Ambler Beer Company, an independent craft brewery that opened within the Ambler Yards mixed-use campus in Ambler (Lower Gwynedd) in 2019 has announced the sale of its brewery and taproom assets to Well Crafted Beer Company. Well Crafted has operated a brewery and restaurant in Lansdale since 2018. The sale will be effective at a future date.
Ambler Beer Company was founded by Doug Buddle, who also served as the brewery’s head brewer. In addition to operating the brewery and taproom, the Ambler Beer Company distributed its beer to over 40 restaurants and retailers (including most regional Wegman’s) in the Philadelphia region.
Please note that Ambler Beer Company will likely be open for at least another month. “We still have a lot of delicious beer to last through the transition so be sure to stop in and share a pint with us and grab beer to take home,” shared Biddle.
In a press release, Well Crafted Beer Company’s owner focused on the purchase allowing the brewery to increase its brewing capacity, plus provide the opportunity to have a second location.
“With the Ambler location, Well Crafted can continue making the variety of beer styles that customers have grown to know us for while also increasing production of flagship beers, such as our Hop Monger (IPA), Mother of Perle (Kolsch), Blonde Americano (Blonde Coffee Ale), Wolf Pajamas (Imperial Stout), and many other brews that we plan to make more available at beer stores, bars, and restaurants in the area.” shared Rick Solomon, owner and head brewer.
Plans for the tasting room in Ambler include live entertainment, food (via food trucks to start), a variety of beers, seasonal cocktails, and wines.
“Well Crafted is very involved with the community, music, and local arts, and we want to continue that in Ambler,” stated General Manager Diane Molle stated. “Our team will bring in live music, a rotating local artist gallery, and look forward to working with the Ambler community, Ambler Yards, and the local breweries, bars, and restaurants in the area wherever we can.”
“We are certainly sorry to see Doug and Liz Buddle leave Ambler Yards. The very successful brewery, which they started from scratch, has been a signature amenity for our campus,” stated Marc Policarpo of Ambler Yards. “They will be missed – but we are very pleased to be welcoming Well Crafted. We were really impressed visiting their Lansdale operation, and the beer we sampled there was excellent! We look forward to working with Rick and his team.”
Once Well Crafted replaces Ambler Beer Company, it will become the third brewery in Ambler. Forest & Main Brewing has operated since 2012 and recently moved from its original location at 61 North Main Street to 33 East Butler Avenue. Tanney Run Brew Works opened in March of 2019 at 131 East Butler Avenue.
Photo: Ambler Beer Company