River House Brewpub

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3.82 w/ 32 ratings

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2890 Rt. 405
Milton, Pennsylvania, 17847
United States

(570) 523-1900

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Added by Roadog on 04-21-2010

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of JonB25
1/5  rDev -73.9%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1

This brewpub closed in December

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Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Visited River House while in the mid-state for Thanksgiving. My dad said he'd found out about this place on-line, about an hour north of his place. Nice drive up the Susquehanna & through Lewisburg, even after dark.

River House is definitely a departure from every other brew pub (& pretty much every other good beer bar) I've visited. The setting is neighborhood Italian place, with columns & a patio outside, pictures of the old country on the walls, a big, central horseshoe bar with dining space surrounding, even vinyl chairs & a drop ceiling. I've been in dozens of other places that looks like this, & while it's got its own charm, I can't say it lends itself to the ambiance of a brew pub. I guess it's what they're going for, though.

A little let down by the house-brewed beer selection, though from reading other reviews I understand why the pickings were on the slim side. They had a wheat & a raspberry wheat on, & while I hold no grudge against these styles, they don't exactly fit the season. Nonetheless, the wheat was decent, with a nice nose. I was happy to see a range of other locals, including a few from Elk Creek, & got a pint of Elk Creek's excellent Copper Ale.

You can tell River House really prides itself on its food, & there were plenty of appetizing items on the menu. The food was good, & the portions were huge. And if you're going, be sure to save room for the canoli - excellent!

Service was a little long at times, but friendly. The chef was there chatting with a family nearby, & was pleasant enough to get into conversation with a few out-of-towners. All in all a nice place to take family, & maybe if I was a local I'd frequent it more. I'm glad I got to try it out, but can't say I'd call it a must-try for other traveling beer geeks (especially with my favorite brewpub less than half-an-hour down the road).

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Photo of brew4health
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We visited the River House on a Sunday afternoon for a little diversion while driving back to Ohio from NYC on Interstate 80 West. It’s about 10 minutes south of the highway.

The outside looks like an Italian restaurant complete with a Romanesque statue and an outside bar with vines growing up the sides of the building. Inside, it’s like a maze with several dining areas and a bar separated by long hallways. They have a large bar and several tables as well as the outdoor bar area.

Their beer list draft selection contained about 10 high quality beers. None were brewed on premises since they had a recent fallout with their brewer, but most were local and the ones we tried were good. They have a new brewer so they should be offering brewed on site beers soon. The variety was good but the selection was not extraordinary. We ordered Lancaster Hop Hog IPA, Elk Creek Amber Ale, and Troeg’s Hopback Amber Ale. All were quite nice at $4.75 a pint.

The menu was mostly Italian with appetizers, sandwiches and a full compliment of dinner selections. The pizza selection was extraordinary with a total of 40+ to choose from. We ordered a half and half (Brewhouse Favorite and Lewisburger Special) of two different offerings and it was good.

It wasn’t crowded. The service was good and the waitress was super nice.

I would go there again, but there are so many beer bars to choose from along the Pennsylvania section of Interstate 80, that I probably won’t go back

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Photo of stakem
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I waited until I had 4 or 5 visits at this place before writing a review so I had a full understanding of what river house was all about. Our most recent visit was on 6/25/11. We had out of state relatives in town for a few days and they were looking for a place to grab some pizza. This was the first place I thought of since the new release of Blackout RIS was fresh on my mind.

The location looks like an Italian sort of place before you even enter which is fitting since that is the theme. There is plenty of seating which can easily handle multiple large parties even during busy times. The seating is divided into the bar area and separate side locations with table seating. The bar area can handle about 15 people give or take a few and the dining area can hold a lot more. A quick glance at the outside hints towards possible growth for outside seating as well. During each of our visits we opted for the bar area.

Service is prompt and attentive, you never go long with an empty glass. The quality of the food is above average. I always want to try something new each time I visit but I seriously get hung up on their pizza every time. The menu is roughly 5 pages long and 2 pages of that are all different types of pizzas which all sound tasty. If you cant find one of the 30 pizzas that sound good to you, they will make a custom one however you like it. They have specials on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Thursday is 1/2 off pizza day. On Sunday you can get a decent sized stromboli at a very reasonable price of $5. If the standard boli isn't your thing, for a dollar more you can have any one of their pizzas turned into a boli... nice! Sunday is also their day for wings, a dozen wings and 2 pints of their brew for $14, you cant go wrong with that.

Bart the brewer is dishing out some serious brews. At the time of our last visit their were 2 different IPAs on draft, one of them on nitrogen. Other selections were a porter, light wheat, red ale, kolsch, scottish ale, strawberry wheat, wit and RIS. What an awesome variety of house made brew. If that isn't good enough, there are also 3 guest taps: flying dog, RJ rockers and Elk Creek. All of Bart's beers have been above average and a pleasure to drink. I hardly ever make it up to Milton, PA area but with selin's grove brewpub only being 20 minutes south of river house, this is a 1-2 combo of stops that makes for an awesome evening or day trip.

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Photo of JBK
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I have been here numerous times now and have tried all of the beers that they have to offer. I have not had a bad beer there and the selection of their beers on tap is fantastic. Bart the brewer is a great guy and has an impressive set up that he made from scratch. Also the specials are a huge bargain with half price pizzas on thursdays. Overall a great place and it keeps bringing me back time after time. Also prices for growler fill ups are not bad, and the growler club, gives you a free growler after 10, and you get a free pint with every fill up.

**Update (9/18/11)** Bart, their brewmaster no longer works there, so now they do not have any more of their own beer on tap, but they do have a good selection of craft beers. I have heard rumors that they are looking for a new Brewmaster to restart their brewing operations, but for now they do not brew their own beer.

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Photo of krisandajt
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped in as part of a Saturday beer trek with some friends. From the outside, I would honestly not have thought of this place as being a brewpub. It is your stereotypical Italian restaurant, both inside and out. We arrived just after the lunch time rush, so there wasn't much going on besides a barmitzvah or something in one of the larger rooms. We make our way back to the bar, which is for the most part empty, and peruse the beer menu. Being a hop head I have to go for their IPA, the rest of the group order different brews from off the menu. I will admit, I was very impressed with their IPA. Fresh, hoppy, and honestly much much better than I thought it would be. In fact, all of their beers exceeded my expectations.

As we were finishing off our beer and getting ready to pack it up to move on to our next destination, we were greeted by a very friendly, very Italian, gentleman who began chatting us up. He was cutting up some homemade sopressata and he wasn't shy about passing it around for everybody to try...and damn it was good. As it turned out he had several business dealings from our area and knew it well. We continued talking and soon were offered a complimentary platter of assorted garlic breads. Once our group finished those off we were offered a quick tour to see where the magic happens...the beer room.

Overall this had to be one of the best experiences I've ever had at a brewpub. The beer was good, the service was good, and the specialized attention our group got was truly exceptional. We will definitely be stopping here again.

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Photo of akorsak
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Edit, 16-Apr-11.

Third visit, this time without the kids in tow. A waitress recognized us, a bartender offered us samples; we felt like VIPs. River House is fast becoming one of my favorite destinations. Service up to 4.0; selection up to 4.5 as Bart now has 8-10 beers on tap at a given time. And most are darned good too.


The beer is flowing, I had to make the trip. To make it palatable for the family, we overshot Milton and spent almost 2 hours at Reptiland in Allenwood, PA.

Atmosphere: A little disconcerting from the outside, the restaurant retains the original architecture from its Italian predecessor. Armless nudes outfront beckon me inside! Once there, a large dining room (generally closed during the afternoon) greets you. Winding corridors lead you back to the bar and seating area. The bar is U-shaped and wooden, a nice place for a pint. We set up shop nearest to the brew room. Some more work wouldn't hurt.

Quality: Despite the uneven appearance, the beers and food were up to par, as was the service. Reasonable prices helped too.

Service: The bar area was underpopulated, so we were covered by the bartender. She was by regularly, but I did have an empty glass on a few occasions.

Selection: Four house beers on tap, along with 7 guest taps. Not a stinker amongst 'em. House beers were a wheat ale, an IPA, a porter, and a Belgian ale. Guest taps included Elk Creek, Otto's, Troeg's, ABC, and Berwick. I went with the house line (the Belgian, Reindeer Fuel, was best of the day). A brewpub that guests other top breweries? Awesome!

Food: The dinner menu is Italian in its focus. That bleeds into the lunch menu as well. In defense of the menu, the Rosemary focaccia was an inspired choice for my sandwich. Pizzas were accessible as well.

Smokey Oak is planned for the near future. You better believe that I'll be back for that one.

Welcome back Bart!

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River House Brewpub in Milton, PA
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