Philly's Celebrities Share Their Favorite Beer and Bars

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Favorite beer: Brooklyn Sorachi Ace—a really drinkable saison that packs a punch at over 7 percent. Light and crisp with a solid bite of peppercorns and a hint of banana.

Favorite place to drink: Johnny Brenda’s. I’ve been meeting up with friends there since they opened some 9 years ago. Great food and staff, and the owners make it a priority to support local farms and breweries.

Ryan Kattner, singer, Rhodes, Man Man

Favorite beer: Yuengling Black & Tan tallboys. My buddy Aldo and I destroy them whenever I’m in town.

Favorite place to drink: Dirty Frank’s.

Amie Roe, comedian

Favorite beer: My favorite beer is Franziskaner Heffe Weisse because it usually comes in a fun glass and also I like the way it tastes.

Favorite place to drink: One of my favorite places to drink beer is Local 44; the people who work there are super nice and great at taking a few seconds to recommend something new.

Martha Graham Cracker, cabaret performer

Favorite beer: Martha doesn’t drink beer. But a shandy made of sparkling lemonade and Yuengling is nice. Or else a pinot.

Favorite place to drink: L’Etage of course! The atmosphere is so cozy and elegant, and Second Thursdays are so exciting.

Brian McManus, music and food writer, Philadelphia Weekly

Favorite beer: My favorite beer, most days, is whichever kind is in front of my face. But on days I like to drink with my pinky out, in a discerning, respectful way, I really dig on porters. Beer as dark as my disgusting black soul. I order Yard’s Love Stout, which is brewed with oysters, if it’s on the menu of a place I’m eating. I love that stuff.

Favorite place to drink: I’m a big fan of beer in cans, and Bar (1309 Sansom St.) has a great selection. They have lots of cheap cans like Coors Banquet and a few varieties of Narragansett, but they have a wide selection of craft beers in cans too. They carry every variety of Six Point—which I love, shout out to Jersey Dan—in cans and the selection seems to change fairly often. So Bar is a place I’ve been hitting up on the reg when I know there are going to be too many familiar faces at Oscar’s.

Aaron Hertzog, comedian

Favorite beer: I’m a fan of good old-fashioned Yuengling Lager—you can’t go wrong, it’s delicious, it’s local. I’m originally from the Coal Region so I get to represent my central PA roots while getting drunk (which also represents my central PA roots).

Favorite place to drink: Hate Speech Hall—not a bar—but a house, where members of improv group Hate Speech Committee and sketch group Camp Woods live. I’ve always been a fan of hanging out with friends drinking in a house rather than going out to a bar. Plus, it’s close to comedy at Philly Improv Theater and Connie’s Ric Rac so it makes for the perfect pre-game and after-party spot. And you can’t watch The X-Files on Netflix at a bar.

Joe Sixpack, beer writer

Favorite beer: The one in my hand, because it’s the only one I care about at the moment.

Favorite place to drink: The closest one to where I am when I’m thirsty.

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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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