BEER IN A BARN
By CINDY KNIER
MONTOURSVILLE – A new nanobrewery tucked away in the picturesque countryside north of Pennsdale offers local craft beer lovers a place to relax, chat and enjoy a good brew. Therapy Brewing, 3978 Quaker Church Road, Montoursville, held its grand opening May 25 for a parking lot and an overflow parking field of excited patrons, said Chris Kuriga, co-owner of Therapy Brewing. The event was catered by Harter’s Hearth and Susquehanna Mills.
The three-barrel operation runs out of a 100-year-old wagon farmshed, renovated by Kuriga and his good friends-turned-business partners, Mark Killian, of South Williamsport, and Quinn Kirk, of Williamsport.
The trio met at the Billtown Brewers Guild in Williamsport nearly four years ago, Killian said, who is Assistant Chief for the Williamsport Bureau of Fire Fighters. Kirk, a family physician in Hughesville, is currently having a house built on the property in Mill Creek Township, which was originally owned by farmer Harry Campbell and sold to Pennsdale’s Fry family. After Kirk purchased the property from Fry’s over three years ago, a plan began to form among the friends to pursue opening a brewery establishment on the land.
In order to prepare the property for renovations, the farmhouse was razed, but not before Killian arranged to have firefighter training at the site. “We hosted nearly 30 firefighters from Virginia to New York to learn training techniques. They absolutely appreciated the opportunity because we staged 25 fires on the four floors of the house,” Killian said.
Where the homestead stood is now a gravel parking lot, which fills quickly during the two days the brewery is open: Saturday, 12-9 p.m. and Sunday, 12-6 p.m. “When summer ends we’re looking to open on Fridays,” Kirk said, adding that a second parking lot is a priority before winter. Also in the works are the addition of a firepit and cornhole boards in the grassy area. An Autumn 5K trail run is being planned which will benefit a charity yet to be decided, Kirk said.
Therapy Brewing’s pour sheet changes week to week, ensuring customers a new experience each time they visit. On occasion, a food truck will be present, but no food is served except pretzels and potato chips.
Dogs and children are also welcome as long as both are friendly, Kirk said. Maximum capacity of the interior is 43, while an outdoor deck with seating and a grassy section beckons those longing for nature.
For Kuriga, opening a brewery is all about the community and he proves it by reaching out to small businesses in the Pajama Factory and in the Williamsport area for the company’s embroidery, promotional materials and other business needs.
More information can be found by contacting 570-560-0987, on Facebook and at www.therapybrewing.com.