When you want of great coffee, think Seattle. For wine, its California. But it comes to the best in beer, you go to Philadelphia? Philly has been known for its beer since colonial times times, with historic brewpubs and Breweries such as D. G. Yuengling & Son. Yuengling brewery is the oldest operating brewing company in the United States, established in 1829. It is one of the largest breweries by volume in the country. Based on sales in 2011, Yuengling was tied with the Boston Beer Company, maker of Samuel Adams brands, as the largest American-owned brewery.
One Philly based brewery has recently created a line of Ales of the revolution at Yards Brewing Company, a powerful and complex golden ale pays homage to Founding Father and fellow brewer, Thomas Jefferson. Yards Brewmaster, Tom Kehoe, worked closely with Philadelphia’s historic City Tavern to recreate this recipe, employing honey, rye and wheat, just like the beer Jefferson made at Monticello.
Many Philly brewpubs & Breweries will offer a sampler of the best in beer tasting. You can think of it as wine tasting without the snooty steward. You sip on small amounts of a variety of brews to see what the brewer can do, from the light and hoppy to the dark yet sweet brews. See complete list of Local Philly Breweries .. Philly Area Breweries & Brewpubs
What to expect
1. Good head on the beer. Good head ensures that you'll get a strong smell of the brew, so be sure to pour it into your glass very carefully.
2. Always use a glass. You should always use a clean glass, a very clean glass. In most brewing establishments, the glasses are always hand washed and air dried to ensure that there isn't a speck of grease in the glass to deflate the head and leave soapy looking bubbles behind.
3. The English are right. As the English know, refrigerated beer is too cold to fully appreciate the taste. In brewpubs, the beer is served at temperatures that are cool but not that cold. The iced and chilled glasses are saved for martinis.
4. Vocabulary. Beer has a mouth feel, which describes the body of the brew - light, medium, and full. The color can be misleading, as even light bodied beers can be full bodied.
Anytime you are looking for the best in microbrews, you can count on Philly to deliver the best in beer. There are lots of brewpubs in town, with everything you could ever want. Anytime you are in the area, don't hesitate to stop off and see why the microbrews here are easily among the best in the United States - or the world for that matter.
See more about Philly Beer
- Local Breweries In Greater Philadelphia
- Philly's 10 Local Beers & Breweries
- Crime + Punishment Brewing Company Opening in Philly