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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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Photo of orangesol
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

I have been wanting to check this place out for a few months now. Convinced foofaa to take me here on black friday, altho it didn't take much conniving on my part.

An interesting, albeit small, space. We arrived shortly after they opened and started in the bar area and it quickly became packed with people. We ordered a beer to pass the time as we waited for our table to become available. It didn't take very long and we were seated in the slightly larger dining room. Our servers were awesome. They helped us pick a few cheeses and we talked about where we had been that day and where we were from, they were very nice.

The quality of the food and beer was top notch. The selection of beer was pretty good. I was really looking forward to trying their blended BA saison but it was all gone, however they put a new limited belgian stout on and I got that instead. I enjoyed most of my beers but only one was really memorable, the dubbel which was very good. The real star of the show is the food. I would say that this place has some of the best food at any brewpub I have been to. The cheese plate we got was a little on the small side for what we paid for it but it was really good. I decided to go with their burger, at $15 it was the most expensive thing on the menu! I am not sure if it was worth that much but it tasted amazing so I guess it was.

Overall a VERY nice brewpub that I will definitely return to in the future. The sooner the better IMO.

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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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