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Philadelphia is an incredible beer city positioned at the forefront of the American craft brewing renaissance. A staggering roster of formidable beer artisans call this region home — a lineup that includes some of the most coveted and celebrated breweries in the United States.
The city has earned a slew of beer-related accolades, including being named one of the best beer cities in the world by Frommer’s and being recognized as one of the best American beer cities by both GQ and Thrillist. Plus, the region’s brewers frequently rack up hardware at two of craft beer’s biggest gatherings: the yearly Great American Beer Festival (20 medals for Philly-area breweries in the past five years alone) and the biannual World Beer Cup (22 medals in the past decade).
Map out a visit to the best breweries in Philadelphia and the surrounding region (Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County and Montgomery County) with our comprehensive guide, which is sortable both alphabetically and by Untappd rating. Counting millions of users, this popular social app allows craft beer drinkers, mavens and novices alike, to review and share their thoughts on the beers they’re drinking and the breweries that produce them.
Need more info on what makes Philadelphia an amazing destination for breweries and brewpubs? Read more below.
Pickup & Delivery from Craft Breweries in Greater Philadelphia
The COVID-19 pandemic required many craft beer outfits to hit pause on their everyday operations. Thankfully, many breweries, brewpubs and taprooms are working their way back to normal indoor functionality, while adhering to government-mandated capacity rules. Most of the craft breweries included on this list are offering contactless curbside pickup customers can easily set up via online purchase, and quite a few are offering outdoor seating areas and delivery, as well.
Check out our guide to delivery from breweries in Greater Philadelphia to see how to ship cans, crowlers, growlers — and even sixtels and kegs — right to your door, allowing you to safely slake your thirst and support small business owners at the same time. The in-person regulations and takeout and delivery policies of individual breweries change frequently in accordance with Pennsylvania guidelines, so be sure to check in before visiting for the latest information.
Philadelphia breweries range widely in size and scope. There are the pioneering names, like Dock Street, Philadelphia Brewing Co., Sly Fox, Victory and Yards, responsible for sparking the local craft beer renaissance and creating some of Philadelphia’s best-known, and most accessible, craft recipes.
Relative newcomers like Naked Brewing, Neshaminy Creek, Round Guys and Stickman have steadily expanded into multiple locations, developing wider brand recognition and distribution throughout the region. The tide on independent full-service brewpubs is rising fast, too, as stalwarts like Earth Bread + Brewery and Manayunk Brewing are joined by distinctive standalones (Crime & Punishment, Second District) as well as locally based chains (Conshohocken, Iron Hill, McKenzie Brew House).
Innovation and originality are another major hallmark of the Philadelphia scene, with breweries like Evil Genius, Fermentery Form, Imprint, Free Will, Forest & Main, and Tired Hands often garnering international buzz by focusing on esoteric, hard-to-find or altogether new varieties, styles and techniques. Pennsylvania breweries based outside the immediate region, such as Roy-Pitz and Separatist, have even made an effort to make their presence permanently known in the city with Philadelphia outposts.
All this action is bolstered by a lineup of still-in-the-works concepts, a promising sign that beer here will continue its boom, even in the face of immense challenges rooted in the pandemic.
Beer Tours and Philly Beer Week
Many of the breweries in the five-county region have tours and/or tastings at their facilities, and a number of local groups — including City Brew Tours, the Philly On Tap tour from Urban Adventures and Liberty Brew Tours — offer comprehensive experiences that include multiple breweries across the breadth of Philadelphia’s deep, dynamic beer scene.
Taking place every June, the 10-day Philly Beer Week is the largest beverage celebration of its kind in America, drawing breweries and visitors from around the country and world. In good news for locals, Beer Week’s organizers, Philly Loves Beer, have positioned themselves as tireless boosters of the scene, organizing and scheduling events year-round.
Philadelphia Beer History
Philadelphians have embraced beer and beer culture since the very beginning of our nation. After all, this is the birthplace of America, and great ideas have been known to hatch over a pint. Case in point: Local taverns served as vital meeting points during the American Revolution, providing the well-stocked gathering spaces required by Founding Fathers and common colonists alike to birth modern democracy.
Philadelphia would also play a crucial role in the wider maturation of American beercraft. In the mid-19th through the early-20th centuries, more than 90 breweries operated in Philadelphia proper, and another 100 operated in the surrounding areas, making it one of the region’s most stable and essential industries.
The brewery uptick came to an end in 1920, when Prohibition brought on the near-demise of virtually all of Philadelphia’s beer producers, the majority of which remained shuttered beyond the repeal of the “Noble Experiment” in 1933. But the enterprising, independent spirit of the originators never left the fabric of Philadelphia’s civic identity, setting the scene for a serious comeback that began gaining steam in the early 1980s.
Throughout the next 20-plus years, innovative craft breweries proudly reclaimed the region’s reputation by brewing some of the country’s best beer.
Located in historic Old City, this handsome bi-level space — a glass-encased 15-bbl system lives on the second floor, hence the name — always offers around 10 of its house selections between two bars, and manages to work beer onto the pubby menu, too (Fritzie’s Vienna Lager fondue; black garlic-infused “brewer’s mustard”). While it focuses on classic styles for its flagships, brewer Cory McDonald also finds room to experiment. Owner Deb Grady grows barley on her Chester County farm for specialty projects, such as “grain-to-glass” saisons that express the true terroir of Pennsylvania.
Where: 2nd Story Brewing Company, 117 Chestnut Street
Untappd Rating: 3.61 /5 (58,623 ratings)
The pride of Delaware County, 2SP has some serious (beer) muscles bolstering its operation, including partner-brewmaster Bob Barrar, who guided Iron Hill’s Media location to dozens of national awards before striking out in 2015. It didn’t take long for Barrar & Co. to continue racking up hardware — their Russian imperial stout has won three Great American Beer Festival gold medals, for example — on a 20-bbl system in Aston. The tucked-away facility is accompanied by a spic-and-span public tasting room pouring more than 20 of their beers, starting with their signature Delco Lager on down to creative small batches aged in wine and whiskey casks.
Where: 2SP Brewing Company, 120 Concord Road, Aston
Untappd Rating: 3.74 /5 (181,238 ratings)
When Montgomery County native Doug Buddle wasn’t at his day job at Johnson & Johnson for the past 30-plus years, he was winning accolades as a top area homebrewer. As of summer 2019, his creations have a brick-and-mortar home inside the mixed-use Ambler Yards complex. Ambler Brewing Company’s 1,800-square-foot taproom (outdoor seating only, for now) is equipped with a dozen draft lines, pouring picks like classic Ambler Cream Ale; Gwynedd Valley, an unorthodox India pale lager; and an array of saisons, goses, pilsners and more. Enjoy fresh pints and food truck fare on the premises, or pre-order cans online for quick curbside pickup.
Where: Ambler Beer Company, 300 Brookside Avenue, Ambler
Untappd Rating: 3.83 /5 (4,649 ratings)
Opened in October 2019, the folks at Hatboro’s Artifact Brewing set out to create a relaxed space for craft beer lovers throughout the MontCo community. The brewery’s ambitious lineup covers a wide range of styles, hitting new-school hazy IPAs and fruited sours, as well as more classical saisons and British-style ales — no repeat recipes. The taproom, built out of a former tire dealership, has expanded into a parking lot that allows for ample room to kick back, food trucks, and music (both live acoustic and replays of old Grateful Dead shows). Collectors keep an eye out for sporadic bottled releases from Artifact’s limited-edition barrel-aged program.
Where: Artifact Brewing, 2 South York Road, Hatboro
Untappd Rating: 3.84 /5 (3,393 ratings)
After an initial run on the edge of the Brandywine Battlefield in 2019, Artillery Brewing Company officially set up shop in a new, larger brick-and-mortar location in West Chester in 2021. Founded by two homebrewers, the craft brewery utilizes local farm ingredients to craft brews like The Patriot (mid-Atlantic IPA), The Cannonball (Belgian golden strong ale) and The Musket (Belgian saison), all playing on Revolutionary battlefields throughout the colonies and the rich 18th-century history of the Greater Philadelphia area.
Where: Artillery Brewing Company, 333 Granite Alley, West Chester
Untappd Rating: 3.77 /5 (150 ratings)
Beer, environmentalism and social responsibility fuel the team at Attic Brewing, which became the first brewery operating in Philly’s neighborhood in more than 100 years when it opened in December 2019. Todd and Laura Lacy — who got their start homebrewing in an attic (of course) — offer up beers named in honor of Germantown’s long history, including its connection to the Underground Railroad (Be Free or Die, a German-style pilsner) and the 1777 Battle of Germantown (Bloodhound brown ale, a Great American Best Festival medal winner). The brewers donate a portion of profits to Germantown neighborhood organizations. Attic can safely host more than 150, between a spacious outdoor beer garden and limited indoor seating; they also offer free beer delivery throughout the region.
Where: Attic Brewing Company, 137 Berkley Street
Untappd Rating: 3.88 /5 (4,578 ratings)
At the start of 2017, Joe and Abby Feerrar made a New Year’s resolution to write a craft-beer business plan that would allow them to leave their corporate careers behind. In September of the following year, the couple launched Bald Birds, combining a production brewery with a pet-friendly, 250-head taproom in Audubon. Featuring billiards, arcade games and food trucks, the public-facing side pours anywhere from nine to 11 beers at a time, featuring brewer Patrick Countrymans’ smart mix of IPAs, lagers, pilsners, stouts and special releases. The Bald Birds name, meanwhile, reflects the owners’ sense of humor: Joe has gone chrome-dome since his 20s, while wife Abby has the autoimmune disorder alopecia.
Where: Bald Birds Brewing Company, 970 Rittenhouse Road, Audubon
Untappd Rating: 3.75 /5 (25,190 ratings)
Earth Bread + Brewery’s Tom Baker and Peggy Zwerver teamed up with Stew and Julie Keener of Baggataway Tavern to open this Spring Garden brewpub in 2016. As it’s named after the Danish concept of hygge (“huu-guh”), a feeling of comfort and contentment, the owners went for a neighborly, lived-in feel with the decor, livened up by exposed brick and clever touches, like the dining room wall made up of repurposed barrel staves. Brewery Techne, as Baker calls his 10-barrel production facility, cranks out adventurous beers — lesser-known styles like sticke alt and gruit (made with “the craziest herbs you’ve never heard of,” says Zwerver) join recurring crowdpleasers like Ripsnorter, an amarillo-hopped double IPA; and Phoebe, a Biere de Garde. It all goes well with Hygge’s distinct food menu, featuring signature “Hygge boards,” sandwiches and entrées that celebrate all things local and housemade. In addition to takeout and delivery via Caviar, they’re currently offering sidewalk seating, both in front of the bar and in a beer garden across the street; limited indoor dining should return in late 2020. Their beers are also now sold in 16-ounce cans, available at both Hygge and Earth Bread + Brewery.
Where: Bar Hygge, 1720 Fairmount Avenue
Untappd Rating: 3.75 /5 (14,273 ratings)
In 2011, the Fehons of Bryn Athyn launched their line of Bill’s Best organic barbecue sauces in honor of patriarch Bill Fehon, who could no longer produce his famous recipe after being diagnosed with Frontotemporal Degeneration, a form of dementia. In 2019, they diversified the business by adding a Glenside brewpub, pouring an array of their own beers, with customizable local pork BBQ sandwiches and panini to eat. The sauces, of course, are available for purchase in addition to a selection of four-packs, crowlers, and bottles.
Where: Bill's Best Brewery, 57 S. Keswick Avenue, Glenside
Untappd Rating: 3.96 /5 (4,481 ratings)
The first brewery to set up shop in the quaint town of Harleysville, Blueprint plies its wares from an airy, high-ceilinged tasting room tucked inside an office park. In-the-know Montco regulars load up the whole gang (it’s a kid- and pet-friendly) to take advantage of the quaint outdoor oasis set up around the side of the building, complete with pavers, Adirondack chairs and twinkly lights. Beer-wise, their 12-line draft system is populated with trusty flagships (The Ruler double chocolate milk stout) and exciting seasonals and specialty brews (Luchador Mexican-style lager; pumpkin pie-spiced cream ale).
Where: Blueprint Brewing Company, 1571 Gehman Road, Harleysville
Untappd Rating: 3.59 /5 (15,977 ratings)
Though “Braeloch” is Scottish for “hill by a lake,” this 2019 addition to Kennett Square is more of a “brewpub by a creek.” Named for co-owner Kent Steeves’ family home in the Finger Lakes, the 10-barrel brewhouse and taproom is built out of a turn-of-the-century brick warehouse that was once used to grow mushrooms. Now, it’s cream ales, saisons and imperial stouts popping up, poured from 13 taps behind a 78-foot-long bar that snakes through the room. In addition to ample room inside, Braeloch also boasts an outdoor beer garden with views of Red Clay Creek.
Where: Braeloch Brewing, 225 Birch Street, Kennett Square
Untappd Rating: 3.63 /5 (6,737 ratings)
Twin brothers Andy and Sean Arsenault started this small, independent brewery and tasting room in an old West Passyunk auto-body shop, focusing on small-batching the styles they like best: dark beers, hoppy ales and saisons, each new recipe accompanied by a colored-pencil illustration by Sean. Currently, the small brewery is offering contactless pickup of its 16-ounce cans and fresh growler fills only; you can walk in Wednesday to Sunday, but pre-ordering online is preferred. ARS also runs local deliveries every Friday.
Where: Brewery ARS, 1927-29 W. Passyunk Avenue
Untappd Rating: 3.91 /5 (21,358 ratings)
Established in Bristol in 2014 by music industry vets itching to do something new, Broken Goblet produces distinctive beers — green tea-infused ales, mixed-fermentation sours, recipes brewed with basil and rosemary — in addition to more standard styles. Their Bensalem headquarters, which boasts a 10-bbl brewing system, features a large indoor/outdoor footprint, allowing visitors to socially distance with ease. They’ve also acquired a touring stage once used by none other than David Bowie, updating it with state-of-the-art lighting and sound to deliver a one-of-a-kind live music experience, once concerts are once again a full go.
Where: Broken Goblet Brewing, 2500 State Road, Bensalem
Untappd Rating: 3.74 /5 (37,924 ratings)
Homebrewing together for years, brothers Basil and Kevin Kershner went pro in the summer of 2018, renovating an old auto body shop in Skippack into their own 15-barrel brewhouse and tasting room. Their 12-tap system is typically split down the middle between flagships, like their Bing Bang Boom IPA and Hilltop Farmhouse saison, and special projects like Johann, a classic German pilsner that the Kershners named after the first of their ancestors to emigrate to America from Germany. The brewery will soon offer direct shipping throughout the state of Pennsylvania.
Where: Brothers Kershner Brewing Co., 4119 W. Skippack Pike, Schwenksville
Untappd Rating: 3.69 /5 (10,192 ratings)
Food trucks and live music add to the fun at this small-batch Pipersville brewery, covering the suds spectrum from lagers and pale ales to IPAs and stouts. Guests are also welcome to bring their own food or have local restaurants deliver to the brewery. Crowlers and growlers are available for takeout.
Where: Bucks County Brewery, 31 Appletree Lane, Pipersville
Untappd Rating: 3.71 /5 (8,293 ratings)
Nick Gunderson and Lindsey Pete, a married duo with a shared passion for entrepreneurship, opened Chestnut Hill Brewing Company (CHBC) in 2017. Inspired by the deep appeal of another power couple — beer and pizza — they’ve taken a hands-on approach inside Germantown Avenue’s Market on the Fareway, using a five-barrel setup to produce a range of styles complementing a lineup of wood-fired pizzas. The eight-tap draft system can feature standards like the Mosaic- and Citra-hopped Motra, a West Coast-style IPA; and hyper-local specialties like a coffee porter brewed with beans from neighboring Poppy’s Cafe. Seating is kid- and pet-friendly, and shared among all Market tenants; guests are welcome to pair CHBC beers with food from other vendors. They also operate a separate taproom nearby, with a larger food menu featuring appetizers, sandwiches, salads and entrees.
Where: Chestnut Hill Brewing Company, 8221 Germantown Avenue
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Chestnut Hill Brewing Company Taproom, 8231 Germantown Avenue
Untappd Rating: 3.68 /5 (6,426 ratings)
Self-described lovers of “the art and business of beer,” Ken Buonocore and John Remington founded the original Conshohocken Brewing Company along the Schuylkill River Trail in 2014, adding brewpub/restaurant outposts in Bridgeport, Havertown, King of Prussia and Phoenixville over the next five years. Though each location varies in size, scope and setup, visitors should expect no fewer than a dozen choices on offer at any given time, alongside retail (e.g. growlers, cans, bottled barrel-aged beers). MC5 Double Dry Hopped Unfiltered IPA, Puddlers Row ESB (two time World Beer Cup award winner) and Ring The Bell Pilsner are but a few mainstays across the board.
Where: Conshohocken Brewing Company, 739 E. Elm Street, Conshohocken
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Conshohocken Brewing Company - King of Prussia, 3100 Horizon Drive, King of Prussia
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Conshohocken Brewing Company - Bridgeport Brewpub, 3 DeKalb Street, Bridgeport
Untappd Rating: 3.67 /5 (169,555 ratings)
The first 21st-century brewery to open in the Brewerytown neighborhood, Crime and Punishment Brewing Co. leans into its Russian personality and decor — to be expected when a place is named after a Dostoyevsky novel. That said, this 50-seat, seven-barrel operation, open since 2015, is strictly Philly in spirit. Brewer-partners Michael Paul and Michael Wambolt balance approachability and edginess, looking to the season to inspire the six to eight beers they offer at any time. While year-rounders like Space Race, a complex but drinkable IPA, are typically on, drinkers might also run into an inky oatmeal stout, raspberry Berliner Weisse or gose brewed with kombu, depending on the day. C&P currently offers pickup/to-go beer sales only, but hopes to return to full in-house consumption by the end of 2020.
Where: Crime and Punishment Brewing Co., 2711 W. Girard Avenue
Untappd Rating: 3.9 /5 (31,697 ratings)
Brewer Jeff Mulherin, with his father Jeff Mulherin and uncle Paul Hogan, have gradually upgraded their Hatboro operation since opening Crooked Eye in 2014, taking advantage of loosening Pennsylvania beer laws to grow their humble Hatboro nano brewery into a family-owned destination all its own. Now working off a seven-bbl system, the team offers between 12 and 16 beers at a time, including intriguing flagships like Regimental 80, a Scottish amber ale; and White Tail, a sessionable wit. They host a variety of events, including live music every weekend, open mic nights and even goat and puppy yoga classes.
Where: Crooked Eye Brewery, 13 E. Montgomery Avenue, Hatboro
Untappd Rating: 3.55 /5 (14,971 ratings)
Crowded Castle Brewing Company was formed by royal court of homebrewing friends with a shared a love of craft beer. Within the group exists a wide range of favorite beer varieties, translating to IPAs, Maibocks, Belgians and red ales flowing through the dozen taps at this handsome brewery and restaurant. The spot offers “farm-to-fork” cuisine, too, with sandwiches, a hummus board, nachos and more.
Where: Crowded Castle Brewing Company, 242 Bridge Street, Phoenixville
Untappd Rating: 3.48 /5 (12,980 ratings)
Located in an old West Philly firehouse, this brewpub and restaurant is the latest iteration of Rosemarie Certo’s influential Dock Street, founded in 1985 on the pioneering belief that good beer should be American-made. Wood-fired pizzas and veg-friendly specialties accompany a half-dozen drafts and one cask selection, all brewed on the premises. Old faithfuls like Bohemian Pilsner and Rye IPA contrast with alternative and experimental styles, in the main space and in the adjacent Cannery + Lounge, which also serves cocktails made with local spirits (it’s closed to the public, temporarily). Opened in August 2019, Dock Street South brings a 20-barrel, 10,000-square-foot brewhouse and taproom to Point Breeze. In addition to 12 taps for beer, the spot offers nearly all-day service, a coffee bar, and a menu of modern brasserie-inspired eats; pizza is on the way here, too.
Where: Dock Street Brewing, 701 S. 50th Street
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Dock Street South, 2118 Washington Avenue
Dock Street Cannery + Lounge, 705 S. 50th Street
Untappd Rating: 3.63 /5 (60,313 ratings)
Only Pennsylvania beer flows from the 24 taps at Local Tap, a new home for Doylestown Brewing Company’s concoctions, as well as other local brews — creative cocktails, too. At the Lansdale spot, which opened in October 2019, patrons can also indulge in local coffee, liquor, wine and eats like South Philly-style roast pork sandwiches, smoked brisket, buffalo chicken dip and more. The socially distanced interior hosts live music on weekends.
Where: Local Tap, 527 S. Broad Street, Lansdale
Untappd Rating: 3.41 /5 (12,868 ratings)
From utilizing reclaimed furniture to dedicated composting and recycling practices, husband-and-wife owners Tom Baker and Peggy Zwerver are as committed to reducing their footprint as they are to serving wood-fired flatbreads and a niche selection of beers, brewed both on-site and at Baker’s Bar Hygge in Spring Garden. This is the rare brewpub that’s known for its constantly refreshing tap selection, where truly no recipe is repeated twice. Earth is currently running as a takeout-only operation (phone in or walk-up orders), with the aim of reintroducing limited indoor seating in late 2020. Their beers are also now sold in 16-ounce cans, available at both Earth Bread + Brewery and Bar Hygge.
Where: Earth Bread + Brewery, 7136 Germantown Avenue
Untappd Rating: 3.77 /5 (9,326 ratings)
Homebrewer Dylan Meanix and Victory alum Kevin McGovern introduced East Branch in Downingtown in 2017, with the goal of celebrating, and elevating, venerated beer styles. Less concerned with trendiness than quality, the pair populates its drafts with picks like Der Bach, a classic German Kolsch; and Current, a pale ale whose single base hop changes with every brew. They separate themselves with an ambitious kitchen, as well, smoking USDA Prime angus brisket daily for BBQ platters and noodle bowls, with vegan options, too.
Where: East Branch Brewing Company, 202 E. Lancaster Avenue, Downingtown
Untappd Rating: 3.83 /5 (17,413 ratings)
“Our slogan is ‘Very Silly Names for Very Serious Beers,’” says Trevor Hayward, who founded Evil Genius with Villanova business-school classmate Luke Bowen in 2011, adding a Fishtown brewpub in 2017. Indeed, the partners have rolled their MBA skills, and shared sense of humor, into branding and marketing mainstays like #Adulting (guava IPA) and Purple Monkey Dishwasher (chocolate peanut butter porter). While those flagships are contract-brewed off-site, Evil Genius’ 6,000-square-foot Front Street taproom, aka “The Lab,” is reserved for left-of-center experiments spread across a dozen taps (growlers, crowlers, bottles and cans, too). Their tented outdoor beer garden is equipped with flatscreen TVs for all your Philly sports needs.
Where: Evil Genius Beer Company, 1727 N. Front Street
Untappd Rating: 3.65 /5 (500,709 ratings)
A pet project of three longtime friends that blossomed into a full-on West Kensington operation, Fermentery Form doesn’t actually brew on-site. Instead, regional breweries craft wort to Fermentery Form’s exact specifications, which they then ferment, age and blend in a series of carefully monitored barrels. The result: crisp, refreshing beers, executed in the style of Belgian lambics and French farmhouse ales, that have garnered a cult following among the city beer cognoscenti. Sip drafts and snag 750mL bottles in the cozy outdoor seating area adjacent to Form’s out-of-the-way taproom, next to the Stateside distillery.
Where: Fermentery Form, 1700 N. Palethorp Street
Untappd Rating: 4.14 /5 (10,848 ratings)
Daniel Endicott and Gerard Olson opened Forest & Main in Ambler in 2012, establishing their brewpub and restaurant inside a 19th-century Victorian home that dates back to the 1880s. The charming small-town setting, complete with front-yard picnic tables, porch seating and hop vines that snake around the banisters, is the ideal atmosphere for the duo’s distinctive approach to beer. “We believe in simplicity, and letting the yeast shine brightest,” says Endicott, who prefers to brew balanced, lower-ABV styles of Belgian and British origin, including darks and bitters poured on cask. Opened in 2018, the adjacent New Space is equipped to pour 12 beers on tap and stage live performances; currently, though, it hosts to-go retail only, with the option to walk in or pre-order for Tuesday to Saturday. Forest & Main, which also delivers its beer, vends seasonally at the Ambler Farmers Market and year-round at the Rittenhouse Farmers Market.
Where: Forest & Main Brewing Co. - The Pub, 55 N. Main Street, Ambler
Forest & Main Brewing Company - New Space, 61 N. Main Street, Ambler
Untappd Rating: 3.94 /5 (102,679 ratings)
Since launching in 2012, John Stemler and Dominic Capece have gradually expanded their Perkasie HQ to match growth in multiple areas. The square footage is split between a cellar for creative sour experiments (wild fermentation; barreling with fruit or local wildflowers); a separate ground-floor brewhouse for IPAs and dozens of other styles; and a simple, sunny taproom with 19 draft lines and a stocked retail section. (They have an eight-line taproom at Peddler’s Village at Peddler’s Village, too.) Free Will hosts an array of beer-aided events in their space, including food truck nights, fundraisers, yoga classes and boozy bonsai-trimming workshops.
Where: Free Will Brewing Co., 410 E. Walnut Street, Perkasie
Free Will Brewing Taproom at Peddler's Village, 168 Peddler's Village, Shop 47, Lahaska
Untappd Rating: 3.78 /5 (379,982 ratings)
Doylestown restaurateur Lilly Salvatore revamped the café attached to her Lilly’s Gourmet into its current combo concept in December 2018. The cozy “Jury Room,” so named due to the Bucks County Courthouse just down the block, serves casual small plates, salads and sandwiches, all accompanied by beers from former gypsy brewer Drew Scott’s Geronimo startup. Working off a modest brewing rig set up opposite the wood-paneled bar, Scott offers a tight lineup of beers, many with a military motif, like BUFF Stout (the nickname for the B-52 bomber) and Foxhole IPA. Geronimo is currently open for outdoor drinking and dining, with limited indoor capacity.
Where: Geronimo Brewing at Lilly's Jury Room, 1 W. Court Street, Doylestown
Untappd Rating: 3.71 /5 (2,437 ratings)
Many people shop, cook, eat or drink local — but what does it mean to brew local? Ask Steve and Maryana Ferguson of Great Barn, the only farm brewery in Pennsylvania to make beer with ingredients they grew themselves. This “farm-to-glass experience,” as Maryana puts it, is possible thanks to the three pre-opening years they spent cultivating grain on Ferguson’s 177-acre family farm in Kintnersville. They converted a goat barn built by Ferguson’s co-founder father into a wind-powered seven-barrel brewhouse, where they manipulate their own (locally malted) barley and pure spring water from their grounds into beers served at Great Barn’s taproom in New Hope. Situated along Aquatong Creek, it’s a cozy gathering place with 16 taps; look for standards like Hazy Acres, a New England IPA, as well as seasonal picks such as Crop Circle Pumpkin Ale. The farm brewery is currently offering online pickup orders only, while the New Hope taproom is open for pickup/takeout, waterfront patio dining, and limited indoor seating.
Where: Great Barn Brewery Taproom, 12 W. Mechanic Street, New Hope
Great Barn Brewery, 665 Kintner Road, Kintnersville
Untappd Rating: 3.51 /5 (14,158 ratings)
Does catering equally to beer lovers across the entire craft spectrum compute? That’s what the folks behind Human Robot Beer aim to discover at their spot, set up in the former home of St. Benjamin’s Brewery in Philly’s Kensington neighborhood. Classic styles like lagers (dubbed “Human” on the beer menu) sit comfortably alongside Craft Beer 2.0 offerings like hazy IPAs (dubbed “Robot”) in an industrial setting. Bonus: Poe’s Sandwich Joint — which drew a cult following in Philly’s Fishtown neighborhood before shuttering in 2019 — has found a second life in the brewery. In addition to on-site outdoor seating, Human Robot’s beers are also available for online pre-order; the brewery has upped its production of 16-ounce can four-packs in 2020.
Where: Human Robot Beer, 1710 N. 5th Street
Untappd Rating: 4.06 /5 (11,398 ratings)
“The general approach is to try new ideas, and not be boxed in by rules,” says Brendan Connelly, one of four partners in the nanobrewery Imprint Beer Co., launched in 2018. In a short period of time, they’ve built up a fanatical following with daring styles, like fruited-sour “Schmoojees,” adjunct stouts, and New England IPAs, to complement traditional pilsners and lagers. Imprint is currently operating to-go sales from two locations, its Hatfield brewery (currently being expanded) and its shop in Pottstown.
Where: Imprint Beer Co., 1500 Industry Road, Hatfield
Imprtin at High Street Terminal, 300 E. High Street, Pottstown
Untappd Rating: 4.17 /5 (212,695 ratings)
Starting with a single brewpub in Newark, Delaware, in 1996, Iron Hill has steadily grown to an impressive lineup of 21 locations scattered across five states. Homebrewers Mark Edelson and Kevin Finn, in partnership with restaurant vet Kevin Davies, have developed a winning equation, offering accessible eats in tandem with a portfolio of award-winning brews. At 275 seats, Iron Hill’s bustling Center City stronghold, which debuted in the fall of 2018, gives the brand a serious foothold in the competitive downtown beer market. Its 16 draft lines feature tried-and-true Iron Hill beers like Sweet Leaf IPA, Russian Imperial Stout and the Eagles-inspired Philly Phavorite tropical IPA; as well as newer kettle sours, West Coast IPAs and Rivet Hard Seltzer.
Where: Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 1150 Market Street
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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 2920 S. Eagle Road, Newtown
Untappd Rating: 3.65 /5 (362,344 ratings)
The folks behind Pottstown’s J.J. Ratigan Brewing Company aren’t afraid to embrace the past. The brewery is set in the town’s historic circa-19th-century Ellis Mills Building, complete with exposed brick walls and original wood floors. And the spot is named after a real Philadelphia brewer — one of the owner’s relatives — who was put out of business by Prohibition. But the old easily melds with the new at the 15-barrel brewery, which offers both crowd-pleasing takes on classic beer styles and trendier, seasonal styles. It’s also a full-service restaurant, offering lunch and dinner menus inspired by beer gardens around the world, and a reliable spot for craft cocktails, whiskies, and local wines.
Where: J.J. Ratigan Brewing Company, 227 E. High Street, Pottstown
Untappd Rating: 3.77 /5 (2,540 ratings)
Jossy Osborne’s favorite brews include oatmeal stouts and rye pale ales, while Mark Osborne prefers English bitters and German pilsners. Together, the duo’s varying preferences have led them to craft dozens of original beers. Opened in 2015, Kennett Brewing Company prides itself on giving original twists to classic styles, offered alongside a menu of casual fare including items like smoked pork sandwiches and crab-stuffed mushrooms.
Where: Kennett Brewing Company, 109 S. Broad Street, Kennett Square
Untappd Rating: 3.7 /5 (17,436 ratings)
While the folks behind this ChesCo hang are likely too modest to declare themselves “The Greatest of All Time” (popularly abbreviated as G.O.A.T.), that didn’t stop them from literally naming their seven-bbl brewpub The Goat (en español). Thirsty fans in Berwyn enjoy a rotation of 14 beers on tap, from stalwart styles to seasonal experiments fermented in stainless steel and aged in oak (hard seltzers, too). Latin-inspired food — think sopes, empanadas and Cubano sandwiches — also distinguishes La Cabra from the herd. Their second location, Bodega by La Cabra, adds a live-fire kitchen and more of the brewery’s delicious beers to Bryn Mawr. In Berwyn, they’ve expanded outdoor seating (tented from the elements) and increased canning volume in response to occupancy restrictions; their brews are available via UPS delivery for Pennsylvania residents.
Where: La Cabra Brewing, 642 Lancaster Avenue, Berwyn
Bodega by La Cabra Brewing, 810 Glenbrook Avenue, Bryn Mawr
Untappd Rating: 3.91 /5 (66,027 ratings)
Visitors don’t need much incentive to hang for a while at Langhorne Brewing Company. The folks behind the no-frills Bucks County brewery encourage visitors to pair its brews (they usually tap a dozen at a time) with a robust menu of pizzas, sandwiches, salads and more. Indoor and outdoor seating is available; homebodies should check out LBC’s pickup-friendly takeout food packages, which can feed the whole family.
Where: The Langhorne Brewing Company, 1558 West Maple Avenue, Langhorne
Untappd Rating: 3.49 /5 (1,548 ratings)
In the mid-19th century, General William Larimer Jr. set out from Pennsylvania and headed west, eventually founding the city of Denver. In the 21st century, Matt Lindenmuth inverted this journey, leaving his gypsy brewing days in Colorado behind to pursue craft beer glory in his home state. Named after the intrepid American settler, The Larimer Beer Company is just a three-minute walk from Chester’s Subaru Park, where the Philadelphia Union soccer team plays. Lindenmuth, a decorated pro athlete himself (vert skating and snowboarding), brews double dry-hopped IPAs, Mexican lagers, fruited sours and other experimental small-batch styles, like pumpkin spice hard seltzer (!).
Where: The Larimer Beer Company, 15 Engle Street, Chester
Untappd Rating: 3.76 /5 (14,197 ratings)
Taking its name, which means “rising,” from a region in Italy, Levante sprang up in 2015, thanks to two friends who wanted to brew in the explorative tradition of the Old World, with a mind toward the communal beauty of beer. There are as many as 20 selections on tap at a time, an artisanal assortment of aged-on-fruit wild ales, hazy adjunct IPAs, Belgian-style wheats and other daring styles, as well as traditionally crafted lagers and pilsners. In February 2020, the brewery bought the farm — literally — with the opening of Levante Stables, a converted 19th-century farmhouse and stables in Chester Springs. Both sites host food trucks throughout the week.
Where: Levante Brewing Company, 208 Carter Drive, West Chester
Levante Stables, 160 Park Road, Chester Springs
Untappd Rating: 3.99 /5 (360,017 ratings)
“Simply crafted” is the credo at this 15-bbl Malvern brewery, named after the State College street where its three partners met as Penn State students. The taproom side of the complex exudes a living room vibe, with TVs, a 35-foot bar and a Crowler filling station; you can also take your pints outdoors to relax in the spacious beer garden. Ever-rotating brews can range from wine barrel-aged Belgian tripels to Oat Milk IPAs. The brewery is also proudly philanthropic, regularly raising money for charities including the Great Valley Community Organization and Penn State Dance Marathon.
Where: Locust Lane Craft Brewery, 50 Three Tun Road, Malvern
Untappd Rating: 3.7 /5 (24,189 ratings)
Melissa and Kevin Walter unveiled their brewery and tasting room in 2018, cropping up in a neo-industrial Callowhill space that honors the neighborhood’s manufacturing roots. Selection-wise, their wheelhouse is well-made, nostalgic classics (Unity IPA; a revival of Ortlieb’s, a long-defunct Philly lager brand) augmented by limited-release seasonal selections, a small in-house snack selection and more substantial grub from rotating food trucks. The brewery offers indoor and outdoor seating daily; the latter section is fully tented and heated.
Where: Love City Brewing Company, 1023 Hamilton Street
Untappd Rating: 3.72 /5 (38,159 ratings)
Brothers Kurt and Jim Ludwig began homebrewing together in 2008, expanding into a quaint commercial space in Buckingham in 2015. Though they made the leap, little has changed in terms of the Mad Princes’ output and philosophy — their half-barrel system is dedicated to producing nano-batches of styles they personally like to drink, namely saisons and Bieres de Garde, stouts, English-style porters and brown ales, relying on old-fashioned techniques like step-mashing. (“We don’t really do IPAs,” says Kurt.) This very particular approach has won them a loyal following at their quaint seven-tap tasting room, where visitors can hang to drink or take growlers to go (no bottles or cans).
Where: Mad Princes Brewing, 2537 Bogarts Tavern Road, Doylestown
Untappd Rating: 3.66 /5 (5,165 ratings)
Brian O’Reilly, who racked up numerous accolades over a nearly 20-year tenure as the brewmaster of Sly Fox Brewing Company, has gone indie with his own operation. Here, he focuses on lean-and-clean interpretations of German styles, leveled up with subtle personal touches, like the Tettnang- and Hallertau-hopped Compound Kolsch and the bright, spicy King Laird hefeweizen. Mainstay both brews and operates a taproom inside the Delaware River waterfront’s Craft Hall complex, which is temporarily closed to visitors; luckily, drinkers can still get their hands on the liquid by placing a pickup order or scheduling an area delivery.
Where: Mainstay Independent Brewing Company, 901 N. Delaware Avenue
Untappd Rating: 3.61 /5 (14,292 ratings)
In business since 1996, Manayunk Brewing is a grand dame of the Philadelphia scene, chasing the craft-beer ideal well before it was cool. This relaxing canal-side destination, which underwent a dramatic renovation in 2014 to make room for a 15-bbl brewhouse, constantly updates its 10-tap draft selection with hand-crafted beers that run the gamut from dark and strong to light and zesty. Though they still offer things we’ve come to expect from a local brewpub (a canned line; small-batch one-offs), they also deliver a few surprises we don’t (an elaborate sushi menu). Their spacious and popular outdoor patio is open as weather permits, and indoor dining is remarkably well-ventilated, with open windows and doors welcoming cool breezes coming off the Schuylkill River.
Where: Manayunk Brewing Company, 4120 Main Street
Untappd Rating: 3.56 /5 (159,046 ratings)
Husband and wife Mike and Kate McAllister, along with longtime friend Seth Montz, rolled out McAllister Brewing Company in late 2018, balancing their shared passion for craft beer with existing careers (police officer, nurse, and U.S. Army soldier, respectively). Their North Wales facility features a taproom/restaurant equipped with a dartboard, pinball machine, arcade games and more, with an adjoining outdoor deck. They’ve got space for 13 drafts — expect flagships like First Love, an English-style brown ale; and Skook Water, an oatmeal stout named after Montz’s native Schuylkill County. Indoor and outdoor seating is properly spaced out for social distancing, and their outdoor deck is enclosed and heated for the colder months.
Where: McAllister Brewing Company, 810 Dickerson Road, North Wales
Untappd Rating: 3.74 /5 (7,559 ratings)
A Quakertown landmark that poured its first ales around 1750, McCoole’s has all the classic traits of a historic inn, down to the Revolutionary heritage, ghost stories and local celeb clientele (Lassie Come-Home author Eric Knight was a regular, along with his dog). But there are unexpected touches, too, like Edward MacAdams’ 13-by-19-foot, one-barrel Red Lion Brewery, quietly cranking since 2013. Available four at a time in McCoole’s barroom, a quaint space complete with antique tin ceilings and brass railings stung with holiday lights, MacAdams’ recipes are influenced by the past (1799 Rebel Amber Ale) and present (Komo Sutra Imperial IPA).
Where: McCoole’s Red Lion Brewery, 10 S. Main Street, Quakertown
Untappd Rating: 3.56 /5 (1,779 ratings)
The Mangan clan, which has owned and operated bars and restaurants in the Philadelphia region since the early 1940s, opened its first Brew House in Chadds Ford in 2001, naming it after Anna McKenzie, the late matriarch of the Irish immigrant family. They’ve since added additional locations in Devon and Malvern, offering locals a perfect place for a quick lunch or after-work happy hour. Each of the combo brewery-restaurants has eight to 10 of its own beers on tap (also sold in crowlers), all of which pair well with simple, satisfying lunch, dinner and brunch menus.
Where: McKenzie Brew House, 324 Swedesford Road, Berwyn
McKenzie Brew House, 240 Lancaster Avenue, Malvern
McKenzie Brew House, 451 Wilmington West Chester Pike, Glen Mills
Untappd Rating: 3.57 /5 (27,944 ratings)
At it since 2018, Moss Mill is the brainchild of husband-and-wife owners Nick and Evann Rodgers, who have carved their nano-brewery dream out of an industrial park unit in Lower Southampton Township. It’s not a huge place — 35 or so seats, plus outdoor space — but the couple distinguishes itself in a few key areas. Nick, late of Yards Brewing Company and Nodding Head Brewery, uses his modest one-barrel setup to populate Moss Mill’s taps with as many as 15 brews at a time, many counterprogramming to the hazy-juice-bomb craze (English milds, India pale lagers, Brut IPAs). In addition to handling marketing, Evann, a scientist who has a Ph.D. from Penn’s School of Medicine, oversees quality control for the fledgling family business, relying on a full-size test lab incorporated into their space.
Where: Moss Mill Brewing Company, 109 Pike Circle, Huntingdon Valley
Untappd Rating: 3.71 /5 (10,380 ratings)
Following the classic homebrew-gone-pro trajectory — from brewing in a garage to running a MontCo indie brewpub staple — the cheekily named Naked Brewing launched in 2012. Founding owner Jim Crossland, a union steamfitter by trade, built out the 4,500-square-foot space from scratch, with most of it dedicated to the 7.5-bbl brewhouse. Head brewer Hannah Gohde offers as many as 13 beers on tap at a time, from flagships like Buck Naked cream ale and Highly Appropriate Hazy IPA to limited-run kettle sours and experimental stouts — “non-pretentious, good, solid beer,” as co-owner Shawn Dulee puts it. Pre-order cans and growler fills for pickup from the Huntington Valley brewery, or grab an outdoor seat at Naked’s new Bristol taproom, which features a food menu and live entertainment.
Where: Naked Brewing Company, 51 Buck Road
Naked Brewing Company Taproom, 212 Mill Street, Bristol
Untappd Rating: 3.6 /5 (29,184 ratings)
Neshaminy Creek and its head brewer and co-owner Jeremy Myers have racked up numerous local and national awards since opening in Croydon in 2012, which may explain why the brewery has continued to grow. In 2017, they expanded into Jenkintown with Borough Brewhouse, taking over a huge historic building built by famed Philadelphia architect Horace Trumbauer. Here they provide drinkers with an opportunity to start with stalwarts (The Shape of Hops to Come Imperial IPA) and end with exciting seasonals and one-offs, some brewed on-premises. There’s a hearty all-day food menu on offer, too, with a focus on what’s local — perfect for an operation whose beer is actually brewed with water from Buxco’s Neshaminy Creek.
Where: Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company, 909 Ray Avenue, Croydon
Neshaminy Creek Brewing's Borough Brewhouse, 208 York Road, Jenkintown
Untappd Rating: 3.75 /5 (377,684 ratings)
After years of homebrewing, Gregg Bonstein left a job in chemical engineering to pursue a craftier career, leading to stints with Triumph and Blueprint. Now, he and his wife Sara helm Newtown Brewing Company, a 4,800-square-foot brewery in Bucks County introduced in October 2019. The spot’s 7-bbl system helps the team fill the 10 available taps with cheekily named brews (“I Lost My Marbles,” a Belgian tripel; “Sweep the Leg Johnny,” a New England IPA). Rotating food trucks provide sustenance for visitors to the 70-person space.
Where: Newtown Brewing Company, 103 Penns Trail, Newtown
Untappd Rating: 3.71 /5 (4,570 ratings)
Several years in the making, New Ridge is the culmination of a long-term plan hatched by brothers Chris and Eric Endrikat and brewer/business partner Vince DesRosiers. The Endrikats, natives of Roxborough, introduced this 10-bbl brewery and restaurant right in their neighborhood in September 2020, steadily ramping up their beer production and expanding their food offerings to include charcuterie boards and sandwiches. Core beer styles include a Helles, an Oktoberfest, a London porter and a citrusy West Coast IPA. Patio seating and takeout beer/food are the moves for the moment; indoor seating will hopefully be a go in the near future.
Where: New Ridge Brewing Co., 6168 Ridge Avenue
Untappd Rating: 3.95 /5 (1,463 ratings)
Beer-drinkers in Bristol have two floors of fun and a large outdoor area to choose from when they visit Odd Logic, which opened in 2019 not far from the area’s Silver Lake Nature Center. Modern takes on a range of styles fill the spot’s 12 taps, including IPAs, saisons, Belgians, porters, stouts and more. Beyond the brews, visitors can check out impressive graffiti throughout the open-air space and the brewery’s interior, as well as classic Nintendo consoles for old-school gaming, a rotating selection of food trucks and live music.
Where: Odd Logic Brewing Company, 500 Bristol Pike, Bristol
Untappd Rating: 3.9 /5 (7,025 ratings)
Inclusivity is the name of the game at Montgomery County’s Perkiomen Valley Brewing, which opened its doors in July 2019. The brewery — owned by the parents of children on the autism spectrum — has been set up to be accessible for all. What’s that look like? A dual-height bar to accommodate people in wheelchairs, a sensory room, LED daylight lighting and more. As for beer, visitors can look forward to “unique foraged & botanical ales” like the Dandelion Amber Ale, brewed with 240 ounces of foraged dandelions.
Where: Perkiomen Valley Brewery, 101 Walnut Street, Green Lane
Untappd Rating: 3.66 /5 (2,048 ratings)
Founded in 2007 by Nancy and Bill Barton, this standard-bearer operates a red-brick Kensington facility originally constructed by the brewers Weisbrod & Hess. Proudly local, it produces 15,000 barrels annually, with year-round styles like the ever-popular Kenzinger, a pilsner paying homage to their German predecessors; and seasonals like Harvest from the Hood, brewed each fall with fresh hops grown in the brewery’s courtyard. On-site, the taps feature a mix of their beers and Commonwealth Ciders, also produced on the premises. Seating is spread out across multiple spaces, including a beer garden equipped with umbrella-shaded picnic tables.
Where: Philadelphia Brewing Company, 2440 Frankford Avenue
Untappd Rating: 3.42 /5 (79,503 ratings)
Opened by Lily’s Grill chef/owner Adam Burke in 2018, Pottstown United Brewing is helping to raise Pottstown’s craft brewing profile. Within the clean, minimalist 50-seat space, brewer Brendan Breslin covers serious ground on a three-bbl system, populating PUB’s 11 taps with a wide swath of styles: wheat beers, farmhouses, lagers, IPAs, English bitters and more. Burke, who handles the food, casts his eye toward seafood (crabcakes, grilled fresh sardines) in addition to satisfying apps, salads and sandwiches.
Where: Pottstown United Brewing Company, 251 E. High Street, Pottstown
Untappd Rating: 3.74 /5 (8,035 ratings)
Kris and Brian Wilson left careers in medicine and IT to convert Quakertown’s nearly century-old Palace Theatre into The Proper Brewing Company (TPBC) in 2015. Inside, exposed brick, plaster molding and some original seating preserved from the building’s past life as a vaudeville house commingle with contemporary taproom touches, like flat-screens and a sleek industrial draft tower whose jet-black finish matches the 22-seat bar. This system pours a lineup of a dozen in-house creations at any time, backed up by local draft wines and ciders. Easygoing flagships include the Blondie Bree ale and Belgian-influenced Gabi Wit, which are joined on tap by rotating IPAs, bourbon stouts, sours from their “Pucker Up” series and more. Simple but thoughtful pub fare populates the menu, where hearty wings, salads and sandwiches rule; they source local beef from nearby Windy Springs Farm, which also receives TPBC’s spent brewing grain to use as feed.
Where: The Proper Brewing Company, 117 W. Broad Street, Quakertown
The Proper Brewing Company at Throw House Axe Throwing, 240 S. West End Boulevard, Quakertown
Untappd Rating: 3.68 /5 (16,254 ratings)
Named after the Volkswagen Beetle that brewery owner Patrick Coyne drove as his first car, small-batch craft brewery Punch Buggy swung open its doors on Olde Kensington’s maker-centric North American Street in August 2019. Beers like Beetle Juice Hazy IPA, American Street Cream Ale and Pushing Up Petals Philly Sour are brewed on a 1-bbl system. Also available: gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches.
Where: Punch Buggy Brewing Company, 1445 North American Street
Untappd Rating: 3.69 /5 (2,895 ratings)
Though it’s situated in a retail complex a few miles removed from Phoenixville’s main strip, Rebel Hill has been a steady contributor to the town’s craft-brewing uptick since opening in 2018. Greg and Corrinne Kluge’s trusty seven-bbl system produces IPAs (the double dry-hopped Bleed Green), citrus-forward pale ales (Scratch the Surface) and fruited sours (If You Know You Know), plus a plethora of other styles. Visitors can bring their own food to enjoy on-site, including outdoor patio seating; they’re also now canning a majority of their beers, which can be pre-ordered online for pickup.
Where: Rebel Hill Brewing Company, 420 Schuylkill Road, Phoenixville
Untappd Rating: 3.89 /5 (10,843 ratings)
If the multi-color graffiti walls, hip-hop soundtrack and vintage arcade cabinets aren’t convincing enough, the liquid should sell newcomers on the fact that this Phoenixville brewpub does things differently. Winner of a 2018 Great American Beer Festival gold medal for Bine, an American-style IPA, Root Down spreads the creativity around via boysenberry-flavored goses, unfiltered ales, barrel-aged porters, mango sours and plenty more, flowing from 12 taps and available to take home, too. For even more alfresco action, Root Down operates their own biergarten, pouring draft beers, cocktails, cider and wine, a quick 10-minute walk from the brewery’s OG location.
Where: Root Down Brewing Company, 1 N. Main Street, Phoenixville
Untappd Rating: 3.79 /5 (53,161 ratings)
Slaking Lansdale’s thirst since 2012, Round Guys prides itself on mindfulness where its 16 taps are concerned. “We’re not looking to do super-extreme — we want to represent all styles, not just IPAs only or saisons only,” says partner Scott Rudich, whose same seven-bbl system is responsible for hits like the easygoing Lansdale Lager, plus edgier pours like his high-ABV Edgecrusher or Liquid Swords. Over the past few years, Team Round Guys has added to its roster, opening The Underground, a Lansdale live entertainment venue. But the brewpub is still the only place to get down on grub like naan flatbreads, taco platters and burgers booth beefy and vegetarian-friendly.
Where: Round Guys Brewing Company, 324 W. Main Street, Lansdale
The Underground by Round Guys Brewing Company, 408 W. Main Street, Lansdale
Untappd Rating: 3.51 /5 (76,053 ratings)
Seeking city real estate to house its ambitious sour and wood-aged experiments, Chambersburg’s Roy-Pitz Brewing Company opened its Callowhill “barrel house” in summer 2017 — a dedicated home for what the four founders rapturously describe as “Liquid Art.” With room for 150 inside and out, the sleek industrial space is impressive in scope and visually arresting as well, thanks to otherworldly murals by Will Hemsley, who’s responsible for the art on Roy-Pitz’s bottles and cans (on sale here, too). Though no brewing is done on the premises, the 17 taps here are perpetually loaded with Pitz hits, including starting-lineup IPAs and lagers as well as rarer meanderings, like the Nice Dreams barrel-aged sour series. A full kitchen serves lunch and dinner, with particular care paid to local ingredients that speak to what’s being poured that week. Online ordering and takeout for both beverages and food is available.
Where: Roy-Pitz Barrel House, 990 Spring Garden Street
Untappd Rating: 3.56 /5 (70,120 ratings)
Cousins Matt Brodsky and Justin Steinberg turned a “typical beer nerd fantasy” into a tangible reality, opening Sacred Vice in Philly’s Harrowgate neighborhood in December 2018. Though the nanobrewery accommodated visitors at their 850-square-foot, family photo-decorated facility in non-COVID times, they’re currently operating on a pre-order/pickup-only basis two days a week. Check out their website for the latest lineup; their barrel-aged saisons, double IPAs and other stylings are sold in canned four-packs and 22-ounce bomber bottles.
Where: Sacred Vice Brewing Company, 3233 Amber Street
Untappd Rating: 3.91 /5 (1,320 ratings)
A co-venture from John Longacre (South Philadelphia Tap Room, American Sardine Bar) and Curt Decker, who owned the late, influential Nodding Head, Second District offers thoughtful beers and playful bar food in South Philly. When it comes to what flows from their 10 taps, “we’re comfortable in our own skin,” says Decker. Not interested in chasing trends, brewer Ben Potts has the flexibility to float between house styles (the always-on Bancroft pale ale) and ambitious side quests, like mixed-fermentation saisons manipulated with Potts’ own house culture. Since functional garage doors make up one wall of the Point Breeze space, 2D has accommodated the demand for outdoor seating well; fresh crowlers and food are also available for takeout via online pre-order.
Where: Second District Brewing Co., 1939 S. Bancroft Street
Untappd Rating: 3.81 /5 (24,028 ratings)
Three former middle-school-football teammates are the brains behind this buzzed-about brewery, located in a business park off Newportville Road in Bristol. Hatched originally as Gluttony Brewing Company (named after the second of Pope Gregory the Great’s seven deadly sins), the since-renamed spot aims to create modern versions of classic beer styles. Sippers can find New England IPAs and sours alongside cream ales and English milds. Pair them all with a fan favorite: popcorn.
Where: Second Sin Brewing Company, 1500 Grundy Lane, Bristol
Untappd Rating: 4.08 /5 (8,043 ratings)
Long an itinerant “gypsy brewer” with no permanent home, Joseph Fay put down roots in Northampton County in 2017, opening a bar/bottle shop and separate blendery and beer garden in Easton. As of April 2019, Fay’s Separatist brand has a presence in craft-crazed South Philly, too, with a quaint dozen-draft bar just off East Passyunk Avenue. Fay, who worked and trained with brewers both in the States and in Europe to hone his personal style, places an emphasis on lagers and spontaneously fermented styles produced with a coolship, a method associated with Belgian lambics. Aside from their beers, which are available via curbside pickup and delivery across Pennsylvania, Separatist South Philly also offers rotating draft cocktails.
Where: Separatist South Philly, 1646 S. 12th Street
Untappd Rating: 3.92 /5 (201,011 ratings)
One of the oldest brewpubs operating in the Delaware Valley, the original Sly Fox Brewhouse & Eatery in Phoenixville opened in December 1995. Renowned for its diverse styles, Sly Fox brewers have garnered numerous medals at The Great American Beer Festival (their Pikeland Pils was the first canned craft beer to win an award at the GABF). Next came its production brewery and tasting room in Pottstown in 2012. Officially called the Sly Fox Tastin’ Room, it features up to 30 beers and a rotating menu featuring brick oven pizza, wings and sandwiches. Early 2020 saw the opening of Malvern’s 5,000-square-foot Sly Fox Taphouse at the Grove, offering 20 taps, lunch and dinner, and plenty of beer to go.
Where: Sly Fox Brewery & Tastin' Room, 331 Circle of Progress Drive, Pottstown
Sly Fox Brewhouse & Eatery, 520 Kimberton Road, Phoenixville
Sly Fox Taphouse at the Grove, 20 Liberty Boulevard, Malvern
Untappd Rating: 3.54 /5 (384,335 ratings)
Open since 2015, Stable 12 originated when a few high school friends decided to homebrew together as a post-collegiate hobby. They started at the horse farm where CEO Rick Wolf grew up, eventually expanding and established their own headquarters in Phoenixville. The 16-tap lineup typically features flagships — Sugar Coated Pony Kisses NEIPA, Buffalo Rodeo barrel-aged Russian imperial stout — along with many other liquid meanderings, complemented by comfort food (nachos, burgers, wings, fried Oreos).
Where: Stable 12 Brewing Company, 368 Bridge Street, Phoenixville
Untappd Rating: 3.74 /5 (77,402 ratings)
A coffee shop since ‘97, Steel City introduced its nanobrewery component to the mix in early 2019, responding to customer demand. Laura Vernola and Ed Simpson, who took over ownership of the long-running Phoenixville hangout in 2016, now offer three beers on tap at all times, in addition to java and café fare. Brewer Jeremy Burke’s beers, many of which are named after local Phoenixville landmarks, are available for curbside pickup via online pre-order.
Where: Steel City Coffeehouse & Brewery, 203 Bridge Street, Phoenixville
Untappd Rating: 3.52 /5 (503 ratings)
Burgundian-born Loïc Barnieu partnered with brewer Brian McConnell to open Sterling Pig in 2015, a sleeves-rolled-up, sauce-on-face departure from the chef’s fancier concepts in Media. McConnell offers eight rotating beers brewed in small batches and tapped directly on-site, including his popular, ongoing “This Little Piggy” series of single-hop IPAs. All manner of smoked barbecue meats, plus wood-fired pizzas and other hearty chow, accompany the balanced brews.
Where: Sterling Pig Brewery, 609 W. State Street, Media
Sterling Pig Public House, 113 W. Market Street, West Chester
Untappd Rating: 3.73 /5 (56,502 ratings)
The story behind this operation’s name is as straight-up as its namesake doodle. “We didn’t want anything pretentious or overdone with our branding,” says partner Ethan Buckman, who opened the multi-location brewery with cousin Jim Buckman and Jim’s wife, Kate Sorrento, in 2015. “We thought, while everybody else was taking themselves too seriously, we’d just be Stickman.” They save the artistry for the beers. Aside from Store Bought is Fine, a popular double IPA, they are constantly rotating recipes and styles, both on draft across their three locations (Royersford, 14 taps; Pottstown, 6-8 taps; Chester Springs, 12 taps) and in cans (25-30 varieties available to go at any time).
Where: Stickman Brews - Main Brewery & Taproom, 326 N. Lewis Road, Royersford
Stickman Chester Springs, 861 Kimberton Road, Chester Springs
Stickman Brews at Tony Joe's House of Great Eats, 1161 Ridge Road, Pottstown
Untappd Rating: 3.82 /5 (98,239 ratings)
Among the more distinctive options in the region’s craft-beer community, the owners of Stolen Sun combined their triple-pronged passions for craft beer, coffee and simple scratch cooking into a single destination. Co-founder Jonathan Zangwill, a veteran of the corporate side of the food industry, offers drinkers as many as 17 different beers on tap during any visit to the bilevel, brightly hued hippie-vibes taproom, which also features in-house bean roasting, a hearty but affordable pub menu and a backyard space with seating and space for live music. The growing brewery is shifting into a 10,000-square-foot space in its current building that should be ready by the end of 2020.
Where: Stolen Sun Craft Brewing & Roasting Co., 342 Pottstown Pike, Exton
Untappd Rating: 3.79 /5 (20,467 ratings)
Suburban Brewing, in Honey Brook, is the result of a collaboration between chef/owner Eric Yost of Exton’s Suburban Restaurant and Beer Garden; and Corey Ross, former owner of Fancy Camper, a homebrew supply store in Malvern. Ross works off a one-barrel brewing setup to produce his lineup of around a dozen draft beers (flagships include Copy Cat Kolsch and Willy Scottish Ale), served in the open-air taproom and roomy outdoor beer garden.
Where: Suburban Brewing Co., 2536 Conestoga Avenue, Honey Brook
Untappd Rating: 3.79 /5 (4,353 ratings)
A newcomer to Ambler as of spring 2019, Tannery Run Brew Works offers an interior that’s equal parts gritty and green — exposed brick and corrugated metal joins polish woodwork and a trellis-like ceiling fixture dressed in vines. Directly across the street from the town’s charming historic theater, Tannery brings variety to its 16 taps through a practice they refer to as split-batching, or “SPLATCH.” Separating one base brew into halves that are then treated and fermented differently produces two distinct products from a singular starting point. One past example is their “Double Dragon” — Red Dragon, a super-hoppy American IPA; alongside Blue Dragon, which goes a different direction with Belgian ale yeast. Their beers and hard seltzers are now being canned, too, making takeout and pickup orders that much easier. Flatbreads, seasonal soups, smash burgers, baked wings and grain bowls round out the most-ordered dishes off the menu.
Where: Tannery Run Brew Works, 131 E. Butler Avenue, Ambler
Untappd Rating: 3.74 /5 (6,255 ratings)
A tight-knit nanobrewery — “Most of our staff is family by blood or family by choice,” explains partner Bob Heger — this newcomer first fired up its kettles in late 2018 in North Wales. Named after police radio code used by an officer who’s off-duty (Heger, a Plymouth Township Police sergeant, has worked in law enforcement for nearly 20 years), Ten7 offers both indoor and outdoor seating and as many as 14 beers on tap at any time. Depending on the day, visitors might find a variety of NEIPAs, fruited goses, wheat beers, or a stout that tastes like honey-roasted peanuts.
Where: Ten7 Brewing Company, 510 Beaver Street, North Wales
Untappd Rating: 3.94 /5 (20,796 ratings)
Founded by the Hastings brothers, science guy Jeff and fabricator Mike, this Bucks County brewery opened in November 2019 to the delight of fans of blondes, lagers, American pale ales and stouts. The duo brings more than a decade of homebrewing experience to their Chalfont HQ, where patrons can linger over fresh pints inside or out. Guests are welcome to bring in their own chairs and own food, including eats from the pizzeria conveniently located next door.
Where: Tilt'em Back Brewing, 205 E. Butler Avenue, Chalfont
Untappd Rating: 3.99 /5 (2,416 ratings)
Named for the old slang term for a train — the Main Line, after all, was once a railroad — Bryn Mawr’s Tin Lizard was opened by two beer-loving brothers and their wives in 2017. The formula here is a timeless and battle-tested one: American barbecue (Carolina pulled pork, smoked brisket platters) washed down with house-brewed draft beers galore. Depending on the day, the tap list could feature an American IPA, a German-inspired Helles, a brown, a Hefeweizen and more.
Where: Tin Lizard Brewing Company, 1000 Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr
Untappd Rating: 3.64 /5 (8,048 ratings)
“We’ve always been driven by the notion of what comes next,” says Jean Broillet IV of Tired Hands, which he and wife Julie Foster introduced as a single suburban brew café in 2012. They’ve grown it into a kaleidoscopic brand encompassing multiple ventures. Driven in part by the milkshake IPA category revolutionized by the brewery that’s become a sought-after style industry-wide, Tired Hands added its roomy, 12-tap Ardmore Fermentaria in 2015, allowing an exponential bump in production capacity and food offerings. More recently, they’ve opened several general stores and reached into Philly with St. Oner’s restaurant and an 18-tap seasonal biergarten, both in Fishtown. Due to COVID-19, however, Tired Hands is temporarily narrowing its scope to to-go sales (out of the Fermenteria and St. Oner’s), as well as delivery.
Where: Tired Hands Brew Café, 16 Ardmore Avenue, Ardmore
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Tired Hands Fermentaria, 35 Cricket Terrace, Ardmore
Tired Hands General Store, 20 Ardmore Avenue, Ardmore
Tired Hands Biergarten, 2213 Frankford Avenue
Tired Hands General Store at the Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
St. Oner's, 2218 Frankford Avenue
Untappd Rating: 4.1 /5 (1,433,699 ratings)
Chef and restaurateur Stan Kreft got into the nanobrewing game in 2015, opening Tower Hill as a showcase for choice ingredients sourced from local farms as well as his own craft beers, poured five at a time. Kreft’s food pays homage to his Polish heritage — toppings for his mom’s potato-cheese pierogi rotate weekly (think bacon/cheddar or shepherd’s pie) — while his draft list, which turns over regularly, features both classic European styles and hoppy, juicy American IPAs.
Where: Tower Hill Brewery, 237 W. Butler Avenue, Chalfont
Untappd Rating: 3.51 /5 (5,826 ratings)
Beer and social justice go hand in hand at this Callowhill brewery, opened in September 2019. As part of their efforts to create a “fair chance business,” the owners team with Mural Arts, Project HOME and the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project to help recruit employees with a diversity of experiences and skills. Environmental impact is also top of mind, with electricity coming entirely from wind power and trash being sorted and, where possible, diverted from the landfill. As for beer, head brewer and co-founder Kyle Carney lends his experiences at Stone and Weyerbacher to a 12-tap list complemented by cider and local wine. Most of their beers are currently available to-go in 16-ounce cans. For in-person visitors, Triple Bottom’s heated outdoor seating area is open on Wednesdays and Fridays, with both brunch and dinner on Saturdays.
Where: Triple Bottom Brewing Co., 915 Spring Garden Street
Untappd Rating: 3.68 /5 (5,408 ratings)
Since 2003, the New Hope location of this Jersey-born brewpub mini-chain offers a rotating lineup of seven draft selections at all times. Expect sensible, balanced and largely traditional ales and lagers, like the year-round Bengal Gold IPA and the Amber Ale as well as seasonals like a Bohemian pilsner, Vienna lager and Irish dry stout. The rustic-modern New Hope space serves approachable American pub fare and houses all manner of concerts and live events, between the multi-level inside and open-air patio. The space is currently on hiatus due to COVID-19; check triumphbrewing.com for the latest reopening news.
Where: Triumph Brewing Company of New Hope, 400 Union Square Drive, New Hope
Untappd Rating: 3.51 /5 (65,419 ratings)
Friends who met working as first responders at the Trappe Fire Co., medic Clint Tichnell and EMT/fire officer Jeremy Burke leveled up their homebrewing passion into this Spring City brewing/restaurant operation in 2016. Sidle up to the reclaimed wood bartop to gawk at the decorative guitars on display — the founders are also musicians, inspiring the name and regular live band bookings — and taste through 12 brews on tap.
Where: Tuned Up Brewing Company, 135 N. Main Street, Spring City
Untappd Rating: 3.73 /5 (9,029 ratings)
Brewer Mark Mayer — who, notably, does have red hair — opened this neighborhood brewery/taproom in a century-old tavern space in the Manayunk-Roxborough area in December 2019. His eight drafts, along with a lineup of creative beer slushies, are complemented by a selection of Mayer’s scratchmade pizzas, made with a special beer-infused “brewhouse dough.” Staples include Mayer Light, an easy-drinking blonde ale the brewer concocted to wean his father off macro-label light beers; and May the Schwartz Be With You, a smooth German-style black lager Mayer counts among his personal favorites.
Where: Twisted Gingers Brewing Company, 4317 Fleming Street
Untappd Rating: 3.89 /5 (1,541 ratings)
An award-winning brewpub with roots in Easton, Northampton County, Two Rivers expanded its reach in 2019 with a taproom operation inside the Trolley Barn Public Market in Quakertown. An easy stop for picking up crowlers and cans, this Bucks County outpost also features a spacious outdoor seating and fit pit area, accommodating rotating food trucks and live music that satiate and entertain sippers of their skillfully brewed seasonal selections.
Where: Two Rivers Brewing Tap Room, 106 E. Broad Street, Quakertown
Untappd Rating: 3.74 /5 (41,431 ratings)
Slinging pints and pies in Northern Liberties since 2017, Urban Village is the handiwork of Dave Goldman and Tom Revelli, who have united their passions for brewing and baking to build a fermentable paradise. Goldman makes boldly flavored beers with an open mind, a creative streak reflected in both flagships (the popular Super Villain IPA) and daring seasonals (a kettle-soured Berliner Weisse flavored with two kinds of berries). Urban’s white subway-tiled kitchen, meanwhile, is built around scratch cooking — think housemade charcuterie and cheese, plus pizza and bread dough gently levained with a natural sourdough starter. All this is ready to enjoy in the quirkily decorated dining room or out on the 100-seat patio, complete with a fire pit.
Where: Urban Village Brewing Company, 1001 N. 2nd Street
Untappd Rating: 3.72 /5 (38,746 ratings)
Housed in a circa-1889 Yardley bank, Vault’s allure comes as much from its quirky, speakeasy-esque design — wrought-iron caging, safety deposit boxes, the original four-ton vault door that opens into the cellar — as its beer. Pizzas, sandwiches and small plates done in Vault’s wood-burning oven accompany 10 beers on tap, which can include session-friendly IPAs, pilsners, unfiltered wits and ales brewed with sweet potatoes. Guests can also make their own four-packs of cans to go from the refrigerator next to the bar. August 2019 saw the opening of the Vault Taproom, a satellite location just a four-minute walk from its original spot.
Where: Vault Brewing Company, 10 S. Main Street, Yardley
Tannery Taproom, 19 W. College Avenue, Yardley
Untappd Rating: 3.79 /5 (105,273 ratings)
Founded by childhood friends Ron Barchet and Bill Covaleski, who met on a school bus in 1973, Victory formally began operations in 1996. Ever since, they’ve been producing bold beers for drinkers who appreciate big flavor. Victory now distributes nationwide, and owns and manages multiple operations: a brewery and full-service taproom at the original Downingtown site; a second brewhouse and restaurant in Parkesburg; and a brewhouse and taproom in Kennett Square. It also sponsors the vast indoor-outdoor beer hall amid South Philadelphia’s stadiums at XFINITY Live! In 2016, Victory announced an alliance with Southern Tier Brewing Company under the partnership platform of Artisanal Brewing Ventures, which also includes Brooklyn’s Sixpoint and Bold Rock Hard Cider out of Virginia. Next up: a Center City Philadelphia brewhouse and taproom, slated to open on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in late 2021.
Where: Victory Brewing Company Downingtown, 420 Acorn Lane, Downingtown
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Victory Brewing Company Kennett Square, 650 W. Cypress Street, Kennett Square
Victory Brewing Company Parkesburg, 3127 Lower Valley Road, Parkesburg
Victory Brewing Company at XFINITY Live! Philadelphia, 1100 Pattison Avenue
Untappd Rating: 3.67 /5 (2,542,802 ratings)
Tim and Steven Way, who proudly describe themselves as “two red-headed brothers from Jenkintown,” have turned their shared passion for craft beer into a family business situated in neighborhoring Glenside, just across from that town’s SEPTA station. The 75-seat brewpub, opened in spring 2019, taps into the talents of both Ways. Steven, a chef, presents clever pub fare in addition to the signature tortilla-based treats he’s served from his Smokin’ Tacos truck. Tim, a veteran of Weyerbacher, covers plenty of stylistic ground on his taut brewhouse setup (plenty of IPAs and pales, as well as malty altbiers and other rare styles).
Where: The Ways Restaurant & Brewery, 11 S. Easton Road, Glenside
Untappd Rating: 3.64 /5 (2,724 ratings)
A quintet of college friends banded together to open this versatile brewpub in a century-old Lansdale building that once housed a Masonic Temple. At 5,000 square feet split evenly between the brewhouse and restaurant/taproom, the modern-industrial Well Crafted has a 20-tap full bar, bottle shop (curbside pickup is available), and a stage for live entertainment. Brewer Rick Solomon and his team have made more than 140 recipes on their seven-bbl system since 2018. Flagship beers include Blonde Americano, a Blonde Ale conditioned on single-origin coffee from Lansdale’s Backyard Beans; and the fruity, fragrant Hop Monger IPA. Seasonally, the brewery operates an open-air beer garden, with room for 80, across the street at the Madison Lansdale train station.
Where: Well Crafted Beer Company, 310 Madison Street, Lansdale
Untappd Rating: 3.81 /5 (23,166 ratings)
It’s a real family affair at this fast-growing, award-winning production brewery, tasting room and full-service beer garden, run by founder/head brewer Tim Gill and an assortment of relatives, including his wife and four children. Available in-house, to-go and via delivery, their best-selling beers are named after landmarks in the East Falls area, like Kelpius Kave and Devil’s Pool. The taphouse itself caters to locals, too, with its casual, lived-in feel. “Some breweries go the route of crazy skulls and daggers and mayhem and chaos,” jokes Gill of the more macabre tendencies of his peers. “We, on the other hand, wanted more of a feeling of approachability.” Dogs are welcome at Wissahickon, and the space also offers a slate of community-friendly events, like yoga classes and Quizzo.
Where: Wissahickon Brewing Company, 3705 W. School House Lane
Untappd Rating: 3.68 /5 (18,293 ratings)
Residents of King of Prussia, an underserved town where great local beer is concerned, have been hoisting joyous toasts to Workhorse ever since the mammoth production brewery and tasting room debuted in the fall of 2018. Founder/CEO Dan Hershberg and brewmaster Nate Olewine (Devil’s Backbone, Victory) will both tell you their approach is rooted in approachability — well-made beers that are simply enjoyable to drink, and don’t demand any esoteric graduate-level sensory analysis. In addition to Olewine’s signature ales and lagers, look for specialty brews like Start It Up, a coffee vanilla porter brewed seasonally in collaboration with Saxbys Coffee.
Where: Workhorse Brewing Company, 250 King Manor Drive, King of Prussia
Workhorse Brewing Company - Center City Taproom, 2401 Walnut Street
Untappd Rating: 3.67 /5 (33,161 ratings)
Yards president Tom Kehoe helped ignite the craft beer revolution in Philadelphia, momentum he’s sustained through considerable humanitarian efforts — and unwavering standards when it comes to his brews. Established in a Manayunk garage in 1994 (their first-ever beer was an ESA), Yards’ profile rose steadily over the subsequent decades, culminating in the opening of the 70,000-square-foot HQ that produced 43,000 barrels in 2018. Powered by green wind energy, the facility pours 20 beers on draft and serves upscale taproom eats. (For an outdoor dining experience, snag a table situated beneath their massive steel tanks.) Yards’ “Brew Unto Others” motto is exemplified by deep involvement in community and charitable efforts. Bonus: On the way out of the city, visitors can enjoy one more brew at the Yards Takeoff Lounge in Terminal A at the Philadelphia International Airport.
Where: Yards Brewing Company, 500 Spring Garden Street
Yards Brewing Company at Fashion District Philadelphia, 1101 Market Street
Yards Takeoff Lounge, Philadelphia International Airport, Terminal A, 8000 Essington Ave.
Untappd Rating: 3.61 /5 (602,923 ratings)
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