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[ Brewery, Eatery ]
270-278 West Main Street
phone: (610) 683-9600
AKA - Golden Avalanche Brewing Company
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 26 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4
This place is much larger on the inside than it looks. Very open area and the brewing equiptment is literally right in the middle of everything. I should not that I haven't been upstairs in this place yet so I can't comment on that. Service is good and they tell me any seasonals without me even have to ask about them. Good food hear. I'd have to reccomend one of the pretzel pizzas, pizzas made using pretzel dough. As far as the beer, it's well made, but it seems to be just a selection of common session brews. Understandable for catering to a college crowd, but I would have liked to see something more interesting. Even their seasonal this time around was their new "low-carb" beer. I'd have to say that the highlight here is the Black Onyx Stout. I'd also like to give them credit for not serving it on nitro. This has the potential to be one of my favorite places, I just wish they would experiment with some more exciting styles rather than having basically 3 varieties of blonde lager.
04-04-2004 15:11:29 |
More by dmarch
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Visited this place last night on the way back from a trip home. I had read about the place here on BA and thought I'd give it a shot as I have driven past the Kutztown exit on 222 dozens of times, yet never bothered to explore. The place is wonderful. There are cozy couches to your right as you enter, and brass railed fermenters and assorted garb to the left. Ahead is a long bar, probably 2 dozen well spaced seats that place themselves at a nice clean bar with a shiny textured copper top. Every few feet are complementary carafes filled with a nice mixture of pretzels (you can sense you're in PA Dutch country when pretzels abound). They have a nice layout behind the bar with micros and liquors displayed very artisically amongst their glassware. On tap are 5 or so Golden Avalanche Beers, with 5 large steel tanks brewing the beer behind glass opposite the bar. Just past the bar are a number of cleanly arranged seats, with a staircase I can only assume leads to some sort of banquet room. The food here is very tasty looking, and I had the crabcake on a pretzel melt--very good. The dutch fries are a stange mixture between potato chips and hashbrowns, yet they are delicious and serve as a perfect complement to any of the beers. Good prices on beer also, 2.75/pint, though don't hold me to that--I may have caught the tail of happy hour. Overall, an inviting and attractive brewpub and somewhere that I could see frequenting more in future.
Update-- Don't ever go on a weekend. Every yocal and college dork with nothing to do crams up the joint. I tried to stop for dinner on a Friday and there was an hour and a half wait. HA!
07-28-2003 12:39:18 |
More by 99bottles
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
I had the good fortune of working at Kutztown University for a few months, and the Kutztown Tavern, right down the street from the college, quickly became a staple among my beer stops and dining establishments. The place has a great atmosphere. As you walk in the front door, you're greeted by the fermenters in a neatly fenced off area to the left of the very attractive bar. The Tavern's got lots of space for dining, complete with old photos of the town and the University along the walls, a large banquet room upstairs, and an overall atmosphere very conducive to drinking lots of great beer. The quality of the place is impeccable...the food selection is quite diverse, with lots of local favorites, especially the PA Dutch fare. My personal favorites are the pretzel pizzas...any variety will do.Service has always been better than adequate, even on the busiest of nights. Oh, and the beer...the regular line of 5-6 Golden Avalanche beers are superb. My selections are usually the Olde Brick Alt, the Black Onyx Stout or the Tavern Ale, but all are worth a try. The seasonals are very good, too. The Winter Bock and Octoberfest stand out for me. I've never had a disappointing expereince at the Kutztown Tavern, and anyone who happens to meander into PA Dutch country must stop by for a pint and a serving of Dutch Fries. This is a great establishment, and the Golden Avalanche products are a welcome variety of microbrewed beer in the heart of Yuengling territory.
12-11-2002 18:11:34 |
More by SchmichaelJ
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
Prior to the addition of The Golden Avalanche Brewing Company (neatly tucked into the center of the space), the Kutztown Tavern wasn't much of anything. The brewery itself is quite interesting, and holds all of the bells and whistles that most brewpubs cannot afford. But that's mainly because the head brewer, Brian Hollinger, happens to be a US rep for Beraplan brewing systems. But forget about that, he's a really good brewer as well. The Alt and Pilsner are premier. The Wheat is excellent too. And the seasonals are usually even better! All of the beers are well worth trying, and I always take a couple of growlers with me when I go. The service is good and the food is excellent. The space is very open, but can be comfortable, and it's great for families. I always stop here on my way out to camping in central PA, and I've never had a bad time.
07-28-2002 18:32:20 |
More by NeroFiddled
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5
My friend goindownsouth took me to this old haunt of his and I was very pleased. Hard for this particular person here to rate atmosphere without sitting at the bar, but from MANY experieinces in various bars and pubs this one is very good. While I don't remember the various names of the beers I had the hefe and the pale and were very impressed. The selection of was such that it took me forever to decide what I wanted. But agree with my friend the pizza which is baked oh pretzel dough is to die for as were the other selections people had that I sampled LOL. To sum it up go to this establishment you will not be dissappointed............CHEERS
06-30-2002 14:02:54 |
More by tigerpaws
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5
Here is one very exceptional brewpub which is the only place that Golden Avalanche brews can be sampled. The brewery is smallish, but the brew master is knowledgeable and innovative. Their beers range anywhere from a light Ale to the reverred Black Onyx Stout, one of my favorites. Their sample of beers is well worth the few dollars. The menu is fantastic and uses the brews quite well. While I try to stay away from them, the wings are awesome. But the claim to fame of this establishment, in my opinion, is their pretzel dough. They offer soft pretzels as appetizers, and pretzel dough pizzas as meals. The pizzas are worth the trip alone. Kutztown Tavern also has banquet facilities for decent size gatherings, and Shorty's Bar resides in the basement, a Kutztown staple. Reviews of their beers are forthcoming, but this place is worth the trip to rural Pennsylvania. Bottoms Up!
06-23-2002 12:54:27 |
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Kutztown Tavern in Kutztown, PA
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