Did you know that there are over 4,000 craft breweries currently open and operating in the U.S.? No, well, neither did I until I looked it up after realizing that I live within thirty minutes of about 10 different craft breweries or brewpubs. This is a fact that I’m pretty happy with because, well, craft beer is fun.
I’ve shared a lot of my brewery visits on my blog over the years from our Bucks County brewery road trip to my favorite Philly spots. Breweries are great places to spend a Saturday hanging with friends (or your husband, like me) and, though not really advertised for families, there are almost always families with babies and kids running around. Nick and I have visited most breweries in the immediate area and have started going a little further to find something new and delicious to sip on our free Saturday afternoons. That’s what lead us out to Ambler, PA and the adorable small craft brewery in an old Victorian that is Forest & Main.
Located at the corner of Forest and Main Streets in Ambler, Forest & Main Brewing Company occupies a two story home. I’ve been to many craft breweries but none have been in an old house or have quite the same charm as Forest & Main. I mean just look at those pale yellow and orange shingles! And that wide front porch that begs for you to grab a pint and relax. Put a few twinkle lights and you had me at hello.
Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on who you ask, the damp and rainy weather drove us inside to the tiny and charming bar area. Forest & Main operates as a brewpub, meaning you can grab just a beer or a beer and some food. We showed up in the middle of the afternoon, a good time for a quiet drink but the kitchen wasn’t open yet. That’s okay because we really just wanted to sample the beer.
What’s great about these smaller craft breweries is they experiment. They’re willing to try new things in small batches like mixing different hops, adding spices, or changing brewing times. I’m not super knowledgeable in how to make beer but I know that little changes can mean great things in flavor.
Forest & Main did not disappoint. They produce British and Belgian inspired beers with variations from saisons to stouts. The beers are packed with earthy and rustic flavors and paired with the cozy parlor space, you might feel like you’re sitting down in a British pub. I would caution that first time craft beer drinkers will need to keep an open mind; these beers are far from your garden variety craft beer (and they are so good for it). These are really, really solid craft beers full of great flavor that showcase what a smaller operation can do.
Even if you’re not a big beer drinker, Forest & Main Brewery is worth a drive out to Ambler. This is a local brewery at its finest. You feel like you’re walking into a brewer’s home and being offered a pint of his favorite stuff. I’d like to return in the summer to have a glass on the front porch, though I feel like it will be crowded with others wanting to do the same. Whoever had the idea to put a brewery in a house is an amazing person. And whoever is behind the cozy atmosphere and delicious beers at Forest & Main is a genius. If you live in or around the Philadelphia area, visit Forest & Main Brewery as soon as you can.
I love sharing my favorite local craft breweries. Do you have a great craft brewery to share with me? Let me know!