Photo by Amy Strauss.
Conshohocken natives and beer enthusiasts, John Remington and Ken Buonocore, are filling the small-batch craft beer void in their pocket of Montgomery Co. by collaborating on the local scene’s newest brewery, Conshohocken Brewing Co.
Opening today, April 1, at 5 p.m., the green-focused operation along the Schuylkill River Bike Trail hosts a 15-barrel, steam-fired system and an on-site, 10-tap tasting room.
The co-owning duo recruited Great American Beer Festival award-winning brewer Andrew Horne to head up the brewing operations. A Villanova University grad, Horne was most recently found at Portland, Oregon’s Breakside Brewery, and previously completed stints locally at Yards Brewing Co., and nationally at Avery and Oskar Blues. Brewer Charlie Tarloski, as seen at Weyerbacher, Victory and Harpoon, has joined the brewing crew, too.
CBC is designed for you to see where your beer is made the second you step foot indoors (be sure to scout out brewers in action!). The tasting room is situated at the back of the former warehouse, furnished in smart, eco-conscious choices: reclaimed wood from Kennett Square-sourced mushroom troughs, upcycled grey and red-striped tables, an industrial tin-lined bar. The brewery’s biggest punch is its backend garage doors, which invite guests to sip on the back deck and catch cyclists as they breeze by.
Speaking of the house beer, CBC will open with eight original releases. Specializing in sessionable, well-balanced beers, don’t expect many pours higher than 6% ABV. Opening tap beer breakdown is as follows:
â— Spring Ale, bright, refreshing, packed with citrus (3.6%)
â— Golden Ale, mild-mannered, crisp, subtle hop spice (4.7%)
â— Pale Ale, light-bodied with punchy bitter finish (4.8%)
â— Cascadian Dark Ale, medium-bodied with resinous pine and sweet malt aromas, and dry, roasted malt finish (4.8%)
â— Extra Special Bitter, profoundly malty in perception with distinguished caramel notes; features a perfect ratio of bitterness to malt sweetness (6%)
â— IPA, well-balanced with complex citrus and a sharp bitter finish (5.1%)
â— Oatmeal Stout, bold, smooth-bodied stout with dark roasted malts and light sweetness (4.9%)
â— Espresso Stout, limited in the release, profound coffee aromas upfront, with an vibrant malty backbone
Tastings are available in 4-oz., 8-oz., or 16-oz. Growler fills are available ($5 for 64-oz. glass, $14 to fill). Exclusive $45 hydro flask growlers also available—proven to keep beer chilled for hours at a time.