Fifty miles from Philly, West Reading has a cool Pa. vibe. It’s classic Penn Avenue main street matches nicely with one of the original outlet malls (VF Oulet). On the former, Chatty Monks Brewing Co. is a small-batch craft brewery and restaurant, offering over 40 unique beer recipes. The brewpub was opened in summer 2014 by joint owners Norm Eaton, Rob Metzger, Joe Ellis and Brian Reedy. And, the brand is already ready to expand.
Chatty Monks will be opening a second, larger location next year in Phoenixville, Pa., in addition to expanding their current space with second floor seating. The new brewery and restaurant will occupy the long-vacant 13,000-square foot space, which was previously the home of Superior Beverage Co.
“The meteoric growth we’ve experienced has been truly incredible. We’re thrilled about the new location and cannot wait to open the doors and share the space with our customers,” said Brian Reedy, one of Chatty Monk’s four co-owners. “There are many brewpubs that exist successfully in large warehouses. We, however, want to create a unique and inviting environment to take the brewpub experience to a new level.”
With plans to open in spring 2016, the Chatty Monks team is already working with high-end designers, artists, and experienced consultants to ensure the space is a success right from the start.
“The new restaurant will have around 250 seats, which is more than twice the size of our West Reading location,” co-owner Rob Metzger says. “We have a lot of space to create an awesome environment for people to ‘chew, chant, and chill’ in.”
But a larger seating area isn’t the only big improvement in the new Phoenixville space: the new brewing system will allow the Monks to brew more beer for distribution, events and their pub.
“The new brewery will have a 15-barrel system with 30- and 15-barrel fermenting tanks,” Norm Eaton, co-owner and master brewer, explains. “Our current set up has a three-barrel system, so I’m excited to see the improvement and higher yield in action.”