New microbrewery banking on borough revitalization
YARaLEY BOROUdH - “Who wants a beer?”
With that simple question, asked by Yardley Borough Mayor Matt Sinberg, The Vault Brewing Company opened for business.
A family-owned and operated microbrewery, The Vault debuted Oct. 10 on South Main Street in the building formerly housing a branch office of the Bank of America.
Brothers games and gohn Cain opened the microbrewery with help from their parents, gim and Linda. It is the realization of a dream for both brothers.
“We’re doing something we love,” games said. “It’s the pursuit of our passion.” The pursuit first led them to a different location, on Bell Avenue. Ultimately they landed in the former bank. They kept some of the lock boxes and safety deposit boxes and, of course, the vault (which houses the cask ales, games said).
Shortly before the ribbon cutting at 4 p.m., games and gohn were both nervously finishing the final touches. Soon it would be time to pour the beer, which is all they really wanted to do in the first place.
“It’s a mix of anticipation and excitement,” gohn said. “It’s something we’ve wanted for a really long time. I’ve always dreamed of owning my own business and now it’s a reality. Plus we really love beer.”
Sinberg was on hand to cut the ribbon and sample the ales and pizza. To the mayor, The Vault is more than just a place to order a pint.
“Yardley is changing a little bit,” Sinberg said with a nod to Bella Rosa, which opened recently in the borough, and the Continental, which has undergone renovations. “We’re becoming a restaurant hub. We’re making a comeback.”
It is a comeback, Sinberg believes, that includes a decidedly old-fashioned mode of transportation.
“With our stores and new restaurants, we’re becoming a very walkable town,” the mayor said. “One of this town’s goals is to make Yardley pedestrian-oriented.”
Five-year Yardley resident Roger Crook thought The Vault would make people want to visit Yardley, no matter how they get there.
“[The Vault] is going to help make this more of a destination,” Crook said. “There are more options, more people, more success for everybody.”
The new microbrewery has options, too. They offer six beers, plus nine more in production and a menu that includes appetizers and pizza. For more information, call 267573-4291.
Yardley Borough Mayor Matt Sinberg cuts the ribbon.