by Matthew Brasch
A pristine sky and a refreshing breeze provided the perfect weather for the 14th annual Brandywine Valley Craft Brewers’Festival on Saturday, May 17, 2014. Considered by many to be one of the best festivals around Philadelphia, over 20 craft brewers from the area set up tents outside Iron Hill Brewery in Media and served their creations to a large, but not uncomfortable, crowd of craft brew fans. All proceeds from the event went to the Media Youth Center, a nonprofit organization located in Media that serves 1,500 youth every year through it’s basketball clinics, summer camps, film production and robotics programs.
The sunny weather and the live music made the day perfect for sampling brews – especially the fresh summer styles on draft including Victory Summer Love, Lancaster Kolsch, Rivertowne Pineapple Ale, and Berliner Weisse from Round Guys, Iron Hill, and Nodding Hill. One of the region’s newest breweries, Conshohocken Brewing Company, showcased its Hale Fire Red Lager and Golden Ale. Iron Hill offered over ten different selections, including its GABF-winning Bourbon Wee Heavy and Bedotter. Iron Hill’s White IPA, brewed with Belgian Witbier yeast, was also refreshing in the spring sun.
Iron Hill brought their kitchen outside to offer fest-goers cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and BBQ pork sandwiches, and pretzel necklaces were sold to raise additional proceeds for the Media Youth Center. The food, music, weather and fantastic varieties of beer made certain that the Brandywine Valley Craft Brewers’Festival did not disappoint. If you weren’t there, make sure you put it on your calendar for next year!