The Stoudt brewery has been supplying tasty brews to discriminating PA beer drinkers for decades. In High School I had a science teacher who was profiled by the Daily News for his study of beer history. I asked him which beer was his favorite and he pointed to the hat he was wearing in the photo with the article. It said “Stoudt’s”. (By the way, I googled him and found my retired science teacher here.)
On to the restaurant and brew pub opened by the Stout’s to feature their fresh brewed beer in Adamstown, PA (antiques capital of the United States).
I have been to Stoudt’s a half dozen times over the years and always have a good, but not great meal. Today was no different. The menu focuses on three things: beer, German food and a raw bar (consisting entirely of colossal shrimp, topneck clams and blue point Long Island Salt oysters, all served raw). It’s an odd mix, but it works.
The German food is hearty, but bland. You season it yourself with salt and pepper. My crew had the Pub Steak Sandwich and German Schnitzel (pork, not veal). I had the blackened tenderloin tips over spaetzle (german noodles). I also had three of the colossal shrimps, which were good and served with the house cocktail sauce.
A salad was crisp and fresh (and unimaginative with iceberg, tomatoes and onions) and the house bread (available for sale) is always excellent.
The pub steak sandwich was a 5 oz. strip steak which was reported to be excellent. The schnitzel looked delicious and I heard no complaints. My tenderloin tips were blackened alright, but missing any other flavor. Same with the onion soup, which is loaded with perfect cheese, croutons and onions but the broth is flavorless. The blackened tips did have flavorful caramelized onions and bell peppers mixed in, which were delicious.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the food here – but the salt shaker often gets called into service. Some might appreciate this “season to your taste” approach, but I always feel better about myself when I’m not reaching for the salt.
The beer, which I did not have on this trip, is always good and refreshing. IF you’re trekking on the turnpike or headed to Adamstown to look for some old junk, this is a good stop for lunch. $58 for three of us.
UPDATE — April 2010:
On a subsequent visit I particularly enjoyed the German Potato Salad and the Double Kielbasa platter with red cabbage.