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Allentown Brew Works
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Beer Ratings: 1,443
Beer Avg: 3.67
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
812-816 W. Hamilton Street
phone: (610) 433-7777
In 2010 the beers from both brewpubs will be called Fegley Brew Works brands, though the names of the brew pubs will remain the same.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-11-2007)
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vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 2 | $$
Stopped by here Sunday evening on the way back from Philladelphia. I can only review the street level bar/restaurant as we didn't make it downstairs to Silk or upstairs to High Gravity.
Atmosphere - Dark. Too Dark. My party and I were dressed in hats and sweatshirts so they stuck us at a table away from every one else. The place had a modern look to it from what I can tell. However it was too dark. The surface of the bar lit up and that was neat because I believe that was the only light in the whole place.
Quality - Terrbile. The beer was beyond not drinkable. I had a sampler. This consisted of:
William Ale Ale
Rudolph's Revenge (or some thing like that)
Instead of describing each one, feel free to take any five of the following words to describe any of the above beers:
Awful, repugnant, stale, sewer water, moldy, feet smell, cinnamon, terrible, bland, undrinkable.
The worst being the Rudolph beer. I have never tasted so much cinnamon in a beer before. The overwhelming taste made the beer completely undrinkable.
Service - Our waitress was more interested in the people at the bar than she was with our table.
Selection - I really didn't know how to rate this. Since the six beers I had were awful, I would state the selection was awful. However, I didn't try all of the beers.
Food - mediocore. The appetize Pizza was bland. The Asian Wrap was over sauced. Eating the wrap, all of the sauce ran down my hand onto the plate.
Value - THe prices were OK, $50 for four of us. But that would not make me want to come back.
In closing, let me say this place is identical in subpar beer and mediocore beer to the Bethlehem location. If that is your thing, go to which ever one is closer.
12-10-2007 18:14:45 |
More by mymrnngjckt
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$$
I was down in the Lehigh Valley last weekend to officiate a wedding ceremony for one of my best friends. He got a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn center city. The Brew works is less than a block a way so it was the perfect meeting spot.
It is situated in center city Allentown, which is also happens to be a pretty sketchy area of the All American City. The brewery is housed in the historic Harold's furniture building. There are huge windows in the front of the building which displays the assorted fermentation tanks.
The main bar area is very open. The dark lighting gives this place a bit of a cavernous feel. There seems to be several seating area's on different levels for dining. We arrived around 9:30 pm on Friday night and the place was very quiet. We took up some real estate in the bar area and joined about ten to twelve other patrons seated or standing around the bar. There were two bartenders present and several servers milling about.
We encountered around ten beers on tap with an extensive bottle menu of beers from both near and far. Despite the fact that there were so few people present in the bar, it was next to impossible to get either bartenders attention. After what seemed like ten minutes and some hand waving we finally got a chance to ask some questions and place an order. The first bartender had very little knowledge of the beers on tap. Perhaps he was the resident mixologist. At any rate he could not offer any information on the beers other than pointing out the placard at the bar which did little a little more than identify the beer, abv, and the style.
We opted for a sampler which we designed on our own. It consisted of the pawn shop porter, the copper kettle pale ale, pig pen pilsner, hop explosion, and the Hefeweizen.
The porter was decent, as well as the Hop Explosion. All the others were meh, just average beers.
From there I moved onto the bottle beer menu and we decided to try a bluepoint product, LeTrapp Tripel and a baltic porter. I can't recall it's origin, but it was European. We experienced an equally challenging time trying to get the bartender attention so that we could quench our thirst. One bartender was engage in conversation with a patron (which is fine), the other was busy texting on his phone. WTF?
I must so though that the bartender was quick to return with our bottles once we were able to flag the bloke down.
The Bluepoint and porter were fine.
The LaTrappe, was clearly past it's prime. It had a distinct ring around the neck and some major floaties in the beer. I'm not talking about yeast floaties, I'm talking about something that looked like coagulated proteins. Globs of stuff, not haze. Once again it took a few minutes to get the bartender attention. See a pattern here about the service? WTF?
I explained to the barkeep that these floaters are bad, the ring arounf the neck of the beer is not a good sign either. He scoffed it off and said... The brewer said it's supposed to be there. It's unfiltered. I tried to explain the difference between unfiltered and old beer. He again said, The brewer said it's supposed to be like that, and then he walked off.
We ended up getting charged for that shitty old beer. This beer was undrinkable.
After that I got a pint of the hop explosion. I enjoyed, and would have it again. The shitty service I could do without. This place would get another chance as we had plans to meet up with some friends on Saturday night after the wedding and fireworks.
We came back Saturday night after the fireworks to find a sign that said Closing at 10:00 pm for the holiday". So much for a second chance.
Despite the otherwise nice atmosphere in this place, the vibe from the employees really sucked. Service was beyond awful, while the beer selection was good. We did find it a bit pricey (8.00 for that bad LaTrappe). I would like to go back and give the table service a try here. As for the bar, steer clear the service was terrible.
07-11-2009 15:00:40 |
More by deanhead
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
I've been here a few times now, and will review on the average of those visits.
First off, I'll give it props for atmosphere. Very elegant feel, with fair prices. That's about as good as it gets I'm afraid.
The beer is average, with only the occasional reach into the above par. The beers I've had: Pigtail Ale, Pigpen Pils, Maibock, Rudolph's Revenge, and the only one I actually ordered more than once, Hop Explosion. The beers seem dumbed down, or rushed. The Hop Explosion is fairly tasty, and I give them props on that beer. I'm not sure what the issue is, whether it's equipment or upper management. From what I'm told, the head brewer is quite good at doing his "thang", so I can only blame his equipment or superiors.
Food is just your average pub grub. I do like their chicken fingers, but other than that, every meal was just average and just served to fill my stomach.
Overall, the Allentown Brew Works is merely a clone of the Bethlehem Brew Works, Average. It'll feed you, it'll get some alcohol in you, and keep you dry in the rain. But don't expect to get "wow-ed" Head to an Iron Hill Brewpub for that.
06-25-2008 22:19:05 |
More by leftmindedrighty
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Found myself in the area and finally had the chance to stop in on a Saturday afternoon. Its location right in center city Allentown is a little annoying, but the building it is in is pretty neat looking. Parking is a nuisance, there is metered parking in front and on adjacent streets, with a parking lot on the opposite side of the street with an entrance from 8th St that may or may not be charging. The building is broken into several areas with the main dining room, bar, and brewing equipment on the first floor.
The beers here weren't that great. Tried the Oktoberfest, 8th St Wheat, Pumpkin Ale, and Old Allentown Ale, and none really tasted like others of the same style; the Oktoberfest very nutty and roasty, the 8th St more like a California Common than a wheat, the Pumpkin Ale had a sour finish, and the Old Allentown just a moderately average nut brown. In total, 14 different beers, 6 staples and 8 seasonals.
Our server was just very cold and brunt, making it seem like we were interrupting her day by having to actually serve us food and beer. The place wasn't very busy at all at the time.
The food was the best part, with many things similar to their sister brewpub in Bethlehem, though some alterations were made in terms of food that used their beers. A nice selection of burgers, salads, sandwiches, appetizers, soups, and entrees, but the place is a little out of its league to be serving the stuff on such posh contemporary plates.
The place was all right, but if in the area again and needing a Brew Works fix, I'd rather visit the Bethlehem one, if I had to go to any of them at all.
11-03-2008 23:08:56 |
More by HopDerek
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | food: 2.75 | $$$
A little on the Stuffy and Snobby side. I get the opinion when I am here that theirs is the only opinion that matters. Their beer is good but not great. The food is often overpriced for what you get. I am very happy to pay for a quality meal but that is not what you always get here. Located in the up and coming center of Allentown, virtually no parking.
06-02-2013 22:17:03 |
More by allentownpaguy
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Not easy to find for this out-of-towner.
Nice space, with the serving tanks greeting you upon entering. Stopped in around 2pm on a Sat. and it was mostly empty. Some folks were outside in the garden. After being seated by the hostess, we waited 10 minutes before our server said Hi. After placing our order, the turn-around was great. The beer was good with 6 fulltimers and 3 seasonals; I had both the Hop Explosion and the Porter. I also picked-up a growler of the Pale Ale for later. The food was good, but you did not get alot for the price. I had the pulled pork sandwich that came on a hotdog bun-sized steak roll(about 5 inches long). The way they cut the roll, you don't get much meat and I finished the meal in about 5 minutes. Put it on a kaiser roll and take care of the customer (8.50?!? - come on). That is the reason for the pricey rating. The beer was good and the bartender I talked to was real cool, but I don't see myself eating here again - more of a beer stop if in the area
06-22-2008 14:08:06 |
More by mobud
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Stopped by here for the first time within the past week or two with some friends. I hate Allentown, and going anywhere near center city so I was skeptical of coming here. Very nice, clean establishment, the staff is great! The lighting inside was a bit dim, seemed strange. The overall vibe was a little too yuppie for me as well. I wasn't super impressed with the beers that were brought out with the brew works sampler, prices on some beers were good, others were a little high. We ordered burgers and I ordered a pierogie casserole. (I don't exactly know why) It was basically a heart attack on a plate. The waiter did tell me this before I ordered it, I still felt like trying it. Had good taste, overall not bad food but considering the location I may not make it out here too often.
09-18-2009 14:26:31 |
More by JoshW
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This is an odd little place - the beers are perfectly OK, but the experience was just a shade off. Hard to say why - kind of like everything was about half a second out of phase with reality.
Start with the location. The downtown area is, to put it charitably, a little sketchy. And parking is a nuisance. Not to say there isn't plenty, because there is - acres of parking. But it is strictly metered for blocks and blocks in every direction. Bring quarters.
The restaurant is severely modern - wood and steel, with a high ceiling and a gigantic bar area. It's not bad looking, but the effect is rather austere and cold, and the net effect is to amplify the noise from the bar to an uncomfortable degree.
The menu is huge - page after page of food options. Too big, in fact. The dishes get lost in a sea of options.
And the execution is a little odd. Caramelized onions on a gyro? Seriously? It's not that the food is bad, it is just strangely conceived and not a wow - lacking in salt, featuring odd accents.
The beer, however, is good. They have a generous sampling tray that comes in a nifty little holder designed like an industrial gear, the symbol of the restaurant. The Hop Explosion IPA and the Copper Kettle Pale Ale stand out.
Service was competent, but I found a little remote. The staff was friendly without actually being warm or welcoming, though I must say they were reasonably crisp in their timing.
Not a bad place, but not one I will be dreaming of returning to.
05-24-2010 10:56:57 |
More by Seanibus
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Bethlehem's Brew Works 'sister' location located on a main strip in downtown Allentown. Parking can definitely be a pain in the butt depending on what time of day and week you plan on making it out here. I've been here a couple times because I happen to be in downtown Allentown (if I had a choice, I would probably go to the Bethlehem Location only because that location seems to be more accessible). The few times I've been here, the rotating taps and associated styles seem to change regularly. The food is fine.
11-25-2008 14:31:57 |
More by hopdog
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Travelling home from Weyerbacher's open house, the akorsak clan decided to visit ABW.
Atmosphere: The first floor is reasonably spacious, with plenty of tables both up front and around the long bar. Modest color designs are neither inviting or cold. There is apparently at least one other level, as we sat adjacent to the stairs to the Silk Lounge.
Quality: The hostess seemed disinterested but the waitress made up for it. Food and drinks were all better than acceptable.
Service: Our waitress was prompt and friendly. The boys' lunch came out quicker than we expected (thumbs up for keeping a 3- and 1-year old happy). Beers were kept full.
Selection: I counted 10 or so house brews on tap, including Hop Explosion (a decent, even good, IPA) and Rude Elf (a nice Belgian warmer). As we exited, I scanned the bar and saw what appeared to be a modest line-up of import beers (good stuff, not Corona or Stella).
Food: Mozz sticks were good, not great. The boys were content with grilled cheese and fries. My bacon 'n' blue burger was good (could have used a more robust bleu though) and my wife enjoyed her veggie wrap.
All-in-all, I really enjoyed ABW. After a less-than-thrilling visit to BBW one year ago today, I am glad that we gave the Fegleys another chance.
03-30-2008 03:41:27 |
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