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Old Forge Brewing Company
Active Beers: 39
Beer Ratings: 485
Beer Avg: 3.7
Taps: 8 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
298 Mill St
phone: (570) 275-8151
Open Tuesday-Thursday 11a-10p, Friday-Saturday 11a-11p, Sunday 12p-9p.
(Place added by: akorsak on 12-08-2008)
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Old Forge Brewing company sits in the middle of the quaint downtown area of Danville, PA on Mill Street. We decided to check them out this evening during a nighttime holiday shopping festival on Mill Street. Our plans were to sample a selection of brews and enjoy dinner. Here's the lowdown on the brews:
Ludwig's Anniversary Lager - "A reddish brown Oktoberfest style beer in honor of Prince Ludwig's anniversary. Big, bold, with plenty of malt flavor to satisfy any palate."
ABV: 5%; OG: 1.054; IBU: 23
Color: Deep cooper with thin beige head
Aroma: a bit yeasty with some earthy hop aroma. Just a touch of toasted malt aroma.
Flavor: Toasted malt with a assertive fruity and yeast flavor. Moderate bitterness. Hints of apricot, definitely German malt like Munich or Vienna. Bit of a spicy flavor Finishes semi-smooth with just a touch of dry bitterness and some esters of alcohol.
Bellows Brown Ale: Medium bodied, full flavored with a bready mouthfeel and subtle roasted chocolate malt flavor. Well balanced with traditional English and American hops.
ABV: 5%; OG: 1.052; IBU: 30
Color: Clear brown with thick beige head.
Aroma: like women's perfume...toasty, biscuity malt aroma with earthy and herbal hop aroma underneath.
Flavor: Very bready and biscuity with a hint of smokiness and chocolate-ness and some waitress's really horrible perfume. Roasted English malt and hoppy flavor. Smooth and drinkable with a touch of bitterness towards the end. Perhaps a bit more bitterness than I would like in a brown ale.
Overall on the brews that we tried, we can only say they were just okay. I wasn't thrilled with either that I tried. I thought that the lager was perhaps fermented at too high of a temperature, and the brown ale was way too bitter in an unfavorable way. My theory is that they are running into the same problem I attribute to the drop in quality at Selinsgrove Brewing: too high of a demand for something that takes too long to make well. Cold-fermentation of a lager would take too long and so higher temperatures are used which can "push" the production faster, downside; it will result in off-flavors, which might explain the assertive yeast bite in the Ludwig's that I tried.
The pub menu was quite extensive, and they pride themselves on "healthy" selections. I'm not sure what measurement they're using for "healthy", but the food was delicious. We enjoyed a huge soft pretzel with their own ale-infused nacho cheese sauce, my wife had a pulled pork sandwich served on a pretzel roll with coleslaw and barbecue sauce on the side, which was very messy but incredibly tasty. I indulged in a Philly Cheeseburger prepared medium (as requested) with nacho cheese sauce and fried peppers/onions on pretzel roll. Both sandwiches were served with tri-color tortilla chips and the pub's cheese sauce.
Table service started out good, but quickly dwindled while we ate, and we suddenly felt rushed by the waitstaff(mostly young girls) even though there were plenty of empty tables by that time and closing time was hours away.
~~~The waitress actually asked me if I wanted to "take care of the bill" WTF? Thing was, I was about to ask her for another beer. But she personnaly changed my mind for me and was trying to rush me out the door. I guess they didn't want anymore of my money.~~~~
One way my wife tends to measure service is how quickly her glass is refilled once empty. At Old Forge she was never asked if she would like a refill on her water. So she spent half her meal with no drink. Here again, the waitstaff was a no-show. And again, my wife was going to purchase one of their in-house sodas. Guess they didn't want us to do that either!
Another bad part of the evening was when one of the waitresses apparently went on a smoke break, and to cover up the smell of her cigarette, bathed herself in perfume. The smell was quite overwhelming, and as you read above, threw me off in the review of the Brown Ale. The upstairs area of the dining room is not very big, but there were three or four waitstaff who all seemed to gather near our table and chat, which was a little distracting. The brewpub offers free wi-fi, but it would not assign an IP address to our laptop so it didn't work. We had no connectivity. Maybe that was on purpose.
11-23-2009 00:36:25 |
More by AtlasBrew
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
It was a family day trip to Knoebels grove and I was desperate for some "adult time." Old Forge is like ~12 minutes away so I had to stop by for a bite and a couple of brews. 8 house beers on tap and 1 gravity fed firkin. We were seated towards the back, along side the bar. A fan and lights were overhead that created a strobe-light effect which was mildly annoying.
The quality of the beer is decent. During my visit, there was a nice spread of selections that anyone could pick something to enjoy. From memory there was an Alt, Blonde, Pale Ale, IPA, Dunkelweizen, Bourbon Barrel Stout (on nitro) and a black ipa. The food we had was interesting. The skewers of grilled veggies my wife got were not good at all. The tomatoes looked like tomatoes but tasted horrible and the onions/peppers were luke-warm at best upon delivery. My soup was fantastic but the pulled pork we had was troubling. It looked and tasted like cafeteria-style, pre-portioned and reheated from last week. Think spam but with just slightly better texture. This "house smoked" pulled pork was glorified mystery meat. My wife and I went back and forth on whether it was actually beef or pork, we honestly couldnt tell.
While the service was attentive, it was also frustrating. Seeing the firkin sitting on the bar made me inquisitive. I asked what the cask beer was and was told it wasn't cask, it was a firkin. I then received a lecture about how hops were put directly into it and it would be served warm. I honestly dont know if she ever actually told me what was in the god damn firkin. I think the look on my face said enough. She brought me a taste of it anyway and when I asked what it was, I had to ask her to repeat herself twice as i still couldnt understand her. I guess I made her nervous because she spoke very fast and was quick to run away.
I have mixed feelings about this place. On one hand, maybe it was just a bad day. On the other, it was a Saturday afternoon and by no means busy. I would possibly stop by to have a beer if i was in the area again but I would not bother with the food. If I want reheated fast food, there are cheaper options available.
08-06-2012 16:34:54 |
More by stakem
District of Columbia
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I had lunch here on a weekday afternoon, so aside from a few locals out on lunch break, the place was empty. The decor is airy, clean and comfortable. There is a bar downstairs and another bar upstairs with an adjoining sit down dining area. The staff was friendly, although the waitress serving our table was not particularly conversant with respect to the brews offered that day. Regarding the beer, the selection is good, as is quality. Growlers are available and we liked what was on tap enough to take two home. The food is good in its own right -- much better than average for a brewpub.
07-14-2010 19:51:31 |
More by malloyca
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Old Forge Brewing was stop number 2 on a Central PA pub crawl. The inside is all very new, but feels a little constricting. The interior isn't very wide, so you don't feel like you have a lot of room to spread out. We camped upstairs where it didn't feel as stuffy.
The service was good. They were all very friendly, and stopped by frequently to make sure our glasses didn't stay empty for long. Didn't really try the food...my wife ordered a chocolate stout cake that I tried...tasted good but was a bit too heavy for me.
The beer was decent. The selection at the time was a bit limited, I only sampled a couple that looked good - their brown ale and a stout. Both were very smooth and drinkable, but didn't really stand out to me.
Overall, I would stop in again if I were in the area, but since it is a drive for me, I probably won't make a special trip.
04-07-2009 20:13:17 |
More by krisandajt
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Transcribed from notes dated Sa, 28 Nov 2009.
This was a narrow space, well off of the beaten path in north-central PA. The doorway opened onto the brewhouse to the immediate left, which was very reminiscent of many of the early brewpubs of the late 1980's and early 1990's. The short, blonde-wood bar ran about 3/4 of the remaining length of the left-hand side of the space. Blackboards on the wall, behind the bar, detailed their available beers, in addition to a laminated list at each of the tables. It was pretty busy on a Saturday night when I visited, so we were escorted aft to a stairway on the right hand side that led up to their second floor. They had an outdoor deck up there but it was closed for the season. The second floor also housed another bar along the left side and a series of booths along the right side. It was a pleasant place to have dinner and my notes say that they celebrated their one-year anniversary on 05 December 2009.
Beers: Six (6) were available on the occasion of my visit. They included T-Rail Pale Ale; Endless Summer Ale; Bellows Brown Ale; Old Foge Alt; Slack Tub Stout and Ludwig's Anniversary Lager. They were decent, but whatever temperature they had the serving room set to, it was too cold to enjoy the beers immediately.
09-01-2010 17:50:05 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Visited on 12/26/08 shortly after their grand opening with brewslut, Deuane and SierraGS.
Since I am originally from Shamokin, I am certainly familiar with Danville and Mill Street (the main drag). This place is a little hard to find at night because the sign is small and dark. We had to drive through town twice before we found it. I guess the brewtank in the window should have been a good indication that we were at the right location!
Anyway, we parked right on Mill Street and headed inside. The lower level is pretty narrow, with a decent bar to the left and stairs leading up to the second level to the right. The decor is pretty light, with lots of blonde wood and a high ceiling. We were led upstairs to our seats, and the decor was similar to downstairs. Our booth was pretty comfy and spacious... certainly enough room for the four of us.
Moving on to the beer, I had a sampler of each of their four beers on tap during our visit - a pale ale, brown ale, wheat beer and ESB. All were above average to good, although the brown was a little lacking, as I find with most brown ales. They do have four additional taps that will be used as they increase production, so I will give them the benefit of the doubt in this department. The had a winter warmer and stout slated for release when we visited (I think both are currently on during the time of my review).
Food was pretty good as well. I had a vegetarian wrap that was fresh and tasty. Nothing out of this world, but certainly tasty. Can't really complain about service, although our server made a few minor mistakes, such as bringing a 10oz. instead of a full pint. Nothing to really shake a stick at, though. Everyone was very friendly during our visit.
With that said, I definitely think this place has a lot of potential. The location is great, and Danville is the kind of town I always thought would be perfect for a brewpub. Their beers were pretty solid for their first try, so I will definitely keep this place on my radar, especially since it is so close to my hometown. I see frequent visits in the future!
01-07-2009 17:01:06 |
More by ffejherb
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped by on a quiet, sunny Wednesday afternoon.
Atmosphere: Well, there weren't a lot of people here but it was like 3:00 on a weekday. Looks like this place was newly built, the wood was still shiny and sparkly. The downstairs is pretty small (just a small bar and a few tables) but I think they also have tables upstairs, although I didn't see it. No TV here but they do play music.
Quality: The beers were pretty decent. I especially like the pilsener and porter. The mild ale was alright and I didn't care much for the stout and Belgian ale.
Service: Good service, but then again, I was one of only 4, max 5 people at the brewpub.
Selection: When I was there they had 5 beers on tap. I believe they rotate fairly often.
Food: I got a turkey sandwich and it was very tasty. Lots of their food features locally-grown cheese or bread and it's pretty healthy too.
Value: I don't remember the prices, but they were quite reasonable from my recollection.
Bottom line: An interesting new brewpub--check it out if you are passing along route 80.
Update 12/23/10: Visited again in late August 2010, this time on a Sunday evening and it was again fairly quiet. A large apparatus like a circus top was installed to hold mugs for the mug club (pretty interesting looking). This time there weren't many beers on tap (maybe 4) which were decent. It was a good place to stop at the end of a beer trip right before a long haul back to Long Island.
07-02-2009 23:14:21 |
More by LilBeerDoctor
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Have visited twice since opening in early December 2008. First visit was a bar session with the second being a sit down meal with four people.
Brewing equipment and a 8-10 seat bar along with a handful of tables on the enterance level. Upstairs is the "main" dining area with about a dozen tables and another small six seat bar. A narrow but quaint place with lots of wood and exposed brick.
Friendly and prompt service at the bar from tender Bekah. She was very pleasant and really made us feel welcomed. Dinner waitress was good but made a few minor errors and we did have a longer than hoped for wait for our check and change. Not a bad experience but could improve to make things go smoother.
Only four beers on tap so far. I have heard the winter is on now and a stout is soon to follow. A promise of eight taps once the full line is in rotation. For now I will give an average rating and upgrade in the future as needed.
Food was nice both times. The Philly Cheesestaek Burger is very nice if you are into big hunks of meat! Our second visit was a bowl (a bit on the small side) of spicy carrot ginger soup and a lovely vege quesedilla.
Old Forge is new and is still working out the kinks and getting their beers tuned in. I hope for bigger and better things from the tap lines in the upcoming future. I hope for mcuh success as it's addition to the Danville and upper Susquehanna Valley beer scene is a great addition!
12-31-2008 17:37:25 |
More by Deuane
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stop #2, day #1 of our beer tour.
Old Forge Brewing is located in the heart of downtown Danville. We sat downstairs which includes a 10 or so seat bar and a couple of tables. There is a dining room upstairs that we did not see. A little bright and cold for my taste.
There were four beers on tap during our visit. A little sparse, obviously, but at six weeks in business I can cut them some slack. Of the four, the Slack Tub Stout wowed us all. Great color, rich, creamy mouthfeel, roasty flavor and 4.5% ABV. What a great package!
We only had the soup: a nice cream of potato with big chunks of new potatoes.
This place has lots of potential. Hope to check back in a few months.
01-14-2009 02:25:46 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
In cold months it's freezing downstairs. I always go upstairs till warmer weather. service still needs improvement buy it's so-so. beers are okay to good. he's a new brewer. Phila. cheeseburger is great. chicken satay wrap is great. sausage sandwich is great if you can get it heated:(. I continue to go back because my favorite brew pub doesn't serve food. I start in berwick and go to danville for food or eat and have a beer in danville and finish at the pub in berwick. yeah crazy but I like great beer.
03-10-2009 00:50:15 |
More by genephares
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