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Forest & Main Brewing

Name: Forest & Main Brewing
Location: Ambler, Pennsylvania
Beer to try: No Name, No Name At All
Notes: Taproom open for pints, flights, growler fills, merchandise and bottles & cans to go. Indoor and outdoor dining on the patio and lawn. Outside food not allowed. Only service animals allowed. Metered street parking.

We were in Pennsylvania to attend a wedding. My cousin's daughter, Christal, was marrying a man, Greg, she had known since elementary school, but they had only become close a few years after she completed graduate school. The wedding venue was almost two hours from home. I convinced Bhavana to get a hotel room so we could spend the night.

A few months earlier, we took a road trip to Hollow Earth Brewing and Tired Hands Brewing. We had fun being "craft ale tourist". Convincing Bhavna that we could have lunch at a brewery before returning to New Jersey was not easy. She loves trying new ales as much as I do. I shared my plans with a co-worker who suggested we try Forest & Main in Ambler. From the online menu, it seemed that this would be an excellent weekend to visit the brewery. The weather was expected to be cooler -- but not cold -- and they had some new ales on tap.

My sister-in-law, Christelle, called the night before and begged. My brother was not attending the wedding -- he's working on a project in Charlotte -- and she didn't want to drive the distance alone. I agreed to pick her up after work (Friday), and we would drive together. Based on my schedule, we had a 90-minute drive, time to checked-in to the hotel suite, shower, change, and grab a snack with an arrival just fifteen minutes before the start of the wedding.

Forest Main Brewing, Ambler, Pennsylvania —Nikon D5100 + 35 mm f/1.8 @ (35 mm, 0.006 sec at f/4.0, ISO3200), © Khürt L. Williams

The wedding was an outdoor evening affair in the garden at the William Penn Inn in Blue Belle, Pennsylvania. Christal and her husband Greg exchanged vows as the sunset behind them. It was simple, classic and beautiful.

Forest Main Brewing, Ambler, Pennsylvania —Nikon D5100 + 35 mm f/1.8 @ (35 mm, 0.006 sec at f/4.0, ISO1600), © Khürt L. Williams

Apple's iPhone mapping app is fantastic. I love it. A few years ago, many people made fun of Apple when they ditched Google as the provider of their mapping data. However, Apple and its mapping partners have worked to improve Maps to the point where I no longer have doubts. It just works. I pulled up the address for Forest & Main and realised that it was only a few miles south of the hotel, in Ambler, Pennsylvania. Checkout was at 11 AM, so we arrived at Forest & Main around 11:30 AM. Just in time for lunch.

I ordered house-cured and a salad with local greens in a beer vinaigrette. Bhavna had the house-cured pickled veggies. But we were here for the beer.

I love al fresco dining. —Nikon D5100 + 35 mm f/1.8 @ (35 mm, 0.006 sec at f/4.0, ISO320), © Khürt L. Williams

Climbing up the stone walkway of this renovated Victorian home in Ambler's downtown, I noticed the hop vines that seemed to be consuming the brewery. Maybe it was intentional, or perhaps it merely meant to provide ambience, but the vines provided shade for the squeaky yellow clapboard porch at the front of the house. Several people, some families, were sipping pints and nibbling bacon-glazed popcorn over chessboards. Yes, this was what I wanted. I imagined Bhavna and myself living in a town in an apartment above some retro style apothecary. We would work from home and spend our evenings sitting on the lawn sipping ales and chatting with others like. We could be 50-year-old millennials.

The hop vines grows up and around a trellis that covers the entire front patio. —Nikon D5100 + 35 mm f/1.8 @ (35 mm, 0.006 sec at f/4.0, ISO220), © Khürt L. Williams
Forest Main Brewing, Ambler, Pennsylvania —Nikon D5100 + 35 mm f/1.8 @ (35 mm, 0.006 sec at f/4.0, ISO220), © Khürt L. Williams
Forest Main Brewing, Ambler, Pennsylvania —Nikon D5100 + 35 mm f/1.8 @ (35 mm, 0.006 sec at f/4.0, ISO1100), © Khürt L. Williams
Forest Main Brewing, Ambler, Pennsylvania —Nikon D5100 + 35 mm f/1.8 @ (35 mm, 0.010 sec at f/4.0, ISO6400), © Khürt L. Williams
Forest Main Brewing, Ambler, Pennsylvania —Nikon D5100 + 35 mm f/1.8 @ (35 mm, 0.025 sec at f/4.0, ISO6400), © Khürt L. Williams

2 thoughts on “Forest & Main Brewing”

  1. Camera : NIKON D5100, Focal length : 35mm, Aperture : ƒ/1.8, Shutter speed : 1/500s, ISO : 100, Credit : Khürt L. Williams, Captured : 11 March, 2018,
    This is my second visit to Forest & Main Brewing Company. The first was a few months ago.
    Camera : NIKON D5100, Focal length : 35mm, Aperture : ƒ/1.8, Shutter speed : 1/4000s, ISO : 100, Credit : Khürt L. Williams, Captured : 11 March, 2018,

    Camera : NIKON D5100, Focal length : 35mm, Aperture : ƒ/1.8, Shutter speed : 1/4000s, ISO : 100, Credit : Khürt L. Williams, Captured : 11 March, 2018,

    Camera : NIKON D5100, Focal length : 35mm, Aperture : ƒ/1.8, Shutter speed : 1/4000s, ISO : 100, Credit : Khürt L. Williams, Captured : 11 March, 2018,

  2. Camera : NIKON D5100
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    Aperture : ƒ/4
    Shutter speed : 1/8s
    ISO : 100
    Credit : Khürt L. Williams
    Captured : 16 September, 2017

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    Focal length : 24mm
    Aperture : ƒ/4
    Shutter speed : 12s
    ISO : 100
    Credit : Khürt L. Williams
    Captured : 2 September, 2017

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    Focal length : 35mm
    Aperture : ƒ/2.8
    Shutter speed : 1/160s
    ISO : 160
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    Captured : 4 September, 2017

    My cousin’s daughter was married to a man she’s known since elementary school. The ceremony was held outside in the beautiful garden of the Williams Penn Inn.
    Camera : NIKON D5100
    Focal length : 35mm
    Aperture : ƒ/2.8
    Shutter speed : 1/160s
    ISO : 5600
    Captured : 8 September, 2017

    We were alread in Pennsylvania for the weddng so … we took the opportunity to have brunch at a nearby craft ale brewery, Forest & Main.
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    Focal length : 35mm
    Aperture : ƒ/4
    Shutter speed : 1/160s
    ISO : 3200
    Credit : Khürt L. Williams
    Captured : 9 September, 2017

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    Focal length : 18mm
    Aperture : ƒ/4
    Shutter speed : 1/100s
    ISO : 100
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    Captured : 10 September, 2017

    Yes, that’s a picnic table.
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    Focal length : 24mm
    Aperture : ƒ/25
    Shutter speed : 20s
    ISO : 100
    Credit : Khürt L. Williams
    Captured : 16 September, 2017

    Boys will be boys
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    Focal length : 24mm
    Aperture : ƒ/25
    Shutter speed : 2s
    ISO : 100
    Credit : Khürt L. Williams
    Captured : 16 September, 2017

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    Focal length : 24mm
    Aperture : ƒ/4
    Shutter speed : 1/640s
    ISO : 100
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    Captured : 17 September, 2017

    Jazz and food on the green at Palmer Square in Princeton. What’s not to like.
    Camera : NIKON D5100
    Focal length : 55mm
    Aperture : ƒ/5.6
    Shutter speed : 1/250s
    ISO : 110
    Credit : Khürt L. Williams
    Captured : 17 September, 2017

    We did two brewery tours in one day. The first was Kane Brewing, Ocean Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey
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    Focal length : 35mm
    Aperture : ƒ/4
    Shutter speed : 1/250s
    ISO : 2200
    Credit : Khürt L. Williams
    Captured : 30 September, 2017

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    Focal length : 35mm
    Aperture : ƒ/3.5
    Shutter speed : 1/100s
    ISO : 6400
    Credit : Khürt L. Williams
    Captured : 30 September, 2017

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