Vault Brewing Company opened its doors on October 11, 2012 in Bucks County, PA. The Yardley location was chosen due to its historic Borough, its proximity to the Delaware River, and its neighboring towns of Washington Crossing, Newtown, New Hope, and Langhorne.
The original part of the building was constructed in 1889 for Yardley National Bank. The 8,000lb vault door was installed prior to the construction of the building and no changes have been made to its design in over 125 years. The vault is now used as a beer-conditioning cellar.
Yardley National Bank went out of business during the Great Depression, but the building continued to serve as a financial institution for many other banks over the years. Some may remember the bank as a location for Philadelphia National Bank and Prime National Bank. Most recently, the building was home to Bank of America until the branch was closed in 2009.
The building sat vacant for 3 years until brothers James and John Cain along with their father Jim, decided in March of 2012 to completely overhaul the building and turn it into a brewery. The first hire was Mark Thomas, brought on to help design the brewing equipment layout, define the beer offering, and run the brewing operation as the Brewmaster. The Cains had previously attempted to install their brewery in an old golf ball factory on Delaware Ave but had to abandon the idea after a few months of zoning battles. The silver lining was that even though they now had to select a new location, it was evident that there was much support for the business and the unique concept.
The plans were drawn in April and construction began in July. Contracting team Jeffrey C. Burdette, Inc worked seven days a week to demolish, construct, plumb, wire, tile, paint, and decorate the building in less than three months. The interior design was created by Miho Kahn Interiors, LLC.
Some unique elements of the interior include:
- The original vault repurposed as a beer-cellar
- A giant safe repurposed as an illuminated wine display
- Decorative wrought-iron fencing surrounding the brewery and copper-clad wood-fired open
- A visually-striking painting that incorporates original deposit slips and paid checks from Yardley National bank dating over 100 years ago
- Hand-dyed concrete bar tops that were poured and molded on-site
- A huge rusted iron horse head above the urinal in the men’s room
- An eclectic shoe rack display in the women’s room
For pictures of the interior, click here.