Complaint for McKenzie Brew House in Berwyn; Malt bags and grain bags observed chewed open by mouse activity in rear brewery room, Exterminator told restaurant

Complaint for McKenzie Brew House in Berwyn; Malt bags and grain bags observed chewed open by mouse activity in rear brewery room, Exterminator told restaurant

Berwyn, PA

McKenzie Brew House

324 Swedesford Rd
Berwyn, PA 19312

The Chester County Health Department conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on March 2, 2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations McKenzie Brew House was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 6 violations were found.

The same restaurant failed an inspection with 22 violations in December 2019. (see below)

The Health Department inspector added the following comments to the report:

A complaint Inspection was conducted at this time, per the guidelines of the CCHD Rules and Regulations, Chapter 300 (which now includes the PA Department of Agriculture’s Food Code Chapter 46 and the 2017 FDA Model Food Code by reference).

The Department received a complaint via a telephone call on March 2, 2020. The complaintee indicated that mouse activity was observed on March 1, 2020 in or around 6-7 pm in the brewery vat area at the Berwyn location. Upon arrival the Department me with Maxine. Maxine provided pest control reports from Hoffman Extermination of Malvern, PA dated 2/20, 2/7, and 1/21. The following information was confirmed through pest control reports and the complaint inspection:

1-Malt bags and grain bags observed chewed open by mouse activity in rear brewery room.
2-Mouse droppings observed along window sill and under dunnage rack in rear brewing ingredient room.
3- Food debris observed along the cook line in shallow areas of grout between the quarry tile.
4-Hot well on cook line discharge pipe is discharging on floor and not into the provided floor sink.
5-Repair all outer openings per Hoffmans report including window seals and any exterior holes.

The Department contacted Hoffman Extermination and will be out later today for clean up and treatment. Jordan, the main brewery is also on is way to the facility to clean-up and discard all contaminated brewery ingredients. It shall be noted that a cleaning scheduled has been required for this facility. Staff indicated that the cleaning occurs on Monday at 4pm. However, the Department is requiring it be done daily per CCHD inspection dated 1/23/2020. The cleaning scheduled was found on the brewery wall and has not been completed since January 22, 2020 signed by Edgar. This is not being enforced through the managerial team and needs to be addressed ASAP. A follow-up inspection will be conducted in 3-4 days to ensure compliance. All outstanding violations observed at that time will be charged $250.00. Forward all pest control reports to the Department upon receipt for review.


The inspector made the following comments in support of the violations found during the inspection:

  • Repair / repair all damaged floor coving located throughout the brewery area.
  • Saute drawer, middle drawer, is not closing all the way.
  • Plumbing system not maintained in good repair – 1-Hot well on cook line is not draining to the floor sink and causing puddling under equipment. Extend pipe to floor sink
  • Pest activity confirmed in rear brewing ingredient storage and shelving area. Mouse droppings observed throughout area. Clean up immediately and discard all contaminated product ASAP. Jordan the Brewer has been notified.
  • Routine cleaning scheduled is not being implemented or enforced through managerial team. 1- Per Hoffman exterminating report, food debris / crumb and water puddles are being observed under cook line equipment. This needs to be addressed daily. 2-Server station floor observed with build up and debris again, not being cleaned at frequent intervals as agreed upon. 3-Entire rear brewing ingredient storage area including floor and troughs. Eliminate all malts and grains located on floor ASAP
  • Low-lying grout lines observed on kitchen cook line floor, collecting food crumb and water. Re grout this floor area as needed along cook line and salad station

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