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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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Reviews by ffejherb:
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4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Since we were at Bube’s Brewery earlier in the day, we decided to drive the extra 15 miles and visit Lancaster on Saturday, 10/28/06. I had enjoyed Lancaster’s beers since I first tried their variety case, which I loved! I also had the pleasure of trying their new Hop Hog shortly after it was released. So needless to say, I have wanted to visit the brewery for quite some time.

After circling the city for a few minutes trying to find the building, we located the establishment and pulled into the small, cramped parking lot. They could definitely use some more parking in the back. Still, we grabbed a spot just as a car was pulling out. (Our friends, who met us there later didn’t have our same luck… they had to park a few blocks away, apparently.)

We entered the brewpub area and it was smaller than I had anticipated. I figured it would be quite busy, since we were visiting on a Saturday night at dinnertime, and I was right. There was a wait for tables, but luckily we found two small tables near the back of the bar area, right next to the windows overlooking the brewing area. We pushed the two tables together and grabbed an extra chair that was in storage. Perusing the beer menu, they had an amazing selection of home brews on tap and one on cask, including: Strawberry Wheat, Milk Stout, Hop Hog, Gold Star Pilsner, Franklinfest, and Four Grain Amish Pale Ale (flagship beers); Winter Warmer, Red Rose Amber, Litening Lager, and Oktoberfest (seasonals); and Chocolate Dipped Strawberry (cask conditioned). I ordered a Hog Hog, my friend got a Milk Stout (because they were out of sampler glasses) and my wife got the Chocolate Dipped Strawberry. All three were served in a nice pint glass. Our waitress was very friendly despite the restaurant and bar being extremely busy, and she even recognized me from the band I play in! She had a good sense of humor and I mentioned that she reminded me of the comedian Kathy Griffin (which is a compliment from me).

Anyway, back to the beers.

My friend wasn’t even half done with his Milk Stout before they brought over his sampler tray, which featured a 5-oz. glass of each beer on tap, including the cask conditioned selection. We then ordered our food. I went with the hummus, which was made with white and black beans and served with veggies, pita bread and tortilla chips. At only $5.95, the portion was twice as much as I was expecting, and it was delicious taboot! My wife got the reuben sandwich with fries, which she said was just “OK” and my friend got a huge plate of nachos, which apparently were meatless. But they did have quite a lot of cheese, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, and beans. We got our food around the time one of my other friends arrived. He was able to order and got his food not much longer after we had received ours. I decided to get the Chocolate Dipped Strawberry on cask, and it was amazing! The beer looked glorious in the pint glass, very robust, and the aroma was a knock out! The head was nice and creamy, and the flavor was well balanced. It went down quite smoothly and the finish was a nice combination of bold and sweet. The temperature of the beer was perfect.

Overall, I very much enjoyed our visit to Lancaster Brewing Company. While it was too busy for my personal taste, we still received very good service and we were able to sit down quickly and enjoy a pint. Their beer is exceptional and the atmosphere is fine for a brewpub. Some of the dinner selections seemed a bit steep, but the quality and value for money we got with our selections was spot on. I would definitely like to return sometime soon for lunch or during a weeknight when they aren’t as busy. Of course, they seem busy for a reason… excellent beer!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of TimberSwanson
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Irishman_Scott
5/5  rDev +26.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

If you want delicious food and great brews, this is the place! The atmosphere is unbelievably cool too!!!

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5/5  rDev +26.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of dljames10
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of mk66
3.34/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4

Photo of pep
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of schroeder1200
3.86/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of cmv60
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of therealJAYZ
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of ShanePB
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of NolanWilliamson
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Winfred
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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 DrBier
4/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of LehighAce06
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Yellolab2010
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of Craft_Imperial
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

Photo of Knapp85
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Jake_eff
2.68/5  rDev -32%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 2.75 | food: 2.5

Poor service. Had three different waiters/waitresses.

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4.36/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.52/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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