Erin Wallace, who owns Old Eagle Tavern in Manayunk, and Devil’s Den in South Philly, is making some progress in bringing forever-shuttered General Lafayette Inn back to life as Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery. She’s finally made settlement on the historic property, and according a rep for the project, intends to have it open for business this summer. She’s hired Scott Morrison, the talented brewer who racked up numerous accolades, including seven Great American Beer Festival (GABF) medals and top honors at the World Beer Cup, while on staff at Dock Street Brewery and McKenzie Brewpubs. At Barren Hill, he will be in charge of developing a line of house-brewed beers that will pour from six of the tavern’s 30 taps. His brews will also be featured on the draft lists at Wallace’s other bars.
Meanwhile over in Voorhees, New Jersey, Iron Hill’s forthcoming location — it’s the brewery and restaurant group’s tenth — is quickly coming together. Also on tap for a summer opening, the latest outpost received delivery today of 20 custom-fabricated brewing tanks for its brewhouse. Once installed, and the entire system is firing on all pistons, brewers will begin making the first batches of brews ahead of the opening. The fact that the tanks are on site means the opening isn’t far off. We’ll keep you posted as the progress on both projects continues.