Pearly Baker's Alehouse
Taps: 30 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 16
4.38/5 rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Peraly Baker's is located in an old building in downtown Easton, PA, which, like the rest of downtown, has some unexplainable charm and class. The main bar room is beautiful, with comfortable booths and a clean counter. A high ceiling with hanging plants adds to the sense of space. The bartenders and wait staff are incredibly friendly. The food is excellent. My personal favorite is the Pearly's Chicken, which consists of chicken breast stuffed with a few cheeses (boursin is one), andouille sausage, and their homemade beer mayonnaise. Delicious. The burgers are also excellent (the Ale House is a winner, consisting of onion rings, cheese, and their special-made beer mustard), as well as the salads (full and half-size), which make a meal in full size. And don't forget the wild game dishes, which change seasonally. The beer selection is solid. They have all the typical imports (Guinness, Bass, Heineken, Stella, etc.) and some local favorites (Victory Brewing, Weyerbacher). There are monthly special selections, and they are sure to choose these according to the season. They will always have a few microbrews from some of the lesser known breweries in the U.S. and will happily describe them for you to help you make a decision. My favorite place for a brew and burger. Highly recommended.
11-18-2008 15:17:36 | More by irishman06
4.05/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
AN exceptionally warm April Sunday afternoon,and we chose this place because Porters and Witch brew parking wasn't close to keep an eye on the Element with the Jack Russels in it.
The six of us, my Mom, sister and her husband, my wife and six year old daughter, arrived at at 430. We were told that the kitchen was closed but would open in about 30 - 45 minutes. We thought then headed next door to Mothers for a pop. We went back at 515pm and found an ourdoor table, perfect considering the weather.
Let's cut to the chase.... THe reason for the mediocre service was because there was a show at the State theatre. We were asked if we were going to the show. We said we weren't. So we think our order was put to the back of the line. We waited a while ... had appitizers .. waited some more, alot more, then our meal came. Exceptional quality and tasty entree's.
The beer menu was great. The waitress was great too ... and brought out three free beers over the wait and after.
I faced the bank and with the front door to my back. Looking down the ally and at the buildings, I could swear that I was in Disney. The art deco architecture looks as if the imagineers took pictures here and recreated them in Orlando.
04-19-2008 23:23:49 | More by bierSnob
3.86/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Super Bowl Sunday, didn't think it was very likely that I'd be trudging out to Easton for the chili cook off at Pearly Bakers, but I woke up and found myself driving across I-78 heading West. The Bunofskys were already in and working the room by the time I hit the PA line and I knew I'd have to play catch up. Rolling into town, I didn't really know where I was going but Pearly Baker's was easier to find than a flesh colored crayon...
Waited on line for a bit to get to the chili in the rear, just taking in the place. The whole room is bar area and seating, save a long corridor running the length along the far wall. A long marble topped bar is held in a pen, with a handful of bar tables and bunch of leather crescent shaped booths lying adjacent. An enormous mirrored bar back runs the whole wall, with a large arched panel over shelving in the center and 3 smaller arched panels over the shelving to each side, holding booze and glassware, and then the wines are tucked below the bar. Dozens and dozens of tap handles from kegs ago run in a long line, suspended upside down above the bar. Beige walls with brick to the front, a high pressed tin ceiling and a raised area over the middle of the bar with skylights that are opened from long handles you spin to open them. Ceiling fans, drop lighting, and hanging potted plants suspended from the skylights. A handful of tables in an elevated seating area below the large front windows adorned with colored glass panels. A big blackboard above the bar listing things not beer, a single TV in the corner, a cork board made of corks, crappy macro mirrors, old area black & whites of the building, and an awesome, ancient Seitz Brothers Brewery, Easton, PA, framed print of a guy standing, surfing, riding 4 leashed goats (been there, done that), dated 1877, it's got some water damage but it's still wicked cool.
Finally made it to the back and did the round the room tasting of the 17 chilis there with the Bunofsky's. It's a smallish room with seating normally, although it was all scattered about to hold the vendors today. There were some kickin' ass chilis back there. The wait staff hit up and down the waiting line and came through frequently taking beer orders. Once we got through sampling every damn chili back there and hitting the good ones a second time, we migrated back out to the bar area. 20 taps split out over 2 towers of 10 taps, one to each side of center, and a most horrible affront to decency... it wasn't enough that the hand pump on the bar was dead, no. They're using it as a paper towel rack. I'm sorry, but that's just not right.
Now the taps list is a mix of good micros, mostly local and regional (Heavyweight Perkuno's Hammer, Sly Fox Dunkel & IPA, Lancaster Winter Warmer, Yuengling, Climax Nut Brown, Heavy Seas Loose Cannon, Sam Adams Winter, Summit IPA), the usual blah imports (Guinness, Harp, Bass, Smithwicks, Stella, Franziskaner, Spaten) and a crappy macro or two. The printed list however, was a little out of whack. It showed the Summit IPA as a Pale Ale, the Heavy Seas Loose Cannon as the Small Craft Warning Uber Pils, the Sly Fox IPA as the O'Reilly's Stout, and listed something called the High Point Nut Brown (come on, get it together, now). They were also carrying a single 750 for sale, the Sly Fox Xmas Ale displayed on a shelf.
It's a good house, beers were fresh (the Hammer was delightful as usual), and service was attentative and prompt on this event day.
Side bar: As we left, coffee and spicy hot chocolate were being served to go. I had the single best cup of hot chocolate of my life here. It was thick and viscous, had great legs, and some excellent heat from the peppers. Damn, that was good. They don't make it there, it's from some coffee house in town called The Cosmic Cup but I wanted to share.
03-12-2006 17:40:05 | More by slander
3.83/5 rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Whenever I am the Middle East-on in PA, I just feel like it is a tinderbox of potential violence; lots of street corner hangers, bent over Jamahls talking into car windows and a mélange of dodgy looking dudes just .well, just doing sweet FA .maybe Im wrong but thats just how it feels. As it happens I never feel threatened, but it does seems like only a misunderstood glance away at times.
Anyways, I was on my way back to the Airport but fancied one last beer with BA Erica after a weekend in PA; sadly Plan #A Which Brew, was not open, Plan #B Porters Pub, was also closed sheeeaaayytt ..so Ericas quick thinking quickly put Plan #C into operation and we were soon racing back down Northampton Street back to civilization and in no time parked right outside the nearby Crayola Factory (or whatever it is called) on the roundabout thingy, ironically called Central Square (WTF!?! Is that what they man about putting a round peg in a square hole?) in lower downtown Easton.
Well the Pearly Bakers Alehouse was a really nice surprise, just off the roundabout shaped Central Square Pearly Baker's sits in the South-East corner and is easily located. The exterior has the words Pearly Bakers in bright green neon above a dark green awning which covers the pastel yellow frontage. A single large window sits to the left of the entrance, which itself is situated on the extreme right hand side. Outside near the entrance a wooden boxed lectern stands by the door but it was unmanned during a quiet chilly Monday afternoon.
Inside the interior is a nice change of pace and there are several Fin de Siècle architectural aspects of great merit. The high ceilings are classic signs of the late 1800s, as are the tin ceilings, sadly painted in a monochrome color; it would be nice to see this accentuated with at least two colors. Most notable is the large leaded glass atrium over the middle of the bar area, this cascades a plunging daylight which drapes the imbiber at that Bar such that no lights are on during the day. As you enter there are a couple of tables in the area behind the single front window to your left. Spreading back against the left hand wall is the Bar. The dark green marble topped bar is unfettered, clean lines are accentuated by the fact that the Taps are all set against the back wall which is fully fitted with carved wood shelves and lots of glass and mirrors, plus a small statue of an old man sitting whilst picking his nose, look for him, he is there. The fittings have a solid real feel to them which lends a high end quality aspect to the whole establishment. Right in front of the Bar, and to your middle as you enter, four quarter circle booths, all upholstered in black leather, face the bar and are obviously suited toward the 'drinker only' classes for busier times. The back of the building is partially annexed and has a well furnished restaurant area with a most splendid Chandelier.
Around a Dozen Taps line the middle of the back wall behind the bar, they included some notable brews on my visit; one or two big boys including Bass, a couple from Sly Fox, Middles Ages Wailing Wench (still dont get that brew), Cricket Hill, plus some local brews and one or two others of lesser interest. Erica knows that I hate the W beers and was eager to gleefully inform me that she had noted that there were NO Weyerbacher beers at all ..so thats a bonus and worth at least 0.5 marks (just kidding). The range wasnt exactly enthralling, but enough to keep me happy for an hour or so. Of note was a, apparently, redundant black handled Beer Engine installed on the Bar. Shame it wasnt in use!
I fancied an appetizer before the 5 hour flight home .a hot bowl of fresh Onion Soup was damn tasty and eagerly dispatched, I had some Fries too, and not bad but very French, if you know what I mean. Erica tried some Breadcrumb coated Cheesy Stick Finger thingies ..they were nice though, as was the dip they came with.
Service was good, our server, Dawn, offered a taste sampler of each brew before we purchased, which was good, because one or two of the brews, although fine, tasted a little rank one of which was an IPA that was awful, forget where it was from. Thankfully the taste samples saved us a purchase of such brews that were not to our tastes, so that was a solid plus point.
A nice enough pit-stop and a very cool place to enjoy a brew and a bite to eat, the appetizers are reasonable but the rest of the food is not cheap - a little expensive but a lovely place to hang out during the quieter day times, I enjoyed my hour or so in here. Thanks to e for the ride here and back to the Airport.
Last Visit: Monday 31st October, 2005.
11-07-2005 02:39:22 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.95/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
This is a nice spot in downtown Easton that is apparantly making a big comeback beer-wise. This was my first visit here, and I definately liked the high ceiling, warm brick interior. Very pleasing to the eyes. The quality of food and beer was very good, although we only got some fries, which were definately a little better than average. Beer selection was good with some real micro winners, and some more obscure stuff too. The bartender recommended the Rammstein Maibock. Nice stuff too, that Maibock. Prices for dinner is a little high end, and too rich for my blood, but than again others may not find it so bad. Solid on all accounts. Recommended if you are going anywhere near Crayola-land.
04-14-2005 15:37:58 | More by francisweizen
3.88/5 rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
A very, very aesthetically appealing place to dine, Pearly Baker's Alehouse is certainly a worthwhile stop while in downtown Easton. The interior is deep and rich in dark wood accents, which adds to the high comfort level during your visit. The beer selection is certainly above average, with a smattering of microbrews mixed in with some highly-circulated imports like Bass and the like. Culinary offerings at Pearly Baker's are definately above regular old pub grub, and border on high-end...although very good. Having supper there may set you back a good bit, to be sure. All in all, a solid place to visit, although there may be better value elsewhere in downtown Easton.
07-22-2004 12:10:04 | More by goindownsouth
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Pearly Baker's Alehouse in Easton, PA
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