written by John Henry Scott
The Wissahickon Brewing Company (WBCO), a family-owned and operated craft brewery, will open its doors April 1st. The grand opening of the brewery, located at 3705 W. Schoolhouse Lane in East Falls, will feature a day-long celebration with live music, food trucks, lawn games, and kegs upon kegs of their house drafts. These include:
- Kelpius Kave (Belgian Strong)
- Devil’s Pool (Imperial IPA)
- Raisin Cane (Winter Seasonal)
- Czech, Please! (Bohemian Pilsner)
WBCO takes the title “family-owned” to heart. All of their managerial staff have the same last name, as evidenced by their roster. Tim Sr., Lisa, Tim Jr., Megan, Luke, and Pete Gill all work on managing the day-to-day at the brewery.
President and Head Brewer Tim Gill Sr. began home brewing 8 years ago and, with the help of his family, began entering their best creations into contests.
“We started ramping up batches to 10 gallons and then made the leap to a ½ barrel BrewMagic system by SABCO 4 years ago,” said Luke Gill, Operations Manager and brewer at WBCO. “The SABCO allowed us to perfect our recipes and consistently crank out the same beer each time – one of the most important aspects of brewing on a commercial scale. While the BrewMagic seems miniature compared to our 15BBL brewhouse, we will use it for experimental batches, one-offs, and home brewing classes.”
“We are humbled by the sincere outpouring of support from the East Falls community,” Luke continued, “and hope we make everyone proud to call us their neighborhood brewery. The beer community at large has been warm and cooperative since the day we first met with fellow breweries and peppered them with a thousand questions. Cheers to everyone who thanked us for opening up in their neck of the woods, and cheers to all who come sample our beer and give us a chance to win their hearts and loyalty going forward.”
The food menu at WBCO will consist of a revolving lineup of local food trucks. The brew house is large enough for trucks to pull inside during inclement weather. Delivery options will also be available. The vendor schedule (what food will be available when) will be updated on the WBCO website and social media platforms.
Cider and wine will be available from Stone & Key Cellars as well and non-alcoholic beverages will include kombucha on draft from Inspired Brews.
WBCO will be pet friendly. They also plan on having additional programming hosted at the brewery such as Sunday morning yoga and farmers’ markets.
Can’t wait till April 1st? WBCO is hosting a series of sneak-peek open houses, including the weekend of March 17th. Follow them on Facebook here for more details.