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Taps: 16 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
37 E State St
phone: (610) 627-2515
(Place added by: Beermaninpa)
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Reviews by johnmichaelsen:
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
After seeing all the previous reviews of this place, and after a few less then entirely satisfactory BA posting dialogues with the owner here (Mike), I confess I didn't know what to expect when I visited this place the other night. However, suffice it say, what I did see/experience was not what I guess I had come to expect.
As you walk in the front door, the first thing you notice is a good size bar area to your immediate right. The bar itself easily accommodates around 20 patrons, and includes probably 8 or 9 tables as well in the bar area. As you stand by the bar with it on your right and look back, you can see three modest size dining areas. None of them are particularly large, but all together I would guess there must be close to 30 tables and chairs. So the restaurant area is actually pretty good size, and set far enough away that diners here miss quite a bit of the smoke and noise from the bar. It's a pretty nice set up. The place itself has sort of a newish, almot industrial feel to it. By that I mean it has something of a TGIF/Applebees feel to it. I didn't get any food, but what I saw looked good, if not particularly exciting or special. Still, at least based on what I saw, I can't imagine anyone panning the food here. It looked to be a cut above what I'd call typical pub grub, if not exactly a huge cut above.
As for the selection, at least with the beers on tap, it was jaw dropping awesome. The night I was there it included hopslam, stille nacht and the scotch winter ale from Canaster. There were an additional 5 or 6 Belgians on tap, as well as Bells Kalamazoo Stout, Aventinus, Pyramid Apricot (not to generalize, but Mike has a better then average selection of "chick beers" here - fruit beers and lambics), and a number of others. I think there were roughly 20 beers on tap, all of which were solid. I spoke to Mike about the selection, and he confirmed that he goes out of his way to try to feature beers you are unlikely to see any place else. That would explain the unusual fact that there were no beers from Victory, SlyFox, SmuttyNose, etc. the night I was there. Mike was quick to point out that he has nothing against these local breweries, but just feels you can get their beers pretty much everywhere, and that's not what he's about.
The service was generally excellent, and I noticed there were plenty of employees working behind the bar the night I was there (Saturday). The bartender confirmed that the size of the crowd (the place was packed) was pretty typical for a Saturday night.
I guess I agree that the prices here are a bit high (in the $6 range for the non-Belgians), but the beers here are exceptional. I paid $7 for a 12 ounce glass of Stille Nacht, which I think is VERY fair. Also, the beer was incredibly fresh, and was probably the best stille nacht I've ever had on tap (which granted, amounts to no more then 2 or 3 other times).
I had told Mike I would likely be stopping by, so I sat and had a couple of beers before introduing myself, just so I could see him and his crew in action. To say the least, I was impressed by normal operations at Quotations.
One thing I've noticed at the beer bars I've visited in the area, the owners are not afraid to work. Matt at Capone's, Jeff at TJ's, they all work very hard and put in VERY long hours. However, I've never seen anything like Mike and his wife (Stacey as I recall). Here it was 8:30 on a Saturday night and Mike was just everywhere; taking orders, talking to customers, taking out the trash (I kid you not), bringing out more beer, helping with table service.
This is an exceptional place, with one of the best draft selections I've seen anywhre. I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
While I'm here, I might as well say something about the owner (Mike), who I was able to talk to for 10 or 15 minutes. The man is clearly wound pretty tight and is extremely passionate about his place. He does occasionally crack a smile, but it's obvious he loves his restaurant/tavern, and is serious about his work there. Talking to him about his beer list, I think it fair to say that he is also very competitive about how his place compares to some of the other outstanding beer bars in the area (this area is just teeming with great beer bars). I have no doubt he wants people to think it the best, and he's not above working his butt off to achieve that result. The results speak for themselves.
It's a pity this place doesn't get better recognition from the BA population. IMHO, it truly is one of the better beer bars in the area, if not the entire country. I'll definitely be back.
01-20-2008 19:14:04 |
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More by garuda
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5 | $$$
Quotations doesn't seem to understand why they're often empty or close to empty while craft beer booms around them - it's because their food prices are too high, their beer is served ice cold (really, so cold, way too cold for most of the styles on their menu), and the place needs a few more lights. The atmosphere is downright dour in this place, and the quality of what they serve isn't doing them any favors.
If you like your beer served below freezing, by all means, enjoy! If you want the only $9.99 crab fries on the planet (really, $9.99), head to "Quotes"! Otherwise, go across the street to Iron Hill or get the hell out of Media.
06-27-2012 17:24:50 |
More by mfunk9786
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Transcribed from notes dtd W, 29 Dec 2010.
It was Media Day for this wandering beer scribe and I was finishing my rounds of the triumvirate of Nokes, Quotes and the Hill as local beer types refer to them.
It is located slightly catty-corner to Iron Hill (Media) on their northeast side of the street. A wide windowfront ran along the East State Street with the doorway on the west side of the building, opening onto a snaking passageway with a waiting bench along the left wall, followed by the m.d.s. a little further aft. To the right of the bench was a portal leading into the bar area. High tables and chairs encircled this space, including along the windowfront. The blonde wood bar (and the place was primarily outfitted with blonde wood, if that trips your trigger) had its top heat-etched with actual quotations. The restaurant seating area was on either side of the bisecting passageway that ran the length of the place. The kitchen was halfway back on the right and the lavatories were seven-eighths of the way aft on the left. The tabletops also had heat-etched quotations and the fronting windows were painted with quotations as well as being written onto blackboards throughout the restaurant area.
Beers: Sixteen (16) rotating drafts and a whole bunch of bottles.
Ambiance: I do not know what gives with this place, but it is a good concept poorly rendered. Every time that I have gone in, it strikes me as being particularly joyless. The staff is reluctant to talk to me and I just feel like it is all business while it should be a bar.
11-09-2011 16:59:09 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
The owner of this place ruins what could be a perfectly fine establishment. He is very odd...often getting into arguments with patrons and I believe he refuses to put a lot of local stuff on tap because that would be his "competition" which makes no sense. The clientele here are generally obnoxious sports fans who want nothing more than a miller lite and some wings, which is fine, but that is not my preferred drinking environment. I have gone when there isn't a game on, and it is much more bearable, enjoyable. Even still, the prices are pretty outrageous for both beer and food. Quality/selection is decent, but not nearly as good as Pinocchio's which I would much recommend over Quotations.
Service was spotty...good enough I suppose. The bartender didn't really seem beer-knowledgeable, which was a bummer. Food was good but again, expensive. I will pass on this place in the future, though it was worth a try just for the experience.
10-29-2011 04:43:37 |
More by MsRif
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I've poked my head into this place on a few occasions, gotten a really bad vibe instantly, then just opted to go to Iron Hill right across the street. But I finally did visit Quotations properly just recently.
The appearance is pretty basic: medium-sized bar holds about 20 people, I'd say, with plenty of tables. Large windows provide a view of the street. The bar is setup like someone just threw in a few kegerators and called it a day. I get a real d-bag/a-hole vibe from this place, and even when I went and there were only a few people there, I could tell right away, this is where d-bags and hipsters go to drink and pretend like they know what good beer is, while listening to crappy music over the PA and slamming out the beat to "Buffalo Soldier" like it's some uber underground song that only they know, and have such a connection to with their white-boy dreads. Not that that's the management's fault, but speaking of that...a lot of the reviews I've read have mentioned how crass and irritable the owner is, and having now seen him in action, I suppose those statements are justified. And the more I hear about him and his ignorant outlook towards beer and the beer scene, the more I realize that this place deserves no legitimate business from true beer enthusiasts. Basically, this bar comes off to me as a polished turd: a regular everyday bar with regular everyday staff, that just happens to keep a good beer selection.
As for the beer selection, it was pretty decent. A good selection of crafts and micros appropriate for the season, though nothing overly extraordinary. The food menu was decent, with mostly comfort food, and some pricey entrees that why would you even consider? The food itself was not bad, and other than the entrees, pretty reasonably priced.
The staff seemed pretty generic when it came to actual beer knowledge. Our bartender was pretty attentive, so I have no complaints really. I'd kind of want to go back during busy hours to get a better feel, but I just KNOW that the crowd would be intolerable.
My two cents:
Iron Hill is right across the street, and MUCH nicer than this place, and even if IH's beer selection is limited to their own brews, said brews are still generally top notch. The other option is Pinocchio's just a few blocks away. Beer selection is much better, even if the place seems like a dump...but it's a nice dump, and much friendlier and less douchey than Quotations. Plus the beer garden (pricey but convenient).
07-15-2011 20:01:11 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Hands down the best bar in Media and surrounding towns. Big menu from apps to sandwiches to entrees. Their specialty is seafood and when you order say for example the crab fries, you don't just get old bay on the fries you get mounds of crab meat too. They keep the kitchen open late so if you've got the munchies at 1am on a Saturday this place can accommodate.
The real draw is the beer. Quotations has a rotating tap list that is updated at least 1-2x a week. At least a dozen options with a few staples. This time of year the bottles rotate just as fast because everyone's sucking down the variety of Oktoberfests and pumpkin beers they stock up on. They import their beer from UK/Europe and domestic micro and macro breweries. Majority of which are Belgium style. They usually get in highly rated, award-winning beers and those brewed for a limited time. Very fun to try. Friendly, well-versed staff is always happy to give recommendations and samples.
I love to go here to watch sports, they have a big bar seating area with 4 (I think, maybe more) big screens. Only negative I would say is when they bring in live music. The bar is not equipped to handle acoustics and you'll find yourself screaming at the person next to you. But there's never a cover.
If you're in the Media area, be sure to make a pit-stop.
09-29-2010 16:39:12 |
More by Thirsty2383
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Media has really become a great hangout for those 18-80. Lots of options for those who like good beer. Quotations has more of the atmosphere, selection, and character of place that any beer dude is looking for...
Walk in - you get mix of beer geeks, hot chicks, and macros drinkers.
10-15 taps that rotate quick, along with the bottle selection as well. Always a theme going on...
Service to me has been great! Food is great as well. Gotta have the crab fries!!! All food is reasonable and fresh!
Solid and descriptive beer menu....
Good music and activites...
Big place, not cramped...
12-31-2009 05:16:28 |
More by djeffbee
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