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Craft Ale House
Taps: 16 / Bottles: 367
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
708 W Ridge Pike
phone: (484) 932-8180
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 12:00pm
(Place added by: sorryaboutbrooks on 01-07-2009)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Transcribed from undated notes, but I was here with chefmonty and TheChauffeur1, so it had to be around mid-Spring 2009.
Located along Ridge Pike, the parking lot surrounded the building with an extensive patio on the left side. The entry was in the center of the side nearest the road, with a wide, glassed-in vestibule. Coming in, a few high tables and chairs were to the left, fronting a blackboard just before the laminated dark wood bar with a slight "S"-shape at its end. To the right of the bar, beginning just inside the door, was a short wooden wall fronted by stools on the bar side. On the other side of said wall was a mini lounge area with a small fireplace, a coffee table and several comfy chairs. Wooden benches lined the walls, fronted by standard restaurant tables and chairs. The lavs were all of the way aft on the right side. The kitchen was aft, in the centerline, with another set of benches and tables to the left of the kitchen door.
Food: We ate, but I neglected to note what I had. We were talking to one of the owners and he mentioned that part of their business philosophy is a commitment to local beers and produce. How many times have I preached the Buy Local, Eat/Drink Local mantra? That's a non sequitur, BTW.
Beers: The back bar included sixteen (16) constantly rotating taps along with shelves for glassware. Past the back bar were the numerous cooler doors, filled with over 200 bottles. My only complaint was that the beers were served too cold, which is a testament to my impatience and also a factor that they were working to tweak.
08-09-2010 14:46:19 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A fine establishment with an excellent craft selection and upscale pub food. A ten or twelve seat L-shaped bar with some high top table on the left. A half wall separates the bar from the open dining room, which probably seats 65 or so.
There are 16 taps, all craft, largely local and nicely diverse. The bottle list is almost uncountable, with great drink-in or take-out selections at relatively reasonable prices.
The menu is creative and generally well executed. The chicken tenders and pork sandwich are out of this world. Salads are beautiful, with lettuce that looks hand picked rather than poured out of a bag. The kitchen can be slow, and struggles at times with consistency but when it's on, there are few pubs with better food.
Fortunately, CAH has done away with many of the off-putting elements of the early dining experience ("No, you may not have your sauce on the side", "Your large table must place its order for only half the table at a time"). Service has become more knowledgeable too.
07-26-2010 19:46:11 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in here with some friends from work after a long day.
Craft Ale House is fairly small looking from the outside and inside, well, it's pretty small and fairly tight corners. What a nice place though. Outside looks spiffy with new renovations. Inside, pretty much 90% dark wood interior. Few beer signs and more cozy surroundings is a plus as I hate for a bars interior to be another form of advertisement. One of those almish fireplaces with a two person couch if I recall correct. Bar area is incredibly small and hard to get a seat at. Tables surrounding that with a mix a six to go selection and another cooler of beer behinf the bar. Bathrooms were spiffy.
Grabbing a table(which was mad close to another table) I was greeted promptly by my server and she was pretty hot. That's always a plus! I ordered up some daisy cutters and that new Victory DIPA. Clean glassware and proper pours.
I ordered up a marhgaretta(Sp?) Pizza and some other grub. It was decent, nothing spectacular, but above most bars food offerings. It took a bit to get the food as well and it was not all that busy. Everybody enjoyed the food though so it's a win.
Pretty nice draft list with about 16 or so representing most styles. I wish I came here a week sooner when they had Cantillon 100% Kriek on tap(Kicks Rocks). A killer bottle list as well that is up to date. I mean this list rivals most out there nad reminds me of Eulogy's list in terms of sheer volume and beer styles/breweries/Etc.
A nice small spot that im sure has a loyal local following, because let's face it, what else is there to do in Limerick. Im going to come back and try to get a bar seat and see if the tenders really know their beer.
01-07-2012 16:04:36 |
More by BARFLYB
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
combo beer bar and restaurant. was very crowded on a saturday night, waited almost an hour for a table to eat. some people in line for tables actually left. however, couches and beer from the bar made the wait fine for us. the place is fairly small with maybe 10? seats at bar, a few high top tables, and maybe 10-15 dinner tables. live acoustic music latter in the evening. mostly a middle age crowd.
quality and quantity of beer selection was great - both tap and bottle.
service was fine, as I didn't wait long for beers and our waitress for food was attentive.
the food was very tasty.
the pork sandwhich and fries was a huge portion, although the soup and salad my wife went with was on the small side. some beer prices I thought were a good deal, others high.
would definitely go back, just maybe during a less crowded time.
03-10-2010 23:10:41 |
More by jmdrpi
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The beer is definitely the star as this smallish bar has a clean, bright and uninspiring atmosphere. Lots of unadorned cream colored walls with dark wood appointments. Bar seats maybe 15 with twice as many standing. Dining room has ample room but is somewhat cramped.
A few open fronted refrigerators behind the bar house many of the high ABV, limited and seasonal bombers, while a half a dozen other open fronted refrigerators continue long the same wall to the right of the bar, able to be browsed at your leisure. The 20 or so taps featured a wide mix of beer, but stuck to the expansive 200+ bottles, all reasonably priced.
Service was spotty as it was hard to approach the crowded bar and the 2 servers lost track of who was due up next. Did not sample the food.
Overall, not the best vibe in atmosphere and crowd composition, but a great bottle selection and decent prices make this place.
08-28-2011 16:26:34 |
More by rfgetz
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Stopped in here with some fellow BA's earlier last week. This was our second choice of the night but we ended up being pleasantly surprised with how it was. The whole place is rather spacious which was nice when you needed to walk around to the bathrooms or over to the beer coolers along the left side wall. The quality was very nice, clean looking just well kept and cozy. The selection was pretty solid with the minor exception that most of the beer we were asking for off the bottle list were sold out. Pretty bummed when you see Parabola on there and it's not actually available at the moment. The food looked good from what I could see others eating but I hadn't ordered any myself. Overall the value of the place is worth checking out, they also give discounts on 6 packs when you buy them for take-out. Very good service also, Justin was a great bartender to us and I wanna make sure he gets a proper thank you on here to him. If I ever end up in Limerick again someday I'll be sure to stop back into this pub for a good round or two.
07-30-2013 01:01:41 |
More by Knapp85
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I was able to stop in here a few months back with a few college friends. It was later on a Friday night and the place was pretty busy. There was a twenty minute wait for a table, but we found a place at the "outer bar/breakfast nook."
Both the hostess and the two bartenders were very friendly. The hostess suggested we snatch the open seats by the bar. We were all able to order right away as the bartenders noticed we were standing with empty hands.
The tap list was pretty good with 16 taps ranging from locals (Sly Fox Pils, Yards Love Stout (nitro), Prism Love is Evol), other craft brewers (21st Amendment Bitter American, Great Divide Belgica), to imports (Duvel, Saison DuPont). The bottle list was even more extensive with Russian River, AleSmith, Dogfish Head, and many, many more craft breweries. Imports were also featured in the bottle coolers.
Prices were very reasonable for a bottle shop. The draft prices were spot on. All of our drafts were fresh and served in the proper glassware.
We had a nice visit to the Craft Ale House. I will want to stop in again the next time I visit my old college friends.
02-13-2012 22:07:29 |
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