Allentown Beverage Manufacturers Celebrate Lehigh Valley Beer Week

At AEDC, our mission has always been in support of local redevelopment and manufacturing. For more than 30 years, the Bridgeworks Enterprise Center has been our incubation program dedicated primarily to manufacturing companies to help Allentown entrepreneurs expand their small businesses.

As the incubation program has grown over the years, we’ve had the pleasure of witnessing the launch of over 65 companies. The expansion of those companies has led to the creation of over 625 primarily local jobs! While the products and services vary greatly in industry, they all began as fledgling businesses in search of support and growth. Graduate companies of the Bridgeworks program include providers of software solutions, light testing, solar technology, recycling solutions, supercritical fluids, and die-cut car magnets, to name just a few.

The Bridgeworks Beverage Manufacturers

Over the past decade, we’ve had a front-row seat to the rise of one industry in particular: local beverage manufacturing. Here on Harrison Street, not one, not two, not three, not four, but yes, five beverage manufacturers currently reside in the Bridgeworks Enterprise Center!

Two of these manufacturers are regular participants in Lehigh Valley Beer Week, an annual festival involving almost 50 bars, restaurants, and beverage distributors. The event was postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic but is well-underway and hopping this year!

We caught up with Curt Keck, owner of HiJinx Brewing, and Greg Heller-LaBelle and Mike Manning, owners of The Colony Meadery to get the details about their exclusive Beer Week beverages, which libations you must try, and the calendar of exciting events.

Check out our visits to the tasting rooms to find out what the beverage manufacturers have on tap! Lehigh Valley Beer Week runs until May 22nd, which means there’s still time to visit The Colony Meadery and HiJinx Brewing before the event is over! Cheers!

HiJinx Brewing Company

HiJinx Brewing Company has been an incubation client in AEDC’s Bridgeworks Enterprise Center who has been manufacturing some of the region’s tastiest craft beer for almost 10 years! To celebrate Lehigh Valley Beer Week this year, the crew at HiJinx has plenty of fresh brews and fun events planned!

The Colony Meadery

The Colony Meadery has been an incubation client in AEDC’s Bridgeworks Enterprise Center who has been busy crafting mead, a honey-based beverage since 2013. We’re at their Allentown location where, not only do they manufacture their products (cider included!), they also have a tasting room on-site!  To celebrate Lehigh Valley Beer Week this year, the guys have a flight that’s “currantly” an exclusive tasting experience!

Lauren Matthews