Favorite place to drink: I really enjoy the beers at Earth Bread + Brewery in Mt. Airy. They do these really distinctive smoky beers from time to time.
Marshall Green, chef/owner Café Estelle
Favorite beer: Genessee Cream Ale out of a can while I am fishing on my boat in Lake Carey, Pa. Bad beer out of a can while fishing is just fine.
Favorite place to drink: Miller High Life at Bomb Bomb BBQ Grill. It is always VERY cold and is a perfect accompaniment to their spicy red mussels and a half rack of ribs.
Thomas Choinacky, performance artist
Favorite beer: Brooklyn Local. It is the only thing I drink at the P.O.P.E., comes in a giant bottle, high alcohol content and a great deal.
Favorite place to drink: The Citizens Bank Park parking lot. Enjoying the outside with friends is a recipe for great memories.
Kyle Cassidy, photographer
Favorite beer: Dragon’s Milk by New Holland Brewing Company. It’s heavy, very chocolaty with quiet fruit accents of fig and orange in the finish and a little sparkle—like a whisper of smooth bourbon having a party in your mouth after it’s gone.
Favorite place to drink: Local 44. They have these super-knowledgeable beer freaks tending bar in there. You sit down there and someone asks you a bunch of seemingly unrelated questions like who your favorite Beatle is, how many gears on a bicycle is too many, whether pigmy marmosets are cuter than baby hedgehogs and stuff like that, and then they produce some weird beer you’ve never heard of with a name like “Beckley’s Otter Porridge” or something. Then, based on the faces that you make when you’re drinking whatever beer, they off and fetch something else, and it’s better than the last one, and pretty soon every bartender in the place knows what you’ll like and what you won’t.
Reuben Frank, sportswriter, WIP host
Favorite beer: This is a lifetime quest, and I’ll never stop searching, but right now I’ll go with the Tröeg’s Perpetual IPA, a limited-edition Imperial Pale Ale from the beloved Hershey microbrewery. Clean, hoppy, spicy and does a great job hiding its 7.5 ABV.
Favorite place to drink: Johnny Brenda’s is a neighborhood corner bar with gourmet comfort food downstairs and the best bands coming through town upstairs. You’re not going to beat a Sly Fox Royal Weisse and the city’s best burger downstairs and Robert Pollard, the National or Sebadoh upstairs.
Carly Marcoux, co-founder of music blog Philly Girl About Town
Favorite beer: Any type of chocolate stout. Yum! Last night at the North Star I tried their on-tap Cocoa Loco Stout and it was super-delicious!
Favorite place to drink: I used to live about half a block from the Royal Tavern, and that’s actually where we had our first meeting about the blog with all of us girls over Bloody Marys. I think it’s dark enough to be there by yourself, and light enough to see a friend two seats down and have a chat with them while listening to good music. Mostly I’m looking for a room that has dark wood, good beers and somewhere that has the feel of a rec room or someone’s back-room pub.
Isaiah Zagar, creator of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens on South Street
Favorite beer: My favorite, favorite beer is Tsingtao. It has a fresh, sparkling water taste that goes perfectly with dim sum—and I love dim sum.
Favorite place to drink: I like Tattooed Mom because it’s a host to so many young loungers. Couch lizards.
Amanda Damron, singer, GANG
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.