Laban praised the 25 taps and the smart redesign of a formerly blighted corner, 6th and Bainbridge, right across from Beau Monde and next to Bistrot la Minette.
There are 25 rotating taps now flowing at the corner of Sixth and Bainbridge – a fountainhead that should cheer the well-wetted beer crowd of Queen Village and Bella Vista. There’s a strong local presence on those tap handles, including some lesser-known breweries in farther reaches of Pennsylvania like Bullfrog (Williamsport), Neshaminy Creek (Croydon), and Old Forge (Danville). There is Sly Fox Chester County bitter on the low-fizz hand pump. And naturally, there is beer in barrels, too, like the Round Guys Barrel Rider and Arcadia Loch Down Scotch ale that each pack an extra layer of boozy complexity. That doesn’t even count the 200-plus-bottle list, which offers some bigger, cellared brews, from Petrus to Tilquin, ‘t Gaverhopke, Russian River, and Stillwater.
He wasn’t quite as kind to the menu:
Unfortunately, the cooking was so inconsistent that even a great beer list could not wash away its flaws. The house-made hummus was as stiff as drying wallpaper paste. The duck confit was tender, but strangely dry. The olive oil cake was so dense, I had to peel it like putty from the roof of my mouth.
We haven’t gotten the chance to get there yet. Any non-professional reviewers out there who would like to weigh in?