Hop’in Around: New breweries, new adventures

By on September 4, 2019

The hot beer news coming out of Lancaster County last month confirmed the running “rumor” that Collusion Tap Works of York will be making Lititz their second home in the coming-soon Lititz Shirt Factory complex at 5 Juniper Lane. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

In the meantime, Collusion is not the only PA brewer sowing new oats. Here’s a few road trip worthy fresh openings for autumn.

Punch Buggy Brewing opened its doors Thursday, Aug. 8 in Philly at 1445 N. American St. Yes, it’s named after a VW. No, they won’t hit you in the shoulder when you spot their hop-bug logo. At least I don’t think they will. But they do have beer! Punch Buggy offers Smokey Tailpipe smoked porter; Beetle Juice NEIPA; #53, a Hefeweizen; and a blonde, a brown, a stout, and a saison.

Fresh Regulators IPA from Larimer Beer Company. (Courtesy of Larimer Beer Co.)

Even though they just opened on Friday, July 19, you may have heard of The Larimer Beer Company before. Or you may have had some beer brewed by its super-rad owner, Matt “Double Lindy” Lindenmuth, the former vert pro who started Kutztown’s Saucony Creek Craft Brewery in 2013. Larimer was started by Lindenmuth in Colorado and is named after General William Larimer, “a Pennsylvania native who pioneered westward and founded the city of Denver, CO in 1858.”

With the opening of a 3-bbl location at 15 Engle St. in Chester (near the banks of the Delaware River) Larimer now brews in both states. Larimer focuses on artistic representations of sours and IPAs.

Nearby-ish in West Chester is Artillery Brewing, which opened at 1257 Thornbury Road on July 3. How patriotic of them! Billed as a “family-friendly, farm-to-table and farm-to-glass” establishment, the brewery sits on an historic farm dating back to the American Revolution. The opening went so well customers drank all of Artillery’s beer! Owners estimated four times the amount of people showed on opening day spinning the small brewery into an “active inventory-building mode.” It will be safe to stop by sometime in September.

Moving a little bit closer to us (a little bit equals 12 miles: the folks at Doylestown Brewing Co. plan to open a unique venture called Local Tap. Local Tap’s Theresa Modestine hoped to be open by the end of August at 527 S. Broad St. in Lansdale, but work is still ongoing. Local Tap plans to feature approximately 24 regional beers on tap plus local wines, spirits, and coffee.

And the wait in Gettysburg is finally over, Fourscore Beer Co. opened at the end of July and they’ll get a full rundown in Hop’in Around soon. (Psst… Fourscore is an endeavor from the folks who started bringing quality beer to Gettysburg in the first place, Tommy’s Pizza.)

There’s a lot of talk going around the brewing industry about how the market is oversaturated. I’m cautious, but it doesn’t feel like we have a bursting bubble on our hands …not yet.

Cheers and thanks for reading!

Michael C. Upton is a freelance writer specializing in arts and leisure. He welcomes comments at somepromcu@gmail.com and facebook.com/SomebodiesProductions.

Larimer Beer Company’s 99 Problems but a Peach Ain’t One sour ale on the pitch with the Philadelphia Union whose stadium is within walking distance of the brewery (Courtesy of Larimer Beer Co.)

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