The U.S. 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. Here’s a look at 10 new breweries now in the works:
1. Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery: After sitting barren for several years, the historic former General Lafayette Inn & Restaurant is now in the hands of bar veteran Erin Wallace, with brewer Scott Morrison showcasing 11-15 beers on tap.
2. Bucks County Brewing: Set to open in 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. buckscountybrewery.com
3. Conshohocken Brewing Co.: 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.
4. Do Good Brewing: Located in a former textile mill in Port Richmond, Do Good has opened its tasting room while it revs its seven-barrel brewhouse up to full capacity in January 2014.
5. 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.
6. Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant: The East Coast’s fastest-growing group of brewpubs is adding an 11th location in spring 2014—this time in Ardmore. The chain’s acclaimed beers have accumulated a wealth of awards from top beer festivals.
7. Kennett Brewing Company: Jen Braunstein and Jocelyn Osborne own the 50-seat Kennett Square brewpub that their husbands will brew beer for when it opens in January 2014.
8. Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant: After 17 years in business, the canal-side Manayunk mainstay is temporarily ceasing its brewery operations to allow for an expansion of the production side of the house. While the restaurant will remain open, the plant itself will undergo an expansion that will allow it to more than double production to 4,000 barrels by 2015.
9. 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. Patton is producing malt-forward styles.
10. Victory Brewing: Just before opening its second large-scale brewery in Parkesburg, 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 and include outdoor seating when it opens in mid-2014.
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