Plan for Guild Hall, coming to Jenkintown June 19th.
Downtown Jenkintown (say that ten times fast) is set to have a brewery of its very own as of June 19th.
Guild Hall Brewing Co. will open their restaurant and brewery, Guild Hall, in the historic building that previously housed the Jenkintown Antiques Guild (and, for car buffs, the space that was originally a Rolls-Royce garage). Two years in the making, the restaurant is owned by Owen Hutchins of the General Lafayette Inn, and his wife, Jennifer McGuire. Alongside their own craft beers, made by Hutchins, they’ll be serving a locally-sourced (and pretty extensive) menu covering any and all of your beer hall dream snacks.
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We’ve already seen several impressive rebirths this year. Hawthorne’s has reopened after a blaze forced the beer cafe and bruncherie to close for almost a year, and they’re now offering beer delivery. Jose Garces has opened the Olde Bar at Bookbinders. The most impressive thing about this Olde Bar might be how little has actually changed. Even the plaques dedicated to faithful customers of Old Orignal Bookbinders remain. Earlier this week, the old Frankie Bradley’s, a well-known restaurant that fed the stars for 50+ years at 13th and Chancellor reopened as Franky Bradley’s. It’s now a nostalgic and sexy bar and restaurant from Silk City’s Mark Bee.
Not bad for the slowest time of year for restaurants.
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Guild Hall Brewing Company, a brewpub opening in Jenkintown, has launched a kickstarter. Set to open in Fall 2014, the brewery is looking for your help to complete their vision.
Without impairing the beer, food, sustainable operations and wages for the staff, head brewer Owen Hutchins had to make some budget cuts. “We had to cut something. We had to cut the design,” Hutchins said.
And this is where you come in. The brewery is looking for donations to make the transformation complete. Donations will go towards the design elements of the brewery. With a goal of $25,000 and 29 days to go, there’s still time for you to make an impact. And depending on how much you donate, expect some prizes – have you ever wanted to name your own beer? – to come your way.
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Joe Sixpack counts up to twenty breweries and brew pubs on tap for Philadelphia and its suburbs. And that’s not counting what will be opening in New Jersey.
Among the highlights, Victory Brewing Company’s Kennett Square brew pub (pictured) and Guild Hall Brewing in Jenkintown.
Joe Sixpack: There’s a new wave of craft breweries coming to the Philly region [Philadelphia Daily News]