Last week Devil’s Creek Brewery in Collingswood NJ announced that they have sold the business after 7 ½ years of successful and delicious beer brewing… the owner wishing to move on to new adventures.
Today, Sunday December 10th is presented as the last day of business (1-6pm), but a final going away celebration date has been added for Saturday December 16th 4-8pm
Devil’s Creek is located on Haddon Ave. in the heart of Collingswood ‘s downtown. They are at a prime corner in the newer Lumberyard development, with the cute Powell Lane side street to its side. Wawa is one block to the east.
The Jersey Devil themed brewery features a prominent corner location in the exciting Collingswood downtown which utilizes the large windows and tall ceiling to connect the space to the street. A 19 ft tasting room bar is positioned in the back right corner featuring about a dozen barstools. The bar is made from reclaimed wood from a Pennsylvania church that was built in the 1800s!
When Devil’s Creek opened back in 2016 they gained a lot of attention for being possibly the first brewery approved in a completely “dry” town… which is something most didn’t think was possible! But Brewery licenses are issued by the State, and Collingswood Town leadership fully supported the idea, so Devil’s Creek was given the greenlight.
I stopped in last week and caught up with owner Kat who says it’s simply time for her to move on to something different in her life… which is exactly how the process for opening the brewery started.
(I’ve had a busy last few days so just getting to this now! Sorry Kat)
Kat is very consistent in her message both at Facebook and in person, that she is not going out of business… she’s just looking to try something new with her life.
Her Facebook post says she has been in negotiations for a bit, and is super happy about who is taking over the spot.
That being said when I was sitting at the bar and Kat was the beertender working the taps, I made a comment about “hey is the next brewer going to keep the same name, or are they going to change anything up?” and she was very quick to correct me… “I never said it was another brewery”
It does feel that her Facebook commentary lead towards the new owner operating the space as a brewery… Well, we’ll have to wait and see.
She went on to add that the deal is not 100% finalized yet (hence, her ability to still operate as Devil’s Creek). So Kat is likely navigating the delicate balance between letting customer’s know she is closing and to stop in one last time to say goodbye…. while leaving the announcement of any new plans to the next owner.
Kat is a talented and creative person who has a background in graphic design and journalism. For now her plans seem to be focused on closing out the brewery, but then putting more time into exploring her creative side again, comfortably sitting at many South Jersey breweries just casually enjoying delicious beers from a bar stool, and spending more time with her young daughter.
In 2019, Devil’s Creek’s Caramel Apple beer won first place in the Malt-Forward category, at the Atlantic City Beer Festival. I also see in 2018 they took third place in the Saison category for their Raison de Roof
Devil’s Creek Brewery
Devil’s Creek Brewery opened in Collingswood back in the Spring of 2016 as a 10bbl smaller brewery, which expanded soon after opening to offer 12 taps of beer.
The “Devil” in Devil’s Creek is the Jersey Devil… and the well designed logo character for the brewery was designed by Kat, incorporating all of the historic South Jersey lure that goes into the Jersey Devil character… such as horse hooves.
Inside, the brewery features high ceilings, and having a prominent corner position of the building, the brewery space utilizes the large glass windows to allow customers to quietly sit and chat while sipping on a delicious beer, watching people/shoppers as they walk by outside.
As mentioned, the tasting room bar is reclaimed wood from an 1800s Pennsylvania church and I’ll add the bar was created right in town at The Factory.
The 10bbl brewery area is positioned behind the bar.
The tasting room space has a rustic themed to it with wood walls and accents and the industrial corrugated steel. A darkened roof and the bright lighting though in the space really gave it a very comfortable feel.
The tasting room area features many seating options including tables and window seating. During warmer months Devil’s Creek would regularly bring tables outside to extend the space.
Kat lists the following remaining days for Devil’s Creek
- Sunday December 10th, 1-6pm
- Saturday December 16th, 4-8pm “Going Away Celebration”
Links and Locations
Devil’s Creek Brewery
1 Powell Lane