Philly Sees Explosion of New Craft-Beer Venues

By Brian McManus
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“There’s a tavern culture in Philly that no other city has,” says O’Reilly of Sly Fox. “It’s a very cool thing where you’re in a place and you can’t decide—is it a bar or is it a restaurant? There’s great food and great beer at these taverns, and we have so many of them. They’re in every neighborhood. You can drink and eat better at most corner bars in Philadelphia than you can in any other city in the country, no doubt.”

“Probably the reason Philadelphia is the best beer-drinking city is that Philadelphians are passionate about Philadelphia, and therefore they’re passionate about local beer. It just so happens all the local brewers make good stuff. They have to. The consumer here has an incredible number of choices.”

So, Noonan believes Philly is America’s best beer-drinking city. How about the others? Wildy of Vetri: “100 percent.” O’Reilly of Sly Fox: “True.” Trogner of Tröegs: “Totally.”

Trust them. They’re professionals of high pedigree and they’re smarter then you on the subject. But not by much. Not anymore.

The New City Beer Scene

Here’s a handy list of new restaurants with excellent craft beer on tap that have opened since last year’s Philly Beer Week. We think you’ll agree, it’s pretty damned impressive.

a.kitchen

135 S. 18th St. 215. 825.7030. akitchenphilly.com

Number of taps: 5

Cool PBW event: Weyerbacher Brunch, Sun., June 3, 10am-2:30pm. The impeccable a.kitchen team cooks brunch favorites with Weyerbacher, a stellar local brew.

American Sardine Bar

1801 Federal St. 215.334.2337. americansardinebar.com

Number of Taps: 16

Cool PBW event: Ommegang Cuts the Cheese, Fri., June 1, 5-8pm. Ribald Chef Scott Schroeder pairs cheese with Ommegang’s Seduction, Art of Darkness, Gnomegang and more.

Alla Spina

1410 Mt. Vernon St. 215.600.0017. allaspinaphilly.com

Number of taps: 20

Cool PBW event: Sixpoint Tap and iPod Takeover, Fri., June 8, 6-8:30pm. The Brooklyn brewery stops by Alla Spina with some rare selections, and wildcard Jersey Dan provides the playlist. We once had a conversation with Dan about Skrillex. He doesn’t like his music. So this is a pretty safe bet.

Barcade

1114 Frankford Ave. 215.634.4400. barcadephiladelphia.com

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1. Epices6 said... on Jun 15, 2012 at 12:18PM

“AMERICA’S BEST BEER-DRINKING CITY - yes it is boastful but it is the damn truth! Not that there are not other great US beer cities - Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, and little Asheville NC come to mind - but they are all more locally oriented (area breweries, West Coast, etc.) and cannot match the unrivaled breadth of Philly taps: beers from across the US, Belgian, German, Italian, Japanese, Danish, Norwegian, if it is good, we have it!

It is not uncommon these days to find fellow beer drinkers in Belgium and Denmark who know all about Philadelphia's august perch in the beer drinking world and will talk knowledgeably about Victory and other US breweries, cascade hops, etc. The beer revolution is unstoppable.”

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