Day Trips: Pa. Breweries
I recently found myself with a free weekend. That’s right — no obligations, nowhere to be — just uninterrupted free time. This seemed like the perfect recipe to take a little beer adventure down to the Exton, Pa. area. This quick 1-hour drive on the turnpike had one purpose: reaching Victory Brewing Company. But it wouldn’t be an adventure if we went straight there! Instead we added two other great beer stops along the way.
The first stop on our short tour was Sly Fox Brewing in Phoenixville. Fun fact: my 500th beer was a Sly Fox Phoenix Pale Ale. Recently, Sly Fox changed from bottling to canning their brews, which is right up my alley. Sly Fox has two locations – the original in Phoenixville and a second in Pottstown. While there, I enjoyed their Nihilist Russian Imperial Stout with my lunch (Greek salad and French onion soup) and a Black Raspberry Reserve for dessert.
The next point of interest is a spot I had been wanting to check out for a few years: The Drafting Room. Located in Exton, The Drafting Room is known for their food as well as an exceptional beer selection. Customers rave about their Sunday brunch, and it had been my mission to get down there to check it out as soon as possible.
It was exciting to pop in here for some brews as the selection of beers towards Philadelphia is quite different than what we get up here in Harrisburg. I was delighted to find Boulder Brewing Obovoid Stout on the hand pump and a favorite from home, DuClaw Sweet Baby Jesus.
Our final destination was Victory Brewing Company. As I’ve said before, Victory’s Golden Monkey was possibly the first craft beer I’ve ever tasted, so I was happy to make the pilgrimage to where it all began. Victory is also known as the unofficial representative beer of Pennsylvania. Unfortunately I had a bit of a cold starting, and by the time I got to Victory and I was beginning to lose my sense of taste. I opted for yet another stout, this time Storm King, just to be sure I had a beer flavorful enough to cut through my cold. Victory is also well known for their food, especially their hearth-fired pizzas.
No thanks to my cold, we had to head home after just one beer at Victory. All-in-all it was a great short day trip with some even better beers.