The craft beer brewing industry continues to see strong growth throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley as evidenced by one of the newest expansions and second locations announced.
Chatty Monks Brewing Co., a small-batch craft brewery and restaurant in West Reading, is preparing for expansion after opening in June 2014.
It will open a second, larger location next year in Phoenixville, in addition to expanding its existing space with second-floor seating. The new brewery and restaurant in Phoenixville will occupy the long-vacant 13,000-square-foot space, previously the home of Superior Beverage Co.
With plans to open in spring 2016, the Chatty Monks team is working with high-end designers, artists and experienced consultants and plans to have about 250 seats in the restaurant.
Aside from the larger seating area 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, said in a statement. “Our current setup has a three-barrel system, so I’m excited to see the improvement and higher yield in action.”