Philadelphia, PA - McGillin's Olde Ale House, the oldest continuously operating tavern in Philadelphia and one of the oldest in the country, and Troegs Brewing have teamed up.
Troegs will now supply the historic bar with its three house beers -- McGillin's Genuine Lager, McGillin's Real Ale, and McGillin's 1860 IPA, which was created for its 150th anniversary 2010.
Brewery to Create House Beers for Philly’s Oldest Bar
The new beers are now on tap and are expected to be served for the bar's next 160 years. The beers will be available for $5 per pint. In addition, a six beer sampler featuring the three new McGillin's house beers, as well as O'Reilly's Stout, Walt Wit by Pennsylvania Brewing Company, and a seasonal beer of choice is available for $9.50. McGillin's is currently open Tuesdays from 4-11 p.m. and Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 12 noon to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays from 12 noon to 2 a.m. No reservations. First, come/first served. Inside and out.
For the past 25 years, McGillin's three house beers have been produced by Stoudt's Brewing. As a result, McGillin's served more Stoudt's Beer on draft than any other tavern in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. But, with the Adamstown, PA brewer going out of business, the historic tavern needed to get a new brewery on tap.
"It's with much enthusiasm, many delicious brews, a heavy heart, and teary eyes that we toast to our friends Carol and Ed Stoudt as they retire and close the brewery. When they opened Stoudt's Brewing in 1987, Carol was the first female brewmaster in the United States since Prohibition and the first female sole proprietor of a brewery. They will surely be missed," said Chris Mullins, Sr., who owns McGillin's with his wife, Mary Ellen Mullins, and their son, Christopher Mullins, Jr.
While the closure is bittersweet, the Mullins family is enthusiastic about working with Troegs, one McGillin's best-selling beers, among the 30 beers McGillin serves on tap and another family-owned business.
While the names of the house beers will stay the same, Troegs has put its own spin on the three house beers rather than trying to replicate the existing flavors.
McGillin's Genuine Lager - Can only be found at McGillin's and Troegs Brewery. This golden Helles lager is smooth and satisfying with a clean malt character reminiscent of fresh-baked bread. German hops add a hint of floral notes and subtle bitterness, while lager yeast lends a crisp, refreshing finish. 4.3% alcohol/21 IBU.
McGillin's 1860 IPA - Brewed exclusively for McGillin's and inspired by Troegs Hop Knife.
This hop-forward IPA is fresh and aromatic with bold citrus and tropical fruit notes courtesy of six different classic American hops. 6.2% alcohol/87 IBU.
McGillin's Real Ale - Brewed exclusively for McGillin's and inspired by Troeg's Hopback Amber, discontinued earlier this year.
This deep amber-colored ale boasts flavors of grapefruit and pine balanced by a hint of spice and complex malty notes of caramel and toffee. The use of whole flower hops creates a bright, citrusy aroma. 6 % alcohol/55 IBU.