Brewing comes back to Boyertown

From left to right: Brian McDonald, Steve Frecon, Tom Heeney, Hank Frecon and Patrick Maloney.
From left to right: Brian McDonald, Steve Frecon, Tom Heeney, Hank Frecon and Patrick Maloney.

Hometown brewing has been brought back to Boyertown.

What was formerly Frecon’s Hard Bean Cafe has officially transformed into The Other Farm Brewing Company.

While the venue will maintain true to its original coffee and live music roots, there will be another style of brewing added to the mix.

“We’re redefining the classic brewery and maintaining the community feel,” said Hank Frecon, owner. “Frecon’s already had a cidery, we were just a far cry away from brewing beer.”


After a year of consideration and planning, The Other Farm officially kicked off their ‘brew-and-improved’ format on Saturday, Feb. 9 with a performance by Flux Capacitor.

The current location of the former Hard Bean Café, now The Other Farm Brewing Company, was once the location of Boyertown Brewery.

The idea originated when the owners of Frecon Farms decided to take a look at Boyertown’s main street to see what was missing—a Boyertown brewery.

The team then looked to friends and contacts to evaluate available resources before establishing the infrastructure.

“Through a sizable effort, we’re now a brewery by all standards of definition,” said Hank Frecon. “We’ll be leaning toward the Nano-brew, producing solely for on-site consumption. It’s that format that lets us experiment and get creative.”

Brewing on location, 12 gallons at a time, their brew master Bryan McDonald has been trying to keep up with the demand of locally brewed beer.

Even their bar is local—harvested from an ancient oak that stood on Frecon soil until Hurricane Irene tore through the area.

The Other Farm Brewing Company will celebrate the home brewing attitude by producing a constant mix of some staple recipes along with a mix of ever changing ones.

“We’ll pair much of what we brew and serve with a developing food menu,” said Frecon.

Coinciding with their beer offerings, the brewery will also be carrying an array of Pennsylvania’s fermentations, including Frecon’s Ciders, wines by Blair Vineyards and Manatawny Creek Vineyards, and meads by Stone Keep Meadery.

On March 2, The Other Farm has collaborated with the Manatawny Creek Ramblers to launch a single release with a beer release: Kickstomper IPA.

The bottles will be signed by the band and will have a download code for the song, so fans can lierally ‘drink the music.’

The community can stay up to date on events and releases via Facebook or by checking out their website

“As a small scale brewery, we plan to grow organically with the town,” said Frecon.

“Our commitment to the community and social atmosphere of friends and family coming together to celebrate all things local will remain.”

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