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Lancaster Brewing Company
Active Beers: 25
Beer Ratings: 2,927
Beer Avg: 3.65
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 6
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
302 N. Plum St.
phone: (717) 391-6258
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 75 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5 | $$$
The restaurant had a very warm comfortable feel. It was dimly lit and the tables were spaced pretty far enough apart that you didn't really notice anyone else.
There were probably 6 different beers on tap, most were average, except for the milk stout which is pretty good.
The service was ok, nothing spectacular but nothing to complain about.
I had the top sirloin which was fantastic. It was by far the best steak I've had in a long time. Though at first I thought many of the items on the menu were a bit pricy I thought it was reasonable after experiencing the quality of what I had.
02-23-2010 21:37:12 |
More by BeerCon5
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2 | food: 2 | $$$
Ah the old brewing company. Not really a favorite of mine to be honest. The crowd is always nice but that's really where it ends. The bartenders always seem grumpy, the manager lady seems equally grumpy, the beer is mediocre, the food is mediocre and usually over done and the pricing is a bit out of touch with the product offered. My experience with this place started about 6 years ago. I was newly 21 and I thought it would be nice to see what the hometown had to offer when compared to the likes of stoudts, victory and other local/regional brewers. I've been consistently let down yet I've returned several times. Usually in hopes of a turn around though this has yet to be seen.
The patrons are usually very friendly. I've had many good conversations about any number of things with guests at LBC. Great place to rub shoulders with tourists or people in town for work. There's a few TV's on the ceiling but the audio is never playing no matter what's on. The bar is usually buzzing though.
I typically have a hard time with service at LBC short of my first drink. It would seem the bartenders are more concerned with regulars than new faces. I usually have to wait for conversation with a regular to die down before i'm served. Conversation with the staff is generally very cold. Apparently I have to join the fancy mug club to get a proper handshake in this place.
Being a brewery don't expect them to carry anything other than what they make where beer is concerned. They do have a full bar though so feel free to bring a lady or any non beer drinker.
Honestly though you shouldn't worry about the non beer people. LBC's brews are usually very mild and bland. Those not interested in huge malty stouts or hi alpha hop monsters will be at home. LBC's beer is as welcoming as the rest of the establishment where I'm concerned though. I also prefer the double IPA's and other "big" beers. LBC makes a light lager and a cherry wheat. Should be satisfying to the rookies. They like to play around with their beer at LBC. They serve rye beers and other goofy things no one else makes. I don't know why, I don't see a market for these sorts of things. Look for their dopplebock in the spring if you end up here. Only beer I've actually liked at the place. Don't expect authenticity though. It's more of a sweet beer than a smokey malty lager.
I've never had a good dining experience here. Not once. The menu is ambitious but poorly executed. Probably a good metaphor for the entire LBC experience honestly. I"ve been served stale chips, burgers that have sat on the warming lamps to dry and a few other abnormalities. I've also been kicked out of LBC for no reason at all while trying to bring new people into the place. I was told my guests looked young yet no one was carded let alone place an order for alcohol.
All this and they still come after you with premium prices. For an evening here you could walk to Quips and be greeted with better food, sociable staff, beer you'd like to drink and you would leave with more money in your pocket. And I don't even like Quip's that much.
Speaking candidly, skip this place. They're rude, their beer is a joke sometimes not even brewed on premises "to meet demand", their food is over priced and poorly done it's just half assed. LBC gives me the impression that the people running it are there for a pay check. They couldn't care less about you. Very self interested establishment. The locals like it because it's there's and I guess I can understand the hometown pride. That was my initial interest as well. After working in the industry and specifically in establishments who cater to the beer drinking crowd I can't vouch for this place. IT'S JUST BAD.
01-25-2010 07:40:09 |
More by emericanchaos
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is a cool place! Well worth the visit. Its obviously not a beer bar, but sets up quote well. Cool, old brick building, with exposed brewing systems, low lighting, clean, and very welcoming. I can't wait to return again to sit at the bar.
Everything we had was excellent from the beer to the soups to the main courses. I tried the White bean Chicken Chili which was awesome as well as the pretzel fried chicken, which was another winner. Others in the party had the meatloaf, scallops w/ wild mushroom ravioli, steak, and the wild boar. No complaints and compared to similar fare at other establishments, a decent value.
The staff was extremely friendly, and willing to do their best with whatever you request. They are also very knowledgeable about the brewery and the beers.
I recommend this place for some good traditionally brewed beers (nothing extreme really) and a great meal.
I had the winter warmer during my visit with another 6er of the warmer and another 6er of the milk stout to go. Both reasonably priced @ $9 per.
12-07-2009 02:10:10 |
More by CHADMC3
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
visited last weekend while in lancaster. brick corner building on one of the 8 streets in the city. felt like a museum once seated, equiptment on display below the resteraunt. great ambience. took the waitor forever to seat and serve. ordered appetizer (wings were great), a beer sampler (about 12 beers), and a reuben for the main course. the food was average but most of the beer was great. if I remember correctly the amish four grain, rye ale, and milk stout were truely amazing.
GO HERE FOR THE BEER AND NOT THE SERVICE/FOOD
10-10-2009 21:11:08 |
More by bl400315
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
After a wet but enjoyable day (05JUN09) at the Reading WWII Weekend, daughter Caitlin and I set off for Lancaster. There we picked up local BA Woodychandler and headed towards LBC for some sup' and suds (save for Caitlin; 21 will come soon enough!!).
LBC is housed in an old tobacco factory/warehouse. It's a couple stories high and all brick on the outside. Up a few steps and in, to a hostess station to the near-right, with the bar in the left-rear corner. There are some high tables to stand at in this area, plus some tables and chairs just to the right. The main dining area is further to the right and rear. The place is still really factory-like, with lots of brick, exposed duct-work and pipes, dim lighting, and an old service elevator near the middle of the room. Towards the rear you can look down an open area to the bottom floor and see the brew kettles and such. There may have been music playing, but we were there at the tail end of happy-hour, and it was loud and lively. Don't recall seeing any TVs, either. Macht nichts! We were here to eat, drink and bull-shit!
There were about 10-12 biers on tap, running the gamut of styles. I opted for some Franklinfest and Hop Hog; both were well-made and thirst-quenching. Had a cajun burger which was superb, and Caitlin said her quesedilla was tasty. The Wood-man had a large hunk of salmon, which must have been good, since his plate was cleaned off! As for service, they sort of get a mulligan here. As noted, the place was hoppin' when we arrived. Rather than a long wait for a table in the dining area, we grabbed something near the bar. These tables are basically for quaffing, and are not served by anyone. Hence, we mosied up to the bar and ordered our bier and food there. The meals were brought out to us, but no one checked-up on our status. Nonetheless, the people at the bar were quite helpful.
All-in-all, I felt the place had a great vibe. Biers were solid and food very good. would revisit if ever in Lancaster.
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 - $$
06-10-2009 19:16:24 |
More by Bierman9
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped here on a day trip in Lancaster County a few weeks ago. I loved the physical arrangement of the place and the fact that it was basically in an old building that has been re-purposed as a brew pub. Gives the place a lot of character.
The food, service and food selection were good but not exceptional.
But the highlight of this visit was getting to meet one of the brewers and getting to go downstairs and take a tour of the brewery.
I've sampled several Lancaster Brewing beers and enjoyed what I've had (Hop Hog, Shoo Fly Pie Porter, the Amish Four Grain Ale, and the Rare Rooster Summer Rye).
And for those who might wonder, yes they fill growlers. :-)
05-26-2009 02:26:30 |
More by drtth
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
I have been to this place several time over the past two years thanks to my Fiance' who lives in the area. We Love this place. They always have a great selection of beers with a good range of different styles. Most recently I tried the Sho-Fly and it is my favorite so far.
The Food here is Awesome! You would not believe the quality of this food for the price. The taste is superb and a great addition to their beers.
The atmosphere is even better. They are in an old tobacco building in the center of Lancaster. This place is great in the middle of the day for lunch or a good happy hour. Great place to be.
Try it and you will love it. They even have a night stay special on their website.
02-15-2009 23:13:26 |
More by Beertroop
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Lancaster was one of the first micro breweries in the area. It has been around a while and been through some management changes, but still is a staple of Lancaster.
the atmosphere is cool as it is very wooden and industrial feeling. The floor is all creaky wood and it is located in an old warehouse type building. The food is ok, above average. It has definitely gotten better since being taken over by the Keares group.
The beers are pretty good. They are finally branching out and trying more types of beer beyond their standards. They typically have 7 or 8 beers on tap at any given time. Most are ok, some are definitely better than others. It can be a bit of a hit or miss with the beer.
Service is so-so. Unless one of the brewers is there, the bar tenders and servers don't know all that much about the beer. But regardless, it is a place worth going into and checking out if you are in the area.
02-02-2009 18:47:35 |
More by Hophead101
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
The establishment is just off the highway in a middle-of-nowhere part of Lancaster. Luckily, there's a Howard Johnson's right next door.
It was a very inviting and friendly atmosphere inside. The host station was staffed and we were addressed immediately. It wasn't terribly busy, but being in a group of 7 it took a few minutes to be seated.
The place settings were a little fancier than expected. There were leather-bound beer menus on the table. The food was a little pricey, as the food was overall high-quality ("prime"-this and that). The USDA Prime Burger was tasty, but not really worth the price.
The beer prices were better than the food. The sampler of eight 5oz pours was $8, a good value in my book.
They have beer and merchandise (t-shirts, glass tumblers, glass mugs) available at somewhat reasonable prices (I bought a tumbler for $3.75, but passed on the $10 mug).
Overall, it's worth it if you're passing through the area, but I wouldn't necessarily seek it out unless you had other local activities planned.
10-27-2008 02:19:52 |
More by odietrying
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Atmosphere - The atmosphere here is great. First of all, it's non-smoking (and was even before the PA law was passed) which is a huge plus for me. It draws a very friendly, mellow crowd compared to other Lancaster bars. Decor is good and the layout is pretty spacious. The only reason I didn't give this a 5 is because it always strikes me as a little... dirty.
Quality - The beer here is good. There's nothing too mind blowing, they have a pretty standard selection. Their highlights for me are the Rare Rooster, Hop Hog, and their Winter Warmer.
Service - All the staff are extremely friendly to both regulars and new customers, and even manage to remember your name (this is important for mug club members). The only time it's lacking is if you're sitting in the bar area and want to be served by a waitress instead of going to the bar to order. It could be a while.
Selection - The beer selection is good, there's typically about 8 or so different LBC beers on tap.
Food - Pretty mediocre. They have a different food special everyday, though, which is a huge plus.
10-09-2008 15:42:15 |
More by jerdude
Lancaster Brewing Company in Lancaster, PA
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