By Christine Tarlecki
There’s nothing better than heading out to your favorite brew pub for a craft beer and a bite. And choosing your favorite beer with a local unique name is half the fun. Add in great apps, curbside growler pickup, and home delivery, and you’ve got brew pubs worthy of a venture out.*
Sly Fox Brewhouse & Eatery at 520 Kimberton Rd/Rte 113 in Phoenixville was one of the first breweries in Chester County. Home to a host of original beers and ales, this brewery offers great food as well. Get your growlers filled, enjoy a unique ale, and have a bite (cheesesteaks, tacos, etc) to eat. Sly Fox has 5 destinations across PA, visit them all!
Locust Lane Craft Brewery at 50 Three Yun Road, Suite 4 in Malvern is a craft beer taproom and beer garden with an edge. Enjoy one-dollar hotdogs to go with your IPAs, and you’ve got it made in the shade.
Levante Brewing offers two places to elevate your art of beer drinking, at 208 Carter Drive, Suite 2 in West Chester or at Levante Stables at 160 Park Road in Downingtown (Plus curbside pickup, and they’ll deliver too!). Try their new dry-hopped New England IPA Tickle Parts (Find out why!) or their #BlackIsBeautiful collaboration with Weathered Souls Brewing Company for an Imperial Stout. Several local breweries are part of this collaboration. And don’t miss their Sunday Brunch Mimosas created with their ReVibe seltzer and organic orange juice.
Crowded Castle Brewing Company at 242 Bridge Street in Phoenixville offers carefully crafted beers for those seeking the ultimate beer experience. Come storm the castle and check out their Out of Quarantine beer menu, with favorites such as Castle Lager, Peace Ale, and Sour Notes. Don’t miss their bar snacks like street corn and other fun small plates, as well as wine and ciders.
Stable 12 Brewing Company located at 368 Bridge Street in Phoenixville, offers beer AND you can currently get their beer delivered via their ‘Pony Express!’ (in PA only) Enjoy their food and a flight of beers outside in their beer garden, like The American Dream pilsner and other IPAs.
East Branch Brewing, on the second floor at 202 E Lancaster Avenue in Downingtown, has got several ways to enjoy their beers. Hang out at their Beer Garden, get takeout food or beer, or get your favorite beer delivered. Enjoy draft beers like Shore, Love Grows, Carte Blanc, or Alluvium.
Don’t miss the Victory Brewing Company! Check out their summer menu with a full beer menu at 420 Acorn Lane in Downingtown. Be sure to try their craft beer-infused menu like their Victory Cheesesteak with Prima Pils cheese sauce or their Victory Pretzel with HopDevil mustard. Visit Victory’s taproom at 650 West Cypress Street in Kennett Square for a pint and a bite, and enjoy classic favorites. Their Parkesburg taproom at 3127 Lower Valley Road offers IPAs like Lemon Tart, DirtWolf, and Summer Hazy Love.
Root Down Brewing Company at 1 N. Main Street in Phoenixville is housed at the old Superior Beverage Company, and these days, the space is transformed into a funky space with great food like artisanal pizzas, jerk chicken tacos, cheesesteaks, and beers like Hoppy Digital unfiltered pale ale or their Mixed Berry F’Root sour ale.
Where’s your favorite local taproom?
*Please check with each brew pub regarding beer availability, current hours, takeout and indoor dining, mask requirements, social distancing, and other COVID-19 protocols. Please respect the establishments that you visit.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Christine Tarlecki is a food writer who resides in Phoenixville, always seeking out the best and the freshest food from local farmers markets and restaurants.