Kensington’s Saint Benjamin Brewing Co. will close next month after five years in business, the company announced in an Instagram post early Monday morning. The post attributed the shutdown to the sale of the brewery’s building at 710 N. 5th St.
“The building was sold and the buyers just aren’t that into us,” the unsigned post read. “S- happens, we’ve all been dumped before.”
City records do not yet list the building’s new owner. Owner Tim Patton could not immediately be reached for comment. A request for comment made to the company’s press email account and taproom was not returned.
According to the posting, there are no plans to open a new location. “The owner is choosing to pursue other endeavors,” a comment from Saint Benjamin’s official account read.
Fans of the brewery have “3 weeks to fill your bellies with all the Green Chile Cheeseburger Empanadas & Old Skool IPA you can fit.”
Though it was incorporated in 2010, Saint Benjamin Brewing Co. took a couple years to find a home at the former Theo. Finkenauer Lager Beer Co. near the intersection of North Fifth Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. And it took even longer to pour its first pints, which it did at Philly Beer Week festivities in May 2014.
In 2017, Saint Benjamin grabbed the attention of Inquirer food critic Craig LaBan’ annual Brewvitational craft beer competition; it took home first-place awards for best new beer (Franklin Abbey Dubbel) and best lager style (Pilsner Prosim). In 2018, the brewery’s Ultraviolet Grisette took home a second-place Brewvitational award for best canned beer.