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Forest & Main Brewing Company

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3.9/5
Forest & Main Brewing CompanyForest & Main Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

61 N Main St
Ambler, Pennsylvania, 19002
United States

(215) 542-1776 | map
forestandmain.com

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Added by Rifugium on 11-17-2011

BEER STATS
Beers:
121
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
930
PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
75
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
4.03%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews by slander:
Photo of slander
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Had been meaning to get out here for a while now. Just went one night without Ed, ‘cause I’d been waiting on him forever and he’s all about the maybe tomorrow, and I am of the now; or the then, anyway. Ran 73 down, left at the Axe, train tracks, left, park post meter and look for the what am I looking for? Oh, a little house on the corner of (duh)...

Pushed past the porch and in, swing to the left, a small room with a straight bar to the rear. Wide 3 plank wood topped bar from wall to wall, with a framed dinged copper panel base, a foot box, and seating for 5 on non-backed cushiony leather squared stools.

Entranceway to the next room closed off is the barback wall of fat beam framing. Center board listing tap selections, and a row of 5 taps below on another dinged copper panel piece. Vertical mirrors to both sides of center over jarred somethings and other pieces of, um, stuff. Down below, something cupboardy fronted dinged as such and glassware shelved on the ends. Twin candleholders mounted to both sides of the tap board, and tulip glassware dangling over the bar area. A single flatscreen in the corner shows the Phillies already losing. 3 handpumps on the bar, some pint glasses with tea candles fronting.

Wood plank floors, lime painted wall, and a white ceiling. Bar counter space for 3 on the near inside wall, with a tap board mounted above, and a smaller counter piece on the opposite wall below an arched framed mirrored piece. A corner table for 2 with a dartboard over it (danger!), a barrel in the other corner, framed pics, fishing nets, mounted lamps and chandeliers. Small, but comfortable enough, with tunes piped in from somewhere. Owner Daniel popped out for a bit to chat while I was there.

Around the bend, the other front room, equally as tight with a ½ dozen tables. Wandered upstairs, there are 2 small front rooms; 1 with a single table, the other with 4 shorty 2-seaters on a shared bench, and a roundie in the corner. And out front, porchside, 4 little 2-seaters to 1 side, and a large table to the other. Hanging plants about, it’s really comfortable.

They do flights of pick 4 shorty 4oz glasses for $6.50, the sampler served on a slot wood board with your choices chalk written upon it. I must have done 2 of them because all 7 beers were somehow sampled. 3 of British inspiration on cask (Queen Anne, 3.5%, Dry Irish Stout, a baby stout, really, roasty, dry, chocolatey, sooo smooth; Tiny Tim, 4%, Ordinary Bitter, lovely, caramel, nutty, excellent bitterness; Kinch, 7%, IPA, slight slight hop bite, piny, grassy, won 6th in the new beer sixpack in the brewvitational), and 4 of Belgian inspiration on draft (St Mary, 7%, Saison, peppery, dry, very nice, smells bubblegummy; Lunaire, 5%, amber from Chardonnay barrels, oh, winery overtaken, some good sourness; Cosette, 5.5%, light Farmhouse with malted spelt, pleasant spiciness; Saison Bonne, 5%, orange hued Saison, honey sweetness follows, nice Saison). Tiny Tim Ordinary Bitter, St Mary Saison & Cosette Farmhouse were the best of ‘em, but there were no slouches in the mix. And then wound down with a pint of the Tiny Tim (there can be only one). They’ve also got a handful of wines if that’s your thing.

And necessary food decisions. It’s a small tight menu; 2 kinds of popcorn, a salad, a soup, a cheese plate, mussels, pierogies, 4 entrees, and a few desserts. Started with the bacon popcorn. It was just as awesome as you would think that would be. And then, I was toying with the pan roasted chicken, and she made it sound very awesome, but also told me I needed the burger, which apparently I did, so I did. The Forest & Main burger (medium, please), with aged cheddar & bacon, mayonnaise (is that even legal?), and served with house pickles and chips (Coulda shoulda traded up the chips for fries. Grrr!). It was a killer burger, it’s all gone now, so sad.

A revisit with Ed 3 weeks later found 2 new beers up (Plowman’s Bitter, 4.5%, an Ordinary Bitter, a little warmer than I would have liked, but nicely bready, & good floral, grassy hoppiness, and Ablution, 9.5%, a Belgian Tripel, lovely, fruity, peppery, boozy, love).

And we took in dinner seated on the porch, both starting with the Summer corn soup, and then I had the pan roasted chicken, served with Swiss chard, while Ed had the fried oyster sandwich. He did enjoy it, but said it was difficult to maneuver. Food was tasty and unusually flavored with things I cannot easily put the identification on. Now, I’m kind of wanting on the fish & chips. Next time. Oh yes, they will be mine.

I like what they do here. English sessionable & Belgian Farmhouse, oh hell, yes. And solid food, too. It’s a good house, literally.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Stofko1992
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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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Forest & Main Brewing Company in Ambler, PA
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