A guide to different beer styles and where to find them locally.
Local example: The Brawler
YARDS Brewing Co., 901 N. Delaware Ave.
A style indigenous to Cologne, Germany, it wasn’t popular here until the folks at Philadelphia Brewing crafted the Kensinger and placed it in almost every Philly pub. An ale version of the American lager style, it’s a true thirst-quencher and a thrifty one at that. Most pints are under $3.
Local example: Kensinger
Philadelphia Brewing Company, 2423 Amber St.
Herbal ale was popular in the 1700s because of a hop shortage. Fast forward 300 years, and current hop prices are up almost $17 compared with two years ago. It’s time to bring the gruits back. Most feature a harmonious marriage of herbs and spices.
Local example: The Bradley Effect
EARTH Bread + Brewery, 7136 Germantown Ave., Mt. Airy.
Type: Berliner Weisse