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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
102 N. Market St.
phone: (717) 653-2056
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Reviews by Slatetank:
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I made my third visit to Bube's recently and thought I would give them a review. I must say it was a bit hard to navigate through all the construction, the main road was closed off completely. I found a place to park, though and made me way in to the Bottling works.
The first time I ever had the pleasure of experiencing Bube's I took my ex-girlfriend there for a Valentine's day dinner at Alois. The whole experience there was incredible. I very 5 star feel of fine dining. I enjoyed Roasted duck and Chimay. That was about 11 years ago and one of the first experiences w/ Chimay for me.
I returned to enjoyed some roots rock in the Bottling works a few months back and enjoyed my first Bube's brew. They weren't brewing back when I enjoyed the Valentine's dinner. The porter was very good and I didn't really get a chance to take the whole place in, so I returned to get a second look.
When you walk through the arched wooden doors it is like steppin' back in time. You feel like you are experiencing a little bit of PA history with the Victorian style architechture. They have antiques and breweriana displayed along w/ some interesting pumping devices. The bottling works is very cool with hundreds of bottles stacked on top of each other going up the wall that look like they are a couple hundred years old. The bar has a snakeskin accent and there are gas lights hanging along with mugs on chains coming from the ceiling. It feels like you wandered into someone's personal lagering cave.
I stepped up and took a seat at the bar and was informed I was the 1st customer of the day at 3pm. They said most people assume they are closed during construction. I enjoyed a Portabella pita sandwich and a Kolsch while checking out the upcoming brews on the brewery board. IPA, Roggenbier and Octoberfest Steam were just a few of the on deck beers. I got a chance to talk to one of the brewers who was a real great bloke, just down to earth talking about music from the 70's and 80's w/ me. I got a chance to sample all three house beers and the quality was very good. The selection is small, but for a 3.5 barrel brewery that is par for the course I suppose. They had Fat Dog, Dead Guy and Magner's cider along w/ Yuengling on tap w/ about a dozen local craft brew bottles available.
I really like the atmosphere and quality service that you get at Bube's. I was offered info on the beer they brew w/out even asking and it shows they care about the product they produce. The food is always fresh. I had a beer cheese w/ pretzels appetizer that was huge and great tasting. It had nice beer flavor in the cheese, like it was made with a hoppy ale. I recommend checking out the biergarten and Alois, I can't wait to attend one of their Medeival feasts that they host regularly. The only thing negative I would say is the Bottling works gets smokey since it is a tight bar w/ out much ventilation. I highly recommend Bube's and I can't to go back and get a taste of the IPA and Tripel when they brew it again.
09-20-2007 13:46:23 |
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12-14-2013 22:12:14 |
More by cujim
vibe: 5 | quality: 1 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 1 | $$$
We were seating right away. We ordered the beer sampler which was good. We then ordered our appetizer which seemed forever to get, probably 30 min or more, we had the crab dip, which was nice. I then ordered the Cajun Combo, I asked for a loaded baked potato as a side, and she said ok. When I got the meal, the meal SUCKED !! Chicken was overdone as anything, the steak was pork (said they had to substitute) which was too loaded with Cajun seasoning which i couldn't eat, and the shrimp had NO TASTE at all. Worst of all, I asked why my baked potato didn't have any cheese or bacon on it, and server said that the chef would not allow it !!!! WTF !!!! REALLY ! My friends had potato skins for an app and they got bacon and cheese. I called for the OWNER and she didn't give a rats behind that I was unhappy. Honestly, this place sucks and will NEVER go back, please don't waste your time, the atmosphere is GREAT, but food sucks and servers are untrained. We had a party of 6 and most of us were unhappy and will NOT RETURN. What a waste of money !!!! I'm so bummed with this place, and I was really looking forward too it.
11-03-2013 14:48:01 |
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More by Varkias41
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
So I've driven by the general area of Bube's multiple times when I head to the Lancaster area after leaving work in Harrisburg. It wasn't until Monday, 5/23/11 that I finally decided that was the day I was going to check this place out. Their website leads you to believe that Bube's is broken down into several areas of interest: homebrew shop, biergarten, bottlingworks and catacombs. On my visit, it was decent outside and the biergarten was open so that is where we headed. We had to walk through the bottlingworks en route to the outside and seriously I needed a flashlight to see where I was going. This is hands down, the darkest place I've ever been in. I understand the idea of ambiance but seriously, turn some lights on that is rediculous. I can only imagine what the catacombs look like... I couldn't help but think this was their low-budget means of saving money by not turning lights on. Being fairly early on a Monday evening, we were the only patrons in the garden. It was peaceful and had a good vibe to it despite the frustrating dark interior.
The quality of this establishment is interesting. We enjoyed some typical bar food while enjoying a few pints so I can't complain. All the beers for the most part were average or slightly above. The food? Well it's kind of hard to screw up deep frying hot poppers, cheese balls and pickels. The menu had the expected bar food, nothing really stuck out as a must-try.
The service was quick and attentive. Lacking a bit in general knowledge of what their beer offerings were but I guess not every waitress cares about what is on tap except for what they like? I was agitated that I had to go into the bar area myself just to see what was on tap because our waitress didn't know other than "we got a blueberry and a wheat" and didn't offer to get the info for us.
The food selection was a bit lacking but covered all of the usual suspects you would expect. The beer selection is what pissed me off. Their website clearly listed 6 of their house made offerings, 2 of them in particular sounded interesting and were my deciding factor in stopping. Upon my arrival, none of the listed brew's were on tap. However, they did have 4 selections to choose from along with guest taps along the likes of Victory, Flying Fish, Guinness, Lost Coast, Spring House, Long Trail and some BMC.
This is a place I wanted to stop at for quite some time. I see I haven't really been missing out on much. I would not visit this place on a regular basis but I might give it a shot sometime again in the distant future to see if anything changes.
05-26-2011 15:06:07 |
More by stakem
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 1.5 | food: 2 | $$
I live a few miles away and I have always wanted to try this place. It was a brewpub long before brewpubs were cool. But for one reason or another I never made it here before. I found out today that I wasn't missing much. I tried two beers and they were very unfortunate - like so many less than mediocre "microbrews" in unknown corners around the country I've had. You can't just take a biker bar, brew beer in the basement, give it a clever name, get hipsters to serve it, and call it "craft." The beer, food, and service were below average. The place leans on it's history and doesn't seem to try very hard on anything but image.
11-14-2010 04:33:46 |
More by ritter57
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I've patronized Bube's once or twice a year for the better part of a decade and I never know what kind of experience I'm gonna get. Sometimes it's great, other times it's disappointing. The last few years, however, have been more of the latter. That includes the food, service and most importantly, the beer. This time I was impressed. Hopefully, this means things are on the up there. We sat out in the garden and it was packed. Service wasn't great but wasn't terrible either. Food was better than my last few visits. I had a grilled cheese with crab, bacon and tomatoes and a side of onion rings. It was quite good. Everyone else at our table enjoyed their food too. I had the beer sampler to start and enjoyed each beer. Berliner Weiss (very good), Alois Lager (decent), Hopback Amber (good), Scottish ale (decent) and Kolsch (very good). They also had a bunch of other craft brews on tap. Looking forward to going back in a while to see what's brewing. Check it out if you've never been. The building alone is worth the trip.
08-10-2010 22:19:10 |
More by JunkYardJake
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
One of my favorite places, especially for the atmosphere! The setting is an historic brewery dating from the 1800's. I may be sketchy on some details, but i believe they basically padlocked the doors during prohibition. The equipment remained in the building for decades and now is still viewable in secret hidden rooms throughout the establishment. Historically, this is one of the best kept secrets in American Brewing history.
The brewhouse is tiny and the brewer is doing his best to produce a quality beer in the space he has available. I went there last summer and was disappointed but a couple weeks ago i was there and I enjoyed about 3 of the 6 house beers which i tried in their sampler. I couldn't decide on which to bring home in a growler. I decided on the DoppelBock. A Belgian trippel was very good but i felt the doppel bock would be better for the party for which i intended it.
Service was great, food was good. They just expanded the space in the Biergarten. I always like to sit outside in the warmer months. As always, there are lots of things going on . Everyone I bring there is always impressed. A worthwhile stop when travelling through the Lancaster/Harrisburg area.
05-21-2010 01:46:46 |
More by Beerquester
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
I think the most alluring of this place is the atmosphere. The place looks as it would have looked when it was built in early 1800's. The most interesting room to me was the dining area underground which was lit only by candle light and gave you an even more colonial feel.
For a brewpub I was disappointed that they only had 3 of their own beers on tap, though they did have a few other tasty beers on tap including some Troegs and Dogfish Head. I had their Belgian Pale which was ok and also the Chocolate Porter which also was just average.
Since my wife an I were there for one of their Murder Mysteries the staff was in full character including the wait staff which made it a bit more entertaining.
The food was average, we were served roast beef and chicken breast family style both were decent, nothing exceptional.
I thought for the show and dinner the price was reasonable, I believe the ticket was $40.
01-08-2010 19:33:30 |
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