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Taps: 28 / Bottles: 500
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]
224 W Germantown Pike
phone: (610) 279-4748
(Place added by: maek228 on 04-05-2005)
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The crazy whistling from the back seat is Phil trying to replicate the whistling noises that we heard chirping from his head while he slept at Handsome Ed's the night before. The problem is, he was asleep while his inhaling and exhaling made the noise so he has no idea what it sounded like, but that ain't stoppin' him none. He's tweeting excessively; I really wish we were out of the car already but we aren't there yet. I've got vague directions to where we're going from where it was we was, I'm just not feeling like this was the shortest distance between those two points...
Doesn't look like much from the curb, as is often the case. A staircase at either end lands you into the front room around the bar; a 12 seat tight "V" at one end and a longer "J" at the other end seating another 18 or so, detached by just a center break, big bar. A dozen tables and booths follow the bar around the room. Sponge painted walls in brownish, dark beige and green over slat wood lowers, artwork between the windows, drop lamps over the tables, and track lighting to the rear with model blimp and airplane lighting. Corner mounted TV's, 4 small flatscreens above the bar, and a CD juke down on the end. Shelved booze on the back wall over a mirrored panel and the taps split between both sides of the break in the bar and some below. Dining room to the rear, accessible from both sides of the bar.
12 taps, a mix of 2/3 American micros local (Appalachian Volks Weizenbock, Legacy Fantasy, Troegs Mad Elf) and regional (Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, Blackout Stout & Holy Moses Wit, Flying Bison Double IPA, Redhook Copperhook), and then Boddingtons, Yuengling, Coors Light and Cantillon Saint Lamvinus (I'm sorry, what was that?). Naturally, I ordered the Saint Lamvinus, and then watched as the bartender very discreetly poured me a dead still glassful from a growler she pulled from a cooler somewhere below. "Um, excuse me...", and I was told that it was the end of a keg from out back, whatever that meant. Bad form!! "In my eyes, that's poor treatment of a beer", spoke (Evil) Davo wisely. And thus, my dings on "quality" and "service". A revisit will surely put 'em right, but for now, it is what it is. I would've gone with the Fitzgerald Porter had I known.
Also, nearly 2 dozen bottles, mostly imports, 1/3 of them UK (a 1/2 dozen varieties of Sam Smith, Melbourn Bros Strawberry, Traquair Jacobite), 1/3 Belgian (Orval, Westamalle Tripel, and 3 each Chimay & Lindemans), the rest a mix of German (Ayinger Brau Weisse, Pinkus Ur Pils), random Euro weirdness (Baltika 2, Obolon Krepkoe), and a few micros (Ommegang, Victory 12 & Grand Cru).
And a good many bottles more in the attached beer store. Shelves and racks lining the walls and the coolers full. Well stocked with Founders, Three Floyds, Bells, Russian River, Pizza Port, Great Lakes, and other goods we can't get East of the Delaware and/or the Hudson, and an excellent selection of imports. Solid little beer store out back behind the bar; free of the case law woes.
Notwithstanding my Saint Lamvinus, it's a fairly good show here. I see the events calendar, I know what they do here, promos and the like. I'd like to think I just caught an anomalous happening.
07-11-2007 04:37:50 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went here yesterday for the Deschutes event and I will not be returning. I like the vibe of the bar, the patrons were good, even Matt, the old owner, was great. The service was terrible and because of that I won't be going back and wouldn't recommend the place. The event started at 6 so we got there at 4 to enjoy some of their beers. Initially the service was ok and we chatted with Matt Sr. for a little while. Sounded like a great guy and as very appreciative of us being there. fter that, all downhill. Our waitress knew we were there for the event, but for some reason they decided to do shift change right as the event started. All of the night shift bartenders remained at the other end of the bar serving practically anyone other than our end (There were 3-4 other people at our end looking to get The Abyss). The only bartender who came near our end for 30 minutes was the one who was closing out. We asked her twice if we could get Abyss but were told the shift was over. So, we asked if another bartender could be sent our way, and that was pretty much shot down. Finally, another bartender came our way and we asked if we could get the Abyss but were told she was grabbing something for someone at the other end of the bar and it was because they were packed. Their problem wasn't that there were too many patrons, it was actually lighter than I thought, it was that all 3 bartenders were at that end of the bar. After another 5 or so minutes that same bartender got us our beers and seemed ambivalent. I won't go back here and I won't recommend it to anyone. I was told that they always have these events which surprised me, it seemed they had no idea what they were doing. I've been to many beer events for beer week and my experience at this bar was the worst. Caribou Cafe, Khyber, Irish Pol, and the 2 other places we went when I was plastered seemed to run much more effectively. They do have a very good selection and prices were ok, but the service was that bad. With good service it would have been an easy A.
06-09-2011 18:52:48 |
More by cincodm
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
****Only went into the beer store-did not go into restaurant****
Atmosphere: Small place, not very much room and only a few coolers.
Quality: Ok-looks like they rotate the stock pretty often
Service: Ok service-did ask if i was looking for anything in particular
Selection: Just slightly above average-was dissapointed they did not have more. Compared to my usual places I go to in my area this place was severly lacking in the selction department. Did have a few hard to find items.
Value: Way overpriced. I understand some hard to find stuff having a slightly higher price tag-but this was outta hand.
Having said that I will go back if in the area to see if they have something "special".
07-24-2008 22:00:01 |
More by Edgecrusher
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped by here this past weekend with a few of my friends. My one friend had been talking about it for a while, so I had to check it out.
A: The atmosphere was a pretty chill place. Definitely not a place where you are going to see any children, so if you like that, check it out. The restaurant piece in the back is pretty small, with a few small tables. The front has some larger tables, but the bar and the associated stools definitely make up the majority of the area. This place seems like a nice, quaint place to go, have a drink, and relax.
Q: The quality of the place is alright. Definitely clean and well-maintained. The beers that were available were definitely of a good variety and I would be surprised if that had too many that were past their expiration date.
Service: The service was ok. Our waitress disappeared for a little while and seemed to go on break before she brought me my first beer. She also brought out our drinks and food piecemeal, so that was kind of annoying.
Selection: The selections at the bar was okay. A fair amount of various craft brews in bottles and on draft (about 30 in total). Where the seleciton really is at, and probably the whole reason to go to this place, is in the bottle shop. They have a boatload of single bottles available from just as many breweries. I would not say that their selection is as extensive as the Foodery in Center City Philly, but it is definitely comparable and a nice alternative as it is closer to my friend's apartment. My friend had gone there to get some beers he could not find at other places, specifically Dogfish Head Black & Blue.
Food: I did not try it, but the people I was with were not too voerjoyed with it.
Value: I'd say the costs were pretty fair. The single bottles I picked up were not more than $3 or $4 each, but some of the 500Ml, like the Dogfish Head Fort, were pretty pricey up around $20.
02-20-2008 22:26:34 |
More by maddogruss
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I had the chance to visit Capone's after a business meeting nearby. I am reviewing the restaurant, and not the bottle shop. But a quick note on the bottle shop, it is a must visit. It is a tiny little shop, but man o man, Matt (owner) has an awesome selection. I would say the bottles are a bit on the high side, but then again, there are very few places in PA where you can buy bottles of such great beer. Amazing selection.
Now, on to the restaurant review. It has a nice decor. Middle of the road, not overly fancy, but hole in the wall either. Nice long bar with seating around the outside. There is a seperate dining area as well. There are tons of TV's in the bar, I don't think there is a seat in the house that doesn't have a view of a TV.
Beer: they had around 14 beers on tap while I was there, and a nice mix of beer as well. Oggi's, Oskar Blues, Slyfox, Mad Elf, Lost Coast and others. The only crap beer on tap was Coors light. They did have crap beer in bottles, but nothing else on tap. Matt said he would love to get rid of them, but they have such a local crowd, he would give up a ton of business if he did. They also offer around 30 bottled beer selections as well.
Food: I had an italian sub, which was good. but that is all I can say about the food.
Service: granted, I was there on a Wednesday at 3pm, but the bartender knew nothing about beer. She doesn't drink it, and doesn't know anything about it. I was a little dissapointed by that, but maybe it was the time of day. When I had the chance to talk to Matt in the bottle shop, he was extremely helpful. But the bartender was very sub par in knowledge and service level.
All in all, this is a nice place. I will visit again, especially to hit the bottle shop again.
11-20-2008 21:26:38 |
More by Hophead101
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Finally, I got the nerve up to vist Capone's in Norristown today.
Atmoshpere: Small, especially when you look at the size of the building on the outside. A bit of a hole in the wall ambionce, friendly, but not overly talkitive.
Quality: It certainly looked as if they were proud of the freshness of everything, the restraunt and store were very clean, all in all I was impressed with the quality.
Service: Like I said very friendly, but not overly talkitive. I have to look for the tender (who served my right away) for my bill (and this is a pretty small palce), but he was very nice and knowledgeable.
Selection: A wonderful selection of everything I wanted. I might of had file for bankrupcay if my girlfriend wasn't there keeping an eye on me. It was as if they knew exactly what I wanted and stocked it just for me.
Food: Didn't try but certainly plan on it.
Value: Pretty reasonable, maybe heading toward a step above, but not bad concedering.
Don't drink and review.
07-11-2007 21:16:29 |
More by treehugger02010
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
This is a tough review in that one has to consider the merits of both the restaurant and the bottle shop in the same breath.
I was unimpressed with the restaurant side of Capone's. I chose not to sit in the bar and, as a result, my servers in the (allegedly) smoke-free dining area were seriously uninformed about the beer selection. Perhaps if I chose to choke on the additional cigarette smoke on the bar side my beer experience would have been better. They had twelve taps featuring local and national micros, with some Belgians and UK favorites also featured.
The food was OK, with the all-you-can-eat crab legs a bit dry, yet generously priced at $19.99. The Italian entrees were somewhat pedestrian. Not a food destination, to be sure.
Matt, the purveyor of the attached bottle shop, was another story altogether. He was helpful, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable; even rattling off the IBU counts of recently arrived IPAs that he though I might like. He suggested several beers that I could not buy in MA, which was helpful. He's the reason I bought a bunch of stuff to bring home with me.
The restaurant was nothing to write home about. The tap selection was pretty good, and the bottle shop is excellent. I'll be sure to visit the shop again on my next visit to the area, but I might wait for all PA restaurants to go smoke-free before I visit the bar again.
Matt was so great that the 4.5 I rated the service here is misleading; my restaurant service was a 3 at best, but Matt in the shop makes it necessary to give it a high number.
08-25-2008 13:56:50 |
More by andylipp
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Stopped by after a meeting in Philly (Jan 30, 2008) and a stop at the Beeryard - late afternoonish. This may not totally cover all that Capone's has to offer but can be amended on subsequent visits.
Walked into a friendly looking place, only about 1/4 full at the long bar - about right for the time of day i suppose. All I really noted was the 7 Troegs brews on tap, especially the Nugget nectar. The waitress was friendly enough and I ordered a NN and perused the menu. Menu is good, lots of simple things and all the way up to so decent sounding steaks. NN came to me in a shaker pint with an ice chip or two in it. I noticed that the pint glasses are kept cold in a bin of ice, so i picked the ice out and moved on.
I ordered some nachos, as I only wanted a snack and I usually like to test a place out with something simple like nachos or wings to see how they do it. The nachos had alot of toppings, which can be good but these had just a pile of salsa heaped on top of the chili and cheese laden chips. Why not on the side or something. They were decent but I just do not get the approach to nachos at some places.
Another NN and then on my way. I did like that it seemed like a local place where folks knew one another. Liked seeing the old timers in there. Did not like the smoking, but hey what can you do - but did the bartender have to sit her cigarette near enough to infront of me? I guess I am used to non-smoking places. I can see the potential of this place, especially with the tap list and special occasions they have. I will be back for research purposes and to round out the review.
02-07-2008 15:39:36 |
More by gpcollen1
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Pretty good, but not quite up to the hype I had been hearing. Maybe my perspective is skewed by being right in Downtown Philly, where even the dive bars have good beer lists. Perhaps if I lived in a more suburban location, or a more beer deprived city, I might have a much more enthusiastic view.
Not much for atmosphere - dinerish, basically. The food is simple and direct, with a pretty good selection on the menu. The portions are, incidentally, absolutely huge. I had an Italian hoagie that would have fed two easily. The service was friendly and down-home. The draft list was good, no doubt about it, with some nice offerings, like a Duck Rabbit amber and the Ithaca Flower Power, but I was disappointed that about half the items were crossed out and the waiter told us that the Southern Tier PumKing had just run out as well.
Overall, not bad, but I am not driving out for a special trip again any time soon.
We did stop in the bottle shop around back as well. That has a good selection of sixpacks and singles, but it suffers from the problem of all Pennsylvania bottle shops - the prices were breathtaking. I left without buying anything.
08-20-2009 18:12:45 |
More by Seanibus
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I was in Plymouth Meeting for work, just 4 miles away from Capone's. The reviews here were awesome and I respect my fellow BA members.
That being said, I was somewhat disapointed. The selection was good and they just came off of harvest week so some fresh hop beers were still available. Love how they continuously rotate the taps. The problem was with the servers. What distinguishes a good beer place and a great beer place often lies with the knowledge and depth of the servers. The ones working the night I was there had no idea what they were serving and could offer no opinions.
Food was decent.
The attached bottle shop had an impressive collection, which is supposed to be hard to do in PA with their antiquated beer laws. A bit expensive, but I get that. It can't be cheap getting the beer they get. Ended up picking up something for the hotel room.
Would I go back? Absolutely. I will, however, be more prepared and study the tap list with tasting notes first.
11-21-2012 17:25:52 |
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