About Us

About Us

Borne out of the mind of Media’s own Loïc Barnieu and fermented to perfection by accomplished brewer Brian McConnell, Sterling Pig Brewery brings local flavor and elevated pub favorites to the Baltimore Pike.

Brewed in small batches and tapped directly on-site, Sterling Pig’s eight rotating beers achieve the perfect balance of flavor and drinkability—from IPAs to Porters, from Stouts to Pilsners. It’s all about balance. From the beer to the food to the atmosphere: there’s something for everyone. Meet up with a friend at the bar. Bring your family to dinner in the main dining room overlooking the kitchen and the wood oven pizza. Throw a party upstairs overlooking the brewery, or simply take a growler to go.

The Brew Crew

Meet the crew behind the beer! Here at sterling pig, we’re dedicated to bringing great beer to the Philadelphia area. We strive to create a culture where everyone can enjoy our beer and know that they’re drinking a quality product that’s fresh and most importantly, delicious.

Loïc Barnieu

Owner & CEO

From the Sterling Pig to La Belle Époque, all roads in Media lead to Loïc Barnieu.

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Brian McConnell

Owner & Brewmaster

The man behind the brew: Brian McConnell puts the lipstick on the Pig.

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Chris Devito

Lead Brewer

Delco born & raised; Brewer of multiple award-winning beers.

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Andrea Helfer

Business Manager

Favorite sterling pig brew: Shoat Pilsner

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Brittany Stanish

Social Media, Marketing
& Event Manager

Favorite Sterling Pig Brew: This Little Piggy: Citra

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Megan Armor

Sales & Brand
Ambassador

Favorite Sterling Pig Brew: This Little Piggy

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Ryan Sakal

Sales & Brand
Ambassador

Favorite Sterling Pig Brew: Shoat Pilsner

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Matt Dougherty

Brewery
Assistant

Favorite Sterling Pig Brew: Big Gunz DIPA

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LOÏC BARNIEU

Owner & CEO

When Chef Loïc Barnieu isn’t portraying the French Patriot Marquis de Lafayette for the American Historic Theatre touring the East coast, he can usually be found creating a savory entrée at one of his four downtown Media, Pennsylvania, restaurants, including Picasso Restaurant and Bar, La Belle Époque Wine Bistro, and Diego’s Cantina and Tequila Bar.

Loïc arrived in Media by way of Burgundy, France where he grew up cooking under his grandfathers, one a bakery owner the other a chef. When he wasn’t busy practicing the trade, he pursued his other passion of acting. Shortly after high school, Loïc moved to Paris and enrolled in theatre school, worked in production for a French television network, and appeared in numerous plays. After arriving in Philly, Barnieu quickly picked up the English language and even became involved in the Philadelphia theatre scene.

His restaurants have received numerous accolades throughout the years, including Best Restaurant and Best French Restaurant from Main Line Today (La Belle Époque). The publication recently deemed Sterling Pig Brewery, which opened in the summer of 2015, the “beacon of barbeque in Media.”

BRIAN MCCONNELL

Owner & Brewmaster

Brian McConnell has been a professional brewer for more than 14 years. His beer philosophy centers on using the finest high-quality ingredients to create a balanced, flavorful product.

He began his brewing career with the well-known John Harvard’s Brew House and most recently was the brewmaster at Rock Bottom Brewery in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. Over the course of his career, Brian has been responsible for myriad accolades, including Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado and the Real Ale Festival in Chicago. He has also been a part of multiple teams receiving the coveted Large Brewpub of the Year Award from the Great American Beer Festival.

Brian graduated from the College of William and Mary with a BA in Government and has taken sensory courses from the Siebel Institute of Technology. He resides in Media with his photographer wife of 11 years, his three energetic boys and their dog.

Chris DeVito

Lead Brewer

Lead Brewer Chris DeVito started at Sterling Pig in the very beginning after the brewery opening in 2015. Initially starting as a server he made his way through the ranks to the point where he eventually got a spot assisting in the Brewery with our Brewmaster Brian McConnell and finally earning a spot as “Lead Brewer”. Chris has always had a passion for craft beer, though he had not been in the industry before working at Sterling Pig. He has a culinary background but instead chose to venture into the craft beer world. Since he has been at Sterling Pig he has helped brew multiple award winning beers, including a win at the World Beer Cup in 2018. Chris says his favorite thing about brewing is the creativity that’s involved and being able to see a product completely from start to finish.

Chris was born and raised in DELCO and currently lives in Ridley with his girlfriend Kelly and their two dogs Lacey and Lola. When he’s not brewing he likes to play hockey, hike and camp. And in case you were wondering, his favorite Sterling Pig beer is Shoat Pilsner!

Andrea Helfer

Business Manager

Andrea started at Sterling Pig in its early stages back in 2015. She’s invaluable to our team and helps keep this place running. When she’s not running the office you can find andrea outside on a hike or with her pets.

Brittany Stanish

Social Media, Marketing & Event Manager

Brittany started at Sterling Pig in 2017 but has been in craft beer a bit longer than that. Brittany handles the social media, marketing & event side of the Sterling Pig. When she’s not posting on Instagram or designing posters, she’s listening to true crime podcasts and trying out other breweries.

Megan Armor

Sales & Brand Ambassador

Megan began working at Sterling Pig in 2018. Meg’s commitment to her clients sets her apart. If you need it, she’ll get it for you. In the Delaware County or Chester county area and need some Sterling Pig brews? Give her a call!

Ryan Sakal

Sales & Brand Ambassador

Ryan has been with Sterling Pig since day one. Sakal, as we call him, had been in craft beer before starting here making him knowledgeable about the industry and the needs of his clients. If you’re in Philadelphia or Montgomery county and need beer, give him a call!

Matt Dougherty

Brewery Assistant

Matt Dougherty started working at Sterling Pig in 2016. While he started here as a server, he now is a brewery assistant and delivery driver. Matt is a team player and willing to help in any part of the Sterling Pig operation.