The Barley Mow Craft Beer House


12 Reviews

Type: Bar, Store

719 Penn Ave
West Reading, Pennsylvania, 19611-1005
United States

(484) 926-2094 | map

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 32
Photo of JNForsyth
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Small bottle shop, only parking option is on the street out front as far as I know which can be tricky at times. Tiny bar area (4 seats) but other seats spread inside and outside. Ok selection for the area, not sure if there's any rhyme or reason to where bottles are placed on the shelf but everything is easy to see and prices are marked on each bottle. Some interesting options on draft, staff is super knowledgeable and attentive. Will try to stop here from now on when I pass through Reading.

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Photo of stakem
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Quick stop this weekend to see what this place was like. Fairly concise tap list unfortunately the brew I wanted to try most was taken off the taps as there was an issue with the keg. Bottle shop area is a little tight but they had a good selection compared to what im use to seeing in the Harrisburg area. Prices seemed consistent with other places in the area. While the bar/bottle shop area is a little tight, they got some extra over-flow room out front. Not a bad little shop, its close enough to some other must see spots so its something id likely check out again when im in the area.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

I stopped in briefly after having some food and beer at Chatty Monk's nearby. The place has a nice area to drink and socialize in the front with stairs and the tap/bottle area upstairs. The selection is good but a little pricey as you might expect from PA bottle shops. I enjoyed a draft of Cigar City on Nitro and bought a mix-a-six with some Heretic, Victory and Siren beers. I would say check Barley Mow out as they sell growlers and it is a convenient location in West Ready with some very tasty beers.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

This is a great place with beer on sale from their taps, as well as bottles. The environment is casual with stools at the bar, plush lounge chairs, and tables to sample and drink their beers.

Great variety of craft beer for sale. I enjoyed just walking around checking out all of the different bottled beers for sale.

They have refrigeration units if you want beer that is already chilled.

The variety of beers on tap is nice. There is always something new to enjoy, both from brewers I know and new brewers.

The owners are knowledgeable and very friendly. We enjoyed talking to them about the different styles of beers as well as the different brewers.

The puppy was fun to play with too! He's a miniature Australian Shepherd who is very friendly and playful.

I live an hour away, but will be back.

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Photo of Blaze5445
5/5  rDev +19.3%

First off the decor and overall look of the place is great. It is very inviting and fits West Reading like a glove. The taps are always rotating and there is always something for everyone. Each time I have visited the owners have had a smile on their face and offered help if you need it. They are knowledgeable as well. They are some things that has lacked in this area. Along with Ganly's it is nice to see some awesome spots to get craft beer. Cheers

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Photo of Psupunk
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

I'd give it a higher rating if their bottle prices would be more comparible to other local bottle shops. However, the tap list is awesome and always changing and its usually not stuff you will find on tap at other local places.

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Photo of BrianBoruma
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

So the food is snack fare, but not bad.

The beer selection is great.

Their draft stuff is a constant rotation, so if you see something you like order it as it will likely be gone by the time you come back. Their prices are extremely reasonable.

The staff are all super friendly and incredibly knowledgeable about not only what they're pouring, but the local beer scene and craft beer in general. They're happy to make recommendations if you're looking for something special and are really devoted to spreading the love and knowledge of craft beer. A great place to grab a beer and spend an hour chatting.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%

First time visit yesterday evening. Of the ten taps, about half were pumpkin, a style I dont care for. That's just me, but seemed too many for one style.. A Boulevard was on, so that's a win anyday.

Place is essentially a house, and so the bottle area is very small, though packed. The aisles are very narrow. I am not a small gent at all, so a lot of tight space squatting squinting and searching. Hard to figure out best by dates without blocking traffic. Did find some out of date stuff. But picked up some new stuff, as well as a few old favs, so left fairly content.

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Photo of Beastcpa
5/5  rDev +19.3%

This place is awesome. A very relaxed atmosphere designed for any age group to relax, mingle, and share great beer. It has allowed me to add several dozen beers to my listing and the constantly changing selection is refreshing. Go to this place if you like a reasonable priced mix and max 6 pack beyond compare, a good variety of beer, and a very clean ,well maintained locale.

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Photo of PTEdelman
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Great spot in West Reading. Tap list and bottle offerings are constantly changing and unique. Very friendly, knowledgable owners. Also a great location to have a pint, pick up a couple beers to go and visit one of the many BYOB restaurants down the street.

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Photo of Greenplastic615
3.98/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 3

I was a little skeptical at first - when they opened, it was 4 taps for growlers and a fairly limited selection of bottles. I really wanted to like it because it's 5 minutes from my house, but after stopping by in their opening week, I left feeling I wouldn't be back often.

Fast forward a few months, and they really have their stuff together. While the selection is still small (no imports, mostly focused on PA breweries), they've managed to create a great atmosphere for enjoying a beer and picking up some nice locals. They're recently expanded to 10 indoor taps and 4 outdoor taps in the back patio-like area. The draft prices are extremely reasonable ($4 for a 19oz pour of Dock Street Rye IPA?! Yes!), growler prices are good, and bottle prices are fair for the area.

Sure, I'd love for this place to have more non-local bottles available, but for a place focused on the PA beer scene, they're doing a great job. The owners are really nice, and I find myself stopping in for a pint or growler with regularity, even if I don't leave with bottles to-go. Definitely not the shop for walesbro, but if you're in the Reading area and want a good place to have a beer and spend a half hour, I recommend The Barley Mow.

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Photo of JTO_Read_PA
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Very good beer selection, reasonable prices. Went with friends, sat outside on the patio and enjoyed some brews...very good draft selection for everyone and excellent beer selection for bottles...good pricing on buying bottles to go... i'll go back place !

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The Barley Mow Craft Beer House in West Reading, PA
4.19 out of 5 based on 32 ratings.
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