The latest brewery to open in Phoenixville, joining the recently opened Crowded Castle, is officially opening its doors this Tuesday. Root Down Brewing company is joining a Phoenixville scene that is quickly becoming quite the destination. The town now boasts five breweries: the aforementioned, as well as Iron Hill, Sly Fox, and Stable 12. Later this year, they’ll also be joined by a new Conshohocken Brewery outpost. There’s also Bluebird Distilling and a pair of wineries.
We stopped by Root Down this weekend for a preview of the incredible space. The old root beer factory, and at one point playhouse, has been completely transformed into a massive brewpub. The graffiti-laden brewery boasts an extremely large bar and ample seating for any size crowd. The service is extremely casual as the staff consists of wandering-bartenders, rather than servers, easing any pressure of taking a table just to drink. You can wait for a bartender to come to you for your next round, or just walk up to the bar and grab a drink yourself. For those looking for food, they have a kitchen window serving up freshly smoked BBQ. Guests can walk up to the window counter at any time to order food, which will then be dropped off wherever they’re seated when it’s ready. One tab can stay open and be accessed by the entire staff.
The official opening is Tuesday, June 20th at 4:00. After that, the hours will be:
The opening tap list has a heavy focus on hops but offers some diversity with the appearance of a rarely seen altbier. Here’s the full list:
Gaia Farmhouse Ale
Three Legged Rabbit Alter
Stay Gold Saison
Slag American Pale Wheat
Flux Unfiltered American IPA
Bine American IPA
New Beginnings American Pale Ale
Soul Belgian Wit
Here’s a look inside the brewery:
written by John Henry Scott
This spring heralds the arrival of Root Down Brewing, the latest addition to Phoenixville’s bustling brewery community which currently includes Iron Hill, Stable 12, and Sly Fox. Root Down will be located at 1 N. Main St, an old warehouse historically significant to the area. 1 N. Main was constructed in 1910 and was originally the Savoy Theater. Later in the building’s life, it became a manufacturing plant for Hire’s Root Beer and Orange Crush.
“Because of the great history the building as a landmark of Phoenixville, we made it our mission to keep the inside original and reuse all the original wood and steel to build our tap house,” said Mike Hamara, co-owner of Root Down.
Root Down will be brewing on a 17bbl brew house from Simplified Stainless Solutions. Hamara plans to brew with a balance of traditional and contemporary styles. Brewers will include Harama and Steve Bischoff, formerly of Sly Fox. Harama’s brewing experience comes from Artisan Home Brew, a beer and wine cultivation supply store in Downingtown which Hamara opened in 2009.
The food menu at Root Down is centered around smoked meat and BBQ style plates. However, vegetarian and vegan options will be available. Chef John Walsh has been in the restaurant industry for over 20 years and was formerly the head chef at the West Chester Comcast headquarters.
Hamara maintains that the working environment at Root Down is more about the team as a whole rather than the individual. “We’re like Ocean’s Eleven,” he said.
With the addition of Root Down and Crowded Castle Brewery coming later this year, Phoenixville is becoming quite a destination for craft beer drinkers. Blue Bird Distilling and a couple of wineries are also located in town. Time to start making weekend plans for Spring.