Favorite beer: I love a kölsch—it tastes so clean, like the German snow—or a schwarzbier, which gives you the best of both a lager and a porter. Its pure efficiency in a bottle. Both beers are not easy to find, but I get real stoked when I find a Gaffel Kolsch or Köstritzer.
Favorite place to drink: Fiume. It’s a tiny, hidden bar on the second floor of an Ethiopian restaurant. Along the back wall, where most bars would keep all their vodkas, rums and gins, there is only whiskey. Whiskey of all types and distilleries. Also, they have a great bottled beer selection. It’s dark and homey. It’s perfect.
John Featherman, 1st District Congressional candidate
Favorite beer: I don’t drink. I’ve never been drunk!
Favorite place to drink: Dirty Frank's. Although I don’t drink, I love the crowd. Where else can lawyers, strippers, vets, artists and others congregate and enjoy each other’s company?
Kristen Schier, comedian
Favorite beer: Here on the East Coast I am a Yuengling girl through and through. It is a mild-tasting smooth beer and I find it refreshing. I also like that it’s from America’s oldest brewery. I tend to stay away from beers that are too hoppy. But I might say that my favorite beers were Fat Tire or Sunshine Wheat from New Belgium Brewery—if I could get them here.
Favorite place to drink: Probably where I do it most often: at O’Neals, surrounded by improvisers and comedy friends. Sure, O’Neals is great, but no matter where you are, its really the company that makes it a good time.
Jason Sheehan, food editor, Philadelphia magazine
Favorite beer: I’m gonna say Ommegang Witte, at least at the moment. I am not a huge beer snob but, like a lady, I like the Witte for her simple, uncomplicated charms.
Favorite place to drink: Two answers. In Philly, my favorite place to lift a pint or three is Percy Street because they have a great list, good whiskey to go along with the beer, and barbecue besides. Somewhat outside of Philly? My actual favorite place for beer is the Craft Ale House in Royersford. The place is just so much better than it needs to be, being way out in the burbs and basically the only option for those in the area. But the list is incredible (2 or 300 bottles), the bar is comfortable, they have a great deal on craft 6-packs and the menu is solid bar food done with intelligence and wit.
James Bradford, singer/songwriter; actor; comedian
Favorite beer: The truth is, I’m not a very big drinker. I decided long ago that destructive sexual choices were going to be my primary vice. That being said, if and when I do drink, I am a sucker for cider.
Favorite place to drink: I will make a special trip on over to the P.O.P.E. for some Revolution Cider, because I get to kill two birds with one stone: hit my tongue with some of the Gradman brothers’ best while also sizing up a local hipster to take home with me.
Matt Levine, chef, Square Peg
Favorite beer: Miller High Life because it goes great with fried chicken, and I feel fancy drinking the champagne of beers.
Favorite place to drink: Memphis Tap Room. Good selection of beer, plus the outdoor beer garden and food truck—plus, Jessie Kimball worked for me at Lacroix and is turning out great food that warms your soul like crawdad doughnuts!
Melissa Bang Bang Forgione, exotic dancer, anti-Daily News activist
Favorite beer: I’m so not a beer drinker! I normally drink tequila & scotch—not in the same glass—but in the winter I can’t get enough of that thick, dark, spicy Christmas stuff! Pez had Philly Brew Co. Engine 1892 Market Stout on tap this winter, and I drank that that for two months instead of my regular mescal.
Favorite place to drink: It’s a tossup: Loco Pez for the above stated reasons and their tacos—I love eating!—and also my two favorite bartenders of all time work there, Rasheed and Suga. And then there’s El Bar. They have a great yard with beautiful trees, and I can drink my fill of Dewars and not go home broke!
Tommy Pope, comedian
Favorite beer: My favorite beer is Golden Monkey by Victory because the Belgian yeast are tempered by a sparkling approach and overall light body. No, I’m kidding, I just Googled that shit. I like it because it makes my mouth feel good. But I’m broke so I drink whatever is on special.
Favorite place to drink: My favorite bar is a local bar called the East Falls Tap Room. Their menu is simple and fresh and the food is consistently wonderful. The staff gives you just enough attention with a touch of Philly attitude. (A real “What can I getcha, babe?” crew) They always have beer specials and the owner isn’t afraid to break into his private stash of whiskey.
Jeff Ziegler, producer
Wherever you go in this town, there’s good stuff to drink. And Philly Beer Week is a brilliant excuse to veer off your familiar routes of life and try something new.
Wine with Mexican Food? Sí!