Location: 15032 Kutztown Rd. Kutztown, PA 19530
Food: Yes! Full menu featuring locally sourced food whenever possible.
Kid friendly: Yes. There is a kids menu that can be colored to keep the kids busy while the adults attempt to unwind.
Beer to go: Yes. Growler fills available along with bottled flagship beers and special bottle releases.
Saucony Creek brewery is located on the outskirts of Kutztown, Pa. in what used to be an old car dealership. The showroom has been developed into a restaurant and bar. The former garage area has been made into a 15 barrel brewhouse system that includes 30 and 45 barrel fermentation tanks with an annual capacity of 6,000 barrels. We have always been fans of Saucony Creeks fall beer, Maple Mistress, and were curious about what else they had to offer. With a little incentive from a Groupon, we were able to explore the various beers Saucony Creek has to offer.
The walls of Saucony Creek have been painted a bright lime green color, but it’s not obnoxious. The decor is well lit, bright, and has a modern feeling. It’s pre-existence as a car dealership is hardly recognizable. Plentiful seating of both high and low top tables are available throughout the restaurant section. Work from local artists adorns the walls and is for sale. A chalkboard advertises events at the brewery such as trivia nights, buck a shuck night, and detox and retox yoga.
We took a place at the long, granite bar and looked over the 12 beers available for tasting.
The flight list has something for everyone. IPA, DIPA, Witbier, Porter, Stouts, Pale ales. You name it, they have it. Since we were here without our kids we decided to give all twelve beers a try. All pale ales and IPA’s were delicious, most of them below a 5% abv which allows ease when ordering a second pint. My wife isn’t a Saison fan. However, she enjoyed the xReserve Peach and Ginger Saison which was strong with the peach flavor and had notes of ginger afterward. I’m typically not a fan of porters but I found myself enjoying the xReserve Imperial Vanilla Porter. The Porter has a smooth, caramel, malty finish. Perfect for a fall/early winter day. The Hop Suplex DIPA was also quite intriguing. Not just because of former WWF superstars made up as hops on the label, but because of the taste. The 10% beer has a very nice hop aroma with a mellow grapefruit finish. Delicious and deceptive of the high abv. Hexeri is a Belgian style witbier that is just a fantastic summer beer. Xreserve Bourbon Barrel Lord of Misrule will make you think you ordered a shot of the Heaven Hill bourbon. Saucony Creek soaked this brew in Bourbon barrels to give it an amazing kick yet with a semi-low abv at 9%.
We ordered an appetizer of the Pierogie fries with an onion and sour cream dipping sauce. Upon finishing our appetizer we realized we should have ordered two. For our main course, we ordered a mushroom flatbread pizza and pub burger with lettuce, tomato, and fries. All meals were delicious and done to perfection. Perhaps it was all in the locally sourced ingredients.
Saucony Creek has a commitment to locally sourcing as many ingredients as possible. They are continuously looking to help local farms by using their crops in their recipes as well as hosting “pop-up” farmers market in their parking lot.
The community outreach doesn’t end with the food. Saucony frequently donates portions of their profits to various local charities. For instance, each purchase of flagship IPA, Stonefly, sees a portion of the proceeds go towards the Schuylkill River Watershed Restoration Fund. And, rarely a month goes by when the brewery is not “hosting” some sort of fundraising event.
One more story about Saucony Creek’s philanthropy. A local reverend met with Saucony Creek about doing something special for the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. It just so happens that Katie Luther, who was married to the founder of the Lutheran religion, Martin Luther, had a homebrew recipe for a Dunkel Weizen. Saucony Creek bottled and sold the beers at a celebration at the brewery with a portion of the proceeds going towards the United Lutheran Seminary Scholarship Fund.
Saucony Creek is quickly becoming a major must visit brewery in Berks County as well as PA. The brewery always has fun events such as local fundraisers, local musicians, pop up local farmers markets in the parking lot and the Maple Mistress 5k fun run.
Next time you are near Berks County or near Kutztown University (Go Golden Bears!) visit Saucony Creek for amazing food and beer. You will not be disappointed.