The Bulls Head Public House was just voted by CraftBeer.com as the best craft beer bar in Pennsylvania. If you haven’t been or are looking for an excuse to get back, their upcoming weeklong celebration is the perfect opportunity to see why it was voted the best in the state.
Bulls Head starts with an extremely well-curated beer list. While I love seeing dozens upon dozens of taps, it is refreshing to not be inundated with a lineup of beers that can give you some weird form of anxiety.
Bulls Head takes their beers seriously. If there is an IPA on, you can be assured it’s going to be unique. When we were there they had Great Divide Hercules Double IPA. If you like the it darker, I’m sure you’d be happy with a Breckenridge 72 Imperial Cream Stout.
The smaller tap list, which only has 16 beers on at a time, allows for a higher turnover of beer to give more variety and allows the bar to offer the freshest beer possible.
Every great beer bar needs their signature beer. Since Bulls Head is a traditional English-style pub, it is only fitting that their house beer is St. Boniface’s Bull’s Head Bitter. A traditional style beer on cask that can be enjoyed any time of the day at only 4%.
Their weeklong celebration runs March 7-12 and will feature two special beer releases each day. One on tap and one for sale in bottles.
Keg: Weyebacher Sunday Morning Stout
Bottle: The Bruery Rueuze ( A blend of their three different vintages of their sour blond ale)
- Keg: Hof Ten Dormaal Grappa Sour Red ( Flanders Oud Bruin aged in grappa barrels)
- Bottle: Allagash Odyssey ( dark wheat ale ages in for 10 months in oak and steel barrels)
- Keg: Founders Project PAM (Black IPA aged in maple bourbon barrels)
- Bottle: Deschutes Dissident (Flanders Oud Bruin made with cherries and aged in Pinot Noir barrels)
- Keg: Evil Twin and Crooked Stave collaboration Ryan and the Gosling (brett pale ale)
- Bottle: Schneider Weisse Tap X Aventinus Cuvee Barrique 2014 (wine barrel aged dopplebock/eisbock blend)
- Keg: Against The Grain Buffalo Head (peat-smoked brown ale)
- Bottle: Free Will Black Friday: (Belgian quad aged in apple brandy barrels)
A lot of bars claim to be an English or Irish pub, and although I’ve never been to a bar in either country, I can say that the Bulls Head feels pretty close to the real deal.
The outside looks like a street front pulled right from London. The bar side is extremely open with a few tables. When you step inside the first thing you notice is how open the bar area is. The bar itself is a classic English style bar with high ornate mirrors behind a line of spirits.
Just recently they collaborated with Lew Bryson on Whisky flights that offer a diverse selection of Scotch to please any palate.
Behind the bar is the dining area that combines the comfort of your grandma’s living room with the style of a bar like no other.
Food service is all through the bar and it is a mix of American and traditional English cuisine.
Bangers and Mash peaked my interest, and I was not disappointed. Sara got the Chicken Tikka Marsala, while Andy went with the a Shepherd’s Pie and a Scotch egg.
Another recommendation I have are their nachos. Instead of tortilla chips and salsa, their version is more of a “loaded fry” dish with house made potato chips, bacon and cheese. Perfect with any beer.
Saturdays feature an English breakfast from 8-11 a.m. complete with English bacon, sausage, eggs, baked beans and more for only $9.50.
Lastly, if you indulge too much, you’re just a short walk away from a great night sleep at the attached Sutter Inn. The Bulls Head should be a destination for every craft beer lover.