Philly Beer Week Primer

Plus, four fresh watering holes.

>> BEER AND THE HARD STUFF: Downtown Phoenixville welcomes two new alcohol producers. Stable 12 Brewing Company is debuting at 368 Bridge St. with an opening tap list that includes an IPA, a double IPA, a pale ale, a wheat, a stout and an imperial stout. 

At the nearby Bluebird Distilling (100 Bridge St.), Jared Adkins (pictured) specializes in small-batch spirits crafted with local ingredients. To start, look for vodka, gin, white rye, and a four-grain bourbon whiskey—all produced 750 gallons at a time.

>> GET YOUR DRINK ON: Philly Beer Week, the largest celebration of its kind in the country, runs May 29-June 7. It features hundreds of festivals, dinners, tours, pub crawls, tastings and meet-the-brewer nights, both within city limits and in the suburbs. Get a full event guide at

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>> FRESH WATERING HOLES: Two new drinking (and eating) establishments are slated to open this summer in West Chester. Backed by Barnaby’s owner Frank Herron, Saloon 151 (151 W. Gay St.) is coming to the former home of Mustard Greens. Expect a heavy whiskey-and-beer program, plus a full menu. Split Rail Tavern is coming to the old Alibis location (15 N. Walnut St.) with a wide range of libations.

Our Best of the Main Line & Western Suburbs Party is July 25!