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270-278 West Main Street
phone: (610) 683-9600
AKA - Golden Avalanche Brewing Company
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped by here on a lazy Sunday afternoon. One of the last places within 25 miles I have not tired. Located right on Main Street in Kutztown. Not sure if there is on street parking or not. No one seemed to be parked on Main St so I went around to the back of the building. From the back you can enter Shorty's to the right or Kutztown Tavern/Golden Avalanche to the left.
Once inside there is dining seating across the back 2/3. The bar is along the left side and seats about 20 people. In the middle of everything splitting the bar and the take out area is the brewering operation. Don't bother even looking in the take out area its 99% Macros.
As for the beer brewed onsite. They had about 8 beers on when I was here. I had a sampler so I can try each one. Almost each one was described as it would relate to a macro which did not impress me at all. Most of them were decent, there were a few duds.
If you are in town, sure stop by, but I wouldn't got out of my way to go back.
07-09-2008 18:20:45 |
More by davide169
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
"Ed's goin' down".
We've all agreed. The hike out to Kutztown was my brainstorm, I'll take the heat for that one alone. Weyerbacher open house had wound down and it was time to go somewhere. Ed had sang his, "Oooooh, it's my favorite brewpub" song, and it had rhythm and he sang it with such soul, I mean, well, you'd have wanted to go there too...
A crazy ass haul through the "it's been raining all goddamn day" downpour brought us eventually to Kutztown. Parked around back and came up the stairs through the dining room and out to the bar. It's an "L" shaped bar with wood trim and a bumpy pressed copper top, seating nearly 2 dozen. It's a brick back bar with cut nooks and shelves with booze & glassware over mirrors. TV's in the corners, drop spot lighting directly over the bar, spot lighting overhead, and strung white Xmas lighting running the length of the room along the trim. Yellow and plum painted walls, blue ceilings and red tile floors. The current tap selections are listed on hanging signage that attach and detach as the selections change.
A half dozen bar tables run adjacent to the bar along a glass wall that looks upon a center brewing island housing a row of 6 fermenters. On the other side of the brewing island lie 5 tables and 5 booths somewhat hidden. To the very front of the building holds a few cushy couches on one side of the door and a few copper kettles in a pen on the other side, along with pallets of malt. Past the entrance area you'll find a door to a small side banquet room and opposite that, a corner door to a beer store of sorts where you can purchase some decent micros, and 'fridged growlers of Kutztown beers. The main dining room lies to the very rear of the building, roughly a dozen booths & tables wrapping around a staircase leading upstairs to a larger banquet room. Along the far wall is a slightly elevated perrch with 9 booths and 9 tables.
Had me the bourbon wings and some really good pretzella stix (motz stix done up with a pretzellish coating), served with mustard and good spicy marinara sauce. Food was good, beer was mostly bland.
7 house brews (Blond Lager, Young Allen's Lager, Donner Weiss, Olde Brick Alt, Onyx Cream Stout, Spring Bock, Avalanche Light) and 4 taps for crappy macros (Rolling Rock, Labatt's Blue, Killian's, Coor's Light). The 7 beer sampler came in tall narrow sample steins. Most of the beers had little body and less flavor. The Young Allen's Lager had a little hop bite, the Onyx Cream Stout was slightly roasty, although sweet, rich & smooth, the Avalanche Light was light & crisp, and the Olde Brick Alt was nicely malty. We unanimously agreed on the Alt & the Light being the best of the lot of 'em. And then Davida declared "Ed's going down" and we unanimously agreed on that one too. I called him immediately after we left to tell him so. He was a-scared, you could tell.
04-18-2005 03:52:54 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Lunch after traipsing around Cabela's. Nothing like stuffed deer and bears to placate the pups.
Atmosphere: We entered from the alley behind the tavern. Up a few steps into the dining area and we were seated. The brewing equipment is in the center of the restaurant as well as the front window. The wooden bar is long, featuring two different tap towers. Brick walls back up the bar. The dining area is large and industrial, plenty of corrugated steel. There is an upstairs however the restaurant was not full enough to require it.
Quality: Overall the brewpub is good. The bathroom was a little tight with a space heat near the sink, making hand-washing a little peligroso. Service was not a highlight.
Service: Service was lacking. Our waiter passed us by routinely, even with empty glasses on the table. He was also now where to be seen when we were finished.
Selection: 5 beers in the regular line-up and three seasonals (blueberry ale, bourbon stout and festivus). I went with the Festivus and Bourbon Stout and shared ksak's altbier. The altbier was the best by far. The other two were laiden with ginger and vanilla respectively.
Food: The menu was varied, offering sandwiches, entrees, vegetarian and kids selections. I went with a burger; it was decent. The pretzels were a good starter as well.
02-01-2011 13:53:37 |
More by akorsak
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
I go to school in Kutztown and the Tavern is one of only a few places in town to drink (if you're 21 that is) and one of only a handful of restaurants.
It's pretty big inside with two floors of seating if they get really busy and need it. The bar is pretty big with tables along the wall behind it. There are at least two tv's with sports on almost all the time from what i remember. They have a take-out store connected to the restaurant right on the other side of the brewery part of the building but it only carries big beer brand names and cheap beer for the college kids.
The food is ok, everytime i go though i wish they served a bigger variety of food. They do a couple of things really well though. They usually have 8-10 of their own brews on tap (I think at the bar, 8 of the 12 taps are their own brews) some of which are decent, but decent at best, and the rest aren't very good.
Overall not a terrible place to go. I go to school there and the town isn't very hoppin, so it's the best we can do. Still prefer being home a lot closer to much better beer bars and distributors.
07-15-2008 18:52:52 |
More by Ezekiel81923
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited with my wife on 12/8/07.
Bright, mile-long room with upstairs seating as well. Bar has an almost diner feel, but with a copper-topped bar and probably 20 or so seats. Plenty of bar tables for additional seating. Very modern brewpub atmosphere that's clean and comfortable. Not smokey at all for a college town bar. Nice view of the brewing tanks from just about anywhere in the place. There was acoustic entertainment during our visit that was at a reasonable volume. Beer menus were right at the bar within our reach.
The beer selection featured a nice line-up of Golden Avalanche (house) brews, including the following: blonde lager, Bavarian lager, Donner Weiss, altbier, Onyx Cream Stout, blueberry lager and bourbon stout, the latter two being seasonal offerings. They round out the tap selection with Labatt Blue, Coors Light and Rolling Rock. We ordered a sampler of all seven brews (only $5.95), and the presentation was nice (mini tall mugs). Every offering was well done, with my favorites being the altbier, bourbon stout and blonde. The blueberry lager was also quite good. I ordered an altbier and my wife got the bourbon stout, which we had with our meal. I would have liked to have seen an IPA or other hoppy beer, but overall I thought the selection was pretty solid.
The menu featured reasonably priced entrees, sandwiches and salads, as well as pretzel pizzas (made with pretzel dough). We split the pot stickers (steamed dumplings) appetizer and then split a buffalo chicken pretzel pizza. Both were very good and served hot. Service was good enough, but nothing to write home about. The bar was fairly busy, but definitely not crazy.
Overall, this is a great addition to this college town. My wife went to college at KU, and this place wasn't really around back in the mid to late 90's. All of their beers are solid, the food is good, and the atmosphere is great. We'll definitely be back next time we're in the area.
12-09-2007 20:54:28 |
More by ffejherb
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A very nice brewpub set-up here. Plenty of parking in the back, and walk up the steps to the brewpub. A nice bar area, table, and booths. Comfortable. Can see the entire brewpub setup on the one end and I imagine would be fun to watch while they are brewing. A small take-out shop toward the main street part of the tavern has a few good micros to go. In the bottom of the building is a bar where college students can get good deals on pitchers of beer on certain nights.
The food was good as was the service. My only disappointment was the beer. A reasonably priced sampler of 7 brews came in nice miniature "mugs". Technically, there were minor flaws in all of the beers, though the "Old Brick Alt" and the "Onyx Cream Stout" were not too bad. A slight "sulfury" taste in some of the light lagers, though I know some people do like that flavor. I keep coming back here (this is my 3 or 4th visit in as many years) to try the beers hoping the quality will get a little better but it hasn't happened yet.
Worth a stop for the nice pub, but don't get hopes up too much on the beers.
09-17-2006 18:05:55 |
More by Beerquester
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Stopped in here for dinner while traveling through PA. This place is located almost on top of a local college, but the kids were on spring break during my visit. This would explain why the place was pretty empty on a Monday at 6pm.
The food is pretty typical brewpub offerings...wings, sandwiches, pizzas. The beer selection was so/so...I think they had 7 of their offerings on tap.
The place itself is pretty neat. It is attached to a bottleshop. If you want to sit at a table, you have to walk past the brewing equipment and bar area.
I sat at the bar. Lots of natural wood, flat screen TVs, pretty sports bar-ish. The bartender was freindly enough...made some small talk while my pizza was cooking.
Nice place...worth stopping by if you are in the area.
03-12-2010 22:02:35 |
More by mgbickel
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Taking a walk down memory lane was what I considered going here last week with my buddy Sully (sulldaddy-BA). Having graduated from Kutztown U some 5 years ago, I was a bit biased since it was my first time to drink at a brewpub and have pretty decent food at the same time.
Walking in from Main St., the fermenters jump out at you as they line the bar. They create a nice atomosphere along with exposed air flow ducts and water pipes, etc. The bar is rather long with a short "L". Behind the bar stools are pub tables that line the glass between the walkway behind the bar and the fermenters that are visible. In the rear are dinner tables, and even a staircase leads to a 2nd story of dinner tables. They have up to 10 taps, where anywhere from 7-9 were being used at the time for their average brews with little body. HOwever, even though I didn't eat this night, in the past the food is exceptional. Most of the food would be considered typical pub grub, but having eaten meals there over the years, they make a Bad-assed pretzel pizza! Overall, we only had a beer, but since I am biased I just excited to be back in happy ol' Kutztown where Dave Letterman even said in '95 that it was one of the top-10 things to do on Halloween.
02-12-2005 20:12:38 |
More by Fish113d
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: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Stopped by on the way home from Gettysburg. Not that far off Rt 78. Right in downtown Kutztown. It was a Sunday, the town was dead! Walked in and there were a few people in the place. About a block from the university.
Bartender was very pleasant. I ordered a sampler. Included a lager, wheat, alt, cream stout (nice surprise, not your typical brewpub option) and a few others. Their seasonals included a bouron stout, blueberry ale and brown ale.
The bourdon stout packed a punch. You taste the bourbon. Too much of this and it will hit you hard. The blueberry was pretty nice. Smooth and subtle, not too sweet. I ordered the sampler for $7.95 and was pleased.
Coors Lite, Rolling Rock and Molson were also on tap. Not sure why...for the college crowd????
Typical brewpub menu, nothing too out of the ordinary. Had a panini club which was good.
All in all, a good find. Fresh beers. Not far off the highway.
They sell hats, t-shirts and pint glasses as well.
07-19-2009 22:25:54 |
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