Stoudts Brewing Co.

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3.74/5
Stoudts Brewing Co.Stoudts Brewing Co.
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2800 North Reading Rd
Adamstown, Pennsylvania, 19501
United States

(717) 484-4387 | map
www.stoudtsbeer.com

Notes:
Also home to the Black Angus Restaurant & Brew Pub

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Reviews:
4,590
Ratings:
8,321
PLACE STATS
Score:
92
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
140
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
7.97%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 140
Reviews by mcslain:
Photo of mcslain
2.68/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Urk1127
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of zekeman17
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Jbrennan_01
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

Photo of dljames10
3.61/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of jimboothdesigns
2/5  rDev -51.7%
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 +7.5%
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 BelgianBeerMe
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25

Photo of jdaddy
2.93/5  rDev -29.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of SharkNado
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Lambdon
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of ogman
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of SteveRosenfeld
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Bill69
3.89/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of yergermeister
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Yellolab2010
3.46/5  rDev -16.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Gmartin75
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of hoppyhoppy
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

Photo of Suzon
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
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 +5.1%
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 +16.9%

Photo of Coolgm
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of newbeeraday
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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Stoudts Brewing Co. in Adamstown, PA
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