More BBQ, more beer in Lancaster County

By on May 3, 2017

BBQ. Beer. Two items that go hand-in-hand. Just ask Jeff Harless at JoBoy’s Brewpub in Lititz, who built a post military career passion into a thriving business. Well, there’s a new kid on the block, with an almost familiar face, when it comes to these delicious staples.

Good food and good fun ahead! (Photos by Michael Upton)

Good food and good fun ahead! (Photos by Michael Upton)

Introducing Smokehouse BBQ and Brews, formerly known as Plain & Fancy restaurant on Old Philly Pike (Rte. 340) in Bird in Hand. Gone are the long, family-style tables seating hundreds of hungry tourists. Gone are the huge vats of mashed potatoes and chicken pot pie.*

Welcome massive amounts of meats slowly smoked in the pit named “Lucille.” I stopped in on a recent Friday evening in April shortly after they opened to get some grub and check out their beer selection.

The menu is exactly what I expected, comprised of pork, chicken, turkey, and beef brisket with an option of sauces — six to be exact. My favorite sauce was the ABQ. This apple butter barbecue sauce hybrid went well with all the meats, but was especially scrumptious on the turkey. There are a variety of ordering options, but the main draw is the whole hog, which gives diners a portion of all four meats and a traditional side. Non-BBQ items are also available.

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Smokehouse runs a nine-tap system and is currently pouring, as of April 28, Wyndridge Farm Crafty Cider (5.5 abv); Lancaster Brewing Company’s Blue Trail (5.0 abv), a lemon blueberry shandy; Stoudt’s Pils (4.7 abv), one of my all-time favorite beers, a true representation of a traditional style; Seven Gates pale ale (5.6 abv) from Springhouse Brewing Company, a big, full-flavored American ale; Victory’s Summer Love (5.2 abv), a hop lovers brew with Cascade, Citra, Spalt, Tettnang, and Simcoe hops; a good representation of a Northeast IPA from Troegs, Perpetual IPA (7.5 abv); Barn Dog Imperial Porter (7.0 abv), a dark, twisted chocolate vanilla brew from Wyndridge Farm’s brewing arm; and two huge beers from Weyerbacher, the winter seasonal Double Simcoe IPA (9.0 abv) and year-round brew Merry Monks, a Belgian-style Tripel.

It was only a matter of time until the mega-tourism spots got in on the craft beer craze. It started with Rumspringa Brewing Company popping up down the road in the Mt Hope Wine Gallery. What’s next, a Shady Maple beer tasting room in the smorgasbord? That will never happen, I’m sure.

That said, Smokehouse is not just for tourists. The point of moving away from the Dutchy concept was to attract locals. Unlike the previous eatery, Smokehouse will be open year round instead of closing down during the tourist off-season. A late night menu, Sunday hours, and happy hour specials will help them bring in customers.

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By the looks of it I don’t expect a lot of growing pains at this new establishment, but even after almost a year in planning there are still some kinks to be worked out … like where to park and how to get in! Enter through the gift shop.

Cheers and thanks for reading!

Michael C. Upton is a freelance writer specializing in arts and leisure. He welcomes comments at somepromcu@gmail.com and facebook.com/SomebodiesProductions.


*Restaurateurs have retained the second floor for groups looking for a PA Dutch meals via advanced reservation.

 

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