Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company - Borough Brewhouse

Brewery, Bar, Eatery

208 York Rd
Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, 19046
United States

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Reviewed by thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5
I've been several times and will continue going as the beer is good and this is pretty close to me.

They offer a lot of their own beers on tap in a variety of styles, including a number of lagers and barrel-aged offerings, in addition to the hoppy stuff. Most of it is good; some of it really, really good. They carry four guest taps, too, as well as cocktails.

They offer full pours and smaller pours, and will do crowlers for many of the beers as well. They sell some cans and bottles, too. I don't think they do growler fills. Not great prices, but fair enough for Pennsylvania.

The space is big, open, very updated, with a professional restaurant feel. Newer tables, chairs, recently remodeled, all that. If you went to the previous brewhouse in this space, it's more or less identical.

The servers are all friendly, but hit or miss on beer knowledge (which surprised me as I had thought they required cicerone training). For instance, if I order a beer by the style rather than the NCBC-given name, some don't know what I'm talking about.

One pet peeve -- possibly a generational thing -- is that they do boss pours of their higher ABV beers. Others may appreciate the extra ounce or two of beer. To me, it detracts from the appearance and the nose.

The food isn't very consistent, even for pub fare. Last visit, had a salad that was swimming in dressing and meatballs that were hockey-puck overdone. Have had a really good burger and pretzel there before, though. Have a hard time getting the family excited about going there, because they don't love the food.

Overall, it's a really great addition to the area and I hope it does well. I think with this location, more attention to the food menu would help them. If my wife liked the food, we'd be there every week.
Aug 17, 2017
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Rated: 4.25 by sgrzy01 from Pennsylvania

May 24, 2019
Rated: 5 by Atomicdon from Pennsylvania

Feb 22, 2019
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Reviewed by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25
Went on Tuesday, 9/18/18 at happy hour.

Vibe: A bit industrial in appearance, but it is a brewery, so.... My wife thought they played bad 70s music; I didn't even notice that they had music playing. Restaurant and bar basically share the same space. Kids were at a couple of tables, no problems. They were there to eat with family, not hang out at the bar.

Quality: Place was clean & orderly. Beer was fresh & cold. There was a thing where the bartender had too much head while pouring my beers and had to pour some out to get the right ratio. Not sure if that was him or the beer line, though. Wifey had margaritas and I asked her if they were real or made with sour mix. She said they were real, and she knows her margaritas. Points for that. Hardly anyone uses real fruit juice instead of the quicker & cheaper sour mix.

Service: We were there early for happy hour. There were only six people at the bar, including us. The bartender took care of us immediately as we sat down. He responded immediately each time we asked him for anything. The restaurant area had a few tables of customers who all seemed to be being well cared for.

Selection: They had the full output of the brewery available on tap and also in to-go packs. They had two lists, the "core beers" and the rotating "seasonal" beers. There weren't any crossed off as unavailable. They also had a few guest taps, but I didn't even read that part of the list, so I can't really comment on that.

Food: One of the reasons we went on a Tuesday is that they have a 3/$6.00 taco deal that attracted my wife's attention. She said, "They were very, very good. The jerk ones were awesome. The fish one was a little complicated to eat, but it was very good." I had the antipasti board. It seemed underfilled at first, but as I picked my way through it, I became full and actually didn't finish it. The cheeses & meats were of high quality and well paired.
Sep 19, 2018
Rated: 4.2 by InspectorBob from New Jersey

Mar 24, 2018
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4
stopped in for dinner and beers. nice space, with the high vaulted area over the bar and the balcony seating area. long draft list with a wide variety of styles, available in multiple sizes. the food was fairly good.
Dec 03, 2017
Rated: 3.79 by BigMike from Pennsylvania

Sep 13, 2017
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Reviewed by Giantspace from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75
First time here. Quizzo night and it was a bit annoying and very loud. I was told that baffles were put up to quell the sound , cant imagine how loud it was before. Its a pretty large place and its all brick and metal. It feels large and not at all comfortable. Bar seats are not done well , foot rail is too large and you sit pretty far from the bar as well as a large molding edge on the bar. The booth we sat at , the pews were far from the table.

The beer was great. The Quizzo advantage was all core pours were $1 off during. You can get a 7oz or 13oz pour and some beers are 16 oz and one was a 22oz. The 7oz pours are in these stupid tall skinny glasses. PLEASE use a better glass. The larger pours came in a more correct glass. From what I was told all beer is brought from the brewery. The tanks are here but cant be used to brew till some legal things happen. Once that happens they will brew small batch things here only.

The food we had was good. Full menu till 9pm then just a small bar menu. The best thing we had were the fries. Nothing amazing nothing bad.

The service stunk. There were 3-4 tables and our server was still not able to do a good job. I sat with no beer for over 15 minutes till I was asked if I wanted anything else. When I did order the server had no idea what type of Barley wine he was serving. I was told "its made in America since its brewed by Neshaminy Creek" was his answer to is it English or American style. The core beers we ordered during Quizzo were not discounted as stated on the menu.....our server said he had no idea this was something they offered.

Overall good beer in various styles and serving sizes. Very expensive to go beer, pretty good food, too loud, poor service.......I will go back an see how it goes. I was there on a slow night as well so I wont go back on a F, Sa or Su.
Sep 08, 2017
Rated: 4.15 by DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

Jul 30, 2017
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Reviewed by ksiazewski from Pennsylvania

4.91/5  rDev +17.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75
Good and bad but definitely made up for it, but I'll explain as much as I can. My two close friends and I finally stopped in Borough Brewhouse on Friday July 20th 2017. We arrived say about 7:39 and left around 10:03 (google timeline). Greeted at the door by a lovely girl who's name escapes me at the moment. The place was packed but we were lucky enough to still be seated right away after a table was cleared. The atmosphere is historic and industrial with modern updates The clientele are your typical brewpub people and some children are aloud with adults. Only thing I hated is one of the spot lights near the roof must of dropped a bit and was shining right in my face most of the night. Anyway I'll continue.

Start with the beers, If your like me you've been drinking Neshaminy Creek since before the brewery opened in 2010 you already know all about the beers. However if you don't they have a few staples, a few specialties and a few infusions like Coffee JAWN. They also carry some "guest" beers and other various libations to appeal to everyone who is at a brewery to not drink beer. The poor waiter we had was running all around but the whole think is only maybe 2 months old. Things are defiantly being worked on but hey it's all brand new, I cant expect EVERYTHING to be perfect. I waited a bit till her came around to ask about my 2nd beer but after that he was great.

Now the rest of the menu. Well the layout was a bit confusing but we figured that out and its got a little something for everyone and everything seemed to be great. So we ordered a couple flat breads and a burger. Flat breads came out in what maybe 15 min or so? However it is at this time the burger did not. In fact Christen came over VERY unhappy with how the kitchen was going that night. They were out of the burgers at the point of telling us after the rest of the food was done. My friends, Christen and I were unhappy but we do understand because while she is the manager of the brewhouse the food portion is a separate outside company called 33rd Street Hospitality which also has ties with Say Cheese food truck and Revolution Taco. However they took care of this by buying my friend whatever he wanted on the menu. Anyway, he got the Dry Aged Meatballs. All three of us loved everything and then we even ordered the Pig Wings, Chicken wings and Truffle Fries (ok the pieces of fries was annoying but well worth it for the flavor). We were also informed of the kitchen running out of more menu items but not what we ordered thankfully. With all the issues with the food, everything was amazing.

So anyway to wrap it up, we loved the place. Some improvements and communication between bar and kitchen are needed but its still very new, so give it some time. I hope to see some location specific shirts but that's personal preference. The current brewery gift shop is pretty much unused and they started moving the stuff to the common area in the brewery. however having a few more things at the brewpub and something saying Borough Brewhouse would be nice.

Now a tad about me and Neshaminy Creek. I found Neshaminy Creek at random online somewhere and attended the first tasting at Beer Store Southampton before the brewery location was found. Which is where the beers County Line (IPA) Road and Dunksferry (Dunkelweizen) Road come into play as far as I remember. My two friends started going since the brewery opened in 2010. We also know many of the companies employees from the area and the brewery also. Some would even call us veteran customers of the brewery.

Anyway, check the place out or stop in the brewery, it's well worth the drive. Thanks for reading. Sorry that I'm a terrible writer.
Jul 22, 2017
Rated: 3.55 by IdrinkGas from Pennsylvania

Jul 08, 2017
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company - Borough Brewhouse in Jenkintown, PA
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