Stable 12 settles in Phoenixville, celebrating its grand opening

Phoenixville >> Three longtime friends from Skippack are living the dream of turning a hobby into a business. Stable 12 Brewing Co. celebrated its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday morning.
Several notable guests attended the event including U.S. Congressman Ryan Costello, R-6th District; state representatives Warren Kampf, R-157th District and Tim Hennessey, R-26th District and Phoenixville Mayor Michael Speck, all of whom came to show their support for the new micro-brewery in the borough.
Located across from Phoenixville Borough Hall on Bridge Street, Stable 12 offers many different craft beers that are brewed on site. Owners Richard Wolf, Christopher Carbutt and Tyler Fontaine have known each other since middle school. They were originally beer enthusiasts in Skippack who decided to turn their hobby of home brewing into a business.
With the active resurgence of entrepreneurs and small, locally owned businesses coming to downtown Phoenixville, Stable 12’s owners decided it would be the perfect place to open, after scouting many different towns in the area.
“We felt this would be a perfect fit for us. It is just big enough to turn into a production facility but not be in the middle of nowhere,” said Wolf. “I am all for small businesses. They make the backbone of the community, which is essentially the backbone of the United States. It’s great, the movement of the town. We looked into other areas but it was so complicated to do everything. Here, it was so easy dealing with the borough. It seems like they are reaching across the table to do the same agenda. They want to promote small business and revitalize this town.”
The large building at 368 Bridge St. in Phoenixville is more than 100 years old and was formerly an auto parts store. Wolf said they transformed the back rooms to the micro-brew room and a walk-in cooler. He noted they picked the location because they would have room to grow. Stable 12 opened its doors in May.
Costello, who grew up nearby, came to show his support for another business opening in the borough.
“The renaissance over the past 10 years has been remarkable and then you continue to see individual examples of entrepreneurship adding to it,” he said. “This is a big statement for the success of microbreweries, their personal story, how they turned this into a business. Also, culturally adding to the environment of what has become the downtown for this region.”
“For me, I’m just trying to be a great cheerleader for everyone who is doing good work in the town,” Kampf commented. “Going back 15 years, a group of people said ‘we are going to work on things,’ like the Colonial, and here we are reaping the benefits of all that hard work. But, it’s not just them. We also need entrepreneurs like these three young men who are into craft beer and decide to make a business out of it. Why did they pick Phoenixville? It’s the place to be.”
Local “beer blogger” and Phoenixville resident Shane Dilworth said he enjoys how new businesses in Phoenixville bring vibrancy to the town. He has been frequenting Stable 12 since it opened.
“I love having a brewery I can walk to that makes great beer. I think these guys have a ton of potential. They seem like they are really good brewers. Not only that, they seem to have a really good business acumen. They are great now and they are going to get even better in the future,” Dilworth remarked.
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