Favorite beer: Brooklyn Sorachi Ace—a really drinkable saison that packs a punch at over 7 percent. Light and crisp with a solid bite of peppercorns and a hint of banana.
Favorite place to drink: Johnny Brenda’s. I’ve been meeting up with friends there since they opened some 9 years ago. Great food and staff, and the owners make it a priority to support local farms and breweries.
Ryan Kattner, singer, Rhodes, Man Man
Favorite beer: Yuengling Black & Tan tallboys. My buddy Aldo and I destroy them whenever I’m in town.
Favorite place to drink: Dirty Frank’s.
Amie Roe, comedian
Favorite beer: My favorite beer is Franziskaner Heffe Weisse because it usually comes in a fun glass and also I like the way it tastes.
Favorite place to drink: One of my favorite places to drink beer is Local 44; the people who work there are super nice and great at taking a few seconds to recommend something new.
Martha Graham Cracker, cabaret performer
Favorite beer: Martha doesn’t drink beer. But a shandy made of sparkling lemonade and Yuengling is nice. Or else a pinot.
Favorite place to drink: L’Etage of course! The atmosphere is so cozy and elegant, and Second Thursdays are so exciting.
Brian McManus, music and food writer, Philadelphia Weekly
Favorite beer: My favorite beer, most days, is whichever kind is in front of my face. But on days I like to drink with my pinky out, in a discerning, respectful way, I really dig on porters. Beer as dark as my disgusting black soul. I order Yard’s Love Stout, which is brewed with oysters, if it’s on the menu of a place I’m eating. I love that stuff.
Favorite place to drink: I’m a big fan of beer in cans, and Bar (1309 Sansom St.) has a great selection. They have lots of cheap cans like Coors Banquet and a few varieties of Narragansett, but they have a wide selection of craft beers in cans too. They carry every variety of Six Point—which I love, shout out to Jersey Dan—in cans and the selection seems to change fairly often. So Bar is a place I’ve been hitting up on the reg when I know there are going to be too many familiar faces at Oscar’s.
Aaron Hertzog, comedian
Favorite beer: I’m a fan of good old-fashioned Yuengling Lager—you can’t go wrong, it’s delicious, it’s local. I’m originally from the Coal Region so I get to represent my central PA roots while getting drunk (which also represents my central PA roots).
Favorite place to drink: Hate Speech Hall—not a bar—but a house, where members of improv group Hate Speech Committee and sketch group Camp Woods live. I’ve always been a fan of hanging out with friends drinking in a house rather than going out to a bar. Plus, it’s close to comedy at Philly Improv Theater and Connie’s Ric Rac so it makes for the perfect pre-game and after-party spot. And you can’t watch The X-Files on Netflix at a bar.
Joe Sixpack, beer writer
Favorite beer: The one in my hand, because it’s the only one I care about at the moment.
Favorite place to drink: The closest one to where I am when I’m thirsty.
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.
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