Former software developer opens St. Benjamin's brewery in Kensington - Philly


Jun. 16, 2014 4:57 pm

Former software developer opens St. Benjamin’s brewery in Kensington

Tim Patton sold his first keg last month. He plans to open a brewpub in a year.

Tim Patton is the founder of St. Benjamin's Brewing Company in Kensington.

(Photo by Chris Wink)

Tim Patton is a software developer turned microbrewer.

Patton, 37, of Fishtown, opened Saint Benjamin’s Brewing Company in Kensington in late May with his business partner Christina Burris. He previously cofounded, a deals site based in Wilmington, Del.

But after ten years as the company’s senior software developer, Patton decided the company was going one way and he wanted to go another. He became a silent partner at Dealcatcher, which still operates, in 2009. He used his savings from Dealcatcher to help get Saint Benjamin’s off the ground, which cost at least $5,000, Patton told the Daily News. He also raised more than $21,000 on crowdfunding site LuckyAnt (now MoolaHoop) to restore the brewery’s facade, the Inquirer reported.

Saint Benjamin’s sold its first keg during Philly Beer Week‘s Opening Tap kickoff event. The microbrewery plans to open a brewpub in a year. As for software development, Patton said he still dabbles in it but the brewery has been his full-time gig for about two years now.

Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes became's associate editor after reporting on the Philadelphia tech scene for four years. She's co-president of the Asian American Journalists Association Philadelphia chapter and a two-time Philadelphia News Award winner for "Community Reporting of the Year." The Bryn Mawr College grad lives in West Philly, likes her food spicy and wears jumpsuits often.

  • Sean Dawes

    Wish you the best of luck man. Good to see you following your passion. My family has owned a bar in Kensington for over 30 years and multiple bars throughout the city. Happy to offer advice from a marketing standpoint. Love to see more economic growth in the area. Keep hustling 🙂


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