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270-278 West Main Street
phone: (610) 683-9600
AKA - Golden Avalanche Brewing Company
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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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: 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 |
More by goindownsouth
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 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I check this place out for the first time. I got a sampler, which for $6 is worth it. Really enjoyed the Bourbon Stout, which is a seasonal. Nice chocolate aroma, smooth taste and nice cream soda aftertaste. And of course you taste hints of bourbon. Also liked the Blonde Lager and the Olde Brick Alt. As a Hophead, disappointed they didn't have an IPA.
Food was excellent. The chicken wing egg rolls were excellent and the crab cake sandwich I had was tasty.
I didn't purchase a growler, but they were reasonably priced.
Definitely a place I'd check out again.
01-22-2008 02:48:59 |
More by grees20
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
My husband and I were visiting the area. I had checked BeerFly and saw the positive reviews of this place. So I figured it was worth a stop. I have to admit, my expectations weren't overly high. Just figured it would be a nice place to get some lunch and try some different beers along our trip.
We stopped by on Sunday around 1:30 pm. We were seated promptly. The service was friendly and attentive. Our waitress always seemed ready to help and was there when we needed her.
The atmosphere was nice. Not overly pretentious, but clean & well kept. Very much the brew pub feel. The tanks are pretty central which I admit I enjoy.
The best deal was the sampler. They had 5 oz samples of each of the 8 beers they had on tap for $5.25. I was amazed by the price.
The beer itself was very good. They were good examples of their styles but not so married to the styles as to be dull. They make some nice balanced beers. I am not a huge fan of heavily hopped APAs. But theirs was balanced and complex enough that I finished the sample. It surprised me as it wasn't at all shy on the hops yet very tasty. Kept going back to it. My fav was a bourbon barrel stout. Delicious! The Onyx stout was super smooth and quite delicious. Even the beers my husband and I didn't finish were good, just not our favorite styles. And we wanted to save room for a pint of our favs.
The food was delicious. Their pretzels were a perfect starter for the beer. We got them with the cheese which was good to work with the beers. I had the pretzel Reuben which was so very good. My husband loved his pretzel pizza. Both were made with the pretzel dough, but it was nice the way it was treated to compliment the dishes very well. I wish we had room for dessert as they also looked delicious. But I wasn't even able to finish my lunch.
I wish Kutztown was closer to home. We would definitely become regular customers if it were.
04-30-2007 16:07:13 |
More by pjschurr
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here twice on Thursday, 02JUN11, while heading to the Reading WWII Weekend. First, for lunch, before getting to Reading and then later, for supper, after checking-in at the show.
Easily found on the first floor of a plain, three-story building on W. Main St. in Kutztown, with large, colorful signs advertising Kutztown Tavern and Golden Avalanche Brewing. The front is all glass, allowing in plenty of light. Through a small foyer and into the brewpub, which runs long from front to back. There's lots of old brickwork, polished wood floors, and exposed ductwork on the ceilings. To the front right are some comfy-looking couches, with foot-stools and reading material; a nice place to crash! To the left are some copper kettles and loads of bags of malt. Further along on the left are about 5 large fermenters. On the right, opposite the fermenters, runs the bar. Large HD TVs hang behind the bar, along with plenty of glassware and various liquors. Further to the rear are a large number of tables and booths. This place seems to have a large capacity, and the brick and wood give it a warm feel.
On both visits I parked at the bar, and the woman and gent who tended to me were spot on, friendly and helpful. I counted 9 of their offerings on tap, from Alt to Hefeweizen, Maibock to Bourbon-aged Stout. The Alt, Hefe- and Maibock I had were all well-made and satisfying. My meals were Bufflao Chicken Sandwich and the BBQ Short Rib Sandwich. Both were fantastic. My only beef is that they come with chips, and substituting fries adds a whopping $2.79 to your meal. A bit excessive, in this case. Regardless, my meals, and biers, really hit the spot. I wouldn't think twice about another visit here. Easy to find, comfy, and satisfying. Zum Wohl!!
4.18 rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
06-12-2011 16:23:42 |
More by Bierman9
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 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Visited the Kutztown Tavern Golden Avalanche this past Labor Day while in town for a BBQ, with my trusty Lew Bryson PA Breweries book tucked under my arm. The Brewpub is located on Main Street a few blocks down from the State University. The first aspect I noticed is that Kutztown Tavern is neat, clean, well organized and well maintained. There are a few big brew tuns with state of the art machinery to boot. I bellied up to the polished copper dent surface and order up a good ole sampler flight served in appetizing miniature beer mugs with painted labels to boot. Stylish! Even the bathrooms were spanking clean. Does KT pass the "Could you bring Mom here" test? With flying colors.
The entire bill for a sampler flight of seven beers, two pints, a water and a potoato and gravy appetizer? $13 smackers. Pretty cheap! Our waitress admitted that she has been employed there for five years, and the owner is in all the time. Even the salt & pepper shakers behind the counter were organized, for crying out loud...AHHH!!!
Their seven beers availible were: Light Lager, Blonde Lager, Young Allen's Lager, Kutztown Donner Weiss, Olde Brick Alt, Cream Stoudt, and Tavern Ale. The stand outs were the Alt and Pale. All were spankin' clear unfiltered (except the Weiss) but left me wanting a bit more punch, kinda like Wawa coffee is good, but sometimes stronger is better.
Last swigs: The cleanest brewpub I've ever seen. This is no Ramapo Valley. Cheapest brewpub ever, too. Glad I stopped in. I see no reason why any "beer snob" wouldn't enjoy a visiti here. Maybe the only downside is that KT does not offer anything that you can't find elsewhere so I wouldn't go out of my way to get here.
09-09-2004 03:31:55 |
More by blitheringidiot
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: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I had a nice experience at the Tavern. I go to school at Kutztown, but I don't like the party scene. I'd rather go to a place like the Tavern and not be bothered by drunken peers.
I like that they have their own brewery. The beer is good. I like when they bring in the seasonals because the regulars get a little boring after a while.
I think they have a pretty good menu. They have great appetizers, which went perfect with a few beers while watching the baseball playoffs. The other half of the menu was filled with your basic sandwiches and some decent looking entrees.
The service here is good. The bar is pretty big and they only had one bartender working. She did a good job talking to everyone and making sure everyone was topped off and doing well.
I will be making plenty of trips back to Kutztown after I graduate and I plan on stopping in. I really enjoyed the Tavern and for Kutztown to have their own brewery is pretty amazing.
10-04-2008 21:31:23 |
More by thain709
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