Popular West Chester brewery expands, will celebrate with music festival this week

Steve Brock, co-owner of the Grainworks Brewing Company in West Chester Township, says the recent expansion of the interior has coincided with an uptick in business. (Provided Photo\Journal-News)
Steve Brock, co-owner of the Grainworks Brewing Company in West Chester Township, says the recent expansion of the interior has coincided with an uptick in business. (Provided Photo\Journal-News)

Credit: Adam Rabinowitz

Credit: Adam Rabinowitz

Recent state coronavirus restrictions aren’t hurting business at a popular Butler County brewery as owners celebrate a recent expansion.

Steven Brock, co-owner of Grainworks Brewing Company in West Chester Twp., said new operating laws requiring last call for alcohol at 10 p.m. has not cut into its business.

And Brock said the brewery, which located at 7790 Service Center Drive, off of Cox Road across from the Voice of America MetroPark, expects to now get even busier from its new, larger venue.

More space equals safer space under the social distancing requirements designed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, he said.

“We knew a larger space would better accommodate our guests and provide additional amenities, including private party space,” said Brock. “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.”

Brock said the newly opened expansion area has added more than 3,500 additional square feet to the taproom space. The original taproom was 2,300 square feet, not including the patio.

And the new space includes two rentable private rooms and one semi-private rentable lounge area. The large, private rooms will feature separate audio/visual systems, as well as convertible furniture to adapt to corporate presentations, yoga classes, larger customer parties, and other events.

Overall, the addition has increased the internal occupancy from 148 to 301 persons, in addition to the 90-person capacity on the existing patio.

More room allows the brewery to consider new ideas, he said.

“Before we opened, we traveled for three years around the country and visited 400 breweries. We then took different parts of what we saw and brought them back here,” he said.

“Sales have been great and business is back to normal for us,” said Brock.

The expansion happened in time for the Grainworks Brewing Company 3rd Anniversary Music Fest, which will be held Friday from 3 p.m. until 10:30 p.m., Saturday from noon to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. at Grainworks’ taproom and parking lot. There will be exclusive beers, beer releases, food trucks and live music as part of the event.