Owners of Brandywine Branch Distillers in Elverson Swapped Auto Parts for Gin, Bourbon

Image of Don, left, and Scott Avellino via Michael Klein, Philadelphia Inquirer.

Brothers Scott and Don Avellino, owners of Brandywine Branch Distillers in Elverson, transitioned from the world of auto parts to gin and bourbon, writes Michael Klein for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Their decision to buy a historic barn in Elverson and start distilling was both practical and in line with their interests.

“We wanted to be able to sell a product that people like to buy, as opposed to auto service, where nobody likes to buy it,” Don said.

He had been tinkering with beer-brewing as a hobby for years before reading an article about the first distiller’s license since Prohibition. From there, the idea was born.

It took the brothers nearly four years to get set up. They could not find the right spot in West Chester, and some townships did not want a distillery nearby.

“Long story short is we had been searching all over Chester County, found a property that we liked here in Warwick Township, went to the township, and they said, ‘We love the idea,’” Don said.

Read the entire interview in the Philadelphia Inquirer here, and check out previous VISTA Today coverage of Brandywine Branch Distillers here.

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