Columbia Kettle Works

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

40 N 3rd St
Columbia, Pennsylvania, 17512-1104
United States

(717) 342-2374 | map

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Added by Tucquan on 12-15-2013

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

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3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

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4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Slatetank
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

I stopped in recently while in the area for some post river activity refreshments. The place is easy to find with street parking and is nicely lit when you enter both by artificial and natrual light. The brewing equipment is right behind the bar and the taps close to the tables as you enter with chalkboard and lists of what is on tap and food offerings at the table/bar area.

They have a large screen with a slideshow of what looks like vacation photos -some local and some tropical beach scenes. The place is very open and bathrooms are easy to find with some nice decorative photos/wallhangings relating to brewing. The service was very attentive and friendly and the food was great -my wife commented that she would have ordered a large cheesy crab popcorn if she knew it was going to be that good. The selection and quality of beers is very good and excellent respectively. I enjoyed the variety of beers including Gose, Session IPA, Saison, Imperial IPA, Porter, Blonde Ale, Amber and Coffee Stout. They have alternatives for those not interested in beer including cider and sangria/local wine which my wife enjoyed on this particular trip.

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Photo of Barnsley
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Wolge92
4.85/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Being a native of Columbia, Kettle Works is a great place to enjoy craft beer! They have an excellent selection of there own beer as well as outside beer from other breweries. Great atmosphere to enjoy your Friday night. Service is great and prices are affordable without breaking the bank.

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Photo of LJTate
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Mca1973
4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of Redkngpn
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Great place to sit and unwind, talk with a lot of different people from all classes of life. Good food and music. Great atmosphere. Good selection of beer. Service is really good.

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4.04/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Becoming one of my favorite joints in the county. Parking has been a breeze so far and the TV-less pub is convivial and happy. The beer selection is moderate but very well brewed and the pricing is excellent. Food choices are still limited but decently made. I enjoy the folks that own it and work there and have gotten the opportunity to chat with the many patrons. Easy access to Rte 30. Check it out !

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of space_cowboy
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Lancaster county has turned into a little slice of Belgium, with our 15th microbrewery opening this spring. Columbia Kettle Works breaks ground in a town that you wouldn't expect to find it in. Columbia has a long standing reputation as a 'River Town', kind of rough and blue collar. Things have changed in the last decade, and now Columbia Kettle Works brings some very fine brews to the area. I drive past this place every day, and I look forward to filling their growler often.

I had the Coffee Stout and the Bald Guy Ale. Both were fine beers without any off notes. Carbonation was appropriate. The only reason they didn't get higher scores is because their selection is pretty limited by the standards of the area. Food is likewise limited, but as an opening salvo, they are doing an amazing job. I can only hope that success leads to rapid expansion into adjacent parts of the building, and a wider selection of food and beer. At $4 a pint and $2.50 for a big bowl of cheddar cheese popcorn, you can make this place a regular stop without breaking the bank.

If you're doing the Appalachian Beer Trail, make this the first of several stops in Lancaster county, and use them as the measuring stick for the rest of what you find

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Photo of Tucquan
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Visited here for the first time on 2014-05-03.

I've been looking forward to the opening of this place for many months as I've followed the progress on Facebook and have peered in the windows on my long walks from home (about 10.5 miles round trip). It didn't disappoint!. The space and d├ęcor are nice with plenty of seating at the bar and tables. Access and parking were convenient and cheap since parking is just 25 cents per hour right outside the brewery.

I tried the flight of 4 beers. These were the first batches brewed on the new 5 bbl system. I was impressed. Obviously the brew master has control of the process. The fermentations were well-controlled as I didn't get any off-flavors. As I was having my beer, there was a batch cooking over the gas flames in the boil kettle. While this was taking place, the brewmaster was meticulously cleaning out what looked to be a boil kettle. If you like seeing beer made up close and personal while you are drinking beer, this is the place for you as you are just 10' away from the whole process while sitting at the bar. Very cool.

Our server was friendly, knowledgeable and efficient.

There were four beers on-tap today. My favorite was the Blonde, although it was so nicely hopped, it was more like a well-balanced pale ale. I liked it so much I got a growler to go. The Coffee Stout came in second but just by a nose. It's also really good.

There's a smallish food menu; but plenty adequate for a satisfying snack or meal. They also sponsor food trucks for additional variety.

Prices were fair and with a pint price of $4.00; lowish for the area; plus they will fill any growler. Yay!

This was a soft opening, with the official opening coming up at the end of the month. First impressions count; and on this day, count me impressed. Welcome to the neighborhood.

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Columbia Kettle Works in Columbia, PA
Brewery rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 298 ratings