Brick and Brew eyes Malvern as next location

Ryan Heenan
Ryan Heenan
Published on April 6, 2018

The popular gastropub, Brick and Brew, is currently looking to add its third location in downtown Malvern. The restaurant describes itself as a “happening gastropub offering New American eats, pizza & cocktails in a cozy, cellar-like atmosphere.” They hope to add the same recipe for success for a Malvern Brick and Brew.

Indeed, those that have not yet visited the restaurant’s Havertown or Media locations may want to give it a try. Both locations do a great job of creating a rustic-chic décor, akin to a more urban than suburban experience. It is no surprise the restaurant draws crowds of all ages for a casual lunch or a fun night out. Reclaimed lumber, Edison bulbs, copper, brick, and rope accents, along with distressed tabletops and bar make each location feel like an instant classic. Somehow, the experience feels like stepping into a Prohibition-era speakeasy. Neither location is too big nor too small, adding to the impression that it is always busy.

The menus are generally a high end spin on American classics. Many of the items are not something you’d see every day. Take, for instance, “Bison Roundups,” with goat cheese spread, caramelized onions, and a whiskey cranberry barbecue sauce. Another appealing appetizer, “Crispy Duck Sliders,” include duck confit, carrot-radish slaw, cilantro, jalapeno, English cucumber, and garlic-chili aioli.

Of course, you’ll find all of the classics as well. Wedge salad, chicken wings, cheeseburgers and pizza are all popular items on the menu. The focus here is definitely on quality over quantity. The portions are well suited for most, but some all-you-can-eat lovers may feel

It’s hard to consider a Brick and Brew Malvern without wondering what the brew is like as well. Brick and Brew is well known for its signature cocktails, touting, “Our mixologists have brought years of training and experience to you with his incredibly delicious array of cocktails–from classics such as the Sazerac to neighborhood favorites like the Whiskey Sour and Speakeasy, there is definitely something to please your palate.”

The drink selections are high end, and the prices reflect the quality. Whiskeys start at $7.50 and include options all the way up to $125! Cocktails generally range from $9.50 to $12, and craft beers are readily available between $6 to $9. The beer selection includes many local breweries and microbreweries, and cycles through seasonal and new-release beers throughout the year.

The owners, operating under “Hearth of Malvern, LLC.,” are currently in the initial phases of applications and approvals to start a Brick and Brew Malvern. The liquor license would be transferred from a business in New Garden Township. Under the PA Liquor control board’s system, new liquor licenses may only be transferred into a municipality that has not met or exceeded its “quota” of licenses under LCB regulations, and Malvern has exceeded its quota.

Ultimately, then, Malvern Borough and its residents will have the final say in whether or not to allow Brick and Brew Malvern to become a reality. In upcoming months, there will be many concerns and issues raised and hopefully addressed by the Brick and Brew Malvern owners. Traffic and parking are always a concern for both local residents and visitors alike. The question was raised about how employees of Brick and Brew Malvern would detect and deter any potential drunk or intoxicated drivers from leaving the restaurant and driving throughout residential streets will also need to be addressed.

Assuming these issues can be addressed, Brick and Brew Malvern would add their third location at 400 E. King Street, joining other popular establishments like Christopher’s and The Flying Pig.

With over 350 reviews averaging 4.8 stars or better, it is clear to see the gastropub has a very loyal following. Will Brick and Brew spread its customer base too thin, or will adding a Brick and Brew Malvern add new loyal fans to their popular and growing business?

Only time will tell, but we’re excited and encouraged to see continued interest in local businesses wanting to call Malvern home.

For a snapshot of other businesses and eateries along King Street, check out our section called “Downtown Malvern” on our Malvern page.

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