Last Updated on November 3, 2020 by Jeremy
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Our local breweries really run the spectrum in their offerings. If you are looking for a specific kind of experience, odds are good there is a brewery out there that matches your desire.
If a brewery with amazing beer and a robust food menu is something you need in your future, a trip to Insurrection Ale Works in Heidelberg is a must. Or, if you simply want a great brew, their satellite location in the Strip District (no food menu) is sure to please.
IPAs, Gose, and More at Insurrection Ale Works
One of the best ways to describe the draft list at Insurrection Ale Works is that it is often quite well rounded for only having about a dozen taps. Every time we visit there is a wonderful spread of beer that will satisfy most every kind of palate.
We tend to lean heavily on two styles when they are available, and those are IPA and gose as the brewery has made some pretty exceptional offerings of these. On one of our first visits, we sampled Pink Yoga Pants (which was a gose with Himalayan salt, coriander, and hibiscus), and on a more recent visit went all-in on Pebbles and Marbles (a really juicy and citrus-forward IPA). These are both stellar iterations of their respective styles and would go toe-to-toe with some of the best we've had at any brewery.
Suffice it to say, despite being relatively pleased with all the beers here these two styles have stood out as favorites and are ones we are keeping our eyes on for releases in the future.
That being said, we've never had a bad pour here and appreciate the high-quality brews coming out of this one. Even better? They also have a pretty stellar food menu as far as breweries are concerned!
Don't Skip a Meal When Visiting Here
We are always happy when a brewery has its own food menu, and Insurrection is no exception. The menu leans toward traditional bar food like burgers and wings, but there is also a respectable charcuterie menu along with sandwiches, pizzas (always a favorite), and pasta. A lot of the dishes feature smoked meats, and there are also rotating weekly specials to ensure you can try something new on every visit.
On our most recent takeout visit, we tried the spicy fried chicken sandwich which included pickle brined chicken, lettuce, and jalapeno crema on a brioche bun. It was a massive portion that fed us for several meals! The chicken had a thick, crispy coating and it was well-sauced with the crema. We would have loved it even spicier but appreciated the slight kick all the same.
We also tried wings coated in their signature aleworks sauce, which is a delicious buffalo-style sauce with a hint of sweetness. It is exceptionally well balanced and is a sauce flavor we'd order time and time again.
The bourbon bacon mac and cheese was another huge portion but we didn't care for this dish as much as the chicken sandwich and the wings. The mac included chunks of bourbon bacon, a house cheese sauce, roasted red peppers, and caramelized onions. The flavor combination of the bacon, peppers, and onions was good but we would have loved more of each of them, as well as more sauce (it just wasn't that cheesy). This was a minor concern in an otherwise quite delicious meal.
Overall, Insurrection Ale Works is a really well-rounded brewery from its draft list to food menu and always makes for a great outing. Be sure to go to this one hungry!
Insurrection Ale Works is located at 1635 E Railroad Street in Heidelberg, PA. In late 2020 Insurrection opened a satellite tap room in the Strip District at 1812 Penn Avenue. Our review is from the Heidelberg location.