Brew Pubs and Railroads in the Brandywine Valley

In addition to the wonderful wineries of the Brandywine Valley, our region also has many local brewpubs.   You’ll find interesting locations and themes throughout the area.   If you love riding the rails and drinking a local beer you are in luck.  One of our favorite local brewing companies is Boxcar Brewing Company located in West Chester, Pa.  They have several locations and feature food and fun activities at all times of the year.  Coming up is their Ride the Rails Tour where you can drink a beer as you enjoy a nostalgic train ride in a 1930s type of train car  which will take you from West Chester to Glen Mills.Their next tours will be October 15 and October 22 from 5 – 9 PM. at the West Chester Railroad located at E. Market Street.   The price is only $45.00 per person or if you are a non-drinker the price is $25.00.  

Another local Brandywine Valley brewpub is Victory Brewing Company.  In addition to brewing great beers and serving terrific food for lunch and dinner, there are always events to choose from each month.  Coming up September 25 at their Downingtown location you can enjoy their beer garden with over 100 vendors participating.  Then on Sunday, October 8th, get out your lederhosen and dirndl dresse (jeans and a T-shirt are okay too) and make your way to to their Parkesburg location and be instantly transported to Germany for their first annual Octoberfest.  They’ll have classic German food to enjoy with their beer.

A grouping of various brands of beer from Victory Brewing company used as vases for red and yellow flowers

Victory Brewing Company

You can also tour their breweries free of charge.  In Downingtown it is a guided tour and in Parkesburg you’ll enjoy a self guided tour.  For more information on events click here.  Check out their clever use of beer bottles as vases for your flowers at your next picnic.  Best yet is these brewpubs are only 30 minutes from Hamanassett Bed and Breakfast.

Craig LaBan wrote a terrific article on all the best brewpubs in the Philadelphia region which was published in November of 2015 on  To read his complete article  click here.