Philly's Craft Breweries and Brewpubs Beer Trail

Philly's Craft Breweries and Brewpubs Beer Trail

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Philadelphia, PA - One hundred years ago, Philadelphia was known as the greatest beer-brewing city in the Western Hemisphere, or the “Cradle of American Libation,”. Local taverns were arguably the true birthplace of the American Revolution, providing the well-stocked gathering spaces needed for our Founding Fathers and common men alike to execute the American Revolution.Philadelphia, PA - One hundred years ago, Philadelphia was known as the greatest beer-brewing city in the Western Hemisphere, or the “Cradle of American Libation,”. Local taverns were arguably the true birthplace of the American Revolution, providing the well-stocked gathering spaces needed for our Founding Fathers and common men alike to execute the American Revolution. Also See.. Philadelphia History of Beer The American Libation

 

BeerIconSmall Listed Below are a few  breweries and brewpubs of Greater Philadelphia to tour, including a number of new spots that have opened in 2016 & 2017.

 

  • 2nd Story Brewing Company – At this rustic-chic two-story brewpub in Old City, head brewer Jason Ranck presents classic ales and lagers alongside American bar fare, a justifiably famous Big & Boozy Adult Sundae—and a full bar. 117 Chestnut Street, (267) 314-5770, 2ndstorybrewing.com
  • Bar Hygge/Brewery Techne – Tom Baker and Peggy Zwerver of Mount Airy’s Earth Bread + Brewery have opened a second brewpub in the Spring Garden section of Philly. Named after the Danish social concept of Hygge (“huu-guh”), the feeling of comfort derived from spending time with loved ones, this cozy neighborhood spot specializes in beer styles rarely seen elsewhere, from an historical Adambier to a novel Belgian-influenced milk stout. 1720 Fairmount Avenue, (215) 765-2274, barhygge.combeerPoorPB
  • Brewery ARS – New December 2016 – ARS, the brainchild of twin brothers Andy and Sean Arsenault, operates out of a former auto-body shop on West Passyunk Avenue. The Arsenaults specialize in elegant and interesting Belgian-inspired brews, poured on tap eight at a time and rotated by whim and season. If there’s no food truck there, guest can take advantage of the bring-your-own food policy. 1927-29 W. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 960-5173, breweryars.com
  • Crime and Punishment Brewing Company – Inspired by the words of great thinkers—such as the author of the brewery’s namesake, Fyodor Dostoyevsky—Crime and Punishment toys with a Russian theme in its décor. As the first 21st-century brewery to return to the neighborhood known as Brewerytown, the brewpub showcases Eastern European fare and highly experimental beer styles, including quadruple-hopped pale ales a gose brewed with kombucha. 2711 W. Girard Avenue, (215) 235-BREW (2739), crimeandpunishmentbrewery.com
  • Dock Street Brewery and Restaurant – Located in an old West Philly firehouse, this brewpub, the latest iteration of the pioneering Dock Street label, features wood-fired pizzas, vegan and vegetarian specialties, brewpub-exclusive beers, beer cocktails and a weekly movie night. Joining their traditional unfiltered ales and lagers are alternative and experimental styles, such as the Wu Tang Clan-inspired Dock Street Beer Ain’t Nothin’ to Funk With and Walker, a beer brewed with smoked goat brains to honor The Walking Dead. 701 S. 50th Street, (215) 726-2337, dockstreetbeer.com
  • Earth Bread + Brewery – From utilizing reclaimed furniture to composting, Earth’s husband-and-wife owners—who once owned New Jersey’s renowned Heavyweight Brewing Co.—are as committed to reducing their footprint as they are to creating wood-fired flatbreads and pouring a niche selection of beers and wines on draft. The brewpub is known for its ever-rotating, always-changing tap selection, where no recipe is repeated. 7136 Germantown Avenue, (215) 242-6666, earthbreadbrewery.com

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  • Evil Genius Beer Company – New March 2017 – Partners Trevor Hayward and Luke Bowen introduced their 185-seat brewpub to Fishtown’s thirstiest drinkers in early 2017, becoming an immediate hit with craft-savvy locals. The 15-barrel operation, complete with draft lines hooked directly into the cold storage tanks, boasts a lineup of cleverly named off-kilter beers, like Purple Monkey Dishwasher, a choco-peanut butter porter; I Love Lamp, a German-inspired hefeweizen brewed with fresh pineapple; and This One Time at Band Camp, a strong double IPA. 1727 Front Street, (215) 425-6820, evilgeniusbeer.com
  • Fermentery Form – New January 2017 – The trick to Scott Hatch, Matt Stone and Ethan Tripp’s North Philly beer destination is that it’s not really a brewery at all. The partners, more fascinated by after-the-fact processes like blending and barrel-aging than the manual from-scratch portion of the tank-to-glass process, work with regional breweries to get their hands on wort prepared to their specs, which they then manipulate with a number of processes to ferment into beer. Since all this takes time, Form is still in the early stages of operation, but plan on ramping it up as the months pass. 1700 N. Palethorp Street, (267) 518-3676
  • Roy-Pitz Barrel House – New June 2017 – Chambersburg-based Roy-Pitz has extended its footprint into the city with this eye-catching new brewpub in the emerging Spring Arts district just north of Chinatown. With a whopping 17 beers on draft, hardcore beer geeks and neophytes alike are bound to find something they dig, whether it’s a flavor-bomb sour ale or Belgian Tripel or an easygoing pilsner or lager. Chef David Champagne’s menu features bites such as pulled pork panini, shrimp ceviche and a fried green tomato caprese salad. 990 Spring Garden Street, (215) 995-6792, roypitzbarrelhouse.com
  • Second District Brewing Co. – New February 2017 – The latest South Philly holding from John Longacre, owner of smash-hit gastropubs South Philadelphia Tap Room and American Sardine Bar, features fascinating brewed-on-site beers from former Dock Street brewer Ben Potts paired with fun-loving food from ASB chef Doreen DeMarco. The bar portion of the space, complete with garage-style doors that open onto the street, seats around 50.
    1939 S. Bancroft Street, (215) 575-5900, seconddistrictbrewing.com

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  • Urban Village Brewing Company – New June 2017 – Taking over a space in the Northern Liberties complex Schmidt’s Commons, Urban Village is the handiwork of Dave Goldman and Tom Revelli, who have combined their comparable passions for brewing and baking to develop this beer and pizza lover’s paradise. Goldman’s early-going stylings include a Rye IPA, a Citra Pale Ale and Beets by J, a Berliner Weiss brewed with more than 300 pounds of beets. Revelli, meanwhile, is a fellow fermentation fiend whose interests gravitate toward naturally leavened dough; pizzas here are a big food draw, and they’re joined by small plates and sandwiches from Chef Christopher Davis. 1001 N. 2nd Street, (267) 687-1961, urbanvillagebrewing.com
  • Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant – This canal-side destination constantly updates its beer selections, which pour from 10 taps, including a hand pump. Patrons wash down stone oven-fired pizzas and sushi with hand-crafted beers that run the gamut from dark and strong to zesty and airy. 4120 Main Street, (215) 482-8220, manayunkbrewery.com
  • Philadelphia Brewing Company (PBC) – PBC operates in a Kensington facility that was originally constructed as the Weisbrod & Hess Brewing Company. Every Saturday, visitors can tour the brewery and sip samples of what’s on tap—including reliably popular year-round brews Kenzinger, Walt Wit, Newbold India Pale Ale and Pennsylvania Pale Ale. 2440 Frankford Avenue, (215) 427-BREW (2739), philadelphiabrewing.com
  • Saint Benjamin Brewing Company – Though it’s only been open since 2016, this Kensington brewery, taproom and restaurant has history on its side: It occupies an industrial space that was once home to the Theo Finkenauer Brewery.Free tours run on Saturday afternoons but patrons can order beers and food in the renovated 19th-century space every day but Monday. 1710 N. 5th Street,stbenjaminbrewing.com
  • Yards Brewing Company – Owner Tom Kehoe helped ignite a craft beer revolution in Philadelphia, and as his 2014 designation as Philly Beer Scene magazine’s “Humanitarian of the Year” proves, he is deeply committed to sustainability and community. Current visitors to Yards’ wind-powered Penn’s Landing tasting room can sample its English-inspired ales while shooting pool or nibbling light fare from the kitchen or food trucks parked outside on weekends. Future visitors—as of late 2017—will head to a new, 80,000-square-foot, 100,000-barrel-capacity brewery at 5th and Spring Garden Streets. 901 N. Delaware Avenue, (215) 634-2600, yardsbrewing.com

 

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