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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Added by hhkal17 on 05-02-2011

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Reviews by slander:
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3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Brew_ski
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25

Photo of Richie_Rich_
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of DrBier
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of TedStrosser
4/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of ErinGoBraugh
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of mobius71
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of jeffstinson
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
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 Rideguy64
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of yergermeister
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of DarthVorador
4.05/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of MKrauss
4.09/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of jwwjd
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BeerBuddy2122
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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 darrenaa
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of K-Lew
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of aqualung23
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of TimoP
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of DaveGood
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of beermeister9
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
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 -5.6%
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 -25.4%
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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Turkey Hill Brewing Co. Pub & Grille in Bloomsburg, PA
3.74 out of 5 based on 186 ratings.
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