Saint Benjamin Brewing, a newer local brewing company based in Kensington, has finally opened its own brewpub in a historic carriage house on North 5th Street.
Named, of course, for Ben Franklin — the patron saint of Philadelphia who also happened to be an avid home brewer — Saint Benjamin’s craft beer, the brainchild of owners Christina Burris and Tim Patton, includes their Liaison Saison (a lavender saison) and their Inca India Cream Ale.
Thanks to their new space, they will be able to produce 4,400 barrels a year (before the brewhouse, they could only produce 440), and they’ll also be able to debut canned beers alongside their 750ml bottles. The expansion has also led to a huge boom in their beer diversity — Patton’s new Belgian series is well underway, and they’ll be collaborating with another local brewer, Scott Morrison
, on a Maibock for the Philadelphia Craft Brewer’s Conference
Best of all, Saint Benjamin’s bigger operation means they’ll be able to expand their distribution — not only will their beers now be available in South Jersey and more towns and cities in Pennsylvania, but they have partnered with the Reading Phillies’ First Energy Stadium
to become their official beer during baseball season.
The taproom will also serve a menu centered on comfort food that pairs with Saint Benjamin's wide array of beers, and suggested pairings include their vegan chili with the St. Ben Le Bock, mac & cheese with the Liaison Saison, and shrimp & grits with the Inca Indian Ale. They'll also have snacks on hand like Cajun spiced peanuts. Mike Budzilawicz, a 20-year industry veteran, will join Saint Benjamin as their Executive Chef.
The brewery was previously only open for growler fills and occasional tours, but Saint Benjamin’s new brewhouse will allow fans to stop in, get to know the people behind their favorite brews, and relax at their taproom. Stop by their new brewpub to try their new brews, learn more about your favorite ones, and meet the minds behind the company.
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