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Forest & Main Brewing Company
Active Beers: 49
Beer Ratings: 301
Beer Avg: 3.84
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
61 N Main St
phone: (215) 542-1776
(Place added by: Rifugium on 11-17-2011)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 16 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by joeebbs:
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here for a sample on 5/27/2012.
The bar is literally right at the corner of Forest and Main streets in Ambler. You'll probably have to park a block or so away from the brewery but parking is free so that's good. When I got there a few people were dining on the porch. I went straight for the bar area which is immediately on your left as you go in. The bar is rather small (probably seats 6) with a TV suspended on the right. (which wasn't on) The decor is has a very cozy feel as if you're right at home. They serve their house beers and PA Wine so no mixed drinks. There a 8 beers available on draught with three beers always on the handpumps. This is probably the closest to having a British beer experience in PA.
Had the Kinch, Queen Anne, Pigeontown and Tiny Tim. Samples all tasted good but I can't give a full review on them all as most of them are hand-pumped and should probably be drank in pint form.
I brought my own growler and had that filled with Solaire. The bartender said they will be getting their own growlers in at some point. They'll do fills when they open and later in the evening but when it gets busy they probably won't fill them that often.
06-01-2012 13:54:54 |
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More by jonnyb79
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Had a few rounds of beers here on a Saturday night, in the bar area. We only got an order of fries to snack on, so I will not review the food. Menu looks good though.
The location has it's pros and cons. The Victorian style house is very nice and is a nice chill atmosphere. But over the course of a couple of hours, the bar room fluctuated from being appropriately filled, to being packed with people and really hot. So there isn't much space for crowds, so I would probably recommend visiting on an off-night.
The beer however was fantastic, and most were on cask, drawn with the hand pump. Every beer I tried was top notch. The selection is good but if you're not a fan of English or Belgian styles, you would be out of luck. Beers were pricey but you are getting quality for your money.
09-26-2013 16:11:38 |
More by jmdrpi
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$
This is a very quaint little spot in Ambler. It's a converted home, with numerous rooms for seating and outdoor/patio seating as well. Four beers on draft, four on cask. Four of them were Belgian inspired and four were English inspired. Bartender was ridiculously friendly and the atmosphere was cozy, though a bit warm. The sampler of four cost just as much as a pint of one, and all of the beers were really good, including a barrel-aged saison with Brett, a slightly funky stout, and a hoppy porter. Didn't try the food, though the menu looked a bit limited. This might be more of a seasonal stop as opposed to a monthly one, but it's worthy.
09-23-2013 16:59:01 |
More by bigfnjoe
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$
Visited back in July 2013:
As another BA noted, this is an old house turned brew pub...and if you are driving too fast you will miss, I did. Upon entering, the place has a nice porch, but I headed to the bar where my wife was already waiting for me and I think that by the time that I got there, the bartender had let her try all the beers that were on tap. This did not change once I showed up, great bartenders, let you try anything you wanted. I think that I only purchased three beers total, but must have had more like 5 total. All beers we tried were very well done, but the selection could have been better as they must have kicked two of the kegs in the hour plus that we were there. The food was well done as well. I think that I tried the fish and chips. When I arrived, we were the only people in the bar area, but that was certainly not the case when we left. Great vibe, great people and good beer. I would recommend this place to any BA in the area. Just another reason why Philly is the best beer city in the US.
09-07-2013 19:46:46 |
More by PhillyStyle
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25 | $$
An old house turned brewpub. Awesome. A porch outside contains some tables and a grassy area where people were hanging out. Downstairs features a small bar area to the left once you enter the front door and a small dining area to the right. The brewing operation and kitchen take up the back half of the downstairs, and is not visible. I did not venture upstairs. I found a seat in the corner of the bar.
They have 4 British style beers and 4 Belgian style beers on tap at all times. I had three different saisons, all of which were barrel aged and absolutely delicious. I also ordered the burger, which was cooked perfectly and damn good.
My first time visiting left a very good impression. I will be heading back here soon. The ripping reggae all night didn't hurt either.
08-21-2013 16:45:16 |
More by ColForbinBC
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.75 | $$
Have been to Forest & Main BC 4-5 times since they have opened. Every experience I have had has been wonderful. From the not so customary beer selection to the small but extremely delicious food, everything is of high quality and executed out well. Everyone who has came up to F&M with me loves the atmosphere and their ability to turn a old victorian house into a workable and manageable brewpub.
The layout is great and with the space that they had I think they turned it into a great logistical brewpub. Only compliant I have with the layout is that though the bar is nice I do wish that it was larger so that it could accommodate more people and make access to getting a beverage more accessible.
The bar is only a minor thing for me but what keeps me coming back is the ever changing beer selection and the amazing food. The beer selection is not your typical beer selection that you might be use to finding at any other micro. They specialize in Belgian beers and British styles (the British styles being served at cellar temp only). The British beers being at cellar temp and being poured from hand pump do not allow you to fill growlers up of them which can be a disappointment. Even though I am not a huge fan of British style beers such as english IPAs/PAs and bitters it is always refreshing to try something new and expand your palate. They execute these well with their stout and porters being delicious off tap. When I was there this past Friday I had gotten a pint of Araby which is a 3.7% abv stout. It was good and had a awesome aroma from the falconers flight hops but was extremely thin. The Belgian beers they make are for the most part very good. There Solaire which is a saison is 4.5% and very crushable. Moving on from the beer the food is exceptional. I have had almost everything on the menu with the muscles and burger being my two favorites. Have yet to try their cheese plate but on my return will defiantly try it out.
Overall the place is great with good high quality food, beer and service. Try it out...
07-23-2013 03:19:59 |
More by mikem0487
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
My buddy and I really enjoyed this place, in the middle of our North Philly craft beer hopping trip I planned out. Cool old house re-purposed into a brew house and eatery. When I'm back in the area, I will visit again, next time I'll grab some grub.
05-13-2013 19:41:41 |
More by sackboy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Over due review, been to F & M a number of times now, starting with opening week and as recently as yesterday.
I could just say bacon popcorn and leave at that, but I will go a little more in depth.
Most places this size would be "small", but "cozy" is a much better description. Seats for 5 or 6 at the bar, plus a table or two and ledge or shelf along the wall to set you beers on. The front porch has seating in the nicer weather as well.
The menu is not extensive, but it changes every so often, and everything that I have tried has been excellent.
If you are planning a visit, make sure to check the hours. Closed Mondays, and open from 4:00 on with food starting at 5:00 the rest of the days. I'd really like to see them open earlier on Saturdays and Sundays, even if it is with a limited bar menu.
Beers are either Belgium or British, served at cellar temp with 8 or 9 on all the time including 3 on hand pumps. Every one so far has been very good.
I really like the atmosphere they have created here, and wish them success.
Forest and Main is well worth a visit if you're in the area, and worth the trip if you're not.
12-14-2012 17:55:45 |
More by zekeman17
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