Philly's Celebrities Share Their Favorite Beer and Bars

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Ben’s favorite beer & place to drink it: Ben, of course, likes to drink the Poor Richard’s Tavern Spruce Ale by Yards, sitting in the subscription room at the City Tavern.

Ralph’s favorite beer & place to drink it: Ralph loves the HopDevil by Victory, and also the Saison by Iron Hill. Both of these brew pubs also have excellent food pairings. Another great reason to drink beer in Philadelphia!

RJD2, musician

Favorite beer: Nostradamus Belgian brown ale. I discovered this at the Engine Room in Florida last year. I was sent home with a case of it a few months later. It’s just amazing.

Favorite place to drink : Dock Street in West Philly. A great spot with a continuously rotating selection of beers they brew onsite. The pizza is quite good as well!

Greg Maughan, comedian; founder of Philly Improv Theater

Favorite beer: My favorite beer in the world is Young’s Bitter—but you can only get it in England. Local beer? I’m a big fan of Yards Brawler, which I find very similar to Young’s Bitter. In general, for me to drink a lot of beer I want something that tastes like beer but isn’t too hoppy. Both these beers fit the bill.

Favorite place to drink: The bar where most of the comedians from Philly Improv Theater hang out after shows: O’Neals Irish Pub & Restaurant. We’ve been going there for years and they’ve got a nice set of taps, plenty of happy hour and lots of space. In the summer, the back patio they have is amazing. So nice.

Kate Carrara, the Buttercream “Cupcake Lady”

Favorite beer: I am a simple girl and must admit that my favorite beer is Yuengling. This is not a plug for Pennsylvania, I simply find their lager to be the best beer if you’re going to have several beers or get a keg.

Favorite place to drink: An outdoor event, concert or game. Love Park is now doing seasonal events with Yards Brewery and I love to see people outside in the park enjoying one of their unique brews.

Malcolm Lazin, founder and executive director, Equality Forum

Favorite beer: Hoegaarden Wheat Beer. Belgians are master brewers. While Anheuser-Busch purchased Hoegaarden, they have not messed with the recipe that dates back to 1445. I like the infusion of coriander and when served with a slice of orange.

Favorite place to drink beer: Nodding Head. Great international selections overlaid with domestic micro brews and seasonal favorites. The bar has a diverse urban vitality plus good bar food.

Al Butler, radio host on 900AM WURD

Favorite beer: I’m not a big beer drinker, but I love the Lindemans line of fruit lambics. For a guy who proudly enjoys mojitos and other girlie drinks, this beer has great flavor and you can keep drinking it!

Favorite place to drink: I like Monk’s on 16th because they have Lindemans lambics on tap! I also like to go to Grace’s Tavern off 23rd and South because they have Monks Sour Ale on tap, and it’s right around the corner from me.

Christopher Keelty, ACLU of Pennsylvania

Favorite beer: Yards George Washington Porter. I’m a major history geek and I love that it’s Washington’s own recipe, but it’s also an outstanding full-bodied, rich and balanced dark beer.

Favorite place to drink: Fergie’s will always be my first love—especially upstairs—but my current favorite is National Mechanics. The owners and staff are good people who know how to treat their customers, and there’s a welcoming atmosphere and a lot of Philly pride.

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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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