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Union Barrel Works
Active Beers: 21
Beer Ratings: 134
Beer Avg: 3.68
Taps: 6 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Eatery, Store ]
6 N Reamstown Rd
phone: (717) 335-7837
Non smoking, closed on Mondays; all others and Sundays open at 11am.
(Place added by: Phatz on 03-07-2007)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 32 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Arrived on Friday Apr 20 to find a packed house, only accepting reservations. Tom Rupp, the owner, frantically looked for a table for my wife, son, and I. After searching, he told me he could get me a table in 15 minutes. In 10 minutes, we were seated and waited on. Let me say that there was plenty of space in the bar area, but my wife wanted dinner and they don't serve dinner in the bar area(gotta please the wife!!). Anyway, kudos to Tom for this whole situation. If you want dinner, I would think about reservations.
The place is beautiful inside. I liked the nice dining area, but very informal dressing by the customers(jeans for me!!). The high ceilings are great, though noise echoed a little much. I was in the bar area last weekend and I like the no-TV atmosphere. I feel when I'm in a bar, I'm there to socialize, not watch TV. Just me, I guess.
Had the Southwestern Chicken, delicious. Filled me up, and the price was very reasonable. My wife had the Chicken with crab and the Trout soup, which she said were delicious. My son had the soup and chicken fingers, which he ate all of(doesn't happen often). Very child accommodating.
The service was great. The manager was very gracious and said he hoped we would come back. Very nice guy.
Finally, the most important part....the beer. Had the Doppelbock and Maibock. Both awesome!! Refreshing and powerful. Last week I had the Round Boy Stout which was perfect, though I like a little higher ABV out of my stouts. If you head only to this place for beer, well, it's worth the trip. Very good priced and well done. $3.50 for a 12oz of doppelbock and maibock. Can't wait for the approval of growlers. Hope this helps.
04-21-2007 00:19:47 |
More by shertz
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I visited this place around Christmas with waldo567, fish113d and some other friends. Found out the pub is only 7-8 months old so that was kinda cool, always gotta be happy with new brewpubs opening.
The pub is located in a large brick building with ample parking behind and some street parking in front. It used to be a hardware store and a bank I think.
We walked in the backdoor and headed towards the bar. It was lunch on a wed and seemed a little slow, but folks trickled in as we were there. We walked past a private function room and all the brewing equipment is easy to see through some glass windows behind bar and around the room. Lots of old PA breweriana around with the majority being frmo Reading Brewing Co. The main dining/bar area features a 12-15 seat rectangular bar and several table chair combos spread around the room. We sat at a long table near the bar and started to peruse the beer list. 8 house beers on tap! That is pretty ambitious for a new place and most of the brews were lagers, even more ambitious! I like it.
The stout was served on nitrous and I sampled that and the Maibock, my brother had the sampler so I did taste all the beers and all were good to excellent for the Kolsch. They do growlers and bring anything you have 2L 1L, 1/2 gallon, they fill em all.
Prices seemed reasonable for take home beer too.
Food was pub grub I had a chicken pesto sandwich with sweet potato fries. The sandwich was good and the fries were great! Others had a variety of sandwiches and everyone seemed very happy with their food.
The only drawback I had was the pub was a little drafty so if it is really cold out that could be a negative, but otherwise I think this is a nice little gem in central PA. I WILL be back.
01-11-2008 02:21:57 |
More by sulldaddy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
great place! i've been to 95 different breweries and brewpubs and the union barrel works nailed it right. the owner told me that it was a hardware store and then was used as a sewing factory. sat empty for 10 years and now a brewpub. lets start with the food. had read the other reveiws about the crab cheesecake and the smoked salmon cowder. they were both great. the crab cheesecake was alot to eat for two. i had the chicken oscar with fresh cut sweet potatoe fries. my other half had the chicken pesto sandwich with regular fresh cut fries. everything was so good. drank a pint of the pale ale and lager. good drinkable beers. i want to go back to have them again before i rate them. overall i was very impressed. 6/24/07
06-24-2007 13:37:30 |
More by discwood
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Arrived at 530pm on a Thursday evening. We had reservations, but the dinig area was virtually empty and we were promptly seated by the owner. Our drink orders were promptly taken and we were given a free appetizer. (That's one sure wat to impress me. Our drinks arrived in an appropriate time frame.Our food orders were then taken and they were also served in an appropiate time. All the food was excellent. My wife requested a side salad in place of the fries for her meal and her request was granted. The appetizer I ordered (crab cheesecake) was absolutely excellent.If you go there I highly recommend it. The portions were large and I ended up taking half my sandwich home (I finished it 2 days later and it was still good) . This was my second visit (I was there on opening day but with the limited menu available I did not feel it was appropriate to evaluate that visit) A great place. I wish them the best of luck.
04-21-2007 18:50:38 |
More by tgbljb
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
My wife and I dediced to do an afternoon session at Stoudt's and Union Barrel Works, since they are both in such close proximity to one another. I had read some nice reviews of UBW and the picture I'd seen of the exterior and interior were quite nice, so we took the leisurely 40-min. drive to Reamstown.
The atmosphere of this place is among my favorite of brewpubs I've visited in PA. We sat at the bar, whch had a nice view of the brewing tanks. Their tap handles are especially cool and unique, and looking around, I also noticed some interesting seating, with barrels used as tables. The ceilings are quite high with intricate designs and ceiling fans kept the room nice and cool. But the highlight was definitely the intricate woodwork throughout the establishment, including the bar. The seating was also very comfortable at the bar.
There weren't many other patrons, since we usually tend to go to places at odd hours (usually between 2-3pm for late lunch/early dinner). Our bartender was very attentive and friendly, though quite new and still had some learning to do with regard to some of the brews.
Since we had already eaten at Stoudt's on a seperate occasion, we decided to eat at UBW today. We ordered the bruschetta appetizer, which was excellent... very fresh and tasty. I ordered a bowl of shrimp and corn chowder, which was simply amazing and huge taboot! And at only $3.50, it was a steal. I also had the pesto chicken sandwich ($5.95) which came with the best sweet potato fries I'd ever have. What a deal! My wife's salad was pretty small for the price, though.
Now, on to the beer... We each ordered a sampler, which included the small servings of the following: kolsch, pale ale, heffe, dopplebock, lager, maibock and stout. My favorites were the kolsch (great session beer... very light, refreshing and crisp) and maibock, while my wife absolutely loved the dopplebock. Pints were only $3.50, and you could also order 12-oz. glasses for $3.00. After our samplers, I went with a 12-oz. Maibock, which was served in a unique glass. Their Maibock boasts a beautiful orange color with tinges of bronze and rust. While there wasn't much of a head and virtually no lacing, the beer itself had a nice fruity/spicy aspect with a semi-dry finish. Very tasty brew! Before we left, I also had a 12-oz. pale ale that a nearby customer bought for me as a "thank you" for explaining some beer styles to him, as he didn't know what to get. We had a nice conversation with them as well. I'd also like to point out that they had growlers for sale at $15, and fills were either $9 or $11, depending on the beer.
Overall, this was an extremely pleasant visit, and we are already making plans to return. Only one small gripe was that the chef/cook came out to the bar area (he is apparently the owner/brewer's son), and he kind of dissed Stoudt's when I told him we were stopping there next. Apparently, his dad used to be the head brewer at Stoudt's and left to open UBW. At any rate, the food, beer and atmosphere were all fantastic and I will definitely be back very soon, especially since it is so close to my favorite record store, The Record Connection in Ephrata!
09-09-2007 19:08:24 |
More by ffejherb
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This place is close by so I get there quite often. The Mai Bock is one of my favorites. Supriseingly, the quality of the beer is not consistent. Sometimes it is the best beer in the area. Other times it is not what I expected. Actually at time I am a little dissapointed. Overall, I still believe this is the best of their brews and be the one I recommend.
Since this is a beer pub, a lot depends on the food which can also add or subtract to the taste of the beer. I am just amaized that the Mai Bock is so much like the beer from Erie Brewing called Railbender which is also one of my favorites.
12-18-2011 21:00:40 |
More by etop8222
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I stopped by UBW yesterday and was happy to find it was easy to locate. I parked right out front and walked in. There is a lot of beautiful wood at the bar and breweriana tastefully displayed w/ locals like Reading Premium and Ortlieb's represented. They have a barrel them w/ barrel tables and firkins up high across from the fermenting area which is enclosed in glass. It is a spacious and clean bar area, but I woudl recommend a few plants to break it up a bit.
The quality is top notch w/ about 7 drafts that are brewed w/ care and attention to flavor. I got great service at the change of shift which was pretty seamless. I decided to order a crab cheesecake which is like a crab dip served in a skillet w/ pita points. It was very tasty, it really hit the spot. I was treated to two samples of stout and bock which were also flavorful. The beer is available to go which is nice, I got a growler fill of Wobblin' Bob. One of the positives for those who like to smell their beer is the bar is non-smoking. I asked about checkin' out the brewing operation and the bartender said Tom would be willing to whenever he is in.
I thought the pricing was very reasonable I got an appetizer, two pints and a growler fill for about $25. This is a very attractive setting for enjoying some craft beer brewed the traditional way.
09-21-2007 14:03:16 |
More by Slatetank
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
This is a great addition to Reamstown. In fact I don't know why I don't end up here more often.
You are not going to find a huge beer selection. There always seems to be 5-7 beers on tap. These are all brewed in house. If you are looking for something barrel aged, imperialized or double anything, you will most likely not find it here. Tom brews everything to style and it is all very good.
The food here is just wonderful. Everything I have every had has just been great. Its really nice to sit down and have a great beer and great food to go along with it. I really can't say enough good things about the food.
As for the atmosphere in the place. You have to remember this is a old building that has served many purposes but it has been restored beautifully. You could spend hours staring up at the tin ceiling and beautiful crown molding. The bar is equally ornate, restored from a bygone era when bars were made to be looked at and not just a place to set your beer on. In the bar area you will find a few tables (some are even barrels). If you go back to sit in the dining room and its busy you may find it a bit loud as the dining area is a very large area with tall ceilings.
This is a great place to visit to have a quality beer brewed in house and have some great food to go along with it.
02-07-2008 16:06:24 |
More by davide169
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
First off, this place is smoke free! The bar and dining are both spacious and airy with lots of wood. German styles of beer aren't my favorite but they have some damn tasty brews nonetheless. The maibock and hefe in particular were standouts. The menu is fantastic by brewpub standards. I've had the duck and shrimp magnolias and both were outstanding. The dinners are pricey but a good value and the beer prices are very reasonable. They have a liberal growler fill policy which I appreciate. Either 1 or 2 liter fills are o.k. regardless of the name on the side of the growler. I highly recommend a visit.
11-29-2007 23:15:44 |
More by DIM
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $
I will comment more on the food after I get a chance to try it, but I stopped by today and got a look around. I had the pleasure of chatting with Tom Rupp and even meeting his son who is the Chef. The building is spectacular. Old tin ceilings that you can't buy today. Gorgeous wooden bar, hardwood floors, you name it. The carpentry work is superb. Tom spared *no* expense on anywhere. Even the men's room has nice woodwork, and tile floor. No metal stall doors, it is all hand made. Is it elaborate? YES. but it feels very classy from start to finish. The brew house is between the bar section and the restaurant. When you first walk in the door you will notice how spacious everything feel. A long bar is to you left. If you continue on by you'll see glass doors showing off the brewery and then beyond that is the dining area. It is a large space. Currently set for 76 seats though it has capacity for 96. Very spacious, open feeling all the way through the building. Well done Tom.
[I have been back now a number of times and failed to add to my review. Here goes: The food is absolutely exceptional. The service is magnificent. I was there last night and had the opportunity to spend about two hours talking with Tom and his bar tender Nelson. Great time, great people, great food. I did talk with the son Dave. He is a good chef but try not to talk to him. (we'll leave it at that) everyone else is very cordial.]
03-30-2007 23:43:47 |
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