Hops On Center Street: Hairy Guys Brewing Opens With Victorian Era Charm In Jim Thorpe

There are officially two breweries that can now call Jim Thorpe home as Hairy Guys Brewing joins the Pennsylvania craft beer family. The brewery recently opened their doors at 204 Center Street.

The brain child of brewery owners Tim Benyo and Tommy Whitehead, Hairy Guys aims to provide the local area with a small business that makes a quality product with a community focus. The duo both started as homebrewers out of Tim’s garage and around 2014/2015, decided it was time to open a commercial brewery. After initial plans for a location fell through they shelved the idea for a handful of years. And now in 2024 the dream has become a reality.

Tim on the left and Tommy on the right at a competition in their homebrewing days (Pic courtesy Hairy Guys Brewing)

In a previous conversation with them, we learned that they plan on “focusing on what people have been drinking more of” when it comes to the style of beer they will offer. “We will have many different styles, from IPAs to lagers, and have many beers on the light side and dark side” the duo shared.

The brewery and taproom sits in a Victorian era house that was originally a boarding house in the 1800s (you can see more about the restoration of the building here). Hairy Guys Brewing will occupy roughly half of the first floor, in a little less than 1,000 sq/ft. They will have two rooms – a bar room and a “parlor room”. The owners have kept with the original features of the house, so the room has floor-to-ceiling windows that open, as well as decorative woodworking.

See more of the space below.

[smartslider3 slider=”102″] Photos courtesy Hairy Guys Brewing

There will be a small bar with 6 seats and 12 taps. Additionally a few tables will line the bar room, as well as some chairs in the parlor room, with seating for about 18-20 in total. The beer is all being brewed on a 1BBL brewhouse while rotating a lot of different beers. Draft and growler fills will be available with the goal of cans to go coming down the road. While the brewery will not have their own kitchen, they do intend to offer a variety of rotating food trucks to round out guests dining experiences.

Be sure to visit Hairy Guys Brewing to experience for yourself and follow them on Facebook and Instagram for all of their latest updates.

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