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Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

2800 North Reading Rd
Adamstown, Pennsylvania, 19501
United States

(717) 484-4387 | map

Also home to the Black Angus Restaurant & Brew Pub

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Reviews by ffejherb:
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4/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Every time I drive on the PA turnpike, I always see the billboard for Stoudt’s Brewery. I’d been wanting to visit for quite some time (since I first tried their sampler case a while back), so my friend, my wife and I decided to make the short 30-min. drive on Saturday, 11/18 for lunch, some brews and a brewery tour.

We arrived at what appeared to be more like a miniature town than a brewery. It was pretty chilly outside, so we just decided to go in and eat rather than look around. We ate in the non-smoking area of the pub, which was nice for non-smokers. The décor was primarily Victorian, especially the deep red walls and antique furniture. The focal point of the room was a huge, wooden-looking chandelier flanked by rows of old school beer trays, bottles and memorabilia. The bar was just outside this room, and there was enough room for perhaps twelve people at the bar.

The beer menu featured all of Stoudt’s regular offerings (ESB, Fat Dog Stout, APA, Double IPA, Lager, Pilsner) and they also had their Oktoberfest and Winter Warmer as well as “Lavender” Fat Dog Stout on cask, which I did not try. Our waiter (who was kind of quiet but friendly and answered our questions) came over with menus and we then ordered our drinks. I opted for a Scarlet Lady ESB, which I very much enjoy. My wife got a nice sampler of four selections, with the Winter Warmer being her favorite. My friend went with the Fat Dog Stout, which he said he liked, but I ended up finishing for him. The ESB was a deep copper/amber color with a creamy white head that quickly dissipated to 1/8-in. with lacing around the glass. It was served in a 16-oz. pint glass and a very nice temperature.

For lunch, I went with the Shepherd’s Pie, probably because I was still jonesin’ for some after the excellent serving I had at Market Cross Pub the prior weekend. However, it was not as good as Market Cross, but still acceptable. My wife and I also split the cheese sampler, which was very good. My friend got the seasoned crab dip, which was amazing! They also got entrée selections, but I forget what they had. I decided to go with the Double IPA with my food. It had a similar appearance as the ESB, but the waiter indicated that it was about 10% ABV. It had quite an alcohol punch, and probably just a bit too strong for my personal tastes, but still good nonetheless. My glass displayed a nice doily-like lacing down the entire length. For dessert, I had a scrumptious piece of chocolate raspberry cake and washed it down with the rest of my friend’s Fat Dog. All in all, the food was quite good.

After lunch, we inquired about the brewery tour, which was scheduled to begin at 3pm. The greeter informed us that we could wait in the lobby, and that the tour guide would come through the restaurant to gather up all of the people. Well, we waited for over 20 minutes until finally we left. This was pretty much my only gripe, as we would have liked to tour the brewery. Otherwise, it was a fairly pleasant experience. Overall, very good beer and an interesting atmosphere.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of madelf66
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Urk1127
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of zekeman17
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Jbrennan_01
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

Photo of dgentile10
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of jimboothdesigns
2/5  rDev -51%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of DerekE4750
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25

Photo of jdaddy
2.93/5  rDev -28.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of SharkNado
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Lambdon
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of ogman
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of SteveRosenfeld
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Bill69
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of yergermeister
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Yellolab2010
3.46/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Gmartin75
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of hoppyhoppy
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

Photo of Suzon
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

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Photo of thgreatrandini
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Really weird aesthetic, some fine beer and food tho! Great service on my visit as well.

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Photo of Thomaspederson
4.84/5  rDev +18.6%

Photo of Coolgm
3.64/5  rDev -10.8%

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Stoudts Brewing Co. in Adamstown, PA
Brewery rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 8,486 ratings
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