[Sponsored] A playbook for new breweries

From the stone fireplace to the weathered barn door, La Cabra Brewery looks both casual and stylish – a perfect complement to a tap list that runs from simply refreshing to eclectic and adventuresome.

That’s not just a happy coincidence. It’s the well-planned result of a thoughtful collaboration between the brewery’s owners and Christopher Linton of HRA Construction, a Media, Pa., construction management team that specializes in brewery projects.

“The best and worst parts of the building were concealed,” says Linton. “It was a furniture store with lots of carpeting and drop ceilings. There was a 400-pound Buddha in the front room. Like the majority of our projects we worked to bring out of that building all the qualities it had. Every square foot was debated. It was really a collaborative effort.”

Linton credits the finished product at to his firm’s Brewpub Playbook, a project management approach that he says gets new brewpubs “from idea to open” in the most time and cost efficient manner possible.

“New breweries rarely know how much it’s going to cost, and how long it’s going to take,” says Linton, who has worked in construction for more than 25 years. We establish the budget and schedule early in pre-construction phase. “They’re going to encounter adversity, and it’s my job to make the whole process go more smoothly, more quickly, and save money for my clients.”

In addition to La Cabra, HRA has more than 10 local brewery projects under its belt, including:

  • Love City in Philadelphia’s new loft district.
  • Cross Keys in Williamstown, N.J.;
  • Tired Hands Fermenteria in Ardmore, Montco;
  • Town Tap by Conshohocken Brewing in Havertown, Delco;
  • Conshohocken Brewing in Bridgeport, Montco;
  • Conshocken Brewing flagship in Conshy;
  • Ship Bottom in Beach Haven, N.J.;
  • 7 Mile Brewing in Rio Grande, N.J.;
  • Hale and True Cidery in Philadelphia.

Two new projects – Workhorse in King of Prussia and Tannery Run in Ambler – are expected to open soon.

That’s a wide variety of brewery styles, each with its unique challenges – each successfully completed through collaboration and oversight by HRA.

Building a new brewery?

Contact HRA Construction at 484-320-0113



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