Ambler Beer Company is a new craft brewery located in Ambler Yards at 300 Brookside Ave, Bldg 19 Suite E. It opens to the community today, Friday August 30th.
The 1,800 square foot Taproom has an industrial feel with a thirty-foot long concrete bar and the brewery is 2,500 square feet and operates with a 10-barrel brewing system. There are eight serving tanks that directly feed the taps.
Guests will be able to choose from twelve beers on draft, as well as PA produced cider, wine and spirits for a small menu of cocktails. On the weekends, you can enjoy food from a rotating schedule of local Food Trucks offering a variety of choices, or you can schedule a delivery from a local restaurant.
Owner and Brewer Doug Buddle is originally from Upstate New York, graduated from RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) and relocated to the Ambler area in 1988 for a 31-year career at Johnson & Johnson.
Doug first lived on Heckler Street, right across the street from Ambler Fireplace and Patio, who was advertising a home brewing kit for sale at the time. Interested, Doug bought the kit that came with a bucket, malt extract and a few other necessary items and he made his first batch of beer in his basement. Doug admits it wasn’t very good, but it sparked a new hobby. Soon he was researching how to make beer using grain and hops and became an early customer at Keystone Homebrew Supply in the Montgomery Mart on Route 309.
Doug has entered many local and regional home brew competitions and won his fair share of ribbons over the years, including taking first place in the first annual Preston and Steve WMMR Morning Show Homebrew Competition in 2011. The prize was the opportunity to do his first commercial brew of his recipe on the equipment at the Triumph Brewery in Old City, and he was hooked and had a new goal to become a commercial Brewer.
Eight years and a couple of business plan revisions later…Ambler Beer Company is set to open today.
Ambler Beer Company is focused on crafting beer in many styles, but when pressed, Doug will admit that he has an affinity for brewing Belgians and IPAs.
Here’s a list of what to expect on tap this weekend:
Doors open today, Friday August 30th at 4pm and the rest of the opening weekend details are as follows:
Friday 8/30 4pm – 10pm; Food Truck is Baba Louie’s BBQ
Saturday 8/31 12(noon) – 10pm; Food Truck is Chuck’s BBQ
Sunday 9/1 12(noon) – 6pm; Order food from a local Ambler Restaurant