Willow Creek Brewing to Permanently Close

Willow Creek Brewing to Permanently Close

Willow Creek Brewing Company will be permanently closing on June 16th.

Willow Creek Brewing to Permanently Close

It has been announced on social media and in the news that the Berks County brewery located in West Reading – Willow Creek Brewing – will be closing. The owners announcing that the last day would be on June 16th of 2024.

The brewery opened in fall of 2020. A time of much flux and confusion due to the COVID – 19 pandemic, as well as a time when a lot of breweries across Pennsylvania were opening and also some had their openings delayed.

The owners Mark and Joanne Camlin made the decision and the announcement on their social media pages (for the brewery) that June 16th would be the last day.

With a heavy heart June 16th will be Willow Creek’s last day. With the rise of goods and sevices along with the changing tides of consumers, it is time to move onto our next chapter, retirement. The good news is, we still have 2 ½ months left to sing, dance, drink, and celebrate together. Come in and visit our incredible team Amy, John, and Jake, the best bartenders/friends ever! You guys are priceless and we love you!

  • Mark and Joanne Camlin

The brewery boasts a diverse range of craft beers, such as the Ugly Dog, a hazy IPA from New England; Brooks Fore Ever, a gentle blonde ale; Basement Monkey, featuring black cherry notes; Hollow Chocolate Bunny’s, a rich stout; West Reading IPA, a classic West Coast IPA; Faller’s Pretzel Ale, a unique wheat ale infused with pretzels; and the delightful Nice Peach!, a peach-infused blonde ale.

Visitors can savor their drinks either inside the welcoming taproom or outdoors in a charming beer garden, which is outfitted with cornhole boards, twinkling string lights, and communal picnic tables.

Additionally, the brewery often hosts food trucks, offering a variety of culinary delights to complement the beer selection.

Willow Creek Brewing has consistently demonstrated its commitment to the community, notably organizing a fundraiser in 2023 that donated all proceeds to support those impacted by the tragic explosion at the R.M. Palmer Company chocolate factory.

Willow Creek Brewing Company.

The Announcement

The announcement was posted to the brewery’s social media accounts three days ago:

For over 40+ years, Mark’s dream was to own a brewery. He wanted to share his love for beer with the world. We have done that for the past 3 ½ years and what an adventure it has been.
We have made such incredible friendships here. We’ve watched friendships form, love grow, marriages begin, and babies bless our WCB family. You all were so supportive when we lost Jo’s mom and dad, we are blessed. We cherish each and every one of you. We are grateful for the few years we’ve had together. We never would have made it this far without the help of so many of you. There are too many people to name, but you know who you are.
So, it is with a heavy heart that we announce the closing of Willow Creek Brewing. With the rise of goods and sevices along with the changing tides of consumers, it is time to move onto our next chapter, retirement.
The good news is, we still have 2 ½ months left to sing, dance, drink, and celebrate together. Come in and visit our incredible team Amy, John, and Jake, the best bartenders/friends ever! You guys are priceless and we love you! June 16th, will be our last day open.
Mark and Jo 🍻

Willow Creek Brewing – Facebook Post

The brewery’s announcement of its closure on Facebook has attracted significant attention, with over 390 reactions and more than 120 comments, predominantly from patrons sharing fond memories and offering their best wishes to the owners.

One individual expressed, “Best of luck in your next adventure! Our family adores everything about WCB!”

Another commented, “Wishing you both a wonderful retirement! It’s sad to see Willow Creek go. Your hospitality and the dogs always made us feel right at home!”

A different user shared, “While I’m happy for you, your absence will be felt! May your retirement be filled with love, joy, and countless unforgettable moments…cherish every second!”

Our Visit

Amy and I got to visit back in 2022 after being in Reading for a children’s clothing event as we were preparing for Scarlet. We got to visit them, hang out in Reading, and visit a few other spots that day. We really enjoyed our time there, and got to pet some lovely dogs and got to meet Amy (the bartender) who told us about how she followed the site. They were all such wonderful people and the beer was really enjoyable. This will be a sad loss for the community and for craft beer in Pennsylvania.

Thank you for the memories.

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