The idea of owning and operating a bar with friends is something that’s been discussed in university dorm rooms for decades. And while that dream fades away for most after college graduation, Ken Buonocore ’03 made it a reality two years ago when he co-founded Conshohocken Brewing Company.
It all began in 2009, when he received a home brewing kit for Christmas. Buonocore and his friend John Remington would spend hours in Buonocore’s basement, testing out different ingredients and buying more equipment in an attempt to brew the best beers possible. The friends even took a beer judging certification class to sharpen their knowledge about the brewing process. They started entering local brewing competitions, and noticed that they started to win several of them.
“At that point, I was home-brewing probably three or four days a week,” Buonocore said. “I turned my entire basement into my laboratory. It was around that time, in 2012, that we really started getting serious about it.”
The pair then found an investment group to provide the preliminary finances and set to work buying full-scale brewing equipment, drafting a business plan, and picking out commercial space. On April 1, 2014, Conshohocken Brewing Co. was officially open for business.
Located about 15 miles northwest of Philadelphia and minutes from the Schuylkill River Trail, Conshohocken Brewing Co. offers about 10 beers on tap on any given day in addition to a small pub menu. Buonocore said the brewery’s proximity to the trail attracts a number of runners and bikers, many of whom come in for a post-workout drink.
“Our blonde ale does really well because it’s a lighter beer, and the people coming in off the trail go for it often,” he said. “Other than that, our IPAs are our most popular.” Continue reading