We love to see growth in the Delco food and beverage arenas, and we’re particularly enamored when it means we can update our Delco brew scene and Delco beer garden blogs with the good news!
There’s no shortage of excitement as we pop into a unique blendery and barrel house, a beer garden tucked away among orchards and shops, an old favorite that now boasts a full-service restaurant, a brewery that caters to local football … er … soccer fans and a good, old-fashioned pandemic success story.
Photo by Ship Bottom Blendery & Barrel House
Ship Bottom Brewery does it again locally, this time with the Blendery & Barrel House in Swarthmore, which opened in February 2022. It’s under the direction of Madame de la Barrel + Brewer Hannah Gohde, and she’s blending up sours, saisons and other projects, in addition to Ship Bottom’s stalwarts. Why blendery? Because the wort is brought in from Ship Bottom’s main production facility and blended in barrels in Swarthmore. Expect yard games, look for food trucks and ask about the hard seltzer blending options, too. Open Wednesday and Thursday from 4 – 9 p.m., Friday from 4 to 11 p.m., Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.
Photo by Ship Bottom Beer Garden at Linvilla Orchards
Ship Bottom’s Beer Garden at Linvilla Orchards in Media has been going strong since 2018. You can pair its brews with food truck goodies or something from the Farm Market or Linvilla Grill. Depending on the time of year, limited first come, first serve seating is warmed by fire pits and patio heaters. To keep it friendly to everyone, pets are not permitted in the Beer Garden. Hours are weather dependent, so hope for good weather on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.!
Blendery & Barrel House, 5 Park Ave., Swarthmore, (610) 467-5804.
Beer Garden at Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media; call Linvilla Orchards for more info: (610) 876-7116.
Photo by 2SP Tap House
When Aston’s own 2SP Brewing Company and Delaware’s Two Stones Pub decide to next-level it, they next-level it! The 2SP Tap House seats 135, with a gorgeous 20-seat, 12-tap bar. There’s no brewing on site, but be sure to ask about the select beers that are aging at the Tap House. The food menu is elevated pub grub, with everything from spent grain and cheddar beerscuits to bulgogi flank steak. Indulge in sandwiches, salads, smash burgers and a kids menu. Bonus: Pups are permitted on the patio! Open Wednesday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; closed Monday and Tuesday.
95 Wilmington-West Chester Pike, Chadds Ford, (484) 840-8736.
Photo by The Larimer Beer Co.
A Major League Soccer stadium filled with beer-loving fans? Sounds like opening a brewery within walking distance would be a good idea! That’s just what company founder and homebrewer Matt Lindenmuth, a former X Games athlete, and his business partner, Darin Urbaczewski, did in 2019. Lindenmuth originally started the company in Denver — hence the homage to Denver’s founder, Gen. William Larimer, a Pennsylvania ex-pat himself — but wanted to get back to his Pennsylvania roots. Luckily for Philadelphia Union fans, he opted for Chester! A recent tap list tempted with lagers, an ale, a dark mild, a NEIPA, a porter and more — a nice mix! Open Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. (sometimes later, watch its Facebook and Instagram) for all Philadelphia Union home games.
15 Engle St., Chester, (484) 480-3918.
When homebrewer turned pro brewer Ross Fritz realized his dream by opening Four Fingers Brewery Co. in January 2020 he, like the rest of us, had no idea what was just ahead. Happily, the brewery survived the pandemic shutdowns and has thrived. It grew from a year-round outdoor area complete with fire pits to include a cozy indoor spot. Choose from 10 beers on tap and enjoy freshly made barbecue. Open Friday from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
4500 Aston Mills Rd., Aston, (610) 241-1212.
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