7 Craft Breweries to Visit by Bike, According to Philly Cyclists

Whether you’re going on a short, leisurely ride or pedaling out to the ‘burbs, finish your route at these Philly-area breweries.

These seven Philly-area breweries are easy to access by bike. / Photograph of Conshohocken Brewing Company, taken by Laura Brzyski in 2019.

With plenty of trails to explore, the Philadelphia area is perfect for both cruising paved paths and rugged training over hills and dirt. Regardless of your preferred terrain, all that pedaling calls for a refreshing post-ride brew. Although the Philly region spoils us with so many breweries, some of them are easier to access by two-wheeler than others, especially during coronavirus times, when biking is rising in popularity.

That’s why we chatted with a few local cyclists who have led — or have participated in — brewery rides to find out the best ones to visit by bike. While you’re visiting and on the trails, be sure to take COVID-19 precautions. And folks, make sure to save the drinking for the end of your ride. If you can’t, give yourself ample time before hitting the road, as cycling (like driving) under the influence is prohibited by state law.

Conshohocken Brewing Company

739 East Elm Street, Conshohocken

Conshohocken Brewing Company is a beer-loving cyclist’s dream. Situated right off the Schuylkill River Trail, the brewery and tap room’s original location is “about a 12-mile ride from Center City, perfect for a light workout rewarded by a beer,” says Jonas Oesterle, a tour guide for Philly Bike Tour Company. Conshohocken Brewing Company features 10 taps and a menu of snacks (think: small bites and hot dogs) plus an outdoor deck overlooking the trail and bike parking. You might even consider the tap room’s curbside pickup for four packs and kegs to bring your loot home for some post-ride revelry. Even better: The brewery is dog-friendly, so bring your furry companion in a bike cargo trailer.

 

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Forest and Main Brewing Company

61 North Main Street, Ambler

If you’re looking to venture a bit farther by way of the Wissahickon, aim to land at Forest and Main Brewing Company in Ambler. Though Forest and Main’s neighboring Victorian pub and NewSpace are currently closed, the brewery is offering pickup Saturday mornings at the Ambler Farmers Market just a minute’s ride away. This one’s for early risers, as pickup times at the market range from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Jeff Appeltans, founder and owner of GoCycling, suggests biking Forbidden Drive until you get out to Northwestern Avenue. “As you continue on, you’ll meander through Fort Washington,” Appeltans says. “On your route toward the Green Ribbon Trail, give yourself a break and make a pit stop at Forest and Main.” From there, head south for three blocks on North Main Street and hang a right onto West Butler Pike to find the farmers market. Be sure to order in advance online and have your order number available when you arrive.

 

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Manayunk Brewing Company

4120 Main Street, Manayunk

Manayunk Brewing Company is located at the southern end of the Manayunk Canal Towpath, which is part of the greater Schuylkill River Trail. According to Oesterle, a trip to the brewery is good for bikers from various Philly locations. “It could be a quick, four-mile ride from Center City, or a nice, longer ride (about 18 miles) from Valley Forge or the western suburbs.” Once there, head to the outdoor patio with views of the Schuylkill to enjoy a brew of your choice — the tap list features everything from IPAs to sours — and a dish off the extensive food menu.

 

 

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Root Down Brewing Company

1 North Main Street, Phoenixville

Appeltans, who has led several bike rides during past Philly Beer Weeks, raves about Phoenixville, as it’s easily accessible from Valley Forge Park. “[The town is] great for beer tours. It’s a destination location where you don’t even have to get on main roads.” He recommends hitting Root Down, which is feet from the Schuylkill. The brewery’s vibe is historic meets urban with exposed brick, high ceilings, graffitied walls, and Wu Tang-esque playlists. For an option with outdoor seating, it’s a three-minute trail ride along French Creek to the Root Down Biergarten, located at Uncle B’s southern-style barbeque. Not only are Root Down’s beers refreshing, but both the brewery and the biergarten are open seven days a week.

 

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Tonewood Brewing

215 West Clinton Avenue, Oaklyn, New Jersey

Maybe you’re tired of trail-riding and need something more concrete (pun intended). Appeltans advocates pedaling across the Ben Franklin to get to Tonewood in South Jersey. About a 40-minute ride from Center City, the route to the 15-barrel brewhouse is actually fairly easy to navigate. Appeltans’ route looks like this: Cross the Ben Franklin Bridge into Camden and follow the perimeter of the Campbell Soup Company complex along Pine Street until you reach Magnolia Street. Make a left on Park Boulevard and take that to Kaighn Avenue, then turn left down to the Cooper River. After crossing the bridge, make a right onto North Park Drive, cross Route 130, and stay right over the bridge to continue onto South Park Drive. Take that to Browning Road until you hit Newton Lake Drive. Make a right, then left onto Route 30. Tonewood will be a few blocks away on your right. The brewery is currently offering a to-go only service at its garage door, so be prepared to bring the goods along for a ride.

Yards Brewing Company

500 Spring Garden Street, Northern Liberties

Yards is a consistent favorite among Philly cyclists, including Lucas Drecksage, co-owner of Philadelphia Bikesmith and national cycling organization Bikes and Beers. Although you’ll have to navigate city streets, the Northern Liberties brewery and taproom is worth all the potholes you’ll likely encounter. Yards has bike racks and patio outdoor seating, so chain up wherever you prefer before enjoying a tasting flight or refueling with a dish from the pub-style menu. Thursday through Sunday, swing around to the BackYard for a limited beer and food menu beneath the brewery’s new tent — just make sure to obey COVID-19 social distancing regulations while you’re there.

 

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Love City Brewing Company

 1023 Hamilton Street, Callowhill

Okay, so this is our pick. Just a five-minute ride from Yards, Love City will have your beer and booze desires satisfied with a menu that also includes cocktails, wine, and cider. Sate your munchies with kettle chips or pho-flavored beef jerky at the brewery’s sidewalk seating, open Thursday through Sunday, or head to the Spring Arts Beer Garden, formerly known as Love City’s parking lot. The Beer Garden unites Love City and two nearby breweries — Roy-Pitz Barrel House and Triple Bottom Brewing Company — in a show of true neighborly affection in response to recent turbulence from the pandemic.

This post was updated on August 27th, 2020. 

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