Barn-to-Brewery Renovation Means Out With the Livestock, in With the Live Performances

Willows Barn
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Having gained approval to move forward, a proposed overhaul of Willows Barn will replace the fodder it once held with malt for crafting beer, reports Stephen Althouse for WFMZ 69 News. 

East Texas Barn Co. LLC submitted a plan to renovate the 114-year-old East Texas structure into a craft brewery, taproom, and entertainment venue. The blueprints also include two apartments on the building’s upper level at Willows Barn. 

The distillery will produce spirits for on- and off-site consumption. The brewery will do the same for beer and similar beverages. The associated taproom will seat 40 patrons and offer weekly entertainment. 

Outdoor space is part of the new vision for the property. 

It will feature a deck, a small playground, firepits, and chairs for viewing entertainment.

The public will have access for fishing the nearby Little Lehigh River.

Two of the proposers have ties to the township’s board of commissioners. They recused themselves during the discussion and approval of the plan. 

The board imposed 12 conditions, including limited parking for a planned food truck and receipt of a state-required operating license. 

More on the transformation of this early-20th-Century site of Willows Barn at WFMZ 69 News