24 Beers on Tap, and That’s Just to Start at Thornton Bierhaul


Three tall glasses of beer on a counter
Image via Ed William

Delaware County’s got its own version of a European beer hall with the opening of Bierhaul in Thornton, writes Ed Williams for Main Line Today.

The relaxed family-oriented hangout is a dream of James Mullally, who brought Bierhaul to life with restauranteur Loic Barnieu.

“Bierhaul was conceived to share something Loïc and I experienced growing up in Europe. As soon as we walked onto the property, we felt it here.”

The 1740s fieldstone house at 341 Thornton Road is the former Stables of Yellow House and the Place One Restaurant & Country Inn.

Warmer weather offers a courtyard beer garden and a rural vibe. Inside, the beer hall has a massive bar with high-top tables and private corner nooks.

There’s rustic wood paneling, overhead beams, and a floor-to-ceiling fieldstone fireplace.

Overseeing a huge kitchen is chef and general manager Billy Yoder, who is assembling a seasonal menu of modern American classics.

The lobster grilled cheese at the Bierhaul in Thornton.

Standouts include lobster grilled cheese, bourbon steak tips, Reuben eggrolls, pork-belly pizza, and tangy German potato salad, accompanied by a flaming S’Mores Old Fashioned.

And don’t forget the 24 beers on tap, focusing on American and European lagers and pilsners.

Read more about Bierhaul in Thornton at Main Line Today.

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