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!
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.
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.