Diving All in on Troubles End Brewing

Photo by Andrew J. Perez

Article by Andrew J. Perez <anperez@ursinus.edu>

Troubles End Brewing is a hidden gem in the giant building beside the Collegeville Diner in Collegeville, Pennsylvania where you can find great food, great service, and a great environment. They are known for their drinks, but the food at the brewery is off the charts. Not only that, but the service is incredibly friendly, the prices are reasonable, and the music, string lights, and flat screen TVs create a positive environment. Often, there is live music played at Troubles End, as I was leaving there was a band setting up. But the live music draws attention from the whole town to sit back, relax, and enjoy themselves.  

Troubles End’s menu offers a wide variety of food including soups & salads, sandwiches, entrees, and desserts. There’s no doubt in my mind you’ll struggle in choosing a solid option. All of the food in the brewery is high quality and fresh, such as the “Bang Bang Brussel Sprouts.” Described in the menu as “crispy brussel sprouts, roasted almonds, sesame seeds, bang-bang sauce and scallion,” the brussel sprouts are savory, unique, and delightful. The bang bang sauce adds such a nice zip, complementing them along with the other toppings. They come in a huge bowl, making them perfect for sharing and makes them feel as though they are coming in a tasty, bottomless pit. 

The “Bang Bang Brussel Sprouts” were a great way to introduce me to my main event, which was the “General Tso’s Fried Chicken Sandwich.” The sandwich was topped with homemade kimchi and wasabi blue and was served on a sweet potato bun. This was definitely one of the best chicken sandwiches I have ever had. From the sensational crispiness of the deep fried filet, to the tangy kimchi sauce combined with the delicious wasabi blue, along with the sweet potato bun that soaked all of the sauces,  this sandwich stood out as one of a kind. It got a little messy towards the last few bites, but it didn’t change the taste,  so it didn’t bother me. It will be hard to turn down this sandwich every time I go to Troubles End because it is truly undeniable, but I’m sure the rest of the menu items are amazing as well so I can’t miss out on them.

All sandwiches are served with hand cut fries and pickles. Just like the brussel sprouts, the hand cut fries are a bottomless pit of salty satisfaction. My only downside is they aren’t super crispy, but they don’t fail to get the job done. The pickles served as a great addition to the sandwich, as its taste was impeccable.


All in all, Troubles End Brewing is an extravagant eatery and an awesome experience. I can’t wait to go back to check out some live music paired with the best brewery food in town, maybe with some friends too. In the meantime, I suggest you go indulge and find out about the fascinating scene at Troubles End for yourself!