Craft Beer Spotlight: J.P. Edward’s
Our favorite restaurants and taverns typically go through several changes in the span of 16 years. Friendly faces of staff come and go, menus change, tap lists change, and even ownership can change hands. Sometimes that change in ownership will bottom out our favorite dinner spots and watering holes, and sometimes we as patrons are lucky, and we get the exact opposite. In the case of JP Edward’s in Burnham, we have just that!
Opened as a friendly neighborhood restaurant in the Lewistown/Burnham area in 2003, JP Edward’s has been a staple of Mifflin County, PA for 16 years. In October of 2016, a familiar face to the region returned home to take over as a partial owner, and oversee daily operations of the popular Logan Boulevard establishment. Lewistown native Aaron Amspacker and wife Jillian Amspacker returned to Mifflin County after operating a thoroughly successful business in Sayre, PA for several years. Amspacker’s initial purpose for returning was to be closer to extended family. In regards to JP Edward’s, what he also brought was 12 years of restaurant management experience that infused a breath of fresh air into an already thriving business. What was already a popular destination was about to become even more of an attraction for food and craft beer lovers.
JP Edward’s received a facelift both literally, and figuratively speaking. The bar area was renovated to be both more welcoming, and pleasing to the eye. Banquet seating for 36 to 40 patrons was added. A shuffleboard table was added to entertain patrons while drinking one of the many craft beers available either on tap, in bottle, or yes… cans. Lastly, and the most impressive addition, a gorgeous outdoor patio was completed in fall of last 2017. When the weather is nice, you’re likely to find Aaron outside enjoying a cigar and chatting with guests. And as of March of this year, Aaron and Jillian are now the sole owners of the restaurant.
Beer and cocktails obviously aren’t the only reason to visit JP’s. The establishment lives up to their self-proclaimed ‘Best on the Boulevard’ slogan by offering an incredibly diverse menu, themed food nights, wine and beer pairing events, and a genuine concern for the experience of their guests. Case in point, you will often see the owners acting as hosts, servers, and bartenders during peak business hours. The Amspackers make it a point to make sure the staff is as knowledgeable as possible, going so far as having brewery reps come in to educate the staff on various styles of beer, and how to make suggestions to patrons.
Fortunately for us at NCBC, we already had a great relationship with the Amspackers from their past endeavors in Sayre. In June of 2017 because of new distribution agreements, we were finally able to get Neshaminy Creek beer back into the region for the first time in four years! Frankly, it was one of the easiest transitions/reintroductions as a brewery that we’ve ever had. Aaron has always been a fan of the brewery (offer him a Highwater Hefeweizen, and he’ll never leave your table), and often had us as guests in Sayre. Because of his love for the brewery, and our beer now being available in the area, Neshaminy Creek beers have been, and always will be available at JP’s.
Whether you’re stopping in for savory wings, jambalaya, tacos, or the house favorite Shape of Hops to Come on tap, JP Edward’s is sure to reward you for your time.
Keep your eyes peeled for several Neshaminy Creek themed events at JP’s over the next several months! Some of which include: the first tapping of Leon Russian Imperial Stout on May 1st, a beer pairing event with us on May 9th, and a tap takeover in July!
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