New microbrewery opens in Williamstown

A new microbrewery has opened up in South Jersey.

The 13th Child Brewery held its grand opening on April 13 on South Main Street in Williamstown.

It is owned by Steven MacNamara, Thomas Nahf and Justin Seaverns, all South Jersey natives.

The building that houses the microbrewery is a 100-year-old, triangle-shaped former First National Bank structure. The trio redeveloped the property and updated its power, water supply and more. The Township of Monroe’s Economic Development Commission and Ernie Carbone, chair of the Main Street Committee, helped locate the spot for it.

Financing was provided by New Jersey Community Capital’s THRIVE South Jersey, which provides funds to fuel local development in Atlantic, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties. Seed funding was provided by the Pascale Sykes Foundation. 

“When you are a startup business, it is very hard to come by financing,” Carbone said. “Partnering with THRIVE South Jersey, which has the same goals we do — a community focus — made it a whole lot easier.”

“THRIVE South Jersey deploys flexible, affordable capital and technical assistance to generate quality jobs and improve economic opportunities across a four-county area in South Jersey. These communities are tremendously skilled at putting resources to great use, when they are available. Every dollar we and our partners invest attracts more investment, helping to restore a vibrant economy,” Wayne Meyer, president of New Jersey Community Capital, said.