More space, more beer, more employees
In the future, Malfara expects a deck off the second floor.
The expansion has resulted in additional employees. Old Forge now employs about 40.
At the new location, they have 16 beers on tap compared with eight beers in the past.
The main bar is also handicapped accessible and the back entrance has a ramp.
“The kitchen is more than double the size,” said Malfara. The second-floor features its own bathrooms. Second- and first-floor bathrooms are handicapped accessible.
“We also have a more robust climate control system to keep it at a comfortable level,” he said.
In the future, they may do off-site catering.
“Gray Builders did a great job. They were tremendous,” Malfara said of the work to transform the building into a restaurant and brew pub.
The most popular beers they make and serve are T-Rail Pale Ale and Overbite IPA. And they offer seasonal beers “which are always changing,” he said.
Old Forge also produces beer at its Iron Town Commerce location which is sold to distributors throughout Pennsylvania, except in Pittsburgh and Erie, and also in New Jersey.
“We have an outstanding staff who did a great job stepping up to take the initiative to do everything we had to do to make the move and make it right. They worked well with the contractors. Everybody worked together. It’s just amazing we were able to do it in the time frame we did,” he said.
“We had a lot of volunteers — customers and pub club members who came in on weekends and at night to help. We have had great support from the community,” he said.