Pop-up Beer Garden Comes to the Schuylkill River Trail

Trails on Tap is at Royersford Riverfront Park from July 17 – July 21 & July 24 – July 28

Hours: Wed & Thurs: 5 – 10 p.m. | Fri: 5 – 10 p.m. | Sat: 1 – 10 p.m. | Sun: Noon – 10 p.m.

 

The Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area is partnering with FCM Hospitality, the creators of Philadelphia’s successful “Parks on Tap” series, and Mainstay Independent Brewing Company, to bring a mobile beer garden to riverside locations this summer. For a total of six weeks, the beer garden will travel to four different locations: Pottstown, Valley Forge National Historical Park, Royersford and Norristown. Families and friends can come together to enjoy food, drinks and fun in a natural green space.

All of the locations are in a park next to the Schuylkill River Trail and alongside the Schuylkill River to highlight these two significant regional resources as well as each park’s amenities. A portion of all proceeds from Trails on Tap will be reinvested toward protecting the river, expanding the Schuylkill River Trail, and supporting Schuylkill River Greenways.

Events & Activities

FREE Kayaking & Bicycling: Schuylkill River Greenways will offer free kayaking and bicycling opportunities every weekend of Trails on Tap from 2 to 5 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. People will be able to borrow a bike from Riverbend Cycles or use a kayak through Take It Outdoors Adventures. Only individuals who haven’t consumed alcoholic beverages will be allowed to borrow the bikes and kayaks.

People must be 16 years of age or older to ride a bike and provide a driver’s license or an equivalent form of identification. People must be 12 years of age or older to borrow a kayak and regardless of skill level, will receive a safety briefing. All paddlers will be required to wear the provided personal flotation device. An acknowledgement of risk is required from anyone using a bike or kayak.

Pedal & Paddles: A Pedal & Paddle excursion will begin and end at three of the Trails on Tap sites: Pottstown Riverfront Park, Valley Forge National Historical Park and Norristown Riverfront Park. The round-trip adventure involves a short bike ride on the Schuylkill River Trail and paddling along the Schuylkill River. Participants will also either take a guided tour of a historic building within the heritage area or take part in a water quality lesson.

Gear, guides and snacks are all included in the registration. The cost is $35 per registrant and participants must be 16 years of age or older. Only 15 spaces available at each and participants must register in advance.

  • July 6th: Pedal & Paddle at Valley Forge National Historical Park. (SOLD OUT)
  • July 13th: Pedal & Paddle at Valley Forge National Historical Park (SOLD OUT)
  • August 3rd: Pedal & Paddle at Norristown Riverfront Park (CLICK HERE TO REGISTER) 

Getting to Trails on Tap on Bike or Foot: Each Trails on Tap park is located near the Schuylkill River Trail for easy access. Bicyclists or walkers can plan their trip to each beer garden site by using the interactive map. Click the links below for information and directions to the nearest trailhead next to each park of the Trails on Tap series.

Nearby street parking is also available at each park.

Food & Drinks

Grab a group and come enjoy food, beer and non-alcoholic beverages. Below is a sampling of the menu. A Portion of all proceeds benefits Schuylkill River Greenways
  • Beer: Mainstay Drafts, Poplar Pils, Constitution Lager
  • Other Drinks: White Wine Sangria, Lemonade, Bottled Water
  • Food: All Beef Hot Dog, Pulled Pork, Quinoa Salad, Charred Squash and Eggplant Hoagie, Shortbread Cookies

FOR THE FULL MENU, VISIT TRAILSONTAPPA.COM

Schedule

Trails on Tap at Pottstown Riverfront Park from June 26 – June 30

  • Hours: Wed: 5 – 11 p.m. | Thurs: 5 – 10 p.m. | Fri: 5 – 11 p.m. | Sat: 1 – 11 p.m. | Sun: Noon – 10 p.m.
  • Address: Riverfront Park – 140 College Drive, Pottstown, PA 19464
  • Parking: Will be available at Riverfront Park
  • Pedal & Paddle (SOLD OUT): Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Free Kayak & Bike Share: Sat & Sun (June 29 & 30) from 2 – 5 p.m.

Trails on Tap at Valley Forge National Historical Park from July 3 – July 7 & July 10 – July 14

  • Hours: July 3 & 5 (Wed & Fri): 5 – 9 p.m. | July 4, 6 & 7 (Thurs, Sat & Sun): Noon – 9 p.m. | July 10 – July 12 (Wed – Fri): 5 – 9 p.m. | July 13 & 14 (Sat & Sun): Noon – 9 p.m.
  • Address: Valley Forge National Historical Park/Betzwood Picnic Area– 1400 S. Trooper Road, Norristown, PA 19403
  • Parking: Will be at the Lubin Studio Parking Lot. Navigate to 1400 South Trooper Road, Norristown, PA 19403. Then follow signs for event parking and it’s a short, easy walk along the Schuylkill River Trail to Trails on Tap. No event parking is available at the Betzwood Picnic Area.
  • Pedal & Paddle: July 6 & July 13 from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Free Kayak & Bike Share: July 6 & 7 and July 13 & 14 from 2 – 5 p.m.

Trails on Tap at Royersford Riverfront Park from July 17 to July 21 & July 24 – July 28

  • Hours: Wed & Thurs: 5 – 10 p.m. | Fri: 5 – 10 p.m. | Sat: 1 – 10 p.m. | Sun: Noon – 10 p.m.
  • Address: Riverfront Park – 1st Avenue, Royersford, PA 19468
  • Parking: Will be available on both sides of 1st Avenue as well as in a large parking lot located at 2nd Avenue and Arch Street.
  • Free Kayak & Bike Share: July 20 & 21 and July 27 & 28 from 2 – 5 p.m.

Trails on Tap at Norristown Riverfront Park from July 31 – August 4

  • Hours: Wed & Thurs: 5 – 10 p.m. | Fri: 5 – 10 p.m. | Sat: 1 – 10 p.m. | Sun: Noon – 10 p.m.
  • Address: Riverfront Park – 1 Haws Avenue, Norristown, PA 19401
  • Parking: Will be available at Riverfront Park and along Haws Avenue
  • Pedal & Paddle: Saturday, Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Free Kayak & Bike Share: Sat & Sun (Aug. 3 & 4) from 2 – 5 p.m.

Visit the Trails on Tap Facebook & Instagram (@trailsontappa) pages for updates including those weather-related

Visit the Trails on Tap website at TrailsOnTapPA.com

About the Partners

The Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area connects residents, visitors and communities to the Schuylkill River and the Schuylkill River Trail. The area is home to more than 3.2 million people across five counties (Schuylkill, Berks, Chester, Montgomery, and Philadelphia). The Schuylkill River Region is a nationally significant heritage area for the role that its people, places and events played in the American, Industrial, and Environmental Revolutions. Today, approximately 1.5 million people draw their drinking water directly from the Schuylkill River. For more information, CLICK HERE or call 484-945-0200.

FCM Hospitality is a Philadelphia-based hospitality and entertainment company, managing bars, restaurants and seasonal pop-ups throughout the region. The company is owned by Avram Hornik, a leader with more than 20 years in the hospitality industry, who has developed some the city’s most popular permanent and temporary venues such as Parks on Tap, Morgan’s Pier, Concourse Dance Bar, Union Transfer, Boot & Saddle, Winterfest, and the 2013 PHS Pop-up Garden. For more information about FCM Hospitality, visit fcmhospitality.com or call 215.568.1616.

Mainstay Independent, a brewery celebrated for their balanced portfolio of beers, is located at 901 Delaware Avenue inside Craft Hall with the Lost Bread Bakery. Available at better public houses throughout Philadelphia and the suburbs, Mainstay Independent is a home grown brand laser focused on modern brewing techniques to achieve traditional quality. For more information please visit mainstayindependent.com.