Spinnerstown Hotel

Spinnerstown HotelSpinnerstown Hotel
Spinnerstown HotelSpinnerstown Hotel
Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

2195 Spinnerstown Rd
PO Box 111
Spinnerstown, Pennsylvania, 18968-0111
United States

(215) 536-7242 | map

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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The Spinnerstown Hotel is right on the main road & easily located. It’s hard to nail down exactly how old the building is, the website states various dates, one says that there was a building here circa 1750, but it doesn’t say if it this one, whilst later on it states that it was operated as an Inn from the 1840’s. It has been in the hands of the current family owners since 1959. Looks a lot different now from the old photos that adorn the walls, more modern if you will, but if you look hard you can see the old parts of the buildings & the more recent extensions/changes that must have been undertaken over the years. Today it has a very smart well-kept appearance, the white painted wooden trim contrasts well with the two storey black tiled roofs.

A sloping ramp at the front makes for easy access, though there is a rear entrance from the parking lot. Once inside the front, you are greeted with a very clean well maintained interior. As you enter the front you need to take a quick left-right through a front hallway where a handful of tall tables reside & offer views of the quiet roadside whilst being protected from the warmth of the sunshine, at least during our visit. Paneled walls everywhere & wooden floors match well with the wooden furniture. Old brewery adverts & stained glass lamp shades to lend an antique feel, some of the décor is a little weird but it seems to fit in. Overall a nice warm “Olde Worlde” charm with a modern angle to it, including a couple of large flat screens that are unobtrusive. Rooms break away in three direction from the Bar area, each one having its own character.

It was relatively quiet when we arrived, in fact it looked closed at 12:30pm but it had opened an hour earlier. Once you take the left-right chicane from the front entrance the bar runs on your right hand side perpendicular to the outside road & houses around 8 wooden chairs. This is where Erica & I decided to park ourselves. A couple of large serving fonts sprout 5 taps each, giving the punter a choice of around 10, though I did spy a lone Brooklyn Tap hidden at the far end of the Bar against the wall & it was advertising Chocolate Stout too, never did find out if it was operational.

The drafts included Fullers London Pride, Yuengling, Coors Light, Guinness, Harp, Flying Fish and Chimay Cinq Cents (White) plus a few others that may rotate, I had one of these, La Chouffe, and it was fresh & tasty. Of note was the fact that this out of the way Hotel also had Bethlehem Brew Works Peche Lambic too. Worthy of note was the fact that the Fullers London Pride was just the regular version & not the - quote “Hand Pump System” unquote - as advertised on the Website.

Behind the bar a small chalkboard lists the current favorite beer of each Server in colorful text, a neat idea. As well as the Drafts, there is a stellar Bottled Beer list as well, but you may have to ask for it. When you get list it is well laid out & includes around 50 brews from America, a dozen from Germany, 50+ from Belgium including (seemingly) the full range of all the Trappistes, another dozen from England, a handful each from Ireland, Scotland, Canada, France & Holland, a brace from Czech Republic and a few others from Thailand and Jamaica. Quite the range! Prices are high though, $20 for Westy12 anyone? I tried a Bomber Southampton Double Wit, but only because I rarely see it.

We had a couple of Servers, both were very friendly and attentive, as well as chatty and what I liked most was the fact that they were more than eager to describe each of the beers on sale to the customers, that was impressive. In fact they went one step further, a waitress that must have bee working in the back room came to the bar to pick up some drinks for the diners, she seemed new, but our server took at least 30 seconds to explain to the new waitress what the beers were, & some background to the styles & tastes. They offered tasters when asked too. Solid service all round.

Food Menu was very interesting. I opted for lunch here having the advertised Special, an Oktoberfest German Lunch that was a mélange of creamy mashed potato, carrots, beef, wurst and some gammon like ham all topped off on a massive plate with rich gravy. Took me a while to finish but the food was excellent. Erica opted for a less meaty lunch & had the Veggie wrap, served with really nice fries & malt vinegar.

A pleasant start to the day, an extremely well run establishment that has a great range of bottled brews with a few draft specials to back them up. The only draw-back to being a regular would be the prices, it ain’t cheap to drink here, unless you crack bottles of the Big3 (as I noted nearly all the other guys who sat at the bar were doing!), but that said, if I was passing nearby I would drop in for sure.

Otherwise, I would probably make my way out here once every 4 or 5 months for a bite to eat & a nice range of beers to finish with. Thanks to Erica for the ride out here.

Last Visit: Saturday 29th October, 2005

Nov 05, 2005
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The vibe of this place is that of a restaurant, because it is 95% restaurant and 5% bar. The bar area is quite small, but if you go off peak you can get a seat and it is great. Service is excellent. Both bartenders and waitstaff are knowledgeable and helpful about food and drinks. They seem to have it down about how much to check in on customers. The selection is spectacular. The bottle list is about as complete as you can get. It's hard to believe they even have storage space for everything. The tap list is also awesome and always rotating. The beer menu even keeps itself updated and accurate. Food at the bar is quite good pub fare. The restaurant itself is very good.
The most unusual part about the Spinnerstown is its location. It is right off the turnpike, but otherwise, literally in the middle of nowhere. Its fancy beer & food are out of place for the area it is in. It makes absolutely no sense, but it works and it works well. I've never seen advertising for it, yet it seems to be a destination.

Jul 02, 2018
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GregA135 from Pennsylvania

4.82/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I honestly came here because they have a great selection of craft beers! Couldn't give a food rating because I didn't eat there. They are pretty much my main source for Avery,Russian River and other beer brands that I cannot get in Pittsburgh. I was able to purchase RR Consecration, Supplication, Redemption and Temptation - all in 12.7oz bottles. The only downside is pricing...I know these beers are rare and hard to come by on the East Coast, which I totally understand why the pricing is high. I bit the bullet purchasing those RR bottles because how often do you get to try those in PA? Not very often. Another beer that I was eager to try was Avery's Uncle Jacob's Stout, but I just couldn't justify spending $20 on a 12oz bottle, RR was pricey too. But all in all, if you want great selection, Spinnerstown Hotel is where to get craft beer if you are in Eastern PA. Friendly service and a great atmosphere. I'll definitely be back to grab some food and some more great craft brews. Cheers!

Nov 18, 2015
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sonnylemmons from Pennsylvania

4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Out of the way but worth the drive: this place probably has the best selection of bottles I've seen in the Lehigh Valley. Lost Abbey Red Poppy, Deschutes Mirror Mirror...you name it. The staff seems knowledgeable and friendly.

Oct 09, 2015
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MKrauss from Pennsylvania

4.61/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Jun 04, 2015
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skiofpinsk from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Nice gem tucked away just outside Quakertown and not too far from the turnpike entrance. Atmosphere is slightly more upscale. Plenty of table seating (along with a deck area), but the bar is somewhat on the smaller side. If entering from the rear of the building (where the parking lot it), you have to walk through the restaurant and past the bar to get to the hostess station. They might have someone by the back door during the busier hours but I can't recall. The place can get very crowded during peak meal times, but if you're waiting there's a decently sized waiting area.
The food menu has a nice range, everything from nicer pub fare to finer plates, and I've never had trouble picking something out. Staff is very friendly and helpful with answering questions or making suggestions.
The tap list is very good, and a bit surprising since the place is a bit out of the way. They have some good connections, and some stuff that never makes it to PA has been on in the past. The bartenders are knowledgeable about what they're pouring and willing to give out samples if you're uncertain about what something is. Bottle list is fairly impressive as well. The to-go beer area has a great selection, and in the past has included stuff like Cantillon Classic Gueuze. Prices are a bit higher for some of the stuff, but you can find some gems. Owner knows his beer and I've had some nice discussions with him.
Overall, I wish I lived a bit closer so I could stop in regularly. The food is good, beer selection is outstanding, and the staff is some of the best I've experienced. Definitely worth a stop, I wish more places were like this one!

Jan 21, 2015
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4.8/5  rDev +8.1%

Nov 14, 2014
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mulletboy11 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +12.6%

Nov 03, 2014
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

We ate dinner here on a Saturday night and had drinks.

The atmosphere is a little formal, a little nicer than a casual restaurant. Despite this place being in a more rural area, the beer selection is great. Nice tap list, they do flights, and they also have a big bottle list as well. Food was good, and service was as well.

Oct 12, 2014
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Afroman from Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +7%

Sep 22, 2014
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gunnerlincoln from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Sep 20, 2014
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bwhitbeck633 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +12.6%

Aug 30, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

Jul 06, 2014
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avnick from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +12.6%

Jun 02, 2014
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EFR94 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.9%

Oct 29, 2013
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Fermenticusrex from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Great beer bar stashed away outside of quakertown. Not a big bar area(more taps than stools) but plenty of resteraunt seating.
Tap selection is top notch and are rotated regulary. Crazy list of bottles that last time i was in had some rare hair of the dog barrell aged brews.
The staff is friendly and knowledgable, and the food was excellent. The owner john was super friendly and had a great conversation about belgians and sam adams utopias.
Overall i really enjoyed my visits to the spinnerstown hotel and will be making many more in the future.

Dec 27, 2011
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sublimesipping from Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I had been hearing about this place up in the middle of nowhere, some philly exburb that had great beer, food, atmosphere- had it in my head to check it out as I occassionally get to Qtown. finally about 3 years later the occasion presents itself, with the wife noless who has a decent beer palate but prefers wine.... off the Quakertown exit of the turnpike, where is spinnerstown, the tollbooth collector does not know, all I know is drive the other way from Qtown and its close by, mile or so down, said wife spots Spinnerstown Road, gee maybe this is the way and sure enough 1.5 miles down on the right there she be-
Old hotel spiffed up, big big place and this being a Saturday night, packed- parking lot overflowm easily 50+ cars, still we sought and came so we walk in and the hotess seats us right away, tells us two parties going on one upstairs in the second floor dining room and one on the second floor deck, bar downstairs is racous with Phillies fervor, we sit in quite the genteel dining room with several aged souls this being on the early side of the dinner rush. they don't look like beer drinkers, which might be a good sign for the food. The dining room reminds me of the General Lafayette Inn circa 2000 the good ole days before the slow decline, so and upscale establishment who chooses the beer route...
And the beer- awesome, awesome list, put together by someone in the know, 25 taps all premium hard to find micros( can we say shangy's connection?) +++200+ bottles. A great list, and A+ list that gives any Philly establishment, Monks included a run for their money, and speaking of money Philly prices to boot which is unfortunate but this is Bucks county PA... I had the beer flight special which they do every Saturday- Pumpkin to my hearts content- Pumking, Weyerbacher, Smuttnose, and roy Pitz.. 4 6oz pours for 10 smackaroos... Wife had a belgian sour....
The food- great- pork tenderloin with sweet potatot gnocchi in a wild mushroom walnut sauce, and the wife some of the best crabby crab cakes we have had ever in philly, great salad and homemade bread with the entrees... wonderful food to complement all the great beer.
Overall this place far exceeded any expectations we had. This is a beer destination, my vote for best secret beer rendevous in the
philly area. The only thing that was not good was the espresso to cap the evening lousy. skip any fancy coffee and have another imperial stout on the nitro pour. A great place. To close also use great glassware, the waitress who look like a Jersey housewife was super friendly and impressed me with both significant beer knowledge and articulate recommendations. also the right amount of service with not being pushy. also, a great wine by the glass list thoughtly put together. A winner for a nice meal with what appears to be a lively bar scene to boot. Seek this place out you wont be disappointed.

Oct 06, 2011
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VegasBill from Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

First, how to find this place. If you are a tourist, like me, and on rte476 there is no signage for Spinnerstown, at least I did not see it. The proper exit is Quakertown.
I really liked this pub, the atmosphere is so comfortable and the beer selection especially bottles is huge. I had the Left Hand ESB on tap and the Oskar Blues Scotch Ale in the bottle. This was the first time for both of these beers for me. I really wanted to eat here but I was moving on to Bethlehem.
On my trip east of the 10 or so pubs I visited this would be my favorite.

Jun 12, 2011
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I was informed of the Spinnerstown Hotel a few years ago and since then I'd been there several times. There was a guy I was talking with at the Bookstore Speakeasy one night who gave me the heads up about this place. He mentioned about how great their beer selections were and I had to check it out.

I went to the website and looked over the bottle list and what they had on tap. It was most impressive. The bottled list is massive and very well organized. The tap selections are really good too most of the time. They've just had the Voodoo Cowbell on Nitro, Bell's Hopslam & many more. They even get a batch of Pliny the Elder from time to time. The Spinnerstown knows good beer and loves to share the knowledge of it with their customers.

The service is pretty awesome there, especially Jack the bartender. He's a really cool dude and very intelligent on just about any topic. The pub area is very nice and the dinning area is ever nicer. The food is damn good too. Overall this is a great bar and a great place to eat. Highly enjoyable.

Apr 05, 2011
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haazer from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Stopped in here this past weekend on 2/19/11 to kill some time before meeting with some friends. The place has a very "at home" atmosphere to it. The bar isnt very big, but cozy. Stained wood ceilings, walls, and the bar itself with mirrors on the back bar wall. The dining room area is pretty big with lots of tables. Whats nice is a lot of times on the weekend they have bands play here. The hometown hero is The Craig Thatcher Band. Check them out!

The place is very clean and well kept. As I said it has that "at home" feeling to it but everyone in there from the owner to the bartender was very professional, but not in that stuck up way.

The service was good from both the bartender and the owner. The bartender was running back and forth behind the bar, though it is small it was full and he still managed to make conversation with each person there. The owner came out and was talkin with the guy next to me saying how they were going to do an all Stone firkin event soon. Me not knowing what Firkin was chimed in the conversation and the owner actually invited me behind the bar and showed me one of the firkin kegs beneath the counter.

Their selection is truly world class, at least IMO. They have about 8 different taps running with 6 of them being either craft or imports, and their draft list is constantly rotating. They also have growlers you can purchase and refill. The bottle list they have though makes for some good reading. Its about 10 pages or so in length, each selection written in about size 8 font.

This place seems to be all about the beer but the food from what I hear is good also. My review here may need some editing in the future as I've only ever had appetizers and soups from here, but they do serve entrees.

The biggest nit pick I have with here is that it is a little expensive. Their bottle list is really impressive but I've seen some of the bottles in there at other places for 3-5$ cheaper. All in all a great place to stop and have a few really excellent brews.

Feb 22, 2011
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yobeerman from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Made the trip out after a friend had told me of a Russian River tasting event with Pliny the Elder on tap (the only beer they wouldn't fill a growler with)!

Nice local place in a sleepy little town. Beer selection is very good, with flights of four brews available for tasting - at a reasonable price. There were between 10 and 15 beers on tap and ranged in style covering just about all preferences.

The staff was great. Very pleasent and knowledgeable, and attentive to the needs of the patrons. The owner made his rounds and stopped by to make sure that your needs were being met.

The menu was incredible, offering simple pub food to more exotic dishes. Since we were there for the beer, we stuck with basics: wings, pub fries, sandwiches - all very good. Prices were very reasonable.

Their bottle selection is also very good. This is a nice little spot of the beaten path.

Nov 18, 2010
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paulys55 from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Made a pilgrimage to this place with my brother and a friend after hearing about it from my friend at Weyerbacher Brewery. Really nice bar with a not huge but very nice tap selection including one cask. Bottle selection is as good as I have seen in PA. Nice offerings from Cigar City, Russian River and a ton of imports. Hal behind the bar was very prompt and polite and not only knew a ton about beer but was very helpful in offering suggestions. If I had more money, I would visit this place on a daily basis. If you like beer and live in southeastern PA, you need to find this place. Thanks again Hal.

Oct 11, 2010
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BARFLYB from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went here for the 1st time after knowing about this place for years. Very short notes because im tired. I'll revise

A- A very nice open clean space with a bar area, a seating area and a outside patio, quite nice, warm and cozy. Somebody was singing and playing acoustic guitar on this certain night, relaxing.

Q- I had a sculpin on tap and a sculpin on cask side by side, what more do you need to know. Lines are clean and all that as is the building and bathroom and outside. Whoomp, up there!

S- Service could of been a little faster but it was not overly bad, just slow. Maybe because I was wearing a miller light shirt is why they shunned me. (Reminder to self, dont wear BMC shirt's in beer bars, although i was served a isabelle proximus in another bar with this same exact shirt so it goes both ways)

S- Not the bangingnest of the banging beer lists out there, but a nice list. I had sculpin on cask so that's a major plus. The bottle menu is big, extensive, huge and pricy. Cherry Adam From The Wood anyone.

F- I had a ostrich cheesesteak, I liked it, this place knows how to stretch out their ingredients and make a lot of different dishes out of them. A big food menu, pricy though.

Well, I will be returning here, I quite liked it.

Sep 26, 2010
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WinkyDowBrew from Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

If you are really into beer you would be an idiot not to swing into the spinnerstown hotel. Owned by the same family for I forget how long (sorry john) the staff is super friendly and knowledgeable. The menu is extensive from Miller to Russian River to a huge list of imports. The atmosphere makes you feel like you are in an old hotel sipping on some of the best beer. Aside from that the beer is served the right way. A nice clean glass and the beer being pushed by the right CO2/N2 blend (not 25/75 as most think). John knows his beer and how to serve it. Thanks for the couple of visits over this week and sorry for jumping on BA to write you up when I got home, although I do in the most positive light!

May 15, 2010
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Minotaur from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

So much has been written about Spinnerstown Hotel, I can only add to the accolades.

We first went to Spinnerstown for a "Meet the Brewer" monthly event and were pleased to discover Oskar Blues brewery. But that was just the start...

Their beer selection is superior for a locale not in the middle of a city. There are generally a dozen beers on tap and they cover the range from exotic American blends like Allagash and Dogfishhead to regular offerings of Chimay, Framboise, and even Miller for your friends who just want "a beer" with nothing fancy.

The wait staff staff is knowledgeable and friendly. As are most of the patrons. There is always an eclectic bunch here from young "hipsters" into fancy beer to some old timers who have been frequenting the place for 40 years. John, the owner is both friendly and a veritable guru in terms of beer knowledge. His manager and chef are top notch. They have excellent meal choices from sandwiches and appetizers at reasonable prices to much more gourmet offerings for full dinners.

We've since made it to nearly every monthly Brewer's Night and many other events such as the Firkin Fest, an imported holiday beer tasting, and a more formal sit down beer-food pairing.

The place itself is rich with local and (inter)national history in its beer decor and homey, inviting atmosphere.

They also have a huge aged and fresh bottle selection at reasonable prices. They are happy to accommodate unique tastes and custom orders.

This is a real gem; right off the turnpike outside of Quakertown.

Dec 24, 2009
Spinnerstown Hotel in Spinnerstown, PA
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