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The Grey Lodge Public House
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 65
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
6235 Frankford Ave
phone: (215) 856-3591
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 83 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This place is fantastic for beer lovers. There were at least 10 draft beers from several respectable breweries; victory, great divide, stoudts, flying fish, a couple I can't remember and a brewery I hadn't heard of before called High and Mighty, from New England. The only bad thing about this place is that to me it is in the middle of nowhere. I've lived in Philadelphia for 5 years closer to the Manayunk neighborhood and finally went to the Grey Lodge, I'm regretting that I hadn't visited earlier because I am moving in two days. The food was great too; I had french onion soup and some semi-cooked tuna that had a nice breading around the edges served with some greens. The people I talked to in the bar were all about beer. One guy from Conn. who heard about the place through this site, a father and son who grew up in northwest Philly; the father worked for Schmitz and then Heilemans and knew all about Philly beer history and a couple that was talking all about the local beer scene emphasizing Philly's beer week; a great event that started last year. The bottle selection was good too. I got a green flash IPA, but they had lots of other US crafts and a couple Europeans. They also have a great event every Friday the 13th; I never went but always wanted to go. They get a bunch of firkins and tap all of them on that day.
12-04-2008 00:36:56 |
More by bheilman
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
The best bar in Northeast Philly. Always a nice selection of beers on draft and a rotating bottle list. The focus is mostly on american craft and every once in a while they get something really rare like Pliny the Elder or some of the Dogfish Head Experimental brews. Also, there is always an interesting mix of people; neighborhood heads drinking Miller light and beer geeks sipping on decent micros. Also, you are always garunteed to hear some good cock rock. The last time I was there I heard Motley Crue, GNR and Metallica played back to back, immediately followed by Joy Divison. Very strange.
11-26-2008 07:33:21 |
More by corby112
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
They were voted as one of the top 50 beer bars in America (number 25 to be exact) and the gang at the Grey Lodge certainly prove it.
On the inside it looks like your average beer bar until you make your way to the "taps". In front of the multiple taps is a description of the beer which they are currently serving. I use the word "currently" because they are constantly rotating the beers that they have on draft. Last night, I was on a Sierra Nevada kick sampling Sierra Nevada Chico IPA, Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere and Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale. Besides the S.N., they were also pouring High and Mightly St. Hubbins (1/4 barrel), Dock Street Docktoberfest, Lancaster Milk Stout, Flying Fish Oktoberfish, Great Divide Fresh Hop, cask-conditioned Legacy Hedonism Red, Dock Street Great Pumpkin and Roy Pitz Truly Honest Ale. When something kicks, another beer takes its place. (Trust me, your taste buds will never be bored at the Grey Lodge.) If you want to see what they have on tap on any given night, you have to visit their web-site.
The bartenders are great, if you don't know what you want or whether or not you'll like the particular beer, they'll pour you a sample, just ask. They are very helpful!
They also have a good variety of bottled beer as well.
I can't really comment on the food other than the Canjun Fish sandwich, which is excellent, because it's the only thing I have really ordered there besides the fries.
I have also met one of the owners, Scoats, a few times since I've been going there and he is a friendly, down to earth guy.
If you like good beer and a good variety to boot, try the Grey Lodge, you won't be sorry!
11-16-2008 01:34:13 |
More by knephews
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I went to the GL yesterday with my wife and daughter. To say I enjoyed the place is an understatement. We sat at a corner table downstairs because the upstairs wasn't open yet. A really nice, friendly atmosphere.
The beer selection was great with a Sly Fox IPA on cask poured perfectly. I also had a pint of Yards ESA. The bartender brought over a sample of Russian River ( Pliney I think) and asked if I liked hoppy brews. Very helpful and knowledgeable. The service was really good.
I had the fish and chips, my daughter the wings, and my wife the special steak sandwich. Plus we all had a ton of fries. All were terrific. This is one of my new favorite spots.
We will be back often.
10-26-2008 15:08:02 |
More by thefireman
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
this place is just up the road from where i work and has the best and most rotating tap selection in town (as well as being known for bringing in a lot of session beers and limited run type stuff). it has more of a neighborhood feel to it than some of the "cooler" beer places in town, and honestly, if you didn't know any better, you'd think think this place was your typical neighborhood bar. the staff is very knowledgeable and very friendly. the food is also great. try the sirloin cheesesteaks with a huge basket of fries.
05-28-2008 00:44:03 |
More by fishtownhxc
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $
Drinks and bar snacks:
Got together with a few friends who had never had the pleasure of trying one of my favorite bars. We strolled in after finding parking around 10pm.
I kicked off the evening with the Rogue Buckwheat in a bottle, while my crew started with the Franziskaner Dunkel (bottle), Philadelphia NewBold and Sly Fox Seamus' Irish Red (both on tap).
The Lodge's tap selection was distinctive as usual, featuring a variety of local brews (Yards Love Stout, a cask of Victory Hop Devil) and a few from out of state (Arcadia HopMouth IPA, Brooklyn Extra Brune).
Bottle selection was exceptional as well, featuring some of the usual suspects (Chimay, Arrogant Bastard, Skull Splitter) and some new faces (Stone Imperial Stout, Green Flash IPA, Ramstein, Old Chub).
Surprisingly, the whiskey selection was also quite extensive, which spurned my buddy to try a glass of the George Dickel No. 8 on the rocks.
I stuck with the bottles all night, grabbing a Green Flash IPA, Stone Imperial Stout and O'Hara's Irish Stout. All of our drinks were served in the proper glassware and the staff was very helpful, even though they had quite a large crowd on their hands.
The food was nothing short of amazing! We split an order of the Lodge wings and two orders of the award-winning fries, which we tore through in about five minutes. I was even tempted to get the Lodge Steak, which I saw another patron enjoying and I'd enjoyed before, but decided to quit while I was ahead.
The gorgeously designed restrooms were also a topic of conversation, featuring a colorful mosaic of quotes from important public figures concerning their favorite libations.
This is a flat-out great bar with a wonderful selection, very low prices, a down to earth staff and crowd and none of the pretension that a bar with such a classy menu and selection often has.
04-06-2008 19:52:00 |
More by deapokid
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Hey JohnMichaelsen, I must have just missed you yesterday, I left about 5 pm. I also really liked this place, the beer was awesome, especially the Sierra Nevada Schwarzbier, and the Sly Fox Porter. THe chicken fingers I had were very good, nice and moist, and the BBQ dippin sauce was wonderful.
I had a good time at the lower bar since the upstairs was not open yet. A lot of friendly people, and I had some good conversation, even if the jukebox was a bit loud.
All in all somewhere I will be visiting again in April probably..:)
02-24-2008 14:27:31 |
More by BeerDetective
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Had been wanting to check this place out for some time. Last night all the stars aligned properly and I made it up from Baltimore.
Fortunately, I had a friend help me with navigation or I'm not sure I would have found this place (I have a positive knack for losing my way in the greater Philly area). It was a little bit of a drive up 95 to the NorthWest Philly area, and some of the local neighborhoods were a bit "interesting," to say the least. Finally, however, we arrived at the Grey Lodge.
To say the GL wasn't quite what I was expecting would be an understatment. Granted, I wasn't expecting Kennedy School or Edgefield (Portland, Oregon), but I guess the word lodge conjurs up a certain image. Suffice it to say there was nothing "lodge-like" about the GL.
From the outside the GL looks like a nothing special, kind of smallish dive bar... but walk through the doors and all preconceptions are instantly dispersed.
The GL has a good size downstairs area with a largess bar. I confess I didn't get a good look at it, as I was told upstairs is where the action is and that's where we went. The GL is yet another Philly beer bar with a warm, relaxed, comfortable vibe. It's the kind of place you just know would be perfect for idling away a lazy afternoon, sloshing down pint after pint of good beer. The GL has a nice size draft list, with some 12 to 15 beers on tap. These mostly consisted of local brews from Weyerbacher, Slyfox and Stoudt's, but this night they also had the simply delicious nugget nectar on the handpump (I'm drinking a glass right this moment at Max's and it pales in comparison to the NN had at GL last night).
Service this night really couldn't have been any better. The bartender was friendly, prompt and very well informed. Also, the NN was only available downstairs, and while we offered to go downstairs for a glass, the bartender was good enough to run downstairs and grab a couple of pints from the main bar. There was also a solid bottle list, and the bartender directed our attention to a new to us NY IPA (very tasty - a very nice find).
What can I say? Yet another place in the greater Philly area that I would give anything to see here in Baltimore. Oh well... a 250 mile round trip drive every now and again isn't too much to ask.... just a good stretch of the legs, no?
02-23-2008 19:54:17 |
More by johnmichaelsen
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
I recently had the pleasure of finally getting to the GL to take part in the Voodoo Brew N Chew. Totally awesome event!!! Met Matt Allyn from Voodoo, a passionate brewmeister with creative visions for food and beer. The menu accompaniement to the 4 Voodoo brews were perfectly paired, the Brie sandwich app was phenomenal, I make it at home now!
We are now in search for a case of the Black Majick...
Scoats has created a successful business, and seems like he is having the time of his life! Thanks Scoats.
02-01-2008 01:16:36 |
More by thequeen711
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I too got over the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge from S. Jersey into Philly last night (10 Jan) and finally got to the GLP, meeting a buddy from work.
It's been a long time since I got to park in the middle of the street, but much like parts of South Philly, the NE section where the GLP resides you'll see that!
I sampled the Thai Mussels and they were excellent, replete with the nice Thai bite. The sauce was a lightt golden mix with light tomatoe coloring, plenty of garlic and lip smacking Thai seasoning.
I zoomed over to the GLP to get some Mad Elf on tap, but that keg was kicked by the time I got there.
Samplings of the Arcadia Big Dicks Olde Ale, Rogue Imperial Red, Stoudt's Winter Ale and the Brooklynner Weisse were memorable. The Arcadia offering was the maltiest tasting of the bunch and may well have been my favorite. The Rogue was a surprising and strong contender for best of the night.
Lastly, I was fortunate enough to run into and meet Scoates there, it was a pleasure!
01-11-2008 14:00:49 |
More by jimbomill
The Grey Lodge Public House in Philadelphia, PA
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