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Popular in Germany but until recently all but unheard of in the United States, the once overlooked Kolsch is starting to make waves thanks to beers like Carton Boat and Samuel Adams Escape Route. The reason is simple: it’s a crisp, light drinking beer that manages to go down like a smooth lager but boasts some of the taste of an ale. Kenzinger is a not-quite-a-kolsch brewed right here in Philadelphia, and it’s well suited to drinking sessions with friends. You’ll see it on menus listed with the style, but this beer has a breadier malt profile and more pronounced sweetness than you’ll find in a traditional kolsch. It drinks smooth as butter, with just a stray hint of bitterness in the finish to keep things balanced. Nothing complex or wild, just a good beer—because sometimes, the greatest virtue a beer can have is simplicity. This beer is on draft at nearly 20 locations through the city.
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