Great things come to those who wait and Braeloch Brewing has finally announced a soft opening on March 1, followed by a grand opening the weekend of March 8.
The brewery has been years in the making. Owners Kent and Amy Steeves and Matt and Kathy Drysdale gutted a historic building in Kennett Square, working to maintain its architectural integrity, to bring their vision to life. “Getting a dedicated water supply and sprinkler system took several months and blending the history of the building with an updated casual vibe was high on our list of goals,” explains Kent Steeves.
The 4,000 square-foot tap room is accented by stylistic whitewashed brick walls and a large brewery logo and features stone-sealed flooring, community tables, booths and a whimsical serpentine bar designed by Kent’s brother, Brett.
Located a stone’s throw from the already successful Creamery, the Braeloch team feels that southern Chester County is solidifying its mark as a beer lovers destination. “We wanted to create a space where people could relax, converse, play games and enjoy quality brew with exceptional food,” Kent adds.
The brewery host food trucks and catering until the onsite kitchen is up and running in spring. Expect shareable gourmet cuisine, plus entrees.
The 10-barrel microbrewery will initially pour from six active taps (with six more in the wings):
- 33rd Marc Cream Ale, a classic cream ale perfect for anyone new to craft beer.
- Sassy Saison, a pale ale with a bit of a fruity sweetness that finishes dry with a hint of bitterness from the rye malt and hops.
- Blue Hen Gold New England IPA has a nice head, a little bit of haze and not too much bitterness.
- Kennett Brown Ale, a medium bodied ale with some chocolate malt sweetness and a touch of hop bitterness.
- Birch Street Porter, an American Porter with a rich and creamy mouthfeel and a dryer finish.
- Meddling Russian Imperial Stout. Don’t let the name fool you—it’s a nice warming beer perfect for cold winter weather.
In addtion to brews, Braeloch will offer local wines from Penns Woods Winery and anticipates having ciders and spirits in the future.
Grand opening weekend will feature brewery tours, live music and giveaways. Giant Jenga and corn hole will keep the crowds engaged with custom-built tabletop shuffleboard coming this summer.
225 Birch St., Kennett Square.