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Philadelphia’s Human Robot Brewing will soon debut a German beer-hall-inspired location in Jenkintown at 210 York Rd. Human Robot Brewing Jenkintown – The Haus will open on Feb. 2, 2022, to pay homage to their popular $2 Milk Tube Tuesdays, a.k.a. “Tubes Day,” where customers shoot thin cylinders of European-style wet beer foam.
“We chug those. The fact it’s 2-22-22 and a Tuesday, it’s just too much for us not to get it done by then,” said Ken Correll, co-owner of The Haus and founder of the Memphis Taproom. “So, it’ll be the ultimate Tube’s Day.”
Human Robot Brew Jenkintown – The Haus is a partnership between Correll, Human Robot Brewing owner Jake Atkinson, Human Robot Brewer Andrew Foss, and Chris Roller. The partners purchased the building, which was the former home of Borough Brewhouse and Guild Hall Brewing Co., for $1.325 million. The building dates back to the 1920s and was designed by noted Philadelphia-born Gilded Age architect Horace Trumbauer known for designing hotels, office buildings, as well as homes for the robber barons of the time. He also designed The Parkway Central branch of the Free Library and Philadelphia Museum of Art.
“It’s a beautiful building,” Correll says of the 5,600 sq. ft. space that boasts 40-foot ceilings. “It was available, and it was already a built-out brewery.”
Human Robot Brewing Jenkintown – The Haus will have seating for about 140 guests and will be able to accommodate children and families because of its sizable space, which is larger than their Kensington location.
“We know there are a lot of young Jenkintown families, so it’ll be a great place to go where the kids can be loud and have fun,” said Correll.
The brewery’s food partner, Herman’s at The Haus by John Herman and Angel Coria, will also add children’s options to their casual German fare and American pub food menu. Brewery patrons will be able to order online using QR codes or at the dining room kiosks, and food runners will deliver it to their table. The Haus will have between 12 to 15 taps, a rotating local cider line, and some cocktail lines. The Jenkintown brewery will offer more German lagers than their Philly location but will also include hazy IPAs, stouts, and other fun batches. Local artists Jeannie Zimmerman and Bill Strobel, who painted Kensington’s mural, have been tapped to create a similar mural using vintage-greeting card style letters that read “Jenkintown” using iconic local and historical images within each letter.
Since Philadelphia law requires indoor restaurants to have their customers either wear masks or show proof of vaccination, the Kensington location decided among their community and staff members that it would be a vaccinated-only location. Correl said they are waiting until next year and will discuss this with their new staff before deciding on whether or not they will adopt any COVID policies at their suburban location.
“Right now we’re focusing on putting together the right team of people to create a great space for the community of Jenkintown and something we can all enjoy together,” Correll said.