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The Union Beer House

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20 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1600 Cumberland St
Lebanon, Pennsylvania, 17042-4457
United States

(717) 274-2173 | map

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Added by sovannamam on 03-13-2013

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

My parents live in Lebanon, so whenever I go to visit, this is pretty much the best bottle/can shop that's in the Lebanon area. Mak is their beer guy and he's super easy to talk with and deal with too. He keeps the store in ship shape. Some bottles in the front, cooler is along the side roving to the back and parallel to a warm shelf of bottles and cans that people can do mix-a-six which is what I usually do. And it's the usual suspects for PA distro - Deschutes, Boulevard, Bell's, Founders, New Holland, Half Acre (sometimes), Dogfish Head, Smuttynose, Ommegang, Allagash, Great Lakes, Evil Twin, Two Roads, Stone, and even limited Anchorage at times. I say check it out if you're in the area.

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Photo of madelf66
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of AMarkle6524
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of JNForsyth
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Decent selection, good pricing for the area, attentive staff.

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Photo of Craft_Imperial
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

Photo of BcOneSeven
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Photo of jeffstinson
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

Great selection and owner doesn't hold beer for a vip few. Best selection in Harrisburg Hershey and palmyra area.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of KoalKracker
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Jake12
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of MikeWard
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Was here last weekend, First visit since it changed names a few years back (country something-or-other?). Same look to it though.

As you go in, there is a small eating area to the left, coolers with cold singles to the right, and the mix-a-six and 6-pack dead ahead, singles to the left, coolers on the right. The mix-a-six selection is pretty extensive, and I had no trouble getting a dozen beers I hadn't tried before.

Warning though, and I'm beginning to think this is a problem in every store in PA, freshness can be an issue. Got burned on a couple. Perhaps my bad for not being more vigilant, but really, with 3000 breweries now across the country, am I expected to know the location of every BD/BB date?

Enough ranting. I engaged the staff, and found them to be very friendly. Didn't need help, so can't speak to their knowledge. One guy did make an approving nod after I selected Fluer De Hoeblon from their draft selection. As mentioned elsewhere, cruisine is oriental, and pretty tasty. Load up your beer in the car, grab some lunch and a brew, then on your way. Good way to spend an hour or so. Woudl go here again if in the area.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of tone77
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Checked this place out on a recent visit to Lebanon and was not disappointed. Typical bottle shop atmosphere. Clean place, a dozen or so craft beer on tap, good selection of to go beers. Mix a six pack offered a 15% discount. Lots of singles to choose from. A good bit of bombers as well. Prices for singles and six packs were good by PA standards, bombers a little on the pricy side. I didn't have any contact with the staff until I was checking out, but seemed friendly enough. Overall a good quality store worth checking out.

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Photo of Shandycan
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Popped in here after checking out Snitz Creek, which is right down the street... a bit of an odd place, as mentioned the atmosphere is definitely a bit divey, but the people working there were friendly enough. Interesting dynamic as they appeared to also sell Chinese food. Good selection of beer on the taps, and the bottle selection was pretty good for being in the middle of nowhere as well, but it was easy to see the markup in my eyes ( in relation to places that I typically frequent). Again, probably directly in relation to the location of this bottle shop. Some prices were pretty on point though. Worth checking out though if you're in the area and you're trying to track down something specific!

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Photo of dth4lf
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of jagada
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of grimey68
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of hoytlovesbeer
1.7/5  rDev -58%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Been going there since they opened. It's been going downhill since the start imho. This last time I was there will be the last time I support their business. They messed up my beer order, which I said was ok, since I like all beers. I was informed that "He know's he heard me say a certain type of beer" after I said it was ok. Not sure where the attitude came from, but there are plenty of other beer places with a much friendlier atmosphere that I will support from now on. Plus, their tap beer selection has been increasingly hop heavy, not my style.

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The Union Beer House in Lebanon, PA
Place rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 20 ratings
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