

Selection - Unbelieveable. Hundreds upon hundreds of beers to be found and enjoyed.

Food - Only ever had the Quesedillas, and they were pretty good.

Overall - This place is VERY hard to find if you are not from Hanover, so get solid directions. This is not just a great beer bar, it is one of the nicest bars in the entire area, so it attracts both the beer savvy as well as the local yokel crowd. It tends to get PACKED when good bands play, so watch the schedule if you're coming from out of town. This place is good, but the other location is bigger and better!

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I have been here a few times and have always come away happy, whether it was a liquid lunch or one with solid food too always a good experience. My only complaint is that it is a little hard to find. The pub is located on a little side street and is easy to miss as there a few one way streets around.
Once you get there it is definitely worth it.
The beer menu is incredible and there is always a cask selection avaialable. I have had quite good food there as well, ranging from sandwiches to dinner entrees always tasty.
The pub is a little on the small side but it was never too crowded when I was there. Probably a little more on a Saturday nite.
I highly recommend this establishment if in the Hanover area. IF closer to Harrisbur go to the newer Kclingers in Etters, the selection is just as good.

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Photo of jrancan
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

From what I understand, this is the first of the two KClinger's locations. With 39 taps and 600 or so in bottles, it would make even the most jaded BA giddy upon entering.
My first rant: watching 90% of the other patrons drinking Miller Lite with over 600 others beers available? Give me a break. I was worried that the turnover couldn't be very good for most of the beers, but I didn't come across any that were stale.
Great vintage list (I had a McRogue Scotch from 2000), and cheap prices for the most part. Most domestic pints were $3.50, but the Belgian's seemed a bit steep.
Atmosphere was good if you're talking about the actual set-up. Very long bar with HUGE collection of old glassware and bottles. Also, a dining room off to the side and a game room beyond that. The crowd was a different story. Too much smoke and too many people screaming to get heard over the band, (which was too loud). Man, I must be getting old.
Almost forgot, the nachos and soup I had were terrible.
Overall, great selection would get me coming back here if it weren't in the middle of nowhere. Next I'll try the newer locale, which has 60 taps or so.

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KClinger's Tavern in Hanover, PA
Place rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 14 ratings
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