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Forest & Main Brewing CompanyForest & Main Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

61 N Main St
Ambler, Pennsylvania, 19002
United States

(215) 542-1776 | map

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Added by Rifugium on 11-17-2011

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Reviews by joeebbs:
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4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped in here for a sample on 5/27/2012.

The bar is literally right at the corner of Forest and Main streets in Ambler. You'll probably have to park a block or so away from the brewery but parking is free so that's good. When I got there a few people were dining on the porch. I went straight for the bar area which is immediately on your left as you go in. The bar is rather small (probably seats 6) with a TV suspended on the right. (which wasn't on) The decor is has a very cozy feel as if you're right at home. They serve their house beers and PA Wine so no mixed drinks. There a 8 beers available on draught with three beers always on the handpumps. This is probably the closest to having a British beer experience in PA.

Had the Kinch, Queen Anne, Pigeontown and Tiny Tim. Samples all tasted good but I can't give a full review on them all as most of them are hand-pumped and should probably be drank in pint form.

I brought my own growler and had that filled with Solaire. The bartender said they will be getting their own growlers in at some point. They'll do fills when they open and later in the evening but when it gets busy they probably won't fill them that often.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of CAcker
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

We were heading out to Free Will, but the wife had to find a restroom real bad so we exited 276 near Ft Washington looking for a place. Google told me that Forest & Main was about a 7-minute drive away. Lucky!

Ambler is a quaint little suburban town, and Forest & Main rocks the brewpub game with a cool location off the main street in an old house. If the weather is nice, sit outside on the yard or the porch and you could spend hours there relaxing. If it is too cold, the bar and dining room are plenty cozy. This jawn reminds me of those classic country pubs in the middle of nowhere in England.

Seven beers on tap, of which 3 of them are “Of British Inspiration” and 4 are “Of Belgian Inspiration” (fermented with foraged Ambler yeast). I was a fun of the Sailboat Birth IPA, hazy and funky and reminiscent of those unique Tired Hands IPA’s. I also tried the smoked Saison Rainbow Crow and didn’t like it. The better brews appear to come in bottles but are super limited and there are lines at the door during the releases.

Overall, I don’t love the beers here but love the place and will definitely come back. I want to try the food menu. Don’t miss Sundays when they have discounted growlers!

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Photo of Giantspace
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I did not eat here so no food review. Very cool old house turned into a bar. The bar is quite small and I can see it being a bit tight when busy.
The front porch has small tables to sit and there are two larger tables on the lawn. The bar tender was great. She made suggestions and offered up very nice size samples to taste before deciding. I would say about 2-3 oz pours.....very cool. Beers come in 16 or 20 oz pours. We had 6 pints total and all were very good. We also got a growler to go. We had a non F&M growler and they could care less. Beers are English and Belgian inspired and use local foraged yeast in some of them. All beers were from 4.5%-5.5% and 16oz pours were $6 and a growler was $20, I did see a sign saying something about $5 off growlers Sundays. We hung at the bar for our first pint and moved outside to the front lawn for the next. Really laid back place with a good non snobby feel. We had 6 of 7 beers on tap and all were really good. I drive by here 3 times a week so growlers will be coming home weekly with me. I suggest stopping by.

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Photo of funicular
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Great place to try new beers. Food is good but the menu is limited.

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Photo of cp45
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Knapp85
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of blassor
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of justintcoons
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of TheNakedStiletto
4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of McMatt7
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of ShanePB
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Dumsboa09
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I have a thing about dirty glasses, that aside the place and space is awesome. Great food and the beer is even better.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of mwa114
4.39/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Cool spot in Ambler with awesome summer brews. Has both inside and outside seating but I recommend grabbing a table on the porch on a nice spring/summer day. Wish they opened before 4:00 PM but that's my only complaint.

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Photo of epyon396
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of ColdOne
3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of BigMike
4.64/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of souredonbeer
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of ianwhitewilliams
5/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of DaveHack
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Evahflow
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

When you arrive in fron of Forest and Main you wonder if you are at the right place. You look at the fancy old house, back at the GPS, back at the house. This MUST be it, a brewery in a quant house on a non descript street, hmm. You walk in and immediately you feel at home. The tap room is TINY. The beers on the other hand are not. Great prices and you can choose a 16 or 20 oz pour. Onto the beers! When I arrived they had 4 different saisons on brewed with foraged yeast, this style is so far up my alley it is practically in my house. The St. Mary was wonderful, dry full of flavor, with an earthy airiness to it. The Solair was similar, spicy hops slight tartness to the finish. Also had the Double dan IPA which was very very good. Really light bitterness, tasted like Amarillo and Galaxy were used but Im not 100% on that. Very good combo I would have loved to have more of this actually. The big winner for me was the Djed winter saison. The description of oranges, cocoa, and coffee and the fact that it was a winter saison made me think it would be a darker roastier one but I was wrong. This was a slightly darker saison than the rest with a slight reddish hue to it, the smell was outrageous, with all the descriptors, real big coffee bean aroma with some orange sweetness to it. The body of the beer was more substantial than the other saisons but I wouldn't say thick. This beer blew me away and made me wish I could get something like this more often. I did not try any food but certainly will next time. If you are on the fence about going here hop on to our side and try it, you won't regret it.

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Photo of mcintire78
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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Forest & Main Brewing Company in Ambler, PA
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