Location: 176 N Washington St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Phone number: (570) 820-0555
Normal Wing Price: $9.75 for an order of 12
Wing Night: Thursday
Wing Night Price: 60 cents
Wing flavors*: Mild, Hot, Cajun, Honey BBQ, Butter & Garlic, Mild Garlic, Hot Garlic, Old Bay, Mild & Blue Cheese, Hot & Blue Cheese, Cajun & Ranch, Hot Honey Bacon, Honey BBQ & Cajun, Jesus Sauce, Red Chili Sauce, Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Diablo 80%, Chipotle
*Wings can be ordered deep fried or smoked with the sauce on the side
Overall Rating: 75
Lynch’s Rating: 36 out of 50
Beer Boys is a restaurant/bar in Wilkes-Barre that has been established for quite a while, although when we decided to take the trip, it was my first time ever hearing of the place. When we arrived, I was surprised I haven’t heard of it before because it was right up my alley. You enter into a large bar/dining area with a big, square bar right in the center. Beer Boys certainly lives up to their name by offering a huge selection of craft beer on draft and in cans or bottles. In addition to the indoor area, Beer Boys offers a large covered bar area with huge doors that can be opened or closed depending on the weather. On top of all that, they have a completely outdoor area with high-top tables to enjoy some outdoor eating. With the weather being so nice, we decided to dine outside. There is no table service, so head up to the bar to garb a menu and place your order. The bartender who took my order was friendly and helpful in case I had any questions about the wing sauces. We went with a larger group of people and most of us ordered wings. Even with all those orders going into the system, the wings came out pretty fast, which was a pleasant surprise. If you haven’t been to Beer Boys before, definitely give it a try if you’re into craft beer, wings, and outdoor seating.
While Beer Boys excels in most categories, they are a bit lacking when it comes to wing size and price. On wing night, which is a Thursday, Beer Boys offers 60 cent wings. They do have a minimum order of 6, which could limit the variety of flavors you can order. It may actually even out though because you will need to order more wings than normal to fill up, meaning that if you usually order 15, you should be able to handle 18.
Beer Boys offers a large variety of flavors. In fact, you could argue that the flavor list is actually double that because they offer their wings either deep fried or smoked. I really dig that they allow you to choose between to different preparations for wings. On top of that, Beer Boys offers a good amount of flavors. In addition to your classics like Hot and Butter & Garlic, they create some unique flavors and combination of flavors that are just dynamite.
Overall, I was pretty satisfied with the wings I ordered at Beer Boys. Once I saw that they offered a smoked wing, I immediately knew I was going to order at least one wing order smoked. With the smoked wings, they put the sauce on the side, so I ordered plain Hot with mine. The smoked wings themselves were a bit of a letdown. There is a bit of a dry rub on them with a pretty good flavor, but didn’t really get any smokiness from the wing itself. The Hot sauce made up for it though by providing the right level of spice with a tasty zip to it. The Cajun & Ranch was a sauce that combined the spices of Cajun with some ranch flavoring. It was hard to tell what the base sauce was because it didn’t quite seem like Ranch dressing, and it didn’t quite seem like a hot sauce. It had a decent Cajun flavoring with a strong black pepper taste. It lacked a little bit in the ranch department though. I tried a friend’s Honey BBQ & Cajun, which I recommend over the Cajun & Ranch, even though I’m generally not a BBQ dude. The Hot Honey Bacon was an interesting wing. It had a nice hot sauce taste that was only slightly spicy along with a hint of smokiness in the sauce. It certainly wasn’t overly sweet, but I felt like it could have used a bit more bacon flavor. Maybe that was the smokiness I got from the sauce. Finally, I ordered the Chipotle. This was the best of the bunch. It was a nice orange-colored sauce packed full of great flavor. Again, I got a slight smokiness from this wing as well, most likely from the chipotle pepper, which I loved. I just wish these wings had a bit more of that chipotle sauce on them.
Serniak’s Rating: 39 out of 50
Even with having to get at least 6 in an order, that was not going to stop me from getting my usual 4 flavors. That’s 24 wings for all you mathematicians out there. First up is the old bay. These were naturally a dry rub and they were everything I needed in an old bay dry rub. There was a good amount of seasoning that delivered flavor throughout each bite. Next, we have the cajun ranch. With these, I had bit of a Revelation with them and that was they tasted like the sauce that comes with a quesadilla from Taco Bell. So what I’m saying is that they were fantastic. If you’ve never had the opportunity to truly live, the quesadilla sauce from Taco Bell has a very flavorful southwest type sauce that has a kick of spice accompanied with a smoothness of silk. That’s what the cajun ranch at beer Boys was like. Thirdly, I went for the smokehouse which are rubbed in house seasoning and smoked in cherry wood. I also got a side of chipotle sauce with them. They were actually better just by themselves without the chipotle sauce. The seasoning was surprisingly pretty sweet but I didn’t really taste any of the smokiness to them. You could have told me they weren’t smoked and I would’ve agreed with you. They were still a solid flavor however. Finally, the best wing I had were the Jesus wings. Now, I know what some of you are thinking, that the only reason I’m making this my favorite wing of the evening is because if I don’t that I’m afraid of eternal damnation. Let’s just put that future rumor to bed. I don’t cower to anyone even if they have the power to smite me into another plain of existence. This wing sauce was legit awesome. What it was was a leg up from their regular hot sauce but it was much more. It brought sufficient heat but it was nothing to crazy hot. It also brought a dynamite flavor that was due to spices and pepper that ran through the sauce. I’m not saying ordering this sauce will get you into the kingdom of Heaven but I do think ordering this sauce looks good on your resume.
PS- If I get smited, tell people my story