If you’re looking for craft breweries in Philly, the options are endless. From Yards to Manayunk Brewing Co, and PBC to Dock Street. Even Evil Genius is opening a Philly location on North Front Street later this spring.
All of these breweries continue to produce high quality beers, all the time. If you’re new to the Philly beer scene, it can be hard to choose which one to try next.
Here are my top five Philly beers. Hopefully, this list can help narrow down your short-list:
- Yards Brawler; This is what some would consider Yards’ staple beer. It’s an English mild ale, malty with similar consistency to that of a lager, but has the hoppiness of an ale. This is definitely Yards’ most drinkable beer and it’s great for almost any occasion. While it’s traditional a beer for warmer weather, drinking it this winter is just as refreshing (if you can even call it winter). I prefer Brawler bottled vs. draught, so if you have the choice, get a six pack. This is not the case for their Love Stout, but that’s for another time…
- PBC Joe Coffee Porter; This porter gets it’s name for an obvious reason…the coffee. IT’S MADE WITH LOCAL BEANS!!! SUSTAINABILITY, WOOO!! In all honesty, it’s one of my favorites. You can tell the sustainability tale all day, but if the beer doesn’t taste good, it doesn’t pass the test. While it’s heavy on the coffee flavor for some of my friends, I give it a thumbs up…and then some. What did you expect? If it says it was made with coffee beans, expect to taste some coffee in your brew. It’s not subtle, but also not overpowering. 5.5% ABV so you can have a few before the blur kicks in. If you can have the best of everything, why not? It’s a local brewery, made with beans from the local shop, distributed locally, a localitarian’s dream come true.
- Dock Street Golden IPA; As far as IPAs go, this is pretty “middle of the road”. If you like Pale Ales or IPAs, this is a golden choice. While it seems light, it packs a punch at 6% ABV. I’ve had this on several occasions, from fall afternoons to post run rehydrating. It’s fresh, slightly bitter, but still finds a way to be smooth. I like it and would recommend it, if you’re into that sorta thing. The brewery is also located on Baltimore Ave so if you’re a fan of West Philly and supporting local business, look no further. It’s also a hip neighborhood so just fun to go chill, the beer gives off the same vibe I’d like to think.
- Manayunk Brewing Co. Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter; Okay, so this is where I draw the line between a good beer and a great beer. I have never found a porter I like better than this one. It’s a small batch beer from Manayunk Brewing Co. It has a classic porter feel, heavy but not too heavy. And it isn’t just a slight hint of peanut butter you get, it’s a slap in the face and it feels great. Peanut butter, chocolate, and it’s alcoholic. What’s better than that? This is a great beer to savor, sip on, whatever boats your float. Whatever you do…take it in! Experience this beer because it’s an experience to be had. If you have a sweet tooth, this will more than satisfy it, I can guarantee you that.
- Flying Fish Farmhouse Summer Ale; While some would argue Flying Fish isn’t a Philly Beer, I beg to differ. It’s brewed right across the Delaware River and travels less than 20 minutes to get to every Philly bar that pours it. The farmhouse ale is one of my favorites because of the incredible drinkability this beer has. Nothing farmy about it except that it’s as golden as wheat on a summer’s day. This pairs extremely well with a garden salad or some fancy-ass grilled cheese. Take your pick, you can’t go wrong as long, as the food is light.
None of these beers are bad choices, I can guarantee you that, unless you don’t like beer…if that’s the case, see ya!
This is by no means an all-inclusive list as the options for craft beer in Philly are all but endless…this is just a foray into what you would likely experience craft-beer-wise in the 215, 484, whatever other strange area code you might posses. Until then…