Monday, February 27, 2012

Spinnerstown Hotel: A Beer Oasis Off the Beaten Path

Spinnerstown Hotel Taproom

Just a few miles West of Quakertown lies a postage stamp sized town called Spinnerstown. You could literally miss it if you blink as you drive through, as if you had a reason to pass through this sleepy town in the first place. Well, I’m about to give you a reason, a really good reason… The Spinnerstown Hotel.

The Spinnerstown Hotel is a historic property that has served as a tavern and place of rest since the early 1800’s. Its current owners, the Dales, have owned “The Spinney” since 1959. It currently serves as a restaurant and taproom with a warm inviting environment and live local entertainment.

The food here is good. You have your choice of pub fare, sandwiches, and a variety of delicious entrees. One of my favorite entrees is the Hunter’s Pork: a pan seared pork mignon, brandy sauce with mushrooms, toasted walnuts, granny smith apple slaw, and sweet potato gnocchi. I once paired this dish with a St. Bernardus Prior 8 Abbey Dubbel… delicious and I highly recommend it. If you aren’t really comfortable with beer and food pairing, don’t fret. You can order something from the “Fresh Additions” menu, where beer and wine pairings are already suggested. You can also ask your server to make some suggestions.

Sly Fox on Cask
I enjoy the food and the atmosphere here, but the real reason I go is for the beer. If you just happened to stumble across this place, you would never expect the beer haven that awaits you inside. The beer menu is extensive. So extensive, in fact, that the Spinney’s website contains a beer search engine that allows you to search their inventory by style, brewery, location, and availability. The tap list is constantly rotating. Can’t decide what you want? Well, you can put together a flight of four beers from any of the 14 or so brews on tap… or on cask… or even handpump. If that isn’t enough to get your beer panties in a bunch, they also have a great beer cellar list… how does a nice 2004 Thomas Hardy’s Ale sound? You could also make reservations for the monthly “Meet the Brewer Dinner”, where a four course meal is paired with a series of beers from a selected brewery.

Tonight’s visit to the Spinney started with a tasty flight of four beers: Sly Fox Chester County Bitter (on cask), 21st Ammendment Bitter American, Maine Beer Company Spring Peeper Ale, and Southern Tier Eurotrash Pilz. A solid lineup for sure, but the Spring Peeper Ale really spoke to me. I enjoyed an appetizer of ostrich quesadillas with my flight before my entrĂ©e arrived. I ordered the broiled seafood combination, which paired up nicely with a round of Spring Peeper Ale.

Later, thanks to the most excellent suggestion from my good friend Kyle, we selected and shared a bottle from the cellar list… a 1999 J.W. Lees Harvest Ale. This brew is an English Barleywine coming in at 11.5% ABV. As you may have guessed from the style and age of the beer, the nose and flavor was full of dark fruits including raisin, plum, and black cherry. There was very little hop presence if any at all. It had a decent amount of carbonation for its age, but it was very port like and, despite its high ABV, it wasn’t hot at all. This brew made for a very pleasant after dinner sipper.

Off the beaten path, but well worth the trip, the Spinnerstown Hotel is a legit beer destination. If you consider yourself a beer lover and you enjoy pairing beer with food, then you owe it to yourself to visit this place... maybe I’ll see you there.


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1 comment:

  1. Sounds like my kind of place. There needs to be more places like this