Photos courtesy of Brandywine Branch Distillers.
With the success of local distilleries like Phoenixville’s Bluebird Distilling, Pottstown’s Manatawny Still Works and Bristol’s Dad’s Hat, it was only a matter of time before more local libation producers popped up. Brandywine Branch Distillers is the latest to join this burgeoning scene.
Located in Elverson, it has found a pretty prime spot, setting up in 100-year-old barn nestled on an eight-acre property. Its view beyond its sprawling property is equally nice—it sits across from a 130-acre farmland conservancy as well as the Stonewall and French Creek golf courses. The historic barn has a tasting room, bistro and the distillery.
The distillery was founded by brothers Don and Scott Avellino and Riannon Walsh. Don serves as president and CFO, while Scott is the national sales director. Walsh is the managing director of production and the master blender.
Brandywine Branch makes a full range of gins, including four small batch gins reflective of the seasons, which earned praise from the New York Times. The distillery also recently bottled its first bourbon. Guests can get a taste at the bar, which features an elaborate menu of creative cocktails and flights of gin and bourbon.
“We have a gin for every palate,” says Walsh. “Our gins are complex and flavorful, perfect for a cocktail and some are for sipping. There is an enormous range of cocktails that we can create due to botanicals used and flavors present in the gins.”
Brandywine Branch also has an on-site bistro that is currently featuring small plates created from local produce, artisan cheeses, freshly picked orchard fruits, berries and more. The distillery will be opening up its full kitchen on September 8 with an expanded menu.
Brandywine Branch Distillers focuses on farm-to-table fare in the bistro and uses as many local providers as possible. This has led to a collaboration with Chesco favorite The Farm at Doe Run. Around the winter holidays, look for a special Doe Run cheese washed in gin that was barrel-rested in Napa Bordeaux French oak barrels. Brandywine Branch also gives all of its used grain away to local farmers.
Brandywine Branch Distillers products are available at many Main Line and Philadelphia establishments, including The Goat’s Beard, Autograph Brasserie, Paramour, Local Wine & Kitchen, Nectar, Double Knot, Townsend and more.
Current bistro hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 4:30–8:30 p.m., with the bar remaining open until 9:30 p.m. When the full kitchen opens in September, the bistro will be open Wednesdays and Thursdays, too. Tours are scheduled to begin in the fall.
350 Warwick Road, Elverson, (610) 901-3668, www.brandywinebranchdistillery.com