Saint Boniface taps its resources Borough gives OK, brewery moves on to PLCB
By: MIKE REVO Review Correspondent, Staff Writer
Saint Boniface Brewery received approval from the Ephrata Borough March 20 after a 20-minute zoning hearing, in order to pursue a brewpub license from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. This will allow the brewery to eventually serve their beer in 12-ounce glasses and one-ounce samples in addition to the growler fills they currently offer.
Owners Jonathon Northup and Mike Price are still several months away from having the ability to serve their drafts in glasses, but the March 20 hearing was a step closer to that goal.
"I’d say 80 percent of our customers want to sit down and enjoy a beer," noted Price. Barring any major setbacks, that will be a reality in the coming months at Saint Boniface’s recently opened location at 1701 West Main St. in Ephrata.
The bar section of the brewery is still slated to open in early June, but that is dependent upon how quickly the PLCB moves in issuing their license — anywhere from three to six months. In the meantime, Mike and Jonathon need to hire a contractor.
"Preferably one who likes good beer," joked Northup.
Two handicapped-accessible restrooms and a parking lot need to be constructed. Seating will then need to be arranged. The conditions of the license will allow them to sell their own beer, as well as local wines. Unlike most brewpubs, however, the focus will not be on food, but rather on the beer.
"We’re not sure exactly how the food’s going to be handled, but the food will not be the focus," affirmed Price.
"It’s not going to be like a tavern or a bar, where people are hanging out all night," Price said.
The brewery will be closed on Sundays, and will not be open past 9 p.m. other days. This point was reiterated when Ken Burkholder, the owner of the nearby Good’s Store, expressed a concern over possible late hours and liquor being served, to which Price clarified that they will only offer their own beer, and will not have the kind of hours many pubs and breweries do.
"We do not want to compete with people that we sell the beer to," Price said, referring to the taverns in the county that offer Saint Boniface’s brews.
These conditions were agreeable, and there were no objections to their approval. Price and Northup applied for the PLCB license on March 21.
Currently growlers and samples are available Wednesday through Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saint Bonafice can be found on Faceook at St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company. More BREWERY, page A6