Stoudts Brewing Co.

Stoudts Brewing Co.Stoudts Brewing Co.
Stoudts Brewing Co.Stoudts Brewing Co.
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

2800 North Reading Rd
Adamstown, Pennsylvania, 19501
United States

// CLOSED //

Notes: Brewery ceased operations in spring 2021, after Carol Stoudt announced her retirement.
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StonewallSipper from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

One of the first craft places in PA., big place, a nice dining room a bit too formal for me, the beer is okay for craft selections, and the food was average, the last time there the girlfriend got sick from her meal. A bit outdated in today's craft scene.

Feb 08, 2020
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bubseymour from Maryland

3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Beers were so/so. Waitress was a wackadoo. Taproom is in a bizarre restaraunt like a time warp to 1985. Everyone stared at my wife and I like we were aliens and no idea why. Felt like the 2 Americans walking into that pub from “An American Werewold In London”. Was waiting for someone to tell me to “keep off the Moors”. Old 1900 nudie girls on the bathroom walls. Just a creepy place.

Mar 09, 2019
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jimboothdesigns from Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -50.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2

Decided to stop in on the way to Philly to see what kind of special offerings they had. I hadn't been to Stoudts in a very long time, 10 plus years it seems. Then I really enjoyed it. However, upon returning, I found that the facility looks really run down and unkept. Wayfinding was poor and when I found the retail "store", its was very small and had a poor selection of items for sale. Then came the beer. I went into the office to ask about a purchase regarding their barrels aged ales and was treated rudely as if I was already expected to be a beer expert and the other staff was not very knowledgeable. If I want to be treated rudely, I will just go to Al's of Hampden, its closer.

Nov 05, 2015
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

We come to Stoudt’s about twice a year for my filet and Fat Dog fix. Parking is more than adequate on both sides of the building. When you enter through the front door, you are greeted in the lobby by an old restored Packard. Seating is available in the bar, the dining room, or a smaller room (pub) off the bar. The small room has a collection of beer bottles and some steins on display. 4-packs, six packs, and bombers are available for sale in the bar. Additional items (signs, shirts, hats, signs) are displayed in the lobby and can be purchased in the bar. The bar itself is small and busy, but the bartender(s) are good and there is only one TV to bother conversations. Selection is good with the year around and a few seasonal and one-offs usually on tap. Be sure to check out the 19th century porn in the bar rest rooms!
The dining room wait staff leave something to be desired, such as efficiency and promptness. The food is excellent but not cheap – the bread is made from the brewery’s spent grain and is available for sale in the mornings when the store is open.
Ed used to give tours of the brewery but I don’t know if that option is still available. Check the website but don’t depend on it – it’s not well updated.

Edit - 3/24/18. Ed sold the Packard. The wait staff has improved (Ask for John) and now they serve all brews in 16 oz shakers rather than using those 8 oz snifters for the higher alcohol beers.

Aug 15, 2015
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Suzon from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

The exterior looks new, but the interior is vintage. It has interesting history... There are lots of fun and unique antiques. It is unique and totally fun!

Jan 08, 2015
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25

Ate at the restaurant and had some beers. The decor in the restaurant is an attempt at German beer house, but it seems a bit dated and stale. I've also been to a beerfest that was in the back "indoor beer garden" area.

Quality of the beer is okay, they do basic styles well, but nothing very innovative. But you can find a beer you would like. Service was good. The food is steaks and German and PA Dutch cooking - sausages, spaetzle, schnitzel, etc. It was okay.

Aug 13, 2014
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curmudgeon236 from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Far better selection of food than typical brewpub. Pubgrub to elaborate dinners. Excellent salads, sandwiches, and friends raved about quality of fresh oysters. Bartender was a real character, handled the bar well. Very helpful and knowledgeable. Nice beer diversity as well. Only negative was a kind of 'touristy' vibe... not uncommon for PA Dutch country, unfortunately...

Mar 13, 2014
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BradC from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

We live about 25 minutes from Stoudts and try to make at least one trip up per year. The atmosphere is great with lots brewery memorabilia both national and local and a lot of antiques around. Beer selection is usually decent with their staple German brews and some seasonals on. Food is great, good steaks, some great German dishes. Have always had good service.

Feb 09, 2014
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JandJMD from Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Didn't have a chance to do a tour as it was a Friday, but it was a good place to stop. If you are into a little history of craft brewing or just history in general, its a good stop to make.

Other than Fat Dog, I haven't been the biggest fan of their beers. But they are good and it's an interesting place.

This is really an old, pretty dark, bar/restaurant. The food was surprisingly good. I was there with friends on a quiet day and the bartender was happy to give a little history lesson of the brewery and show us around a little. She pointed out Ed Stoudt who was hanging around. And we got to peek into the brewery operations.

Good people and a nice place to stop if you are in the area.

Jan 19, 2014
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qcbrewer from North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Pretty easy to access off of the PA Turnpike. Plenty of parking. Older side of the building is the restaurant/bar side, while the seemingly newer side is the brew house. There is also a large antique store attached (the whole region is really into antique stores - so if you're interested in that this is a money spot).

Once inside the large foyer, it gets "smaller" quickly, and a lot darker (and I don't mean mood). The bar area is very dark with 12 bar stools, and also a seemingly separate (possibly smoking lounge) connected to it. There are 3 main restaurant rooms, each with it's own theme; presidential, movie, and breweriana. Seemingly everything in his place is an antique, and with it comes a slight scent of "old", which to me is very neat. The "presidential room" is seemingly the only room with windows; all of the rest are lit with overhead lights - if that at all. The "movie room" is extremely dark, and it's nearly hard to see the old movie posters on the wall. The "Breweriana room" is the largest with high ceilings and some really neat beer antiques.

The beer overall is moderate, with a couple really great beers. I've always loved the Fat Dog Oatmeal Stout, so I had to have one while here. Otherwise, I wasn't too impressed with their selections that they don't already distribute on a regular basis. They make decent beer, but nothing to blow your socks off. Personally, I'm really glad I came to experience Stoudts because as far as I'm concerned, due to the antiques, this is a very unique brewery to visit and I would recommend everyone stop by at least once. That being said, I don't think I've visit all too often, if again, for a while.

Aug 16, 2013
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JakeEsterly from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 5

I Went on a Saturday when they were doing a Tour and the owner gave it himself which was pretty awesome cuz we got to hear how he started from scratch! The beer selection was pretty decent and I enjoyed the 4 beers I drank there.. and the food I got was Amazing! The steak was perfect! Only thing I have to say bad about the place was the service. Waitress we had didn't really attend to us and took awhile to get our drinks..other than that a good place to go

Jul 15, 2013
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Rifugium from North Dakota

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

I must've passed by this place (or the area it's in) dozens of times since I moved to PA, but I never had the opportunity to visit until recently. I've never been a huge fan of Stoudt's beers, but I must say, this place reeled me in, and I'm sure I'll be returning.

There's a lot to explore when you go to Stoudt's, what with a brewery, a restaurant, a bakery, and an antique shop all vying for your attention. There's a general feel of vintage Americana about the place, from the rustic bar to the mobster car in the vestibule, to the old-time "photos" in the bathroom (you might want to blindfold your kids). The bar is medium-sized, and there is plenty of dining space.

As I mentioned, I'm not huge on their beer, but most of it is solid and at least approachable, perhaps a bit mass-pleasing. Fat Dog and its variants always make for good selections. And of course many of the style they produce here are better suited for a fresh draught line than a bottle on a dusty shelf, which makes me want to remind people to "try it at the source" to get the most out of it. On tap, they have their usual year-rounds and 2 or 3 seasonals and/or extras.

Service was fine. The bartender was a little wifty, but friendly nonetheless, and our drinks and food were promptly served. I treated myself to a steak dinner--this is a steak house after all--and it was extremely good...the steak was cooked perfectly, and sides were simple yet tasty and in good portions. I passed on dessert, but the bakery options looked good for those of you with a sweet tooth. Overall the prices were reasonable, with some of the higher end entrees getting expectedly pricey.

This place may not have the uber beer to make it a "destination," but it is definitely worth checking out if you're in the area.

Apr 06, 2013
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PittBeerGirl from Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is located just off the turnpike and there are signs everywhere to get to it. Never realized this was such a tourist attraction.

The brewpub itself is part of a unique combination of businesses run by Stoudts. Its a Germantown/AntiqueStore/FleaMarket/Brewery/Brewpub.

There's an old Packard in the lobby to get into the brewpub and old PA brewery paraphonalia all over the walls. We sat in the dining room in soom old antique chairs table. Actually the place really smells like a flea market. It kind of has that dusty air to it.

The food- I was expecting the typical german brewpub/traditional german fare-but this menu is FAR different. Since they also have their own cheese and bread place on premises-the menu offers some unique artisinal cheeses and lots of steak and salad and whatnot too

The Beer- Very well done. They had the typical Stoudts line-up plus 2-3 brewpub only. The pumpkin-oktoberfest and the dubbel were offered when I was there. Both were great.

Overall-this is a must stop and a very unique place.

Apr 25, 2012
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wazzy47 from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

My girlfriend and I ended up stopping by here as we had always seen the signs advertising it on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Stoudts is not far away from the turnpike exit and there is plenty of parking. We decided to check out the Antique Mall and market first. We were very pleasantly surprised by the variety of goods available (though as antique shoppers we weren't crazy about some of the prices).

We went to the restaurant afterwards around noon. The place seems very cramped but the ambiance is great if you are in to vintage style (old portraits, paintings, private seating for couples, and a full antique car). We both ordered the black angus burgers and enjoyed our meals; we were stuffed but not too stuffed. The beer samples we had were excellent (Lager, Kolsch, Fat Dog, and Vanilla Porter).

We took the tour as well. Mr. Stoudt himself led it and was very informative. He tells it like it is and is unashamed to call out big name brewers on their products. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our experience and look forward to stopping by again.

Feb 04, 2012
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claytri from Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We went for lunch and stayed for the tour. We had dropped by to have lunch at the Black Angus, where we found a wonderfully charming restaurant, and a great menu. The food was very good, and the menu was nice with schnitzel, brats, and stroganoff as options among the standard fair. The beer was as expected better fresh. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly making for a great lunch. Then just as we ended Ed Stoudt announced he was ready to give the brewery tour. We had a great tour and found it very informative. Then returned for a couple more beers before moving on for the evening. The antiques market and farmers market are sure to be bonuses to an already nice experience when they are open. Make the trip it will be worth it.

Jan 29, 2012
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bigfnjoe from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Came to Stoudt's with my friend and girlfriend on a Wednesday night. We got there a little early, and were welcomed in when they opened at 4:30. The bartender was extremely friendly, and talked to us about all of their tap offerings....about 10 or 12 if I recall, including nearly their entire lineup (spring seasonal Karnival Kolsch was around, as was their fest). Two special taps, a barleywine and a vanilla almond porter, and the cask, an ESB. I got a sampler, which gives you four generous pours (probably about 6 ounces) or your choice. Priced right at $7.50, too. The beer....the porter was fantastic, DIPA was OK, and the pils & kolsch were perfect style examples. The decor is absolutely brilliant, very old timey with lots of older-style American historical type pieces in the place. My steak sandwich was excellent, and the menu is very diverse, with a raw bar as well as lots of German-style meat options. As I mentioned, the bartender was very attentive and receptive to our questions. Would definitely come back, much better than I ever expected.

Jan 12, 2012
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ebby82 from Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

My wife and I went here for dinner on a Wednesday evening. It was empty at first, but became gradually crowded.

Cool atmosphere, almost feels like a haunted house or the parlor of an old house. Quick and friendly service from the limites wait staff.

The food was good, although not amazing. The burger was made of quality beef, and my wife was very pleased with the saurkraut.

Better still was the beer. The vanilla almond porter was excellent, and my revel red, their winter beer, was smooth and satisfying. I was also able to buy a six pack of the double IPA which was just bottled last week.

Overall, a really cool spot, and one I'd come to again. I've never been dissapointed by any of their beers.

Dec 29, 2011
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CraftBeerTastic from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Just like years past, my local chapter of the SBCA held their 2011 fall meeting at the Black Angus last night (pub section of Stoudts Brewery).

The décor will take you back in time - by centuries. The bar was along a wall parallel to the front with about a dozen bar stools lined up. They also offered cocktails - not just their microbrews. The remainder of the restaurant was made up of various seating arrangements consisting of booths and tables. There was also a closed off section where private meetings can be held (that's where our meeting was).

I ended up having the 2011 Winter Ale which is a hoppy amber ale this year. I also tried the Fat Dog Stout and their Brewer's Reserve - Vanilla Almond Porter (very nice and not artificial tasting). I also had my usual Double IPA. The beers were all phenomenal.

Food wasn't bad either. Started out with bread and salad - then had the NY sirloin with some steamed vegetables and a baked potato. The steak was a little tough in the middle, but was very flavorful and cooked exactly how I ordered it.

Dessert was their Black Forest cake which is a chocolate layer cake with some sort of cherry parfait in the middle and light airy chocolate icing on the outside. Coupled with a black coffee - it made for an extremely decadent finish to a excellent meal.

Service was super fast and the staff seemed to know their beer. Every time I've stopped in over the years, there was always the same familiar bartender and servers. I guess that should say something about just how good the management is.

I would recommend Stoudts to anyone who enjoys high-class cuisine and some great tasting brews. I ended up leaving with a 6 pack of their Double IPA ($12.50). It’s so extremely balanced and drinkable despite the higher ABV (similar to Oskar Blues Gubna). Plus they don't offer growlers - but the bar tender did said they will fill one if you bring it in (doesn't apply to seasonals of course).

Nov 12, 2011
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JednoPivoProsim from Maryland

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Stopped by here on our way back to MD from Allentown, PA. Sunday night at 7pm - unfortunately (and obviously), the brewery was closed, but we ate off of the brew pub menu at the Black Angus Restaurant.

Atmosphere: Quaint (did I spell that right?). Old world feel, lots of German kitsch on the walls, the boys (and dad) liked the 1920s nudes on the wall of the men's bathroom.

Quality: Definitely a comfortable destination. Nice bar. Good looking oysters and jumbo shrimp on display. Not fancy dining by any stretch, although I believe the Black Angus menu would have you believe so.

Service: Fine. Friendly hostess and wait staff.

Selection: The beer, obviously, was the draw. Nothing like fresh brew pub selections. I was there for the Gold Lager, we also had the Fat Dog (imperial stout), and the Oktoberfest.

Food: The big downside. My weisswurst, bratwurst and rotkohl were excellent, but the chuck steak and crab cakes were mediocre, at best. My three year old's chicken tenders were burnt, but who am I kidding, I was there for the beer!!

Value: Value was decent. I was there to make a bulk purchase (3-4 cases?) on the Gold Lager, which I figured would be a big discount versus buying it locally, but at $9 a sixer, I can buy it just as competitively here in MD.

Aug 15, 2011
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devinoconnor from New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stoudts, just north of the Pennsylvania turnpike, is like going to Grandma's for dinner... But then Grandma has brewed some incredible craft beers to indulge in. The interior dining room features a look from long ago, like you're sitting in someone elses dining room.

The food is fabulous, if not a bit pricey though. Get a steak. It's what they do, and they know how to do it.

Beers are fantastic and each come with their own individual character. Double IPA was a treat on-tap.

Go for the food, stay for the drinks. A Win-win.

Jun 28, 2011
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Hoops4life511 from New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I've been to Stoudt's on a few occasions and have been to both the pub and restaurant sides of the establishment. The atmosphere is cool. Kind of dark and old world feeling, the seats are unique and very comfortable. Odd little trinkets and strange pictures all over, but it seems to work. The bar area is a little small, but even on a Saturday night you can get a drink without a problem. The menu has not let me down yet. Crab artichoke dip baked into a bread bowl is a must as an appetizer. Also, we usually get a cheese plate when we go just to relax and enjoy some, but the cheese menu is spotty and unreliable. Entrees are also incredible with my favorite so far being the apple smoked pulled pork sandwich. Beers were the big draw that got me in the door, and have not let me down either. There is always a handfull of their normal offerings along with a seasonal or two and a cask selection. My most recent trip the cask offering was a bourbon barrel aged vanilla bean fat dog. Sooo cool to try. Prices are decent, but can add up quickly when there is so much great stuff to try. Service has been very good in my trips, seldom having to wait for a beer or flag the waitress down from across the building. Overall a quality establishment that I will continue to visit regularly.

May 10, 2011
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loveingminor from Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I walked into the restaurant, and I thought I was back in Germany. It is situated in Pennsylvania Dutch country, right in the middle of a "village" that looks like a town from Germany, right off of route 222. It had a homely feel, and it wasn't too crowded, but I went with my family at around noon, right when it opened.

Quality: The food was very good, and it comes recommended by Stan (me). After eating here, I was no longer hungry until about 7pm, but that was just for some potato chips.

Service: my standard rating of service is how often my water is refilled. Since I wasn't drinking water, I kept watch on my mother's water: it was always full. Thats why it gets such a high service score.

Selection: wide selection of food, with mostly German origins... but they had other things like seafood (which I stayed away from since seafood is gross)

Food: delicious. I had the kielbasa with saurkraut and onions... I'll probably have it again if I go back.

Apr 25, 2011
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mcslain from Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -34.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2

The beer is the main draw at Stoudts, with the best options being the Double IPA, the Abbey Triple, the American Pale Ale and the Fat Dog Imperial Stout. I consider the beers to be drinkable but nothing special. The place has a nice vibe to it and is decorated with a lot of historical political memorabilia/propaganda. It is definitely classier than a typical brewery, although the bar area still feels comfortable if you are in jeans and a tshirt.

However, the bar area has only 12 stools. So while most people come to Stoudts for the beer, the overwhelming amount of space is dedicated to dining. When I compare Stoudts to a place like Victory, with the mega bar Victory offers their loyal customers, it drives me nuts. At Stoudts they have two options for bar expansion. On one side there is a completely unnecessary oyster/clam/shrimp display case. On the other side there is a lame extra dining room. Neither of these areas is needed and could be revamped to expand the mini-bar. With only 12 bar stools though, Stoudts will never become a great brew pub.

Aside from the lacking bar area, there are two dining options. The regular restaurant is nice and has a limited bar type menu. The food is mostly just average and is not consistent. I've had bad meals there on occasion, but sometimes good ones. The other half of the dining area is aimed at fine dining and draws in a more elderly crowd. I've been to Stoudts hundreds of times and never felt the urge to eat in the fine dining section, although I will order a few items off the restaurant menu.

So in summary, Stoudts has average beer and frequently you can't even get a seat at the bar when the place isn't even crowded due to a lack of seating. Personally, I'd like to see Stoudts embrace its role as a brew pub and build up the bar area. You can still serve decent food, but realize that your greatest audience is there because they appreciate the brewery.

Apr 13, 2011
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I really enjoy this place. My favorite spot is in the pub room to the left as you first enter the bar area. The spot by the window is particularly nice. The table is big and the chairs have arms.

They make good beer here! The food is quite good and you must try the beer battered fries or onion rings.

The beer fests are definitely worth attending. There's a beer hall and beyond the brewery is a retail area that looks like a german village.

Good beer, food, other entertainment and shopping make for a good place to seek out some fun. BTW, they sell bombers of their specialty brews. Take some home.

Apr 08, 2011
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pcar333 from Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

If you like the atmosphere of a German Brauhaus, you'll love Stoudts. Not sure what to order? Sausages in a Brauhaus are almost always a good bet. Bratwurst was exceptional. Served with sauerkraut and rotkohl (red cabbage). If you've never had these dishes made in the German manner...loose your preconceptions about taste and dive in. Compliment your German dinner with a wonderfully fresh, clean, crisp helles in the form of a Stoudts Gold Lager.

I couldn't have been more impressed. To sum up, it took me right back to the Alps, to Brauhaus's of my past. This comes as close as I have been in a very long time. Mahlzeit!

Jan 20, 2011
Stoudts Brewing Co. in Adamstown, PA
Brewery rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 8138 ratings