The ‘burbs are getting a much needed taste of Philly’s beer scene. Vault Brewing Company is set to open on Main Street in Yardley this fall, bringing craft brews, pizza, tapas, and jazz to the small town. An odd combination? Maybe, but that’s exactly what John and James Cain, the owners, are going for.
The Cain brothers have been working on turning a 120-year old building, former home of the Yardley National Bank, into a brew pub reminiscent of the regal banks and jazz lounges of the 1920s. Inside, Vault will have nine tanks for brewing illuminated behind the bar. A copper, wood-fired oven for churning out gourmet pizzas surrounded by a wrought iron fence will be the centerpiece to the restaurant.
You won’t find flat screens, mixed drinks, or loud music at Vault but you will find a small stage for live jazz musicians. Interior touches like wrought iron doors, chandeliers, and a tin ceiling will pull together the concept. The restaurant will hold around 90 people: 60 in the restaurant setting and 30 in the lounge by the bank’s old vault (above which the Cains found a crawl space full of bank documents that hadn’t been touched since the Depression).
The menu will consist of hands-on foods like pizza, fruit and cheese, and cured meats. There will be around five or six beers on tap, all brewed on site. For opening day, beers run the gamut from an IPA to a Russian Imperial Stout. Other beers currently in development include an Oatmeal Stout, a Harvest Ale, and a Sweet Potato Cream Ale.
On a street where the rowdiest hangout is a Wawa down the block, Vault will bring some much-needed life to Yardley.
For more on Vault Brewing Co., check out the photo albums from Vault’s Facebook page.