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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
231 West 4th Street
phone: (570) 326-4700
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vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.75 | $$
This place gets talked up a lot around town, but I really can't for the life of me see why. You walk in the front door, and it feels cramped, since they have small area for bands to play right by the front door. The main room is kind of long and narrow, with the bar stretched along the left wall and brew tanks behind the bar. It's a nice appearance. There's more seating further back, but I don't think I've ever been back there.
The service was slow, and our server wasn't very welcoming. I felt like I was interrupting her day, and I don't like that vibe. A lot of the clientele seemed hipsterish, and I heard a lot of them talking amongst themselves about how good their beer was. I was less than impressed. The only decent beer I got in my sampler flight was the Edgar IPA, and even that was middling at best. I certainly wouldn't have gotten a full pint of it. Honestly, my homebrew tastes better than the swill there.
Nothing on their menu seemed really appealing, either. It seems like they're trying to cater to a higher end customer base, like you could expect to find around major metro areas, but in central PA, that element is noticeably lacking. The area is largely blue collar to middle-class folks who want a nice steak and a decent beer. (Note: I just looked up their menu, and it seems a bit more down to earth than when I ate there a few months back. However, I think the Mushroom Asparagus Strudel they currently have on their menu demonstrates my point.)
All in all, my husband and I have tried that place close to a dozen times over the past couple years, and every single time, we walk away disappointed, feeling like we've spent too much money on food, beer, and service that was subpar at best.
05-07-2013 13:27:36 |
More by pcsnyder
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
The Bullfrog Brewery is in the shopping district of downtown Williamsport. It has a long bar and one row of tables that extends into an alcove in the back, making it seem larger than it is. It's bright inside, with light colors...blonde woods, copper tanks, and copper- colored ceiling. Large windows, with ferns and other hanging plants, extend across the front of the building and along the entire side. It's kinda 90's- ish. The copper cooker and lauter tanks are right in the main seating area, the ten 310-gallon beer holding tanks are in a row behind the bar. They had 9 beers on tap and an ESB on hand engine. The IPA was true to style. The bar maid was conversing with her chum and didn't pay much attention to this customer.
08-30-2006 00:53:47 |
More by foamee
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
After hearing talk about the place for so long, I finally decided to give Bulldog a try, following a rather impromptu Selin's Grove visit. Located in an average-looking building on an average-looking street in the somewhat average-looking town of Williamsport, Bullfrog seems, from the street, to be a typical city bar, even going so far as to have a Bud Light banner on their front door. That kind of threw me off from the start. But I walked in anyway.
It's a pretty simple setup inside, bright and roomy, brewing tanks in full view. There is a good-sized bar and plenty of dining space, and a small spot for bands to play. Not really my kind of place as far as atmosphere goes, and the crowd wasn't too appealing either.
As far as beer goes, I was pretty disappointed. Everything was mediocre at best. General word-of-mouth got my hopes up, I suppose. They did have a pretty good selection, and a good range of styles, but after a sampler flight, there was nothing I really wanted a full pour of.
Service was okay. Our bartender was quick and to the point, but was also very curt and standoffish, and didn't seem to display any discernible knowledge of the brewery and its products. He kind of just furthered my overall opinion that this was more of a neighborhood bar under the guise of a brewpub, than an actual brewpub or beer destination.
The food was good at least. The menu was decent with some interesting options in addition to basic pub grub. I took the simple path and got the jumbo BBQ wings, and they were actually pretty amazing. Overall prices were not bad.
I wouldn't really recommend this place to anyone other than locals. I like to go to Selin's Grove about once a year, and despite Bullfrog being an easy ~35-45 minute drive away from there, I can't say they have anything to offer that would have me revisiting.
02-13-2013 09:03:24 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
Nice bar with a view of the tanks, the atmosphere had too much of a family feel for me. The dopplebock was good, but fairly ordinary.
If you do not like a smoky atmosphere, steer clear of the Bullfrog. Within walking distance of my hotel (several hotels nearby), it was a great surprise. Rarely does the traveler get the chance to be ab le to stagger back to his room after a trip to the brewpub. Purchasing the special would be the best bet for freshness and taste, and they seem to have something on special for every taste.
02-10-2004 23:10:26 |
More by ianadams
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
On route to State College for the 2006 BrewExpo, we detoured to Williamsport to finally eat at the 'Frog.
Atmosphere: The place at lunch was seat-yourself. The dining room is quite long and includes a good sized bar. The 4th Street entrance dumps you in front of some copper brewing equipment.
Quality: Food, service and beer were all good.
Service: The service was a little slow throughout even though the place didn't appear to be busy. They did fill a growler though and bring out my son's food quickly.
Selection: There were 10 or so house beers on tap. I had the Old Toad and Beesting and took a growler of Old Mans Pilsner.
Food: My buffalo cheesesteak was good, so no complaints there.
07-21-2006 21:11:10 |
More by akorsak
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I went here last week while on vacation with the family. Our visit was on a Sunday afternoon for a late lunch, we were there at about 2pm.
On Sundays bullfrogs does a Sunday brunch and that ends at 2 so it was wrapping up as we got there. There were a couple of guys doing an acoustic set as we were getting our table they finished up before the first drinks got to our table.
The building that they are in is right downtown in a long skinny space. As you walk in there are tables in front of you, a small stage area to the right and a little further down a long bar on the left. Brewing equipment is behind the bar. Walk a little further and there is another small seating area. I would be surprised if they could seat more than 75 people, it seems like a really small space.
On tap this day were 5 brews (they were erasing 3 from the tap board as I was about to order). Killer Keller, Billtown Blond, Export Stout, a porter and something else that escapes me right now. I had the Stout, Porter and the Keller. All were good, the Stout was my favorite, but certainly nothing earth shattering.
The food was standard pub fare, most of the usual suspects there. Burgers, wraps, sandwiches, mini pizzas called Fajizza's and some entrees as well. The food was good, I heard no complaints from my wife or from the kids.
Our waitress seemed less than trilled to have us as clients on this day. We were seated and waited a long time for her to come say hi to us and when she did she took our drink order and disappeared again. Our entire lunch experience involved waiting on our waitress, I was very disappointed with this. The people seated next to us had a different waitress, they were seated after us and ate long before we did. Anyhow, her tip reflected her level of service.
I ended up buying a couple of Edgar IPA's to go, but wish I could have tried it first.
This was an OK brewpub experience for me, I certainly had better on this trip. I would consider revisiting this pub if in the area in the future, but I don't think I would go out of my way again.
08-09-2009 23:57:21 |
More by johnnnniee
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
A night after going to Selin's Grove, we made the trek up to Bullfrog. When you go in, there are brewing kettles right by the door, and fermenters behind the bar. I assume neither are in use, but I really have no idea. Anyway, we were seated, and it took us maybe 15 minutes to get our first drinks. Not the best start. The beers were...interesting. Edgar IPA was alright, but I've had better. Double coffee stout was fantastic, but I've had it before. Master Blaster imperial stout was lacking flavor. Festivus marzen was really blah. The pale ale didn't impress me. A Czech wheat didn't really mesh the two styles together. And finally, the Night Owl saison. This was brewed with some Brett. Let me tell you what about this beer...it tasted like a mixture of horse blanket and Robitussin. It actually started growing on me the more I drank though...whatever. The food was good, though the portions were a little small. But everything was cheap, so whatever. The three of us got out of there at 60 bucks after tip for 3 entrees, 3 beers, and a sampler. Not sure if I'll be back, with the drive to Selin's Grove half as long from me. It was a decent experience, though
01-30-2011 15:07:07 |
More by bigfnjoe
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Excellent food and beverages! In general, the atmosphere is excellent... it can be a tad noisy at times but often the Bullfrog has stellar live music. Prices are incredibly reasonable for food. Beer does seem a bit pricey but if you find something you like it is certainly worth it ($5/beer).
06-24-2013 13:00:57 |
More by dscolemonade
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Atmosphere - Went here during a weekday (Wed.) during lunch. The outside of the building had a huge bicentennial scenery landscape that spawned and covered the whole outside of the building. Beautifully done. The inside had your usual tanks dominating the back pub area with seating and tables running in the back. A few people were here during the lunch so was pretty quite. Didn't get to talk to anyone about the beers as the tap tender went about his business with the pour not offering much insight to the individual beers which would have been nice. Overall a generally decent atmosphere, suitable for family during the lunch hours.
Quality - Only had a chance to sample 2 beers while there (Water of Life Grisette and Killer Keller pils) both were of outstanding quality. A third El Hefe I didn't find as exciting or good as the forementioned. I have the Edgar Ipa bottled which I have high hopes for as well.
Service - Service was a little slow getting to us, especially when we were the only ones eating. The food came rather quickly, with the waitress always asking for a refill on the beer. Again we were their during lunch when it first opened so I cant attest to how it is during the busy part of the night and weekend. Wish the bartenders would of reached out more to market their beers with a more friendly welcome.
Selection - average with 5 beers currently offered. One which was bottled. They had guest beers but again was very limited to 2 or 3 guests and 1 or 2 selections of each. I chose 2 offerings from Port Brewing which were a bit pricey at $18 a bomber. A lot of the beers were scratched so don't know if I came at an interval and they just happened to be in the process of replacing during their slow part of the week or not. edit. i later learned that they usually have much more available, i just happen to come inbetween sessions.
Food - had the pittsburger which was monstrous in size nearly 6-7 inches across as well the towering bun. Came with coleslaw and fries, both of which were on the burger itself. The burger was a bit pricey I thought given the area at $10 but the portion more then made up for it. A good selection of wraps, burgers, kids meals, fajitas pizza, much better then the average pub. Kids meals were available as well.
Value - fair value for the beers, a bit pricey for the guest beers I thought (see above) while the food was a bit high, but well worth it quantity wise for what you got. The quality was good as well for the food while the beer certainly lived up to my expectations per value as well. Overall I paid $90 w/o tip for a burger, a wrap, 2 kids meals, 3 of their drinks (2 tap , 1 growler) and 2 bottled guest beers which was a bit pricey overall but most of the damage came from the guest beers at $18 a pop.
07-20-2009 22:48:12 |
More by beerthulhu
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Located on West 4th Street and Government Place, the south-facing window displays the brewhouse in all of its copper glory. The bar area has a lot of tables and chairs with windows throughout and is what you pass through as you enter on your way to the bar. At least, that is where I was headed. At the bar, the fermenters are to the left and the serving tanks are to the right. The bar is real gneiss, real nice, that is. Actually, my geologist uncle tells me that it is both. To the extreme right of the bar is a chalkboard, detailing all available beers, as well as both a mosaic and a carved-wood version of the ubiquitous logo.
I love the color scheme here. Not only do they have both exposed ducting and a pressed-tin ceiling, but both are painted a copper color, offset by the bright, frog-green walls. The frog motif is prevalent throughout the building, although with the lack of depth, the poor amphibian looks like roadkill.
The restaurant area is further aft, with the lavatories to the left as one heads aft in the building, passing a glass case filled with logo souvenier items that, sadly, no longer include embroidered cloth patches. It's very disappointing. Continuing all of the way aft is a large banquet room for meetings and gatherings. All in all, it is a very clean, moderately bright place and definitely worth a stop while in the area.
04-19-2006 05:10:14 |
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