Two brewery openings on Saturday to highlight.
It’s a soft opening for Spellbound, a public debut by Mount Holly’s second craft brewery to open in less than a year. (Spellbound’s just under a mile away from Village Idiot Brewing. Look for Village Idiot to also be at the Witches Ball; Flying Fish will also be pouring there.) The brewery is also among sponsors of 5k charity race the next day.
Co-owner John Companick explains further in the video.
Elsewhere, Forgotten Boardwalk opens to the general public. The Cherry Hill brewery has been teasing its beers to a members-only club over the past couple of weeks. FB opens at noon.
After a parade of stainless steel-laden trucks to Spellbound Brewing’s loading dock, the next delivery truck to pull up will most likely be loaded with malt and hops, yet another signal of “beer soon” from the Mount Holly craft brewery.
On Wednesday, a canning line was offloaded at Spellbound, the last of the equipment that co-owners John Companick, Mike Oliver and Scott Reading acquired to outfit their production brewery.
“All the equipment we need is in the building,” John tells Beer-Stained Letter. “It’s nice seeing it here, knowing that we don’t have to wait for another (equipment) truck to back up. The next truck that backs up is going to have our ingredients.”
On Wednesday evening, the Cask ACS line, capable of putting up 30 cans a minute, sat freshly uncrated, waiting to be tucked into its spot in the brewery floor plan.
There’s still some crucial work ahead, i.e. electrical work and completing the coldboxes. But the finish line is very close, John says, and a summer opening with eight to 10 taps in the tasting room is within reach.
“Right now, we’re just working on finishing up the electrical, getting the permits; same thing with the plumbing,” John says. “Then we're down to getting our certificate of occupancy, getting our OK from the state after inspection, and then we’re ready to go.”
When that happens, Spellbound will become the second Mount Holly craft brewery to open its doors. Village Idiot Brewing opened late last year just three miles away along High Street, the main thoroughfare through the town, the county seat of Burlington County.
Now that the trio of John Companick, Scott Reading and Mike Oliver (that's them in the photo) have the keys to a business park suite at 10 Lippincott Lane in Mount Holly, attention turns toward acquiring the brewing equipment that will ultimately make Spellbound's lineup of ales.
The 20-barrel brewhouse and related tanks will come from Premier Stainless, and the trio are about ready to push the button on placing the order.
Meanwhile, there's the matter of getting into shape the interior and grounds of the site they officially leased in late September. (The place was once a textile mill.)
Figure on a winter's worth of cleanup and renovation in Spellbound's immediate future.
Target date for opening? They're projecting mid-spring-ish.
If you're tracking Spellbound be flexible, though. There's generally an obstacle or two that needs to be cleared, and that can slow things.
The Spellbound folks hope all the research they've sunk into their planning will help keep the project moving along steadily, minimize the hiccups.
Every Monday enjoy half price wings* and $1 off all craft beers**, along with $3 featured craft drafts at the Washington Township location of The Village Pub. *Dine in only, to-go orders not included. **Some