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Marley's Brewery And Grille

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Marley's Brewery And GrilleMarley's Brewery And Grille

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1323 Columbia Blvd
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, 17815
United States

(570) 784-9600 | map

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Added by hhkal17 on 02-11-2011

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4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Driving down route 11 from the interstate, I'd come to realize at some point that I had no idea what this place was called or where it was. I just remembered the look of the layout of the land when I mapped it; straight line, turn to the right, turn to the left. I figured I could sniff it out from there, which I did. It’s called Marley’s; located in a strip of town, some town, PA...

This is a double wide; bar side, dining side. I’m not all fancy dininglike so I park bar; long and straight of shiny varnished newness with a wide lip & piping foot rail, and seating for 14 on high leather chairs. The barback is an expansive piecing. Framed 4x6 logo mirror on center, with angled corner mini shelves holding ceramic steins of all sizes and shapes. Vertical mirror back panel pieces to both sides with flatscreens above and glassware hanging from the underside. Shelved glassware and growlers displayed on the ends. Wines countered along the way, glassware & wine shelved below center, and cupboardtry extending to the ends.

Walls are a pale green over panel lowers, with a pressed tinlike bordering trim and a gold drop ceiling to match. New slat wood laminate floor and a front wall of windows. Wall in between rooms holds peekaboo arches, the overhang above with a cool “brewing process” piece. Drop thimble lamps trace the bar and rest over some adjacent seating. Ceiling spots and spinny fans and some baby spots up front and in the bar overhang. To the rear, a single red felt pool table, flatscreens above, a mounted CD juke, and a few more tables along the far wall. Up front, a pair of hightop tables in the window, and 4 adjacent to the bar, split 2 & 2 for the entranceway to the dining side.

10 tap nondescript handle tower on the bar. Samplers are served on a dog bone shaped wood holder. They don’t do an ‘everything sampler’, so to take it all in, I had to do a 6 sampler and a 4 sampler. As they only had 9 beers up, I was to double up on a beer of my choice, player to be named later. I’m pretty sure a few of them are regular full timers (Kong Kolsch, sweetish, pleasant; Dog Runner Red, an Irish Red, deep ruby colored, good maltiness; Tire Chaser IPA, has a bite but I think misses, still, it wasn’t too bad; Guard Dog Porter, a robust porter, good licorice flavors, nice porter), and the rest of them are seasonals (Leg Humper Stout, an English Oatmeal Stout with homemade chocolate syrup added. I swear it’s true, um, just not what I’m looking for, and I hope is not looking for me; Cat Chaser IBA, light roast, full on hop, definitely more assertive than the IPA, does not suck; Guide Dog Gold, a fruit beer with kiwi, a spritzy summer thing; Ankle Biter Amber, good caramel toffee sweetness and a Fuggles bite; Dock Jumper Dunkel, and the banana and the clove), and 2 that had recently kicked (Wagging Tail Wit & Howling Hound Helles). The Dog Runner Red, Cat Chaser IBA, Ankle Biter Amber, and Guard Dog Porter were the best of ‘em.

And dinner, ‘cause it’s gotten on that time. The soup of the day is chicken tortilla, and I’m here today so it seems apt. It showed up about 30 seconds after I ordered it. I put it down nearly as fast. And then the chicken breast dinner, served with 2 sides (slaw & sweet pot fries), and a pre side salad of perfect for what I needed, with French. I opted for the chicken done Cajun dry rub, ‘cause I like the pain. And I did.

Do be aware of the ramp sloping down into the dining room side, lest you fall and I laugh. Yellow painted walls over wood trim lowers. Mounted wall bell lamps, and old timey Bloomsburg black & white prints and panoramic shots. Booths along the walls and tables down center, 2 dozen in all. And I just got a peek at the basement brewery ‘cause I must have looked like I wanted to see it. Which, you know, I did.

So, I caught a good meal and I enjoyed a good couple of the beers. Did I mention that everything was in the 5-6.5% range? Well, it was. Trivia night kicks in soon so I will be heading out; I still have hours to go west yet. Good tunes, friendly bunch of folks. It’s not like I get through this corridor too often but I’d take it in again, sure.

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3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

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3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Formerly a Bennigan's, the place was fairly spacious, with large bar and and dining room separated by glass partition. Z-shaped bar seats 16-20 people. 12 beers on tap, the two I tried were ok. Service was friendly, but with minimal beer knowledge. Had the chicken tenders...ok... reasonable price.

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3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

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3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

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vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

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vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

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3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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1.5/5  rDev -61%

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3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of crowsnest
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Stopped by Marley's at their new location ... Rte 11 about a mile from downtown Bloomsburg (old location). Great atmosphere and much more "elbow room" than the previous location. Great selection of craft beers including Pack Dog Peanut Butter Ale and a nitro driven Foggy Dog Expresso Porter. Stopped by on our way through for a growler and some appetizers. Lobster bisque, coconut shrimp and potato skins ... all excellent, tasty and well-presented. Service was great ... our waiter was well versed with craft beers. Reasonably priced. Worth a visit if you're in the neighborhood.

Mark - Pine Grove

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Photo of tommyguz
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Finally, the wife and I found ourselves with the chance to stop at Marley's. We had one major concern though, we were traveling with our dog! That could have been a big factor in our ability to stop, because we would never want to leave the dog in the car for an extended period of time. I called up my friend from college, Andrea, and asked her about Marley's and also if she would want to meet us for a drink. She told me they have an outdoor patio that was dog friendly. I was very excited to hear that. We decided we would definitely stop this time around.

Seeing that it was an overcast, cool day, we decided to run inside quick and get a sampler and a quick bite to eat as we were waiting for our friend to Arrive. After our bite to eat, we ventured out to the patio and brought the dog to hang out on the patio with us and enjoyed catching up with Andrea, while sampling some of Marley's brews.

In this dog themed restaurant, the atmosphere was pretty low key but we were there on a random Thursday in the summer. I don't know where they came up with the dog theme, as their is no history on their webpage, but it is a pretty neat theme. I didn't expect it to be crowded and I was right. There were only a handful of people there. Despite having a full range menu, we ordered an appetizer and some salads. The appetizer was one that is always the wife and I's go to when it is on the menu, Coconut Shrimp! The coconut shrimp was good, but the real star of that plate was the Pineapple Coconut Pina Colada dipping sauce. Unreal! The rest of the food was good. We saw they had a brick oven for Pizza's but we decided we just didn't feel like a pizza. I am not sure if they do, but if they don't, they should use the spent grain from brewing for their pizza dough. That combined with a brick oven would be ridiculous!

Anyways, I ordered a sampler of 6 of their beers, as the wife is still pregnant and didn't have anything to drink. I wanted a large variety and went with the Cat Chaser IBA, Tire Chaser IPA, Kong Kolsch, Bitch in Wheat Hefeweizen, Guard Dog Porter and the Maple Irish Red on Nitro as my six samples. The beer that really caught my attention was their Peanut Butter Ale, but I opted for a full glass of that (review to follow). The thing that really put Marley's over the top, in my opinion, was the fact that we could sit out on their patio, eat and drink, all while our dog was out there with us. I really appreciated that, especially since we were traveling with our dog. I mean it is a Dog Themed Brewery after all.

We were very happy with our visit to Marley's and I hope to stop by again to check out some more of their beers as well as try one of their Brick Oven Pizza's. The only complaint I have about Marley's is that they weren't around when I was living in Bloomsburg, but I guess they can't be completely at fault with that.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Visited on a Saturday evening. Place was crowded.

Not a place I will be visiting again, considering the other brewpub options in this part of PA.

A - Your average clean, well lit place, but undistinquishable from any Chi-Chi's or Applebee's. I liked their previous location (downtown) and vide much, much better.

Q - No compliants.

S - Service was great. Our waitress was attentive. When we had an issue with the meal the manager arrived very quickly. Some simple questions about the beers on tap were met with reasaonable answers.

S - House beers were average to slightly above. They do have guest beers from local brewers (Stoudt's and Purple Healer when we visited).

F - Hit or miss. I ordered the prime rib special, which was horrible. I spoke to the manager who admitted that it was the last piece of the day. It was thick cardboard. The manager removed the item from the check, I politely turned down their offer for a replacement entre or a dessert.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

As I was rolling through the area, I popped in for a pint. The place was closing at 5 for some kind of renovations, I think. The bartender seemed to have no problem serving me, even though it was about 4:50, or so. Nice looking place. Clean and mellow. Selection was fairly thorough. The one I had was okay. Not sure I'd go out of my way to stop here again, since it would be out of my being in Bloomsburg and all. But it was nice to check out.

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Marley's Brewery And Grille in Bloomsburg, PA
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