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September 17, 2013

Old Forge Brewing Co. moves into bigger space on Mill Street

DANVILLE — Wood décor and iron sculptures painted red welcome patrons to the new and expanded two levels of Old Forge Brewing Co.

The brew pub has doubled the size of its previous location at 282 Mill St.

It was closed for 10 days during the move to the 298 Mill St. building purchased by owners Damien and Maria Malfara.

The pub enjoyed a soft opening Sept. 12 and officially opened Tuesday, according to Damien who is also head brewer and company president.

They had been closed so they could move to the location of the former Lemon A’Peel.

Because they await more equipment to arrive, the menu is limited. After the equipment is installed, they will expand the menu.

The main bar and dining area seat about 75. There is also a dining area upstairs with a small bar and a new upstairs room that can be used for private events for up to 50.

The brew pub has the same number of tanks used in the past, but now they are all together. They use five fermentation tanks and a brew house.


Keith Kocher, of Lighstreet, made the metal sculptures, of old iron tools painted red. A new one, at the entrance, spells out old forge in ironwork and shows visitors Old Forge was established in 2008. Old Forge expanded once in 2010 at its former location.

Kocher also made the main bar with an oak top. It was tested by a laboratory which showed the wood to be 300 to 500 years old, Malfara said.

The artist also crafted, in red, T-rails from the mid-1800s for the bottom of the bar.

“The décor is all handmade locally — he has made every piece of wood,” Malfara said of Kocher.

“He made our lights of wood and metal. They look cool,” he said of the first-floor lighting.

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