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The Proper Brewing Company (photo courtesy of  Visit Bucks County)

Philadelphia’s Beer Scene Continues Its Boom From The City To The Suburbs To The Countryside

Philadelphia and The Countryside’s lengthy craft beer trail has grown even longer this year. Over the past six months, 14 breweries have debuted in and beyond the city. Each drinking destnation offers an experience that’s wholly different from the next. There are ales that come with a side of axe-throwing (The Proper Brewing Company at ThrowHouse), a Point Breeze expansion for Dock Street, a Revolutionary farm-to-glass experience at Artillery Brewing and a pair of breweries with do-good missions (Perkiomen Valley Brewing and Triple Bottom Brewing).

Here’s a look at 14 recently opened breweries in the city and suburbs—and 16 more coming soon:

Philadelphia:

1. Triple Bottom Brewing – At this community- and environment-focused newcomer to Callowhill’s burgeoning beer scene, profit margins are only one indicator of success. Founders Tess Hart, Bill Popwell and Kyle Carney consider their business’ impact on a triple bottom line: beer, the planet and people. The trio teams up with local organizations—Project HOME, Mural Arts and the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project—to offer employment opportunities to a diverse range of people. Carney, a Weyerbacher Brewing and Stone Brewing alum, runs a 10-tap lineup and offers keg wine, cider, snacks and several homemade nonalcoholic drinks. Opened September 2019. 915 Spring Garden Street, (267) 764-1994, triplebottombrewing.com

2. Dock Street South This women-owned West Philly beer institution branched out in a major way with a 10,500-square-foot, all-day brewery-restaurant and production facility on a transforming industrial strip of Point Breeze. Featuring a lounge and communal mess-hall-style dining area, the location features a dozen beers on tap, rotisserie-focused lunch and dinner, plus a breakfast coffee bar. Opened August 2019. 2118 Washington Avenue, (215) 337-3103, dockstreetbeer.com

3. Punch Buggy Brewing Company Named after co-owner Patrick Coyne’s first car, a 1971 VW, this snug 36-seat spot in Kensington offers a constantly rotating selection of eight taps from a collaborative group of several experimental brewers. The daily list may include the Smokey Tailpipe smoked porter or Beetle Juice, a hazy New England IPA. Bar bites range from gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches to hot dogs and dips. Opened August 2019. 1445 N. American Street, punchbuggybrewingcompany.com

4. Bald Birds Brewing Company – This newbie brewery is already growing, with a second location in the Nickels Building on Main Street in Philly’s Manayunk neighborhood. No production happens at this no-frills spot, but guests can enjoy all their favorite brews from co-owners Abby and Joe Feerar—the self-proclaimed “baldest birds.” (Abby has alopecia, and Joe “fell victim” to male pattern baldness.) Patrons can bring their own food or order in. Opened August 2019. 4323 Main Street, (484) 392-7068, baldbirdsbrewing.com

5. Separatist South Philly The partners behind this brewery tasting room, Joe Percoco and Laura Fay,are focused on using foraged ingredients, building local partnerships and forging their own path. The retro, 15-seat bar and spacious seating area also serves savory pies from nearby Stargazy. Opened April 2019. 1646 S. 12th Street, (267) 534-4879, separatistbeer.com

Bucks County:

6. Vault’s Tannery Taproom – Yardley’s Vault Brewing Company has expanded with a new taproom at the Tannery building, a former industrial facility turned office space. Just a quick walk from the existing brewpub, this outpost serves a rotating selection of Vault’s best brews, plus small plates, wine and cocktails. Opened August 2019. 19 W. College Avenue, Yardley, (267) 907-8400, vaultbrewing.com

7. Broken Goblet Brewing – From the Bristol-based makers of Jason Kelce-inspired No One Likes Us, We Don’t Care IPA come elevated new digs six miles away. Broken Goblet’s spacious new location features a brewhouse, 20 taps, two bars and a patio. There’s also an area for live music and entertainment with room for 350 guests—and featuring the stage from David Bowie’s Glass Spiders tour. Opened July 2019. 2500 State Road, Bensalem, (267) 812-5653, brokengoblet.com

8. The Proper Brewing Company at ThrowHouse – Owners Brian and Kris Wilson debuted The Proper Brewing Company in historic downtown Quakertown in 2015. They’ve since expanded with a second location in an unlikely spot—inside an indoor axe-throwing facility. Although their ThrowHouse location doesn’t serve food like the original, it does offer local ciders, wine and spirits in addition to their Lehigh Valley-made craft brews like the hop-forward Cinema Citra or the chocolatey No Name Stout. Opened July 2019. 117 W. Broad Street, Quakertown, (267) 490-5168, theproperbrewing.com

Chester County:

9. The Larimer Beer Company – When Matt Lindenmuth founded his brewery in Denver, Colorado in 2017, he named the operation after General William Larimer, the Pennsylvanian who founded that city in 1858. With the debut of his Chester location, Larimer comes full circle, brewing in both states. The new taproom sits across the street from the Philadelphia Union’s Talen Energy Stadium, making it ideal for pre- and post-game imbibing. Opened July 2019. 15 Engle Street, Chester, (215) 650-9282, thelarimer.com

10. Perkiomen Valley Brewing This destination for small-batch artisanal brews makes drinking accessible to everyone (over 21). There’s a dual-height bar that’s perfect for visitors who use wheelchairs, LED daylight lighting to aid low vision and a separate sensory room. The operation also supports jobs for underrepresented populations and serves as a hub for entrepreneurs with disabilities. Opened June 2019. 101 Walnut Street, Green Lane, (215) 872-6424, perkiomenvalleybrewery.com 

Montgomery County:

11. Ambler Beer Company Award-winning home brewer Doug Buddle set up his first commercial venture, an 1,800-square-foot taproom with an industrial vibe, in the sprawling Ambler Yards business park. A dozen beers on tap include Heckler Street, an American pale ale inspired by the first beer Buddle created in Ambler back in 1989. The brewery hosts a weekend rotation of food trucks. Guests also have the option to order delivery from local restaurants. Opened August 2019. 300 Brookside Avenue, Building 19, Suite E, Ambler, (215) 660-9560, amblerbeerco.com

12. Bodega by La Cabra Brewing –Dan Popernack’s gastropub across from Bryn Mawr Hospital is the second Main Line location of his popular Berwyn-based La Cabra. Fans know to expect a wide range of craft beers and ciders at Bodega, including guest taps from other local brewers. The fare revolves around a live-fire kitchen, with an emphasis on smoked meats and takeout. Opened August 2019. 810 Glenbrook Avenue, Bryn Mawr, (610) 526-2337, bodegabylacabra.com

13. Brothers Kershner Brewing Co. – Home brewing siblings Kevin and Basil Kershner opened their spot in July in an old auto body shop. Twelve taps pour both flagship brews and experimental and seasonal batches. There’s also cider, wine and snacks. Food is BYO. Opened July 2019. 4119 W. Skippack Pike, Schwenksville, (610) 222-2739, brotherskershner.com

14. The Ways Restaurant and Brewery– A former print shop became an expansive new spot from brothers Tim and Steve Way. Featured: a 10-barrel brew system with 12 taps, plus ciders, spirits and wine on tap. There’s an extensive food menu by Steve; he also runs the Smokin’ Tacos food truck. Opened May 2019. 11 S. Easton Road, Glenside, (215) 887-1029, thewaysrestaurantandbrewery.com

 Coming Soon:

1. Artifact Brewing – This Montgomery County newbie hopes to draw neighbors together in a relaxed environment with a rotating selection of beers. Mid-October 2019. 2 S. York Road, Hatboro, artifactales.com

2. Local Tap – Helmed by Doylestown Brewing Company, Local Tap will sell locally sourced beer, wine, spirits and coffee. Guests will be able to sample beers from the 24 local drafts on tap, along with Pennsylvania wines and cocktails made with local spirits. Mid-October 2019. 525 S. Broad Street, Lansdale, localtappa.com

3. Newtown Brewing Company – This family-owned brewery plans to keep things interesting with an always-changing tap list featuring the full spectrum: light lagers to experimental sours. Mid-October 2019. 103 Penns Trail, Newtown, newtownbrewingco.com

4. Tilt’em Back Brewing Founded by home-brewing bros, science guy Jeff and fabricator Mike Hastings, this Bucks County brewery is opening its doors to fans of blonde, lager, American pale ales—and a stout or two. October 2019. 205 Butler Avenue, Chalfont, tiltembackbrewing.com

5. Be Here Brewing – Opening inside the historic Avondale Bank, Be Here will serve food and beer made onsite, along with local wine and cider. Fall 2019. 122 Pennsylvania Avenue, Avondale, facebook.com/beherebrewing

6. Troubles End Brewing – David and Nick Bellenzeni and Casey Parker (three of the guys behind the Pistola’s restaurants) and former Forest & Main brewer Zach Svoboda bring a family-friendly brewery to Collegeville. Troubles End will have 25 taps, zero-proof cocktails, wine on tap and an American menu. Fall 2019. 50 W. Third Avenue, Collegeville, (484) 614-2493, facebook.com/TroublesEndBrewing

7. Lucky Cat Brewing – The owner of the Northeast Philly’s beloved Grey Lodge Pub is opening a nanobrewery to create beers for the pub, which is just two doors down. Fall 2019. 6245 Frankford Avenue, luckycatbrewing.com

8. Second Sin Brewing Company – Second Sin plans to stay true to their name by brewing an array of gluttonous beers such as a coffee cake-inspired imperial stout and sour ale tinged with raspberries and salt. November 2019. 1500 Grundy Lane, Bristol, (267) 812-5251, secondsinbrewing.com

9. New Ridge Brewing Company – Operating out of a former carpet gallery, New Ridge is bringing a full-scale brewery and restaurant to Roxborough. December 2019. 6168 Ridge Avenue, (215) 330-4677, facebook.com/newridgebrewing

10. Odd Logic – When this family-run Bucks County brewpub opens its doors to the public, they’ll serve creative, small batch brews with a rotating schedule of food trucks on site. Winter 2019. 500 Bristol Pike, Bristol, facebook.com/oddlogicbrewing

11. Attic Brewing Co. Beer, environmentalism and social responsibility fuel the team at Attic Brewing, where they’ll donate a portion of profits to Germantown neighborhood organizations. End of 2019. 137 Berkley Street, atticbrewing.com

12. Warwick Farm Brewing – With a tasting room set to open soon, Warwick Farms will plant and brew their own hops with a focus on making unfiltered New England India Pale ales, farmhouse ales, pilsners and stouts. Early 2020. 800 Almshouse Road, Jamison, (215) 792-7599, warwickfarmbrewing.com

13. Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant – Iron Hill approaches a dozen regional locations with its familiar combo of craft beer and scratch cooking. The newest location will open in the Village at Newtown Shopping Center. Spring 2020. 2920 S. Eagle Road, Newtown, ironhillbrewery.com

14. Cartesian Brewing – Home brewer Evan Roth has planned farmhouse brewery in South Philly—right across the street from Pat’s and Geno’s—and also plans to personalize every ale and cider by introducing patrons to names of and stories of the growers and brewers who make their local origin ales and ciders. Summer 2020. 1324-26 E. Passyunk Avenue, cartesianbrewing.com

15. Iron Hill Brewery & Taphouse – A local favorite with more than 20 years of brewing experience, Exton’s Taphouse will be Iron Hill’s first full-scale production brewery. Signature and seasonal beers and a new food menu are in the works. Summer 2020. 240 Eagleview Boulevard, Exton, ironhillbrewery.com

16. Victory Brewing Company – Downingtown-based Victory makes its first foray into the city via a 14,000-square-foot former TGI Fridays with two inside and one outside bar, a kitchen, sidewalk seats, a rooftop patio and 10-barrel production of crisp Prima Pils, Golden Monkey tripel and Cloud Walker IPA. 1776 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, victorybeer.com. Late 2020.

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