Bucks County Artist Lorenzo Carves One-of-a-Kind Taps for Red Lion Brewery

1799 Rebel AleRecognizing that the Red Lion microbrews were here to stay, McCoole’s owner Jan Hench sought taps to distinguish these brews from those of other beers sold on tap at McCoole’s. Traditional tap manufacturers were cost-prohibitive when the order was for one each of four, so Hench turned to local artist, sculptor and musician, Lorenzo Branca, to design and carve custom taps.

“I have found Lorenzo’s imagination and execution a great asset to the area,” states Hench. “This was certainly a fun project to work with him on, and he developed some truly imaginative taps.”

Lorenzo, known for his colorful and playful murals throughout the McCoole’s complex, worked with a wood and plastic composite material to create his carvings. Drawing upon the beer names for inspiration, he designed a rebellious colonial soldier for the 1799 Rebel Ale, named for the John Fries Rebellion organized at the Red Lion Inn, current home to McCoole’s Restaurant. For the Komo Sutra India Pale Ale, visions of India came to mind, so he carved a belly dancer with two cobra snakes wrapped around the handle and featuring a Taj Mahal shape. The taps for the two seasonal brews showcase carved lions in honor of the brewery name. As fraternal twins, they face opposite directions. They include an insert area where the current seasonal brew can be displayed.

Measuring over a foot high and weighing between one and two pounds each, these taps are certainly an impressive and ornamental addition to the bar at McCoole’s. Lorenzo made sure to finish them with water resistant lacquers and to outfit them with specially made brass fittings made by fellow artist, George Maffett, to guarantee a tight seal.

“Working with Jan Hench is always a pleasure,” noted Lorenzo. “She is very supportive of the arts and has a true sense of fun which allows me to do what I do for her.”

Red Lion Brewery Marks First Anniversary

Over 11,000 pints sold in first year at McCoole’s Restaurant

1799 Rebel Ale McCoole’s Red Lion Brewery‘s initial success was not a flash in the pan, but a real acknowledgement that the diners and bar goers at McCoole’s Restaurant are happy to swill some premium handcrafted beers brewed on-site at McCoole’s Arts & Events Place at the Historic Red Lion Inn. Since the first keg was tapped the week before Thanksgiving in 2013, the Brewery has produced over 11,000 pints of its microbrews, currently sold only on tap at McCoole’s Restaurant.

The brainchild of McCoole’s owner Jan Hench, and brewmaster Edward MacAdams, founder of Homestead Product Supply, a former Quakertown-based retail supplier of homebrew equipment and supplies, Red Lion Brewery tapped its first keg, a Wishbone Winter Ale, which sold out in four days, and there has been no looking back. According to brewmaster MacAdams, “ We are working to keep up with demand right now, which is a great place to be.”

The secret to the Red Lion Brewery’s popularity resides in the small batch development inherent in handcrafted beers and the unique recipes MacAdams brings to his brews. MacAdams works in a 13’ x 19’ dedicated space in the McCoole’s Arts and Events building where he develops his beers via a one barrel or “pilot” system, brewing 30 gallons at a time producing six kegs.

Based on this brewing schedule, Red Lion Brewery has four beers on tap at McCoole’s at all times: two standard brews sold throughout the year, Komo Sutra Imperial IPA and the 1799 Rebel Ale, and two seasonal brews sold quarterly. Right now the bar is changing over from the seasonal Equinox Oktoberfest and Jack’s Revenge Pumpkin Ale to last year’s popular seasonal Wishbone Winter Ale, a spiced brown ale, and the new Snowcap, a vanilla porter.

McCoole’s owner Hench is delighted to be part of the national movement toward handcrafted beers. “After seeing the interest in microbrews expressed at our annual Spring and Fall McCoole’s BeerFests, it was easy to take that jump into establishing our own microbrewery,” states Hench. Although the process to start the microbrewery took longer than she anticipated, the end result has more than compensated for the wait. And who knows, maybe local beer aficionados will find the Red Lion Brewery label on their local distributor’s shelf some day.

Amber Ales are $5.75 each while the higher alcohol content IPA and seasonal brews are $6.75.

Diners Remark on Positive Experience

Accidentally we stumbled upon your restaurant. We are from central Jersey and were in Quakertown on business. We had such a delightful dinner experience. The hostesses and waitresses were so friendly and helpful. Dinner was great as we sat by Reta on the piano. We have to return on Friday to finalize some business. We will definitely see you then. Thank you for an excellent evening.

Sincerely, The K Family

Must tell you that we really loved our dinners. My husband had the prime rib, and our friends had the fire-roasted salmon. Everything was cooked perfectly and freshly prepared. Thank you for good service and especially delectable cuisine.


McCoole’s Owner Jan Hench Receives Award from Lehigh Valley Area Youth And Community Theater


Jan Hench, Owner of McCoole’s at the Historic Red Lion Inn and McCoole’s Arts & Events Place received a Humanitarian award from the Lehigh Valley Area Youth and Community Theater for her support of the organization and their work with area youth. The award was one of many presented at the entertainment packed Lehigh Valley Soul Music Awards ’14 held on September 7, 2014 at McCoole’s Arts & Events Place.

In addition to Hench, many greater Lehigh Valley artists, both teens and adults, as well as area social and religious leaders were recognized. Among these was Larry Holmes, former World Heavyweight Champion, who received a Humanitarian award for his leadership in the Lehigh Valley, Entertainment was provided throughout the evening by many of the award winners as well as Dana Gaynor and her band and Charlie Brown’s Notorious Groove, old school soul and rhythm and blues band.

The Lehigh Valley Area Youth & Community Theater was established by Aaliyah and Vincent Kee to prepare the next generation of performing artists. It works to promote youth literacy via script review and study as well as performance opportunities in live shows. Ms. Hench is pictured here with fellow award winners Charlie Brown to her left and Larry Holmes to her right.

Weekly Events at McCooles

For a new experience at McCooles, stop in for one of our specialty nights in the lounge areas, including

Tuesday Trivia: Play for prizes. $2.00 Retro and Miller lite draughts.

Wednesday Wing Night:  Choose from the following sauces: Buffalo, B.B.Q. or Hot & Honey. Also your choice of Ranch or Bleu Cheese dipping sauce with celery. $6

Thursday Steamer Night: One dozen fresh steamers with drawn butter. $5

McCoole’s Launches Red Lion Brewery

McCoole’s Launches Red Lion Brewery

Handcrafted Beers Now on Tap in Quakertown


(Quakertown, PA) – Craft beers are quickly becoming a major player in the beverage industry. One can’t enter a restaurant or bar these days without seeing multiple beer and ale listings from small microbreweries. Now, restaurant goers in the Quakertown area can enjoy premium handcrafted beers brewed on-site at McCoole’s Historic Red Lion Inn. Move over Iron Hill and BrewWorks, pints from Upper Bucks own Red Lion Brewery are being served daily at McCoole’s.

The brainchild of McCoole’s owner Jan Hench, and brewmaster Edward MacAdams of Homestead Product Supply, a Quakertown-based retail supplier of homebrew equipment and supplies, Red Lion Brewery tapped its first keg for customer consumption the week before Thanksgiving, 2013.  The brew was a Wishbone Winter Ale, and the keg quickly sold out in four days. Encouraged, Hench and MacAdams started to expand their offerings, introducing two standard brews in January 2014, an Amber Ale and an IPA. On Valentine’s Day they introduced their third brew to be offered daily – a Wheat Ale. The goal is to have four Red Lion brews on tap at all times – American Amber Ale, American Centennial IPA, and American Wheat will be standard, and each month specialty brews will rotate in the mix, introducing different styles that many are not accustomed to in the U.S. These specialty brews will include everything from Scotch Ales, to Rauchbier. The brewery will introduce a true British style ESB that will be on tap by the end of March.

These handcrafted beers are very popular and have quickly moved into the top seller position at McCoole’s Restaurant and Bar. “In January, our Red Lion brews outsold each of our other beers on tap,” states Hench. “ They outsold craft brews like Brooklyn IPA and Murphy’s Stout, as well as such popular brands as Yuengling, Hoegardens, Stella Artois and Miller Lite.”

Red Lion Brewery’s American Amber Ale is Deep amber in color with crisp hop and malt profiles. Elegant citrus aroma notes let this beer speak

American Centennial IPA is bright orange in color with powerful citrus and grapefruit flavors. The aroma can be described as floral and perfume like. Bitterness, body and hop sweetness balance this beer to perfection. A golden haze emanates from this American Wheat with clove and banana notes that sharpen the flavor. This beer is very crisp and refreshing. It will also be accompanied with different fruit charters personally chosen through out the season.  This beer is very well balanced and is a real crowd pleaser.

The secret to the Red Lion Brews’ popularity resides in the small batch development inherent in handcrafted beers and the unique recipes MacAdams brings to his brews. MacAdams works in a 13’ x 19’ dedicated space in the McCoole’s Arts and Events building where he develops his beers via a one barrel system, brewing 30 gallons at a time producing 6 kegs.

“It is important to us to keep the quality high and not grow too fast,” remarks MacAdams. “What we are using is often called a pilot system by many. Essentially we are making small batches, where we have the opportunity to monitor the fermentation process and fine tune our recipes on a small scale.”

According to Hench, the microbrewery concept was a perfect extension to McCoole’s offerings as a restaurant and entertainment center. “When the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY has Brooklyn Brewery constructing a building on campus to offer beer making as part of its standard curriculum, you know handcrafted beers are here to stay,” states Hench.

Hench had come to know MacAdams through McCoole’s BrewFests and approached him in April of 2012 with the concept to establish a microbrewery at McCoole’s. Hench went about securing the appropriate license for a microbrewery, obtained on October 16, 2013, and doing the renovations necessary to set up a microbrewery within the McCoole’s complex. MacAdams installed a 30 gallon, (1 barrel system) for the first brew, and Red Lion Brewery was on its way.  Today (two 30 gallon fermenters) are processed weekly to produce the four brews on tap. There are a total of four 30 Gallon fermenters going at all times. Pints are available daily. American Amber Ale and American Wheat are $5.75 each while the higher alcohol content American Centennial IPA and specialty brews are $6.75.


Keep up to date with our current brews at  our Brew Page.

Gratitude from our Guests

Most guests post a review on Yelp or our Facebook page, however some send us a personal email or note. One such note is below:

August 28, 2015 – My daughter and I had our first and not our last visit to your establishment yesterday. The food and the service was above excellent. I had the gumbo soup and I have to say it was better than some I have had in New Orleans. My hats off to the chef, hostess and our server for a great time. We will return… Keep up the good work.

We wanted to share 2 more pleasant thank you’s we received recently. First up is a thanks for a Graduation Party we catered.

I have been intending to contact you to let you know how much we all enjoyed the food and service you provided for my son and nephew’s graduation party last month!  It seems like forever ago so please accept the lateness of my note.

The food was so delicious and everybody loved it.  The boys were especially happy because all their favorite food was included AND there was enough for family and friends!

Thanks again for bringing everything over to my brother’s house and setting it all up for us.  It was a great day and we really appreciate what you did.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the rest of your summer.

Best of luck to you!

Next up are some guests of the restaurant who just had to say thanks.

 I just wanted to thank you and your staff for the lovely luncheon on Sunday.  Although I had one demanding guest, I think everyone enjoyed the food.  When traveling through the area, it is now nice to know there is a place we can stop, eat and enjoy.
Happy Summer

Many Thanks

A small collection of recent thank you messages.

First is a message from a Beer Fest vendor who works at Peaceful Paws Giant Dog Placement Services.

I just wanted to say thank you so much for having us at the beer festival this past weekend.  It was such a great event to be a part of and all our volunteers for the day said how nice you were to them and how accommodating and friendly everyone at the festival was.

To date, it was one of the most successful fundraising events our rescue has been a part of!  We are a small rescue, with some giant dogs and even larger medical bills so the opportunity to be in a spot where we could be so successful was amazing.
I just wanted to say thank you on behalf of the rescue and we would love to come back for the fall festival if you’d have us.


Next up is a patron who hosted a party in our event space.

Thank you for making our special meeting with family, whom we had not seen in a long time, a very special occasion.
The food was absolutely delicious and ranking as the best ever. From the Bisque to the Salmon to the Crab Cakes and that sauce on the Crab should win a national prize. You even went out of your way to get a special wine (Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay) Thank you again for making this evening so special. Last but not least was the service provided. Could not have been better. We will return.

McCoole’s Featured in History Book

Author and Television Personality Rick Browne was dining at a restaurant in Portland, Oregon and learned it was over 100 years old. Intrigued, he began to research if there were other restaurants throughout the country this old—he learned there were, in fact, about 250.  Rick then spent next three years of his life dedicated to traveling all over our great nation profiling 100 centenarian restaurants, inns, taverns and public houses he selected as being the most historic, most interesting and most successful.. 


In October 2013, his hard work will pay off.  Rick will introduce his new cookbook, A Century of Restaurants: Stories and Recipes from 100 of America’s Most Historic Restaurants (Andrews McMeel Publishing, October 2013, $40).  The book is filled with restaurant historical profiles, interesting facts, great photography, and tidbits of information on some of our country’s longest standing restaurants. A full press release is pasted below and electronic interior pages are available immediately upon request.  In the meantime, here are just a few fun facts to whet your appetite:


  • The bar in Sydney, Nebraska where Ernest Hemmingway edited A Farewell to Arms while sitting on a stool sipping martinis.
  • “Black Sam” the native-born Jamaican who operated Gen. Washington’s favorite New York City restaurant, and then was tabbed as the first White House Chef.
  • The New Jersey inn that inspired a Rogers & Hart song covered by Frank Sinatra, Jo Stafford, Ella Fitzgerald and many other singers in the mid-1950’s.
  • The feisty Pennsylvania innkeeper who told Gen. Washington, at the time the Commander-In-Chief of the Continental Army, “You can’t sleep here.”
  • A rustic tavern in Arkansas where a local blacksmith created an unusual knife and presented it to a pioneer who was passing through. Later the knife became as famous as the man who received it.
  • The restaurant in Denver that was visited by a tribal war party of 30 Blackfeet Indians in 1938 in full war paint and battle dress, who rode up on horseback and with great ceremony delivered a historic gift to the owner.
  • Restaurants where Billy the Kid washed dishes, Ho Chi Minh baked bread and cakes, the King of France taught ballroom dancing, Japan’s 66th Prime Minister worked while attending college, a tavern where a traitor was hanged on a hill right behind the place, and the tavern where Ben Franklin slept under 100 hams.
  • The rural publick house where all the books in the library have been cut in half.
  • The tavern where Buffalo Bill paid for drinks and grub with a $1,000 dollar bill- shocking the owner and the whole town.
  • The hotel bar where Teddy Roosevelt recruited and signed up many of his Rough Riders.

The North Star uses McCoole’s for filming

Independant film The North Star used our facilities to film portions of the upcoming movie. Learn more about the movie below and make sure to look for our dining room when you go see it.

Press Release:

Preview Screenings Announced for Independent Feature Film THE NORTH STAR, Starring Jeremiah Trotter


With two upcoming sold out showings of THE NORTH STAR at The County Theater in Doylestown, PA, several preview screening opportunities have been announced at the historic Newtown Theatre in Newtown, PA.


The North Star trailer:



Red Carpet Event & Preview Screening:
NEWTOWN THEATRE, 120 North State Street, Newtown, PA 18940 – 215-968-3859

Red carpet begins approximately 3:30pm; Screening begins at: 4:30pm
$20.00* – Tickets/info:
The press and the public are invited to attend the outdoor red carpet event (prior to the preview screening) with cast and crew including JEREMIAH TROTTER, beginning approximately 3:30pm, weather permitting. *Fundraiser for Newtown Theatre digital projector.

Regular Preview Screenings: Newtown Theatre
Friday, May 3rd, 2013, 7pm & 9pm
Saturday, May 4th, 2013, 8:30pm
Monday, May 6th – Wednesday, May 8th, 2013, 7pm.
$10.00 – Tickets/info:
Note: these are regular screenings – not red carpet.

Help support Newtown’s digital projector campaign.



The Newtown Theatre in Newtown, PA will host several preview screening opportunities to see The North Star on the heels of its twice sold-out shows at The County Theater in Doylestown, PA. There will be a special red carpet event with members of the cast and crew in Newtown on Saturday, May 4th, beginning at 3:30 pm, followed by a 4:30 pm screening, and a Q & A with Writer/Director Thomas K. Phillips, along with additional screenings throughout the week. The sold out shows at the County Theater are on Thursday, May 2nd, at 7:30 and 8:00 pm, with the red carpet events beginning at 6:30 pm. Presented by the Doylestown Historical Society, the Doylestown event will highlight the historic elements of the film along State Street prior to audiences entering the theater.


Jeremiah Trotter and other members of the cast and crew will be present at both events for the red carpet and Q & A after the screenings.


Written and directed by Thomas K. Phillips of Buckingham, PA, The North Star is the true story of Big Ben Jones, a slave in the 1840’s who makes a bold and courageous escape from a Virginia plantation all the way to Buckingham, PA, where he receives help from local Quakers. Ben Jones is played by former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Jeremiah Trotter in his feature film debut. Clifton Powell (Ray, Norbit, Rush Hour, Friday After Next) is a producer on the film and is also featured in the cast along with co-star Thomas C. Bartley, Jr. Additional cast members include John Diehl (Pearl Harbor, Jurassic Park III, Stargate, Mo’ Money), Lynn Whitfield (HBO’s Josephine Baker Story), April Woodall (Broadway actress and vocalist), Keith David (Platoon, Crash, The Thing, ATL), blues musician Guy Davis (son of Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee), Christopher Mann (The Bourne Legacy, Blue Bloods, Duplicity, The Wire) and Alana Lee. The film has been scored by the father and son collaboration of jazz legend Ramsey Lewis and acclaimed producer and musician Frayne Lewis.


Shot in an astonishing 24 days throughout 14 locations, Bucks County, Pennsylvania and its deep history as a route on the Underground Railroad is featured prominently in the film, from state parks to private homes to historic sites including The Moland House, Plumstead Meeting, and the Hammerstein House.


A fitting backdrop, The Newtown Theatre played a particularly significant role as one of the locations. Phillips wrote a scene for the film in which abolitionist Frederick Douglass speaks to a crowd of enthusiastic supporters. The Newtown Theatre was a clear location choice as the real Frederick Douglass actually spoke there, creating an indelible link from the past to the present and now providing film audiences a truly unique opportunity to see history recreated right before their eyes. The Newtown Theatre dates back to 1831, and is considered the oldest continuously running movie theater in the United States. Originally built as a hall for town gatherings, the building evolved into a venue for live performances. During this time, anti-slavery meetings were held there, with such speakers as Lucretia Mott and Frederick Douglass.


In his director’s statement, Phillips says, “My wish is that The North Star will resonate positively with its audience, show the good of humanity in such a dark time in American history and shed light on the thousands of courageous individuals that took the perilous journey to freedom. I hope the film will create a dialogue with audiences about how people came together for the cause of abolishing slavery.” The filmmakers hope to bring The North Star to film festivals and schools and acquire a distributor once the final edits are complete.


The North Star is a LuckPig Studios production. Headquartered in Doylestown, PA, LuckPig is a new film and music production company owned by Executive Producers Dave and Tracey DeLellis. With The North Star as their first feature film, LuckPig Studios and Thomas K. Phillips are collaborating on several projects currently in development.


Q & A’s with cast and crew will take place after the screenings on May 2nd at The County Theater, and after the 4:30 screening at the Newtown Theatre on May 4th. Additional screenings will be held at the Newtown Theatre May 3rd – May 8th. In addition, the Doylestown Historical Society is hosting narratives and spoken word readings by members of the community each Saturday through April, in association with their correlating North Star exhibit.


The North Star trailer:


To learn more about The North Star, please visit

Twitter: @northstarfilm


For Newtown Theatre ticket information, please visit

For any updates of future screenings at the County Theater, please visit