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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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Taps: - / Bottles: -
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
160 N Gulph Rd
King Of Prussia
phone: (610) 230-2739
(Place added by: NeroFiddled)
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
We were making good time, as usual. Still, I wanted to call out ahead to see how Spesh and Loren were making out, the where, the when, all that. "Okay, King Of Prussia mall, 1 PM, Rock Bottom, got it". Oh, the look on Phil's face, his sideways glance at me, pure elation, he became all happy dog, sitting up straight, shaking his head, excited, all "You knooow". That's right, man, a chain brewpub...
Having cracked the code of the mall directory, we found it's location and ventured downstairs, through the sea of kiddie cars (Priced at 75 cents a ride, Andy proclaims, "Thieves!!!"), and out to Rock Bottom, cleverly disguised as a mall restaurant. Large front windows looking out over the mall, walls wood slat lowers with yellow uppers, lots of giant southwest desert photos, mostly enormous rock & plant formations, cacti in planters on the dividers and counter tops, lamps as well, and tracks drop lamps and chandeliers overhead. 6 tables in the front area along the windows and 3 dozen more tables and booths in sectioned off areas, some overlooking fermenters in a side room behind glass.
Bar area to the rear, the room done red and yellow, an "L'ish" shaped bar seating 2 dozen or so with mash tuns in a glass front room behind it, a pyramid of booze, flatscreens above, tracks and spot lighting & hanging drop lamps. Some 30 tables and booths throughout, bar tables riddling the area where a small pool table sits, and hey, isn't that Phil's Golf Game over there in the corner??
3 towers pouring 7 taps (Light Lager, Munich Gold, IPA, Amber Ale, Stout, Poor Richards Ale, Barleywine) and a handpump on the bar. Took in the sampler, of course, which gave me everything but the cask (IPA). The IPA was hoppy, slightly floral; the Stout, their rotating dark offering, was thinnish, oaty & slightly roasty; the Amber Ale was sweetish, with a slight caramel flavor; the Poor Richard's Ale, their brewers reserve offering, was an nice old ale; and the "most unusual to see in a mall brewpub" Barleywine was pleasant enough.
Did the 1/2 a club panini and an excellent cup of chili. Spesh got some sort of a fried rolled thing which was real good too. I'd know, 'cause I gone woofed at least 2 of them. Service was strangely attentative, our table of 8 was tag teamed by a pair of servers. Some of the beers were solid, although I don't think Phil thought so. Andy straightened him out though, exclaiming, "Phil, you're a beer snob!!!" Not a destination location, unless the mall's your destination, in which case, you're already there.
03-19-2006 21:22:46 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I always enjoy coming to this location! It is located on the west side of the King of Prussia (KofP) mall, nearest to Sears, on the ground level. I always enter from the street side, which causes you to go down a short, wheelchair-accessible ramp, past a glass case with logo items for sale, past a cooler full of pre-filled growlers, and finally arriving at the maitre d' station. On my latest visit, I was enthusiastically greeted by none other than Jon Thomas, the brewer, who I have visited many times before.
From the maitre d' station, the place just opens up. The bar is slighly off to your right; the (non-smoking section) restaurant is down a long passageway to your left and it takes up the bulk of the space up to the mall entrance; and they also offer a smoking lounge off to the right, encompassing the other half of the space.
The restaurant gives you a choice of booths with upholstered seats or tables with chairs. The fermentation tanks are visible to the right along the passage leading up to the restaurant. I like the dimly-lit atmosphere of the restaurant, especially when coupled with the exposed ducting and piping. My uncle and I took a booth and our waitperson was an ebullient young lady.
I should take this opportunity to mention the Rock Bottom Mug Club. It is a free membership whereby you are given a plastic credit-sized card, which you are to present to your server at the beginning of each visit. You are then given a 20-ounce glass, instead of the standard pint, and your visits and mugs are recorded with an eye towards building up points towards free logo items. One note of advice: when you initially sign up, do so at the location closest to your residence, other wise you will get E-mails from the location where you signed up, which may not do you any good. For example, I signed up in Bethesda, Maryland and while I have nothing against them, I would prefer to drink at KofP, which is much closer.
Back to my review. The trip was predicted by the fact that I was mugged (no pun intended) back in January and my wallet taken, with my Mug Club inside. I needed a replacement, but I wanted to get it through KofP so that they would become my "home" location. Jon re-issued me a card with all of my credits intact (!) and I was so giddy that I forgot to tell my server of my status. She duly took me to task, chastising me not to forget to rack up my points. Aye, aye! Both my uncle and I had the Smoked Salmon Fish 'n' Chips, which is a staple at Rock Bottom and a brilliant idea. I love smoked salmon and I really dig fish 'n' chips, so the combo is a bonus no-brainer, no matter which Rock Bottom I happen to be visiting. It is great with their IPA, BTW.
After supper, I made my way back up to see Jon and take some notes on the bar/lounge side of the house. The brewhouse is visible behind the bar and above the bar is a chalkboard for "Fresh Beers", listing each beer's Name; Birthday; Specific Gravity(!); ABV; and a short Description.
The bar top is a clear, hard plastic over wood and I wish that they would upgrade to copper, but that's me. The bar seats are backless stools, which not everyone likes. The lounge has high tables with commensurate chairs. It is much brighter on that side of the house, so be prepared. This side has lots of televisions; Golden Tee Golf; and real billiards. It is really designed for the sports fan. Finally, I would be remiss if I did not mention the neon sigh to the right of the bar that depicts a foamy glass of beer. I want that for my house!
Great visit, great people, great place. I look forward to going back.
08-07-2005 00:22:04 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
This location was one of the Brew Moon stores that Rock Bottom bought. In some ways I miss the "Moon", but I think R.B. is doing a better job overall. Although the decor is not as interesting, it's more comfortable with its more enclosed spaces, earth tone colors and raised booths. And I like the old photos taken from the Library of Congress (cowboy at bar, guy in tub drinking a bottle of pils, etc). The quality of the food is always there and the beers, for the most part, are good. I'm not real fond of their regulars, like the Lumpy Dog Light, although the North Star and Double Barrel IPA aren't bad. The seasonals, however, are much more interesting and I stop in to check them out whenever I get a chance. And since this location is really busy, they're always fresh and rotate quickly. The service for the most part is very good. The management team here is really alert and puts out a lot of effort. Everytime I've had a problem they've personally jumped in and fixed it! That, I appreciate; and I think it will help them to shed the "chain" image.
08-05-2002 08:46:49 |
More by NeroFiddled
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
Located in the way too big KoP Mall, so park where you can see the TGI Friday's from the parking lot. Go in that mall entrance and go down to the lower level and it is right there. There is also a direct outside door to the place, but very little parking there.
This place is seperated into two section, the front mall entrance consists of only tables for dining, and the back has the bar with about 20 stools that are really cramped together and usual bar top tables. Decent sized lunch crowd. Small souvenir section is located just by the outside door.
They had 8 beers on tap - Lumpy Dog, Anniversary Ale, Czech Mate Pils, O'Kiefs Stout, North Star Amber, Double Barrel IPA, Munich Gold, and a cask version of the Amber. Beers are no great shakes, very average and not overly interesting. Most folks seemed to be drinking the lighter brews like the Pils and Gold.
The food was OK, typical pub grub. Stick to the basic appetizers and burgers and you'll do all right.
Not a bad place to stop in if you are shopping in the mall, but I wouldn't make a special trip here.
11-09-2004 20:16:11 |
More by Gavage
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
By the standards of brewpubs, this one is pretty good all around. We were big fans of its previous incarnation (Brew Moon) but the beers were pretty forgettable in Rock Bottom's early days. This, combined with the smoky bar, dropped this one off of our list, but we have started to go back occasionally.
There is about a 20 seat angled bar in the back (with a bunch of tables also; this used to be the smoking area) and a very cool dining room in front. Nice glass half walls break up the dining room into cozier areas. I am a big fan of the exposed ceilings and modern feel of the dining area in particular.
The beer is now pretty good on the whole. As long as the Prussia's Pride IPA is on, I am happy. There are always 8 or 9 taps and a cask on.
Food is pretty hit or miss. On last visit, Vickie liked the pub tips and the cheese dip and nachos were hits with the kids. I had the puniest hamburger I have seen in a restaurant in quite a while. The kitchen still managed to undercook it. And the server never stopped back to see if everything was ok so I was stuck with it.
Service is pleasant and absent minded as is common in a collegiate waitstaff.
A good place to stop for a pint and a snack.
09-29-2008 16:03:21 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Sure RB is a semi-chain, but it's still a cool place to go to once in a while. The one at King of Prussia mall is the only one I've been to, and it makes for a convenient shopping stop for lunch and a brew. Several tasty beers to chose from, even if nothing too extreme, and there are generally a good rotation of seasonals and stouts. Food is very good. Good burgers. They have a free mug club that gets you discounts, bigger beer mugs at the bar, and other various paraphernalia. Sportsbar-ish atmosphere, and the staff is generally friendly and attentive. Much like Heartland Brewery, I wouldn't imagine that fanatic beer enthusiasts would be too ecstatic about this place, since they make their own beer and don't serve anything else. But I still like it once in a while. Plus you can walk it off in the mall before driving home. (Just don't end up buying a lot of random stupid sh*t like I did once.)
04-30-2011 21:07:05 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stoped by the brew pub early on a Saturday afternoon. Even though the restaurant section was at least half empty, we had to wait about 15 minutes for a table. I quess there just were not enough servers available. After being seated, our waiter promptly greeted us and took our drink selections. The drinks were served in a reasonable time frame. Our meal order was taken and also served in a correct time frame at the proper temperature. The food was delicious. I thought the prices were a bit high, but considering it was a mall in the Philadelphia suburbs, the prices were acceptable. We had standard pub food, and the serving sizes were appropriate. All the beer I had was at least above average with at least one being excellent. Worth a stop if you are in the area looking for a place to have lunch (and drink a few)
02-10-2007 17:21:11 |
More by tgbljb
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I went up to the King Of Prussia mall for some shopping. After a few hours of turning money into clothing, my girlfriend and I concluded we needed to sit down for a while and rest our feet. Right about this time, we happened to wander by Rock Bottom. Perfect!
We entered on the mall side of this place and took the long walk through to the bar side near the exterior. On our way, we walked through a dining area with booths a long the far wall and a few tables. What really caught my attention was that the booths in the middle of the room were all tilted at a 45 degree angle so the edges of the tables were away from the walkway. That was a neat effort that made the booths all that more secluded and cozy. When we got to the bar, we found it full, so we grabbed a small table. Looking around, the ceilings were unfinished and painted black with small lights lowered over each table. This gave off a neat antique oil lamp sort of feel to the place. This was offset by the neon signs, which were all supporting the store, and not some ridiculous beer that Id rather not be reminded of. There was one giant glowing weitzen glass and a beer to go growler, both in neon. The bar curved its way around the interior wall. Behind that there were windows that obligatorily displayed their brewing vats. The over all color scheme of the place including the tables, chairs and walls was gold and rusty red. The tables in this back area were a little close for my liking, but not to the point of making me a claustrophobic. There were also a number of TVs located at various places around the room. To cap off the decor, there were decorations and pictures all around the place of rocks. Not too original, but a lot of the photos were of neat geological oddities from our national parks, so they were pleasant to gaze upon.
We werent here for a meal, but we got a jalapeno cheese dip appetizer that came with little slices of bread, chips, and fresh veggies. The veggies were really nice and fresh with some super sweet, delicious strips of red pepper that were no spicier than onions. The appetizer rocked, so this is all I can base the food score on. Not being a thorough review of the food, Ill try to tone it down for now.
Our server was really peppy, almost in an annoying way, but he was quick and efficient and answered all my beer related questions well.
The beers were superb. Actually, the barley wine came freezing cold, which was tragic and the oatmeal stout was just all right, but the cask IPA totally rocked my world! I wish I had that one first because I would have ordered a couple more. It was really just fantastic. That was worth the stop alone and probably will warrant a return trip. Top notch! They had nine beers on tap. Six standards, two brew masters choice and one cask.
I must say I enjoyed my visit here, especially due to the circumstances. So, the next time youre in the King of Prussia mall and your shopping partner complains that theyre getting tired, just drift on down to Rock Bottom and grab a relaxing pint of their cask IPA. You wont be disappointed.
04-23-2006 22:23:21 |
More by DarkerTheBetter
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I stopped in here with my family (wife and parents) while shopping at the mall. We entered through the mall during lunchtime and had to walk through the dining room to the bar side (which opens to the parking lot) to get seated. No biggie. Beers available during our visit included their regular line-up (light lager, export lager, IPA, amber) as well as a decent porter and grand cru that were rotating offerings. Fair to decent beers - I wasn't much of a fan of the grand cru, but enjoyed the porter and IPA, which was hopped much higher than I expected from a chain. Our server was friendly and reasonably knowledgable about the available beers. Food was decent and they made a nice attempt at incorporating beer into their cuisine. I'd say this was a pleasant surprise. It was accessible enough to bring my parents along and it definitely wasn't a bust from a beer perspective.
07-13-2006 02:01:03 |
More by DrJay
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
Stopped by here on a sunday with a couple BA's. Never knew this place existed till somebody clued me in. I don't shop at KOP.
The brewpub?, is a large establishment off in one of the malls corners. Plenty of seating and a large bar although I could not get a seat there. This palce has a chain vibe but nothing to unbearable. A lot of tv's for your viewing pleasure.
Quality is there, although I did not see the brewing equipment 1st hand. Im guessing there is one nitro tap along with about 7-8 brews. Nice styles from light to dark. I had the sampler and enjoyed the prussia's pride amoung others.
Service is good. Never a long wait to make requests. Virtually no time to get our beers or food. Polite service. The server knew her beers and styles. Simple styles that were good but nothing making me want more of something.
Selection was good but nothing exciting. A good array of styles. Not sure if they have any liquor or wine as I was not at the bar. I would like to come back here and see more styles in the future.
The food was, well, it was nothing to great. Pretty much what you would find at most chain resturants. A big selection and menu i'll have to revisit in the future.
08-24-2009 04:52:26 |
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