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June 5, 2018
Fresh Face: Braeloch Brewing
It’s a summer evening, and you’re sipping a cool beer under a tree as the Red Clay Creek flows by. The beer is craft-brewed onsite, and the conversations—with old friends and new—are engaging. You’re not at home or at work—you’re in “the third place.” You’re at Braeloch.
The two married couples behind Braeloch Brewing—Kent and Amy Steeves and Matt and Kathy Drysdale—met at their children’s swim meets 20 years ago. As their friendship developed, their dream to create a community gathering place took shape. The Braeloch name, from a sign on a lamppost at Kent’s family lake house, reflects their vision to recreate that special place “away from it all” that so many of us cherish.
In addition to the outdoor beer garden, a 3,900-square-foot taproom will feature a bar and a mix of casual seating arrangements. This inviting, light-filled space, with exposed brick and arched windows, also exudes a sense of its history as a trolley repair shop built in 1903. With great beer, small bites, food trucks, and live music, Braeloch will complement its neighbor the Creamery and make Birch Street the place to be this summer.
Braeloch will serve a cross-section of beers, from traditional ales and IPAs to an experimental brew, on 12 taps from its ten-barrel brewhouse. They’ll also offer tours of the facility, as part of what they call “curiosity-driven education.”
The Steeves’ and the Drysdale’s love the forward-looking community in Kennett Square and look forward to welcoming you home to Braeloch.