Turkey Hill Brewing Co. Pub & Grille


Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

991 Central Road
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, 17815
United States

(570) 387-8422 | map

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Photo of jeffstinson
4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Stopped in quickly between work outings. Great vibe from first walking in. Awesome exposed wood beams, stone/brick fasciad wraps the brew pub walls. Beautiful wood bar, backed by glassware and small artfully done chalk boards addressing the available brews, showcasing original gravity, final gravity, abv, and IBU's.

About 10-12 brews on draft with a few hand pump cask offerings. Looks like they are pushing ipa's out with some styles similar to that of tired hands. I tried a quick taste of their wheat ipa and it had a bumble gumy flavor that quickly resembled that of a tired hands brew I had recalled months back. The over all feal for a Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 was very laid back, as they only open at 4:00 and close around 11-12pm depending on the time of week(weekdays). Music selection in the background is very satisfying. Listening to Benny and the Jets while downing a hand pumped Cask IPA to some fresh homemade pirogi's seems like the perfect happy hour escape or late Friday evening tradition after classes since Bloomsburg university is a mere stones throw from the 4-year old brewpub.

This is definitely a place to visit if in the area. Nate was manning the bar and was very easy to talk to and answered questions about the beers very knowledgeably.

If you're not game of taking in some classics while drinking beer and conversing with friends or regulars, 2 lcd's are mounted eye level on the top back of the bars.

Food was delicious and beer with a nice 2-fingers worth of frothy head would call me back at any time.

They also seem to be working on a sour program. Also a stout to be released aging in a JW barrel.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Not far from I-80 exit, nice location, ample parking. Just behind the Inn at Turkey Hill, a high star restaurant, don't ge the two confused or your wallet will cry.

Atmosphere has always been good at this place. Great looking building, inside and out, rustic looking. Barrels, both empty and full, lying around everywhere. Two floors, booths, small & large table settings, small outdoor patio, hostess on duty to get you seated. Never had to wait for a table. Live music is a regular feature.

Overall quality is very good. They brew on site, and most beers are very sessionable. The brewer is inventive, and as mentioned above, there are barrels laying around, mostly at the main entrance, with contents labelled along with release dates.

Service, as most places can occasionally be spotty, but on the whole, very good. Last waitress we had was as knowledgeable about the beer as she was with the food. We had a problem with our table once, and it was immediately taken care of.

Beer selection is also very good. Usually a dozen or so to choose from, nitro tap, beer engine and a few specialty options. Recently I was able to try a guest beer fom a recipe by a home brewer. There is a 6 flight option for the regular beers.

Food is really good, a full menu, prices are reasonable considering the quality, rarely tops $20.00 for an entree, sandwiches, salads, etc. The pork shank specialty is probably worth a 4.75 alone. Occasionally the chefs from the restaurant next door will whip up some soups. 6 or so desserts, including an ice cream float using their Lightstreet Porter. Beer pricing is also quite reasonable, most around $5.00.

Only negative is about the music. Although mostly good quality, (and I can't beleive an old Motorhead fan is about to say this) it can get pretty loud upstairs, as the high ceilings and wood does not help muffle the sound. Even accoustic bands seem to use mics & speakers. The upstairs area isn't big enough for you to find a quiet corner.

If it wasn't a little over an hour away, I'd probably come here more often.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Nice looking place. Two floors. Outside seating. Beer was pretty good. Service seemed young and slightly distant. Didn't try the food but would have if I was hungry or looking for a place to eat. Honestly, it's a nice looking place, but I don't know if I'd ever return. Just didn't put any air in my balloon.

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Photo of GJ40
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

I stopped in while in the area on business. The atmosphere is rustic and comfortable and the service was very welcoming.

They offer several different beers including a Pale Ale, IPA, Scottish Ale (on tap and cask), BDSA, Porter and maybe a few others. I love that they have a beer engine. I sampled the IPA & BDSA and had the Pale Ale & cask Scottish Ale. I enjoyed them all. They were to style and well made. I would have enjoyed a little more hops in the PA & IPA but that's probably just my taste.

The Ahi Tuna appetizer was outstanding and the Black & Blue Burger was OK.

All in all I enjoyed the visit and would definitely try it again.

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Photo of clemtig76
3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

Visited the Turkey Hill Brewing Co. while on business in the Bloomsburg area. The place was impressive from the outside. The inside had that old time rustic look and feel to it. While we were waiting for our table we bellied up to the bar for a few cold ones. I started out with the Barn Dance Blond a nice interpetation of a Kolsch, one of my favorite styles. It was clean and crisp and went down almost too easy. Next up was the What the Helles a golden Helles with a nice spicy hop bite. At the table I had a Journey Man IPA, a decent IPA but nothing to write home about. Overall I give this place a 3.5 rating for the beer. Where it looses points is the food. We expeected much better. I had the salmon which was slightly overcooked but not bad. Two of my partners had the flat iron steak which they too said was over cooked for meduim rare. My fourth partner had the pork steak which he said was as tough as shoe leather. Service was very slow also. If we make it back, it will be for the beer, not the food.

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Photo of orangesol
4.05/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stop number two on our Bloomsburg adventure. My first time to Turkey Hill.

Awesome looking building from the outside, parking lot was packed. I hear the upstairs is an awesome restaurant but for this visit we stuck with the pub. Brewing area is right inside the door, appears to be just an industrial home brew kit. We got seated at the largest table in the place and sat down to take in our surroundings. Lots of old wood and stones all over the place, two person band playing in the corner, a few TV's behind the bar. My seat was a little uncomfortable as it was essentially a board with no cushion. Quality was pretty good, lots of cool things hanging on the wall, food was top notch, and my beers all came in the correct glasses.

Service was a little hit or miss. Our server was working most of the room so it took awhile to get our drink order in, and ever longer for it to arrive. Once we placed our food order the service got a lot quicker thanks to the other servers picking up the slack. I got the Black and Blue burger and it was cooked perfectly and tasted great. I also got to try some of the buffalo dip and NY pretzels and both were awesome.

Selection was pretty good as well. They had 10-11 beers on, I tried the Helles and the Oatmeal stout and both were pretty good, but nothing earth shattering. I also tried a bit of the Grapefruit IPA and like the others it was good but not great. Overall this place is definitely worth the stop, for the food alone, but don't expect it to blow you out of the water.

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Photo of slander
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Alongside of, or separate from anyway, some sort of haughty taughty Inn just off the exit. Took me a minute parkinglotside, I had been wondering where, oh, it’s that barn looking building over there, the one with the brewing equipment in the windows, duh. Apparently, whilst renovating the barn this is housed in back in 2010, it collapsed during a wind storm, so they did a complete do over. Does this sound suspect to anyone besides me? Amish mafia cough cough...

Ginormous open A-frame building, with large timber uprights & cross beam rafters around, and plank floorings salvaged, uh huh. Walls of something olive or grey mostly, and the barback wall a brick red. Large arched panel windows on the far wall, and small windows on the walls to both sides with even smaller ones way above them. You also get some good light from the skylight up above. Farm & barn prints and a quintessential ancient Bloomsburg map. Horseshoe coat rack pieces and others along the barback. Drop button lamps along the bar, out over the room and some wall mounted lamps, as well. A dozen and a half tables across the room, including the 4 booths in the center.

“L” shaped wood bar with a wide lip and foot rail up front seating a dozen or so. Shelved sampler glasses on the center of the barback with the tap selections printed on a blackboard above. Horizontal wine rack pieces and numbered & handled 6 beer sampler boxes to both sides, and a flatscreen atop. Counter space holds stacked glassware, and more shelved below.

10 beers on a row of tool handle taps below the bar. Started with a pint of the Lightstreet Porter (on nitro, nothing to it, thinnish, bitter, nothingness, seriously disappointing), and then realized I could do a sampler of 6. And you can choose which ones you want (Epiphany Pale Ale, pleasant hoppiness, good nose; Journeyman IPA, nicely bitter, good hoppiness, solid IPA; What the Helles, solid Hellesness; Group Therapy ESB, buttery not goodness, meh; Midsummer Night Saison, decently sweet and Saisony; Bamboozled in Bruges Belgian Ale, good sour cherry, good as fruit beers go). As such, there were some I didn’t get to (Barn Dance Blonde Ale, Table 28 American Wheat, Belgian Blonde Ale). The Journeyman IPA, What the Helles, & Bamboozled in Bruges Belgian Ale were the best of ‘em, although all the beers were served too cold. Way too cold. Stop it!

And Sunday lunch along the way west. Started with the sesame ginger ahi tuna, served over a bed of spinach with friend wonton noodles. It was good, but there wasn’t much of enough of it. So what else? I opted for the Alaskan BLT (smoked salmon, spinach, tomato, applewood smoked bacon & a cucumber wasabi dressing in a soft wheat tortilla). Okay, the wrap was sturdy but packed with spinach & tomato, and very little of the goods. I was playing ‘where’s Waldo’ on the salmon scene. Came with surprise fries though, so that’s a plus.

Rear room with lighting seating and views of the brewroom below. And downstairs, an “L” shaped wood bar on the far wall with seating for more than a dozen on backed chairs. A row of 10 tool tap handles on stainless steel on the barback, booze & glassware to the sides. A framed piece on the brick wall barback holds blackboards in the center listing tap selections with OG’s, FG’s, ABV’s, and shorty & pint pricing, and flatscreens to the sides over shelved glassware. Buttercup lamps tracing above the bar, drop spots and cool planter post lighting. Slab concrete floorings, and lots of old brick & timber. A dozen high & low mix and match tables across the room, and old farmish equipment about. And another ½ dozen tables or so outside out back out there.

Music, I was digging for a while. Lots of Beatles played (and solo John, Paul & George). I was warm & happy, and then they played George Harrison’s ‘My Sweet Lord’ in a quicker tempo than it should have been. Unacfuckingceptable.

Cool use of barn space, especially the downstairs bar area. Food was tasty but the portions were not all that. In fact, they were less than that. Service served. Beerwise, they have a nice selection, nice range of styles dealt. A couple of them were very good, others fair to decent, and others not so, a bit of everything as that goes. Would like to get another look in on this place as I come through...

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

Made my way down to Bloomsburg from Hazleton last Saturday. I've been wanting to try this place for a while. We walked in and the place was quite crowed to say the least.

We were seated downstairs since the upstairs was packed.

I ordered up there sampler which came with a few belgians, a stout, an ipa and another which I'm drawing a blank on. They beers were flavorful and complex, the only complaint I have is that the belgiums were lacking on strength compared to what I am used to. I ordered a pint of Fort Wheelers Stronghold Ale which was more of what I was looking for in a Belgian.

Food wise, I ordered up the shroomer a burger on a ciabata roll, with swiss and frieds onions, and a variety of pennsylvnaia mushrooms. It was really good.

All in all this place was a good experience and I would definetely good again.

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Photo of Naugled
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

I was stuck in traffic on 80 heading back east and saw a billboard for Turkey Hill at exit 236, I decided to stop for a quick one. It was easy to find, it's literally right off of the exit in the south east corner.

I'm going to talk mostly about the beer since I didn't get anything to eat while I was there.

I got a sampler of 6 beers but the bartender gave me all 9 that were on tap. It was Monday around 2:30 in the afternoon so it was kind of slow. I was very impressed with the selection available. Looked like at least three different yeasts were in house, they had a selection of ales, lagers and belgian beers. All were very well made, flavors were clear, bright and distinct and to style. All beers presented well, crystal clear, served at the right temperatures, clean glassware etc. I ended up taking a growler of the pale ale home with me. It was really fresh and I have trouble passing up a beer at it's peak.

I will make it a point to stop by next time I'm traveling that way and will b sure to eat there. It looked like a very nice place. The brewpub is newly built and is part of the Turkey Hill Inn, which looked like a high end place to stay.

I wish them luck on their venture!

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Photo of grees20
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My girlfriend and I had an opportunity to try Turkey Hill on Saturday night.

It's a great looking building next to the Inn at Turkey Hill just of I-80 in Bloomsburg. One neat feature is the windows looking into the brewhouse.

We were seated in the bar area, which was spacious and had a nice atmosphere.

Beer: Decent selection, a little heavy on the wheat-styles. I was disappointed they didn't have the Vienna Lager, but I'll have to make another trip for that. Nothing crazy on the list except the Apricot Wheat which my girlfriend tried. She enjoyed it. I started with an ESB then switched to the Journeyman IPA, which was delicious. One of the best IPAs I've ever had from a small brewpub like that. Usually IPAs from a brewpub seem so close to be really good. They just seem to lack that little extra kick, but this nails it. Very good.

Food: Good menu, not a huge selection but nice options. I had the burger, which was very good and my girlfriend had the chicken wing wrap. Also tasty.

Service: Waitress was nice and helpful.

All in all a good place.

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Photo of mmm55
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Another local brewpub -- great news! As I mentioned in my Marley’s review, I’m from Bloomsburg, and having yet another option in the area is exciting. I’ve been to Turkey Hill Brewing four times since the opening, and what follows is a combined summary of my observations during those visits.

Overall, I like it. But that’s not to say there aren’t problems and some room for improvement. Here’s what I think:

The beer – I’ve had seven different beers at Turkey Hill Brewing so far. All had some good notes in the background, but were also a little thin on both flavor and character. I think the brewer has some potential (and some great ideas), but needs to step thing up a bit. And then there’s the problem of keeping the taps flowing. Of the four times I’ve been there, they’ve been out of the IPA three times and out of the Porter twice. Good for Turkey Hill that business is strong, but come on guys -- get it together!

The food – The food is quite good (not a surprise, since the head chef came over from the restaurant at the Inn). I know it’s a brew”pub,” but I wouldn’t mind a wider variety of menu items that don’t fit into the typical pub menu description. Some tapas, or cheese and charcuterie plates, would be a nice addition. It seems they tried to add some variety with the appetizer menu, but didn’t take it quite far enough.

The staff -- Here’s where lies the biggest problem. This isn’t the restaurant at the Inn, where the staff is very professional and even exhibit (and can get away with) a bit of pretentiousness. No, this is a brewpub, where the patrons are looking for a genuine smile, a pleasant encounter and some fun. So far we (my wife and I) have been disappointed with each of our waitresses. The most recent was downright condescending (not only to us, but to diners at nearby tables as well).

The atmosphere -- Excellent! The only negative is that it seems they went cheap on the ceiling material in the main dining area. The beautiful post and beam structure draws your eye up to the ceiling, where you find a sprawling mass of spray painted insulation.

So will I be going back? Sure. But I’d go much more often if some of the issues I mentioned are addressed.

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Photo of MichaelinFishers
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped earlier tonight on the way home to Indiana after a weekend in New York. First of all, Bloomsburg is the perfect distance out of NYC for this or for a weekend getaway. The location is perfect.

THBC is the latest addition to The Inn at Turkey Hill, a Bed & Breakfast and fine dining establishment right off of I-80 at the Bloomsburg exit. They started brewing and opened the brewpub earlier this year..

The atmosphere is very rustic. They replicated and old barn for the brewery and pub, using some original wood from the barn in the new building and in the tables. There's a bar/pub, as well as the brewery itself, on the first floor and another bar with a dining room upstairs. We were seated upstairs. There's a little too much echo with the high ceilings and plain wood beams and walls. It wasn't very crowded, but there were two large groups that made it seem a lot more full than it really was. The tables are not packed tightly at all. They could easily fit more people in to the space, but have chosen not to for now.

Our waitress (didn't notice a name tag and I don't recall whether she introduced herself) struck a perfect balance between being attentive, but not being obtrusive. Beers were checked regularly, she gave us enough time to decide what wanted, and she was knowledgeable about the menu.

The menu was complete for a brewpub, but nothing stood out. They have the requisite condiments that have been made with their beer (queso, mustard, bbq sauce) as well as some meat dishes marinated in the beer. We both ordered burgers. They have the burgers in two sections: seven or eight "regular" burgers and two grass-fed burgers using local, organic, grass-fed beef. My wife asked if she could get the California Burger (avocado, pepper jack, ranch sauce) with the grass-fed patty and got an immediate, "Of course." I ordered the Black and Blue Burger (bacon, grilled onions, blue cheese, black pepper), which was on the grass-fed part of the menu. Both were delicious. The skin-on sessoned fries were tasty, but were all very short, like they were cut from very small potatoes and they could've used another minute in the fryer.

We got the Chocolate Stout ice cream for dessert, which was fantastic. They have a local (?) ice cream place make it, supposedly with THBC beer, although there is no chocolate stout on the beer list yet. They have a brownie sundae on the menu that would be perfect with this ice cream instead of the vanilla bean that is listed. Ask for the substitution if you order the brownie.

The beer selection was decent, especially for a startup. They had eight beers listed, with one tapped out (porter). The beers were solid. Definitely above average, but not spectacular. See my individual reviews. All in all, I really liked this place. I'm going to recommend it to the friends in NYC whom I was visiting and would definitely recommend it to any BA who was driving across PA.

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Turkey Hill Brewing Co. Pub & Grille in Bloomsburg, PA
3.78 out of 5 based on 190 ratings.
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