Inspired by one of our founding fathers, Saint Benjamin makes uniquely flavored, drinkable and sustainably made beers from their Kensington location, which was once the carriage house of one of Philadelphia’s 19th century breweries.
We’ll be highlighting each brewery participating in our event on wmgk.com with our Locals Only Spotlight feature. You’ll get a feel for what drives them to make delicious craft beer and most importantly what tasty offerings they’ll be serving up on April 21.
What They’re Serving
Each brewer will serve up a Flagship beer (a beer they’re well known for) & a Specialty/reserve beer. Attendees will get to vote for their favorite beer in each category.
Flagship Beer Category – Bicentennial Cream Ale – 4.3%
A light, refreshing take on the American classic. This easy drinking beer has a slight hop aroma from American Cluster hops and a clean finish.
Specialty Beer Category – Raspberry Valerie – 4.8%
Belgian yeast aromas marry seamlessly with East Kent Goldings hops. This springtime refresher is mellow and light bodied, made with Pilsner, wheat and munich malts, then conditioned on 85lbs of Raspberries.
The name “Saint Benjamin” is a reference to founding father Benjamin Franklin. The idea for this brewery was devised in founder Tim Patton’s 190 year old home and former firehouse in Philadelphia. The founder of the city’s fire companies, Franklin was also an avid home brewer.
At Saint Benjamin Brewing Company, our mission is to bring uniquely flavored, drinkable and sustainably made beer to the people of Philadelphia, and the surrounding region, and to keep a human face on the brewery for the customers, accounts, and fans.
Our goal is to use the best techniques and brewing science to brew the highest quality beer, and to serve our employees well, in an open, collaborative and diverse environment that allows for new ideas to be shared.
We intend to make a fair profit to sustain continued growth. We also endeavor to be a hub for our community, including fellow brewers and brewsters, homebrewers and city residents.
The brewery was founded by Tim Patton. Tim graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Delaware in 1999 and co-found Dealcatcher.com with his childhood friend Dan Baxter.
Together, they created a very popular coupon and deal website which is still operating successfully today. At that time, Tim also played bass in several bands including Red Number 40 and Drive All Day.
After relocating to Philadelphia in the 2000’s, Tim became an avid home brewer and a huge fan of Philly’s booming craft beer scene. Wanting to be part of it, Tim decided to open a nano-brewery in 2010. Several years went by searching for the right location and fitting out the pace that he did find. in 2014 the brewery opened its doors.
Andrew Foss – Head Brewer. After years of home brewing and bartending, Andrew Foss got his start in professional brewing at Barren Hill Tavern and Brewery in Lafayette Hill, PA. A 6 week internship turned into an 8 month position under then head brewer Scott Morisson. Around the time of his departure in Novemer of 2014, he began working at Saint Benjamin under the direction of Gordon Grubb (former head brewer of now defunct Nodding Head Brewery). Andrew is now the head brewer at Saint Benjamin Brewing Company.