Becky Ryman and her brother Christopher Ryman were honored by the Chamber of the Northern Poconos, February 2, for the business they established, the Wallenpaupack Brewery.

Becky Ryman and her brother Christopher Ryman were honored by the Chamber of the Northern Poconos, February 2, for the business they established, the Wallenpaupack Brewery.

They received the “Young Entrepreneur Award of the Year,” during the 2018, annual Chamber membership luncheon meeting, held at Silver Birches Resort.

Vince Benedetto,1st Vice Chairman of the Board, who made the presentation, said that there he was reading some of Winston Churchill’s writings. “This is no time for ease and comfort, it is a time to dare and endure,” he said of Churchill. There is no book on entrepreneurship, Benedetto noted. “It has often been said it’s like jumping off a cliff and building the airplane on the way down.”

“A lot of times businesses survive on brute force, determination, courage, and persistence,” he said. “It is also a very noble thing to do, to build, to see something.” The Rymans, he said had a vision- something of beauty that could replace the former Arby’s restaurant that sat forlornly, on Route 6 just outside of Hawley.

“Just building something great is not enough,” Benedetto said. “Leadership means also going above and beyond.” The Rymans give back through a charitable program called “Pints With Purpose.”

From Yulan, NY, Becky stated that the projects spanned a year and a half. Their family would come to their vacation place at Lake Wallenpaupack and go boating. Their parents are also entrepreneurs, and would challenge them as to what they would want to do, and how they would make the area better. Their parents own LP Cylinder in Shohola.

In recent years, she and her brother would consider what was needed in the area. Their cousin has a successful brewery in Florida, and inspired them. Becky traveled the country visiting breweries to learn what they could bring back and add to the community. “We have great infrastructure for tourism, and we could add and be an attraction, and give them another reason to stay another night, buy another meal and give them another great experience to take back and tell other people about,” she said.

Wallenpaupack Brewery has a family friendly atmosphere, she said. “We’re set up to be something different and give people a choice, another good product that the area can be proud of.”

They opened September 30, 2017.

The business manufacturers craft beers. Since they have been open it has been a whirlwind, she said. The week prior they helped launch the Pocono Beverage Trail along with many other entrepreneurs in the region doing something similar to what they do.

She thanked Palmyra Township, the County of Wayne, State Representative and the business community for their support in getting them started.

Chris Barrett, Executive Director, Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau, was the keynote speaker. As part of his resume, he previously held multiple management roles at Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, for over 20 years. As an example of entrepreneurship, Barrett chose as his topic the story of Milton S. Hershey, confectioner and philanthropist, who founded Hersey Chocolate Company.

Lake Region IGA, The Dime Bank and Woodloch sponsored the event.

Information about the Chamber of the Northern Poconos is available at NorthernPoconos.com or by calling 570-226-3191 or 570-253-1960.