Within the last several years, Chester County has become a hotbed of top-notch, thirst-quenching craft breweries. We’ve got award-winning pilsners, ales, lagers and stouts—and some pretty incredible munchies to pair with these bountiful brews. Bring a growler, a mug and your tastebuds and get ready to sip, gulp and chug your way through the gorgeous Brandywine Valley.
Levante Brewing Company, opened in 2015, is located behind stylish, see-through garage doors in an out-of-the-way industrial park. Levante has a roster of beers that encompass a variety of styles and tastes, including year-round solid ales like The Chief IPA, Norseman English Ale, Pallido Pale Ale and Bianco Belgian Wit. Seasonal and specialty beers such as Chocolate Stout, Ranger Rye and LevantOberfest round out the list.
The tasting room is a place where all are welcome to “elevate the craft.” Hang out at oak picnic tables or strike up a conversation with friendly locals at the bar. Dogs and the game of Jenga are welcome, too. Feeling hungry? Food trucks are almost always parked outside, or head next door on Saturday afternoons to Artisan Exchange to grab a bite to eat.
208 Carter Dr., Ste. 2, West Chester, (484) 999-8761
Once you locate this hidden oasis of suds—it’s off the main drag but well marked once there—pull up a stool in what is a true neighborhood gem. Loud yet cozy and full of laughter, the brewpub finds locals downing pints of dark-as-night Bollocks Bayard Black IPA, fragrant Fool’s Gold and spicy-hopped Kennett Pride.
Kennett Brewing Company’s rotating menu of upscale pub burgers, soups, salads and even kids’ dishes abound. Do not miss—repeat: do not miss—the Mac & Cheese 2 Ways, topped with either fall-apart pulled pork or prosciutto.
109 S. Broad St., Kennett Square, (610) 444-0440
Even if you’re not a beer lover, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant is a cheery, upscale but oh-so-casual spot that has something for everyone. Taps typically flow with Pig Iron Porter, Lodestone Lager and trademarked White Iron Wit, while seasonal sips include TKO IPA, Ryeme or Reason and Overload Stout.
Locations tout consistently rave-worthy menus of creative appetizers, tasty soups, shared plates and hearth-baked pizzas. Locations are notably gluten- and kid-friendly.
3 W. Gay St., West Chester, (610) 738-9600; 130 E. Bridge St., Phoenixville, (610) 983-9333
With three Chester County brewpub locations and distribution channels all over the country, Victory Brewing Company knows how to do it right.
Legendary Victory selections of Hop Devil, Golden Monkey and Storm King Stout are always available. Take advantage of individually crafted menus for each location with standout items like pub burgers, fry specialties and the most amazing hand-tossed pizzas going. Did we mention house-made Victory ice cream?
Visit the Downingtown brewpub, the original location opened in 1996, or make the Parkesburg location a destination and take a self-guided tour of the brewing facility as you learn about hop varieties, brewing techniques and everything from bottling to packaging. You can also swing by Victory’s Kennett Square location for that cozy neighborhood feeling.
420 Acorn Ln., Downingtown, (610) 873-0881; 650 W. Cypress St., Kennett Square, (484) 730-1870; 3127 Lower Valley Rd., Parkesburg, (484) 718-5080
This speakeasy-ish spot founded a year and a half ago is tucked rustically within the east side of West Chester. Overstuffed comfy leather sofas, dark wood accents and retro video games make this a destination that’s not to be missed.
Boxcar’s philosophy is to create easy-drinking “transitional” type ales and bring the craft beer market to beer drinkers otherwise unfamiliar with hand-made brews. Flagship releases include Boxcar Original Ale, Boxcar Brown Ale, Carknocker India Pale Ale and Mango Ginger India Pale Ale. The menu, under the creative direction of chef Andrew Cini, introduces one-of-a-kind house specialties like open-face taquitos, poutine, wings and a must-have shrimp and grits plate.
142 E. Market St., West Chester, (484) 947-2503
One of the area’s heavy-hitters of hoppy libations, McKenzie Brew House has been slingin’ mugs of suds since before craft beer was hip. Experience a clean vibe of flattering dark wood paneling, warm mustard and forest green tones in the brewpub’s approachable spaces.
Great for couples, families and the casual happy hour, McKenzie’s award-winning beer menu has something for everyone. Seasons Changes Session IPA, Saison Vautour Farmhouse Ale and native-named Brandywine Wit flow from the taps.
The inclusive menu is creative, upscale and affordable. Known for creamy soups, crisp salads and Firecracker Wings, the brewpubs also feature several gluten-free dishes and kid-friendly menus.
240 Lancaster Ave., Malvern, (610) 296-2222; 324 W. Swedesford Rd., Berwyn, (610) 407-4300
At Sly Fox, it’s all about the beer. Sly Fox Brewing Company has crafted more than 100 different varieties since its inaugural brew in December 1995. A critically acclaimed year-round lineup and highly anticipated seasonal selections are available in area pubs and on taps in the tasting room in Phoenixville.
Fill a growler with hometown fave Chester County Brown Ale or Helles Golden Lager. Hang out to attack appetizers like Bavarian-style pub pretzels, hummus plates and fried pickle spears before plowing into Fox shrimp alla vodka, big bad four cheese mac & cheese and Jorge’s chicken and shrimp skewers.
520 Kimberton Rd., Phoenixville, (610) 935-4540
Stable 12’s out-of-the-gate newbie brews were literally born in a barn—well, sort of. The brewery is the dreamchild of three brew-loving high school friends, Rick Wolf, Chris Carbutt and Tyler Fontaine. Touted as “from the barn to the bottle—the beer with the kick,” brews are served in an old auto parts store that’s been converted into a relaxing, inviting tasting room.
Stable 12 offers bar bites, brisket and BBQ beans, all of which which pair perfectly with Spiced Winter Stout, Barleywine, West Coast IPA and Munich Helles.
368 Bridge St., Phoenixville, (610) 715-2665
Six craft beer enthusiasts and Oxford residents are the owner/operators of this hometown brewery. Original brews included Devils 9-Ball Pale Ale, Rochambeau Rogue Red Ale, Two Stories Blonde Ale and Cattail Honey Brown Ale, which features eight different malted grains.
Currently, Bog Turtle beers are available to take out in growlers at the brewery and on tap at local establishments. Be sure to check the website on a regular basis to see which of your favorite local restaurants are serving Bog Turtle brews. Currently, Bog Turtle is collaborating with Oxford’s SawMill Grill.
14 S. Third St. #1, Oxford, (484) 758-0416
Consistently a solid producer of award-winning vino, Chaddsford Winery is also serving up a dry, sip-worthy cider. Appropriately named Hard Cider with a proprietary “keep-it-fresh” screw-on cap, the cider is lightly fragrant on the nose with a flavor that’s deep and complex. Pair it with your own snacks, or try one of the gourmet food trucks that frequent this inviting destination as you sit by an outdoor fire enjoying some local music.
632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-6221
Keep a watchful eye this spring for Hollow Earth Brewing, which will be heating things up in Oxford.
Whether for an evening, a long weekend or an extended vacation, discover Chester County, Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Valley and its charming downtowns. We invite you to explore the scenic rolling hills and endless countryside landscapes within this nook of the Philadelphia suburbs and to appreciate our unique attractions (gardens, museums, trails, historic sites), energized restaurant culture, thriving breweries and wineries, specialty shops and farmers’ markets, year-round events and much, much more!