May 9, 201310:51 AMFood & Dining
Tasty Tidbits and Food For Thought
Roy Pitz Brewery
This week my day job required me to travel to Chambersburg. Never one to pass up an opportunity, on the way back home I made a brief stop to Roy Pitz Brewery.
The brewery is located in a warehouse which was built in the 1900's and is not far from the center of Chambersburg. It's located on a cul-de-sac in an odd location...and upon finding it the first time one feels like a secret hideaway has been revealed.
The business has been operating there since approximately 2008, and has offered growlers and take-out six packs at a small retail space in the basement in the back of the building.
The staff was small and hours were limited; a bell hangs at the counter for service for growlers.
While the location has ample parking, friendly staff, and a central location the basement room lacked space to sit down for a leisurely sip of the many flavors offered by the craft brewery. .
Two weeks ago, the brewery had a "soft open" of their new Bier Stube. A Bier Stube is a tavern or cafe offering a German style beer and atmosphere.
This afternoon I pulled up to the warehouse building and noticed a new sign in the front which looked inviting. I entered the restored first floor room, and the space was large and airy, and tastefully decorated preserving many of the original features, including exposed bricks, a large rolling door, and historic giant sized ceiling beams.
A large chalk board behind the bar announced the daily offerings. I ordered a Grateful Red, which is a flavorful Scottish Style ale.
A colleague of mine joined me after 20 minutes and tried the Smoked Porter. The Porter had the classic smoked flavor, but was not overdone like some other brands I have tasted.
I admired the artistic beer labels on the taps. The art work is offered for sale in the form of posters in the gift shop.
In a few weeks they will be offering a new flavor, a lighter Pilsner with a hint of orange blossom honey. As my friend and I chatted, we were offered free chips and a free soft pretzel, with the house special recipe mustard.
The pretzel was standard, but the house mustard was exceptional, sweet on your tongue and a subtle touch of tang on the back of your throat as you swallowed.
The bartender asked for our feedback and I sincerely recommended that they consider selling the mustard by the jar to customers. If they do, I will certainly buy a jar.
Eventually, the Stube is planning to offer Panninis and other snacks and will expand their food offerings soon.
As we finished our beverages, we chatted with another regular customer and watched as some businessmen poured into the open door after work.
I have a feeling this place will not lack for future success and loyal followers and that I will probably be one who will be back soon.
It was time to go home....but before we did, we grabbed a mix-a-six pack to take home for $15.
It was a Pitz-er Perfect end to my day!