Montgomery County, PA. 

 

Named either in honor of Richard Montgomery, an American Revolutionary War general killed in 1775 while attempting to capture Quebec City, Canada, or for the Welsh county of Montgomeryshire (which was named after one of William the Conqueror's main counselors, Roger de Montgomerie), as it was part of the Welsh Tract -- an area of Pennsylvania settled by Quakers from Wales

 

 

The crown. The mark of royalty. This symbol denotes a tavern with an overall excellence that exceeds the norm.

 The foamy mug marks a specific  feature that is noteworthy.

Normally when a bar goes out of business the location will never again house a tavern. Often the liquor license is sold to a distant entity.  The phoenix marks pubs that have defied the odds and reopened after having been silenced.

Not every pub that says its Irish is Irish but the ones that are and the ones that have great St Patrick's Day events will be identified with this brand.

The screw. The sign of gross injustice or disservice.  AmericanTom believes that people go to their local watering hole to escape their day to day grind and troubles.  In a way, servers and barkeeps are like actors - orchestrating a great play whose cast are their customers. Some of the things that can generate a screw are: great disparity between how regulars and visitors are treated, rudeness or utter incompetence.

Most businesses have a neutral attitude toward motorcyclists.   The HD logo marks taverns that openly welcome those who arrive on scooters.

Inflation sucks. It sucks away your buying power.  If you can still buy a beer for one dollar - you will see this sign.

Seafood is a class of food all by itself.  Clams have little competition - few foods are better when done well and few foods can cause more problems when improperly served. See the clam next to a bar's name and it shows where tasty clams have been enjoyed!

I like Reading, PA. In spite of being Pennsylvania's most dangerous city there are a lot of cool things to do here. One of the best is that "our" beer is back. You can have your big, national (and often foreign-owned) brands.        I  am happy that Old Gus has come home!  Taverns serving this delicious brew will have this icon.

Have a cold one on the deck!

 

tom@americantom.com

 

WYNN'S CREEKSIDE INN
(formerly the Inn at Perkiomenville or Perkiomenville Inn)

1840 Perkiomenville Rd    Perkiomenville, PA  18074
wynnscreeksideinn.com

       

1: Neat old postcard    2: People enjoying the finder dining    3: Jessi    5/6: Festival pics - Burning Bridgette Cleary and Kyf Brewer from Barleyjuice

<9-2007>  My small gang of merry men and women gathered on a hot September Day for the 2007 Green Lane Park Scottish Irish Festival. Finding no beer for sale the first two arrivals quickly recon'd and called saying "we found an Irish pub just up the road".  My mind raced with thoughts of a small, secluded bar with moss on the roof and Irish music being played inside.

Our day started by attending the festival.  A great time with a ton of vendors, good food, Highland games and exhibitors and a LOT of people.  The park is big enough that it didn't seem crowded and we enjoyed watching two excellent bands - Barleyjuice and Burning Bridgette Cleary.  When night fell we packed up and drove the short distance up the road to the pub.

Meeting them at the pub I discovered the large, ancient inn. Not small by any means but quite welcoming.  It is obvious that this place has been around for a long time.  Numerous postcards on the wall show the tavern decades ago - not much different in appearance from today.

We entered the barroom and found the always fun Celtic Spirit band in full swing.  The patrons seemed to be a mix of locals and festival goers.  While I try to never read anyone else's reviews of a tavern I do remember reading that the regulars here are friendly to travelers. This was absolutely the case as the staff and locals alike were welcoming to everyone.

My Lagers were cold and somewhere around $2.50 each which is reasonable for such a nice place on an event weekend.

The bar was well staffed and I was utterly intrigued by the redheaded barmaid Jessi and her cocky "Everyone loves an Irish Girl" tshirt. Both her upper arms were tattooed sleeves which seemed to fit in with her persona.  Cool girl.   As was the waitress Mandy (who I guessed her name to be Mindy just because that popped into my head - is that wild or what?!?).

There was a lot to explore here but I was too busy singing and having fun to look around.  Someone did say the wood floors are original. I finished with a Guinness (sadly, not pulled in two pours by the perfect up until that point Jessi) and headed home - vowing to return to this gem of an inn and pub.