Berks County’s Craft Breweries

BerksLuxury.com is taking a look at the Craft Breweries in Berks County PA.  

 

Chatty Monks – 610 Penn Ave West Reading, Pennsylvania 19611, www.chattymonks.com

Cliff Plank II is the Head Brewer at Chatty Monks and he is serving up a storm. This local West Reading Brewery can be found on the 600 block of Penn Avenue and is as famous for its grub as its Brews!  Chef Shannon handles the edibles which include such delectable starter dishes such as Candied Bacon, Fried Pickles, Fries dusted with Hops, and Forbidden Nachos w/ Pulled Pork.  Entrees include:

Way of the Iron Fist, a 6 oz. steak served with fried topped with fried Red Peppers & Onions with an Endoplasmic Reticulum mustard sauce.

Fish & Chips, Cod dipped in a Revelation Ale batter over a pile of our famous fresh cut fries & dual tartar sauces: One a sweet relish, the other a spicy Sriracha & dusted with hops to really finish it off.

The Brotherhood, Chilean Mussels bathed using the very same beer of whatever makes us happy. As the seasons change, so does The Brotherhood so inquire with your server of the current style & ingredients. Served with toasted croutons to soak up all that delicious broth.

For those of you not here for the food Chatty Monks delivers their own collection of home brewed goodness! Check out the Thelonious Milk Stout, Monastery Pale Ale, Jack the Ripper, and the Morning Monk which is a hearty 9% ABV.  There are plenty of beers with new ones on tap all the time!

 

Oakbrook Brewing Company – 628 Park Ave Reading, Pennsylvania 19611,   www.oakbrookbrew.com

Oakbrook Brewing Company is Berks County’s only other Brewery. While they aren’t as known for their food they do have quite a few edibles on the menu including Nachos, BBQ Pork Flatbread, Grilled Smoked Kielbasa and even Vegan Italian Sausage. 

The real charm at Oakbrook Brewing Company is their selection of home-brewed goodies. Make sure you try the Cookie Crumble Stout, Blood Orange IPA, 1938 Special, and the Hopberry Wheat. They always have great themed nights such as Retro Game Night and Stout’s and Stooges Film Festival on the calendar!

 

Kutztown Tavern / Golden Avalanche Brewing Co. – 272 West Main Street   Kutztown, PA  www.kutztowntavern.com

The Kutztown Tavern houses the Golden Avalanche Brewing Company located in Berks County PA. The tavern serves up great cuisine with such starters as the Philly Cheese Steak Rolls, the Mediterranean Salad with the Ahi Tuna, and the Ceasar Salad with the Grilled Portabella Mushroom. Main courses such as the Braised Pork Shank, Herb & Bleu Cheese Crumble Flat Iron Steak, and the vegetarian-friendly Polenta & Fire Roasted Veggies will fill you up while you browse the brews from the Golden Avalanche Brewing Company. 

Inspired by German brewing tradition GABC offers up a wide selection of homebrews including Golden Avalanche Black Lager, Golden Avalanche Campfire Ale, Golden Avalanche R.I.O.T., and the Golden Avalanche Blueberry Lager. 

Kutztown Tavern has a rotating list of delicious weekly specials while the Golden Avalanche Brewing Company provides a rotating seasonal selection of brews. 

 

 

The Other Farm Brewing Company  – 128 E Philadelphia Ave.    Boyertown, Pennsylvania   www.theotherfarmbrewingcompany.com/

 

About the Author – 

Joe DiRosa is the Founder, Publisher & Editor of BerksLuxury.com. I am an Entrepreneur, own several web properties, and am a Licensed Real Estate Agent with RealtyTopia in Wyomissing PA.  I have experience as a Mortgage Loan Officer and have been previously licensed as a Real Estate Agent in the State of New York as well.

If you have any questions or are looking for a property you can call me at 610-390-1331 or email me at Joe@BerksLuxury.com

Best Properties For Sale With A Pool

BerksLuxury.com takes a look at the best homes in Berks County for sale with a swimming pool! Get an early start thinking about which home you would like for next Summer or buy a home with an indoor pool and keep skinny dipping all Winter!

 

240 Landruhe Ln, Reading, PA 19607 – $1,200,000

Exquisite 22-acre Estate with an 1850 Stone Farmhouse that has 6 working fireplaces. Huge in-ground concrete swimming pool with immense chalet pool house. Lighted Tennis Court. Pond with Fountain. Office/rental house, workshop, and numerous outbuildings. Secluded yet convenient that boarders Flying Hills in Governor Mifflin School District. Very Private long macadamed driveway that meanders through the woods and over a creek to the property. There is an abundance of wildlife at your doorstep and all around you. Fields and woods surround the Estate. Home does need some updating and cosmetics to make it great again! Pre-approved buyers only and listing agent will accompany all showings. Please do not drive down the back lane without confirmation of a showing! 1 year home warranty at full price. Immediate Possession Possible! This is a Once in a LifeTime Property to Own!

 

29 Kegerise Dr, Temple, PA 19560 – $595,000

4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 2 half baths, a finished basement, indoor pool and a great all around property!

 

490 Siegfriedale Rd, Maxatawny, PA 19530 – $550,000

Flaming sunsets and whispering fields of wheat are the canvas for Fainting Goat Farm located just west of the Rodale Institute and Lehigh County’s numerous wineries. Drive home each day to a quiet place amidst the rolling hills of eastern Berks county that beckons you to walk, bike and travel its scenic byways filled with farms and livestock, woodlands and streams, and locally grown produce for your very own farm to table experience. This multi-purpose homestead is truly one of a kind. It includes a converted barn, a residential dwelling, fenced pastures for livestock, an in-ground pool and an attractive metal structure suitable for garage or animal husbandry use. Formerly operated as an Airbnb serving Rodale Institute weddings, events, & organic farming principals. Also utilized for Kutztown University events, Lehigh Valley wine tours, and family vacations in the country. Please select the video icon beneath the main photograph to get a glimpse of this beautiful opportunity.

 

103 Turkey Rd, Albany, PA 19529 – $1,695,000

Exquisite Gentleman’s Farm. Enter macadam driveway through a cluster of trees and between 2 ponds. Fabulous blend of an old farmhouse and a new 2 story addition creating a fantastic wall of windows that brings light into entire home and includes a family room with stack stone fireplace and hardwood floors. New kitchen appeals to the chef with Dacor 6 burner propane cooktop and electric broiler and convection oven, Subzero refrigerator and beautiful granite tops on center island with freezer drawers below. All open views to ponds to the west and in-ground pool and pavilion to the east. 2nd and 3rd floor provides 5 bedrooms including a master suite plus a delightful laundry room. Outside you’ll find a 2 car garage with storage room and full bath plus 2 bedroom apt. above and there’s a separate 3 bedroom house both ideal for extended family or rental income. There’s also a large bank barn, equipment shed, tool room and all in the middle of a breathtaking 93-acre property.

 
23 School House Rd, Hereford, PA 18056 – $319,900
 
 
Spectacular 3BR/2.5BTH nestled on 3.29 meticulously landscaped acres in Hereford Twp. This fantastic home has been upgraded inside & out w/ new roof, new siding, new real HWFL throughout, granite, exposed beams, new fixtures & more! Drywalled 2 car attached garage, 2C pole building & a fabulous In ground pool all surrounded by beautiful landscaping. Greeting you inside a Large LR offers a warm propane FP, updated kit features a breakfast bar, granite tops, glass backsplash & custom cabinets w/ under mounted lighting. Spacious Master Suite offers 2 closets & FB. 2 more sizable bedrooms, full bath, laundry area & powder room complete the main floor. Downstairs, Partially finished w/a fam/rec room, dry bar & propane stove. New Heat pump, propane back up, central a/c & convenient emergency back up generator ensures you will never be left in the dark! Relax on your front porch or rear multi-level deck Prime location!! Easily commute to the Lehigh Valley, Reading & King of Prussia.
 
 
 
Those are my five picks for best homes for sale with pools in Berks County PA. Enjoy!
 

About the Author – 

Joe DiRosa is the Founder, Publisher & Editor of BerksLuxury.com. I am an Entrepreneur, own several web properties, and am a Licensed Real Estate Agent in Wyomissing PA.  I have experience as a Mortgage Loan Officer and have been previously licensed as a Real Estate Agent in the State of New York as well.

If you have any questions or are looking for a property you can call me at 610-390-1331 or email me at Joe@BerksLuxury.com

 

A Look at Potential Investment Properties

 

We all know the life of luxury doesn’t happen without some hard work and some smart investments. Here are a couple of potential investment properties which could improve your portfolio and make sure you are booking a private jet for your next vacation!

 

205 S Beech St, Fleetwood, PA 19522    $399,900

This multi-unit opportunity has quite a few things going for it that make it a potentially attractive investment. Priced at $399,900 this property features four townhouses on over 2 acres of land which can be subdivided. The property also features 10 parking spots for tenants. Looking to bring in monthly revenue? You might consider renovating the individual units, increasing rents and letting the money roll in. Looking for a flip? Then you might consider renovating, subdividing the individual units and selling each individually. 

The property is close enough to Kutztown University to be able to take advantage of student housing rental rates. Additionally, the property has a well and own septic system so as a landlord you have no water or sewer bills!  Given the property has 2.16 acres of land you may even look to develop and add more units!

129 W Main St, Kutztown, PA 19530  – $1,150,000

Another property in the proximity of Kutztown University makes the list. This property located in the heart of Kutztown is an investor’s dream. Zoned completely for student housing this building holds up to 24 individual students in a variety of apartment layouts. Income from the different units as well as the commercial space and coin-operated laundry make this opportunity pretty enticing. A cap rate of 10.79% claimed in the listing means it will outperform most of your mutual funds and have you on the path to a luxury lifestyle.  With the commercial space rented, it’s proximity to Kutztown University and 100% occupancy each school year for the last 10 years this property might make a solid investment to your portfolio!

700 Upland Ave, Reading, PA 19607 – $125,000

This property is quite the conundrum. This used to be the former home of the Upland Cafe which was a fairly good restaurant and neighborhood bar. At $125,000 the property alone seems like it should be a good investment but the sale price does not include the liquor license. Per the PLCB records the owner does still have the liquor license in escrow. If you could acquire a liquor license at a reasonable amount then you are into a bar-restaurant for a little over $200k which isn’t a bad deal at all. It is a relatively high traffic area with Alvernia University just around the corner but beware competition is heavy in that area with Trooper Thorn’s and the Liberty Ale House nearby. The idea of owning and operating a fully functional bar and restaurant in a decent neighborhood, right next to Alvernia University, for under $250k makes this an opportunity any experienced operator with a little vision should take a look at. 

221 Reading Ave, Reading, PA 19607  – $125,000

This one won’t jump out at you as a huge money maker but a 2 unit in Governor Mifflin School District for $125k should at least deserve a few minutes of your time. The property features 2 one bedroom units with gas heat. As a landlord, you could look at splitting the utilities to the units and letting the tenants pay their own utilities to maximize profit. This property won’t make you a millionaire but it provides you with some hassle-free income!

135 Bernhart Ave, Reading, PA 19605 – $81,700

Two unit in Muhlenberg School District for $81,700. That should be enough but the owner claims the property was generating $15,600 a year in rent with tenants paying their own heat and electric. There are limited pictures available but the numbers make sense for a property that might need some renovation.  If the property can pay for itself in 5 or 6 years then any serious investor should take a look.

 

There you have it.. These are at least some of the deals you should be taking a look at if you are looking to get into real estate investing. Obviously, there are tons of real estate opportunities out there in land development, commercial properties, and portfolio purchases but in this article, we focused on mostly smaller residential based investments to get you started.

 

About the Author – 

Joe DiRosa is the Founder, Publisher & Editor of BerksLuxury.com. I am an Entrepreneur, own several web properties, and am a Licensed Real Estate Agent with RealtyTopia in Wyomissing PA.  I have experience as a Mortgage Loan Officer and have been previously licensed as a Real Estate Agent in the State of New York as well.

If you have any questions or are looking for a property you can call me at 610-390-1331 or email me at Joe@BerksLuxury.com

5 Sexy Restaurants For Date Night

Top 5 sexy restaurants for date night in Berks County.

Viva Castle Pub 

5311 Perkiomen Ave, Reading, PA 19606, (610) 779-1000  www.vivacastlepub.com

While any of Viva’s 3 existing locations are the perfect date night, I have chosen Viva Castle Pub out of the three since it is the newest and it’s location at the Reading Country Club makes it the perfect night out on the town with that special someone. For starters try the Strawberry Baked Brie, Sweet Potato Pub Fries or the Spicey Battered-Dipped Shrimp. If you are just going for light fare try the Kobe Burger with Wagyu Beef Patty, Melted Brie, Applewood-Smoked Bacon, and Truffled Mustard Aioli. If you are looking for something a bit more substantial we recommend the  Citrus Roasted or Sweet Potato-Encrusted Salmon and possibly the Seafood Mac & Cheese for your significant other. The architecture and the ambiance, what else could you ask for?

Building 24 Restaurant

1115 Bern Rd, Wyomissing, PA 19610, (610) 375-2700,  www.bldg24.com

Building 24 always seems to keep the kitchen fresh with new Chefs and a new menu seasonally.  While you may want to avoid the restaurant during their weekly Saturday night dance party due to overcrowding, every other night of the week there is a culinary delight in a beautiful atmosphere. I recommend the PA Maple and Chili Glazed Wings with Smoky Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing, Toasted Pecans for an appetizer. The main course brings such delights as Porcini Dusted Filet Mignon, Roasted Lancaster Chicken, and Korean Marinated Pork Loin. Chef Ryan McQuillan keeps the kitchen flavor fresh and the specials tantalizing each week.

Willoughby’s  On Park

305 N Park Rd, Wyomissing, PA 19610, (610) 816-7473  www.willoughbysonpark.com

Berks County’s version of the classic Steakhouse and Raw Bar. Elegantly designed and featuring one of the best menus in Berks County. For appetizers, you have to try the Beef Carpaccio, Wasabi Thai Calamari and the Lobster Tempura. Main courses to enhance your evening are the Lobster Ravioli with a whole Lobster Tail, 26 oz Porterhouse or the Kobe Waygu Tomahawk for two. A great wine selection and dessert selection add to the atmosphere. Try Wednesday nights when DJ Evolution spins an eclectic mix of soothing sounds to hint at a party atmosphere.

 

Knights Pub @ Stokesay Castle 

141 Stokesay Castle Ln, Reading, PA 19606,   (610) 375-6100,   www.theknightspub.com

If one castle wasn’t enough we have yet another one to add to your date night list. The Knights Pub located at the top of the mountain in Stokesay Castle is a culinary delight. To start, try the Portobello French Fries or the Wonton Wrapped Wasabi Shrimp. While they have a great selection of burgers and sandwiches I would hold off for the Wild Boar with a Juniper berry demi, asparagus, and feta mashed potatoes. You may also want to try the Chilean Sea Bass with roasted corn and crab salsa with a Sherry cream sauce.  Those less adventurous can try the more traditional Surf & Turf. 

 

Dan’s @ Green Hills – 2444 Morgantown Rd. Reading, PA 19607   www.dansatgreenhills.com

Dan’s makes the list for those of you who are simply foodies. Nothing like an excellent meal to get your night started off right and you really can’t do much better than the menu selection at this fine dining establishment. Take a trip up Rt. 10 to the Flying Hills exit and you will be able to find such superb dishes as the Pan Roasted Nordic Wolffish that is Pistachio Encrusted with Apple Fig Risotto & Orange Glaze. Try the  “Prime” Filet Mignon of Beef Roasted with Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Chipollini Moscato Jam & Red Wine Demi or the Asian Encrusted Tuna Wasabi w Thai Peanut,  Soba Noddle Salad Carrot, Red Pepper & Snow Peas. 

For starters look for the Sweet Potato Soup flavored with Apples, Pretzel Dust, Spiced Whipped Cream, Sunflower Seeds & Thyme or the Lump Crab Cake w Roasted Pumpkin Salsa, Pumpkin Seeds & Cranberry Aioli.

 

These 5 restaurants should quench your thirst for culinary delights on your next evening with someone special!

 

About the Author – 

Joe DiRosa is the Founder, Publisher & Editor of BerksLuxury.com. I am an Entrepreneur, own several web properties, and am a Licensed Real Estate Agent with RealtyTopia in Wyomissing PA.  I have experience as a Mortgage Loan Officer and have been previously licensed as a Real Estate Agent in the State of New York as well.

If you have any questions or are looking for a property you can call me at 610-390-1331 or email me at Joe@BerksLuxury.com

Top 5 Most Expensive Properties For Sale in Berks County.

Are you at the top of the food chain? Looking to splurge on your next home? Here are the most expensive homes for sale in Berks County!

 

140 Evans Rd, Sinking Spring, PA 19608
$2,790,000

Professionally restored & renovated. Every inch of this 8400 square feet historic 1736 circa stone manor has been upgraded or restored by the seller’s crew of four craftsmen. Interior surfaces have been stripped, refinished, replastered (wet plaster) and brought to life! 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 5 fireplaces, a new 340 SF sunroom added and 3rd-floor library created. The summer kitchen has been transformed into an art studio. Cottage with walk-in fireplace has been restored & upgraded as caretaker residence or rental. Carriage barn completely rehabilitated to include a 1,000 SF-1 BR and 850 SF 2-floor home office with powder room, plus 5 car garage on the lower level. Bank barn features 12,000 SF of heated, finished gallery space; 9-stall horse barn completely restored with equipment room, tack room, feed room and heated wash bay; shavings shed, hay shed, equipment building and powder room; new roll-up barn doors, a storage building for lawn equipment and a 3-BR groom’s quarters. New exterior fenestration, lighting, paddock & 4 adjacent turnout fields with fresh fencing. Indoor riding arena/multi-purpose building provides 11,250 SF with a new exterior & lighted riding arena with composite surface fencing. Water features include stream with walking/horse bridge, pond behind home & in-ground pool aside of home! **Full furnishings, including over 1.3 million dollars worth of historic American period antiques, can be purchased for an additional $800,000.**

 

176 Maple Rd, Mohnton, PA 19540

$2,200,000

For the FIRST time on the market one of the most magnificent properties, within one hour from Philadelphia and 30 minutes west of the Mainline. The Tuscon Villa sitting majestically on 19 acres of meticulously landscaped property, with sunset and mountain views that really do transport you into Tuscany Italy, known for its landscapes, artistic surroundings, pure warmth, and beauty. Current owners built out their vision over two years and $1.5 million renovations. When you first enter the gated entrance, you feel like you just arrived at your favorite vacation destination, complete with endless greenery, gardens, outdoor pool, & spa with complete kitchen, barbecue area, stone walkways, lined with flowers, and stunningly maintained lawns and shrubbery. Views for miles as you stroll down through the pergolas, fountains, and beautiful pond outlined with stone and of course nature’s natural wildlife. The interior of your new home is a jaw dropper!!! Over 12,000 sqft of the highest end finishes throughout this two story 30 room masterpiece. Hardwood flooring throughout, Italian marble and tile, granite counter tops, exposed beamed ceilings, multiple stone fireplaces, just to name a few. 8 bedrooms / 8 baths with huge walk-in closet space, unparalleled warmth and design. Soaring 30 ft ceilings as natural light floods throughout enhance the homes inner beauty. The kitchen and dining areas are the centerpiece of your home, as any world-renowned chef would be proud of as your family and guests, I guarantee will never leave the multiple tables designed of white vibrant woods, stone backsplashes along with warm tones of granite and marble finishes. The entertainment section of your new home is one like no other. You enter a wine cellar through Iron insulated doors in a deep copper finish, as your wine ferments in the perfect climate. Walk in and sample your favorite bottle of vino directly on the sampling table surrounded by stone and deep woods. The bar wraps around in polished granite and wood with comfortable seating for at least 12. Then shuffle the deck in your very own card room, or rack them up in the pool room, or chill in the media room. 5 car oversized attached Garage, 3 car detached barn. 9 acres of the 19 acres can be sub-divided for a generational compound or possibly a cooperate re-treat. Think of this home as a private 5-Star luxury resort…That really sums it up!

 

325 Huntzinger Rd, Wernersville, PA 19565
$2,100,000

Perfect property for the experienced Equestrian or the avid hunter. Words cannot describe this amazing 176-acre one-of-a-kind property… This amazing restored stone farmhouse offers original charm with updated details & amenities-Great for entertaining/Stone bank barn with stalls & custom workshop/Large Garage with Apartment or Full Guest Suite/Multiple pastures/ Scenic spring-fed pond/Many wooded areas/Large outdoor riding ring/ Multiple decks & patios…This incredible property has something for everyone!!!

Schools
Conrad Weiser High School

100 Looking Glass Ln, Mohnton, PA 19607

$1,950,000

Property Recently Subdivided – Main House is Being Offered at Current Price and Adjoining Secondary Parcel with Residence & Buildings Along Rt. 625 Can Be Purchased Additionally! Imagine being surrounded by over 65 acres of untouched land, across from Nolde Forest State Park, yet a 10-minute drive to town and conveniences! 2 refurbished 1 bed/bath cabins, a kennel with heat and AC, plus shed. The luxurious main residence was built 10 years ago with 3 finished levels, an elevator to all floors, an attached oversized 3-car garage, plus a detached 4-car garage with adjoining greenhouse & tall bay for large vehicles. The property is accessible from Freemansville Road as well as Rt. 625 with 4 driveway alarms and camera surveillance throughout. The finer details of the main house are 9+ foot ceilings and doors showcasing Rosette corner block moldings and decorative door handles throughout. Sweeping grand foyer allows guests to marvel at the impressive marble fireplace with elaborate wood mantel in the living room, widening staircase with balcony landing, stately dining room featuring double tray ceiling, ceiling medallion above chandelier and swing doors to butler’s kitchen. The custom cherry kitchen is complemented by distressed cream cabinetry, tumbled marble backsplash with accent tiles, granite countertops, plus islands. Open views of morning room and stunning great room from the kitchen! Master Bedroom Suite includes a sitting room, walk-in closet, and a lavish bath. The entertaining lower level starts with the widening double scroll bottom staircase to this openly designed space for media, sitting, enormous wet bar, full bath, wine cellar, exercise room, tiled shower/steam bath, billiards and second laundry room. ? Secondary House is can be purchased with the main residence along with fascinating original masonry and log structures along stream including a pump house and sawmill. The Ranch residence was built 11.5 years ago offering 13 rooms, 3 bedrooms, 3 full/1 half baths. Patios for serene outdoor living areas at both houses!

 

1198 Reading Blvd, Wyomissing, PA 19610
$1,695,000

This Magnificent “One of a Kind” Mansion designed by the famous Philadelphia architects Rabenold & Seyburger has been restored and updated to perfection. Enjoy all the artistry of marble floors and Ornate Fireplaces and Fine architectural details in wood paneling, crown molding, and built-ins. The gorgeous staircase features a barrel ceiling and Impressive Leaded stained glass windows and doors. The huge gourmet kitchen opens to a breakfast area, a wet bar and Sundrenched Family Room with Built-ins and Fireplace. The formal Dining Room and Livingroom flank a spectacular marble Entry both with gorgeous original fireplaces. The Fountain Room off the Formal Livingroom is freshly painted and features custom tile work and windows galore. Upstairs relax in the Library or experience the Luxury of a Huge Master Suite with Steam Shower, Dressing Area, Private Laundry, and his/hers closets. The Two Additional Bedroom Suites on this floor feature gorgeous updated original baths. The Third floor houses 5 great size bedrooms and a black and white tile hall bath. A rear foyer connects the kitchen area with the garage and a fantastic In-Law Apartment above with white kitchen, granite tops, gorgeous tile bath, living room and bedroom. Room count includes the apartment. The Lower Level includes a snack bar area adjacent to a huge Home Theater and playroom. There is a laundry area and Pool access with His/Hers Bath and changing rooms…Outside enjoy a lovely kidney shaped pool, state of the art Sport Court and bocce court. This classic home offers everything today’s family looks for! 

 

About the Author – 

Joe DiRosa is the Founder, Publisher & Editor of BerksLuxury.com. I am an Entrepreneur, own several web properties, and am a Licensed Real Estate Agent with RealtyTopia in Wyomissing PA.  I have experience as a Mortgage Loan Officer and have been previously licensed as a Real Estate Agent in the State of New York as well.

If you have any questions or are looking for a property you can call me at 610-390-1331 or email me at Joe@BerksLuxury.com