Drafting Room - Spring House

Drafting Room - Spring HouseDrafting Room - Spring House
Drafting Room - Spring HouseDrafting Room - Spring House
Bar, Eatery

900 North Bethlehem Pike
Spring House, Pennsylvania, 19477
United States

// CLOSED //

Notes: The Spring House location is permanently closed. 5/1/2010
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Reviews by GnomeKing:
Photo of GnomeKing
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

There are about 21 beers on tap and one on cask, though about half dozen are macro swills and an additional 4 or so are bordline crafts like Harp. The taps rotate often and reflect a wide range of styles. The bottle list kicks ass, with tons of Belgians and many American brews. I'd like to see more surprises in the list of American brews, but the list, although on the predictable side, is long and has many winners.

The place also has a "beer style of the month feature," in which they will devote a few taps to a certain style, and even include an educational blurb about that style on the menu. The Web site keeps an accurate and up-to-date list of the beers on tap, including the date that keg was tapped. Impressive. Most impressive.

The servers are friendly, prompt, and professional. They do really nice growler fills here. Suds all the way to the top, and they'll even wash your growler for you if you bring 'em dirty glassware. Growler fills are what I typically do here, because...

The place is dead anyway. It feels like somewhere you'd take your grandparents because its their idea of a nice respectable place to dine. There are some young people there, but everyone feels and acts old. You can see it in their spiritless eyes. No one seems to be having any fun.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Been coming here for a few years and recently a hell of alot. TDR annual hopfest is a must year after year.

This place must have been a old bank from the awning on the left side of the building. The look of the building outside is kinda southwest style housing with a few tables out front. They break out the outside white tent for shade at the hopfest. Once inside, this place looks like a very classy bar and in many ways it is, but not at all snobbish. I like the people that drink here, always up for a convo. The vibe is beer bar/ semi sports bar( Sports is always on the tele) and a fine dining establishment. A nice sized bar with plenty of seating around it. There is also a seperate dining area, but to tell you the truth, I have never stepped in there.

The quality is up there. Clean taplines, clean glassware, clean everything. The bathroom is top notch and I've never seen it trashed. A very inviting bathroom that just asks you to do your buisness there. Wrapped silverware. I believe they also have empty growlers for sale if your looking for them.

I said I like the people who drink here, but the people who work here are no slouches either. I believe that I have never had bad service fro the bar or the tables. Quality service with a smile. The bartender was on top of his knowledge and the waitresses know a bunch about beer to. There's a few bars where I can ask a simple question about a beer and all I get is head scratching, not here. Michael is good people, the owner is good people, just good people all around.

Being a beer bar in SEPA, this place is kinda packed to the gills with good beer. The tap lines are about 20 in number with mostly craft. I will admit that the tap list can be lagging here at points throughout the year, so really it's luck of the draw for a very respectable taplist. There are some brews up there that are not exactly craft, but they have to cater to everybody. Michael is good people, the owner is good people, just good people all around. TDR always seems to have a few Rouge John locker's in the bullpen. A good array of styles both on tap and in bottles. There is also one of the best hard alcohol selections in any Beer Bar in the suburbs. Last time I was there I got Brooklyn Blast, Ommegang Belgian pale ale, Southern Tier Hoppe and six glasses of Russian River Supplication. Awesome, kinda pricy bottle selection thatI would not mind having in my basement.

The food here is very good. You can tell this is a tightly run ship. I got the quesadillas, awesome. I got some other appetizer bites, and they are awesome. Also got a 5$ burger at happy hour, which was delish and awesome. Im going to need to try an entree here the next time I bring a date here.The prices are not out of this world either, it's definatly more worth your money than lets say a SPTR.

One last note: This bar has the best Jukebox in SEPA and anywhere else I have been in this small world. This juke has everything under the sun. Im like a kid at a candi store when Im looking up funk jams here. I wish more bars had a box with the selection on this. Here's a small amount of the music I found there, Kool Keith(really!!!) The Headhunters (really!!!!) Average White Band, MF DOOM, 10CC, and countless others. I actually made some fans as some customers were really digging my playlist. I want that Jukebox yesterday.

Get out to the drafting room soon and enjoy yourself. The bar has seen it's better days buisness wise(and that's not a knock at the quality or popularness of this bar, it's basically because SEPA is a beer bar heaven, there is alot of competition out here) so get in there and help these people out, I guarentee you will have a good time.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Pulling into the parking lot, I liked the way that the building ran lengthwise with some patio seating and an overhang to the extreme left. There were two entryways, one to the far left that opened onto the restaurant area, but that was less compelling. On the right end of the building was another door that opened directly onto the bar area with a satellite jukebox and Golden Tee to the immediate right and a big screen TV against the right wall. Standard rectangular tables and chairs filled most of the space, and close to the bar was a short wall, fronted on the bar side by circular high tables and high chairs. The bar had a gorgeous dark green marble top that ran about half the length of the space. In the middle of the ar was the setup of 20 taps and one cask engine. The back bar consisted of glass shelves that were being used to house their VERY impressive collection of single malt scotches.

Beers: Those twenty (20) taps continually rotate and if you cannot find something worthwhile, then you need to head out, Jack!

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Photo of bwd110
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Been to this place many times over the years, here's my latest experience mixed in with overall impressions.

Visited HopFest V on 9/12 with a buddy. We sat at a hightop right in front of the bar and was immediately greeted by a waitress who presented us with the tap list and explained how their HopFest worked. Great service all day despite how busy the place became. Always makes you feel good too when the waitress goes out of her way to flirt and be playful with you. I always have a good customer service experience at this place.

The Drafting Room also always has a good daily tap list and they are no slouch in the bottle department as well. Plenty to choose from, always fresh and good.

What keeps bringing me back to this place over some other beer bars is the food. Everything is always well done, and there is a lot of one-off specials that are always interesting.

Great place. nice atmosphere, great food and beer - and not a bad scotch list either!

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Photo of cartagena
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The outside looks strange at first (was it a bank with a drive thru?) but they have a huge parking lot which is great. Inside the bar and bar table are kind of like a sports bar but without that many TV blasting, very good to catch a sports event waiting talking with friends (no need to scream).

Their draft beers changes almost every other day along with a list you can view on the internet. Prices are normally about $5.50 for a A+ beer. They have a big updated beer list to read all about the contents of their draft which is great and makes it hard to select which one to try out of the 15 your really want.

No problem with the beers or service here.

Food selection is much better than other bars/pub. 95% of the food I have tried were excellent. Soups are the best!

One more thing, restroom and tables are very clean, keep up the good job. Everyone is very friendly.

All said, I would recommend this place to be a place to stop in and have a few good beers along with some food, you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of LabBrewer
4.15/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Stopped by on a business trip for a beer after heading to Iron Hill.

The place looks like it used to be something else, what I don't know. The place isn't much to look at. However, the draft list and bottle list is something to look at. They had a wide selection of styles, a few imports, but mostly domestic. When I went they had a Rogue theme going with a number (4 or 5) Rogue special releases on tap. I decided to go with the Troeg's Drafting Room Anniversary beer, an IPA which was quite good. Lots to try, if I was in the area I'd definitely head back.

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Photo of drtth
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Friends took me to lunch here a while back and I was really impressed and am now looking for a reason to go back to the area and visit again.

A nice family dining atmosphere plus an upscale beer bar pretty much define this place, except to note that that it is a craft beer bar!

The food was excellent. The service was exceptional, especially considering the size of the lunch crowd.

The selection of beers on tap and in bottle left little to be desired. The Bar manager here knows the world of beer!! The selection of food was pretty much what you'd expect from a lunch time family dining establishment.

Although I was a guest for lunch, I scanned the menu and found the prices were fair and certainly not out of line for the quality of the food, beer and service.

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Photo of Gilgemesh
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've stopped in to the Drafting Room now a number of times over the past 7 or 8 years. Each time I have received excellent and prompt service from courteous waitstaff. The bartenders are always willing to tell you about the draft beers and are knowledgeable about most of the bottle stock as well. Even when I asked for a second taste of something they didn't hesitate. It is no wonder that this establishment was one of a very few to get the Duvel Green on tap for the opening of Philly beer week. If you are in the area and want a great beer, good food, and a nice place to talk, The Drafting Room is a good choice.

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Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Located about 5 minutes from PA Turnpike Exit 339 which is convenient for any travelers. When entering the establishment, you have a greeter that welcomes you in. Dining room on left, bar on the right. I opted for the bar.

Bar is small with about 10 stools and has mirrors and a neat clean look. The rest of the room has high tops and regular tables, 3 TVs, and a video game. There are about 20 taps with a nice variety of local beers like Victory, Penn, and Appalachian Brewing Company. They also had Bass, Miller Lite, Rogue, Brooklyn, and Maredsous beers on tap. About 100 bottles are listed in the beer menu.

Bartender was friendly and knew the beers he was serving. Food was decent, but not overwhleming.

Beers are fresh and constantly changing, so when you arrive you may see something you didn't see last week. This has been a great place to stop for me when passing by the area.

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Photo of hopdog
4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My old drinking spot. I say old because I used to go here a few times a week before the kids came. I still make a point of stopping by whenever I can (especially when I hear a rare or hard to get beer is on tap - which the seem to be able to get). The tap selection changes regularly so don't trust the web site listing or even the chalk board & beer menu. Food is good and the kids like to come here too (which is always a plus for me!). They sell Growler fills too which is another big plus. I haven't bought any, but they sell their bottles from their bottle list to go.

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Photo of AltBock
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The Spring House Drafting Room is located on Bethlehem Pike, a road that goes through Spring house, PA and North Wales, PA. It's right across the street from a small plaza and it's located right in front of a beer distributor. You honestly can't pass up the large wooden sign with a beer mug on it. This place has plenty of free parking in the front and the back. That's what I like to see! When you walk in through the 2 big glass doors, you have 2 choices, the dinning room on the left and the bar area on the right. I opted for the bar area. There's a small amount of seating at the bar, but there's a few tables around the bar. The bar area is decorated like almost every other bar, flat screens turned to ESPN, golf arcade game, and a wall jukebox. The big difference between the two is the line of taps and the one handpump behind the bar. It's always nice to see a line of craft beer taps.

The menu mostly consists of family dinning restaurant food. That means it has burgers, wraps, salads, soups, and a few entrees. The one thing that caught my eye was the "Brooklynator Cheesy Soup." A cheese soup made with Brooklynator. That was one best soups I've had so far. You could taste the cheese and alcohol. After that, I almost ordered a chicken salad, but after the waitress told me it was made with mayo and would resemble a chicken salad sandwich, I instead ordered the chicken wrap. It was just like any other chicken wrap, except for this had some spicy sause on it. It was spicy, but not that spicy. Still very good.

I thought the service here was just great. I noticed that the waitresses and the bartender were very knowledgeable about all the craft beers they sold. I was their during their annual Hopfest and after it got crowded, they still had plenty of time to check up on little old me. I never had to wait long for my food or another hoppy beer. I only had one minor problem with the service. When I decided to check out, I gave the manager my paid bill. He didn't tell any of the waitresses, he just set it down somewhere. So after a few minutes of waiting to get my change back, I asked why I haven't got any change back. The waitressess had no clue what I was talking about. So they got the manager and that's when they found out that I had some change coming back to me. They cleaned it all up and I got back the right amount of change back. That was my only gripe here.

Now for the tap selection. I believe they had 19 to 21 taps, 1 cask handpump, and a small selection of high end bottled beers. Every one of those taps is a craft beer. The closet thing they had to a macro was Hoegaarden. During Hopfest they had some of the hoppiest beers in the world including Russian River's Pliny the Elder, De Ranke XX Bitter, Founder's Devil Dancer and Troegs Nugget Nector on cask. I'm positive that on a regular basis, they have a top notch tap selection. Some of the uncommon bottled beers they had were Penn Brewery's St. Nick Bock Reserve and Mikkler's Beer Geek Breakfast. Their bottled beers were overpriced, but that's PA for you. It was just great beer selection!

Overall, it's a must visit in the area and a wonderful place to grab a pint of your favorite micro brewed beer. I'm looking forward to my next visit!

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I stopped by here only a year and change after I figured out this was 6 miles from my place.

What was this building? A hotel at one point in time? How odd. Inside, this oddity is forgotten. The bar was lively when we arrived with pelany of seating both at the bar and at tables. Like the other location, the beer list was impossible to miss declaring their awesome local beer selection. I really like the "Drink Local!" attitude of both TDR locations. We made our way to the restaurant as the bar was a bit noisy. The dining area was a bit bland, but it did the trick. We got a half booth, half table and ordered up a few local treats.

Our server seemed on top of things, but reeked of newness. Thankfully, this didn't interfere with his ability to bring us what we wanted. Nothing too impressive, but nothing to complain about.

Dinner was all right. i got a roast beef sandwich that was soaking wet to the point where I had to eat it with my silverware. That was lame. My lady friend ordered a veggie and chicken dish that was quite tasty. The nature of my soggy sandwich influences my rating the most so far.

Local beer and proximity to my house. Not bad at all. I'll be back a time or twelve.

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Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

What do you know, yet another great beer bar out in the burbs (of Philly). Was here for their spring hopfest.

Having been to both TDR's, I have to say I much prefer this one. While smaller then the Exton version, the Spring House version has some outdoor seating and has a much more relaxed, laid back vibe. It's contained in one large room with a moderate size bar in the back area when you first walk in. The bar seats about 10 patrons and I'd estimate there to be no more then 12 to 15 tables. The place has a much more informal feel to it then the TDR in Exton, but like the Exton TDR, still has the obligatory 4 or 5 TV's turned to various sporting events (which is always fine by me).

The tap selection on this particular day was outstanding of course, including things like Pliny the Elder, the Maharaja and nugget nectar on cask. However, it's obvious this place is committed to good beer (they have a very nice selection of bottle beers as well), so I expect the everyday line-up is nearly as good.

It's hard to know how to rate the service here. Granted, I was here during the hopfest, but the place was far from full, and initially I sat by myself at an empty table for about 10 minutes, waiting for service. Finally I moved over to a table with some friends, but still waited another 10 mintues before getting served. The waitress was pleasant enough, and my order came pretty quickly when she finally got around to taking it. On the other hand, my friends had been at TDR for nearly 5 hours when they decided to cash out, while I had been there for no more then half an hour. Furthermore, I had just gotten my drink order... yet for some reason she went ahead and put my order on my friend's bill without telling either me or him (he was with several other friends and they had gotten a lot of different beers, so I'm sure reading the bill was not easy). Anyway, when I got ready to leave, only then did she tell me she had put my order on my friend's bill, and gee wasn't that a stroke of luck for me (I'm not 21 any more, I make a good salary, and I've long since stopped thinking taking advantage of my friends financially is "a stroke of luck").

So the service here was really pretty poor, and given the fact it wasn't all that crowded, I can see no good reason for it. Nevertheless, in every other regard my experience at TDR was outstanding, and were it not so far away I might visit from time to time. This is truly a very solid place.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went here on Thurs. 3_13_08 (my b-day) with a few co-workers.

The atmosphere: you walk in, very nice looking dining room on the left and bar area to the right. We headed towards the bar area which is fairly long and sits about 10-20 people; plenty much room with tables and chairs; bout 6 TV's split on both sides of the table area.

Quality: 20-25 taps, completely a great selection that I did not write down however the website appears to be updated often. I scanned the large bottle selection on the menu, bout 45-65 bottles, quickly found my current favorite Rogue chocolate stout; 22oz for $9.50.
Clean establishment.

Service: No complaints, friendly and prompt...the women who helped us (with pink hair) seemed to know the name of the beers very well.

Selection: 20-25 taps, completely a great selection that I did not write down however the website appears to be updated often. I scanned the large bottle selection on the menu, bout 45-65 bottles, quickly found my current favorite Rogue chocolate stout; 22oz for $9.50, I knew it was two max for me :)
Price is on the higher side but all in all very comparative to any other place with this "type" of selection in the Philadelphia area.

Food: Appetizers were very good; calamari and spinach & crab dip w/ pumpernickel ...but a bit pricey total 18$.

Certainly a good trip for anyone in the area! I am sure I will find my way here again:)

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Photo of Phatz
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A beautiful building with a car port and magnificent first impression look. Entering the bar is a bit more typical but nice. I was there last night for a Voodoo Brewing Tasting and the was a young school teacher crowd at the bar that regulars told me are not usually there. So the majority of the crowd was drinking BMC bottles because The Drafting Rom Draft list is all craft. The beer is typical *good beer* bar in the area. Nothing I have never seen before but plenty of good drinking options. The food was good too. My burger was a bit rare but I'd rather that than over cooked. The Salads a good too. I recommend stopping at the Drafting Room for dinner with your date. A beer mecca, not quite, but very worth the visit.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of jmalex
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

At the recommedation of a coworker, I sought this place out sometime last year. I've been back many times since, and I'm loving the fact that it's only 10 minutes away.

ATMOSPHERE: Walking in the door, you can bear left to a somewhat upscale dining room area or bear right to enter the bar area. The bar itself is along the left wall and the rest of the space is filled with tons of tables, large and small. I've never had a problem getting a seat, even at peak times. TVs are visible from all angles and they are usually showing the day's sporting events. Everything in here seems new and the place is always clean. It lacks somewhat in the area of "character" but is a very comfortable place to sit down with a few beers.

QUALITY: A large chalkboard dominates one wall and lists all the current draft beers. And it's even up to date most of the time. Each month, they feature a different style of beer and dedicate 3 or 4 taps to that style. The beer menu is very descriptive and the bottle section is separated by country of origin. Really, the place has just about everything you could ask for from a beer bar and executes it well.

SERVICE: The service is typically dedicated and prompt, and I've never had a really bad experience with it. The servers themselves are not very educated about the beers they serve, but they are certainly well above being clueless.

SELECTION: The styles of the month usually bring in some great beers. I've seen just about every Rogue JLS release, Nugget Nectar on cask, and I've heard that they've had the Plinys as well. The bottle selection is extensive and diverse but is a bit overpriced, especially with such good draft offerings.

FOOD: The food here is an awesome bonus. You won't find your typical bar food here. The clear winner is the cheese fondue appetizer. Nothing goes better with beer. If you're in the mood for something more substantial, the steaks are great, as are the burgers. Be forewarned though. It is a bit pricey.

Certainly worth the trip for anyone in the area. If there's one thing I'd like to see from them, it would be that they host some special beer events, be it tapping special kegs, holding a certain brewery night, or having free giveaways. Something to draw all the beer geeks out would certainly benefit them and benefit all of us as well. As it is though, The Drafting Room is still a big winner.

EDIT 11-23-09:
Beer selection has added a few boring 'Usual Suspects' that have taken the place of some more interesting rotating selections. Food has gone down in quality slightly. Minor nitpicks but deserving of docking them a point here and there.

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Photo of Dartswizard
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

If you are fortunate enough to live anywhere near this place, you should frequent it often. They are constantly tapping different tastey beers.I have been to this one about three times in the last six months and each time I bring a diiferent group of beer lovers and each time there are different beers to enjoy.( if you don't believe me just visit there web page )

The place is very nice ant the staff is quite knowledgable, and always eager to assist in beer selecting.

Food here is very good and I would venture to say as good as any restaurant in the area.

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Photo of Aprilluvsbeer
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

It's been a while since I've been here..my early drinkin days when quality beer did not matter. It was mid-late afternoon and it was not crowded at all, but then again, I was not expecting it to be on a stormy Sunday afternoon. From this experience, I can say that I felt out of place there..the few people that were there were not welcoming or friendly and the staff were totally to themselves. We tried to stir up a conversation a couple of times with what I think were fellow BA's, since I overheard one mention BA in their conversation...I was surprised/shocked at being snubbed by fellow BAs!

I can also see this place getting REALLY smoky when it gets crowded as one person lit up and that was enough for me..I can't wait for smoke-free bars in PA!

The quality and selection of beers was great! The tap list was awesome. But I do think their prices are on the high side for sure! I could not bring myself to get a bottle of Old Rasputin for the amount of $$ they were asking!! At the same time, Pliny the Younger on tap..pretty reasonable.

Aside from not being real friendly and segregating themselves from their customers, the service was good in the fact that I got my food hot and my beer timely, although like I said before, it was not crowded, so I wouldn't expect it to be bad in this instance.

We only ordered an appetizer, which was really good.

I will have to go back and give this place a 2nd chance. The food was promising as was the beer selection..but what really makes a bar GREAT...is the atmosphere..not sure I will see a big change in the atmosphere, but I will keep an open mind.


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Photo of aforbes10
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I'd been to the drafting room before but this is the first time i've reviewed it. We went last night for a pre-Christmas dinner. The place wasn't very full so we had a nice table. Lots of good beers on tap and i helped myself to a Mad Elf and a 2005 Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout (they had the 2006 available as well). Probably about 20 beers on tap available. Food was friggin great, and that's the really good thing about this place...decent beer with excellent food. I had the rare tuna steak and it was fantastic...but others at the table had the duck and the salmon and those were great as well. The other thing i liked was that you could get bottles to go and they were half of the menu price. so I bought a mixed ixer with some very nice bottles in it. some that i wanted they were out of but that was ok. all in all, a good place to stop in to.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
2.58/5  rDev -36%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I went to TDR in Springhouse to watch the first half of Monday Night Football and it ws the first time I have been there in a while. The place was fairly empty but still got real smokey quickly which would discourage me from going there regularly since Philly went smoke free. The bar area is fairly small with lots of TV's everywhere which generate too much noise.

Even though it was empty, it was hard to get the waitress' attention. She was clueless about the beer she was serving: my beer was served in the wrong glass and I asked her about the style of the Bell's that was on & she replied "It's a dark beer."

The beer list of taps was impressive but it still had beers that were kicked & the ABV was wrong on at least one beer that I knew the ABV off the top of my head. The draft beer selection on a week to week basis is hit or miss at times but a gem is available from time to time but you won't know it unless you are there b/c of their website which is never up to date on the beers that are on tap. Peeking at the website, only 3 of the 12 beers on the rotating taps are in fact on tap. Why bother with a website if you don't kee it fairly current?

The food is good but a little expensive for bar food.

After writing this review, I remember why I stopped going to TDR in Springhouse.

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Photo of slander
4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Did the "Heavyweight - Down for the Count" event at the Drafting Room, Exton. What a terrible burden having to drink those confounded beers oft and again. A most wonderful selection (but no Ste-ve). Sunday morning now, we're going to head back to the brewery to bottle Bourbon Old Salty, the last last last of the last bottlings to be sure, but we're going to need to get all brunched up first. None of us had been to the Drafting Room, Spring House, and it was somewhat along the way back so...

A single entranceway and then you choose your poison; bar or dining room. We're here for brunch and that's in the dining room so I suppose that's where we'll be. 2 dozen tables in the dining room, some sharing a common bench running one wall. Sponge beige & dotted toned colored walls, some areas with the wall lowers purple with wood trim, art prints and steel sculptured wine & beer glasses & bottles. The tap list is displayed on a blackboard here. A wine rack on the far wall and some cuts in another looking in on the booze shelves from the bar. "Welcome to the Drafting Room, Doctor T", said the old man sitting next to us to Baker, or not. Breakfast meats and a kickass cherry cobbler. The omelet station was aesthetically pleasing. Bowls of color in Red (tomatoes, peppers), Green (spinach), and Yellow (cheese) dot the table, plus ham, bacon, onions, mushrooms, sausage and crabmeat. A back banquet room was in full swing with a 70th birthday be-bop.

The bar side holds a straight marble topped bar seating 14. 20 taps in a single row on the bar and a sad, quiet handpump below. Bottle selections in tinted front fridges below and a handful of 3 litre magnums on the bar. A dozen and a half raised and low bar tables throughout the room separated by a bar counter, a flatscreen behind the bar and 3 more mounted above in the corner, and Phil's Golf game '05.

20 taps. A nice collection of micros local and regional (Victory Hop Wallop & Golden Monkey, Stoudts Pils, Troegs Drafting Room 12th Anniversary, Sly Fox O'Reilly's Stout, Penn Weizen), and beyond (Rock Art IPA, Rogue John's Locker Stock Alt & Dead Guy Ale, Humboldt Red Nectar, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale), and the okay imports (La Chouffe, Leffe Brown, Fullers ESB, Hacker Pschorr, Hoegaarden, Lindemans, Harp, Bass) and a few crappy macros.

Nice place for a first beer of the day. Good brunch, too, and we're going to need a sturdy base if we're going to Heavyweight for a day of grueling labor. Baker really works you.

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4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Was going to hit the Exton location (as usual), but decided on this location to drink and eat prior to seeing Jethro Tull at the Keswick.

Atmosphere: I was one of two patrons when I arrived. My crew arrived and the crowd followed suit soon after. Great crowd and vibe with the MLB playoffs playing in Hi Def all around us. Definitely was a fun time.

Quality: Can't complain. Everything was as-advertised. Great food and beers, all served correctly, and a great liquor selection as well.

Service: We sat in the bar area, and our table was served quickly and often by an over-worked waitress who smiled the whole time. I usually hate table service when I am drinking, but this was very good.

Selection: Top notch beers and Scotch abound. Something for everyone between the bottles and liquors.

Food: I always have loved the food at TDR. An more upper-scale menu with a little bit of everything, done right. Nice presentation when the food is delivered gourmet-style. Not your typical bar fare...definitely a step up. I had the pan seared Salmon and we enjoyed a couple coconut-encrusted shrimp in a honey/teriyaki glaze. My brother in law had an awesome Angus burger. I forget what the other two had, but they raved about it.

Value: Yes, it is a bit pricey, but go during Happy Hour and they have some basic apps and beers for 1/2 price. Plus, really, you are getting a better atmosphere and experience for the added cost. Definitely worth a stop.

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4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The Drafting Room in Springhouse has a bunch to offer everyone. They have a variety of bottled beers in stock with a nice beer menu. They also have a pretty good selection of scotch! Some of the scotch prices are a bit high though with Johnny Blue being $30/glass. Though it is nice to see such a selection of scotch and beer in one place. The food is pretty good too, their Burgers are tasty! Check it out if you're near the Fort Washington Expo Center/Ambler/Lower Gwynedd area.

About 5-10 minutes away is Iron Hill Brewery in North Wales if your wait is too long.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I came here occasionally in the past, but my visits dropped off after buddies of mine started giving the place bad reviews for service, unclean lines, and other tales of unworthiness. You need only to browse the lowest reviews to hear the stories. But I've been back a couple times recently and think the place has improved. Hmmm, perhaps the folks behind the scenes read BA?

Service is still up in the air, and they take a while to get to you sometimes. An example of this is when I ordered the "bottomless" mussels- a delicious mussel dish (no longer offered on the menu, sadly) that had free refills. The waitress would take a long time to check up on me between refills, so "bottomless" turned out to be what would amount to a large bowl of mussels at any other place.

They offer lots of other good food, both in the fancy dining area and the smooth-looking bar. Everything is a bit pricey, so I would recommend sticking to the creative selection of appetizers, which range under $10. For the after-work crowd, there's a good deal on wings with a variety of sauce choices and quesadillas during happy hour. (Good prices on most drafts at that time, also.) Both snacks are tasty choices. They also offer sweet potato french fries which are crispy and worth trying. (Convert your friends to the Other potato!)

Now to the good stuff: the beer. Plenty of good brews on draft and they have an excellent bottle list. Takeout, to my memory, is expensive. But back to the list: Last night IPAs ruled the roost, even though they were supposed to be pushing Belgians, of which they only had two: Rodenbach and Corsendonk Brown, if you don't count Victory's Golden Monkey. I settled with a Peg Leg Stout and a Baltika 7, both excellent. No chunkage floating in my beers, no frosty glasses, just beer being served as it should.

This place has an atmosphere that appeals to everyone, so bring the work corwd over for happy hour. They won't know they're being exposed to good beer until it's too late!

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4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've been here a few times. Most recently, this Friday with the guys after work. 21 taps, good selection, knowledgeble staff. When I ordered a Sly Fox Stout, the waitress said, "I like stouts and this one is a little watery, I'll bring you a taste before I get you the full pint" she was right, I ordered something else.

The 12th Anniversary TDR from Troegs was absolutely fantastic, didn't review though because of the happy hour atmosphere with the guys from work and all.

The calamari was good but needed salt, the wings were good but a little less crispy than I like. Only had these apps on this visit. On a previous visit, I had a ribeye on a bed of fried onion straws and a stout sauce, excellent but a litle overcooked ordered med-rare got med. may hav actaully been a service issue though as sopme oneelse in the larger party I was eating with had the opposite problem, we realized too late to switch though.

All in all a great place to drink great beer and will most definitely return over and over again for this reaon, will need to try the food a couple more times though

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Drafting Room - Spring House in Spring House, PA
Place rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 42 ratings