Yardley is neat little upscale town near the Delaware River...southwest of Trenton. Although it is well known to eastern PA people...it may be lesser known to those from NJ...especially from north Jersey...although it only took me 1 1/2 hours to get here from the Morristown area. The town is filled with nicely cared for or renovated old buildings with a number of places to eat. The Vault is a former bank (going back 150-200 years). The present owners said they are the first to use the space for anything other than a bank. The interior dťcor is really very well done and attractive...the look and feel matched the gastropub menu and casual but still upscale feel of the place. The brewing system is small and the beer list included only 5 offerings (Iím told they usually have 6)...but they were good offerings if not extremely noteworthy. Taking nothing away from the beer...it seems the focus might be a bit more on the food. They have wood-fired pizza and a nice selection of salads and sandwiches as well as some great appetizers. The two of us went with 3 appetizers...which I highly recommend...the buffalo cauliflower, the pecan roasted brussel sprouts, and the pork belly fries. Iím not sure the hardcore craftbeer fan will like or get this place...and the fine diner may not appreciate the brewery. Although I recommend a visit here (and to beautiful Yardley)...Iím not sure everyone will be satisfied...there seems to be some competing themes here and you might come away wishing they catered more to your preference. I would like to come back when it is warm enough to eat out on the side deck.
Ed5388 (80) Forked River, New Jersey | February 20, 2016
Place is cool. Brewery is an old converted bank. Had a flight of 5 beers and an additional sample of their cask beer. Waitress was friendly and gave me my cask sample for free. Food sounded delicious, but I only stayed for a flight. And the beers were all above average. Iíd defenitly hit this place up again in the future.
Great brewpub! The bar sits in front of a beautiful set of fermentors. The wood fired oven is made from an old brew kettle. More seating around the side, past the old bank vault. A little more quiet around there. Beer selection is decently separated in styles. Rotation of beers. Names are simple and help the patrons easily identify styles. All the beers I tasted in the sampler were excellent. Unique stainless growlers to go. Food was good, although the Smores dessert was really small. Service was great.
Went for the tour, ended up staying for food. Richard was an excellent guide. The tour was brilliant, the food fantastic, the beers good. They are not big into the Imperial market, but what they do make, Like their 5 cs, and their Belgian wit, itís damn good. The place is cool looking also, they converted an actual bank.
Right around the corner from the Continental Tavern .... Small brewpub that kept some original aspects of the old bank like the vault and old slips but also included shipping in bank items from overseas ..... Was upsetting that they only had two beers on tap because they were "out of beers due to demand" ... címon guys your a brewery! .... The food would have been nice to try, but the server completely forgot we ordered anything.... the wood oven is a copper brew kettle (another expense wasted for ambiance) .... the two beers I tried were nothing special .... besides the annoying lounge music I just could not get over them being out of beer .... if you go down to Neshaminy Creek they are putting their efforts into making great beer and keeping the place in decent shape, but this new edition to the bucks brewing scene has their priorities more on creating ambiance than making beer .... I will give them another chance in time to see how they come along