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Bocktown Beer and Grill

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9 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

500 Beaver Valley Mall Blvd
Monaca, Pennsylvania, 15061-1506
United States

(724) 728-7200

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Added by WVbeergeek on 10-16-2011

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Reviews by WVbeergeek:
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I can't believe anybody hasn't given them any feedback, I was excited to get out to Beaver County to checkout the bigger Bocktown. When I first came in the entrance, I realized this is right near one of the main Beaver Valley Mall entrances, and this was an old Houlihan's or something of that nature. Well you can't tell, they put alot of work into this space. The signature cooler doors fills up a nice area adjacent to the spacious bar, tap number is in line with the other Bocktown (about 15), maybe a bit more than the original location.

I was hear shortly after the Yeti tasting, I think they had all versions flowing except for the espresso one, I did see the original, the oak aged, and the Chocolate versions. Problem with this was I was in the mood for something summery. I started with a new brewery I've never had that's new to the area out of New Mexico, a decent wit that hit the refreshing quality I was looking for. Followed by a Lavery Imperial Red, and a Lenny's Rye PA. Other than Lancaster Milk Stout, and Blue Point Toasted Lager most of the offerings being poured were above 8% abv. I just figured this was due to the special tasting, but after talking to a couple of the staff members it seems that they focus on bigger beers. The female bartender I spoke with said I don't drink anything but the darks and the "hoppies".

I told her I don't discriminate, and that every beer style as long as it's good is okay with me. I just like beer. As she went off shift I saw her pour her shift beer, a 16 ounce pour of Yeti (barrel aged). As far as the Bocktown crew goes, I spoke with the owner and she mentioned a couple of the familiar faces that are working at the new location.

Food wise, I went with my staple a cup of soup and the Hummus platter. Damn, tasty no problems, nice to see their She Crab soup go full time.

I loved the cooler selection of bottles and craft cans, the only problem is the first two bottles I grabbed were oak aged releases from Cisco both ranging 25 to 30 dollars for a 25 ounce bottle. I settled on a local bottle of Draai Laag for about 5 bucks that was doable.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ArtAttackEd
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Walkerjgt
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of misternebbie
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of glass_house
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

I've only been to Bocktown a few times, but never had a bad experience. It's not the most cozy layout, but it'll do for a casual dinner or get-together with a few friends. Nothing bad to say about the service. Everyone I've dealt with has been pleasant and attentive. I've only been to one of the craft tasting events, but I hope to attend more in the near future.

The dishes I've had so far have been good. Overpriced perhaps, but still good. The beer selection is light years ahead of your average bar & grill, but I typically don't see anything incredibly rare. My only complaint is the pricing. Beers are absurdly marked up--22 oz. bombers in excess of 200% of what they retail for. I understand it's always going to cost a little more in a restaurant setting, but there is a point where it's just unreasonable. The prices are the main reason I don't go here more often.

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Photo of beatlefan56
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jbwimer
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25

When I first got into craft beer (2 years ago when I turned 21), this was my favorite place to go. Needless to say, I'm now slightly disenchanted. Sure, they have a pretty good selection. The thing is, they jack up the prices a great deal.

My favorite employee here is Kyle. He'll hook you up with the 25% "to-go" discount, even if you're drinking at the restaurant. In a conversation I had with him during my last visit, I asked if the outrageous prices had anything to do with PA liquor laws and licensing. He told me that was not the case. The owner has essentially decided to dramatically inflate the prices. I was hoping to take home a bottle of Founders Doom. $28 ($21 "to-go"). Yeah, right... The Oskar Blue's TenFidy I enjoyed during dinner (canned last December... They're lucky this beer ages well)? $9.50! It's a great beer, but seriously? When I had first begun drinking, and was much more naive, I recall paying upwards of $25 for Dogfish Head Bitches Brew. The prices are an outrage.

Regarding the food, it's decent. The quality does not match the price-point in most cases. It's hit or miss. The atmosphere could be much improved. Not very creative in the decor. Everything feels very distant and disconnected.

As for the staff, I've already given a shout-out to Kyle. Most interactions with other staff members have been pleasant. Whoever is behind the bar is typically quite knowledgeable when it comes to fine beer. They'll warn you if you're about to pay out of the ass for a beer. I appreciate that.

The killer for me here is the prices. I wonder if there's any way to get the owner to not be such an ass. Keep fresh beer in the refrigerator, and stop pricing a beer 2-3x higher than it should be.

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Photo of rypkr
2.95/5  rDev -24.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

Selection is solid but prices are way high. Pulled pork sand which was more like 50cent hamburger bun with 3oz of meat. Staff is not exactly beer connoisseurs but that is okay with me. I'd go back but quite simply the prices are the highest around and there's nothing worth going to make up for it.

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Bocktown Beer and Grill in Monaca, PA
Place rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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