A Trip to the Newly Minted Bonn Place Brewing

A Trip to the Newly Minted Bonn Place Brewing
Bonn Place Brewing
310 Taylor St | Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 419-6660
www.bonnbrewing.com

Bonn Place Brewing is owned by husband-and-wife team Sam and Gina Masotto. Located in Bethlehem’s South Side at 310 Taylor Street, Bonn Place Brewing is named for the street in Weehawken Township, Hudson County, where the couple previously resided. The brewery opened in November 2016.

According to mcall.com, Sam homebrewed for eight years before becoming an assistant brewer at Newburgh Brewing Company in Newburgh, New York, for almost three years. He then gained further experience at Chelsea Craft Brewing Company in New York and New Jersey Beer Company in Hudson County, New Jersey.

There are a few tables, twelve seats at the bar made of exposed wood, and two drink rails, one  with views into the brewing area. The brewery showcases an 8 barrel brewhouse, three stainless steel fermenters, a brite tank, and a beautiful oak foudre.

The space features a rustic yet modern look with the wooden doors and floors, exposed brick walls, industrial lighting, and exposed ductwork and ceiling beams. Chalkboards throughout the space not only provide important information about what’s available, but also entertain with whimsical drawings.

The beers on tap during our visit included…

  • Mooey – 4.8% ABV “Not So Ordinary Bitter,” still light, smooth, crisp and refreshing. Also available as a radler with lemon soda.
  • Opus – 5.8% ABV American Amber Ale; toasty, biscuity, chocolatey, and “just great.”
  • Butt-Rock American Pale Ale – 6.0% American Pale Ale; hop forward New England style pale ale with notes of “Nickelback” and “Shinedown.” Dank, Juicy, Dank, Dank, Dank.
  • Wild Apfel Tarte – 5.6% ABV Wild/Sour Ale; a 100% Pennsylvania wild, sour ale brewed and fermented with all PA ingredients, including indigenous yeast.
  • Der Hase – 8.0% ABV Double Pale Ale; a different kind of double pale ale brewed with all German malt and German hops. Fruit forward and smooth.
  • Merci! – 10.0% ABV Imperial Black Saison brewed with Scholl’s butternut squash and organic maple syrup. A Thanksgiving beer.
  • Wild Apfel Creme – 5.6% ABV Wild/Tart Ale on Nitro
  • “Puss-In-Ugg Boots” – Mooey Pub Ale on cask with Mint Leaves, Vanilla, and Ground Black Pepper. (Mooey is a cat.)

I was blown away and completely surprised by “Puss-In-Ugg Boots.” The combination of mint, vanilla, and black pepper with the light, crisp ordinary bitter is nothing short of pure genius. I also enjoyed Butt-Rock American Pale Ale. It provided the juicy, hop goodness every beer drinker from the Northeast is looking for.

Beers are available in 4-ounce, 8-ounce, and 16-ounce pours. Flights include five 4-ounce pours of your choice. Some beers are available in 64-ounce branded glass growlers to go.

Wines from Franklin Hill Winery and meads from Colony Meadery are also available. A selection of San Pellegrino sodas are served, as well as Monocacy Coffee Roasters espresso. I highly recommend a comforting cappuccino with soy milk.

Merchandise is available for purchase including shirts, glassware, and stickers. Bags of Utz chips are available for purchase.

Bonn Place Brewing is open Wednesday and Thursday 4 to 11 PM, Friday 3 to 11 PM, Saturday noon to 11 PM, and Sunday noon to 7 PM. Earn $1 off pints during Happy Hour from 4:07 PM to 5:33 PM each day.  There is a Special Extended Teacher Happy Hour on Fridays from 3:00 PM to 5:33 PM.

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