- May 30, 2017
Plenty of local establishments claim to be, "great neighborhood bars” but halfway through our interview with Penn Taproom’s GM Albie Snyder, we knew this place was the real deal. Sitting on their beautiful patio overlooking downtown Doylestown, our conversation paused more than once so he could chat with passing locals. “This always happens when the weather is nice and the patio is open,” Snyder laughed. “What could be better?” Celebrating seven years serving Doylestown, it’s no wonder this State Street haunt is such a hit. The prime location, warm staff and great beer keep customers coming back.
**Pictured from left to right: Co-owner Keith Blalock, Bar Manager Erin Weidner, Co-owner Chad Riedley and General Manager Albie Snyder
Heady Times (HT): What was Penn Taproom like when it opened seven years ago?
Albie Snyder (AS): What [owners] Keith Blalock and Chad Riedley aimed to do all those years ago, was to bring great pub food and great craft beer to this community. They wanted to provide a gathering spot for the working class in an upscale pub environment. That same philosophy remains today.
HT: Has the bar changed much in that time?
AS: We’ve redone a lot. The interior used to be a bunch of smaller rooms, but we blew that all out and opened it up. The wrap-around patio is a huge addition. We really wanted to provide an awesome outdoor space to eat. OnlyInYourState.com recently named us one of Pennsylvania’s Top 10 Restaurants with The Most Amazing Outdoor Patios! We have 50-60 seats upstairs too, so there’s a lot of room for dinner. That fills up in the winter when our patio is closed.
HT: Why Doylestown?
AS: It’s a beautiful place. I love our neighbors and the other bars in town. It’s a great place to be.
HT: Tell us about your 13 taps, why that number?
AS: We like to keep it small. We’ve talked about adding more, but I don’t think we will. When a bar has let’s say 50 taps or something, often times they end up having a lot of beer that is just sitting around. I like that every time someone comes in, they can try a different beer, but it’s not too much. We’re turning beer, while people are trying new things – that’s what it’s all about.
HT: What are some of your staples on tap?
AS: Allagash and Spaten are our best sellers, so they’re always on. Guinness and Yuengling also do well, so they’re also offered most of the time. We leave the other taps open to rotate. We do great with Firestone Walker too. IPAs and pale ales in general sell really well. But I try to keep a wide range of beer, from hoppy, to easy-drinking, to domestic. We carry a lot of domestics in bottles. We cover a wide range, so there’s always something for everyone.
HT: What are some of the local favorites on your food menu?
AS: Well, we’re known for our burgers. My favorite is the Spicy State Street, named after the street we’re located on.
HT: Does your location put you in a prime position for local events? AS: Yes! And we’re very involved in the community. At different times throughout the year, State Street is shut down for events, like the Doylestown at Dusk Car Show and Arts Festival in September. And we hold a few beer events throughout the year ourselves. HopFest is on May 20th this year and our PA Craft Party, where we feature Pennsylvania craft breweries, is in July. We also have a big Great Lakes Christmas Party every year. We’re thinking of adding an Oktoberfest… we’ll see what happens.