If you’re a craft beer lover you probably have had the “we should open a brewery discussion,” with your drinking buddies but it’s always just a pipe dream.
The brewers at Chatty Monks Brewing Company had the same thought — but they didn’t brush it off as a dream, they made it a reality.
And they made that reality my dream.
Going to small breweries in small towns is one of my favorite things to do, and Chatty Monks hits all my marks of a great small town brewery.
It was the second stop on what has become an annual brewery tour for my cousin and me.
The first stop was Sly Fox in Pottstown, which was great as usual, but there was no doubt we were excited to get Reading.
After about a half hour drive from Pottstown to Reading we walked in and were greeted by a large sign with their motto on it: “Chew. Chant. Chill.”
I first ordered a sample each of their Chocolate Maid’s a Milkin’ Stout, 227 Double IPA and Revelation Ale.
The Revelation Ale was truly a revelation. It was hoppy, smoky and easy to drink. Honestly, one of the best beers I have had in a while, and I had to take it home to share with my family.
My cousin called it, “gold in a growler.”
They only have eight taps now so they have to limit what they release. Our bartender said they didn’t have their IPA or Citra Pale Ale on tap. Those are two reasons to head back [Ed. note: and take the boss].
Chatty Monks doesn’t just have great beer, they have even better food.
Eating their Forbidden Nachos was like a religious experience. Fresh-cut and fried tortillas topped with their house-made salsa, jalapenos, cheese and your choice of pulled pork or chili.
We got pulled pork because I am a pulled pork fiend and devoured them. I could keep talking about them, but I won’t do them justice.
Other menu items are the Hopped Friars (French fries with home-grown hops sprinkled on them), Cheddar Bratwurst Soup and Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon Dip.
It’s a small but diverse menu, and they offer weekly specials to change it up, but the nachos are incentive enough to go again.
The place is small but cozy with pictures of monks doing crazy things on the walls and a brick façade making up most of the wall. It fits perfectly in with the other businesses on Penn Avenue.
Currently they have limited hours to keep up with demand for their product and I can see why.
We left around dinnertime and the place was almost full. A musician was setting up in the front for live music.
We chewed and chilled, and now I am chanting the Chatty Monks name all the way back here.