When one thinks of Berwick, many different things can come to mind: perhaps first thoughts may go to the nuclear power plant, or the popular Berwick Bulldogs. There is something else that should certainly spring to mind, though, and that’s fantastic beer.
Berwick Brewing Company has been producing great beers since 2006 and shows absolutely no signs of slowing down any time soon. Owner Tom Clark has a strong brewing pedigree and has worked for and with many of the brewing pioneers in the industry. This has given him the knowledge for both the business and brewing ability to make high quality, exceptional beers on a consistent basis.
The brewery opened in its current location in 2006 and has steadily grown to fill the facility, adding a variety of areas for patrons to sit and enjoy a pint or two while eating some of their wonderful pizzas. While visiting I had the chance to partake in the Graham Standard, a spicy pizza with sausage and fresh Wisconsin cheese curds, paired with the Couple Two Tree Pale Ale. I cannot speak highly enough of this combination.
Another fantastic addition to the brewery is the relaxing Biergarten, or Beer Garden, to Westerners. The Biergarten overlooks the Susquehanna River and makes for a wonderful afternoon spent outside, rain or shine.
In addition to the four core beers that the brewery currently produces, which are Berwick Lager, Hondo Keller Bier, Front Street Wheat, and Berwick IPA, the brewery also produces a wide assortment of beer styles that are only available on location. Currently, the brewery has 18 taps running at all times in the tasting room, so one could easily spend a day there without having the same beer twice.
If all of this was not enough, Berwick Brewing Company is expanding from a two-barrel brew house to a 10-barrel brew house, meaning access to even more great beer. The brewery is also expanding its line of bottled beers. Currently, it offers four beers in 22-ounce bottles: Red Bank Dark Lager, Berwick IPA, Front Street Wheat, and Grumpy Bill’s Porter. More bottled beer in 12-ounce bottles will come with the expansion.
Berwick Brewing Company is a fantastic place to stop in for a great beer, food and great conversation, whether it’s with the locals or the employees.
The hours are also a bonus, as it allows beer drinkers plenty of opportunity to stop by and enjoy what Berwick Brewing has to offer. The bar is open Tuesday through Thursday from 3 to 11 p.m.; Friday from 3 to midnight; Saturday from 1 p.m. to midnight; and Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m.
The brewery is located at 328 West Front St., Berwick. Head down to have some beers on-site, or take some home in bottles or a growler. No matter how you get it, Berwick Brewing Company’s beers are all wonderful, and worth the drive.