CLEARFIELD – The Dented Keg Brewing Company is now open in Clearfield.
Late last year, it was announced that the Dented Keg of Mars, Pennsylvania would open a second location in the new River’s Landing building on Market Street, overlooking the West Branch of the Susquehanna.
The company had a “soft opening” on October 20 with only word of mouth and social media breaking the news.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for DKBC, the Christian Lezzer Realty Group-Keller Williams Advantage Reality and event center was held on October 25.
Travis McCullough, head of marketing and brand development and community engagement, said things “have been going really well” so far.
A grand opening celebration in conjunction with the Lezzer Realty Group is planned for late November, which will include live music.
Word of their opening in October spread quickly, with some people stopping simply because they noticed the lights were on and there were so many cars in the parking lot, he said.
They offer “high comfort food” or bar food, some of which is made from scratch. This includes specially smoked wings. Their craft beers are homemade.
A few people were disappointed that they didn’t offer any of the usual brands of beer because they hold a PA brewer’s license which requires them to only serve beer made in PA.
But there are comparable beers on their menu, which they can quickly recommend as a great substitute for the big brands, he noted.
Their dining room has eight huge TVs and the patio has 10 tables for outdoor dining.
DKBC is owned by St. Marys native Matt McCullough and Pittsburgh native Corey Gibbons.
It is a family business with Matt’s brothers, Derek McCullough as brewmaster, and Travis working on marketing, both playing active roles in all aspects of the operation, according to a press release. previous.
DKBC “provides great beer and great food in a family-friendly environment while being an active member and friend of the community in which they operate,” the statement said.
They proved their friendship even before opening.
Last November, they held a special event that not only allowed Clearfield residents to sample some of their beers, but also collected toys for Toys for Tots. Then they donated 15% of their profits to the organization.
During the Clearfield County Fair, they set up their beer trailer to serve residents in their parking lot all week and in mid-September they were open for a special Penn State University football game watch night. .
You can check out their website, dentedkeg.com for their full menu and you can even place orders online.
They are open for lunch at 11 a.m. daily.
Travis recommends ordering “takeout” online because they’ve been so busy they sometimes don’t have a minute to answer the phone.
They’ve already had a decent amount of takeout orders and repeat customers.
This has kept their 48 employees on their toes as they learn their new jobs, which have a “big learning curve” for each of them, he said.
Although they’ve been running their Mars location for a few years, “things are different here” with a new building and new employees, Travis explained.
Unlike other businesses in the area, Travis said they had no problem finding enough staff to run DKBC seven days a week.
“People have contacted us, wanting to work here,” he said.
Overall, the community has welcomed them with open arms.
Customers were surprised and commented on their large portions, leading to a repeat complaint.
“They can’t eat it all.”
In addition to the restaurant, the DGBC provides catering for the event center located on the second floor of the building.
According to previous reports, this room can accommodate up to 125 people and is currently available to rent for any special occasion by contacting Clearly Ahead Development at 814-768-7838.
They decided to come to the area after Rob Swales, CEO of Clearly Ahead Development, approached them.
“We had only been open for two years when we were asked about it. The opportunity seemed right so we did.