Just two years after its official market debut, Conshohocken Brewing Company (CBC) will open a new brewpub in Bridgeport, Pa. Slated to open early next week, the new 180-seat Montgomery Co. restaurant and bar, just five miles away from the original Conshohocken-based tasting room and production brewery, is easily accessible by bike via the Schuylkill River Bike Trail and Chester County trails.
“This is a chance for us to do a full-service restaurant where you can enjoy our beer with handcrafted food,” said Kevin Love, Head of On-Site Business Operations at the new CBC brewpub. “Everything is fresh here—nothing is frozen except for ice cream. Our beer is in a lot of our menu items too.” For example, you’ll be able to score IPA-infused mustard with Bavarian soft pretzels, ESB BBQ sauce on a pork belly-loaded burger and a chocolate cake crafted with Burn Everything Rye Porter.
CBC brought on chef Justin Henning to run its culinary program. Henning, coming from the nearby Taphouse 23, is experienced in opening restaurants and developing beer-centric pub fare. Henning works with a 12-person kitchen staff that’ll be hustling inside one of the more unique kitchen spaces we’ve seen at local breweries. (The food truck trailer that was formerly outside of CBC’s HQ is now inside the Bridgeport brewpub—it’s quirky, original and you can peek into its “open-kitchen” as you’re passing by outside.)
On Henning’s menu, you’ll find all your brewpub favorites: snacks like fried pickles, nachos, truffle fries, pork belly-speckled Brussels sprouts and beer-fried cheese curds; handheld entrees like a range of burgers—including a wagyu beef with smoked gouda, tacos, salads and even, a brewer’s pie. Full menu in its entirety is revealed below.
The new brewpub features 12 rotating taps at its downstairs bar (there’s an additional bar upstairs that’ll be perfect for private parties), which will feature a mix of small-batch, site-made beers and some sourced from CBC’s HQ. Seating is available at bars upstairs and downstairs, as well as at high- and low-tops on both floors. Additional seating is available on the patio. Peeks of the new space below.
The Bridgeport brewpub itself has a small brewhouse (a three-barrel system with seven fermenters) on premises where head brewer Andrew Horne will focus on experimentation and producing “crazy beers.”
“If a beer goes over well in the brewpub, we’ll consider taking it over to our big system in Conshohocken and producing it on a large scale,” he said.
But, the new brewpub won’t be all headscratchers. You’ll find the CBC classics regularly on tap, including the 2016 World Beer Cup silver-medal winner, Puddlers Row ESB. Horne will start brewing in Bridgeport in the coming weeks, with beer transported from the Conshy HQ to start.
Conshohocken Brewing Company hit the ground running in 2014 backed by a duo of Conshohocken natives and beer enthusiasts, John Remington and Ken Buonocore. In two years time, it has significantly expanded its distribution, regularly introducing new releases in eye-catching pounder cans. Keep your eyes peeled for the newest canned release, Type A, an aggressively hopped American IPA. (Teaser: this new release will be on tap at the new brewpub when it opens.) Learn more about their experimental series, There is No Try, online.
The original Conshohocken tasting room will continue to be operational, featuring a varying tap list to the Bridgeport brewpub. Find the HQ at 739 E. Elm St. in Conshohocken; find the new Bridgeport brewpub at 3 DeKalb St. The new brewpub will offer take-out cans and 32- and 64-oz. growler fills. Make it a CBC weekend and hit both in the same day!