CLEARFIELD – Food, drinks, family and friends. Those four words emanate with locals and tourists alike while thinking about Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield.
Nearly three years ago in 2017, Denny’s celebrated its 40th anniversary. Over the years, thousands have traveled from across the region (and world) to try one of the pub’s iconic burgers and challenges. And on any given day, you’re likely to stroll through the parking lot and catch sight of various out-of-state license plates.
The local pub continues to make headlines and is recognized as a leading promoter of tourism for Clearfield County. In 2019, it was featured in a “Uniquely Pennsylvania” story on PennLive, and tabbed to offer one of “The 25 Best Burgers in Pennsylvania,” according to Big 7 Travel.
On Dec. 21, Jay Paterno, son of the late legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, along with Spider Caldwell, former PSU equipment manager, and his wife, made his second visit to the pub to celebrate his father’s birthday with a Paterno burger, which has been a staple on the menu since 1982.
Another milestone will soon surface and Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub will reach 20,000 “likes” on Facebook, achieving the highest number of Facebook fans of businesses operating in Clearfield County.
The pub keeps growing, investing and adapting to the times to accommodate its patrons, and just launched a new responsive Web site to showcase its offerings.
Additionally, it’s implemented “Grab & Go” catering, installed a Boar’s Head deli case in the six-pack shop and this week started offering online ordering.
Customers can pick up online orders in the six-pack shop or request curb-side delivery and a staff member will deliver directly to their vehicle.
Pub owner Denny Liegey Jr. credits his customers and staff for all the achievements.
“We are extremely proud to be a part of Clearfield’s past and are ready for its future,” he said. “Success comes only when we appreciate those who have helped us achieve it. So, a huge thank you to our wonderful customers and great passionate staff.”
While the pub’s two-pound burgers are what bring people in, the quality of daily food is what keeps them coming back. The menu offers more than just burgers, such as locally-sourced preparations like sausage from Santinoceto’s Italian Market.
The menu also includes more than 46 different types of wings, delicious appetizers, plus more than 40 beers on tap including more than 20 craft and local brews.