Iron Hill Brewery Will Debut its First Center City Location Next Spring

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In its 20 years, Iron Hill Brewery has built itself an empire, an empire that’s virtually cornered the Philly suburb brewpub market. Twelve locations exist between Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, and come spring 2018, a 13th will be added to the line-up, but it won’t be in a suburb.

Number 13 will be 8,450 square feet of brewpub inside the upcoming East Market project, smack-dab in Center City (1150 Market Street), serving as the company’s first-ever urban location.

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Brewing in the Sticks: Stickman Brews in Royersford

The bar at Stickman Brews

The bar at Stickman Brews

When I walked through the door of Stickman Brews in Royersford, head brewer and co-owner Ethan Buckman was standing over a tank overseeing one of his new brews. There were a few things he was working on that day, one of them being a wild fermented red ale called “Poor Clock Management,” named after Andy Reid, which is going on tap this Friday.

Like a lot of breweries, Stickman is in a warehouse, but this one was the former home of Sly Fox’s brewing and canning plant. The place is very open—to the right is where the brewing takes place, to the left are high-top tables and chairs. And straight ahead? The bar.

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Bar Hygge Readies for Opening

The taps at Bar Hygge

The taps at Bar Hygge

This week (Wednesday, February 3rd will NOT be the day) will see the opening of Bar Hygge at 1720 Fairmount Avenue. The brewpub is a collaboration between two couples, brewer Tom Baker and Peggy Zwerver (Earth Bread + Brewery) and Julie and Stew Keener (West Conshohocken’s Bagataway Tavern).

Hygge means a sense of happiness in the present moment or conviviality in Danish. It is pronounced HOO-ga and makes Bagataway seem like a simple name in comparison. But Hygge is definitely a word worth seeking out and the bar was already warm and comfortable on a pre-opening Friday afternoon where Team Foobooz was lucky enough to check out Baker’s opening six taps.

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Guild Hall Brewing to Close After Just Under Five Months

guild-hall-closing-400Jenkintown’s Guild Hall Brewing Company will close after its Halloween event on Saturday, October 31st. The brewpub opened in mid-June and was open under 5 months. The building, which was a onetime Rolls Royce showroom was completely refurbished in a construction project that saw the brewpub open a good sixteen months beyond what was originally projected.

In a letter posted to Facebook, owners Owen Hutchins and wife Jennifer McGuire hoped people would come out Friday and Saturday for “a proper sendoff.”

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Bar Hygge: More on the Fairmount Ave Brewpub

3 Seating Areas: lounge area, bar and dining room

3 Seating Areas: lounge area, bar and dining room

The folks at Bar Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) have given us an on update on their upcoming full service neighborhood brewpub and restaurant. Construction, headed by Canno Architecture and Design, will start in the next few weeks, setting the bar up for an October opening in the Fairmount Spring Garden neighborhood (1720 Fairmount).

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Crime & Punishment Brewing Announces Grand Opening

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Crime & Punishment team showing off their June zoning approval.

At long last, Brewerytown’s Crime & Punishment Brewing Co. is opening. The delayed brewpub has set Saturday, July 11th as its grand opening.

The brewpub is kicking its opening off with a ticket only event from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. A $25 ticket gets you a commemorative glass, two beers of your choosing and kielbasa with sauerkraut.

After 2 p.m., Crime & Punishment will be open to the public with snacks available and food trucks nearby ($10 can also get you a beer and commemorative glass). And if the brewpub is hit with large crowds, a couple of beers will be available across the street at Brewerytown Beats.

Normal hours will begin on Thursday, July 16. The brewpub will initially be open Thursdays through Sundays.

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Crime & Punishment Brewing Co.
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The Smell of Beer Returns to Brewerytown

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Crime & Punishment’s Adam Fussaro

Over the weekend, Brewerytown’s Crime & Punishment Brewing Co. began brewing its first production beers. It marks the first time the Philadelphia neighborhood, named for its at-one-time numerous breweries, has had the smell of brewing in the air for more than twenty years.

In the fermenters and conditioners, Crime & Punishment’s Pale Ale, IPA and Farmhouse beers. It won’t be long now before the beer starts pouring.

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Brewing Equipment Arrives at Iron Hill Ardmore

iron-hill-ardmore-equipment-400The Iron Hill Brewing Co.’s Ardmore location has been in the plans since at least December of 2012. And though it looked like it might not happen at all for a time, the brewing equipment has arrived on site today.

The brewpub will be located at 44 Greenfield Avenue and will be the eleventh location for the chain, which stretches from Newark, Delaware to Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

The brewpub is aiming to open before the end of the year and has named Paul Rutherford, formerly of Iron Hill Chestnut Hill as its head brewer. That move set off a chain reaction in the Iron Hill family. Chris LaPierre, who opened the Maple Shade location has moved to Chestnut Hill and Andrew Rubenstein will be brewing at Maple Shade, with Iron Hill Voorhees head brewer Kevin Walter overseeing both locations. Got it? Good.

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What’s On Tap for 2nd Story Brewing

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Old City’s 2nd Story Brewing is set to open on Tuesday, October 20th in the former home of Triumph Brewing Co. We’ve got the opening beer list and the bar menu as well. Check out what on tap and the bites that’ll be offered at the bar. The brewpub will offer four standard brews plus five rotating selections.

While you’re drinking your beer, the kitchen will be offering bar bites like short rib poutine, smashed fingerling potatoes that are fried until crispy and blakc bean egg rolls with braised chicken.

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