Just a month after Bordentown City’s first modern brewery closed, another has already taken its place.
Tindall Road Brewing Company is set to open its doors to the public for the first time on Friday. The opening will be the culmination of two years of preparation for brewer-owner Dan Pogorzelski and his wife and partner, Marci Warboys.
Common Sense Brewing owners Eric Eaves, Marc Selover and Robin Selover ceased operations at 102 Farnsworth Ave. in early June. They sold their brewing license to Tindall Road, and the latter moved into the space and quickly began brewing.
The new brewery will be open Friday from 5 to 11 p.m., Saturday from 1 to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. They will have six beers on tap for sale in flights ($8 for four 5-ounce pours) and pints ($6-8, depending on the style). For off-site consumption they will also fill growlers or 32-ounce filled-to-order cans (called Crowlers) for $11-13 a can.
The brewery’s tasting room has been painted, and some tables have been moved around, but long-time Common Sense customers will probably feel right at home. One noteworthy change to the facility comes not in the tasting room, but in operations, where Pogorzelski will be fermenting in stainless steel tanks. Common Sense used plastic fermenters.
Pogorzelski, 44, has been interested in craft beer almost from the time he was old enough to drink alcohol. “Everybody’s dad was always drinking Coors Light or Bud Light,” he says. “When I came to be of age, I always wanted to try something different—I was drinking IPAs like Sierra Nevada and stuff like that.”
He bought his first homebrew kit 20 years ago, when he and Warboys lived in California. After they came back to New Jersey to live, he continued brewing, with supplies and guidance from Princeton Homebrew (now Solar Homebrewing) in Trenton. When the couple got married, Pogorzelski made a pumpkin ale to be given away as a wedding favor.
“I do enjoy doing it,” he says. “My biggest satisfaction is seeing people enjoy what I made.”
Warboys and Pogorzelski have been trying to get their brewery up and running since 2017. The name Tindall Road Brewing comes from the couple’s home street in Robbinsville.
They thought they might one day open in Robbinsville. But the process can be daunting, especially in New Jersey where there is a backlog of applicants for brewing licenses and a great deal of red tape in general. It can take 18 months for a new brewery to get a license in New Jersey.
Warboys says they had resigned themselves to looking to open a place in Pennsylvania, where they thought there might be fewer barriers to entry for new breweries. Then this spring, they heard from a friend that Common Sense was looking to sell its license and get out of the business. “When we found this place, we knew it was a great opportunity,” she says.
Pogorzelski grew up in Hamilton, graduating from Steinert High School in 1992. He is an environmental field technician with Environmental Resource Management, an international environmental consulting firm.
Warboys grew up in Bristol, Pennsylvania. She is a special education teacher in the Montgomery School district. The couple has two children: August, 15, a student at Robbinsville High School, and Izzy, 13, a student at Pond Road Middle School.
Warboys says she thought turning her husband’s hobby into a business would be good for the whole family. “I wanted to show my kids that you can put your mind to something big and get it done,” she says. “And I thought, ‘What does Dan love to do?’ And that’s how this came about.”
At a closed-door event for family and friends held last week at the brewery, the kids gave guests tours of the facility. “They’ve been watching their dad do this in the garage since they were born,” Warboys says.
Warboys and Pogorzelski are treating Friday as a soft opening. They plan to have a grand opening sometime in late August or early September. Although pets will not be allowed in the tasting room, Pogorzelski and Warboys say the facility will be kid friendly.
New Jersey law prohibits breweries from making or selling food on premises, but visitors are allowed to bring food in from outside. The brewery is permitted to provide customers with menus from nearby restaurants, which Warboys says they will do.
They also plan to host live music at the brewery. One act is already lined up for Sunday, July 27: Will Knapp, a singer-guitarist based in Cape May. In the future, they also hope to bring in some games like shuffleboard, pinball and skeeball, although that is subject to approval from the state Alcoholic Beverage Control.
“We want to make this a friendly place, where people can come and have a craft beer 30 feet from where we make it,” Pogorzelski says.
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Tindall Road beers set to be on tap on Friday are Steppanwolf’s American Wheat (6.3% alcohol by volume), Nut Brown Ale (5.3%), Citra Pale Ale (6%), Copper Feel Ale (6%), 2 Dopes in a Garage Coffee-Vanilla Stout (5.3%) and New England IPA (6.8%). Next on tap will be a mango IPA (6.7%), Dead Trojan Double IPA (6.9%) and Johnny Chimpo Banana Wheat (6.4%).
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Community News attempted to contact a representative from Common Sense Brewing for comment on its closing, but the brewery’s website and social media sites have either been shut down or stripped of content, and an email we have for Eric Eaves returns an undeliverable message. The brewery was open from September 2017 to June 2019.