The Brandywine Valley is a destination region for many reasons, whether it is history buffs descending on the Brandywine Battlefield or nature lovers making a pilgrimage to Longwood Gardens or the many nature trails in the area. Over the years, it’s also become a destination for wine lovers who have followed the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail to the top-notch wineries of the area. As we approach 2015, craft beer is yet another reason to make the trek to the region.
Craft beer is currently at its apex in 2014. Cities and regions nationwide are getting into the movement, with breweries and brewpubs sprouting up in bunches and beer-centric events are planned at a feverish pace. The beautiful Brandywine Valley town of Kennett Square, Pa., is one of these places and in 2015 will become a destination for craft beer lovers everywhere, thanks to borough officials passing an ordinance allowing brewpubs and brew houses.
Already known for its famous Brewfest every October (as well as being Mushroom Capital of the World), Kennett has long been a place to visit for its unique restaurants. Examples of this are Talula’s Table (with its year-in-advance waiting period) and Half Moon Saloon and Restaurant (with its wild game food selections). Joining the ranks of these great restaurants will be two craft breweries. A third gastropub that focuses on its eclectic beer menu, a self-proclaimed “temple for beer”, has been opened for about a year.
The wildly popular Victory Brewing Company, based out of Downingtown, Pa., has chosen Kennett Square as the location to open up a second brewpub, called Victory at Magnolia. It is set to open in early 2015 and will be located on the bottom floor of a four-story luxury apartment building. Victory is a nationally recognized beer, so the Kennett location will give beer aficionados another location in which to enjoy its suds.
Also joining the downtown scene will be Kennett Brewing Company, set for a fall 2014 opening, per its website. Started by two couples, the brewpub will brew its on beer on site as well as boast a menu of taproom food. It will be located in downtown Kennett Square on Broad Street.
The popular Delaware craft beer haven Two Stones Pub also joined the Kennett Square beer party and chose it as its third location, which opened up in November, 2013. Two Stones Pub, billed as a “temple for beer”, has 20 rotating craft brew taps and a menu of food that is completely unique, featuring such items as duck confit tacos, foie gras burgers and a different daily creation of macaroni and cheese.
With these openings in 2014, Kennett Square has officially made itself a beer destination. With the craft brew names coming into town, who knows who else will join the party in 2015?