Ambler gets a new brewery. PLUS: Conshy expands again

I stopped by the under-construction Tannery Run Brew Works in Ambler (Montco) yesterday for a quick look-see. The sharp-looking, surprisingly large spot at 131 E. Butler Ave. on the borough’s downtown strip is the 13th location from brewery consultant Chris Linton (HRA Construction).

Tannery Run Owners Mac Comly, left, and Tim Brown
Owners Mac Comly, left, and Tim Brown

Owners Mac Comly and Tim Brown are taking an unusual tack in the build-out, with a brewhouse designed to brew 7-barrel runs that will be split in half to create two separate brews. That way they can double the variety of beers on their 16 taps – for example, a single mash could lead to both a west coast-style IPA and a New England IPA.

Brown and Comly have known each other since high school and have home-brewed together for years. They’ll be joined in the brewhouse by Brown’s wife, Carly Chelder, who was the recipient of the Pink Boots Society’s Craft Brewing Scholarship at Portland State University.

The beer lineup is still in the works, but look for the basics plus some tea-infused brews, a favorite of the two brewers. As for food, expect basic menu, with flat bread, soup and sandwiches, from chef Gina Cavalier. My favorite touch: the bar top by local woodworker Dave Feder who created a cool design (below) through high-voltage wood burning.

Tannery Run bar top

About the name: Tannery Run is a small creek in Ambler that runs directly beneath the brewery. I saw it with my own eyes, through a small manhole in the basement…

Conshy Expansion

Conshohocken Brewing is working on a major expansion, with a new 30-barrel production brewery at 3100 Horizon Drive, off Rt. 320 in King of Prussia. The new facility will have a tasting room, expected to open around Feb. 1., with the brewery up and running within the next month. This is a large but not unexpected step for Conshy, whose expansion over the past 4-plus years has been remarkable. After launching a 15-barrel brewhouse along the Schuylkill River Trail in 2014, it has since opened a second brewpub (Bridgeport) and two tasting rooms (Phoenixville, Havertown). The new facility, located less than a mile from Workhorse Brewery, will include a much-needed canning line (previously Conshy cans were handled by Sly Fox’s Pottstown plant). Look for more details on the expansion when head brewer Andrew Horne joins me in an upcoming episode of What’s Brewing

More Newbies

Coho Brewing (Cape May Court House, N.J.) says it will open on Thursday, Jan. 3.  If you want to get an early look, stop in this weekend. They’re selling shwag, gift certificates and mug club membership… Axe and Arrow Brewing (Glassboro, N.J.) says it’s on track for a late-winter opening… Sounds like there’s a new brewery planned for the former Philly Pretzel location on Butler Pike in Chalftont (Buxco)…

Et cetera

Thinking of starting up a brewery? I’m told the town of Swedesboro, N.J., in Gloucester County, would really like one… Mark Jan. 11 on your calendar. That’s the day Yuengling will release Bourbon Barrel Reserve, aged in its own hand-dug cave in Pottsville. Available only at its brewery… A bill allowing dogs in breweries has passed the New Jersey Senate. It’s still illegal to serve food, however…

How am I hearing about the Groundhog Day Night Puzzle Pub Crawl only now? The local event – which has been going on for 17 years – is a nutty scavenger hunt in which teams solve puzzles to find a hidden Punxsutawney Phil doll. I won’t attempt to explain the puzzles – all you need to know is that all the solving takes place in local bars.  Between 50 and 70 people participate each year. This year the competing teams will gather on Jan. 26 at Fergie’s, Tavern on Broad and Dirty Frank’s. According to its organizer, Ed Wagner, all proceeds benefit Sunshine Arts. Want to join the fun? You can register here

The Philly version of Resilience Butte County Strong IPA brewed by a collaboration of more than 10 locals gets its release today at Love CityDawson Street Pub, one of the earliest of Philly’s craft beer bars, is celebrated its 30th anniversary last night. I wonder how many kegs of Yards ESA they’ve gone through over the years…  Patch reports that Appalachian’s Collegeville brewpub is shut down for repairs through the holiday… Weyerbacher’s Ugly Sweater Party on Saturday (12/22) sounds like a sweet affair. They’re serving beer-and-cookie flights…

Neshaminy Creek Brewing is rebranding its look, and the brewery put together a nice video to explain its thinking. Seems that, with so many small breweries moving to cans, it’s getting harder to order small quantities. So, the Bucks County brewery is moving toward a novel solution involving pre-printed generic cans, then dressed up with an additional screen-printed label for each style. Credit goes to Philly artist JP Flexner for the terrifically quirky artwork.

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