Philly's Celebrities Share Their Favorite Beer and Bars

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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,

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 [1664] and [Lindemans] Framboise the best, though I will usually get Southern Comfort and soda instead of a beer.

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1. Anonymous said... on May 30, 2012 at 04:45PM

“you are the man tommy pope”

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2. Anonymous said... on May 30, 2012 at 08:39PM

“I like pizza”

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3. Anonymous said... on May 30, 2012 at 10:30PM

“where are the celebs?”

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4. Anonymous said... on May 31, 2012 at 08:20AM

“in the bar apparently

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5. JB said... on May 31, 2012 at 12:14PM

“They included a good number of clueless, unadventurous beer drinkers. I'm surprised none of them mentioned Bud Light in those sweet, blue bottle/can deals you find all over the street, but you know those must be great because of the way they make people go “Woooooo!” when they drink them. I understand the point wasn’t to interview people inside the Philly beer scene, but some of these are like promoting restaurant week by talking to folks about their love of Campbell’s soup and Wendy’s burgers. Other articles about beer week have been about establishing Philly as a premier beer city. I think this one shows how far we have to go yet. Most people are still staring at the back of the cave.”

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6. Anonymous said... on Jun 4, 2012 at 06:05PM

“For a guy named Joe Sixpack waitta not commit to anything ever.. should've excluded him for that alone.”

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7. melissa bang-bang said... on Aug 8, 2012 at 09:08PM

“JB, Have you been to Wendy's lately? They got rid of their taco salad for this crap Santa Fe salad or something!!! I see where they were going changing iceberg to spring mix, but the hot chili totally wilts the greens. And the avocado salad... if you can even call it that... I mean, EWE! SO DISAPPOINTING!

@ Anonymous said... “where are the celebs?”
So sorry, they should've said philebrities instead of celebrities. We're not famous, just popular, obviously some more than others. I know, I know, your feelings are hurt cause you wanted to play reindeer games too. I'm sorry!



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