Draught Picks

A guide to different beer styles and where to find them locally.

By Suzanne Woods
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It’s been described as the most purely refreshing beer in the world. No hop presence in this unique beer style but plenty of pucker. A proper Berliner weisse should have notes of citrus and an ample amount of tartness.

Local example: Ich Bin Ein Berliner Weisse

Nodding Head, 1516 Sansom St.


Type: India Pale Ale

Holy hops! You’ll find moderate to high bitterness in these babies. I favor the English style because the hops are balanced out with a nice malt backbone. Even more delightful with English Cheddar.

Local example: Bengal Gold

Triumph Brewing Co., 117 Chestnut St.



Type: Abbey Dubbel Although the Dubbel is rooted in traditional monastic brewing, many American brewers are crafting superb interpretations. Dubbels are double fermented so they’re a bit higher in alcohol content. Drinkers will welcome flavors of rum, raisin, dark fruits, clove, chocolate and toffee.

Local example: Abbey Dubbel

Flying Fish Brewing Co., 1940 Olney Ave., Cherry Hill, N.J.



Type: Framboise Raspberry lambics are spritzy and sour and as funky as fruit gets. Certainly a lady’s palette pleaser. Brewmaster Chris Leonard brews his take with 440 pounds of raspberries.

Local example: Lafayette’s Biere de Framboise

General Lafayette Inn and Brewery, 646 Germantown Ave., Lafayette Hill.

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