Blue Dog Family Tavern

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Blue Dog Family TavernBlue Dog Family Tavern

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

4275 County Line Rd
Ste 13
Chalfont, Pennsylvania, 18914-2212
United States

(215) 997-9988 | map

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Reviews by ajaxivan:
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3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The Blue Dog is a great casual place to go to when you want some good food and some great beer.
The atmosphere is nothing to write home about but for me that is part of the charm. The service is fine to very good based on my experience and the food is always good. Their beer selection is top notch and always rotating. The beer menu shows what they have for how much and what abv is for each beer along with a brief description.
I suggest if you live in Bucks or Mongomery counties to stop by, you will be glad you did.

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4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

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3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Tavern, not to be confused with the Pub in Lansdale. Vibe is sports bar and restaurant - located in a Strip Mall off County Line road. there is a bar area, dining area, and take-out beer area. good selection of quality and limited beer, but prices are high.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of TheBigBoy
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25

This place knows craft beer. Good rotating selection on draft. However, I stop by for the take-out craft beers. For the space, there is good selection of high trending beers. Many of the single bottle available warm only, but decent selection of cold sixes & singles as well. defintiely stop by if in area. You'll probably be able to pick up something new & popular on craft end.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.45/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Kind of hard to believe I never--until recently--stopped in this place, as it's about a mile away from Keystone Homebrew, which is where I get all my supplies.

Located in a strip mall, Blue Dog isn't the classiest of joints. I kind of got a bad feel as soon as I walked in and beheld some of the clientele, but oh well, it's Friday night and there's a game on...what can you do? The place is labeled as a "Family Tavern." Not sure exactly what that's supposed to mean, but all I know is, I don't need to be hearing kids screaming while I'm at the bar.

Adjacent to the entrance is a little cubbie hole take-out shop, with a few fridges (get yer Pabsts here!), and several shelves of singles. I gotta say, for as small as this space is, they use it well, and keep it stocked with lots of good locals and crafts. Venturing further in, the bar appears like some kind of weird hybrid between a sports bar and the back room of a distributor warehouse. The "decor" consists mainly of empty beer boxes and cases lining the walls, with general tin tackers and sports bric-a-brac on the walls. The bar itself is fairly large and can seemingly accommodate a larger crowd, and there are two separate rooms with seating areas.

Tap list was fairly decent, with somewhere between 20-25 selections, maybe 5 of those macros, and the rest a decent selection of locals micros and standards of US and Euro fare: Palm, Stoudt's, Anchor, Yards, Sam Adams, Bud, etc. Glancing at the "Riches" event, it seems like they have some success at bringing in the usual "rarities," with promises of CBS and KBS on tap, so that's cool.

We weren't at the place for long, but the service seemed decent. The one beer I had was a stout that was supposed to be on nitro, but definitely didn't seem to these guys know how to serve a beer correctly? Are the draught lines ok? Questions that warrant answering. Food menu appeared to be typical pub/grill grub, but we already ate, so didn't get to sample.

I'd like to come back here for an event to see how they handle it, maybe get a better feel for the service and try the food, but otherwise, this isn't the kind of place I'd frequent.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Made my way to the Blue Dog for the first time today. When I saw that they were tapping Pliny the Younger, I made sure that I was there for it. We stood outside for about 45 minutes in a line waiting to get in before the place opened. The bar filled up quickly once we got there so we took a table instead. The service was very friendly and attentive. The hostess was very nice and introduced up to the owner who spoke with my friend and I for a moment about getting Pliny each year. The beer selection is incredible actually. MANY bottles to choose from, a lot of which I have not seen even in the state of PA before. Service was good considering the chaos of the event. The atmosphere was good, very relaxing and homely. Very family friendly. The only thing that I was worried about was when we first got in there was that the place smelled of stale beer or musty. My friend assured that it's probably their drainage system there. Either way once the food started coming out to the dining area that smell faded. I felt that the pricing was pretty good for what I had. I have no major complains at all about the Blue Dog, I look forward to going back sometime soon.

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Photo of mingo1968
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The service here was excellent. I can not say enough good things about the service. I had a smoked pork chop sandwich that i thought was very good. I thought they had a very good selection on tap. This place is good to go to if you have kids. They have a kids menu. The place was clean i will be returning in the near future i really liked it. They have a small bottle shop for take out too. My wife had a crab cake sandwich and she said it was good also. The kids had mac and cheese in doggie bowls that they got a kick out of.

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Photo of slentz
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Figured it was time to update my review of this place.

Blue Dog Tavern is tucked away in a shopping center. If you didn't know it was there you would most likely never find it. When you walk in to the right is the bottle shop. They have a pretty decent selection and usually get most of the limited releases offered in PA. Prices are very competitive with other local establishments. To the left is the dining area and private room. To the right of the dining area is the bar area. Not a huge bar but not too small either. They have a pool table but in my honest opinion I think it should be removed. (what do i know tho!) Blue Dog usually has a good to great tap list. Beer is always served in the appropriate glassware. They always keep their beer lists updated which is completely awesome. In addition, they routinely update on facebook which is also great.

The food has gotten much better lately and I have definitely enjoyed whatever I have ordered recently. The owner is very generous and holds an event every one in a while in which he shares a lot of great bottles without asking anything in return. I really can't say enough about his generosity. All in all Blue Dog Tavern is a great place to come and enjoy great beer with your friends and pick up a few nice bottles to go as well.

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Photo of skiofpinsk
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've been coming here for the past couple of years. I was kind of hesitant at first, as it's located in a strip mall. Once inside, you're greeted by a small but pretty impressive bottle shop. Just yesterday I picked up both a regular and a Belgo Stone RIS, a Rochefort 10, a Blushing Monk, and a KBS.

Continuing on, there's a decently sized area if you want to sit at a table. The one area has a divider to separate it from the bar, and the other is completely enclosed. It helps if you're looking for something a bit quieter, especially if the bar's busy. The bar seats a decent number, and there's a couple small tables around. A pool table and dart board are in the back. Several flat panel TVs located around, and always have local team's games on.

Food menu is mostly standard pub fare, but their specials are usually something a bit nicer. Prices are good, and you get enough that you'll leave with a full stomach, even without any beer.

The tap list is always great, sometimes excellent. They're known for their "Wealth of Riches" which they've had for the past couple years. KBS, CBS, Nemesis, Devil Dancer, several RR "-tions", Elder, Sculpin, BB aged Angel's Share...the list goes on. The Wealth of Riches event is one of the best around, and last year the owner gave out sample of some pretty rare brews that he had in bottles, including Westy 12. On a more daily basis, a couple macros and more easy to find beers are on the list, but there's always a good 8-10 craft brews. Standard pour is 10 oz, would be nice to get a bit more for what you pay, but it helps if there's a few heavier beers on the list that you'd like to try.

Service could be better. Some of the staff seem like they just don't care. Better beer knowledge would be nice too. Not really a big deal, as long as you know what you're supposed to be getting. It's happened a couple times where I've gotten a beer I've never had before, and the person I'm with does so as well. When they arrive, it'll take a sip or two before realizing that it doesn't fit the flavor profile we were expecting and that each has the other's beer.

Overall a pretty good place, even though the atmosphere is pretty standard. Draft list, as well as the bottle shop, are some of the best I've seen around. Definitely worth a visit! If you're in the area you might become a regular.

Update 7/31/13

The Blue Dog still remains a favorite place to stop, even though I am now 45 minutes north. The only real complaint I had in the past was with the service, and I feel it has improved considerably in the past couple years. It really shows with their events, especially the Wealth of Riches. Very hectic and crowded but they handle it like champs.

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Photo of Troegman
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I've been going here for over two years now and keep coming back as much as possible.

The food is not so basic anymore. They have incorporated a specials list with some abstract options including Python Fritters and Ostrich ect... The Cheesesteaks, sandwhiches and wraps are very good and the wings are great. They are bringing more dinner entrees to the menu as well. Have a decent vegetarian menu as well.

The beer selection is what got me there in the first place. Tap selection is always strong and changes often. They get beers you rarely see in PA. Always a great option.

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Photo of CraftAleRookie
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The Blue Dog has become a favorite local spot for the family- which says a lot, as I have older teenage kids and it's hard to get them out anymore as a family! What a coup- the wife and kids love this place, and I get a beer menu that's top notch (not to mention a good bottle store on the way out).

A- "Tavern" fits for the Blue Dog Chalfont- the sectioned off dining area secludes families from the bar. The crowd is generally easy going, and there's plenty of seats at either tables or the very large bar.

Q- All around, the quality of everything (Beer selection, simple foods, and entrees) is very good. Food portions are good (not too big, not too small).

S- Prompt and friendly, pretty much sums up everyone you encounter from the hostess to the waitstaff.

Selection- The tap list is always robust- from the darkest thickest ales to the basic simple lagers, there's always a top-notch selection on the beer list. And if you keep an eye on the "coming soon" brews, you can sample some exclusive stuff too (I've had both Pliny the Elder and Younger at this establishment).

F- From a simple rueben sandwich to my daughter's favorite entree ("Chicken Fantasy"), the food is very good and reasonably priced. The menu is a book of many page turns, so there's plenty to choose from. Excellent soups, creative salads, and lots of good appetizers round out a full selection of burgers, sandwiches, and entrees.

My only suggestion for improvement would be to make some of the appetizers a bit more on the portion size. That aside, the overall value is good. For Beer Lovers, you can't beat this place for all around food and brew selection and price.

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Photo of haazer
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in here to meet up with a friend from College and a hometown buddy that was in the area from NY this past saturday, 3/12/11. As you walk in on your right hand side is about 4 cooler doors worth of bottled and canned craft, import and your macro selections. Theres also a few shelves with bottles, and 750ml's available. Pretty much the same selection as the one in Lansdale although the area is a little smaller. The selection here is always great though. HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend picking up the Spring House Smoked Porter, a nice gem in PA that not many on BA seem to know about.

The atmosphere was good on this particular night. They had live music(no cover which is always nice) and the lights were kinda dimmed. The band was actually fairly talented and played a lot of classic rock. This location has a larger dining area with open booth and table seating directly on your left and runs back to the end of the building by the bathrooms. The bar is about the same size as the one in lansdale, with about 8-12 taps. Theres some case boxes stacked along the wall aside of the bar also.

Now, my service rating for this place is going to be fairly skewed, but first impressions are important right? I walk in here and notice that the very next day they're tapping a sixtel of PTY, and they'll also have other great offerings on draft from RR and other breweries. I get talking with one of the bartenders who's an obvious beer geek also. I had mentioned that I never had any of the Pliny's before. He says, make sure you get your beer from me when your done. I finish my Founders Double Trouble, return to the bar and he pours me Pliny The Elder and rings it up as another Double Trouble. Couldn't beleive it. The Beer Gods were with me that night.

All beers in here are reasonably priced, some are spot on, others more or less than what you might see elsewhere. Then again you get what you pay for.

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Photo of hippityhops85
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I've been frequenting the Blue Dog for about two years now. I go there for the beer selection solely. The food is mediocre at best but when it comes to the beer seletion, Chris and Rob know what they're doing. Excellent, quickly rotating taps, rarity events, and the bottle shop is the cheapest and most diverse in the area. If you want to try some hard-to-find brews from around the world, I would definitely stop in. The bartenders, in general, don't know anything about the beers that they have on tap so I wouldn't expect a wealth of knowledge but if you go in knowing what you're looking for, I do not think that you will be upset. Chris is always willing to go through his most recent bottle acquisitions and make excellent recommendations as well.

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Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Stopped by the other day for the second annual "embarrassment of riches" event.

Blue Dog is a pretty inconspicuous tavern located in a grocery store strip mall. I was initially concerned I had the wrong location, but as soon as I walked in, I knew I was in the right spot. As you walk in, you first notice a couple of cold boxes for off premise purchases (I assume) and a cash register. As you walk by that, you notice a good size bar area to your right that has to hold close to 40 seats. Given the selection and popularity of this event, it was completely full this day (at 11:20 in the morning), with some folks standing and drinking beer as well. There's also a pool table, as well as stacks of beer cases, which on this day were doubling as impromptu bar tables. Given that the bar area was full, I ordered a couple of glasses of KBS and CBS, gave the bartender my credit card (my first mistake), and proceeded to the open area dining room (there is also what appears to be a slightly more formal enclosed dining room). The place has sort of chilis/applebee's vibe, and atmosphere is not exactly this place's strong suit. Service was very prompt, though my server told me right off that I shouldn't have ordered beers at the bar if I intended to sit in the dining area. Apparently it's not possible to transfer one's tab from the bar area, which is why he was so put out. At this point I had the opportunity to meet Chris the owner, who struck me as very personable and pleasant. When I asked him how well his place did business-wise, given the unlikely location, he laughed and (quite rightly - stupid question on my part) pointed out that distributors don't sell kegs of KBS, CBS, younger and supplication to accounts that don't sell a lot of product. Anyway, it was enjoyable talking to him, and I appreciated him taking the time to stop by on what was obviously a very busy day for him.

Given the event I was here for, it goes without saying that the selection was incredible. On this particular day it included (in addition to KBS and CBS) two vintages of regular breakfast stout, sculpin, consecration, supplication, temptation, laguinitas fusion... and that's just what I can recall. All together there was something like 25 beers on tap, and it was apparent that the owner is committed to offering quality stuff on tap. They also have an impressives bottle selection, but I gave that no more than a passing glance given the draft selection.

Food consists of your pretty standard pub grub. I got the nachos, which consisted of olives, jalapenos, mild salsa, sour cream, guac and melted cheese wiz over a bunch of chips. While fine, I got the distinct impression that food is kind of an afterthought here (judging by some of the other items I saw ordered by other patrons).

Prices were pretty reasonable I thought. My KBS and CBS came in a 10 ounce tulip and were $5.79 a glass I believe.

As for service, it was just plain odd, and I gather the staff were a bit stressed by the crowd. I've noticed in the past that some places really shine when they're hit by a large crowd (after all, if nothing else the tips should be good), while at other places the service really suffers. At least on this day, I think the crowd really had an adverse impact on the quality of the service here (even though the place was well staffed). There was a problem ordering a sampler platter (not enough glasses), and my server told me I would need to go close out my tab at the bar and then pay him (still not sure why he couldn't have done that, but apparently he couldn't). When I went up to the bar to retrieve my credit card and bar tab, he came up to me with my check, pointing out that I'd forgotten to pay. I reminded him that my credit card was with the bartender, and I had to pay her first before I could pay my dining room tab. As for the bartender, initially she couldn't find my credit card, and it reached the point where I went back to my table to pay my check in cash, assuming I'd just have to report my card as missing. However, she finally found it, but then blamed me for not giving her my name correctly (she initially thought my last name was Patterson, even though I repeatedly told her my last name, and at one point she even repeated it correctly). My point is that the place was slammed, and the large crowd clearly had an adverse impact on service. At one point the staff started bickering with one another, after one server apparently grabbed some other server's drink order from the bar.

All that aside, I would certainly go back here again, as the beer selection is THAT good. Also, while the service was a bit off on the day stopped by, I'm more than willing to attribute that to a large crowd and attempts by the staff to get everyone's order to them very quickly (in this they succeeded; everything came very quickly). My problems aside, this is clearly an outstanding place.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The Blue Dog Tavern is a place that our family goes to alot for school fund raisers.
The atmosphere when we, go which is usually during the week, is good and freiendly. Although it can get taken over by a crowd of school kids.
The food is good and usually goes out in a timely manner.
They have a very good beer selection with good standards in a rotating seasonal selection.
If your a micromaniac like myself and are in the area check it out.
Its good to have a place that serves a good selection of beer here in central Bucks Pa.

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Photo of orangesol
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

My first trip to the Blue Dog Tavern for the "Wealth of Riches" event.

A- Blue Dog Tavern seems to be somewhere between a sports bar and a good beer bar. A large bar area with a even bigger seating area to the left for family's and larger groups. TV's throughout the bar and seating areas. Plenty of people coming and going but that may have been because of the event going on. I would like to see this place on a normal saturday.

Q- The quality was good. All my beers were in the correct glasses and all tasted fine. I did have a few short pours in my flights but that was not a huge deal. I think that had more to do with the two bartenders dealing with the huge crowd. The prices were pretty good as well. Some of the food items seemed to be a little over priced but the beers were pretty spot on. The bottle shop prices also seemed to be a little high.

S- I really want to give them a higher score here but the service was pretty slow even with an event going on. I was sitting at the bar and it still took me close to 20 minutes to get my first drink. I even got the attention of one of the bartenders and got the brush off. Once they did serve me everything seemed to smooth out. My food took a good while to show up but the bartender sent someone to look for it and it arrived a couple of minutes later.

S- Here is where they shined on this day. Since the event was going on they brought out all the big guns. I went to the event hoping to score a CBS but alas it kicked an hour before I got there. Not really sure why they were serving it in 13oz glasses. If they would have rationed it a little better a lot more people would have gotten to try it. Oh well. I started with a Russian River Temptation and it was great. I then moved to a flight of 09 Founders Breakfast Stout, KBS, Russian River Supplication, and a Brooklyn Detonation. While I have had them all before I was still impressed and they all tasted great. I wanted to try a few more things but I wanted to be able to actually make it home in one piece. I just wonder what this place has on when an event isn't going on, that is why I am knocking it down a few notches.

F- The food was ok. It tasted pretty good but the execution was not the best. I got a Honey BBQ Chicken Melt. It is a hoagie I guess, I think it would be much better as just a normal sandwich. I think they put more BBQ sauce on it than chicken. The sauce also caused the bread to fall apart and make the sandwich into a total mess. I ended up eating most of it with a fork. The fries were also not the best. Same as most other places, take them out the bag and fry them up. Not a favorite of mine but still good.

I don't think I will be making any spur of the moment trips down here but I will return if they have another event like this. The tap list is just too good to pass up.

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