Philadelphia’s First Black-Owned Brewery Two Locals Brewing Is Now Open

Back in 2020, we first brought you a profile on Two Locals, and how they were aiming to change the beer scene in Philadelphia. In March of 2021 the brewery released its first cans, and later in 2021 announced they would be available at Eagles games.

In late 2022, Two Locals signed on to build their brewery and taproom at uCity Square, on 37th Street in Philadelphia. It’s a mixed-use development building on the Drexel University Campus that’s been around since 2018 and has never had a tenant. The new brewery is now open! at 3675 Market St Suite 100 in Philadelphia.

Two Locals owners Mengistu Koilor (L) and Richard Koilor (R). Photo Courtesy of FCM Hospitality.

We spoke with Rich Koilor, co-owner of Two Locals, along with his brother Mengistu, to find out more about the location, and what beer fans can expect.

“I am excited to get started, brew some beer, and be a legit brewery. We are hoping to get more people in the community into craft beer and brewing.” – Richard Koilor, co-owner of Two Locals Brewing Company

They have about 6,000 sq/ft with a little over 2,000 of that for the brewhouse and about 1,300 sq/ft for the taproom. The taproom has a bar/dining area with a small private area as well. The bar has 12 taps and seating for about 10. The brewery has seating for about 80 total inside, with additional outdoor seating space on the sidewalk.

Two Locals is brewing on a 15 BBL brewhouse with 30 BBL fermenters. The two most popular beers they make, Prolific Hazy IPA and Nubian Brown Ale, will of course be made. Rich told us they plan to make a good mix of lagers, IPAs, and stouts (specifically culinary stouts – not pastry stouts) not too sweet but still flavors. The brothers also want to make fruited/tart ales with different types of fruits that represent their culture (they are both Jamaican and Liberian).

Photo Courtesy of FCM Hospitality.

For the Kitchen, the plan is to have bar food, staple dishes, and weekly specials that are influenced by their Jamaican background. Each month, they plan to feature a new restaurant to give them the opportunity.

Make sure to visit Two Locals Brewery and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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