WHY THIS IS A MUST-READ:
Learn of some economic progress happening in the Lake Region of the Poconos,with the addition of the largest craft brewery from Hawley to Wilkes-Barre, according to co-owner Becky Ryman.
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Wallenpaupack Brewing Company has opened their taps to the public. They are the largest craft brewery in the region, between here and Wilkes Barre, co-owner Becky Ryman said. The popularity of craft beers, their excellent location on Route 6 between Hawley Borough and Lake Wallenpaupack, and their forward-looking vision have been pointed out as signs of anticipated success.

WHY THIS IS A MUST-READ:
Learn of some economic progress happening in the Lake Region of the Poconos,with the addition of the largest craft brewery from Hawley to Wilkes-Barre, according to co-owner Becky Ryman.
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PALMYRA TWP. (Wayne) - Wallenpaupack Brewing Company has opened their taps to the public.

They are the largest craft brewery in the region, between here and Wilkes Barre, co-owner Becky Ryman said. The popularity of craft beers, their excellent location on Route 6 between Hawley Borough and Lake Wallenpaupack, and their forward-looking vision have been pointed out as signs of anticipated success.

The Chamber of the Northern Poconos and Downtown Hawley Partnership welcomed them at the ribbon cutting Saturday morning, September 30, 2017, prior to their open house which was set for 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

“We’re just very pleased to welcome Wallenpaupack Brewing here to the Northern Poconos,” said Debbie Gillette, the Chamber’s Executive Director. “It’s another great product that can be made here in the northern Pocono Mountains, locally manufactured. All of the things they have inside came right from the local region. They used local contractors, local craftsmen. It’s just wonderful to have them here. We wish them nothing but the best.”

20-barrel operation

This is a 20-barrel brew house, which yields approximately 42 kegs. They are starting out brewing two to three days a week and expect to increase as they get busier and build their brand, Becky stated.  She noted that most new craft brewers begin with three to seven barrels. At Wallenpaupack, they built with room to expand, realizing there is a market for their type of business here.

Their operation is larger than either of the two breweries in Honesdale, she noted. Having multiple breweries in the area is good for business, she observed, as customers enjoy visiting one and seeing what they have to offer, and going from brew house to brew house.

There has been much public anticipation as the opening date drew near. A video about their progress, posted on The News Eagle’s Facebook page this summer drew several thousand hits. The company’s Facebook page had over 4,400 people following it, as of September 30.
 
 Inspired by their cousin

Becky Ryman, who is 33 and lives in Yulan, NY, is partnering with her brother Christopher Ryman, who is 31, and a resident of Eldred, NY. Their parents, Jackie and Maurice Ryman, own and operate LP Cylinder in Shohola.  Becky stated that she and Chris were inspired to start this venture by their cousin who started a craft brew house in Florida. Their cousin runs a successful brewery, and they are following his business model, Becky stated.  She said she traveled the country the past two years, visiting breweries and learning the trade.

Wallenpaupack Brewing Co. offers eight signature beers. They are distinctive for their varying taste and variety, whether light, dark, bitter or non-bitter. They operate a brew pub, with a full food menu. Becky stated that they offer a family friendly environment. Menu selections include burgers, sandwiches, ribs, fish tacos and wings, plus a children’s selection. Orders are taken at the counter, and the food and drinks are brought to the table.
Wine is also provided through their partner, Hackett Wines of the Lehigh Valley.

Pints with a Purpose

Becky stated that they plan to have special events, include “Pints with a Purpose.” This will be monthly benefit, to help a nonprofit organization. In October they plan to have a dinner to benefit the Susan G. Komen organization, which raises money for breast cancer research. In honor of this, during October they will be offering an option of pink-colored beer.
They can seat 80. There is a room for private parties, and an outdoor seating area.
There are presently 24 employees, including eight that are full time.

 Manufacturing plant

Only three of the staff work in the manufacturing plant, which takes up the northern half of the building. The enormous, stainless steel tanks glisten in the sun streaming through the large windows. They may be seen by passing motorists or from the parking area. Inside the plant, a mill grinds grain to extract the sugar. This then is made into wort, which is boiled and mixed with hops and spices.  Yeast is added in the large fermentation tanks. Temperature controls vary by tank, depending on the beer they are making. She said it takes two weeks to produce ale, and five weeks to produce lager beer.

From there the product is put into kegs, for the tap room on the other side of the wall.
They hope to introduce barrel-aging, a process that adds to the taste of the final product.
They also do their own canning.
As they build and market their brand, she said they want to expand their distribution.

 Went up quickly

Wallenpaupack Brewing Co. was constructed on the site of the long-abandoned Arby’s Restaurant. This was taken down on March 21st- Becky says it’s easy to remember that since it’s her birthday. On September 30, the brewery opened to the public. She expressed pleasure at how well the construction went, and how fast it went. She thanked Palmyra Township was very supportive in the process, and their general contractor, Dakan Enterprises Inc., did an excellent job.

A group of engineering students from Wallenpaupack Area High School even came to see how the facility was being built. She said they hope to welcome more science classes to come and learn from their manufacturing plant. Job shadowing by high school students will also be welcomed.

Waiting a half hour before the doors were to open for the public was Tom Guellich, who is a part-time resident of the area. “I’m very excited to have another one,” he said of the new brew pub. “It will be a great addition.”

 Governor supports PA brews

The day before Wallenpaupack Brewing Co. opened, Governor Tom Wolf announced the PA Preferred Brews Initiative, a new branding program for beers produced in Pennsylvania.

“Brewing beer is a $5.8 billion industry in Pennsylvania, and it’s an industry that is growing rapidly,” said Governor Wolf. “Recognizing the tremendous opportunities that exist in this industry to create jobs from the farm all the way to the brewery, pub or grocery store, we’ve worked on a bipartisan basis to modernize our beer laws and provide new support for this industry that is helping to open up doors to rapid expansion.”

The Brewers Association reports that Pennsylvania ranks first in the nation for barrels of craft beer produced, at 3.9 million barrels per year.

According to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, there are more than 300 licensed breweries in the state, with another 40 establishments awaiting a license. A 2011 report from the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) reported only about 100 breweries licensed in the state, so there has been a 300 percent increase in the last six years, alone.

The LFBC report found at the time that the industry had a $1.1 billion impact on the state’s economy when accounting for just the beer produced and sold in Pennsylvania. The industry also helped to support more than 60,000 direct and indirect jobs paying more than $2.2 billion in wages and benefits.
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Editor's Note: This is a corrected version. The earlier version contained an error in the name of the general contractor.