New breweries and distilleries on move to open in Montgomery County

We recently took a look at the pending licenses in the PLCB database and noticed several breweries and a couple of distilleries under this classification in Montgomery County. We didn’t put any projected opening dates because the pandemic obviously has changed everything and we did not see any recently made projections.

Here is what we found.

Popular Levante Brewing, which was established in 2015 in West Chester, has a pending “storage license” for 14 West Lancaster Avenue in Ardmore. A “storage license” allows breweries to open up to five additional locations away from its main location.

Declaration Distillery has a pending “Distillery” license for 10 East Butler Avenue in Ambler.

Big Chief Brewing has a pending “Brewery” license for 193 Easton Road in Horsham. It is owned by Mark Dashner who describes himself on the brewery’s license as an avid beer geek with 20+ years of experience home brewing.

Norristown is looking to get its first brewery with vonC Brewing Company having a pending “brewery” license for 1210 Stanbridge Street. According to its website, it will be a 20 barrel, 16,000 square foot microbrewery with a 2,500 square foot tasting room, plus an outdoor beer garden. The location is tucked between the state hospital property and the Elmwood Park Zoo.

This is a really interesting one. Morgan Stillhouse has a pending “Distillery” license for the address of 1750 Ashbourne Road in Elkins Park. That address is the Elkins Estate. The license is for building four on the property.

Simple Days Beer has a pending “brewery” license for 226 Main Street in East Greenville.

Amruth Brewing from Pottstown has a pending “brewery storage” license for 7909 High School Road in Elkins Park. The ownership of the brewery also owns two Indian restaurants in Pottstown and Oaks, which is where the beer can be found. According to its website, it is currently rebranding its two existing restaurants under the Amruth Brewing name. The location in Elkins Park is the former Creekside Co-op building.

Samsaric Brewing has a pending “brewery storage” license for 726 West Avenue in Jenkintown. Samsaric Brewing is available at retail locations but doesn’t have a taproom of its own. This looks to be a partnership with Lilly’s, the existing restaurant at this address.

Ship Bottom Brewing, which hails from New Jersey, has a “brewery storage” license for 133 West Main Street in Ambler. This is a partnership with Wake Coffee Roasters, which operates at that location. It will be a beer garden.

Let us know at if we missed anything.

Photo: vonC Brewing Co.