By Joseph Santoliquito
Philadelphia, PA (CBS) — Everyone looks for one of those places. Somewhere relaxing, where you can go and find a corner seat, put your feet up and inhale the beer and the atmosphere.
It’s what Glen Macnow intended, when he went in on the Conshohocken Brewing Company, located at 739 East Elm Street, open from Mon-Thurs. (5-10 PM), Fri. (5-11 PM), Sat. (12-11 PM) and Sun. (12-10 pm).
“It was friends of mine and me who really like beer; it’s something we spoke over the years about and they put together an investment group and I joined in with them in doing this,” Macnow said. “It’s a brewery, and we have a tasting room, which is different brew pub and different from a restaurant. We have all the beers for you to try. It’s been unbelievable. We’ve had terrific crowds every day. What we’re getting are a lot of people in Conshohocken who have been looking for a place like this to go. You don’t have to be a beer snob to enjoy the varieties we have.”
Macnow and his group have placed great trust in brewer Andrew Horne, who’s worked for the Avery Brewing Company and Oskar Blues Brewery in Colorado. You need a great brewer to make a great brewery, like you need a great chef for a restaurant.
Horne, who medaled at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival for his ESB (extra special bitter) recipe, features the ESB, Golden Ale, IPA (India Pale Ale), Cascadian Dark Ale, Pale Ale and Oatmeal Stout.
“He’s the whole thing,” Macnow said about Horne. “It’s new, different and fun. The beer is really good. Most of the business is the beer on draft at restaurants and bars. We wanted to create the kind of place you know you have a seat at the corner of the bar and can hang out. I enjoy talking to people. I wanted to create a festive environment where people can have fun.”
Overlooking the Schuylkill River Trail, the brewery is very accessible and has free parking. The affordable prices range from $1.25 for a 4-ounce juice glass, to $2.50 for an 8-ounce glass, to $5 for a pint. The Conshohocken Brewing Co. also has 64-ounce growlers available to go.
Conshohocken Brewing Company
739 East Elm St.
Conshohocken, PA 19428
Joseph Santoliquito is a contributing sports blogger for CBS Philly.