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Taproom (Spring House Brewing Company)
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
25 W King Street
@ N Market St
phone: (717) 399-4009
Monday - 11am to 10pm
Tuesday - 11am to 10pm
Wednesday - 11am to 10pm
Thursday - 11am to 10pm
Friday - 11am to Midnight
Saturday - 11am to Midnight
Sunday - Noon to 8 pm
Sunday - Closed
To-Go: 6-packs; 22-oz bombers; screw-top growlers; swing-top growlers.
(Place added by: woodychandler on 02-02-2011)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 2 | $$
How can this place be rated above Quipps and The Fridge? The beer is average at best and the food is below average. I was here twice shortly after opening and once more recently.
Does anybody really think that guava or peanut butter flavors should be found in beer??
Their flagship pale ale is below average and everything else is pretty much the same. This place is for hipsters who don't know what craft beer is.
The only redeeming feature of this place is that they sometimes put on beers that are not theirs (Victory, Troegs).
Building is noisy and gets incredibly crowded on weekends.
02-17-2013 18:44:03 |
More by howsmydrinking
vibe: 1 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$$
Atmosphere - This place is cramped and has the most ridiculous echo. It can be loud with only a few people in there.
Quality - The beer here runs anywhere from awful to mediocre.
Service - I've never had really great or really poor service here.
Selection - They always have a great variety of beers. Almost always something new from them and typically a few from other local craft breweries.
Value - The beer here is really expensive for the quality you get.
03-14-2013 12:02:00 |
More by jerdude
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I have been to spring house taproom 3 times now the first was an evening dropping off homebrew to enter the competition they sponsored to have them brew the winning beer and had a pint with stakem. The second the day of the results being read for the competition I was here about 10 minutes -it was so loud and crowded I couldn't make it to the bar for a pint and left after meeting a friend and went to Iron Hill. The last occasion was not quite as hectic I came with my brother and cousin and we all had a pint while waiting for Pour on Prince to open on a Sunday afternoon.
The atmoshpher is a standard bar with some of Spring House's label art displayed on the wall, the place is loud even when it isn't crowded because it is all hard surfaces and there is nothing to soften the reverb. I think the beer is better than average but overall it is not the best choice of Lancaster city beer bars for selection or service. I would come here if meeting someone on a slow night but in general I am not really going to make this my first choice of places to go when in Lancaster. I never tried the food, but I have heard good things. I guess it depends on how much you love Spring House beer, to me they are kind of hit or miss, so take that with a grain of salt.
08-10-2012 13:13:55 |
More by Slatetank
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
Had some unexpected free time this week, as the office was closed due to a power outage.
Located in downtown Lancaster, the tasting room is a modest size afair, with a decent size, wrap around bar area and then a number of table and chairs in the front area. There is some interesting art work on the walls, and I otherwise enjoyed the warm color scheme in the taproom.
As for the beer selection, there were 10 beers on tap this day, which included a guest beer from Troegs (the sunshine pils). Everything else was from Spring House brewing, and I thought the quality was interesting. A belgiain style wit was pasable, while the cosmic monster, fruit flavored quad was almost undrinkable. On the other hand, the peanut butter imperial stout (the Big Gruesome) was outstanding, and would have me stopping by on a regular basis if I lived nearby. There was also a pale ale and DIPA on tap today, but as I'd had the latter at a DIPA tasting some years ago (and hadn't cared for it), I limited myself to just the three beers.
In terms of food, I got the lunch portion ceaser salad. It was decent enough, though I'm not sure the salad dressing had ever been near any lemon, garlic or anchovies. I'll order something different if I'm ever by here again.
Prices were reasonable I thought, and I liked the fact you could order beer by the pint or half pint. Service was OK, though my server seemed a bit preoccupied at times, and so occasionally there was a bit of a wait.
If I was a huge fan of Spring House beers and I lived nearby, I'd certainly come here from time to time. However, other than the stout I wasn't really impressed with anything I tried, so I'm not sure how often I'll be back. Really did like the PB stout though...
07-06-2012 15:40:04 |
More by johnmichaelsen
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
A decent place, fairly small, with a medium-sized bar and a few tables. Windows give you a view of the town, and the walls are otherwise decorated with the brewery's artwork. On tap is a good selection of 10 Spring House brews and a local guest brew (e.g. Victory Headwaters). Service was fine but a bit uncoordinated: for example, our bartender gave us menus to look at, and before we could even glance at them, another bartender took them away and put them back behind the bar. Ok then. I'm being a little bit generous with the food rating, it's just on the border of 3/3.5. The menu selection was fine, but the food wasn't great. I got some sort of grilled meat & cheese sandwich that was ok but not great, my wife got wings that were served sans bleu cheese, and we split the crab mac&cheese bites, which sounded better than they tasted. Prices were pretty decent for food and beer.
I'm not sure I'd go out of my way to visit again, but if I find myself in Lancaster for whatever reason, it's good to know this place is here.
11-20-2012 02:19:24 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Great place. Small but tons of fun. Has great outdoor seating and even a shuffle board table which is SUPER fun. Food is really good and bar staff knows about their beer. Spring House seems to be a VERY IPA heavy brewery. Most of their beers are strong and hoppy which isn't for everyone. Would like to see a nice lager or wheat beer sometime I think it would attract a lot more diverse crowd. Over all good place and good prices. Really fun and relaxing!
07-16-2013 00:49:40 |
More by Scary_Version
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
Atmosphere is different with the paint scheme. Could use more room since it was crowded on a Friday afternoon. I imagine weekends get crowded. They had a shuffleboard table and TV for entertainment.
Beers we tried were good. We did not eat but they came out with some samples for the customers which is cool. Had a sample of the Gyro which was very good.
Service was slow , you had to order at the bar which is fine but at times the bartenders were caught up in their own business Ex. Cell phones, eating and talking to each other.
Good selection of beer for just about every palate and food.
Reasonable prices. $6 for a pint which was not bad considering the quality.
12-01-2013 15:40:07 |
More by Jamey61
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Edits on 9-Apr-11
Service and selection issues have both been worked out. A visit with the akorsak pack was pleasant with prompt attention. At least 6 beers on tap, including the intense smoked bacon porter and mango IPA. Service is up to 3.5 (from 3); selection up to 4.0 (from 3).
Damn Lancaster is a mess on Saturday mornings. Spring House's new taproom is pretty busy too. Glad I arrived just past 11:30AM on a Saturday.
Atmosphere: The taproom is a relatively small space overlooking Lancaster's Market, King Street, and a mixed use space. Once inside, a large U-shaped wooden bar greets you. Tables are spread around the remainder of the restaurant. Spring House-related caricatures adorn the walls.
Quality: High quality Spring House beers! Food, based on the menu, is good. The restroom (men's room, at least, could use a little more water pressure at the sink). Shuffleboard too.
Service: Understaffed. One person was left to deal with a crush of people. I saw at least 6 people walk in, sit for a while, and walk out unserved. An interesting quandry because the house was packed but you never want to turn away customers. Eventually Matt and another manager joined the fray, alleviating the issues. More staff would be appreciated.
Selection: Only three beers on tap: Blacker Cracker, Gate 2 and Seven Gates. It's still shakedown so I won't go hard on 'em. The draught tower can accomodate ten taps, that'll be a welcome selection. The brewpub license allows them to carry PA wines too. I had the Gate 2 and Blacker Cracker. Keep the additional taps coming.
Food: A small menu of finger food and sandwichs. I didn't order, so I'll call it N/A.
Hopefully they'll work out the staffing and tap list issues as shake-down continues. A great location for people watching too. I'll re-review after the shakedown period because there is potential here.
02-13-2011 00:51:54 |
More by akorsak
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | $$
The location of this establishment was perfect. You could walk around downtown and then come in and enjoy some great beer. The selection of beer was awesome, and afforded me the ability to try several of their beers since they are distributed in my area.
Their were two negative aspects of this establishment. 1) The bar maid wasn't very help when it came to describing the beers and she even made the comment "I don't know, I don't drink beer". She did somewhat redeem herself by finding out local stores that carried a certian beer that they make so we could take some home with us.
2) For the non-beer drinkers there was no alternative such as liquor. My wife isn't a fan of beer and they only option for her to drink was wine, soda or water.
Overall I thought this place was a great time and when I have the opportunity to go back I will jump at the chance.
08-30-2013 22:23:25 |
More by TTripp725
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in here with Deuane and thain709 for a quick beer on a recent trip to Lancaster.
Right off the bat you notice that this isn't the biggest place in the world. The walls are painted with the cartoons from their beers. They have a few tables all around the place surrounding the big bar on the right. A few TV's hanging from the ceiling and a shuffle board table offer some things to do but it is really all about the beer. I will say that the acoustics in this place are terrible. If only one person is talking loud then everyone can hear them but when everyone is talking loud it can be a bit overwhelming.
The overall quality was quite good. I had all my beers served in the correct glasses and my food was top notch. I got the pulled pork quesadilla and it tasted very good. They made it pretty quickly as well. The prices were pretty reasonable but $9 for half a quesadilla is a bit much in my book. The servers were very attentive and pretty knowledgeable. I didn't have to wait very long for my beers to get refilled.
At the time we were there they had seven beers on, all of them being different varieties. They had all of their year rounders on with a few seasonals and even some one offs. The chocolate PB stout was awesome, glad I made it down to try it before Deuane drinks it all. I only wish they would have had one of their other awesome stouts on.
Overall a great addition to downtown Lancaster. I will return many times I am sure.
06-02-2011 00:14:05 |
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