Thursday, May 28, 2009
Back in April, when I attended a meeting at the Philadelphia Brewing Company, I remember using map quest to find out the address of the building on Amber Street. Mind you, I live in Juniata, which is a hop, skip and a jump away from Kensington (not literally) but I just couldn't picture where the building was at. I remember it was a chilly Monday night, and the streets were dark. And due to the lack of a vehicle, my dad was nice enough to give me a lift, where he also became stumped by the location of the building. While I have lived in Juniata for my 21 years of existence, he has graced the neighborhood with his presence for 58 years. So either the two of us are horrible with directions or we just need to get out more.
Either way we finally found the place after trying to figure out how to get to the entrance of the building for about 10 minutes, due to annoying one way streets. As I pulled up, I felt a rush of fear overcome me, because I realized I was entering this strange building alone, unsure of what to expect. After about five more minutes of uncertainty if this was the right place, I finally saw people entering the building. So I followed and upon entering the building I came across these giant tanks located in a brightly lit room. I had to cross this floor and climb a very steep stair of steps in order to get to the testing room , where the meeting was held.
When I told my dad this was the Philadelphia Brewing Company, he was so excited. He began to ramble on and on about the history of the building, which actually interest me a bit. So even though, he didn't have a clue where it was at, he knew all about its past. Apparently, the company sold their former brand name in 2007 and re-invented themselves as the Philadelphia Brewing Company in 2008. They have brewed beer sensations, such as Kenzinger, Rowhouse Red, Newbold and Walt Wit. Those little fun facts from my dad and their willingness to provide free beer and goodies at the meeting, prompted J.T. and I to go back.
Kensington is lucky to be the home of the Philadelphia Brewing Company because with its rich history and fun spirits, it serves as a wonderful asset to the community.
Bonnie Dugan & J.T. Salzer, Group 4, Kensington
Posted by Bonnie Dugan at 12:13 AM