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Brass Rail Deli
Taps: 6 / Bottles: 450
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2824 Horseshoe Pike
PO Box 42
phone: (717) 838-7201
(Place added by: akorsak on 12-30-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 33 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$$
Overall this is a great place. Sisco is great to talk to and I love that he has a great rotation of taps despite only having 6 taps. There is rarely anything even mildly average there. There is also a good selection of bottles. They are a bit overpriced but if you buy a 6 pack the 25% discount makes the prices more tolerable. Best beer selection in the immediate area. Food is tolerable but could use some work. This was the first place I ever had cantillon gueze on draft and is the only place in central PA that I know of to readily pick a bottle. Always seems like a good crowd of beer knowledgeable people there. Can get tight though around "happy hour" on Fridays.
02-27-2010 04:19:58 |
More by slk2go
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$$
I stop in the Brass Rail anytime I am in the area picking up some brews at Troegs. It's about a 15 minute drive due East, just past Hershey.
It's a small place with just a few tables and a wall of beer and a few refrigerated areas for on premise consumption. I kind of like the cozy hole-in-the-wall atmosphere. Seems like a place locals hang out.
They have quite a few interesting beers, Founders, Hair of the Dog, Bell's, Hoppin Frog and sometimes something from the Lost Abbey or Springhouse. The only problem with the beer is that it's very expensive to buy singles although you do get a discount if you buy a sixer, and bombers do count towards the discount. They also have either 4 or 6 taps with some interesting beers, they had a Sly Fox, Double Bastard, Double Trouble and others on tap while I was there.
The food is pretty tasty and reasonably priced. There's usually one or two guys working the place and the food comes out surprisingly quick.
I'll keep coming back (mostly because I'll keep going back to Troegs) to see what surprises await in the bottle selection.
02-05-2010 05:39:12 |
More by 321jeff
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$$
When this place first opened I was so excited to have a nice beer place in the area. It has a pretty good selection and there is no place like it near by.
It is definately overpriced but it is the only place in the area where you can get that selection so I initially just thought the extra money I had to spend was okay because I didn't have to travel further to get good beer.
I've become disgusted by how they try to rip you off every time. Last time I was there I spent over $70. My friend and I had 4 beers on tap as well. Before we chose our beers we asked to get small taste/sample of the beers to see if we liked them. When we went to check out I paid for the overpriced beers and then the owner said "wait, you had some samples too" and charged us $2 for each shot glass sample we had tried. I spent a lot of money there and ordered pints of the samples we had-I was just shocked at how cheap The Brass Rail is. This was the last time I went there and I'm trying to avoid going again.
If you are desperate for good beer and can't get it anywhere I guess it's okay but know that they will try to rip you off whenever they can.
01-25-2010 01:43:31 |
More by SASN
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
The place is small but it overcomes the size with a great beer selection that is unmatched in the Harrisburg metropolitan area. I finally decided to take my wife there to get food before a hershey bears hockey game recently. The food is so so but the beer they have on tap is great. Always different and always delicious. They have a cooler of cold beer and then beer that you can make you own six pack that sits out.
You have to order your food at the front, so there is no wait service but since the place is small, only seats maybe 15 max, it doesnt take long to your meal.
Service was very great and knowledgeable about the brews they were selling on tap and in bottle.
They do have a nice sized flat screen and we were able to catch some of the saints/cardinals game before the bears game. I will come back for my beer here and the food isnt half bad.
01-24-2010 00:27:58 |
More by Dodo2step
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
My parents have lived in Central PA for a few years now and I always struggled to find a good place for beer. Luckily, while coming home for Thanksgiving, I came across Brass Rail.
I was pleasantly surprised by the selection. There is a wall of single bottles so you can make a mix six (25% off!) with a few 750ml bottles as well. The back of the store has refrigerated beer, mostly complete 6 pks. The selection is very good, especially for the area.
There are also 6 taps, always rotating with a good selection of domestic and imported beers. They do samples, pints, and growler fills.
The owner (I guess he's the owner?) is always very friendly and helpful with any questions/recommendations I ask for. The pricing is also reasonable.
I haven't tried the food yet but it always smells delicious!
01-06-2010 19:51:05 |
More by wtonk
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
On my way back to Baltimore from UJ's on the Manatawny, thought I'd stop in here for a brew.
Campbletown, I guess, is essentially a suburb of Hershey, and so is a very small town that has hiway 322 as it's main street (where the Brassrail is located- 322 is designated as horseshoe pike in the city limits). All things considered, I thought it nothing short of amazing that a place like this could be found in what looks for all the world like a small "hick" town.
Upon walking in, the first thing that strikes you is just how small this place is, and how stark the decorations. It really looks exactly like a small town deli or sandwich shop, except.... oh wait, they have roughly 200 different bottled beers (for take out or on premise consumption), and another 6 beers on tap. This particlar day the impressive draft selection included Delirium Noel, Founders backwoods bastard, Bell's expedition stout and something from Hitichino. Clearly, the folks who run this place are seriously into good beer. The couple who run this place are very, very friendly (not to mention generous, but that's another story), and service is fast and efficient. Didn't try the food while I was here, though the sandwiches here looked good enough.
I can't quite put my finger on the reason why, but there's something about this place that I just really liked. It's small, intimate, completely unpretentious, and just an altogether enjoyable place to hang out and drink good beer. Also, there's just something all together cool about finding a place like this in the tiny burg of Campbelltown. Sure, there are better places in SEPA (SEPA is chauk full of fabulous beer bars), but this is pretty much the last place you'd expect to find such an oasis. I'll certainly be back...
12-13-2009 21:40:36 |
More by johnmichaelsen
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
I've been to the Brass Rail Deli a few times and I have never been disappointed. I'm so glad they added the bottle shop. It's a nice place to stop when I'm in the Hershey area.
Upon entering you are met with one wall filled with great bottles of beer. At the back is a 5 or 6 door cooler with singles and 6-packs. At the right are your taps and the deli counter. Although I have not sampled the food...I have sampled the beer. Their tap list is constantly changing and I love that! I've seen Victory, Two Brothers, New Holland, Lagunitas, Founders, Flying Dog, Lost Coast, Stone, and plenty more represented (sign up for the email list!). They now offer 5 oz. samples for a small price.
I have never had a problem with the service. Some times I go in just to browse the bottles and other times I go just for a pint or two. Cisco is very nice and is always willing to talk beer.
Now...the only problem I have is the prices on the bottles. They are a little higher than normal...but I understand and I give them business. You aren't going to find a selection like this around.
A wonderful place to stop for a pint and maybe a sandwich. You can always get a case of something you like next door!
EDIT: I was at the deli the other day and finally had some of their food. It was pretty good. Your typical deli sandwiches...but with a lot of meat. They have a nice selection of sandwiches, wraps, soups, and wings. Now for the beer...they are now filling growlers!!!!
07-20-2009 01:28:40 |
More by thain709
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Made the trip down recently. First time to the Rail and it was well worth the trip. Cisco (owner) is very friendly and seems always ready to talk beer, he sure knows his stuff. We actually arrived before the Deli opened but he let us in early. It's not huge, but it is well stocked and diversified. I will definitely be heading to the Brass Rail again.
Also, the Distributor, which it is attached is great. There were some terrific beers by the case in there. Most of them I could not afford. Though, all those great beers make it to the Deli at some point.
Rochefort 8 and 10
Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel
05-22-2009 10:09:14 |
More by Barleydine
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
I finally have a beer mecca only ten minutes from my home! Needless to say, I have shopped many times at the Brass Rail distributor next door, so I have been in the know about this place a good year before they finally opened their doors in late 2008. I visit quite frequently, at least once a week (sometimes more) and always have a great time chatting with Cisco, his staff and patrons.
The Deli is fairly small, but always clean and comfortable. I've eaten there a couple of times, and the food is quite tasty and portions are fair. Their menu consists of deli sandwiches, paninis, soups, etc. and they also have an artisan cheese plate that rotates often.
Now, on to the beer selection. This is what keeps me coming back! Sure, the bottles are a little on the pricey side, but the tap prices are definitely more than fair, especially when one considers the selection. I have already tried plenty of offerings seldom seen in Central PA including, most recently, Founder's KBS and Bell's Hopslam. They even have a few bottle chillers if you're not feeling up for anything on their tap list. But for only offering six taps (one of which is always on nitro), the selection is always stellar. You'll always find an IPA/DIPA, an Imperial stout, something bourbon or oak aged, a Belgian-style ale, and something local.
All in all, this is an amazing addition to the local beer scene. You can usually find me there on Monday or Wednesday nights... sometimes both!
03-24-2009 19:57:30 |
More by ffejherb
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
The atmosphere of the place is welcoming, however small, but large enough for what is needed (drinking good beer).
As far as quality, service and selection, you will find nothing like it in the area. The owners are very knowledgeable and passionate about beer selection. There is always something new on draft, I haven't seen the same things twice since it has opened.
The food is filling nice size portions, and they use fresh Boar's Head products. However I wish the menu was a little larger.
Sandwhichs and the rest of the food are priced great. Now as to beer it is pricey, but fair for this area. Theres bottles on the self you would never be able to drink a single bottle of unless you were on vacation where said beer was from in a restaurant.
Throughly enjoy this establishment and employees, will continue to go back.
03-11-2009 03:31:24 |
More by dpuia
Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown, PA
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