West Chester's Grainworks Brewing Co. Hosts Music Fest to Celebrate Third Anniversary, Taproom Expansion

The new expansion will allow for social distancing during the three-day live music fest with local acts and special beer tappings, including an Oreo milk stout and Scotch ale aged in Willett bourbon and rye whiskey barrels.

click to enlarge Patio (from the top of the ramp) - Photo: James Czar / Grainworks Brewing Company
Photo: James Czar / Grainworks Brewing Company
Patio (from the top of the ramp)

Grainworks Brewing Company in West Chester is celebrating its third anniversary with a new taproom expansion. 

“We knew a larger space would better accommodate our guests and provide additional amenities, including private party space,” says Steven Brock, Grainworks’ chief operating officer. "This expansion will allow our guests to be more comfortable in an indoor setting as cold weather approaches, as well as provide a safe, socially distanced experience, even when the patio is unavailable."

The addition — which the owners say comes about two years earlier than they had planned, due to demand — makes rental space for parties, events, fundraisers and things like yoga classes. The private and semi-private rooms add about 3,500 square feet onto the original 2,300-square-foot taproom, expanding capacity to a total of 391 people both inside and out on the patio. The rentable rooms are called the "Barn," with a capacity for 65; the "Shed," with a capacity for 35; and the "Lounge," with capacity for 30. You can rent one, two or all three.

The new space also included the addition of an internal kitchen, and Grainworks is currently searching for interested food service operators to partner with (email [email protected] for more info). 

click to enlarge Original taproom, looking into the expansion: - The Shed, The Barn, and The Lounge are visible. Kitchen is behind the sliding order windows. - Photo: James Czar / Grainworks Brewing Company
Photo: James Czar / Grainworks Brewing Company
Original taproom, looking into the expansion:The Shed, The Barn, and The Lounge are visible. Kitchen is behind the sliding order windows.

To baptize the new space, Grainworks is hosting a third anniversary, three-day music festival 3-10:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11; noon-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12; and noon-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13. The fest will take over the taproom and parking lot with food trucks and live music.

Grainworks says the additional room will allow for social distancing, and there will be several taproom-exclusive beers available throughout the weekend, including an Oreo milk stout called What's in the Middle?, which will be available on draft and in cans, and bottles of Bagpipes of Bardstown, a Scotch ale aged in Willett bourbon and rye whiskey barrels.

“We've done this beer a few times in small batches," Grainworks’ Head Brewer Brian McGinnis says of the milk stout. "But with customers requesting it more and more, we thought it'd be fun to do a full batch including finally getting it into cans.” 

The event poster indicates bands and musical acts playing include David Thornton and Cassette Junkies on Friday; Monte Lykins and Dat Band on Saturday; and Kevin Cooper on Sunday.

click to enlarge West Chester's Grainworks Brewing Co. Hosts Music Fest to Celebrate Third Anniversary, Taproom Expansion
Photo: Provided by Grainworks

Grainworks is located at 7790 Service Center Drive, West Chester. More info: grainworks.beer.

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