Sure, we could give you our two cents about the coolest brews in town and where to drink ‘em—but we know you’d rather know where the Preston & Steve crew are knocking ‘em back. Or which celebrities like the heavy stuff and which are waiting around for pumpkin ale season. Or who you’re likely to bump elbows with at National Mechanics. So without further ado, here are 100 drinking tips from some of the city’s beautiful people.
(We think they are, anyway—but then, we’ve got beer goggles.)
Johnny Goodtimes, quizmaster
Favorite beer: I’d have to go with Russian River Consecration. It’s too expensive to be anything more than a special-occasion beer, but that just adds to my enjoyment of it, since I seem to only drink it on memorable occasions. Plus, it’s just a completely unique taste.
Favorite place to drink: Wow, that’s an impossible question—there are so many great ones. I’m a huge fan of the Tank Bar at Friday Saturday Sunday. Romantic, reasonably priced, great happy-hour specials, and no TVs to distract from conversation. It’s a narrow win over the Dolphin Tavern.
Ursula Rucker, poet/musician
Favorite beer: My No. 1 local fave is Victory Golden Monkey. I also love Dogfish, especially Dogfish World Wide Stout.
Favorite place to drink: My preferred place to drink is in my bedroom in my jammies, but, when they let me out, I dig Campbell’s Place in Chestnut Hill or Earth Bread Brewery in Mt. Airy.
Brian Sims, state House representative-elect for the 182nd District
Favorite beer: My favorite beer is Fransiskanner Heffeweizen. It’s a Bavarian wheat beer that I fell in love with when I was living in Austria!
Favorite place to drink: Fergie’s Pub. It’s been the place I sneak away to when I need some great Irish music, some time alone with a tall beer or a place to bring friends from out of town. After that, it’s now Woody’s. Woody’s underwent a renovation last year and now boasts 32 beers on tap, an open-air front and some pretty good-looking bartenders if you ask me!
Jeff Cole, investigative reporter at Fox29
Favorite beer: I like Yuengling Light Lager. I drink Yuengling because it is a Pennsylvania beer. When I arrived here a dozen years ago, I had never heard of the beer. I read that it was brewed here by the oldest brewery in the country. I gave it a try and stayed with it.
Favorite place to drink: Fork on Market Street in Old City. Ellen Yin, the owner of the restaurant, seems concerned about the city and the community where her business is located. The food at her restaurant is wonderful. The bar is big and comfortable. The lights are low. You are able to talk.
Linda Vertlieb, owner & blogger, FrugalPhillyMom.com
Favorite beer: This time of year, I like a Belgian-style white ale like Hoegaarden or Blue Moon. It reminds me of summer nights outside.
Favorite place to drink: Northern Liberties/The Piazza. Always a great atmosphere with different options for whatever mood you’re in.
Dan Gross, gossip columnist for the Daily News
Favorite beer: I like [Leinenkugel’s] Summer Shandy, Yards Brawler, Kronenbourg  and [Lindemans] Framboise the best, though I will usually get Southern Comfort and soda instead of a beer.
Wherever you go in this town, there’s good stuff to drink. And Philly Beer Week is a brilliant excuse to veer off your familiar routes of life and try something new.
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