Following the success of small batch breweries situated along the Main Line and its surrounding suburbs, including Ardmore’s Tired Hands Brewing Co. and Ambler’s Forest & Main Brewing Co., more and more wide-eyed brewers are sinking their roots into the brewing industry of greater Philadelphia.
The latest micro operation we’re fanatically drinking up is Phoenixville’s Armstrong Ales, a brewing project backed by homebrewer-turned-pro Steve Armstrong. Situated in the industrial park off of Hollingsworth Drive (off of Route 23, behind Shoppes at Valley Forge shopping center), the one-man brewery began production early 2013, with the headquarters hosting a five-tap tasting room.
When asked about the style focus for his signature craft beers, Steve replied, “I just want to make good beer that people enjoy. I want to introduce people to good beer, and I have a style of beer for every taste—sweeter styles, those that are more dry; a gamut of it all.”
Although partial to his Scotch Ale and anything malt-heavy, Armstrong’s broad beer arsenal hosts an impressive range of styles and flavor profiles. From his citrusy, Galaxy-hopped Scrupulous Lupulus IPA (which he “can’t keep on tap—ever”), to his semi-sweet, biscuity Old Tosser ESB, the funky, floral Guepe Colere Saison, the sharp and roasty Bold Thady Quill Irish Stout, and so many more, it’s his eccentric mix of ever-changing releases that is providing a new twist to Chester County’s brewing culture.
Tasting flights and pints are available at Armstrong Ales’ tasting room, as well as growler fills. Soon, Armstrong’s signature IPA will be available on tap at Phoenixville’s Bistro on Bridge and at Limerick’s Craft Ale House.
For up-to-date details on just-tapped releases and Armstrong Ales’ appearances, visit the nanobrewery at facebook.com/ArmstrongAles.