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Stoudts Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 45
Beer Ratings: 6,917
Beer Avg: 3.76
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
Route 272, PO Box 880
phone: (717) 484-4387
Also home to the Black Angus Restaurant & Brew Pub
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 70 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Have visited the restaurant portion of the brewery on several occasions, most recently after a beer event in Exton the other day.
This place has something of an upscale, gasthaus vibe to it, with some sizeable dining room areas in addition to the fairly small bar area. There is a considerable amount of brewery paraphanalia all around, and this place has a very comfortable feel to it... Sat at the main bar area, where I think there were approximately 10 seats. This day there were around 8 beers on tap, including the Old Abominable and Fat Dog stout (the two beers I got). Quality was quite good; both beers were well made and flavorful. While the service wasn't overly personable, it was still pretty quick and efficient. Never had to wait more then a minute for a beer. Food was good. I got the bratwurst dish, and was happy with the sausages and the sides (decent saurkraut and red cabbage).
I've been here twice now, and while I've enjoyed myself both times... I can't quite put my finger on it, but I just wish the staff were bit more friendly and engaging. They always seem a bit distracted to me. No matter.... this is still a very solid place with above average beer and food. I'll certainly stop by again at some point.
03-14-2010 20:42:09 |
More by johnmichaelsen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in here for dinner on my way from Lancaster to Reading. Very cool entrance...like walking into a museum.
Sat at the bar and ordered up a DIPA while looking over the menu. The bar area has a number of tables and stools for seating. The main restaurant area is a little more family style.
The draft selection is clearly marked on place cards. The food menu is decent; nothing will jump out at you. The turkey wrap I ordered was good, but nothing to write home about.
They also sell bottles of beer to go. I picked up a big bottle of their BA Robust Porter and a pint glass before leaving. All in all, a great place that I would visit again if I am in the area.
01-25-2010 21:53:41 |
More by mgbickel
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
Love this place. Cozy family-style atmosphere, tons of fantastic antiques and memorabilia to look at. Beer selection is good, fresh and delicious. And the food... the food selection and quality is exquisite. The incredible selection of artisanal cheeses were an unexpected and welcomed surprise. The steak was fantastic.
The biggest surprise was having Carol Stoudt stop by our table to see how things were. Who knew we would have the personal touch from a beer celebrity!?
I would make it a monthly, perhaps even weekly visit if it were a shorter drive (takes about 1:45 from Baltimore).
12-28-2009 18:25:54 |
More by jgasparine
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I went out to Stoudts for the tour. I'm a Philly native and their brewery produces many of my local favorites. Their brewing company is attached to their restaurant and bar, making it convenient to sample the merchandise. Stoudts is located right of the PA turnpike and beats the hell out of any turnpike rest stops. If you are cruising through the state, I highly recommend paying them a visit.
The tour was given by Ed Stoudt himself. Very knowledgeable guy w/ a good sense of humor. No free samples, but the tour is free and very informative on how he got started, the process, his techniques & philosophies concerning brewing. You also get a brief history of beer.
We then went over to the restaurant for lunch. It was a Sat afternoon and the bar was packed, so we sat in one of their dining rooms (it's a big place, there was even a wedding reception upstairs). Lots of German woodwork, antiques, and of course, beer memorabilia on the walls. Bottles outlined the room. Very cool decor.
We tried the APA, Gold Lager, Scarlet Lady ESB (my fav), Fat Dog, OktoberFest, Winter Ale, and Abbey Triple. Fat Dog is what many compare to Guinness. But it's not - it's 9% ABV and has more of a chocolate flavor - it's better. I really enjoyed the winter, lighter in color and body then say a Sam Adams Winter. Their ESB competes w/ Fuller's and Elysian's Wise for top slot as far as I'm concerned. I won't review them all here, but none disappointed.
Food was also good. Menu has range of soups, sandwiches, and larger entrees. Everything from pizza to crab cakes. Good prices, fresh ingredients.
11-30-2009 20:24:43 |
More by Thirsty2383
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Visited on May 12, 2009 for dinner:
Unassuming place in the middle of nowhere PA, but you must go for the Stoudts beer. An antique market is behind the place and if you are driving too fast you could miss it.
You walk in and you think that you just walked into the past. Certainly not up to date, but the place just oozes...something... I can't place my finger on it, but the place just has it. There were a couple of local sitting at the bar when I walked in at around 7 pm on a Tuesday and they were the only ones in the place, other than the staff, literally. The bartender stated that it is usually packed every day of the week, but was unsure as to why the place was dead that night, but it made it all the better, just to sit there, watch some baseball and drink a few good beers. The place is pretty big; a couple of good sized dining rooms and that has some cool beer nostalgia in it.
The bartender was good and really cool. He said that he had been working there for 10 years, but a customer for 30. He knew all the beers and could talk about them. He was very friendly, we chatted up the baseball game that was on. He recommended the burger and it was excellent. The place specializes in German cuisine.
The place had about 10 beers on tap, wide variety of styles. I am not sure if you could get a bottle, but I know that you can get beer to go, as they had a couple of refrigerators right there beside the bar, ready for carry-out. They had at least 6 different beers in the frig.
Overall, a must if you are close, maybe 3 miles from the turnpike and 10 miles from Reading.
05-20-2009 16:05:47 |
More by PhillyStyle
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
In reviewing this place it is important to distinguish between the bar area and the restaurant area. My wife and I were here on a Sunday shortly after they opened to have Brunch in the Restaurant before the Sunday brewery tour given by Ed Stoudt.
We both enjoyed the "old fashioned" atmosphere of the German restaurant but thought some of it was a bit "tired" in the sense that some of the furnishings and pictures, etc. seemed a bit worn. But the generall impression was favorable.
The service was attentive and the waitress both pleasant and helpful.
The selection was about what I'd expected from a steakhouse with a German style in a semi-rural area--a good solid basic menu intended to have broad appeal and reflect certain aspects of both American and German cusine.
The food was good. Not exceptional but well above average. My wife had a salad which contained fresh tasty ingredients and I had a German sausage with the trimmings. The sauage had a nice authentic taste which I would have expected given the location of the Restaurant in an area rich with Pennsylvania Dutch heritage.
While my initial reaction was that the prices were a bit on the high side I realized as I was paying that for the entire brunch, including my freshly brewed beer, we would have paid comparable prices in the city for just the food alone.
There is beer available for take out by the bottle, sixpack and case. While we didn't see the biergarden I hear it is a great place where people can really enjoy themselves when the Stoudts' have beer fests there.
05-07-2009 01:16:33 |
More by drtth
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
So, I stopped by Stoudts this evening after a hike with the lady. The bar was nuts so we were seated in the dining room. No problem. The room is cute with some rather elaborate and fancy curtains over the private booths and a row of oyster plates adorning the room beneath the crown molding. I was enjoying the class right up until I noticed there were no windows. Not one. There was a door leading out, but I don't think it's ever used and its glass was a smoked yellow. Hmmm. Once I noticed this, I felt kinda trapped for some reason. The bar itself is a lot more open and quite beautiful with aged dark woods. There's also a room far to the right of the building full of old beer bottles and beer steins, but I've never been sat there before.
The dinner menu in the dining section had no sandwiches or burgers. Just entrees. This in and of itself was not bad, but it was rather pricey. I tried the beef wellington and it came out purple when I ordered it medium rare and the pastry was still dough inside. Oh well. The lady's chicken was over cooked, so over all, it was a pretty bad experience. For the $50 or so we spent on food, this was quite disappointing. Our cheese plate we started up with was all right too. On cheese smelled just like cow. Upon informing our waiter that it was, hmmm different smelling, she agreed and thought it was terrible. When asked why she didn't warn us, she left the table.
Service was pretty bad overall. Our server was generally unobservant, inattentive and clueless about the beer. She mentioned a dry hopped dark beer. When I asked what style and listed off a few, she replied it was probably an "ale." Sigh. I also over heard another server that evening explaining that one beer was way more bitter than another. I don't know about you, but "bitter" isn't a good flavor for anyone. Now, hoppy or dry...
The beer was great. What can you say, it's Stoudts. I got a Gold and a Fat Dog and the lady got two of their cask winter ale. That was an absolute bombshell with a silky smoothness that trapped in a spicy and nutty smokey grain. Wow. At least the beer kicked ass tonight.
I've had great experiences at Stoudts and when I looked up my BA account, I'm surprised to find no entry. I'm sorry such a negative experience had to motivate me to write. If you get a chance, sit on the casual side of the building and stick to the sandwiches. That way, you'll increase your odds of having a great time.
03-08-2009 01:58:38 |
More by DarkerTheBetter
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
...Picture a kick-ass brewery in the heart of Americana...the atmosphere is alright and the beer is delicious...You have Stoudt's Brew Pub. First we hit the bar...The beer is absolutely fantastic. The double IPA and the Brewer's Reserve Imperial Pilsner were phenomenal - as well as the APA from the cask (could have been a little colder). The service at the bar was good, but no one placed our food order (obviously I was with Krukster - see review below).
Anyway...Everyone that was there at the bar was very friendly. We were all there for good beer. The problem was, that when we were sitting in the pub to eat, I felt like I was eating dinner in a funeral parlor (I asked our waitress where the body was). There is no music and the whole place is a sound trap. (But...we are in the middle of antique row.) The decor is awesome and there is definitely plenty to look at. (The Bic Corporation did not exist in the 1930's - check out the bathrooms.)
The food was great...but when you order a burger, you're paying extra for tomatoes and lettuce...(I don't get it). Everyone had a great meal and I definitely recommend it.
This review is not meant as a negative...the beer is great (I know I mentioned that before)...And everyone there made you feel that you were welcomed...but I did not feel that I was at a brew pub...Definitely check this place out for your own experience. Thank you to the BA community for all of the opinions and feedback - per what to expect and look for. BA Rocks!!!
08-14-2008 03:22:36 |
More by TonyT
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
A group of us went out to the Stoudts the other day for the first time. Easy to get to as it is right off of the PA Turnpike.
Entering the bar/brewery is almost like going back into a 1930's time warp,lol. We started out at the bar I had an Octoberfest. (very good) We proceeded to have 4-5 more beers at the bar (Double-MaiBock, Gold, Pils, and I believe the Imperial Pilsner) All the beers were exceptional. Unfortunately our bartender forgot to put our food order in, and later knocked over our beers at the bar. On a postive note we did get free pretzels and sauce. If you are a guy, check out the men's bathroom in the bar area, very interesting.
After finishing up our drinks we went to the dining room for dinner. Got the Jerk Chicken meal with fries and it was excellent. Their menu is top notch and you can order from both the pub and dining room menus. Food and beer can be pricey though. Not sure if it was a proper pairing but had a Fat Dog Imperial Oatmeal Stout with the chicken.
Two things to keep in mind on a Saturday in Stoudts: 1) It is a much, much older crowd 2) There is no atmosphere and it was like eating/drinking in a library.
Positve Notes: 1) Food was excellent 2) Beers were exceptional 3) can get growler fills/ 6 packs) If you are drinking, you can get a Stoudts pint glass to take home for $2
Would definately check this place out again.
08-10-2008 15:55:47 |
More by krukster
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I have visited the Stoudt's complex several times for several reasons over the years. I was in the area today and stopped in for lunch, and decided this was the perfect occasion for my long-overdue review.
I started with a draft in the beer hall while enjoying the sunshine, then took a walk through the endless antique vendor area. After properly working up my appetite, I head over to the Black Angus.
The bar staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. I was in the mood for their always delicious sausage and saurkraut, but switched it up with one of the seasonal wraps. There were 10 beers on tap. I drank the brand-new Organic Kolsch with my prime rib wrap, and both were extremely tasty. The wrap was well made and well proportioned, not to mention delicious, and the kolsch was a nice light compliment to the wrap. I had a Fat Dog for dessert, and finished my visit with a six pack for the week.
It was nice to revisit a cornerstone of the region's brewing tradition.
Stoudt's sells cold singles and six packs for take-out, and fills growlers as well.
06-30-2008 00:10:50 |
More by guzzle211
Stoudts Brewing Co. in Adamstown, PA
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