Live Crafty: A Visit to Wyndridge Farms

Wyndridge Farms Laughing Crow IPA

Where can you find house-made, hand-crafted: hard cider, wine, beer, soda and food all in one place? Why, Wyndridge Farm that’s where! Located at 885 S Pleasant Ave, Dallastown, PA, Wyndridge Farm is a beautifully designed facility in the midst of farm fields and breathtaking views of the country side. It houses a brewery, a store where you can buy takeout beverages and merchandise, a private banquet room as well as a tasting room which includes a bar and restaurant. Owners Julie and Steve Groff spared no detail when they turned their 120 year old barn into a well appointed yet cozy experience.

THE TASTING ROOM
Even though we arrived at an early 5:45pm on a Saturday night, there was a 2 hour wait for a table of six. The place is so popular that I highly recommend arriving earlier than you plan to dine because they do not take reservations at this time.

But no worries. Our group bellied up to the granite topped bar and ordered a few drinks. I selected the Laughing Crow IPA. It’s a crisp, hoppy beer with a bright yellow color, mild foam and notes of pine, grass, lemon and grapefruit.

Wyndridge Farm Draft List

The ambiance is warm and inviting. There is just so much to take in visually when you look around from the fiery brick oven just behind the bar to the wooden beams in the vaulted ceilings.

Wyndridge Farm Dining Room FireplaceIt was a chilly evening when I visited and the brick fireplace just behind us in the dining room was glowing and crackling.

The open concept kitchen was bustling with food preparation: burgers were sizzling, lobsters were steaming, salads being chopped. It’s a well choreographed site.

Check out the menu to see all of the tasty farm to table food options. Daily specials are also available.

Once seated in the dining room, everyone at our table ordered another round of drinks. This time I selected a hopped cider to continue my hoppy beverage theme. Yum! Dry and crisp with just a touch of hop bitterness.

Next, the group ordered a variety of items from the menu (burger, pizza, salad, etc), the daily quiche special and the daily fish special. Once we dug in, I heard nothing but rave reviews all night as we dined and sipped. I’m a bit of a foodie as well as a beer geek and I was impressed with both my meal and beverages. Wyndridge Farm is definitely going on my “must visit often” list.

I do have to point out that one of the fish filets was slightly undercooked but the server quickly whisked the dish away to be corrected. The kitchen staff responded with a new dish in under 10 minutes. And, they didn’t just reheat everything. A completely new meal was prepared… the fish filet, the butternut squash risotto and the steamed broccolini. It was quite extraordinary.

THE BREWERY
After dinner, we got a special insider’s look at the brewery accessible from the tasting room. Steve gave us a little history of Wyndridge Farm, as well as explained the various equipment housed in the room. But, I must say, the styling of the space had my attention. Not because I wasn’t interested in the dialogue, but I’m so used to most breweries being all industrial and starkly utilitarian with no thought to interior design elements. I couldn’t believe how beautiful the place was. Here, you’ll see what I mean in these photos.

Brewery Ceiling

TIPS:

  • The parking lot is small and was full when we arrived. There is free valet parking where they park your car in the field across the street. Just pull up to the front door and give the attendant your keys. Please, do take advantage of this service. We were glad we did!
  • Remember, they do not take reservations at this time.
  • Be sure to peek in the brewery as you’re waiting for your table. You can peer through the glass door located to the side of the dining room.
  • The bar generally has more beer and cider selections than the couple of options listed on their website. And, the list continues to grow.

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