Prism Brewing Company

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3.52/5
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690 Ratings
Prism Brewing CompanyPrism Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

624 E Main St
Lansdale, Pennsylvania, 19446
United States

(267) 613-8572

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Added by Deuane on 01-11-2010

BEER STATS
Beers:
17
Reviews:
125
Ratings:
690
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
3.94/5
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
47
pDev:
12.44%
 
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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by bigfnjoe:
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4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

First off, as everyone has said, this place isn't easy to find. Our GPS told us to go right onto Dickerson, when we really needed to go left. We finally found it (thanks to a sign from the kind people at Prism saying YES YOU'VE FOUND US), and expectations were low from looking at the outside. Inside, it was a whole different story. This place is very small, with maybe five or six tables and maybe ten seats at the bar. The bartender immediately came up to us at the table, introduced himself, asked our names, shook our hands, and we ordered a flight. Eight beers for ten bucks is a steal, and the beers were all ridiculously unique and delicious. Strawberry jalapeno brown ale? Irish red with maple syrup and fall spices? A black wheat with wasabi? The most conventional beers were an IPA with honey, a pineapple pilsner, and a blonde ale with blood oranges. We didn't get food, but the menu was very basic. The vibe inside is like...I can't even describe it. There were a couple of TVs with sports on, techno music playing, and some other elements that reminded me of an old school pub. The only gripe I had was that service was a tad bit slow, but the bartender was also functioning as the lone server and cook on shift, and the family of five that came in probably didn't lighten his workload. Very unique and definitely added to our list of regular stops.

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Photo of thefireman
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Always running out of beer. Not a big fan of drinking guest beers at a brewpub. Bad service. Takes forever to get a refill. If you're not a regular regular, don't bother sitting at the bar. Overpriced, substandard food.

Closed permanently. No surprise.

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of HellsRanger
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

I HAVE TO GIVE THIS REVIEW IN CAPS, BECAUSE THE REVIEW IS ON THE ORIGINAL LOCATION & NEW !!! AND I WAS NOT ON BEER ADVOCATE WHEN I WAS AT THE ORIGINAL... And now I was to the new location and was SO VERY DISAPPOINTED in everything about it !!! There was no atmosphere, feel nor the look of the ORIGINAL LOCATION. ThE ORIGINAL LOCATION HAD IT ALL GOING FOR IT... SECLUDED, SPEAKEASY STYLE, OLD WAREHOUSE, & FRIENDLY SMALL CLOSE FEEL !!! And now they went commercial and for me a BIG DISAPPOINMENT & MISTAKE !!! It still has their GREAT BEERS, BUT ALSO DOMESTIC NOT WOTHY YELLOW BEERS. Not an advocate any more of PRISM'S new location.

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Photo of rydev24
2.48/5  rDev -37.1%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 2

The beer at this place is average at best (when they actually have any). The old location had lots of charm and part of the fun was finding it because it was hidden near old railroad tracks in a shack. It was cool. Hotdogs and chicken fingers. Great atmosphere back then. The new place is in a shopping center which used to be a fitness center. I went there on 12/29/16 and to my dismay, they were out of beer. Was it posted somewhere? Yes on one of the doors but not on the side doors which I entered through. They did however have a couple guest beers on tap- 3 they were out of (always lame- the guest taps). Didn't even have bottles of their stuff on hand. Let's face it - Prism was a marginal dive brewpub before. They are now trying to be something they are not. Throwing money with a glossy image makeover plus fancy overpriced food and I still see through it - their beer just isn't very good!

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Photo of Stofko1992
4.74/5  rDev +20.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

They've opened a new location since the time I stopped in. The vibe of the old place was a bit of a dive, the selection wasn't too bad but nothing too crazy either. The service was good, would like to see the new place sometime.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

I didn't bother to check into the actual brewing facility, but just enjoyed a few pints and some nachos while relaxing in the kind of funky, unpolished tasting room. Looking at the exposed cinderblock building that houses it, I think it might have been odd if they'd make in any nicer than it actually is, which is kind of cool.

The food is limited by their space, and yet it's somehow works with the feel of the room; and as far as the most basic of pub food goes, it's pretty decent. In fact, I was actually quite surprised by how many people seemed to actually be there for lunch!

The beer is probably limited by their space as well, although I'm not sure. I think there are usually 8 beers on tap, and maybe 1 on hand pump, although I could be wrong as I'm somehow thinking 10. Anyway, the mix of beers is pretty good, offering a range from blonde to stout with some interesting stuff included as well (bacon stout?).

Service, I'll assume, can be different based on who's tending bar, but in the midst of a massive rush (and apparently with a kitchen that had been left unstocked), Sharon was able to keep everything together and make everyone happy.

Probably the best news of all is that they'll soon be moving to a new location! It might lose some of the cool grittiness, but I'm sure it'll be nice, and it'll probably help with the brewing as well.

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Photo of lamb0176
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Photo of George2744
2.85/5  rDev -27.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 1.75 | selection: 4

Photo of BigMike
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Meggles0728
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 2

Everything Prism puts out is quality and exciting. Unique.

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Photo of Sdw64
3.29/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of hp2skater
3.86/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Photo of ShaneHarris
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of MrHodgieMan
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of thgreatrandini
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Zetcha7x
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of cwelsh55
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Stobin
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Small but great brewery. They have a small pub on the front end. Make sure you don't get lost trying to find them.

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Photo of philerman
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Went on a Saturday afternoon. Not at all crowded. Seems to be a two level affair with the taproom/brewery on the upper level and a cellar down below. Especially impressed with the Mason's coffee porter. Everything else was decent but not life-changing. Good prices. Pretty limited kitchen in the bar area (fries, pretzels, pickles and the like) but looked appetizing and less-pretentious than some similar places. Would go back.

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Photo of nesarebad
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%

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Prism Brewing Company in Lansdale, PA
Brewery rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 690 ratings