Restaurants

Boxcar to Add Brewpub

Thursday, April 3, 2014 | Boxcar, Local Favorites, New, Restaurants, Up and Coming

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The folks at Boxcar have begun the process of opening their own brewpub in the heart of West Chester. The aim is to provide the community with good beer, fresh local food and adult and kid-friendly entertainment in the form of weekly events, live entertainment on the fully-equipped stage and arcade games. They hope to give the community an environment where they can hold events such as business meetings, parties, or public events.

“The inspiration for the brewpub is rooted in our desire to create a living, breathing space where our passion for beer and the arts can integrate with our community in a meaningful and lasting way,”said Kymberly Robinson, co-owner of Boxcar Brewing Company.

The brewpub, which will be located at 142 E Market st., should be completed by the end of June. Boxcar will provide monthly updates on the progress on their website.

Victory Tours and Brew Pub

Thursday, April 3, 2014 | Local Favorites, Restaurants, Retailers, Sustainable, Victory

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Have you anxiously been waiting for Victory to reopen their tours? Well, wait no further. Not only can you visit the original Downingtown brewery and stop by the pub afterwards for a drink, you can also take a bus from the Downingtown location to tour the new Parkesburg brewery. So whether this would be your first Victory tour, or you’re coming back for a second, third or fourth visit, they’ve got you covered, and it’s just another excuse to visit their brewpub at their Downingtown home.

Tours of the Downingtown brewery are free and available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The twenty minute all-age tour takes you through the brewhouse and fermentation room, and is limited to fifteen people.

There are two 3.5 hour Parkesburg tours each Saturday. Two buses take up to 40 people from the Downingtown location to the new brewery, where you will receive a welcome beer in the catering hall before embarking on a full-guided tour of the entire facility. The tour takes you through the brewhouse, fermentation room, hop cooler, packaging line and more before trying seasonal beer and food pairings. All that, plus you get to leave with a special Parkesburg glass. Tickets cost $58, and this tour is only available to those 21 and over.

And if all that  touring makes you a little hungry and thirsty–or if you’re just in the area–the Victory Brew Pub has a whole array of delicious foods that are made to be perfectly paired with their various brews. Their menu ranges from bar fare with a twist to sandwiches crafted as carefully as their beers to the ever-changing daily menu additions inspired by seasonal foods and beers.

Location:

420 Acorn Lane
Downingtown, PA 19335

Hours:

Brew Pub:

Mon-Sat 11:30am-12am

Sun 11:30am-10pm

Downingtown Tours:

Friday 3pm, 4pm, 5pm

Sat-Sun 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm

Parkesburg Tours:

Saturday 11am-2:30pm, 3pm-6:30pm

More Information on the Tours

Brew Pub Menu

Vintage Bar and Grill in Abington

Thursday, March 20, 2014 | Bars, Local Favorites, Restaurants

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As the weather warms up, you might be looking for someplace that has great outdoor seating. For those in the Abington area, Vintage Bar and Grill has a closed-in outdoor porch that’s perfect for enjoying the weather in a private area. And if you’re looking for someplace to watch the game, they’ve got that covered, too, with several large TVs placed throughout the bar. They serve Victory, Long Trail and more, as well as a wide variety of sandwiches, entrees and mouth-watering appetizers. Black Angus New York Strip steak, Linguini Pescatori, and the Buffalo-style chicken sandwich are all waiting for you to try.

Vintage Bar and Grill

1116 Old York Rd

Abington, PA

Widmer Bros. Brrrbons Party at The Lucky Well

Thursday, February 20, 2014 | Events, Restaurants, Widmer

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On February 25th, there’s a party going down at The Lucky Well with the Widmer Bros’ limited release Barrel-Aged Brrrbons and Maker’s Mark as features. The traditional Barrel-Aged Brrrbon and Ginger will both be available on draft, along with Brr and Old Embalmer. These winter warmers are aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels, imbuing them with sweet, toasty flavors that are sure to keep you warm in these last days of winter. The first 60 people there will receive wax-dipped glasses, and there will be more samples and swag to be had. And as if that’s not enough reason for you to show up, it’s a great chance to try Lucky Well’s delicious barbecue.

Event Details:

Tuesday, February 25th, 6-8pm

The Lucky Well

111 E Butler Ave

Ambler, PA

Harry’s Blue Bell Taproom

Thursday, February 20, 2014 | Bars, Local Favorites, Restaurants, Retailers

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Established just last year, Harry’s Blue Bell Taproom is a rising star in the area. The tap list holds 16 different craft brews, currently featuring Victory Dirtwolf, Tröegs Mad Elf, and Lancaster Milk Stout, as well as many other favorites. The layout of the restaurant focuses around the bar, which has a couple TVs to enjoy–they’ve been watching the Olympic hockey games recently–but don’t make the mistake of not ordering some food while you’re there. Bacon-lovers will love the variety of choices, and everyone will find something new to try. Their menu features a number of unique and novel twists on old favorites: Hawg Wings, an Ribeye Eggroll, and the Kirspey Kremme Burger are just a few examples of this ingenuity. So if you’re looking to try something new to eat paired with a delicious craft brew and laid back atmosphere, be sure to stop by sometime for lunch or dinner.

Hours:

Tuesday-Thursday: 11:30am-11pm

Friday-Sunday: 11:30am-12pm

Location:

736 Dekalb Pike

Blue Bell, PA 19422

Bailey’s Bar and Grill

Thursday, January 23, 2014 | Bars, Restaurants, Retailers

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Bailey’s in Levittown is a favorite of locals looking for great wings and entertainment. Between the food, the beer and the events, it’s hard not to find a reason to stop by here.

The menu serves your usual bar fare, including what have been called the best wings in the area, but also includes high end entrees like NY Strip and Cajun Shrimp. They have a wide variety of beers on draft, as well as for take out, so even if you’re just stopping by for a drink after work you can bring something good home, too.

Live entertainment featuring the best local musicians and the 10ft ultra big screen TV that plays the most exciting games (think Superbowl) ensure that your visit is a cut above the rest.

Location:

6922 Bristol Emilie Road

Levittown, PA 19057

(215) 946-7992

Hours:

Mon-Sat: 10am-2am

Sunday: 11am-2am

Victory’s Expansion

Friday, November 8, 2013 | Beer News, Breweries, Local Favorites, New, Restaurants, Victory

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If you’re a Victory fan, chances are that you heard they were building a new brewery in Parkesburg. Well, they’ve finished construction, and on October 30th, they went with old favorite HopDevil IPA to take the brewery on a test drive. While there are still many steps to be taken before the facility becomes fully operational, this is a huge and exciting milestone.

Lauter tun in the new brewhouse

This is the room under the 1,000 barrel fermentation tanks that tower above the rest of the facility

When the Downingtown brewery was unable to keep up with the growing demand, Co-Founders Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet decided that they needed to expand, meaning they would need a whole new facility. In January 2012, they broke ground on their new 140,000-square-foot facility, which is capable of producing 225,000 barrels a year, over twice the capacity of the Downingtown location. That doesn’t mean Downingtown is out of a job, though. It will be the site for specialty brewing and testing.


Overlooking part of the packaging facility

While tours are not yet available at the new facility, it was built with the idea in mind that visitors would be able to see the heart of the plant. A new brewpub is to be built on site, but that may be a year or so off.

Co-Founder and Brewmaster Ron Barchet explaining the process on exclusive tour of the new brewery.

The new brewery isn’t the only thing going down at Victory, though. Last Friday, they broke ground on a new brewpub, Victory at Magnolia, in Kennett Square. Set to open in early 2014, the 250-seat restaurant will have space for outdoor dining and will serve as the base floor for a four-story apartment complex, Magnolia Place.

Additionally, they are adding yet another new brew to their lineup, Hop Ranch, an Imperial IPA set to debut in December and be available until February. This is the third new release from Victory this year alone. Hop Ranch is a reworking of their popular Liberty Bell Ringer, which was an exclusive at Philadelphia Beer Week this year. It’s a fruity brew with citrus character and mango and pineapple hints.

The Lucky Well

Friday, November 8, 2013 | Bars, Restaurants

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BBQ has a tendency to bring a lot of loud opinions with it. Everyone’s got their favorite recipes and methods that they swear are the best, the only way. But when it’s a finalist from Food Network Star, you know you’ve really got something special. Chad Rosenthal opened The Lucky Well in Ambler a few months ago, and its popularity has just grown ever since. It combines delicious comfort foods like St. Louis pork ribs, poutine, and mac&cheese with top-rate organic ingredients, a hip atmosphere and a high quality, diverse bar menu.

Every dish is made with the utmost care and consideration, with delicious twists on old favorites. Take the deviled eggs; they’ve got burnt ends, fresh horseradish and smoked paprika to give them an edge over the competition. The food is what really sells it, but the relaxed but still refined ambiance–think communal seating in a high class joint–polishes this incredible restaurant. Rosenthal himself has a habit of coming out to chat with patrons and take pictures, and the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable.

Best to make a reservation, as seating is limited.

The Lucky Well

111 E. Butler Ave,

Ambler, PA

(215) 646-4242

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Montella’s Sports Bar & Pub

Thursday, October 10, 2013 | Bars, Restaurants

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Opened in the summer of 2010, Montella’s is only a couple years old, but has quickly become a Lansdale favorite. This restored building features of 40 seat bar with 16 different taps that hold the best local brews as well as national names. Twenty-seven high definition TVs spot the bar and dining room for easy viewing and to make sure you see the game you want. And in warmer weather, there’s an outdoor dining area.

The menu includes all the bar food favorites, including potato skins, wings and burgers, as well as ribs, salads and hoagies and wraps. Weekdays feature specials on food and drink (Thursdays is $1 off all craft beers), and they feature the hottest crafts on tap, such as Victory Dirtwolf, Long Trail Brown Bag Series, Ithaca Flower Power and Magic Hat #9. The friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere of this bar make it the perfect place to take a break any evening.

Additional Information:

Website

25 S Broad St

Lansdale, PA 19446

215-855-3900

Congratulations to Prism Brewing: Best Brewpub in Philly Hotlist Awards

Thursday, September 26, 2013 | Bars, Breweries, Local Favorites, Prism, Restaurants

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Prism Brewing Company’s brewpub in North Wales, PA has won Best Brewpub in the Philly Hot List Awards!

Their taproom was voted best among the area’s fine brewpubs by locals on PHL 17′s Philly Hotlist website. What sets it apart from the competition is the wide array of brews available and the consistent stream of fun events. Not only do they have their year-round brews on tap at all times, but they always have something special that you can’t get anywhere else. They also have great drink specials, local wine, a unique karaoke night (where all you have to do to stop the song is buy the singer a drink), and a whole array of bar food (including a sizable hot dog list).

So head on over and raise a glass to their fine establishment. They’re open 7 days a week, and always have something going on.

Contact and Hours:

810 Dickerson Rd
North Wales, PA 19454
(267) 613-8572

Monday – Thursday: 4PM to Midnight

Friday/Saturday: Noon to 2 AM

Sunday: Noon to 10 PM

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