Like so many carbonation bubbles in a pint of beer, you cannot keep the Greater Philadelphia brew scene down.
Despite the pandemic, 2020 and early 2021 saw a dozen new breweries tap their kegs for the first time in the five-county region. That included refreshing pivots from craft-beer pioneers (Iron Hill’s Brewery & TapHouse in Exton), homebrewers making the leap to professional brewing (Wrong Crowd Beer, Simple Days Beer), can releases from Philadelphia’s first Black-owned craft brewery (Two Locals), and three new spots in Philadelphia: Attic Brewing Company (Germantown), New Ridge Brewing Co. (Roxborough) and Human Robot Brewery (Kensington).
And since March 2021, the region has welcomed nine more new or expanded spots, from Free Will Brewing’s latest regional location (this time in the lobby of a movie theater) to Meyers Brewing Company and its dairy-influenced glassware to von C Brewing Company’s embrace of Philly’s 19th-century brewing history.
For the rest of 2021 and beyond, Philadelphia and the Countryside’s lengthy craft beer trail is set to grow even longer. Craft beer fans can look forward to checking out Victory Brewing Company’s massive new taproom right on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Cartesian Brewing’s new spot opposite of Pat’s and Geno’s, Forest & Main Brewing Company’s upgrade to two (!) new Ambler spots and more.
Remember, too, that Greater Philadelphia is overflowing with things to do both before and after a brewery visit, making craft beer just one facet of a great day or weekend with family and friends in Philadelphia and the Countryside. Below, we’ve namechecked can’t-miss museums and attractions, excellent trails and parks, or acclaimed eats nearby each new brewery.
Of course, visiting a brewery looks a little different in Greater Philadelphia these days. Businesses in Philadelphia require proof of vaccination or mask-wearing at all indoor public spaces. Guidelines for businesses in the four surrounding counties — Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery — vary. Your best bet: Call ahead or check online to get a better sense of what to expect before you go, and get more information about Greater Philadelphia and COVID-19 here.
Read on for a guide to new and coming-soon craft breweries in Greater Philadelphia, joining the 90-plus breweries that already call the Philly area home.