Two Rivers Brewing Company is located in the previously named Mt. Vernon Hotel.
This historic building was built in three sections. The oldest section fronts Northampton Street and dates back to approximately 1810. The middle section was built around 1850 and the rear section in the 1920’s. Earliest records we found indicated the building operated as a hotel continuously from 1855 until 1994. It even served as a brothel at certain times! Rumor has it that during WWII, the soldiers would come in from NYC and visit the ladies on Pine Street (located behind Dykes Lumber) and escort them to the Mt. Vernon. Evidence of this can be found on the still untouched fourth floor where outlines of the rooms still exist.
Helen Snyder who operated the Mt. Vernon from 1948 through 1992 was quite a fixture in Easton. We have played homage to her by hanging a painted portrait of her near the exits on the 6th Street side of the bar room. The room she is standing in is what the bar room once looked like.
The first floor bar room is relatively untouched. The beautiful 1920’s vintage tin ceilings were repaired and painted. The original milk glass lighting fixtures and terrazzo floors only needed minor repairs and clean up. The focal point of the room is, of course, the 1929 Zenith Radio Bar, which was purchased by the then owners from a Sears Catalog as a kit. The building’s prominent Victorian era turret has an unknown past. It is not original to the building, and we have heard stories that it was actually added on as part of a lost bet at some time in the late 1800’s.
This building has also served as a location for the film “The Florentine”. The film featured many well known actors such as Chris Penn, Virginia Madsen, Burt Young and Luke Perry among others. Unfortunately, the film never made it to wide release. It is available on DVD, and not only features our building, but many prominent Easton and Lehigh Valley locations.
Henry C. Tilton
Henry C. Tilton, former resident of our building when it was the Mount Vernon Hotel, Tilton was Easton's Police Chief and a decorated Civil War veteran. Our Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Tilton's Barleywine - 10.7% ABV, is named after him. Rich toffee flavors and thick malt mix with vanilla, coconut, and warming alcohol. Aged for 3 months in a Four Roses barrel.
TWO RIVERS BREWING COMPANY 542 Northampton St. • Easton, PA 18042 • (610) 829-1131 • firstname.lastname@example.org