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Stoudts Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 45
Beer Ratings: 6,921
Beer Avg: 3.76
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
Route 272, PO Box 880
phone: (717) 484-4387
Also home to the Black Angus Restaurant & Brew Pub
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Stoudts, just north of the Pennsylvania turnpike, is like going to Grandma's for dinner... But then Grandma has brewed some incredible craft beers to indulge in. The interior dining room features a look from long ago, like you're sitting in someone elses dining room.
The food is fabulous, if not a bit pricey though. Get a steak. It's what they do, and they know how to do it.
Beers are fantastic and each come with their own individual character. Double IPA was a treat on-tap.
Go for the food, stay for the drinks. A Win-win.
06-27-2011 23:28:15 |
More by devinoconnor
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
I've been to Stoudt's on a few occasions and have been to both the pub and restaurant sides of the establishment. The atmosphere is cool. Kind of dark and old world feeling, the seats are unique and very comfortable. Odd little trinkets and strange pictures all over, but it seems to work. The bar area is a little small, but even on a Saturday night you can get a drink without a problem. The menu has not let me down yet. Crab artichoke dip baked into a bread bowl is a must as an appetizer. Also, we usually get a cheese plate when we go just to relax and enjoy some, but the cheese menu is spotty and unreliable. Entrees are also incredible with my favorite so far being the apple smoked pulled pork sandwich. Beers were the big draw that got me in the door, and have not let me down either. There is always a handfull of their normal offerings along with a seasonal or two and a cask selection. My most recent trip the cask offering was a bourbon barrel aged vanilla bean fat dog. Sooo cool to try. Prices are decent, but can add up quickly when there is so much great stuff to try. Service has been very good in my trips, seldom having to wait for a beer or flag the waitress down from across the building. Overall a quality establishment that I will continue to visit regularly.
05-10-2011 14:03:41 |
More by Hoops4life511
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
I walked into the restaurant, and I thought I was back in Germany. It is situated in Pennsylvania Dutch country, right in the middle of a "village" that looks like a town from Germany, right off of route 222. It had a homely feel, and it wasn't too crowded, but I went with my family at around noon, right when it opened.
Quality: The food was very good, and it comes recommended by Stan (me). After eating here, I was no longer hungry until about 7pm, but that was just for some potato chips.
Service: my standard rating of service is how often my water is refilled. Since I wasn't drinking water, I kept watch on my mother's water: it was always full. Thats why it gets such a high service score.
Selection: wide selection of food, with mostly German origins... but they had other things like seafood (which I stayed away from since seafood is gross)
Food: delicious. I had the kielbasa with saurkraut and onions... I'll probably have it again if I go back.
04-25-2011 20:03:10 |
More by loveingminor
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Stoudts is in many ways my corner/neighborhood bar. It's about a 10 minute drive, but hey, I live in the sticks and it is the closest quality beer option I have. So that said, I have the same affinity for it that most people have for their 'go to' bar. But at the same time Stoudts could really make a lot of improvements, so I have a bit of a love/hate thing going as well.
The beer is the main draw at Stoudts, with the best options being the Double IPA, the Abbey Triple and the Fat Dog Imperial Stout. The place has a nice vibe to it and is decorated with a lot of historical political memorabilia/propaganda. It is definitely classier than a typical brewery, although the bar area still feels comfortable if you are in jeans and a tshirt.
However, the bar area has only 12 stools. So while most people come to Stoudts for the beer, the overwhelming amount of space is dedicated to dining. When I compare Stoudts to a place like Victory, with the mega bar Victory offers their loyal customers, it drives me nuts. At Stoudts they have two options for bar expansion. On one side there is a completely unnecessary oyster/clam/shrimp display case. On the other side there is a lame extra dining room. Neither of these areas is needed and could be revamped to expand the mini-bar. With only 12 bar stools though, Stoudts will never become a great brew pub.
Aside from the lacking bar area, there are two dining options. The regular restaurant is nice and has a limited bar type menu. The food is mostly good (great burgers, average wurst however, and no vegetarian options for those who care) but is not consistently great. I've had bad meals there on occasion, but typically good ones. The other half of the dining area is aimed at fine dining and draws in a more elderly crowd. I've been to Stoudts hundreds of times and never felt the urge to eat in the fine dining section, although I will order a few items off the restaurant menu.
So in summary, Stoudts has great beer and I love to hang out there. However it sucks because I frequently can't even get a seat at the bar when the place isn't even crowded due to a lack of seating. Personalty, I'd love to see Stoudts embrace its role as a brew pub and build up the bar area. You can still serve good food, but realize that your greatest audience is there because they appreciate the brewery.
04-13-2011 01:27:48 |
More by mcslain
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I really enjoy this place. My favorite spot is in the pub room to the left as you first enter the bar area. The spot by the window is particularly nice. The table is big and the chairs have arms.
They make good beer here! The food is quite good and you must try the beer battered fries or onion rings.
The beer fests are definitely worth attending. There's a beer hall and beyond the brewery is a retail area that looks like a german village.
Good beer, food, other entertainment and shopping make for a good place to seek out some fun. BTW, they sell bombers of their specialty brews. Take some home.
04-08-2011 20:54:55 |
More by Tucquan
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
If you like the atmosphere of a German Brauhaus, you'll love Stoudts. Not sure what to order? Sausages in a Brauhaus are almost always a good bet. Bratwurst was exceptional. Served with sauerkraut and rotkohl (red cabbage). If you've never had these dishes made in the German manner...loose your preconceptions about taste and dive in. Compliment your German dinner with a wonderfully fresh, clean, crisp helles in the form of a Stoudts Gold Lager.
I couldn't have been more impressed. To sum up, it took me right back to the Alps, to Switzerland...to Brauhaus's of my past. This comes as close as I have been in a very long time. Mahlzeit!
01-20-2011 03:02:22 |
More by pcar333
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A - A unique setting to enjoy some food and drink... A unique old building loaded with PA-centric brewerania, not just that from Stoudts... Nothing pretentious about this place, just a family owned establishment oozing with history and charm...
Q - No complaints in this department... Everything was as expected or better... Food, drink, service, etc...
Ser - Excellent knowledgeable servers...
Sel - The menu is a nice mix of pub food and slightly nicer restaurant fair... My only real complaint is in terms of beer selection... There really isn't much more than the widely available Stoudts offerings...
Food - Hands down the best french fries I have ever had... The burger was top notch too... No one else in our party of six had any complaints about their fare either...
Val - The prices were reasonable and I had no complaints in this category...
12-12-2010 18:30:36 |
More by philbe311
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stoudts is mere blocks from where I live, so I know the place very well and try to visit often.
Atm - This place is HUGE on atmosphere. Adamstown is the Antique Capital and Stoudts fits right in. Check out the antique beer trays, the various political memorabilia, as well as the dozens of GABF metals.
Quality/Food - Quality of thier fine craft brews = 5. Quality of Artisanal Cheese and Bread = 5. French Onion Soup = 5 (always great!) Oysters = 5. Other food... hit or miss. Burger temp has been rough in the past, but steady in 2010. The French Onion Soup is truly awesome!! Something I must mention though... if you visit in the summer - bring a flyswatter. Every year since I moved here in 2006, when the weather gets warm that place seems to get hit with the Plague of Flies. This is an unfortunate ding on quality since nobody enjoys sharing their meal with a pesky fly (or two... or three).
Service - The servers are all very friendly. During the busy periods you might wait a little while for your food or check, but it's *usually* pretty fast.
Selection - You have the flagships, the big beers, the seasonals, and they also offer a special brew (i.e. Imperial Brown Ale). Add that to a rotating cask selection.
Value - This is an important note - there is a restaurant (walk in - on your right) and the pub (to your left). The "pub" does not mean you need to sit AT the bar. There are plenty of great, comfortable seats available. If it's your first visit, ask to sit in the pub. I've met folks who visit once, are directed to the restaurant, and never return because they think it's too darn expensive. The restaurant is recommended for special occasions, but for the average explorer of good beer - the pub will meet or exceed your expectations. While on the topic of value, the burgers are made from their own breads and since my first visit in 2006, the size of the "buns" have decreased (seemingly) significantly. Also, the big beers... they were once poured 16 oz at time and are now only available in 12 oz pours. That said, I believe this is more appropriate to the style and strength. (I would LOVE to see the Triple in a chalice someday!)
11-19-2010 18:57:35 |
More by BlitzShadow
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in late Monday night for a few beers and some light fare.
The place is oddly opulent but also very kitschy. It works in a strange way. The place was virtually empty when we arrived, a few guys waiting for the delayed Monday Night Football game, and we took a table. Order some cheeses, the Dante, WI was the best (Sheep's milk). The tap list was solid, all the usual Stoudt's brews, with the Double IPA also available on cask.
Had a Triple (wonderful) and a cask Double IPA which was served at cellar temp with ample head. Well done. It was also somewhat drier than the CO2 version, I thought.
Our waitress was very attentive but not intrusive.
Beer to go in the coolers by the door, and I bought a 750mL Brewers Reserve Adamstown Brown to bring back to VT.
All in all a good stop, but was disappointed that all the draft was the usual suspects. Maybe I just hit it at the wrong time?
10-13-2010 04:16:04 |
More by SFLpunk
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
What can I say? I'm a sucker for Stoudt's. Their beers are top-notch, the food is good, but then we go from there. The hours of the pub has changed so often in recent years it's been downright frustrating at times. The service has been suspect most times. Warning: if you're not a local, you'll wait a good bit to be served. This is what frustrates me the most: for as many times as I've been here, I still seem to get secondhand service and no compassion from any of the servers or main bartender. But in all honesty, I'm not looking for special service- just to be served on the same level as any other customer. Even still, with the excellent beer and good food, I'll still come back again & again.
06-10-2010 01:37:53 |
More by jwhancher
Stoudts Brewing Co. in Adamstown, PA
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