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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
569 Main Street
phone: (610) 882-1300
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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Reviews by rfgetz:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Exterior retains the look and feel of a 1950's small town America Main Street, only the mash tun visible in the front window distinguishes whats inside. Nice steel/copper/brick/wood industrial decor, plays up to the rich steel-town history of Bethlehem, great exposed visable brewing set up unlike many other brewpubs which isolate the equipment to one small area, sometimes behind glass or closed doors. Long tarnished metal topped bar on the right hand side room with ample booth seating, slightly elevated dinning area holds the conditioning and storage tanks and a basement holds another bar.
9 beers on tap this visit with a capacity for up to 14 it appears. Good selection for a brew pub, however 3-4 of the beers could be seen as entry-level craft, but thats more than made up for by the multiple IPA's, a smoked beer, winter seasonal and a big imperial stout on hand. A bottle menu of about 100 beers focuses on Belgians, mostly middle ground like the Chimay's but nothing crazy like Cantillon.
Service was good, bar was crowded with only one tender in mid-afternoon and he handled it well. Night crew was very friendly and chatty. We were on the way to a family event, so no dinner this visit, but will be back.
01-24-2011 15:02:14 |
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vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25 | $$
I’ve been a resident of the area for slightly over a year now, so I figured it was time to review this place.
Situated in the historic downtown area, the Brew Works is right on the corner inside the Bethlehem Commons. Parking is either in the metered lot behind it, or on the street. I’ve never really had an issue with finding a spot.
The entrance can get a bit crowded at the busier times with people walking in and out, and waiting to be seated. They recently started using texting to notify you when your table is ready if there’s a wait. Pretty convenient.
The seating is mostly booths in the downstairs area, with a fairly long bar on the one side. Upstairs is more seating with a mix of tables and booths. It’s usually a bit quieter up here if the bar is busy. They have their fermentation and conditioning tanks up here as well. During the appropriate seasons they also have outside seating on the sidewalk.
Service is pretty quick, even at busy times. They have a lot of staff moving about. I’ve never had any issues with anyone; in addition to being quick the service is almost always with a smile and good attitude.
Food is more upscale pub food, and very good. I think in the dozens of times I’ve been here there’s been maybe one time where I didn’t like what was ordered (it was a special so it wasn’t a regularly offered dish).
Their beer is very well done. Their standard lineup is solid, and they usually have a couple rotating beers as well as a couple one-offs. Thursday nights they have a cask beer on to benefit a charity. They usually don’t last the evening. Over the past year they’ve had a few sours on, with a Flanders Red being the most recent. Usually a style I’m pretty particular about, their take on it was very good. They also offer some of their beers in bottles for consumption on premise or take out. I believe they only fill their 64 oz growlers so something to keep in mind.
Overall it’s a no-brainer for me if I’m looking for a decent meal and good beer. If you’re in the area and looking for a place to stop I’d definitely recommend it for anyone.
12-06-2013 16:22:58 |
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2.25 | food: 3 | $$
Basic pub fair for a somewhat reasonable price. Service is something left to be desired, however the bartenders seem to have their shit together. Most of them know their product as far as beer, wine, and
Spirits are concerned. The brew works does produce a couple above average brews throughout the year and the ESB is a solid staple of theirs, however there really is nothing they make that puts them on the map. Yeah yeah, A couple GABF awards for a Scottish ale and Christmas ale...meh...I've had
Better brews from places that haven't made it to the GABF, but are just as big as the brew works.
One thing that disappoints me as a beer drinker is that I cannot get anything that their main brewery in Allentown produces at their place in Bethlehem...most of those brews are more solid than what Bethlehem puts out. It may be more beneficial for some to go right up the street to another place that has better beer on tap and far better cuisine...just my 2 cents.
10-21-2013 08:56:10 |
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
I have eaten (and drank) at this brew pub on Main Street in Bethlehem many times. The atmosphere of the brew pub is nice, and I like how they renovated the building. It is always good to be able to see the brew tanks. I have been there with just my wife, as well as the kids. The atmosphere is fine for the whole family.
The beer is good and there is always some unique types of beer of tap, as well as the usual standards. The food is typical pub fare. The service has been good for me, but I tend to go earlier in there in the afternoon so I can not comment on how it is during a busy evening.
09-01-2013 12:34:07 |
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