|St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company
1701 W Main St | Ephrata, Pennsylvania
St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company celebrated five years of business and beer with an Anniver5ary Party on Saturday, January 30, 2016. The gathering featured a special beer and showed off the newly renovated tasting room to a crowd of friends, family, and regulars.
Just five years ago, St. Boniface was selling beer out of a small space in the former Artworks at Doneckers building in Ephrata, PA. The nano-brewery built a reputation for serving well-crafted, delicious beers, with Hegemony imperial stout being the shining star.
The brewery is now located at 1701 West Main Street, right next to the “Welcome to Ephrata” sign. The current location includes a 15-barrel brewhouse and a cozy tasting room.
The event featured the release of Hegemony Anniver5ary Reserve both in 22-ounce bottles and on tap. The anniversary beer pays homage to the original Hegemony imperial stout recipe with a slightly different grain bill and the addition of honey and lactose.
Doors opened at 11AM to a line of eager beer drinkers that went along the side of the building into the parking lot. There were heat lamps outside, and those close to the front of the line were treated to a sip of the special beer before doors opened.
Once open, bottles of Hegemony Anniver5ary Reserve were selling quickly, with most people purchasing the 6 bottle limit. The hand-waxed and stamped bottles featured the Anniver5ary Reserve logo and sold for $12 each.
Another plus for early arrivers was the opportunity to purchase a special edition Anniver5ary glass filled with Hegemony Anniver5ary Reserve.
Other beers on tap during the event included staples like Paideia Pale Ale, 3LB India Pale Ale, and Libation Double IPA, as well as specialties like Wynfrid English Session Ale, Offering #11 Molasses Porter, and Gin Mill Porter Chocolate Porter.
Two specialty firkins were tapped throughout the day. The first was Hegemony Anniver5ary Reserve with coffee beans, and the second was Hegemony Anniver5ary Reserve with cacao nibs.
Rocky’s BBQ was on premise all day long serving up pulled pork sandwiches, St. Louis style spare ribs, and mac & cheese.
Clinton Hibshman provided live music in the evening.
So what’s next for St. Boniface? Look for some new beers from head brewer and co-owner Jon Northup including an IPL (India Pale Lager) and the return of his delicious Pilsner.
Also, mark your calendar now for The third annual Bonifest on Saturday, June 4, 2016. Tickets will be on sale soon!