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Lancaster Brewing Company
Active Beers: 25
Beer Ratings: 2,934
Beer Avg: 3.65
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 6
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
302 N. Plum St.
phone: (717) 391-6258
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 75 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Rolled in on a Saturday night after Stoudts. Wasn't the easiest to find but the giant grain silo out back helped....
We entered into the bar area and headed towards the rear for seating. It's an old open spacious building with white brick walls and large posts that are beautiful old wood beams (offensively) painted green & brown. Decorated with old brewery black & white pictures here and there, and 2 dozen copper topped tables running the length of the dining area in clusters. Practically one whole side of the room is lined with a copper railing, creating a perch that overlooks a wall of fermenters planted in a room below.
To the front, a 12 seat bar with 9 taps (Amish 4 Grain, Milk Stout, Golden Star Pils, Red Rose Ale, Strawberry Wheat, Lightning Light, Porter, Alt, Hefe) and a cask (IPA). Beers were fresh, nothing amazing though. I enjoy the Amish 4 Grain and the Milk Stout, but I find the Strawberry Wheat to be too sweet for my liking and the porter was light and not Porterish. They've got darts, that golf video game, and backgammon/chessboard tables in the bar area. Had the Teriyaki Wings and the Angus burger, food was solid, no problems there and the service was good and attentative.
07-19-2004 13:18:00 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I must be up front here and admit that LNCBC is my home base, being about eight blocks from my house. As a result of its proximity, I am a Mug Club member, making me a regular.
First, to address the setting. It is a former tobacco warehouse that was transformed into a brewpub (including a brewhouse, restaurant, and bottling line) in 1995. It is on the corner of one of the major routes though LNC city and as such, parking can be tough, but not impossible.
Next, the focus of the establishment. There are only two (2) TVs and they can be tuned as likely to news and The Food Channel as to sports. This is NOT a sports bar! Instead, it is a pub dedicated to the dying art of conversation with fellow human beings. There is an electronic dartboard, a video golf and a video hunting game, but that's it. The emphasis is on the interaction between the patrons, themselves, and the patrons and the staff. The whole place tries to be as welcoming as possible and caters to a wide spectrum of Lancastrians.
On to the decor. This is a rustic facility, in keeping with the history of the building. Unfinished wood floors, exposed beams and poles, deck plates over holes in the floor, and unpainted brick abound. If you are expecting the polished, upscale look of so many craft brewing establishments, you should revise your expectations accordingly.
Next, the food. It is excellent. I personally recommend the white chicken chili, or if you are a fan of les fruits du mer, they serve a lovely dish of mussels, as well as a wonderful fish 'n' chips that includes what I can only describe as a slab o' fish, or a building shingle gone missing.
Finally, the beers. Reviews can be viewed separately, but my picks are A4G (Amish Four Grain, doncha know) and the Old Timer Alt Beer.
Edit: I gotta give mad props to these peeps. How in the flyin' f**k they put up with me on a regular and continuing basis is beyond my ken. Heck, they even take me with them to fests, although I have to ride in the back of the van with the kegs. John, Christian, Bill (when's the Franklinfest?), Steller, Brenda, Prentice, Addie, my fellow Mug Clubbers, and everybody else involved in their operation: my hat is off to yunz!
07-20-2004 19:39:03 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4
I'm not sure what exactly has conspired legally, but the resaurant is now called the Walnut Street Grille at The Brewery. The service is absolutely hit or miss, but the kitchen is running better and the food is fairly decent. The menu is varied, and fairly reasonable (although the salads seem a bit pricey). Appetizers include Black Bean Hummus ($5.99), Brew House Nachos ($6.99), Drunken Mussels ($7.49) and Coconut Shrimp ($7.99). Soups include White Chili and French Onion (both $3.99). A Grilled Caesar Salad is $6.29 (add chix $3, add shrimp $4, add tenderloin tips $6), the Walnut Street Chevre Salad is $8.29, a Thai Salad is $9.29, and their Citrus Grilled Salmon Salad is $10.99. Their deep dish pizzas are reasonable, however, in the $7 to $7.89 range. For dinner their Fish & Chips is a good deal at $11.49, and their Chicken Parmesan over Penne is just $12.99. Shrimp Scampi over Angel Hair is $15.99, their BBQ Babt Back Ribs are $17.99, and their Maryland Crab Cakes are $19.49. There are always at least 6 beers on tap (ask for the gueuze - it's not listed), and the seasonals are usually quite interesting. The decor hasn't changed much at all and the wooden floors with steel plates over the holes are still there, as is the centerpoint elevator and view down to the brewery. The bathrooms could use a little bit of work, but otherwise it seems fairly well-run and well-maintained. Its family friendly, but there's also the bar for single persons. Overall, it's an enjoyable brewpub in which to enjoy a good meal or have a solid pint and play some darts. Two thumbs up!
11-10-2003 04:41:05 |
More by NeroFiddled
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
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Tried to follow the website's map directions, and the roads didn't seem to jive to the map. Did stumble on it eventually. This is a large warehouse style building with plenty of tables and a 12-15 seat bar. Stopped by during Friday late afternoon, and boy did this place fill up by 6:00. Plenty of locals of all styles - suits, young adults, old folks - so it was an interesting mix of people. Had numerous conversations with different folks. Very friendly environment. Video game, dart board, and a few TVs for entertainment.
The beer selection is nice as they had pilsner, oktoberfest, saison, gruit, red, milk stout, 4 grain ale, and strawberry wheat. The beers were all quite good. There is a beer refridgerator and gift shelf just to the side of the entrance. Picked up two sixers to go.
Parking in the lot is tough with the limited spots, so look to just park on the street. This is a great stop during any central PA beer hunt.
10-22-2004 13:11:10 |
More by Gavage
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4 | $$
This used to be a regular destination for us. There would always be 10-12 beers on tap, and three of the standard beers are very drinkable (Hop Hog, Milk Stout, Amish 4 Grain). They do a nice Winter Warmer too.
Yesterday was our second consecutive visit where there were only 5 beers on tap. And no Hop Hog or 4 Grain, or Winter Warmer. Production has apparently been a problem for a while.
This is too bad as the place recently went non-smoking (which is always nice) and the food has always been quite good, and a step above most brewpubs.
12-28-2007 20:11:36 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is a May 13, 2006 visit to LBC.
Atmosphere: The restaurant is a converted old farmhouse/warehouse. The first floor is dining area with brewing machinery that extends into the basement. The dining area is decorated with rustic old signs for agriculture in the area.
Quality: The quality, all-around, was better than average. Our waiter knew his way around beer and the menu was no slouch.
Service: The kitchen screwed up my order... But my waiter was upfront and apologetic, letting me know that he had caught the problem before delivering the meal. He then comped me a drink. The honesty was an excellent touch and really saved the day.
Selection: They had 6-7 house beers on tap (including a vanilla milk stout variant on the estimable Milk Stout). I have the VMS and the 4 grain pale ale, both very good.
Food: The entire party ordered pizzas (see above for the problem with mine). They were good and surprisingly inexpensive.
Value-wise, three of us ate (3 beers and 4 meals), had a growler filled and bought a pint glass, all for $45 pre-tip. Can't complain about that.
05-14-2006 23:28:49 |
More by akorsak
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 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Never a review....what? I have been going since the place was Lancaster Malt Brewing over 10 years ago.
Located in the downtown area of the city in an old tobacco warehouse. The interior is wood and brick with the fermentation tanks rising up from the basement floor to dominate the area behind the bar and dining area. A nice sized bar is off to the left of the entrance and the long dining area extends to the right.
Both the food and beer are about the same...solid but not fantastic. The offerings are true to style...save the Hop Hog, which is a nice hoppy beer, but an IPA...mmmm...not sure! Nothing here gets carried away but nothing lacks terribly either.
Service has always been decent but nothing exceptional.I cant remember ever having a complaint.
Overall LBC is a nice place to hit up if your in the city. Good beer, food and atmosphere make it worth stopping at. And now with the Iron Hill located but 5 minutes away Lancaster is becoming crawlable!
07-26-2008 13:19:57 |
More by Deuane
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I had the chance to have dinner w/ a date at Lancaster Brewing company. I have been to the brewpub many times over the years and the homebrew club I belong to meets there.
I really like the atmosphere at LBC, the view of the fermenters and brewing equipment, very casual, yet interesting with copper topped tables. You can relax, play darts and unwind.
The quality is very good. I can't say I have ever returned a dish or beer. I enjoy cask ales and seasonals regularly which are fresh and the menu items are well made.
The variety of lagers and ales is good at LBC, I wish there were more beers on tap sometimes, but what is offered is consistent and done in the traditional style. I enjoy the pub selection on the menu and Oyster shooters w/ tabasco and porter are great.
The value is very good for what you get, I like the dollar off growlers and vulture buffet. This is one of the breweries I live closest to and I like the fact they don't dissapoint. I will continue to come to LBC for local flavor. The Pittsburgh steak salad really hit the spot as well as the chicken quesadilla appetizer.
09-04-2007 21:09:09 |
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