Brandywine Festival 2006
Iron Hill Media

For the 7th year in a row, this outstanding festival went off without a hitch. The weather cooperated fully and the crowds showed up for lots of food, beer and music. The classy people at Iron Hill always throw a great party and this is just one of many they have during the year. It is also a charitable event and makes money for the Media Youth Center.
Once again, local brewers brought their best products for the thirsty throngs. At noon the line at the entrance was long and the anticipation high. As the last of the latecomers got set up, the crowd made their way onto the parking lot perusing the program to see what they wanted to taste first.
We were there to help Heavyweight pour one of their last festivals. Rumors abounded that Tom & Peggy were closing down, but there not had been any confirmation from the sources. Jack Curtin backed Tom into a corner and was given the exclusive affirmation of the rumors. The news traveled fast around the festival.

But, of course, that was not the only thing going on. Great beer was being poured by locals like Ric & John from Stewart's Brewing of Bear, DE, Gordon & Curt from Nodding Head, Brian from Sly Fox, Brian from John Harvard's(now at Rock Bottom), Scott from McKenzie's,  John from Lancaster Brewing, Yard's, Weyerbacher, General Lafayette, Bethlehem Brew Works, Victory, Troeg's, Legacy Brewing and, of course, all 5 locations of Iron Hill pouring over 10 beers. Vendors like Ale Street News were also on hand to dress up the ladies with their very popular Beer Goddess line of apparel.
This was the 6th year we've attended this event and we've seen faces and breweries come and go, but we never seem to tire of it. With Heavyweight out of the picture, however, we'll still have to  make the trip to support IH and their community spirit. Any visit to an Iron Hill is a good visit. The company is well known for their quality and service and was named Large Brewpub of the Year last year at the Great American Beer Festival, a very well-deserved kudo. The nearest location is about 75 miles from us(Media), but we make the trip as often as we can. We used to get up to West Chester(100 miles) several times a month! There is no such thing as too many times! Make sure you put one of their venues on your next itinerary: Media, North Wales and West Chester in PA or Wilmington and Newark in DE. Also, coming soon is Phoenixville, PA. Check out their website for event and beer info.
Hope to see you at this great event next year!!!