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Banking on the Brewpub    


by Chris Poh



The vault at The Vault Brewing Company in Yardley, PA as seen in American Public House Review
The namesake icon at The Vault Brewing Company in Yardley, PA



As a small boy I enjoyed those trips with my mom to that much respected town edifice where an occasional extra sliver of my dad’s paycheck might find its way into savings or something called a Christmas club. Anything that had even the slightest reference to the events that transpired on December 25th would catch my attention. And this mighty structure with its marble walls, granite façade and massive steel vault inspired some degree of confidence that my family might even prevail against our own financial struggles, and that whatever secret gift that I had longed for over the many long months might find its way under our decorated evergreen at year’s end.

As far as those organizations that make up and maintain the fabric of community are regarded, it appeared to my young mind that the bank was somewhere between church and the public library. At church my family received consolation and counsel, but in exchange had to leave some money behind. The library loaned out knowledge, but you had to pay a fine if you did not return the source of that knowledge in a timely fashion. So while our local financial institution was a place deserving of our esteem and trust, there were those looks of concern and consternation on my parent’s faces after having to meet with someone other than those ever cheerful lollypop handing out tellers behind the window. There seems to be something inherent to the banking industry that can bring out the inner Willie Sutton in even the most mild-mannered individual. And that somewhat dubious relationship between those holding the cards and those hoping to be dealt a fair hand has existed ever since mankind decided that money would become the accepted medium of exchange for goods and services.

Today that concept of neighborhood and provincial sustainability has been eclipsed by the designs and needs of a more global economic outlook. In the American version of the narrative it has been described as the struggle between the interests of Wall Street versus Main Street. In most instances that prominent thoroughfare through the center of small town America has gone down for the proverbial count, but there are those exemplary entrepreneurial efforts that bode well for the revitalization of local economies. And as it was in the beginning of this country, those who turn the barley into beer are at the forefront of our good fortune.


The old bank building which houses the Vault as seen in American Public House Review
Finally, a bank becomes something cool and  interesting instead of the other way around!


Interior at The Vault Brewing Company in Yardley, PA as seen in American Public House Review
Since the 1990s, American craft brewers have done an outstanding job of breathing new life into those structures that had become abandoned or obsolete because of a changing economy. Industrial spaces, warehouses and even train stations were being utilized to provide a thirsty public an appropriate setting to knock back a good pint. Now in Yardley, Pennsylvania that commercial transformation has been perfectly executed by John and James Cain, the owners of the newly opened Vault Brewing Company. In this version of the main street makeover a former bank building has been exquisitely converted into a delightful eatery and brewpub. They have created surroundings that are both sophisticated and functional that gives way to an atmosphere of comfort and conviviality. And with their diverse line of handmade unfiltered beers being poured directly from the serving tanks, to quote the owners, “The Vault gives the customers that true grain to glass experience.”


John and James Cain have certainly invested their fair share toward community support and renewal during these fiscally challenging times. And while I don’t count myself among those that have entirely lost faith in our monetary system, and who would suggest that turning our devalued greenbacks into precious metals as the only road to fiscal stability—I would recommend a trip to the Vault with the intention of changing some of that paper into some high quality liquid assets as a potential path toward a bit more personal security and satisfaction!   

John and James Cain, Owners and operators of The Vault Brewing Company in Yardley, PA as seen in American Public House Review






 
The Vault Brewing Company

10 Main Street

Yardley, PA  19067

267-573-4291

www.vaultbrewing.com


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