About a month ago, we wrote about Saint Benjamin Brewing Company’s expansion, including a new taproom in the works. Well, that taproom is finished up, and the St. Ben’s team is softly opened this week for Craft Brewers Conference—and it’s pretty sweet.
This past Saturday, I was lucky enough to stop in to check out the taproom at 1710 North 5th Street, while on a Liberty Brew Tour as the finishing touches were being done. Quite possibly the coolest feature of the taproom is the retouched exposed brick and plaster walls, a labor of love by co-owner Christina Burris. She wanted the walls to be as close to the state as they were originally back in the 1800s when the three story building was built.
The food is excellent— including a spicy vegan chili with chipotle dusted corn tortilla and guacamole, mac and cheese with tomato jam, and a beer braised brisket sandwich on potato bread with an awesome horseradish cream.
And as expected, the beer is fresh and excellent. I liked the Kumpelbier (a German Maibock brewed by Saint Benjamin’s Andrew Foss with Philly brewing fixture, Scott Morrison) in particular.
Saint Benjamin’s Tap Room’s hours for the rest of the week are from noon to midnight daily.
Saint Benjamin’s Tap Room [Foobooz]