After a grand opening in February was cut short by the coronavirus, the region’s oldest brewery’s new Midvalley location has finally reopened with a killer menu, plenty of unique brews and plenty of patio seating. Breaker Brewing Outpost’s manager, Kristen Mullen, has been involved in the craft beer community for more than 10 years. Here’s what she had to say about the new restaurant, located at 192 Wildcat Road, Archbald.
Q: For folks who don’t know, what is Breaker Brewing?
A: Breaker Brewing Company is the region’s original craft brewery dedicated to producing solid craft beers while simultaneously paying homage to the area’s rich coal mining roots, which is emphasized by our company name, decor and many of our beer names. We’ve been around since 2009, when the owners started brewing craft beer in super small batches in a licensed production facility in their home garage — yes, home garage! They started distributing to local bars and the brand took off from there. We purchased our original Wilkes-Barre Township location in 2011 and opened to the public in 2013. We purchased the Archbald location in 2019 and opened to the public in 2020.
We are known for our ales, especially our New England style IPAs. Our 5 Whistle Wheat is also a fan favorite with lots of different fruit variations like blueberry, watermelon and strawberry. Everyone also goes nuts for our Patchtown Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter. We recently started brewing lagers and seltzers that have been gaining a following as well.
We decided to open up in Archbald to be more accessible to our regular customers and new customers that live in Scranton and the surrounding areas, and also, customers who are coming from northern states to visit. A lot of craft beer lovers base trips around what breweries they can hit on a weekend trip, so we hope to entice those traveling through to check us out as well.
Q: Do you think beer, especially craft and local brews, is having a bit of a renaissance?
A: Beer has been around forever and people are gonna drink it forever. If you didn’t know, beer is life! So, I’m not sure about a renaissance, because it’s always been a constant, but nowadays people certainly gravitate towards craft beer because they want more. They want more flavor, they want more unique flavors and styles and they want more bang for their buck. Craft beer may be more expensive, but you know you’re getting something that’s been well thought out and handcrafted with the best ingredients. Plus there’s the bonus of supporting a small business, so it’s totally worth it.
Local is definitely getting a lot of love right now. People were forced to stay local during the stay at home orders, so we certainly made some new customers and have had the support of our longtime loyal customers who have been with us since day one. Craft beer fans value supporting their local brewery and the local craft beer community is large and wonderful.
Q: What are some of the trends you’re seeing right now?
Of course hazy IPAs have been trending for a few years now. We definitely tap into that and have a huge following for them. We release what we call “personal firkins” quite frequently, where we take a small batch of beer and enhance the flavor by adding special ingredients. We’ve also been canning tons and release a new 16-ounce four pack nearly every week.
Q: What’s on tap for summer, both in beers and on the menu?
We’re definitely going to offer some seltzers, sours and wheat beers for easy summer drinking. We’re making a Swedish Fish flavored seltzer, so look out for that. All these styles are lighter bodied and super refreshing.
My favorite Breaker beer in Minefire. It’s a blackberry jalapeño ale. It’s one of our flagships we’ve been making for years, so you’ll see it often. It’s the perfect balance of sweet and heat.
My favorite food is our ahi tuna poke bowl. It’s like deconstructed sushi. It’s a massive bowl of ahi tuna chunks seared and seasoned with sesame and ginger, topped with veggies, avocado and spicy mayo over jasmine rice. I also love the buffalo cauliflower tacos, chicken and waffle focaccia, mac and cheese with stewed tomatoes and the beets bacon bleu salad.
5. What do you recommend for guests at Breaker Brewing Outpost?
First-timers new to our beer should build their own beer flight. You can get five ounce pours of any beer on draft if you’re not willing to commit to a larger pour. This way you can try a few and see what you like. If you’re not into beer, we do offer a wide variety of local wines and sodas. For food, you definitely have to get a warm soft pretzel with our house made beer cheese.
And for everyone, just come hang, check out the new place. We were only open one month before shut down, so we’re very excited to welcome everyone back. There’s a nice back patio and dogs are welcome on our front deck where they’ll get a treat. Also don’t miss our “liquid desserts” where we take a beer and make it extra special so you can treat yourself! For example, we take our Patchtown Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter and rim your glass with chocolate syrup and crumbled Reese’s peanut butter cups. It’s literally liquid dessert.
Also, we understand that not everyone is comfortable with indoor dining just yet. For them, we offer outdoor seating, which is currently being expanded. We also offer the entire beer and food menu to go. Customers can order online or call ahead.