Trusting you saw my short piece (with more pictures than words) yesterday about the new Urban Village Brewing Company. I promised more about what's new on the Philly scene. Here you go.
It's an impressive space between 9th and 10th Streets on Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia. It's the new home/outpost for Roy-Pitz Brewing Company in Chambersburg, Pa., the county seat of Franklin County southwest of Harrisburg and over 150 miles from its new location.
They're calling it the Roy-Pitz Barrel House. I only had time for barely a 30-minute visit on Sunday between PBW event stops, so the details shared here today will be only what I learned from the well-studied server. No press release, no reach out via e-mail, so I've got plenty more to learn. (Not surprisingly, Michael Klein has more details at Philly.com)
What I did learn was that while they don't have immediate plans for brewing on-site in Philly, they'll be trucking in fresh beer and they're calling it the Barrel House because unfinished beer/wort will also be transported to finish in barrels and their "sour room".
My past experience has been rather limited with the Roy-Pitz beers, so there'll be much to learn in that regard as well. A draft lineup of 16 beers (14 CO2, 1 nitro, and 1 cask) and an interesting early-days menu of food items (e.g. Shrimp Ceviche, BBQ Pulled Chicken Egg Roll, Curried Chicken Salad Sandwich, and Smoked Brisket Mac & Cheese) will provide plenty of options.
Plus, being in the shadow of both the live music venue, Union Transfer, and mere steps from the future elevated Reading Viaduct Rail Park, bodes well for the brewery. Hours look quite friendly, open full days, other than being closed on Mondays.
As I said yesterday similar to Urban Village, until I return for a lengthier visit and fuller review, the ball is now in your court.
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