Lancaster Brewing Company

Lancaster Brewing CompanyLancaster Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

302 N. Plum St.
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17602
United States

(717) 391-6258 | map

Hours as of April 2014:
Kitchen - 11:30 - 10 pm Sunday through Thursday
11:30 - 10:30 pm Friday and Saturday
Bar - 11:30 - Midnight Sunday through Thursday
11:30 - 2 am Friday and Saturday

To-Go: 6 packs, 22oz Bombers, Screw Top and Flip Top Growlers, Kegs, Cases, and Sixtels

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Photo of Winfred
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Great food and vibe, but the clientele left much to be desired. I had the meatloaf on mashed potatoes with the milk stout gravy and carrots, and it was excellent. The beer was also great.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visiting the restaurant at the brewery for lunch/dinner on a Sunday afternoon.

The atmosphere is cool, rustic/industrial, exposed brick and steel beams that appear to be original to the building. Also a bar area and a smal merch area behind the attendant stand, and I think there was a porch.

They had 14 beers on tap, and you can order a sampler of them all. All of their regulars, a few seasonals and specials. A wide variety of styles, so you could definitely find a style you like. However most of the beers were just "okay". Probably the Milk Stout and Hop Buggy were the tops.

Food was good - I had the Steak Frites, which was great. Service was good - only complaint is that our calamari appetizer came out to the table after our entrees.

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Photo of MoorBeerPlz
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Stopped by here for dinner and to try a few of their brews. Right off the bat, you'll notice their parking lot is pretty small and if it's full, you have to find on-street parking like we did, which we luckily found close by. Once inside, we were told about the parking across the street after we were seated. Some signage would've been nice. Oh well, nothing a few beers can't fix.

Our server was prompt, knowledgable and friendly. I defaulted to their IPA and was not disappointed. Not the greatest but certainly drinkable. The wife tried the lager and the daughter the Celtic Rose. The lager was decent but we all agreed that the Celtic was not what we expected.

Our food order was taken promptly, and we were served piping hot meals that were appealing to the eye and very tasty. We had two pizzas that were both very good and quite filling.

Overall we were pleased with the experience, enjoyed the food and atmosphere and would certainly return again.


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Photo of DocBrewroo
5/5  rDev +27.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

In a word... QUALITY!!

Even though I live in the area and am a huge fan of their great beers, I haven't had the chance to dine at Lancaster Brewing for over a year. I must say that the food just gets better and better! My wife and I along with 3 guests, who all fit the bill of "food snobs" were so blown away by the quality and seasonality of the food, that we asked to meet the chef. The house made sausages, steak frites, duck tacos, pumpkin ravioli and even the brger got rave reviews from our very picky group. I know that level of scratch cooking can't be easy so keep up the great work Chef Pietro!!

The beers were all brilliant, and we really enjoyed the seasonal Chocolate Milk Stout and Winter Warmer.

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Photo of hmich176
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

I really enjoy the home location of Lancaster Brewing Company. Their food is very good, the quality is outstanding. Service is pretty well paced, though sometimes it can get slow. They make great burgers, nachos and salads. They always seem to make their burgers exactly as juicy as you want without fail. (Of course, when you've already gotten a beer or two in, doesn't everything taste better? With tongue firmly in cheek, I digress.) I think the selection could get better, but it's good where it's at.

As for the atmosphere, it's the kind of place I really enjoy. The bar isn't too big, but there is plenty of seating on the restaurant side. On the restaurant side, if you sit along the raililng, you can overlook the brewery - which is pretty cool, I think. There's also an outdoor patio area with tables. I have yet to sit out there, however.

On the whole, I'd say the value is reasonable. The food isn't exactly cheap, but for a comparison of what the prices are versus what you get, it's reasonable. Good beer, good food. I think you could argue the value might more be like $$.5 instead of $$, but I don't think it's a $$$.

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Photo of racingkenny14
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

We went to Lancaster Brewing Company Sunday afternoon after seeing the Lancaster barnstormers' baseball game. We sat at the bar witch is not that big. They have tables inside and out if it is nice out. The service was good. Only food we had was chicken wings. they were on special price on the day we went (Sunday). The wings were very good. The 2 beers I had were very Good. Prices were reasonable. Would return if I'm in the area again.

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Photo of reebrevlup
4.83/5  rDev +23.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

While in the Pensilvania our group of friend checked out Lancaster brewing co. The overall experience was great. The atmosphere was outstanding we sat near the freight elevator, and we could also see the fermentation tanks. The server was very helpful.

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Photo of stakem
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Ive been to both LBC locations on multiple occasions for a variety of reasons. I was surprised to see I never wrote a review. This is based on my most recent visit to the Harrisburg location.

The building is sort of laid out in 2 different types of setups. The larger side is the restaurant, the other is the bar area that also has some seating off the bar. The bar is a typical setup with room for say 20 people give or take. Taps are set up in the middle. Table seating all around. Somewhat dim lighting for being noon on a weekday.

LBC beer has always been middle of the road for me. Its a good stepping stone for someone to get into craft beer but the excitement of their offerings gets old fast. In the past 6+ years they have pretty much run with the same lineup of beers but now offering maybe 3 or 4 seasonals that come and go.

The service is decent. Nothing extraordinary and no complaints.The selection I have hinted at above. If you frequent the establishment, I dont know why? They have the same generic laminated beer menu. It listd everything but doesnt tell you what is currently available, you gotta look at the tap handles. Even if the menu says something is in season, its not a gaurentee. Some of their rotational beers were 3-4 months out of their "time period" listing on the menu. Thats a shame, you can tell its not fresh upon your first sip.

The lunch menu consists of a burger or 2, a couple salads and a soup. Other apps are available with the likes of smoked wings and pulled pork. On my recet visit, I opted for the smoked wings and they were quite forgettable. They were seemingly boiled and moist, in the center they flirted woth being under-cooked and they were soggy on the outside. The sauces were bland. I would not have these again.

I stopped in thinking "man it has been awhile" and left shaking my head remembering why I dont go there. Your money could be better spent elsewhere. If you have never been here or had an LBC beer, than sure I could see it being worth your while. I get the same feel from this place as the ABC locations. Move lots of people in and out to make money and dont care about the quality of the product.

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Photo of deafeningfrog
4/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3

This is a nice pub/restaurant in very convenient location right off the highway in Harrisburg (note: I visited the Harrisburg location, not the Lancaster location). The bartender was friendly and attentive, and he knew his beers. The sampler of 11 5oz samples is generous. The brews heavily tend toward the European/German style, with a number of light lagers, but they are well done. Personally, I'd like to see more hop-heavy choices, but that's just me. I'm looking forward to trying the food on my next visit. Will definitely go back.

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Photo of mikewold
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

We stopped in on our way thru town, the website description was attractive. Sat at the bar, had a very nice lunch and conversation with the bar tender. We had a lot of driving time ahead so we didn't sample too many beers.
The IPA Hop Hog and Double choc milk stout were excellent!
The bar tender was courteous and knowledgeable about his and others' beers, trying a few before ordering a pint was not a problem.
The food was good, well prepared and served quickly and piping hot.

I'm looking forward to the next road trip thru the area.

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Photo of mingo1968
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was here over the weekend it's right on the highway with a very small parking lot. When you walk it is dimly lit with an old Brew House feel. They had a small six pack case behind he counter to get some take out. The server was very nice. I had the Dagwood Turkey Club with fries. I have no complants about it. Stacked high with turkey om a wheat bread. For beers i had the Winter warmer i thought was great but since i was driving and had another 45 mins of travel i only had one..wish i could of had a few more. I then had the Lancaster Rye it went well with the sandwich. Before i left i bought a six pack of Milk Stout for back at the hotel. If i was traveling down this highway again i would stop in for lunch. Like i said no real complants but no real raves either except for that Winter Warmer.

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Photo of jale
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Stopped by this place on the way to Philly.

This location is by the highway and does'nt look like the one in the picture. You enter the business to find a family dinning area to your right and a bar/taproom to your left. The staff were friendly and answered questions we had about the beer. They had a nice variety of styles available. Just average beers IMO. We were staying just a block from here so we lucked out in finding a place at 11pm. Not really a destination place but a average spot for an average beer.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
3.88/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in for a late lunch and a brew. No parking spots in the lot, as usual, but found a close spot on the street. The dining room and bar were quite busy but we got a table after only a few minutes. Ordered a lamb burger and a Double Chocolate Milk Stout. The burger was excellent. Cooked perfectly and served with feta cheese, cucumber sauce and some delicious olive tapenade. The chocolate stout was pretty tasty as well. Other seasonals on-tap were Oktoberfest, Dunkelweizen and Hefeweizen. The regular lineup includes Milk Stout, Hop Hog IPA, Strawberry Wheat, Amish 4 Grain Pale Ale, Lightening Lager, Gold Star Pilsner and Celtic Rose Amber Ale. The Milk Stout is great and most others are decent. Prices for food and drinks are reasonable and take-out beer prices are best around. $8 dollar growler fills (I left with the O-Fest) and $9 six packs. I also saw that on certain days, growlers are even cheaper. Good vibe, good food and good beer.

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Photo of mgbickel
4/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Stopped by here on my way through town. The place had just opened for business on a Wednesday and the dining room area was already filling up. You enter the dimly lit establishment with the bar area to the left and the dining area to the right. The brewing equipment is set across from the entrance and located on the bottom floor, but the top of the big tanks are in plain view. You can look over the railing and see the rest of the equipment a brewers. The floor is covered in strange rubber mats...but they add to the place somehow. I settled down at the bar (small L shape) and tasted a few of the offerings.

They had their usual suspects on draft as well as a few "draft only" brews. You can also buy cases, sixers and mix and match sixers to go.

The staff was friendly and courteous. Even the host at the door knew his beer and helped me select a mixed six pack to go.

I will stop by here again the next time Lancaster, PA calls on me!

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

The restaurant had a very warm comfortable feel. It was dimly lit and the tables were spaced pretty far enough apart that you didn't really notice anyone else.

There were probably 6 different beers on tap, most were average, except for the milk stout which is pretty good.

The service was ok, nothing spectacular but nothing to complain about.

I had the top sirloin which was fantastic. It was by far the best steak I've had in a long time. Though at first I thought many of the items on the menu were a bit pricy I thought it was reasonable after experiencing the quality of what I had.

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Photo of emericanchaos
2.03/5  rDev -48.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2 | food: 2

Ah the old brewing company. Not really a favorite of mine to be honest. The crowd is always nice but that's really where it ends. The bartenders always seem grumpy, the manager lady seems equally grumpy, the beer is mediocre, the food is mediocre and usually over done and the pricing is a bit out of touch with the product offered. My experience with this place started about 6 years ago. I was newly 21 and I thought it would be nice to see what the hometown had to offer when compared to the likes of stoudts, victory and other local/regional brewers. I've been consistently let down yet I've returned several times. Usually in hopes of a turn around though this has yet to be seen.

The patrons are usually very friendly. I've had many good conversations about any number of things with guests at LBC. Great place to rub shoulders with tourists or people in town for work. There's a few TV's on the ceiling but the audio is never playing no matter what's on. The bar is usually buzzing though.

I typically have a hard time with service at LBC short of my first drink. It would seem the bartenders are more concerned with regulars than new faces. I usually have to wait for conversation with a regular to die down before i'm served. Conversation with the staff is generally very cold. Apparently I have to join the fancy mug club to get a proper handshake in this place.

Being a brewery don't expect them to carry anything other than what they make where beer is concerned. They do have a full bar though so feel free to bring a lady or any non beer drinker.

Honestly though you shouldn't worry about the non beer people. LBC's brews are usually very mild and bland. Those not interested in huge malty stouts or hi alpha hop monsters will be at home. LBC's beer is as welcoming as the rest of the establishment where I'm concerned though. I also prefer the double IPA's and other "big" beers. LBC makes a light lager and a cherry wheat. Should be satisfying to the rookies. They like to play around with their beer at LBC. They serve rye beers and other goofy things no one else makes. I don't know why, I don't see a market for these sorts of things. Look for their dopplebock in the spring if you end up here. Only beer I've actually liked at the place. Don't expect authenticity though. It's more of a sweet beer than a smokey malty lager.

I've never had a good dining experience here. Not once. The menu is ambitious but poorly executed. Probably a good metaphor for the entire LBC experience honestly. I"ve been served stale chips, burgers that have sat on the warming lamps to dry and a few other abnormalities. I've also been kicked out of LBC for no reason at all while trying to bring new people into the place. I was told my guests looked young yet no one was carded let alone place an order for alcohol.

All this and they still come after you with premium prices. For an evening here you could walk to Quips and be greeted with better food, sociable staff, beer you'd like to drink and you would leave with more money in your pocket. And I don't even like Quip's that much.

Speaking candidly, skip this place. They're rude, their beer is a joke sometimes not even brewed on premises "to meet demand", their food is over priced and poorly done it's just half assed. LBC gives me the impression that the people running it are there for a pay check. They couldn't care less about you. Very self interested establishment. The locals like it because it's there's and I guess I can understand the hometown pride. That was my initial interest as well. After working in the industry and specifically in establishments who cater to the beer drinking crowd I can't vouch for this place. IT'S JUST BAD.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

This is a cool place! Well worth the visit. Its obviously not a beer bar, but sets up quote well. Cool, old brick building, with exposed brewing systems, low lighting, clean, and very welcoming. I can't wait to return again to sit at the bar.

Everything we had was excellent from the beer to the soups to the main courses. I tried the White bean Chicken Chili which was awesome as well as the pretzel fried chicken, which was another winner. Others in the party had the meatloaf, scallops w/ wild mushroom ravioli, steak, and the wild boar. No complaints and compared to similar fare at other establishments, a decent value.

The staff was extremely friendly, and willing to do their best with whatever you request. They are also very knowledgeable about the brewery and the beers.

I recommend this place for some good traditionally brewed beers (nothing extreme really) and a great meal.

I had the winter warmer during my visit with another 6er of the warmer and another 6er of the milk stout to go. Both reasonably priced @ $9 per.

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Photo of bl400315
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

visited last weekend while in lancaster. brick corner building on one of the 8 streets in the city. felt like a museum once seated, equiptment on display below the resteraunt. great ambience. took the waitor forever to seat and serve. ordered appetizer (wings were great), a beer sampler (about 12 beers), and a reuben for the main course. the food was average but most of the beer was great. if I remember correctly the amish four grain, rye ale, and milk stout were truely amazing.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

After a wet but enjoyable day (05JUN09) at the Reading WWII Weekend, daughter Caitlin and I set off for Lancaster. There we picked up local BA Woodychandler and headed towards LBC for some sup' and suds (save for Caitlin; 21 will come soon enough!!).

LBC is housed in an old tobacco factory/warehouse. It's a couple stories high and all brick on the outside. Up a few steps and in, to a hostess station to the near-right, with the bar in the left-rear corner. There are some high tables to stand at in this area, plus some tables and chairs just to the right. The main dining area is further to the right and rear. The place is still really factory-like, with lots of brick, exposed duct-work and pipes, dim lighting, and an old service elevator near the middle of the room. Towards the rear you can look down an open area to the bottom floor and see the brew kettles and such. There may have been music playing, but we were there at the tail end of happy-hour, and it was loud and lively. Don't recall seeing any TVs, either. Macht nichts! We were here to eat, drink and bull-shit!

There were about 10-12 biers on tap, running the gamut of styles. I opted for some Franklinfest and Hop Hog; both were well-made and thirst-quenching. Had a cajun burger which was superb, and Caitlin said her quesedilla was tasty. The Wood-man had a large hunk of salmon, which must have been good, since his plate was cleaned off! As for service, they sort of get a mulligan here. As noted, the place was hoppin' when we arrived. Rather than a long wait for a table in the dining area, we grabbed something near the bar. These tables are basically for quaffing, and are not served by anyone. Hence, we mosied up to the bar and ordered our bier and food there. The meals were brought out to us, but no one checked-up on our status. Nonetheless, the people at the bar were quite helpful.

All-in-all, I felt the place had a great vibe. Biers were solid and food very good. would revisit if ever in Lancaster.

Zum wohl!!

vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 - $$


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Photo of drtth
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped here on a day trip in Lancaster County a few weeks ago. I loved the physical arrangement of the place and the fact that it was basically in an old building that has been re-purposed as a brew pub. Gives the place a lot of character.

The food, service and food selection were good but not exceptional.

But the highlight of this visit was getting to meet one of the brewers and getting to go downstairs and take a tour of the brewery.

I've sampled several Lancaster Brewing beers and enjoyed what I've had (Hop Hog, Shoo Fly Pie Porter, the Amish Four Grain Ale, and the Rare Rooster Summer Rye).

And for those who might wonder, yes they fill growlers. :-)

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Photo of Beertroop
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I have been to this place several time over the past two years thanks to my Fiance' who lives in the area. We Love this place. They always have a great selection of beers with a good range of different styles. Most recently I tried the Sho-Fly and it is my favorite so far.

The Food here is Awesome! You would not believe the quality of this food for the price. The taste is superb and a great addition to their beers.

The atmosphere is even better. They are in an old tobacco building in the center of Lancaster. This place is great in the middle of the day for lunch or a good happy hour. Great place to be.

Try it and you will love it. They even have a night stay special on their website.

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Photo of Hophead101
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Lancaster was one of the first micro breweries in the area. It has been around a while and been through some management changes, but still is a staple of Lancaster.

the atmosphere is cool as it is very wooden and industrial feeling. The floor is all creaky wood and it is located in an old warehouse type building. The food is ok, above average. It has definitely gotten better since being taken over by the Keares group.

The beers are pretty good. They are finally branching out and trying more types of beer beyond their standards. They typically have 7 or 8 beers on tap at any given time. Most are ok, some are definitely better than others. It can be a bit of a hit or miss with the beer.

Service is so-so. Unless one of the brewers is there, the bar tenders and servers don't know all that much about the beer. But regardless, it is a place worth going into and checking out if you are in the area.

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Photo of odietrying
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

The establishment is just off the highway in a middle-of-nowhere part of Lancaster. Luckily, there's a Howard Johnson's right next door.

It was a very inviting and friendly atmosphere inside. The host station was staffed and we were addressed immediately. It wasn't terribly busy, but being in a group of 7 it took a few minutes to be seated.

The place settings were a little fancier than expected. There were leather-bound beer menus on the table. The food was a little pricey, as the food was overall high-quality ("prime"-this and that). The USDA Prime Burger was tasty, but not really worth the price.

The beer prices were better than the food. The sampler of eight 5oz pours was $8, a good value in my book.

They have beer and merchandise (t-shirts, glass tumblers, glass mugs) available at somewhat reasonable prices (I bought a tumbler for $3.75, but passed on the $10 mug).

Overall, it's worth it if you're passing through the area, but I wouldn't necessarily seek it out unless you had other local activities planned.

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Photo of jerdude
4/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Atmosphere - The atmosphere here is great. First of all, it's non-smoking (and was even before the PA law was passed) which is a huge plus for me. It draws a very friendly, mellow crowd compared to other Lancaster bars. Decor is good and the layout is pretty spacious. The only reason I didn't give this a 5 is because it always strikes me as a little... dirty.

Quality - The beer here is good. There's nothing too mind blowing, they have a pretty standard selection. Their highlights for me are the Rare Rooster, Hop Hog, and their Winter Warmer.

Service - All the staff are extremely friendly to both regulars and new customers, and even manage to remember your name (this is important for mug club members). The only time it's lacking is if you're sitting in the bar area and want to be served by a waitress instead of going to the bar to order. It could be a while.

Selection - The beer selection is good, there's typically about 8 or so different LBC beers on tap.

Food - Pretty mediocre. They have a different food special everyday, though, which is a huge plus.

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Photo of Deuane
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Never a review....what? I have been going since the place was Lancaster Malt Brewing over 10 years ago.

Located in the downtown area of the city in an old tobacco warehouse. The interior is wood and brick with the fermentation tanks rising up from the basement floor to dominate the area behind the bar and dining area. A nice sized bar is off to the left of the entrance and the long dining area extends to the right.

Both the food and beer are about the same...solid but not fantastic. The offerings are true to the Hop Hog, which is a nice hoppy beer, but an IPA...mmmm...not sure! Nothing here gets carried away but nothing lacks terribly either.

Service has always been decent but nothing exceptional.I cant remember ever having a complaint.

Overall LBC is a nice place to hit up if your in the city. Good beer, food and atmosphere make it worth stopping at. And now with the Iron Hill located but 5 minutes away Lancaster is becoming crawlable!

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