About Big Rail Brewing
Blue Collar Born & Brewed.
Big Rail is a nickname for 155-pound and 152-pound rail — made incredibly strong to handle the immense weight of ore and coal carried through Pennsylvania’s old-growth forests, across her mighty rivers, and over her foreboding mountains. Likewise, Big Rail Brewing was forged in the wilds of Pennsylvania, and we brew our beer to honor all of the unseen, hard working, blue collar tradespeople who hold up the immense weight of modern civilization.
The Big Rail Story
All the way back in 2005, we brewed our first batch of beer on an old farmhouse stove. We didn’t realize it then, but the seed was planted for a lifetime of brewing.
Through the years, the beer we made on the stove was great, but we knew that if we wanted to brew for a wider audience we would need professional experience. So starting in 2015, we began brewing house beers for the Harmony Inn restaurant, located in Harmony Pennsylvania. This gave us the opportunity to feature our favorite recipes which we had developed during the previous decade. As we hoped, our beers were well received and kept improving thanks to continual feedback from the public. But in spite of the great connections and impressions we made there, a much more ambitious dream grew in the back of our minds.
Inspired by regular visits to the family camp in the Pennsylvania Wilds, we began to envision a brewery tucked away in the woods. So in the Autumn of 2017, when the opportunity arose, we secured the ideal spot near our stomping grounds of Grove City, Pennsylvania: 12 beautiful wooded acres located near the crossroads of Interstate 79 and 80. During the time that’s passed since then, we’ve reshaped the overgrown forest into a comfortable nook where our rustic, barn-like brewpub will rest. We’ve saved the downed trees for lumber, collected old barn stones, planted hops and new trees, and will continue to reuse and repurpose everything the land gives us.
Big Rail Brewing will be a simple, down-to-earth structure containing a 7-barrel brewhouse of our own design, a cozy tap room, and an extended patio where you’ll be able to enjoy a few refreshing pints among the outdoors. Being musicians ourselves, of course we’ll have regular musical guests, turntable nights, and other entertainment. We’ll be featuring simple, picnic-style food items, hand-tailored from fresh local ingredients by our good friends at Freedom Farms in nearby Valencia, PA.