Levante Brewing Company Elevates the Craft Experience With Beer and Dogs

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The tasting room at Levante Brewing in West Chester.

Dogs and beer have one trait in common—they just make life better. So when I heard that Levante Brewing Company allows dogs in their taproom, I had to go. It isn’t often that I can put my dog, Wyoming, on her leash and head out to get beers with my friends, so to say I was excited is an understatement.

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First Look: Victory Parkesburg Brewpub Is Now Open

The brewpub at the Victory Brewing Co. in Parkesburg | All photographs by Bradley Maule

The brewpub at the Victory Brewing Co. in Parkesburg | All photographs by Bradley Maule

Now that the owners of Victory Brewing have unveiled their newest brewery and restaurant to the public (it opened today for lunch), beer fans can eat, drink and learn at the biggest and most eco-friendly of their two brewery and three brewpub locations. Two years after beginning to brew out of Parkesburg, in Chester County, visitors can finally tour the EPA-approved brewery and relax at the two-story pub part of the brewpub that captivates the eye with 350 seats and a whole lot of reclaimed wood.

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Main Line Monday: Berwyn Farmhouse Property Gets $200K Price Cut

TREND images via Zillow/BHHS Fox & Roach-Wayne

TREND images via Zillow/BHHS Fox & Roach-Wayne

Originally listed in April for $2,199,000, this colonial farmhouse in Willistown Township got a crisp $200k axed off its price a few months ago. The rustic residence, which is minutes from the shops in Malvern and Paoli, comes with a detached carriage house apartment and workshop (plus two garage bays) and a small barn with storage space and garage.

Nestled in Radnor Hunt country, the Berwyn home’s surrounds complement the “country” charm of its interior, starting with its vaulted post & beam-ceilinged family room, reclaimed pine floors, and cherry millwork. Its kitchen is a lovely two-story thing with birds-eye maple cabinets, radiant heated stone floors, and granite counters. Its also stock with brand gourmet appliances, including, but not limited to, two Bosch dishwashers, Marvel wine fridge, and SubZero fridge and freezer drawers.

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Farmhouse Friday: Swingtail Farm in Coatesville Vaunts Access to Riding Trails

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

Before we start, can we just comment on how cute the name is? Turns out Swingtail Farm, a 33-acre residential estate surrounded by an additional 30,000 acres of conserved Cheshire Hunt Country space, has quite the suitable title: it claims an eight-stall barn, four sizable pastures, all of which are fenced, and has access to a panoply of riding trails. Lots of swinging horse tails ’round there for sure!

On the homo sapiens side of things, the main house has television and music rooms, with the former boasting a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace like the family room. High ceilings (the master suite boasts a vaulted one) and views of the enclosing woods are throughout. Outside are a machine shed and garage with an overhead apartment, plus, in-ground pool, which from this angle makes the home look more resort-y than sporty. Specs and photos below.

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Farmhouse Friday: Woodsy Newtown Square Home Includes “Party Loft” Barn

TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach.

TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach.

We never forgot the old Belgrave Farm estate in Newtown Square, what with it being a thirty-six acre expanse with the Ridley Creek stream running through it and all. (Even has a pond and waterfall, y’all!) But last we wrote about it, the lush property was listed for a whopping $7.95 million, a fact we have now discovered has changed.

Reduced to $7.65 million this past spring, we’re guessing the rustic Chester County residence will grab the attention of a slightly larger pool of would-be homebuyers. Fortunately for them, it’s doubtless they’ll be disappointed: a long tree-lined driveway leads up to the restored 200-year-old stone farmhouse, which vaunts some newer addition from Peter Zimmerman Architects. The house overlooks the street and coms with a barn nestled nearby.

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Former Sunoco CEO’s Malvern Estate Includes Helipad, Riding Trails

Photo credit: HunterReed.com

Photo credit: HunterReed.com

Once a private who’s who hub springing forth in the form of swanky political fundraisers, elaborate social events, and exclusive VIP gatherings, the Radnor Hunt estate in Malvern awaits its next lavish era: the nearly 30-acre Main Line property is listed for $4.75 million.

The estate, an expansive plot enclosed by hundreds of acres of conservation land, was previously the home of former Sunoco Chairman and CEO Robert McClements Jr. Naturally, we’d love to share interior shots of the stone and cedar main house and its architecturally consistent guest cottage, but unfortunately, photos have yet to be available.

That being said, the grounds care taker does allude to the luxe ambience of the space in recalling how guests of the McClements soirées would frequently arrive and depart by helicopter thanks to the estate’s grass helipad. (No doubt this was faster than the 25-30 minute drive between Radnor Hunt and Center City.) What’s more is the property claims a half-mile long gated lane leading up to the home – can you imagine the line of high-end cars waiting to reach the entrance of one of those ritzy private parties?

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Farmhouse Friday: Chester County Barn Home, Animal Rescue Site For Sale

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

Some five years ago, Julia Altman purchased a farm property in Unionville, Chester County. The site, it appears, was meant to be her personal residence, but as she explains in a 6ABC feature from earlier this year, it quickly morphed into something so much more than a home after she took in a couple of dogs: “It grew and grew and eventually, we built this kennel here and now it’s kind of busting out.”

Oh, don’t worry. With the help of several volunteers and more than six acres at its disposal, Greenmore Farm (or Greenmore Farm Animal Rescue as it’s known ’round those parts), has served as a safe haven for pets and farm animals without a home to call their own. And while Altman is only relocating the rescue, let’s hope cuties like Brodie, HazelRemy, and Gus and Guthrie, to name a few, get adopted soon enough!

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Eat Junto’s Best of Philly Winning Fish for a Good Cause

Junto's smoked sturgeon

Junto’s smoked sturgeon

The August full moon is known as a “Sturgeon Moon” as historically native Americans found it the best time to catch sturgeon in the Great Lakes and on Lake Champlain.

And now, MacGregor Mann of Junto will be donating a portion of each Best of Philly winning sturgeon dish sold to the Delaware Riverkeeper Network.

The sustainable-farm raised sturgeon dish is smoked on Alder wood with romanesco, fermented celery root, watercress, lemon verbena and white wine emulsion. The dish at the Chaddsford restaurant is $30.

Atlantic sturgeon were once plentiful on the Delaware River, although now less than 300 spawning adults from the Delaware River’s distinct genetic line of Atlantic sturgeon remain. Learn more about Atlantic sturgeon here.

The donation will continue as long as the sturgeon dish is on the menu, which hopefully isn’t going anywhere.

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Farmhouse Friday: West Chester Barn Converted Into Magnificent Residence

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

We don’t mean to play favorites here, but if we just had to choose a home on the Wyllpen Farm residential development to stand above the rest, it would definitely be this one. See, unlike its “newly” constructed neighbors, which were built between 1986 and 2000, this unique residence is a 175-year-old converted barn home outfitted with modern upgrades and balanced with original details.

Just looking at the photos gives you a sense of its original function, with hand-hewn beams and hayloft ladders all still present, as are the built-in bookshelves and beehive pillars. As mentioned earlier, though, it’s also been updated, these changes including remodeled upstairs bathrooms, butler’s pantry with wet bar and wine fridge, and an open kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite tops. Outside, all the outdoor lighting and landscaping got a redesign in 2011.

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