Celebrating the legacy of the craft brewing movement in the city that defined independence
Mainstay Independent is one of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s newest craft breweries, co-founded by one of the region’s most respected Brewmasters, Brian O’Reilly, and Philadelphia restaurateur Avram Hornik. The brewery opened its doors in November of 2018 and hasn’t slowed down yet, focusing on crafting consistently excellent beers while expanding on the vibrant tradition of brewing in Philadelphia.
Brian O’Reilly spent the past 18 years producing award-winning beers for Sly Fox Brewing Company in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, and to say his creations there had developed a loyal following would be a vast understatement. Over the years, O’Reilly has brewed and formulated hundreds of beer recipes and garnered dozens of brewing awards and now he has the great opportunity to reinvent his brewing identity and to expand that portfolio at Mainstay Independent.
As a second act, Mainstay Independent is a creative dream for Brewmaster Brian O’Reilly, whose passion for creating authentic beer and original drinking experiences run deep. It is his goal at Mainstay to celebrate the history and the brewing legacy of Philadelphia’s waterfront region with both classic and New World beer styles that stand out from the crowd. Like the mainstay of a ship, he aims to be a source of support and stability for the great beer that Philly is known for - the city that defined independence.
The setting for Mainstay Independent is quite creative, as it’s nestled within Craft Hall, Philadelphia’s largest beer hall - a lively space for aficionados of artisanal foods and craft beer connoisseurs in a family-friendly atmosphere. The space features a bakery, a barbecue restaurant, two full bars, a live music stage showcasing rotating talent, a playground for kids and adults alike, and multiple seating areas - from quiet lounges to lively group settings. It is a dining and drinking experience unlike any other!
The staff at Mainstay Independent is truly passionate about setting a high brewing standard and exceeding the expectations of the beer connoisseur. We are happy to share two of their extremely well-balanced and flavorful beers with our Craft Beer Club members. Enjoy!