by Betsy Natter
Who says you need an official reason like National American Beer Day on Oct. 27 to celebrate beer? With so many local breweries pouring their hand crafted libations, anytime sounds like the right time visit one of these great establishments. Learn about the special qualities of MontCo’s growing industry as we feature many newcomers to the table.
10 Things You may Not Know about MontCo Breweries:
- Montgomery County hosts approximately 9% of the state’s over 300 breweries and PA ranks 6th in the nation for the number of craft breweries per state. With new breweries opening almost every month, more and more communities will have access to handcrafted beer locally.
- Three new breweries have opened locations in MontCo during September 2018 alone! Try out newcomers Workhorse Brewing Co. in King of Prussia, Bald Birds Brewing Company in Aududon and Imprint Beer Company in Hatfield.
- Personal experiences within families have created unique branding in the industry. Some brewers saw the need to provide beer for community members with different abilities and dietary needs. The result? Several breweries have developed unique takes on brewing and what brew pubs look like. Blueprint Brewing Co. is the first in the area to produce gluten free beer along with their regular line. And Perkiomen Valley Brewery, slated to open by the year’s end, is being designed to be a fully accessible taproom that is sensory and mobility friendly.
- Women are holding their own as beer producers and entrepreneurs in a previously predominately male-run industry. Several breweries are owned by women, either wholly or in part – TanneryRun Brewworks and soon to open McAlistair Brewing Co. among them.
- Beer making is not only a craft and art, but also a science. The gentlemen at Well Crafted Beer Co. studied well water chemistry and how it affected the personality of the beers they produce. Great science project results from five college friends!
- There’s more than just food and brews in MontCo’s pubs. From yoga to cornhole, crafting to board game/ trivia nights and brewery tours and classes many pubs offer great extras. For starters, check out Naked Brewing Co. for Sunday Crafternoons in Huntingdon Valley or take at tour at Sly Fox this weekend.
- Brew pubs and tasting rooms use unique spaces. From main street storefronts to warehouses or old auto repair shops, brew masters adapt to unique settings. Renovating old spaces seems to be the way to go for setting up brew tanks and creating warm and inviting spaces for guests. Brothers Kershner Brewing Co. set up shop in a former garage and Ten7 Brewing Company is putting the finishing touches on its own amazing renovation in North Wales.
- Music and Beer go together. Most pubs and tasting rooms frequently feature live music. Taking it one step further the guys at Round Guys Brewery in Lansdale have a weekly podcast (The Original Slacker) and a subterranean music venue called “The Underground” featuring live bands including rock, folk, jazz and drag shows.
- Beer and Food trucks go together. While some brewpubs have kitchens that serve up everything from basic tavern fare to complete meals, some smaller scale operations offer a rotating mix of fare from mobile eateries. Food truck events are increasingly popular and beer is a great accompaniment.
- Beer festivals are everywhere! In 2016, the state relaxed beer and alcohol regulations, allowing more brewers to pour and sell their beers at farmers markets and festivals. This gives smaller breweries that do not yet have a pub or taproom location the ability to get their product out to the public to enjoy. Check back for our fall guide to Beer Festivals and Octoberfests where you can sample and find your favorites from among MontCo’s many great breweries.