Craft Ale House
Taps: 16 / Bottles: 367
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
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4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
It is a great addition to the Limerick area and you have to stop here if you are in the area. Always a great variety of 16 rotating drafts for folks of all flavors. They have around 250 bottles on hand which is pretty impressive. Food menu is pretty limited (but good) which is no problem because the variety of beer makes up for it. They have live music on the weekend, and local beer gatherings with a lot of talented home brewers that attend. The bottles don't change around too much but expect something new on draft every time you are in there.
02-12-2010 14:11:50 | More by gcare02
4.45/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Made it up to this place a few days after I heard they opened. I head back every so often when I hear they have something good on tap. They have a website keeping you up to date on tap lists, live entertainment and events.
It's a cozy little place with a bar, hi-top tables, booths and sofa's/coffee tables to drink at. Maybe a fire place? I forget. The bottle selection has been gradually improving over the last few months and I would say now it is definitely one of the best bottle selections in the area. Really good stuff in there. The tap list is always great too, and they've had a lot of really good/rare stuff on already for how new they are. Food is tasty too, from what I've tried, and moderately priced.
The rarer/more expensive kegs of beer cost more for a pour, but a lot of stuff is in the $4-$5/pint price range which is what I'm used to. Overall a good value for a really nice looking place with friendly service and great beer.
10-19-2009 17:48:37 | More by Ezekiel81923
4.45/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Craft is in the middle of nowhere, or right down the street depending on your frame of reference. Housed in a building in the parking lot of a hardware store on a less than inspiring stretch of road, what you find inside is pretty remarkable.
This place is cared for. The owners are always around. It is clean, modern and homey all at once. Generally friendly and moderatley knowledgeable staff compliments a solid tap list and nice take-out selection. Food is above par (or technically under if you are a golfer) the times I have eaten there. It would be pretty hard to not think highly of this place after my multiple visits.
Only complaints would be location (for me at least- which is admitedly arbitrary), decor is a bit sparse and not quite homey as I would like and prices can run on the high side. Many pours are 10oz and $5, which is pretty steep.
09-10-2009 20:59:09 | More by NolanGTI
4.3/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Atmosphere - Nice set up. Clean appearance. Wooden floors, tables, bar etc... gives it a European-esque feel. Although a fairly large building as a whole, the bar area is smaller, maybe seating 18 - 20, while majority of the square footage is dedicated to the restaurant. It is a family friendly place, but certainly doesn't give off a playground feel. People can come and enjoy a nice time out with their friends, spouse, significant other, without being hampered by children running around. Overall, very nice and unique. It reminds me of a newer type of Monk's Café bar with a takeout section that resembles Total Wine, in that you can mix and match six packs.
Beer - Great selection of beer, both bottled (250+) and on tap (16). Ranges from Belgian styles to micro brews, etc... Prices seem fair and the establishment offers a 20% discount on any six pack of 12 oz, or 4 pack of 25 oz. beers. I did notice some bottles appeared to be marked up, such as the Westmalle Dubble (12oz) which was selling for $8.50. I believe I purchased the same bottle at Total Wine for about $5. That is only a small gripe, as I expect to pay top dollar when purchasing Belgian beers. Plus, I love the luxury of being able to sample various different beers, instead of having to buy a whole case. Another small issue was that they did not have a list of bottled beer at each table. With such a huge selection, it is almost a necessity for someone like myself who went their specifically for the wide selection of beer. I enjoy going through the list and lining up my 2nd, 3rd, and 4th beers for the night. Again, that is a very minor issue. For those interested, I started off with a 25oz Ommegang Rare Vos, and then finished with a Unibroue Maudite. Both were quite enjoyable.
Food - The menu is pretty comparable to the average pub, offering the usual sandwiches, appetizers, mussels, etc... Not too extensive, and you may have a hard time finding something healthy on the menu if that is your wish. Although the selection is comparable, the taste and quality are much better. Burger and chicken sandwiches, fries, are all great.
Overall - We both enjoy our time there and go back about once a week. With the ability to bring your own wine (for my wife) and the various beers offered (for me), it definitely offers a unique experience compared to other establishments in the area. I look forward to my next visit sometime next week.
08-03-2009 19:43:38 | More by Joemark
4.75/5 rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $
I've been to Craft Ale House more than a few times now and I feel that it is time for a review. First impression upon walking in are extremely welcoming, the warm ambient lighting seems to fit in perfectly with the décor. The place isn't necessarily fancy; but at the same time this place is in no way a dive, it's just a great, clean, comfortable feeling beer bar. The bar itself is a pretty good size, and if the bar is full there is seating behind the bar with stools and a ledge to rest your beer. There are a few high top tables near the bar, and also there are plenty of tables for sitting down for lunch or dinner. The draft list is always rotating and usually is very well balanced in regards to different beer styles. The bottle list is quite extensive, and I believe is close to, if not already 300 bottles, mix and match six packs are available as well. The food is great, I have had several different offerings from the menu, and I have never been disappointed. I would recommend this place to anyone, so you should check it out.
07-27-2009 20:56:28 | More by kt620498
4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I've stopped in here with the family about once a month since the place opened. Lately, it seems that the operation has really come together and things have smoothed out with respect to service and food. The place is always spotless and has been very kid friendly. Our toddler enjoys the chicken fingers quite a bit. The food is usually solid and some of the soups have been quite enjoyable. The tap list keeps changing, which gives you a reason to keep visiting, and the selection is often quite good with some harder to find kegs making their way here (stuff like Pliny the Elder). There's rarely a stinker in the ~15 taps, so it's hard to get bored. It was a treat having this place about 2 minutes from my doorstep for the past few months. I'll miss it now that I'm up in the Boston area.
05-31-2009 02:19:09 | More by DrJay
4.3/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Finally had a chance to stop in here on my way home from the Capone's Duck-Rabbit rollout. Still had that new beer bar smell. This place was just about spotless - very clean! Color scheme and the use of wood throughout make for a rather inviting space. I was one of about 5 patrons in the place (it was around 3 on a weekday) so yeah, the service was great - attentive, friendly, and prompt. 16 or so taps are on hand and consisted of mostly craft beer and a nice variety of local offerings (Legacy, Sly Fox, Victory). You can ask for samples of any draft before settling on a particular offering as well. Draft beer was fresh. Take out selection is impressive and well organized, but for the love of god, put prices on or near the products you want to sell me! No prices to be found anywhere - really irksome. But, you do get 20% off of a mixed sixer. I'm looking forward to my next visit to sample the vittles.
05-15-2009 06:06:45 | More by ClockworkOrange
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
In my neck of the woods, this is the place to go. Closer to home than the numerous other beer bars in the area, but hardly a sacrifice.
Generally a good selection of local beers. I don't order the sly fox selections too often (the Sly Fox brewery is only a little farther) but there's normally a few selections from other PA breweries (Stoudt's, Troeg's, Philadelphia, Victory). Usually something from Founders' as well. Great bottle selection, though I don't stray from the drafts.
Food here is really good too. Their bread is made from Sly Fox's spent grains and it is delicious. The pub burger is excellent, as is the mushroom pasta (I don't remember what it was called). If you're in the area, you've got to check this place out.
04-28-2009 01:44:06 | More by AlexCuse
4.3/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Post-Firkenteenth late next morning lunch beer pre Philly somethings; I think it was the Founders event at that place before 1, 2, 3 in the Northern Liberties and then Earth for flatbread, you know how these things go, that which are "Saturdays". Glad to be sans wheels for once, I'm the shut up in the back there co-pilot out to this stand alone space out on rte I don't know where we are. Whatever you're supposed to do when you're in a town called Limerick, I'd say we fought the urge rather well, inviting as it was and having all the obligatory players...
Backwards question mark shaped wood bar seating 14 off to the left, with drop glass pyramiddy lamps tracing above, and an 8 seat bar counter lying adjacent. It's a large area behind the bar for them to maneuver, and a wood unit bar back there; a single flatscreen shelved on center, plus glassware, and growlers & 3 litre bottles displayed. And there's this cool snaking vine of corks and cages, dangling like grapes from the edge of something back there. 3 raised tables forward the bar area in a corner pen, below a large blackboard listing the tap selections.
16 taps on a stainless steel panel on the barback; ½ of them Pennsylvania brews (Victory Wild Devil & Donnybrook Stout, Sly Fox Ichor & Abbey Extra, Appalachian Abbey Roade Dubbel, Weyerbacher Merry Monks, Roy Pitz Ludwig's Revenge Rauchbier, Yuengling Bock), the remainder a split of regional (Climax Helles Lager, Flying Fish Abbey Dubbel, Allagash White, DogFishHead Raison D'Etre), and not (Bear Republic Apex Double IPA, Laughing Dog Alpha Dog Imperial IPA, Ballast Point Yellow Tail Pale Ale, Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout).
Plus an extensive bottled list, about 250 strong. Bells, Lost Abbey, Port, Founders, all the stuff we hate Pennsylvania for having. And Belgians, yeah!, and yer other imports too, all housed in 3 glass front coolers you can see just behind the bar and another 6 you can't tucked down around the bend to the rear. A bottle to go costs less than if you were to drink it here & it's like 20% off for a 6 pack or a 4 pack of 750's, but really, what's on tap?
I started with a Victory Wild Devil, not as Bretty as one (me) would have hoped, but still very tasty. And then I had a shorty of the Climax Helles Lager. I don't care, he may be, well, Hoffman, but it's a solid beer, he makes good lagers. The beers were fresh but served too cold and they know it, and are on it, so, okay.
We souped for starters, me with the split pea, chunky, good veg-a-tables, solid, and (Evil) Davo the squash soup, which he enjoyed quite a bit. Then, Phil had the chicken potpie, very good (he offered an affirmation nod as such), he liked it so much he wore the puff pastry shell on his shirt as a badge of whatever, and the rest of us all ordered the short rib sandwich. "This is a good damn sandwich", I offered. "Fuck yeah, it is", added Ed, who won't shut up about the remoulade. Yeah Ed, that's shit's good for the fries, but it's all about the au jus for the sandwich. Christ! And them Rosemary garlic fries kicked ass, too. In a street fight, I would want them to have my back. Ed's telling Phil he totally screwed up getting the potpie and not the awesome short rib sandwich we had and we concurred. So we laughed, we laughed, we fucking laughed at him. Hard. We laughed at him from where laugh lives, in a much nicer neighborhood with easy beach access and a better school system than yours, we fucking laughed at him.
Beer in hand, I go look about some. Beige walls over wood panel lowers, with blinded windows to both sides of the paneled glass doorway up front. Seating to the rear, 3 tables in a shared bench "L", sunken spots above, mounted lanterns, 7 tables on the far side, and a cushy chair area up front near the fireplace. Some beer prints on the far wall, others to the rear of the bar, and a single tin over the railroad tie looking mantle.
Low and subtle, I've got to stretch my ear to make it out or maybe I can pick it up some by the boom of the bass; old REM, Smiths, David Gray, Counting Crows, Radiohead, a little PJ, amazing what good tunes do for my generally unpleasant dispo, no? A good comfortable place, no wine or booze, just beer, so you've got thaaaat crowd, and just the goods, so you haven't got thaaaat crowd. Service was pleasant, gabbed some Philly beer week with us, and let us sample as necessary, so we's cool there. Good list, the beers were clean & fresh, and my god, that sandwich, that sandwich.
04-22-2009 03:55:42 | More by slander
4.3/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
What??? Another excellent SEPA beer bar? What a surprise.
The Craft Ale House looks as if it was a sizzler or some other chain steak house in a former life(was recently told it used to be a deli), and frankly atmosphere and vibe are not it's best qualities. The place has sort of dark, tan on dark wood look, which just seems to come off as kind of sterile. On the other hand, craft ale house is pretty good size, with a nice size bar on the left as you walk in. So really, there's not much to criticize about this place otherwise. I believe they had roughly 15 or 16 beers on draft, with no crap on tap. There were some very interesting choices on this particular day, including the abandon ship smoked lager from Ballast Point (how in the hell did they get that?!?!), Six Points Bengali Tiger IPA and Founders Cerise Cherry Ale. In addition to the impressive draft list, the informative and helpful bartender noted they have close to 300 bottled beers (listed on a regularly updated beer list, according to the bartender). Most of the bottled beers look to be contained in two large coolers, which was nice to see. The bar tender was very proactive about making sure I didn't need anything else, and as noted above, was pretty helpful and informative. He was more then eager to answer any questions I might have.
As for food, I tried the spinach dip appetizer. It was pretty cheezy, but was otherwise decent enough. I wasn't overwhelmed by the quality, but it wasn't bad.
Yet another very, very solid SEPA beer bar. I'll definitely be back.
04-12-2009 17:23:01 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Craft Ale House in Limerick, PA
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