Lancaster Brewing Company
Active Beers: 25
Beer Ratings: 2,953
Beer Avg: 3.64
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 6
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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2/5 rDev -49.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 2
As said in other reviews, really hard to find.
It was a Saturday afternoon when we stopped in. Very small parking lot. It was really dirty....floors, walls table. I'd say there might be 12 seats at the bar and then dozen or so tables around.
I had already had their beer in bottles, but thought we'd try out the brewery. The beer selection was so-so. The menu was ok, but nothing stood out.
I wouldn't return to the place because I can get their beer in bottles without having to figure out how to get there plus it was just too dirty.
05-22-2004 19:57:15 | More by MsRogueRed
2.03/5 rDev -48.3%
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
3.03/5 rDev -22.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
Ive been to both LBC locations on multiple occasions for a variety of reasons. I was surprised to see I never wrote a review. This is based on my most recent visit to the Harrisburg location.
The building is sort of laid out in 2 different types of setups. The larger side is the restaurant, the other is the bar area that also has some seating off the bar. The bar is a typical setup with room for say 20 people give or take. Taps are set up in the middle. Table seating all around. Somewhat dim lighting for being noon on a weekday.
LBC beer has always been middle of the road for me. Its a good stepping stone for someone to get into craft beer but the excitement of their offerings gets old fast. In the past 6+ years they have pretty much run with the same lineup of beers but now offering maybe 3 or 4 seasonals that come and go.
The service is decent. Nothing extraordinary and no complaints.The selection I have hinted at above. If you frequent the establishment, I dont know why? They have the same generic laminated beer menu. It listd everything but doesnt tell you what is currently available, you gotta look at the tap handles. Even if the menu says something is in season, its not a gaurentee. Some of their rotational beers were 3-4 months out of their "time period" listing on the menu. Thats a shame, you can tell its not fresh upon your first sip.
The lunch menu consists of a burger or 2, a couple salads and a soup. Other apps are available with the likes of smoked wings and pulled pork. On my recet visit, I opted for the smoked wings and they were quite forgettable. They were seemingly boiled and moist, in the center they flirted woth being under-cooked and they were soggy on the outside. The sauces were bland. I would not have these again.
I stopped in thinking "man it has been awhile" and left shaking my head remembering why I dont go there. Your money could be better spent elsewhere. If you have never been here or had an LBC beer, than sure I could see it being worth your while. I get the same feel from this place as the ABC locations. Move lots of people in and out to make money and dont care about the quality of the product.
09-27-2012 14:06:35 | More by stakem
3.1/5 rDev -21.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Located in a well-kept warehouse on a corner in old Lancaster, the brewery is a somewhat imposing building. The huge grain silo has the milk stout and Amish 4 grain flags hanging from it, which gave this building away when I was lost. The logo is emblazoned in beautiful gold and black paint on the brick - very striking. I'm knocking the service down so low for two reasons: First, the building is utterly bereft of handicap access. I helped carry a person in a wheelchair up 7 steps, after circumnavigating the building in vain. It is a refurbished building, and quite old at that, but it certainly wouldn't kill them to build a ramp. Second, the beers are served in incorrect glasses: a British Ale in an American tumbler, and a hefe in a nonic! These points aside, and assuming you're not handicapped, the pub is wonderful. Inside, there's a large bar area with a good scattering of chairs and tables. The interior brickwork, in excellent shape, has been covered with a lot of dark wood. And the brewing equipment, many vast pieces of stainless glory, are in a gallery that begins a floor below, and shares the same ceiling. The presentation is really magnificent. On the beer menu, there's a good variety of styles, mostly German and English. The two I had, the British Pale and the Hefe, were too mild for my taste. I didn't try the milk stout this time, but I know it's a knock out. A real winner on the food side was a sandwich called a Monte Twisto. It's a croissant sandwich basted with egg, filled with ham, turkey, and strong swiss, which is all grilled. It's served with maple syrup on the side, which makes this sandwich phenomenal. Most entrees were very high priced, and the sandwiches were also $7-10.
07-31-2006 20:36:24 | More by mjc410
3.28/5 rDev -16.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Stopped by this place on the way to Philly.
This location is by the highway and does'nt look like the one in the picture. You enter the business to find a family dinning area to your right and a bar/taproom to your left. The staff were friendly and answered questions we had about the beer. They had a nice variety of styles available. Just average beers IMO. We were staying just a block from here so we lucked out in finding a place at 11pm. Not really a destination place but a average spot for an average beer.
01-15-2012 17:54:01 | More by jale
3.33/5 rDev -15.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
visited last weekend while in lancaster. brick corner building on one of the 8 streets in the city. felt like a museum once seated, equiptment on display below the resteraunt. great ambience. took the waitor forever to seat and serve. ordered appetizer (wings were great), a beer sampler (about 12 beers), and a reuben for the main course. the food was average but most of the beer was great. if I remember correctly the amish four grain, rye ale, and milk stout were truely amazing.
GO HERE FOR THE BEER AND NOT THE SERVICE/FOOD
10-10-2009 21:11:08 | More by bl400315
3.35/5 rDev -14.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4 | $$
This used to be a regular destination for us. There would always be 10-12 beers on tap, and three of the standard beers are very drinkable (Hop Hog, Milk Stout, Amish 4 Grain). They do a nice Winter Warmer too.
Yesterday was our second consecutive visit where there were only 5 beers on tap. And no Hop Hog or 4 Grain, or Winter Warmer. Production has apparently been a problem for a while.
This is too bad as the place recently went non-smoking (which is always nice) and the food has always been quite good, and a step above most brewpubs.
12-28-2007 20:11:36 | More by sholland119
3.43/5 rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
The establishment is just off the highway in a middle-of-nowhere part of Lancaster. Luckily, there's a Howard Johnson's right next door.
It was a very inviting and friendly atmosphere inside. The host station was staffed and we were addressed immediately. It wasn't terribly busy, but being in a group of 7 it took a few minutes to be seated.
The place settings were a little fancier than expected. There were leather-bound beer menus on the table. The food was a little pricey, as the food was overall high-quality ("prime"-this and that). The USDA Prime Burger was tasty, but not really worth the price.
The beer prices were better than the food. The sampler of eight 5oz pours was $8, a good value in my book.
They have beer and merchandise (t-shirts, glass tumblers, glass mugs) available at somewhat reasonable prices (I bought a tumbler for $3.75, but passed on the $10 mug).
Overall, it's worth it if you're passing through the area, but I wouldn't necessarily seek it out unless you had other local activities planned.
10-27-2008 02:19:52 | More by odietrying
3.5/5 rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $
Lancaster is a middle class small city of 100,000 that has some conferences and is a throughfare for other travellers on the I-95. Hence 55 beerfly reviews. Not much to do in the town, but now that there is an Iron Hill, it will likely get even more traffic. The place is a decent size, though most patrons by 9 pm were drinking outside. The basement was where I was for the homebrew monthly meeting. Everyone said hello which shows you the quality of life makes up for a lot of big city ammenities. The beers were about the same quality as the bottles, average. Service was friendly and alert without being meddling. Decor was alright.
06-27-2008 13:35:07 | More by Sammy
3.53/5 rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Dragged my family here after a fun day of Thomas the Tank Engine. I have been here before, but it must have been 8+ years ago and I wanted a do-over. We arrived for lunch, many tables to choose from, and a very nice server(sorry, forgot her name). There was a fair amount of smoke around the bar, but that was not problem around our table(we had kids with us). Other than the Hop Hog being out, I enjoyed the beers they had to offer and found the food to be standard Brewpub fare. I did try the lamb burger(that was new!) and would get it again. The prices were fair and I did not regret being on the early side for lunch because the place really filled up as we were finishing. I would/will return to LBC in the future.
09-24-2007 17:46:23 | More by mobud
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Lancaster Brewing Company in Lancaster, PA
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