More Than A Dozen Craft Breweries To Open Or Expand By Summer 2014

Philadelphia continues to contribute to nation’s record-breaking brewery boom – The United States now has more breweries than at any time in its history, and Philadelphia-area entrepreneurs are helping to lead the way by opening even more breweries at a rapid pace. According to the Brewers Association, a craft beer industry trade group, the U.S. was home to only eight craft breweries in 1980, 537 in 1994 and more than 2,500 today. Regionally, craft brewers are opening locations in every county—from Victory Brewing in Kennett Square to Broken Goblet Brewery in Bristol—and more are working hard to secure licenses and locations before 2015. Here’s a look at more than a dozen breweries now in the works in the Philadelphia region:

Philadelphia County:

  • Do Good Brewing: Founded with a strong philanthropic bent, Do Good donates a portion of every sale to charity. Located in a former textile mill in Port Richmond that’s been converted to a workspace for craftspeople, Do Good has opened its tasting room while it revs its seven-barrel brewhouse up to full capacity in January 2014. Brewer/owners Tom Sheridan and Benjamin Bedard are tech and engineering professionals by day who celebrated the sale of their first keg to Barcade in Fishtown in fall 2013. 3245 Amber Street,
  • Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant: After 17 years in business, the canal-side Manayunk mainstay is temporarily ceasing its brewery operations to allow for a full-scale expansion of the production side of the house. While the restaurant will remain open during this time, the plant itself will undergo an expansion that will allow it to more than double production to 4,000 barrels by 2015. With the recent addition of a mobile canning line, the brewery will continue to service bar and retail accounts across the Philadelphia region and New Jersey while it gets ready for its next 17 years in the biz. 4120 Main Street, (215) 482-8220,
  • Saint Benjamin Brewing: Longtime home brewer and software developer Timothy Patton expects to officially open his three-barrel brewery and pub in a 19th-century Kensington carriage house and brewery in March 2014. With help from crowd-source fundraising, Patton is producing malt-forward styles like steam beer and cream ale using organic ingredients when possible. When he opens to the public, he’ll offer tastings and growler sales, plus sandwiches and small plates. 1710 N. 5th Street,

Bucks County:

  • Broken Goblet Brewery: The four buddies behind Broken Goblet have spent two years drafting a business plan for the three-barrel operation and tasting room they expect to open in an industrial park in early 2014. To start, Mike LaCouture and Jay Grosse formed The Brewtal Beer Club to generate support, test their beers and try out their marketing, and within six months the club grew to 30 members and hosted events with upwards of 100. After a larger brewery threatened a trademark infringement lawsuit over the Brewtal name, they found their new title when one of the brewers smashed a goblet on the ground in frustration. As LaCouture tells it, “We all looked down, stared at the broken goblet, and realized we had found our new name.” 1500 Grundy Lane, Keystone Industrial Park, Bristol, (609) 868-6385,
  • Bucks County Brewing: With a grand opening set for early spring 2014, Bucks County Brewing will be the first brewery in Pennsylvania to open next to a distillery. Working closely with Hewn Spirits, brewer Andrew Knechel will collaborate on some recipes and barrel-age beers using wood provided by his next-door neighbor. Though still under construction and awaiting legal approval, the brewery is publicizing its mission statement: Making The World A Better Place One Beer At A Time. To match action with words, Knechel, who interned at New Jersey’s Harvest Moon brewpub, buys local and employs eco-friendly products and technologies like solar, wind and biofuel power. Visitors can expect to find perennial and seasonal styles on tap at the tasting room. 31 Appletree Lane, Plumsteadville, (609) 439-2468,

Chester County:

  • Armstrong Ales: Though he opened as a one-barrel nano-brewery in the summer of 2013, Armstrong owner Steve Armstrong hopes to secure enough financing to expand to 10 barrels in the next few years. For now, Armstrong brews primarily English- and Belgian-style ales and puts them on tap at a few nearby bars and at his tasting room, open every day but Sunday and Monday. 1000 Hollingsworth Drive, Suite 210, Phoenixville, (484) 639-7607,
  • Kennett Brewing Company: Jen Braunstein and Jocelyn Osborne own the 50-seat Kennett Square brewpub that their husbands, Chris and Mark, will brew beer for when it opens in January 2014. The women will run the pub while their husbands, who’ve recreationally brewed together for many years, will test out their five-barrel facility with both historical English styles, as well as newer sour and hoppy ales. 109 S. Broad Street, Kennett Square,
  • Victory Brewing: Just before officially opening its second large-scale brewery in Parkesburg,
    17 miles from its original brewhouse in Downingtown, Victory broke ground on a brewpub in Kennett Square. The 250-seat Victory at Magnolia will occupy the first floor of an upscale apartment building. Unlike the brewpub at the Downingtown plant, Victory at Magnolia will provide for outdoor seating when it opens in mid-2014. The as-yet-unnamed brewer will produce five barrels of beer onsite and serve Victory’s existing beers as well. Cypress & Mill Streets, Kennett Square,

Delaware County:

  • Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant: The East Coast’s fastest-growing group of brewpubs is adding an 11th location in the spring of 2014. A few months after opening its second New Jersey branch, Iron Hill is breaking ground on a 10,000-square-foot, 250-seat restaurant in an old carpet store at Ardmore Plaza in Ardmore. The chain’s acclaimed beers have accumulated a wealth of awards from the nation’s top beer festivals, and the restaurants have earned more than 100 “best of” nods from local and national publications. 44 Greenfield Avenue, Ardmore,

Montgomery County:

  • Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery: After sitting barren for several years, the historic former General Lafayette Inn & Restaurant is now in the hands of Erin Wallace, who operates the popular beer bars Devil’s Den (South Philly) and Old Eagle Tavern (Manayunk). Veteran local brewer Scott Morrison has almost singlehandedly rebuilt the seven-barrel brewhouse and is and is showcasing 11-15 of his varieties on tap at any given time. While Morrison is known for his farmhouse ales, he’s venturing into styles from around the world and putting them on tap next to the bar’s enviable selection of guest drafts. 646 Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hill, (484) 344-5438,
  • Guild Hall Brewing: In late February 2014, Jenkintown should have its first brewery in the form of Guild Hall, a seven-barrel brewpub located in an 80-year-old former Rolls Royce garage and antique shop. Original General Lafayette head brewer Owen Hutchins returns to the industry with his wife to produce mostly classic styles (including the General Lafayette recipe for Germantown Blonde kolsch) with the possibility for more adventurous ales in the future. The pub will contain 146 seats and serve English pub food, along with Pennsylvania wines. Hutchins plans to brew with all-natural ingredients and source materials for beer and food with as much local influence as possible. 210 York Road, Jenkintown, (215) 429-2629,
  • Conshohocken Brewing Co.: Veteran professional brewer Andrew Horne is opening a 15-barrel brewery and tasting room in an environmentally friendly warehouse just off the Valley Forge Bicycle Trail in early 2014. While there’s no word yet on his proposed beers, Horne’s experience at Yards, Avery and Oskar Blues breweries speaks for itself. Outside of the tasting room, Horne will distribute in kegs and bottles and maintain a nano-brewery system for experimenting with new recipes. 739 E. Elm Street, Suite B, Conshohocken,
  • Stable 12 Brewing: Launched by three childhood friends who grew up in rural Pennsylvania, the 15-barrel Stable 12, located in Schwenksville, emanates a laid-back country charm. Though the three friends and brewers strive for innovation in style and recipe, they will keep a traditional farm vibe in their tasting room and currently grow 30 varieties of their own hops. 4870 Skippack Pike, Schwenksville, (610) 715-2665,

New Jersey:

  • Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing: When she opens her 5000-barrel brewery on the site of the old Flying Fish Brewing in May 2014, former investment banking professional Jamie Queli will likely be New Jersey’s first woman to own and operate a brewery without a male partner. Focusing on an old-timey New Jersey boardwalk theme that will permeate her branding and 100-person indoor/outdoor tasting room, Queli plans to wait until 2014 to hire a brewer and staff who will make traditional styles like IPAs and modern twists like cucumber saison and peanut butter cup chocolate stout. A pilot system will allow Queli’s brewer to play around with small batches of even more unusual beers as well. 1940 Olney Avenue, Cherry Hill, NJ,

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Philadelphia continues to contribute to nation’s record-breaking brewery boom

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