Two Friends Fulfill Lifelong Dream, Open Micro-Brewery in Downingtown

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Dylan Meanix and Kevin McGovern have fulfilled their lifelong dream by starting the micro-brewery East Branch Brewing in Downingtown. Image via Pete Bannan, Digital First Media.

Two friends have decided to turn their lifelong dream into reality by starting East Branch Brewing, a new micro-brewery in Downingtown, writes Brian McCullough for the Daily Local News.

Dylan Meanix and Kevin McGovern are opening their addition to the already-rich Chester County brewing scene in the former Minquas Fire/Molly Maguire’s building on East Lancaster Avenue.

“Everything about this project has fallen into place perfectly,” said Meanix. “The stars have aligned, the timing, the location, our previous employment.”


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The friends first met at Downingtown High School and soon started dreaming about opening their own brewery. After finishing school, McGovern became a mechanic, while Meanix started his own landscaping business.

Then, 10 years ago, McGovern joined Victory Brewing, which was a good stepping stone to the new venture.

“We’re really looking forward to it, although we’re not going to see our families as much, starting a business almost in our 40s,” said Meanix.

The duo plans to open the brewery later this summer.

Read more about the new micro-brewery in the Daily Local News here.

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