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The Greater Philadelphia Craft Beer Trail
See why the Philadelphia region is one of the best places for beer in the world...
While he may never have actually said “God made beer because he loves us and wants us to be happy,” the sentiment commonly attributed to Benjamin Franklin remains true, particularly in his beloved home of Philadelphia. The city is one of the nation’s leading craft beer capitals and sits at the forefront of the American craft brewing renaissance.
Philadelphia has earned a plethora of craft beer-related accolades, including honors as one of the best American beer cities by national publications like GQ , USA Today , CNN and Thrillist , and as home to Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine ’s best beer bar in the world . A handful of the region’s breweries and beer professionals have reached the rank of semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation Awards , and its brewers frequently rack up hardware at craft beer’s biggest gatherings, including the yearly Great American Beer Festival ( 51 medals – 13 of them gold — for Philly-area breweries since 2010) and the biannual World Beer Cup (nearly two-dozen Philly medals over the last four competitions).
An imposing roster of formidable beer artisans operate a staggering 116 breweries (across more than 165 locations) throughout Philadelphia and the Countryside, a lineup which includes some of the most coveted and celebrated in the United States — from Yards Brewing and Sly Fox to Dock Street and Victory Brewing — as well as a stellar collection of micro and nanobreweries, neighborhood brewhouses, experimental specialty shops and everything in between. All together, the region’s brew scene Philadelphia one of the country’s craft beer tourism hotspots, a must-experience destination for locals and visitors alike.
Grab a glass and map out your own visit to the best craft breweries in the city of Philadelphia and the surrounding region (Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties) with our comprehensive guide, which is sortable alphabetically, geographically and by rating on Untappd, the popular nearly 10-million-user social app which allows craft beer drinkers to review and share thoughts on beers they’re drinking and the breweries that produce them.
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Philadelphia breweries range widely in size and scope. There are the pioneering names, like Dock Street, Philadelphia Brewing Co., Sly Fox, Victory and Yards, responsible for sparking the local craft beer renaissance and creating some of Philadelphia’s best-known, and most accessible, craft recipes.
Newer additions like Human Robot, Levante, La Cabra and Brewery ARS have steadily expanded into multiple locations, developing wider brand recognition and distribution throughout the region. The tide on independent full-service brewpubs is rising fast, too, as stalwarts are joined by distinctive standalones (Crime & Punishment, Second District) as well as locally based chains (Conshohocken, Iron Hill).
Innovation and originality are another major hallmark of the Philadelphia scene, with breweries like Fermentery Form, Imprint, Free Will and Forest & Main often garnering international buzz by focusing on esoteric, hard-to-find or altogether new varieties, styles and techniques like fruited sours and milkshake IPAs. Pennsylvania breweries based outside the immediate region, such as Liquid Art and Separatist, and even breweries from further afield, like Other Half and Source, have made an effort to make their presence permanently known in the city with Philadelphia outposts.
All this action is bolstered by a lineup of still-in-the-works concepts, a promising sign that beer here will continue its boom, even in the face of immense challenges rooted in the pandemic.
Beer Tours and Philly Beer Week
Many of the breweries in the five-county region have tours and/or tastings at their facilities, and a number of local groups — including City Brew Tours , Liberty Brew Tours and Viator — offer comprehensive experiences that include multiple breweries across the breadth of Philadelphia’s deep, dynamic beer scene.
Taking place every June, the 10-day Philly Beer Week is the largest beverage celebration of its kind in America, drawing breweries and visitors from around the country and world.
Philadelphia Beer History
Philadelphians have embraced beer and beer culture since the very beginning of our nation. After all, this is the birthplace of America, and great ideas have been known to hatch over a pint. Case in point: Local taverns served as vital meeting points during the American Revolution, providing the well-stocked gathering spaces required by Founding Fathers and common colonists alike to birth modern democracy.
Philadelphia would also play a crucial role in the wider maturation of American beercraft. In the mid-19th through the early-20th centuries, more than 90 breweries operated in Philadelphia proper, and another 100 operated in the surrounding areas, making it one of the region’s most stable and essential industries.
The brewery uptick came to an end in 1920, when Prohibition brought on the near-demise of virtually all of Philadelphia’s beer producers, the majority of which remained shuttered beyond the repeal of the “Noble Experiment” in 1933. But the enterprising, independent spirit of the originators never left the fabric of Philadelphia’s civic identity, setting the scene for a serious comeback that began gaining steam in the early 1980s.
Throughout the next 20-plus years, innovative craft breweries proudly reclaimed the region’s reputation by brewing some of the country’s best beer.
The pride of Delaware County, 2SP Brewing Company has some serious (beer) muscles bolstering its operation, including partner-brewmaster Bob Barrar, who guided Iron Hill’s Media location to dozens of national awards before striking out in 2015. It didn’t take long for Barrar and company to continue racking up hardware — The Russian imperial stout has won three Great American Beer Festival gold medals — on a 20-bbl system in Aston. The tucked-away facility is accompanied by a spic-and-span public tasting room pouring more than 20 of their beers like their signature Delco Lager, special releases, and creative small batches aged in wine and whiskey casks. In 2022, 2SP opened a tap house location in Chadds Ford, offering a dog-friendly outdoor patio, a dozen taps, and a menu of fun bar bites like smash burgers, spent grain biscuits and baked pretzels.
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Untappd Rating: 3.75 /5 (229,743 ratings)
After years of planning, Animated Brewing Co. opened its doors in March 2020 as the first craft brewery in Coatesville. A small menu of bar food complements lagers and West Coast IPAs, many of which reference the founders’ favorite music or inside jokes. Saturdays bring all-day five-dollar pizza alongside a packed calendar of events like Friday Teacher Appreciation Nights and Wednesday quizzo. In September 2022, Animated christened a second location in Parkesburg, a former 1930s gas station with an eight-tap bar and a lineup of food trucks.
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Untappd Rating: 3.8 /5 (8,433 ratings)
Pull up an indoor or outdoor seat at Bucks County’s Aristaeus Craft Brewing Co ., an open-concept nanobrewery which features a 12-tap system serving a variety of hand-crafted beers and nitro cold brew coffee, as well as wine, hard seltzers, honey spritzers and a variety of canned cocktails. All of the beers are brewed with water from the Aristaeus well, the brewery’s very own certified and tested public water source.
Untappd Rating: 3.74 /5 (4,449 ratings)
Opened in 2019, the brewers at Hatboro’s Artifact Brewing have created a relaxed space for craft beer lovers throughout Montco. The brewery’s ambitious lineup covers a wide range of styles, including tasty sasions, pilsners, IPAs and barleywine alongside sporadic bottled releases from the brewery’s limited-edition barrel-aged program. The taproom, built out of a former tire dealership, has expanded into the spot’s parking lot, which allows for ample room to kick back and hang out with food trucks and music (both live acoustic and replays of old Grateful Dead shows). The brewery also operates the new Artifact Brewing Brewpub a few miles up PA 611 in co-owner Ryan McKinney’s hometown of Doylestown inside a former Pennsylvania state store.
After an initial run on a farm at the edge of the Brandywine Battlefield, Artillery Brewing moved into its new “Barracks Taproom” home on the west end of West Chester in 2021. Artillery blends local farm ingredients into many of their recipes as they craft beers across a range of classic styles (“Nothing fad-ish,” they say), with names that play on events relating to the Revolutionary War and its battlefields like The Militia lager, Paoli Massacre session and The Battle of the Clouds IPA to honor the rich 18th-century history of Greater Philadelphia. The brewery plans to produce a beer named for every battlefield between Maine and Georgia, with a portion of the proceeds supporting the preservation of each namesake battlefield museum, park or historical society.
Untappd Rating: 3.75 /5 (7,117 ratings)
Beer, environmentalism and social responsibility fuel the team at Attic Brewing Company , the first operational brewery in Germantown in more than a century. The spacious yet cozy brewery, formerly the historic Blaisdell Pencil factory, offers 14 award-winning craft beers on tap, with plenty of hazy IPAs, porters and pilsners available along with wine, cider, cocktail, and spirits both in their family-friendly taproom and dog-friendly outdoor beer garden that features food trucks and live music, comedy and vinyl-spinning DJs.
At the start of 2017, Joe and Abby Feerrar made a New Year’s resolution to write a craft-beer business plan that would allow them to leave their corporate careers behind. The following year, the couple launched Bald Birds Brewing Company , combining a production brewery with a family- and pet-friendly taproom in Audubon. Featuring billiards, arcade games and food trucks, the public-facing side pours a dozen beers featuring head brewer Patrick Countryman’s smart mix of IPAs, lagers, pilsners, stouts and special releases. The Bald Birds name reflects the owners’ sense of humor and self-awareness, as Joe has gone chrome-dome since his 20s, while wife Abby has autoimmune disorder alopecia.
Untappd Rating: 3.69 /5 (47,310 ratings)
Named for the Danish word for the feeling of contentment while surrounded by friends, Bar Hygge is a microbrewery serving beers from its in-house Brewery Techne . Hygge combines a rotating selection of adventurous brews like cream ale, witbeer and rauchbier with an eclectic menu highlighted by its mix-and-match charcuterie-style “Hygge boards” served on paddles. The Fairmount – Spring Garden brewpub and 10-barrel production facility, opened by Tom Baker and Peggy Zwerver of Earth Bread + Brewery and Stew and Julie Keener of Baggataway Tavern, offers a lived-in feel, enlivened by exposed brick and clever touches like the dining room wall constructed from repurposed barrel staves.
Barrel Splitters Brewing proudly refers to itself as Northeast Philly’s first craft brewery, and revels in celebrating everything that makes The Great Northeast a special place. The old-school, spacious and warm family-owned taproom heats up even more with weekend football watch parties, live music, game nights and the occasional cornhole tournament. Lagers lead this tap list, with pilsner, helles and dunkel all making appearances along with cocktails, liquors, seltzers, ciders, and favorites from other local breweries in the area.
When it opened in 2019, Be Here Brewing Company gave the diminutive creekside community of Avondale its first brewpub. Live rock and Irish folk bands provide a soundtrack to the food, while tongue-in-cheek events like Püüpfñflyngn (a cornhole tournament that has contestants tossing fake poo to raise money for stray dog rescue) bring the fun to this small Chester County borough. But it’s not all just fun and poo-flinging: Be Here serves beer borrowed from the great styles of Ireland, Germany, Belgium, California and Vermont alongside a menu of killer sandwiches and wraps punctuated by Pizza Wednesdays serving pies from Mezzaluna Wood Fired Pizza.
Untappd Rating: 3.58 /5 (4,126 ratings)
Big Chief Brewing Company is both Horsham’s first brewery and Pennsylvania’s first (and currently only) Indigenous-owned brewery. Hailing from the Ojibwa (formerly known as Chippewa) Nation, 20-year homebrewer and founder Mark Dasher brings Native American themes to the beer world by naming his handcrafted beers with nods to the culture. Patrons get cozy on the big leather couch with selections like Pocahontas Porter and Dances with Hops IPA as part of a rotation of small-batch, in-house made craft ales.
Untappd Rating: 3.77 /5 (984 ratings)
In 2011, the Fehon family of Bryn Athyn launched their line of Bill’s Best organic barbecue sauces in honor of the family patriarch who could no longer produce his beloved recipe after being diagnosed with Frontotemporal Degeneration. Eight years later, the clan diversified the family business by opening Bill’s Best Brewery , a one-bbl brewpub, tasting room and beer garden in Glenside specializing in traditional beers, hazy IPAs and wild ales. When Bill’s Best isn’t hosting local food trucks to feed the crowds, drinkers can order from a small menu highlighting father Bill’s signature sauces, and enjoy quizzo night every Thursday.
Untappd Rating: 3.96 /5 (10,478 ratings)
Long-time beer aficionado Michael Crosson began by experimenting with homebrewing in his small apartment kitchen, creating his first concoction named “Bitchin’ Kitten,” after his wife Brigitte’s cat Shadow who once accidentally mistook a White Russian for milk (and did not enjoy the experience). In 2019, Michael entered his brew into a homebrew competition and walked away with a silver medal, a success that was the impetus to open the feline-themed Bitchin’ Kitten Brewery in 2021 in Morrisville, Bucks County. Every quarter, the couple donate a portion of their proceeds to a different cat rescue operation and feature the organization on a beer label. In keeping with the cat-egory, the tap list gets cheeky with names such as their Sour Puss sour ale, Kitten Mittens cold IPA and Boujee Cat raspberry wheat.
Untappd Rating: 3.75 /5 (5,275 ratings)
After eight dry decades, West Grove welcomed Blondes and Brewnettes Brewery , its first standalone brewery, in 2022. Opened by Bernadette and Knute Mellon, who also own West Grove’s Twelves Grill & Cafe, the brewery is named for blonde Bernadette and her brunette sister (a former partner in the brewery along with her husband). The Chester County spot serves 10 to 15 of its locally malted and wryly categorized blonde, “brewnette” and red beers in a standalone space that opened in early 2023 after outgrowing its temporary Twelves home.
Untappd Rating: 3.62 /5 (385 ratings)
The first brewery to set up shop in charming Harleysville, Blueprint Brewing Company plies its wares from an airy, high-ceilinged tasting room tucked inside an unassuming office park. In-the-know Montco regulars load up the whole gang and head to the kid- and pet-friendly brewery to take advantage of the quaint outdoor oasis set up around the side of the building, complete with pavers, Adirondack chairs and twinkly lights. Their 18-line draft system is populated with trusty flagship beers like White Zombie witbier and P’Nuts and Bolts stout alongside exciting seasonals and specialty brews.
Untappd Rating: 3.61 /5 (21,757 ratings)
While “Braeloch” is Scottish for “hill by a lake,” Kennett Square’s Braeloch Brewing is more of a “brewpub by a creek.” Named for the Keuka Lake family home of co-owner Kent Steeves in upstate New York, the 10-barrel brewery and taproom is built out of a turn-of-the-century brick warehouse once used to grow mushrooms. Rather than fungi, now it’s cream ales, saisons and fruited sours popping up, poured from 15 taps behind a 75-foot-long bar that snakes through the room. The self-described “third place between home and work” brewery also boasts a dog-friendly outdoor beer garden with views of Red Clay Creek.
Untappd Rating: 3.72 /5 (16,475 ratings)
When twin brothers Andy and Sean Arsenault started their small, independent Brewery ARS brewery and tasting room in an old West Passyunk auto body shop, their focus was on small-batching the styles they themselves liked best: dark beers, hoppy ales and saisons, with each new recipe accompanied by a colored-pencil illustration by Sean. In 2022, the brothers christened a twin location in Fishtown on Frankford Avenue.
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Untappd Rating: 3.92 /5 (30,955 ratings)
Established in Bristol in 2014 by music industry vets itching to do something new, Broken Goblet produces an award-winning selection of core beers alongside distinctive and unique specialty beers (think green tea-infused ales and recipes brewed with basil and rosemary). In 2019, the brewery moved into its current large indoor-outdoor spot in Bensalem, boasting a 10-bbl brewing system, plus a distillery, restaurant and a touring stage once used by none other than The Thin White Duke David Bowie himself, updating it with state-of-the-art lighting and sound to deliver a Ziggy Stardust-like live music experience. In 2023, Broken Goblet also became home to Mutual Respect Brewers Co-Op , a brewing and distilling collective opened in conjunction with Trauger Brewing and Lucky Cat Beer Co .
Homebrewing together for years, brothers Basil and Kevin Kershner went pro in 2018, renovating an old auto body shop in Skippack into Brothers Kershner Brewing Co. , a 15-barrel brewhouse and tasting room. The 12-tap system is typically split down the middle between flagships like their Bing Bang Boom American IPA, Hilltop Farmhouse saison and Johann German pilsner (named after the first Kershner ancestor to emigrate from Germany) and seasonal selections, special projects and a robust collection of barrel-aged sours, stouts and porters. The Montco brewery also operates Brothers on the Brandywine , a stunning seasonal creekside beer garden and live music venue 30 miles away in Coatesville, Chesco.
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Untappd Rating: 3.7 /5 (16,315 ratings)
Food trucks and live music enhance the fun at Bucks County Brewery (BCB). A family- and dog-welcoming Pipersville brewery, the BCB team welcomes adult human beer lovers for a selection of hazy IPAs, porters, saisons and stouts along with a several local guest taps and collabs, as well as Sir Charles hard ciders from Original 13 Ciderworks and local wines. Just outside, dotted with umbrella-shaded tables, lies a substantial beer garden, featuring plenty of lawn space for groups to set up and sprawl out with chairs and blankets from home as well as a large live music stage. A rotation of food trucks stop by most every night, but guests are also welcome to bring their own food, or have local restaurants deliver.
Untappd Rating: 3.71 /5 (9,763 ratings)
When Dock Street Brewing exited its iconic West Philly firehouse in spring 2022, it would have been sacrilege for the space to not continue as a friendly craft beverage space. Enter Carbon Copy , Philly’s first combined brewery and winery that reopened the historic firehouse doors in December of 2022 (with Dock Street co-owner Rosemarie Certo’s blessing). New owners Brendon Boudwin and Kyle Wolak, both formerly of Tired Hands Brewing, updated the space with high-tops, bar seating and tables for 50, plus new large windows letting in the daytime sun and large windows into the brewhouse where the duo brew beers onsite. (The vino is produced at Carbon Copy’s proprietary winery in Kensington.) The taproom offers 18 draft lines for beer, wine and craft cocktails, plus a pub menu of shareables, small plates and a half-dozen varieties of thin-crust wood-fired pizza and several vegetarian options.
East Passyunk ’s Cartesian Brewing is housed in a former auto body shop, offering local-origin saisons, ambers and ales in an industrial-cozy taproom and urban beer garden. Founder Evan Roth says Cartesian’s mission is to bring “local origin brewing” to the community, using as many locally sourced ingredients as possible and recognizing the growers in his branding. If all that makes you hungry for some grub with your brews, that’s no problem — the brewery’s front door lies just 400 feet from Philly’s legendary Cheesesteak Vegas corner, perfect for pairing your beers with a whiz wit from Geno’s Steaks or Pat’s King of Steaks (or both!).
With an Alice in Wonderland -themed name, it is safe to say Cheshire Brewing Co. — located inside Elkins Park’s Creekside Market and Tap food co-op — has gone down the rabbit hole with creations like the Futterwacken Scottish bourbon nitro ale and Tweedle Tea Vienna lager. The brewery is a side project for managers at nearby J.J. Ratigan’s Brewing, created to show a different side of their beer proclivity. On offer: great in-house brews, a selection of guest beers and ciders from around the state, a robust assortment of Pennsylvania-produced wines and spirits, creative cocktails, and a choose-your-own flavored vodka and juice menu.
Untappd Rating: 3.75 /5 (1,531 ratings)
A husband-and-wife team with a shared passion for entrepreneurship, Nick Gunderson and Lindsey Pete opened Chestnut Hill Brewing Company (CHBC) in 2017 in the eponymous northwest Philly neighborhood . Inspired by another power couple – aka beer and pizza – the duo took a hands-on approach to their well-regarded brewery inside Germantown Avenue’s Market on the Fareway, using a five-bbl setup to produce a range of styles. The eight-tap draft system features signature brews like the mosaic- and citra-hopped Motra West Coast-style IPA and the Galactic Loosey New England IPA. The Taproom is an eclectic industrial-chic gastropub with a cozy, casual vibe and a menu of wood-fired pizza, shareables, salads and handhelds, as well as vegan-friendly pub fare. Next door is the CHBC Beer Garden all-season outdoor space featuring pizza, seasonal fare and more vegan-friendly options, with seating shared among all Market tenants which allows guests to pair their beers with food from other vendors.
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Untappd Rating: 3.7 /5 (9,294 ratings)
Opened in 2021, the Co-Hops Brewery and Cannery brewing cooperative is not only Pennsylvania’s first craft beer incubator, but it’s also an under-the-radar imbibing spot that’s the nation’s first contract-only brewing facility with a taproom open to the public. Co-Hops is a collaboration of a number of local breweries — including Floating Feathers, LoSo Brewing, Kenwood, Prism Brewing, and over a dozen more, most without physical locations of their own — created to brew and distribute contract beer, with a first-of-its-kind twist of also offering a full tap and tasting room open to all. The 100-seat taproom in the Hatfield brewery, the brainchild of Doylestown Brewing Company’s Joe Modestine and led by head brewer Brody Bisson of Brass Collar Brewing Co., pours from a dozen taps served along with a small food menu.
Untappd Rating: 3.83 /5 (154 ratings)
Self-described lovers of “the art and business of beer,” Ken Buonocore and John Remington founded the first Conshohocken Brewing Company (CBC) location along the Schuylkill River Trail in 2014, serving their renowned core beer selection like the Phillies-inspired Ring the Bell unfiltered kellerbier pilsner, two-time World Beer Cup award-winner Puddlers Row ESB and Type A West Coast IPA, plus a dozen or so seasonals. Over the years, CBC has opened a handful of other locations varying in size, scope and setup, including a tap room in King of Prussia , the cozy Phoenixville Rec Room and the newly renamed Puddler’s Kitchen & Tap in Bridgeport.
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Untappd Rating: 3.68 /5 (211,065 ratings)
The first 21st-century brewery to open in the aptly named Brewerytown neighborhood, Crime and Punishment Brewing Co . leans into its Russian personality and decor — to be expected when a place is named after a Dostoyevsky novel. That said, this 50-seat, seven-barrel operation, open since 2015, is strictly Philly in spirit. Brewer-partners Michael Paul and Michael Wambolt balance approachability and edginess, looking to the season to inspire the six to eight beers they offer at any time. While year-rounders like Space Race, a complex but drinkable IPA, are typically on, drinkers might also run into an inky oatmeal stout, tasty cranbeer or gose brewed with kombu, depending on the day. The spot is open for both indoor and outdoor drinking and dining for, as they say, “great beer, great food and great community.”
Untappd Rating: 3.9 /5 (35,456 ratings)
Brewer Jeff Mulherin, with his father Paul Mulherin and uncle Paul Hogan (not that Paul Hogan), have gradually upgraded their main street Hatboro operation since opening Crooked Eye Brewery in 2014, growing their humble Hatboro nanobrewery into a family-owned destination all its own. Now working off a seven-bbl system, the team offers between 12 and 16 beers at a time, including intriguing flagships like Regimental Scottish Ale, a Scottish amber, and their Hatboro-inspired Boro Blonde Ale American ale. They host a variety of events, including open mic nights, local bands and their own house ensemble, The Crooked Eye Band.
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Untappd Rating: 3.57 /5 (16,993 ratings)
Some refer to Dock Street Brewery as the O.G. Philly brewery , and they’re not exaggerating. When the original location opened in 1989, it became the very first craft brewery to open in Philadelphia since Prohibition. While the brewery has changed locations a number of times, Rosemarie Certo’s influential brewery continues on at Dock Street South . Opened in 2019, this location brings a 20-barrel, 10,000-square-foot brewhouse and taproom to South Philly, with 12 beer taps and creative cocktails complementing signature pizzas and brasserie-style eats. South hosts weekly quizzo, live music, regular pop-up markets and more. Every Saturday, the brewery offers $10-per-ticket tours into the behind-the-scenes operation, with beer samples and a take-home pint glass. April 2023 saw the opening of the long-awaited Dock Street Fishtown taproom on Front Street, a new all-electric taproom featuring eight beer lines (plus four for cider and wine) behind the concrete-topped bar and kitchen serving Mediterranean small plates (try the house-made wood-fired pita), again expanding the iconic brand back to multiple locations.
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Untappd Rating: 3.65 /5 (68,445 ratings)
Homebrewer Dylan Meanix and Victory Brewing alum Kevin McGovern introduced their second-floor East Branch Brewing Company to Downingtown in 2017 with the goal of celebrating and elevating venerated beer styles. Less concerned with trendiness than quality, the pair populates its drafts with picks like Der Bach, a classic German Kölsch, and their Alluvium IPA. They separate themselves with an ambitious kitchen as well, serving USDA Prime Angus burgers, a brisket bánh mì and noodle bowls, with vegan options, too.
Untappd Rating: 3.82 /5 (24,327 ratings)
The team behind much-loved Fishtown brewpub Evil Genius Beer Company serves some of Philly’s most iconic beers, thanks not just to the outstanding taste but to memorable names like There’s No Crying In Baseball hazy mango IPA, Stacy’s Mom citra IPA, I Love Lamp pineapple hefeweizen and the ubiquitous Purple Monkey Dishwasher chocolate-peanut butter porter. While those flagships are contract-brewed off-site, Evil Genius’ 6,000-square-foot Front Street taproom, known as “The Lab,” is reserved for left-of-center experiments spread across a dozen taps. Inside, board games entertain the analog-minded while screens oriented every-which-way ensure no one misses their fave Philly teams in action. A side yard that operates as a dog-friendly beer garden in warm months.
With a name like Fat Lady Brewing , it’s clear founder Janie Jones has an affinity for the big top. The Manayunk brewpub, an inclusion-forward, body-positive space, offers a distinct circus ambiance with a snack stand; recurring speakeasy, burlesque, drag and vaudeville nights; and 12 taps of big top-themed beers in a relaxing, 115-seat space. Jones aims to bring joy and laughter to her patrons and show her fun-loving side in her beer labels, which depict loving illustrations of heavyset women.
A pet project of three longtime friends that blossomed into a full-on West Kensington operation, Fermentery Form doesn’t actually brew on-site. Instead, unfermented beer is created elsewhere and brought in to ferment, blend and age … ergo, fermentery. The results are crisp, refreshing beers executed in the style of Belgian lambics and French farmhouse ales that have garnered a cult following among the city beer cognoscenti. But before you head into this back-alley beer spot (which offers three to four drafts and a selection of 750mL bottles), check if the green light outside is illuminated — that indicates the ’by announcement only ” speakeasy is open. (Alternative option: Just check their social media.) The prohibition-era theatrics are worth the fun for the Belgian-style mixed fermentation and sour beers this team produces.
When Daniel Endicott and Gerard Olson first opened Forest & Main Brewing Company in 2012, they wanted an opportunity to embody that small town, front porch, idyllic feel. “We believe in simplicity, and letting the yeast shine brightest,” says Endicott, who prefers to brew balanced, lower-ABV styles of Belgian and British origin, including darks and bitters poured on cask. Having outgrown their original 19th-century Victorian facility, the Forest & Main team moved on and up to not one, but two new locations in November of 2022. Their relocated Production Facility brewery unwrapped just a couple blocks away on North Main Street, while a standalone brewpub opened its doors on busy East Butler Avenue inside a former skate shop with a dozen taps (three of which are side-pull), three cask beer hand pumps and room for 50.
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Untappd Rating: 3.96 /5 (134,015 ratings)
Delaware County’s Four Fingers Brewing Co. offers a cozy taproom plus an expansive outdoor area with year-round picnic tables and fire pits for patrons to warm up or cool off. On tap: a variety of IPAs and ales poured from ten taps including Neumann Brown Ale, Annie’s Irish Red Ale and its One Beer IPA brewed in collaboration with The Rights to Ricky Sanchez , a 76ers podcast co-hosted by legendary Philly broadcaster Spike Eskin.
Untappd Rating: 3.65 /5 (2,951 ratings)
Since launching over a decade ago, Free Will Brewing Co. has enhanced its original hometown Perkasie location to match its growth in multiple areas. The square footage is split between a conventional “tank farm” brewing floor, a separate barrel house cellar for barrel-aging wild fermentation, an event hall, a summer beer garden, and a 16-line taproom featuring barrel-aged sours, saisons, stouts, side-pulled lagers and IPAs. Free Will has also expanded to two other locations, a nine-line taproom at charming shopping destination Peddler’s Village in Lahaska and a satellite operation inside Souderton’s historic Broad Theater .
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Untappd Rating: 3.8 /5 (444,271 ratings)
In 2018, Doylestown restaurateur Lilly Salvatore revamped the existing café attached to her popular Lilly’s Gourmet restaurant in the heart of the Bucks County seat, turning it into the cozy Lilly’s Jury Room (named for to the county courthouse down the block), serving small plates, salads and sandwiches and then adding proprietary hyperlocal beers on draft from friend and brewer Drew Scott’s Geronimo Brewing startup. Working off a modest rig opposite the wood-paneled bar, Geronimo offers a tight draft selection of ales, IPAs, and specialty brews like the Wee Heavy smoked Scotch ale and Mercer’s Plvs Vltra historic ale paired with Lilly’s casual eats.
Untappd Rating: 3.76 /5 (3,997 ratings)
Ask Great Barn Brewery founders Steve and Maryana Ferguson what it means to truly drink local and they will tell you all about their farm-crafted beers made from ingredients they grow themselves next door to their Ukrainian-owned brewery in the northernmost point of Bucks County. This farm-to-glass experience is only possible thanks to the grain cultivated on their 177-acre Kintnersville farmstead, having converted the eponymous barn into a wind-powered seven-bbl brewhouse where they turn their own locally malted barley and spring water from the grounds into brews like Where the Delaware Am I? and Hazy Acres IPAs sold right there on the farm as well as at their other locations. Those include Great Barn’s New Hope Taproom , a cozy gathering place with 16 taps along Aquetong Creek, and the Warrington Taphouse , offering an impressive 30 taps, televisions for game days, a live music stage and a large patio inside the upscale Shops at Valley Square.
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Untappd Rating: 3.52 /5 (21,246 ratings)
In June 2020, Hares Hill Brewing teamed up with Pottstown pizza and cheesesteak shop Tony Joe’s House of Great Eats to serve as a physical location for its line of contract craft brews. The collab was such a success that Hares Hill founders Billy and Nancy Rutter bought out the entire space and gave it a revamp, featuring a new look, a new menu (still including pizzas and steaks), a collection of five permanent flagship taps (including Gnarly Rabbit West Coast IPA and Space Boy double IPA), and two rotating taps. Hares Hill brews are also available in their satellite taproom at Kimberton’s Stone House Grille .
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Untappd Rating: 3.87 /5 (3,010 ratings)
Does combining experimental nouveau beers, fascinatingly poured traditional drafts and award-winning sandwiches compute? That’s a question the flesh-and-blood folks at Human Robot Brewery aim to answer at their Kensington brewpub. Among the flavorful offerings are half-a-dozen varieties of beers on standard draft, plus a selection of German and Czech lagers and ales offered as tank pours and or as one of three “traditional” hladinka, šnyt and miklo pour styles, or as a unique Czech-inspired Milktube, a stange glass filled from the Lukr faucet with dense Polotmavy foam meant to be chugged. If all that makes you hungry, too, you’re in luck — Poe’s Sandwich Joint , formerly a popular Fishtown takeout shop with a cult following, now operates right inside the brewery, offering some of the best sandwiches in the city. In March 2022, the brewery expanded in Jenkintown, Montco, with a 140-seat brewpub, dubbed The Haus , serving 14 draft brews (including the Milktube) and a German beer hall-inspired food menu.
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Untappd Rating: 4.05 /5 (53,572 ratings)
Former CPA and Temple grad Alex Howell is the brains behind this this nanobrewery in Fishtown. While beers are produced in a not-open-to-the-public former 1920s textile mill in Kensington, the spot’s taproom , which opened in a former coffee shop in January 2023, offers a six-to-eight seat bar repurposed from the original café counter and TVs for game-watching, as well as a backyard beer garden.
Untappd Rating: 4.01 /5 (1,042 ratings)
”The general approach is to try new ideas, and not be boxed in by rules,” says Brendan Connelly of Hatfield’s Imprint Beer Co. , currently holding the top-ranked spot on Untappd in all of Montgomery County . Since opening in 2018, the Imprint team has built a fanatical following, with daring styles including their fruited-sour “Schmoojees,” big dessert stouts and coffee-infused brews from their in-house Split Theory Coffee complementing more traditional IPAs, ales and lagers. And to pair with these brews is on-site restaurant Cantina Rabo, located inside Imprint’s facility, serving eclectic gastropub fare, fusion street tacos, flatbreads, sandwiches and appetizers.
Starting with a single brewpub in Delaware in 1996, regional powerhouse Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant has steadily grown to an impressive lineup of 10 locations around Philadelphia and the surrounding four counties (plus 11 more spots across five states). Over the years, former homebrewers Mark Edelson and Kevin Finn and restaurant vet Kevin Davies have developed a winning equation, offering a welcoming brewpub atmosphere, accessible casual eats, and a portfolio of award-winning and approachable beers like the popular Iron Hill Light Lager, Vienna Red Lager, Pig Iron Porter and the Eagles-inspired Philly Phavorite hazy IPA. At 275 seats, nothing beats the atmosphere of the flagship 12th & Market Street location in the heart of Center City East, which offers a line of site-exclusive Philly-centric beers, outdoor seating facing City Hall , an open kitchen and giant windows peering into the on-site brewery.
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Untappd Rating: 3.67 /5 (475,693 ratings)
The folks behind Pottstown’s J.J. Ratigan Brewing Company aren’t afraid to embrace the past. Located in the town’s historic 19th-century Ellis Mills department store building (complete with exposed brick walls and original wood floors), the brewery is named after a real pre-Prohibition Philadelphia brewer (and co-owner Dan Glennon’s great-great-uncle) who helped lead Philly’s anti-temperance resistance. But the old easily melds with the new at the 15-barrel brewery, which offers both crowd-pleasing takes on classic beer styles and trendier, seasonal brews. J.J. Ratigan is also a full-service restaurant, the largest eatery in Montco’s second-largest city, offering a scratch menu inspired by beer gardens around the world, plus craft cocktails, whiskies and local wines.
Untappd Rating: 3.78 /5 (7,372 ratings)
Opened in 2015, Kennett Brewing Company prides itself on giving original twists to classic styles. That comes from co-founder Jossy Osborne’s love of Vermont IPAs and English pales contrasting with husband and fellow co-founder Mark Osborne’s preference of English bitters and German pilsners. Together, the duo’s varying predilections have led them to craft dozens of original beers served at their Chester County family brewpub alongside a casual food menu.
Untappd Rating: 3.7 /5 (19,451 ratings)
While the folks behind Berwyn’s La Cabra Brewing are probably too modest to declare themselves “Greatest of All Time,” that didn’t stop them from naming their seven-bbl brewery for the Spanish phrase meaning “The Goat.” The neighborhood- and community-focused brewpub, living up to its motto of gran vecino (Spanish for “great neighbor”), offers a rotation of 14 beers on tap, from stalwart styles to seasonal experiments fermented in stainless steel and aged in oak, alongside a scratch kitchen menu of Latinx-inspired food like empanadas, Cubanos, and street corn Caesar salad. For a different style of cuisine, head seven miles east to La Cabra Brewing Smokehouse , a full-service restaurant extension in Bryn Mawr featuring Kansas City-style barbecue favorites from a live fire kitchen and wood smoker to go along with 10 house beers on tap.
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Untappd Rating: 3.91 /5 (80,416 ratings)
Visitors don’t need much incentive to hang for a while at Langhorne Brewing Company . The folks behind the friendly suburban brewery encourage visitors come by, watch a game, chill at the bar or patio, and pair its brews from 13 rotating taps (plus some exciting guest taps, as well as selections from local distilleries). Also available: a robust menu of pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, appetizers, salads and more from a scratch kitchen, or a hoagie or steak from their new The Deli by Langhorne Brewing Company right next door.
In the mid-19th century, General William Larimer Jr. set out from Pennsylvania headed west to the Rockies, eventually founding the city of Denver. The intrepid American settler, politician and railroad tycoon’s entrepreneurial spirit inspired the name of Chester’s Larimer Brewhouse (recently renamed from The Larimer Beer Company). The brewery pours a variety of styles like double dry-hopped IPAs, Czech pilsners and traditional lagers, especially and before, during and after Philadelphia Union home matches. Why? The footy-friendly brewpub’s front door is just 850 feet from midfield at Subaru Park, home of Major League Soccer’s 2022 Eastern Conference Champions. That’s just a three-minute post-match walk — covering the length of two-and-a-half soccer fields.
Taking its name from the Italian for “rising” (as well as from Italy’s Riviera di Levante region), Levante Brewing Company sprang up in West Chester in 2015 thanks to two friends with a desire to brew in the explorative tradition of the Old World and a mind on the communal beauty of beer. There are as many as 30 selections on tap at a time, an artisanal assortment of hazy New England IPAs, milk stouts and other daring styles plus traditional lagers and pilsners. The brewery also offers the seasonal Levante Beer Garden and tap trailer at Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show Grounds in Glenmoore, a dog- and family-friendly spot with drafts, singles cans and food trucks.
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Untappd Rating: 3.97 /5 (488,183 ratings)
Until recently known as Roy-Pitz, Liquid Art Brewing Company’s newly-renamed Liquid Art Barrel House in Callowhill (the only Philly-area location for the south-central Pennsylvania brewer) is as much an arts collective as it is a brewery, with stylized oil-on-canvas creations adorning the brewery’s walls (as well as its cans). The name and branding may be new, but the Spring Arts district location — opened in 2017 — is still serving the same award-winning, Franklin County-brewed IPAs and lagers in addition to Philly-specific sour, funk and barrel-aged experimental specialties from 17 taps inside the 130-seat brewpub and open-air beer garden’s sleek industrial-chic space. Also not changing is the full-service kitchen, offering lunch and dinner fresh with local ingredients including burgers and nine styles of square, deep-dish Detroit-style pizza.
Untappd Rating: 3.57 /5 (78,446 ratings)
”Simply crafted” is the credo at Locust Lane Craft Brewery , a 15-bbl brewery in Malvern named after the State College street where its three partners met as Penn State students. The taproom exudes a living room vibe, with three televisions, a 35-foot “live edge” bar and immersive views of the production brewery through a large window behind the counter. Ever-rotating brews on 14 taps range from kölschs to pilsners to nitro stouts. Foster Ave Carvey, the in-house food truck, offers handhelds, handcarved sandwiches and desserts along with weekly specials that can also be enjoyed on the 500-square-foot deck. The brewery is also proudly philanthropic, regularly raising money for charities through events, a monthly fundraiser Community Cup and a Black is Beautiful Scholarship program.
Untappd Rating: 3.73 /5 (33,296 ratings)
Its historic building may date back to the 1800s, but Lost Planet Brewing Company — the brewery now operating inside the site of Royersford’s first firehouse — is brand-spanking new. Lost Planet opened in the summer of 2022 serving lagers, pale ales, hazy IPAs and more in its two bars: one on the ground floor with a dozen taps and a full kitchen that sits 22, plus a second upstairs spot seating eight with six taps and a warming kitchen. The “Firehouse Brew Station” features a menu of tasty gastropub fare, soups, salads, sandwiches and a half-dozen varieties of Neapolitan-style pizza to enjoy in either the bar space or in the outdoor beer garden.
Untappd Rating: 3.76 /5 (2,741 ratings)
Husband and wife team Kevin (formerly of Iron Hill Brewing) and Melissa Walter unveiled their Love City Brewing in 2018, cropping up in a neo-industrial space on the brick streets of Callowhill that once manufactured train parts for the Reading Railroad. Known as one of the city’s friendliest tasting rooms, the brewery offers beloved signature beers like Love City Lager American lager and Eraserhood, a triple-hopped hazy IPA inspired by former neighborhood resident David Lynch, plus a small in-house pub fare snack selection and more substantial grub from rotating food trucks. The lively brewpub also operates a cozy urban beer garden under the Rail Park tracks down the block.
Brothers Kurt and Jim Ludwig began homebrewing together in 2008, expanding into a quaint commercial space in Buckingham in 2015. Though they made the leap, little has changed in terms of the Mad Princes Brewing ’s output and philosophy — their half-barrel system is dedicated to producing nano-batches of styles they personally like, namely saisons, stouts, Altbiers and brown ales in an IPA-free safe space. The Ludwigs strive to use Pennsylvania ingredients wherever possible, winning them a loyal following at their quaint tasting room they describe as “a place of merriment, tomfoolery and camaraderie.”
Untappd Rating: 3.66 /5 (6,109 ratings)
Brewmaster Brian O’Reilly racked up numerous accolades over a nearly 20-year tenure at Sly Fox Brewing before “going indie” with his own operation, Mainstay Independent Brewing Company . Here, O’Reilly focuses on lean-and-clean interpretations of German styles, leveled up with subtle personal touches, like the Tettnang- and Hallertau-hopped Compound Kölsch and the bright, spicy King Laird hefeweizen. Mainstay both brews and operates its taproom inside the Delaware River waterfront’s Craft Hall complex , a 35,000-square-foot beer hall — Philadelphia’s largest — where brews are served alongside come of the city’s best barbecue from the gourmet kitchen’s 700-pound smoker. The brewery/beer hall also features an indoor playground for the human kids and the Unleashed Bark and Beer outdoor beer garden and dog park for the furry ones.
Untappd Rating: 3.63 /5 (27,350 ratings)
The husband and wife team of Mike and Kate McAllister, along with longtime friend Seth Montz, rolled out McAllister Brewing Company in 2018, balancing a shared passion for craft beer with their existing careers of law enforcement officer, nurse and U.S. Army soldier, respectively. Their North Wales taproom and restaurant serves up 13 drafts, like flagships First Love English-style brown ale and Skook Water oatmeal stout (named for Montz’s native Schuylkill County), and a selection of signature cocktails in a 120-seat tasting room equipped with a dart board, pinball machine and arcade games.
Untappd Rating: 3.75 /5 (13,046 ratings)
A Quakertown landmark that poured its first ales around 1750, McCoole’s at the Historic Red Lion Inn (formerly McCoole’s Red Lion Brewery) still contains all the vintage markings of the historic inn, down to the colonial period heritage, ghost stories and local celeb clientele ( Lassie creator Eric Knight and his dog were regulars). The 13-by-19-foot one-barrel brewery has been quietly cranking out beers since 2013, available four at a time in McCoole’s wood-laden gastropub, a quaint space complete with antique tin ceilings and brass railings strung with holiday lights and a rustic casual fine dining space.
Untappd Rating: 3.57 /5 (2,179 ratings)
The Mangan family, which has owned and operated bars and restaurants in the Philadelphia region since the early 1940s, opened McKenzie Brew House , its first brewery, in Chadds Ford in 2001, naming it for Anna McKenzie, the Irish immigrant family’s late matriarch. In 2022, the restaurant brewery moved its headquarters into an upgraded location along Lancaster Avenue in Malvern, with the original Chadds Ford location having reopened as The Crown Tavern in January 2023 (as their Devon location did with Will’s + Bill’s Brewery). The friendly Malvern spot is great for quick lunches and post-work happy hours with a half-dozen beers including ales and wits on tap to match simple, satisfying American bar-and-grill grub.
Untappd Rating: 3.58 /5 (29,773 ratings)
Brewery founder Mike Meyers (neither the actor nor the masked character) purchased a dilapidated 1880s carriage house in Fishtown, and rehabbed it to expose old brick and ceiling beams — while replacing and building everything else inside — to create the modern farmhouse design for his Meyers Brewing Company . The front of the carriage house boasts an operational 13-foot glass garage door with an aim “to provide a unique and chill atmosphere to enjoy beers,” according to the founder. He named his nanobrewery after Meyers Dairies, which his family operated in nearby Ambler from the 1880s to the 1950s. Head brewer Cortney Costa (formerly of Moss Mill Brewing) fills the spot’s kegs with a variety of styles, including IPAs, pale ales, lagers and milk stouts, some served in dairy bottles as an homage to the family’s dairy past.
At it since 2018, Moss Mill Brewing Company was the brainchild of husband-and-wife owners Nick and Evann Rodgers, who carved their nanobrewery dream out of an unassuming industrial park unit in Lower Southampton Township. The downstairs pub seats a cozy 35 while the upstairs sports bar-like taproom holds 120 (not to mention the curbside beer garden), where Nick (formerly of Yards and Nodding Head breweries) uses his modest one-barrel setup to populate Moss Mill’s taps with as many as 15 brews at a time, like their signature Birds E.A.G.L.E.S. kölsch and Your-Bock maibock ale. In addition to handling marketing, Evann — a scientist with Ph.D. from Penn School of Medicine — oversees quality control in a testing lab incorporated into their space.
Untappd Rating: 3.7 /5 (13,991 ratings)
One of Philly’s newest breweries, My Local Brew Works opened up inside the Globe Dye Works design and artist incubator space in Frankford in 2022. The innovative nanobrewery from two award-winning local home brewers is part of the former factory’s artists collective, specializing in contract brewing for fundraisers and special events but still offering plenty of small-batch brews to the public served in their interesting microtaproom space, offering a wide variety of homebrew-style beers created from a single mash.
Untappd Rating: 3.58 /5 (94 ratings)
For a decade, the Bucks County borough of Perkasie was a single-brewery town. But in 2022, the Perkasie craft beer scene on Walnut Street exploded with the opening of two new spots, including Mystic Ways Brewing , opened in August of 2022 by Joe Winiarski, a former master brewer at Red Lion Brewery, and his family. The 3.5-bbl brewery serves IPAs, honey pilsners, stouts in flavors including coffee, chocolate and vanilla and experimental and double dry hopped brews from 10 taps in a bright, vibrant taproom that literally glows from the “live wood”-carved bartop filled with glowing epoxy under original tin ceilings. The menu from Mystic Ways’ onsite kitchen focuses on pizza, sandwiches and paninis to be enjoyed in the ground-floor taproom or the outdoor beer garden.
Untappd Rating: 3.95 /5 (3,661 ratings)
Following the classic homebrew-gone-pro trajectory — from brewing in a garage to running an indie brewpub staple — founder Jim Crossland launched the cheekily named Naked Brewing Company in 2012. A union steamfitter by trade, Crossland built out the 4,500-square-foot space from scratch in a Huntingdon Valley industrial park, with most of it dedicated to the seven-and-a-half-bbl brewhouse. Head brewer Hannah Gohde and her team offer more than a dozen beers on tap at a time, from flagship Buck Naked cream ale to limited-run experimental riffs featuring hibiscus, prickly pear or passionfruit. The original Montco location offers a divey but friendly feel, often packed for football games and quizzo with a rotating selection of food trucks. The satellite Naked Taproom opened in 2020 in Bristol, featuring a dozen taps, an in-house food menu and live entertainment just a block from the Bristol Wharf along the Delaware River.
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Untappd Rating: 3.63 /5 (35,087 ratings)
Croydon’s Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company (NCBC) has racked up numerous awards since opening in 2012, including a 2022 World Beer Cup gold for their Warehouse Lager, three Great American Beer Festival medals honoring its Croydon Is Burning traditional German-style Rauchbier and two GABF honors for their Bavarian-style Churchville Lager unfiltered wheat ale. The brewery offers rotating taps of 15 to 25 beers (brewed with Neshaminy Creek water) in its flagship brewpub and its lively beer garden. That success has allowed NCBC to open up two other locations serving the same award-winning brews: an Upper Bucks County taproom that’s part of The Station food hall offering 12 beers on draught, as well as the eight-line New Hope taproom inside the Ferry Market Building with indoor seating around the market, on the outdoor patio or riverside along the Delaware River.
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Untappd Rating: 3.75 /5 (427,551 ratings)
Several years in the making, New Ridge Brewing Company is the culmination of a long-term plan hatched by brothers Chris and Eric Endrikat. The siblings, natives of Roxborough, introduced their on-site seven barrel brew house and restaurant right in the heart of their home neighborhood in 2020, steadily ramping up their beer production and expanding food offerings to a full menu. Beer styles include their signature Roxboro Gold Munich helles, London Porter English dark and citrusy New Ridge West Coast IPA served alongside a tasty sandwich and brunch menu available indoors and at spacious patio seating.
After years of homebrewing, Gregg Bonstein left a job in chemical engineering to pursue a craftier career, leading to stints with Triumph Brewing and Blueprint Brewing. Now, he and his wife Sara helm Newtown Brewing Company , a 4,800-square-foot brewery in Bucks County which opened in 2019. The spot’s seven-bbl system helps the team fill the 10 available taps with movie- and pop culture-inspired brews like the Utah, Get Me Two West Coast IPA and Those Aren’t Pillows Imperial sweet potato ale. Rotating food trucks provide sustenance for visitors to the 70-person space. (Also available: ordering delivery or bringing your own food.)
Beer-drinkers in Bristol have two floors of fun and a large outdoor area to choose from when visiting Odd Logic Brewing Company , which opened in 2019 not far from the area’s Silver Lake Nature Center. Modern takes on a range of styles populate the spot’s dozen taps, including IPAs, saisons, Belgians, porters, stouts and more. Beyond the brews, visitors can check out impressive graffiti throughout the open-air space and brewery interior, as well as classic Nintendo consoles for old-school gaming, a rotating selection of food trucks and live music.
Untappd Rating: 3.91 /5 (14,326 ratings)
Founded in 2014 in Brooklyn, Other Half Brewing’s mission is to represent the “other half” of the beer industry. That mission included a plan for regional expansion, which became reality in Philly in 2022 with the opening of Other Half Brewing Philly inside the old Goose Island Beer space in the Fillmore Philly complex in Fishtown . The brewery pours 20 drafts — including Philly-location-specific creations and guest tap takeovers from other local brewers — inside its busy 150-seat taproom and spacious outdoor beer garden.
Proudly identifying as a place “where patience and passion meet,” Montco’s Perkiomen Valley Brewing (PVB) strides to make disability inclusion a core of its mission. Open since 2019, the brewery — owned by parents of children on the autism spectrum — has been meticulously designed to be accessible for all, with “make someone’s life a little easier” as part of their credo. This means a dual-height bar welcoming to wheelchair users, a sensory room and quiet space, family restrooms, specialty LED lighting to accommodate patrons with low vision, and much more. As for the beer, a prolific small-batch, artisanal approach allows PVB to offer visitors an unconventional, ever-evolving lineup, reflective of tradition, the season and even the local environs, via recipes highlighting hand-foraged local flora.
Untappd Rating: 3.72 /5 (4,267 ratings)
Founded in 2007 by Nancy and Bill Barton and lifelong friend Jim McBride, standard-bearer Philadelphia Brewing Company operates a warehouse-style red brick Kensington facility originally constructed by 19th-century brewers Weisbrod & Hess. Proudly local (reflected it its eponymic name), it produces 15,000 barrels annually, with year-round styles like the ubiquitous Kenzinger American lager and popular Walt Wit Belgian-Style white ale along with seasonals like Fleur de Lehigh floral golden ale with ginger and lemongrass. PBC’s taps feature a mix of in-house brewed beers and Commonwealth Ciders , also produced on the premises, plus their Philadelphia’s Hard Seltzer. Seating is spread out across multiple spaces, including the Peacock Room, a cozy salon and a beer garden equipped with umbrella-shaded picnic tables.
Untappd Rating: 3.42 /5 (82,650 ratings)
Opened by Lily’s Grill chef-owner Adam Burke in 2018, Pottstown United Brewing Company has helped raise the Montco borough’s growing craft-brewing profile. Within the clean, minimalist 50-seat space, brewer Brendan Breslin covers serious ground on a three-bbl system, populating PUB’s taps with a wide swath of styles including wheat beers, farmhouses, lagers, IPAs, English bitters and more. Burke, who handles the food, casts his eye toward comfort pub options like poutine, pasta, and fish and chips in addition to satisfying salads and sandwiches. Aside from the eponymous Pottstown location, the brewery also operates a tasting room inside Montesano Bros Trattoria in Eagle, Chester County.
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Untappd Rating: 3.74 /5 (8,906 ratings)
Kris and Brian Wilson left careers in medicine and tech to convert Quakertown’s nearly century-old Palace Theatre into The Proper Brewing Company (TPBC) in 2015 as part of the Quakertown Revitalization Project. Inside, exposed brick, plaster molding and some original seating preserved from the building’s past life as a vaudeville house commingle with contemporary touches like flat-screens and a sleek industrial draft tower whose jet-black finish matches the 22-seat bar. This system pours a lineup of a dozen in-house creations at any time, backed by local draft wines and ciders. Easygoing flagships include the Blondie Bree blonde ale and Belgian-influenced Gabi Wit, joined on tap by rotating IPAs, bourbon stouts, sours from their “Pucker Up” series and more. Thoughtful pub fare populates the menu, where wings, salads and sandwiches rule, with beef locally sourced from nearby Windy Springs Farm, which also receives TPBC’s spent brewing grain to use as feed.
Untappd Rating: 3.7 /5 (20,163 ratings)
Where else would you locate a brewery called Publication Brew Works than in the basement of a former newspaper publishing house? That’s what the McIntosh family (including head brewer Clay) created when they opened this Pennsburg brewery in the summer of 2022 inside the circa-1913 building that was home to the Town and Country Newspaper for nearly seven decades. The subterranean reclaimed space inside the historic red brick building features a taproom with eight beers running with interesting creations like the Not Your Grandma’s Cranberry Sauce gose, Effervescense white grape saison, Still Life blackberry-raspberry milkshake IPA and Snow Day mocha golden ale, along with local wine, cocktails and seltzers. The space also hosts live music, quizzo and regular game watches on their projection screen.
Named after a Volkswagen Beetle that’s been passed down through owner Patrick Coyne’s family since 1971, small-batch craft brewery Punch Buggy Brewing Company swung open its doors on maker-centric North American Street in 2019, serving 10 taps of beers like Beetle Juice hazy IPA, Hit The Ground Runnin’ hazy session and Pushing Up Petals raspberry Philly sour, all brewed on a three-and-a-half-bbl system. And when the munchies hit, Punch Buggy offers a small menu consisting solely of a rotating selection of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches inspired by popular bar food like jalapeno poppers, buffalo chicken and s’mores dessert, and stacked hot dogs honoring wieners from around the world like Chicago, Tijuana and, of course, cheesesteak.
Untappd Rating: 3.74 /5 (7,510 ratings)
Becoming a major player in the emerging craft brew scene of Phoenixville , Rebel Hill Brewing Company ‘s first brewery location — now known as the 420 Taproom — opened in a retail complex on the outskirts of town in 2018. Following a mantra of “In Beer We Crush,” Greg and Corrinne Kluge’s trusty seven-bbl system produces IPAs like the double dry-hopped Bleed Green, citrus-forward pale ales such as Scratch the Surface, and a variety of saisons, porters and lagers. In 2022, Rebel Hill opened a second location, joining the growing brewery hub in Phoenixville’s downtown with the brand new 10-bbl Brewery on Bridge brewhouse featuring the same great beers on 14 drafts and two hand pumps. The Bridge Street location offers a full menu of burgers, sandwiches, appetizers and five flavors of wings, while visitors at the 420 spot are encouraged to patronize mobile food vendors (including cheesy creations from Brick and Blaze Pizza Company every wood-fired-Friday) or bring their own eats to enjoy on-site.
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Untappd Rating: 3.9 /5 (19,182 ratings)
If the multi-color graffiti walls, hip-hop indie soundtrack and vintage arcade cabinets aren’t convincing enough, the beers should sell newcomers on the fact that Root Down Brewing Company ’s Phoenixville brewpub does things differently. Winner of a 2018 Great American Beer Festival gold medal for Bine, its West Coast-style IPA (and a silver for its Salty by Nature gose with sea salt), Root Down spreads creativity around via smoked lagers, ESBs, milk stouts, sour wheat ales and more. Be sure to check out what’s on the brewery’s 20 taps on their detailed website where each beer’s attributes, such as color, appearance, bitterness and taste, are spelled out visibly. Just a 10-minute walk away, the brewery also operates the Root Down TBD Bar and Biergarten on popular Bridge Street which features the same great brews, wine and cocktails with a live music schedule and beer garden for that alfresco experience.
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Untappd Rating: 3.8 /5 (69,156 ratings)
The retooled name may be new, but the beer has been beloved in Lansdale for over a decade as the former Round Guys Brewing Company transitions into Round House Kitchen Bar Brewery . In February 2023, the brewery is set to transform into an upscale restaurant and brewpub, while still serving the well-regarded beers they’ve they’ve been pouring since 2012. The brewery’s seven-barrel system represents a wide variety of styles, including the award-winning pineapple-infused Berliner berliner weisse ale, Chronomancer Belgian quad ale and The Spaceman witbier, in addition to rotating IPA and lager lines. Can’t choose? Order the “ All Beer Flight ,” a sample flight that includes every beer on tap, up to 16 at a time, served on an overflowing barrel stave. A cocktail program has been added to the location’s offerings along with an expanded and revamped menu. But still sticking around are the dog-friendly all-season patio, a beer-and-music podcast and the Ladies of Lansdale drag show, the borough’s longest-running.
Untappd Rating: 3.53 /5 (86,953 ratings)
Cousins Matt Brodsky and Justin Steinberg turned a “typical beer nerd fantasy” into a tangible reality, opening the original Sacred Vice Brewing Company location on Amber Street in 2018. That cozy and charming spot known as “The Loom” closed in early 2023, but Sacred Vice’s excellent selection of IPAs, ales and more can now be enjoyed at the Sacred Vice Howard Street tasting room and production facility, three times the size of their original digs, situated in a mixed-use building in the booming greater Kensington-Fishtown area. The brewery also operates the year-round Garden Bar at Puck on Printer’s Alley in downtown Doylestown, serving the same great beers alongside the sounds of DJs on the patio or live music inside the newly-reopened Puck Live.
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Untappd Rating: 3.94 /5 (2,692 ratings)
A co-venture from John Longacre, formerly of South Philadelphia Tap Room and American Sardine Bar, and Curt Decker, who owned influential Nodding Head Brewery, Second District Brewing Co. offers thoughtful beers and playful bar food on a South Philly street corner. When it comes to what flows from their 1 taps, “we’re comfortable in our own skin,” says Decker. Not interested in chasing trends, brewer Ben Potts (late of Dock Street, Dogfish Head and Tired Hands) has the flexibility to float between house styles like the always-on Bancroft pale ale and ambitious side quests like mixed-fermentation saisons manipulated in his own house culture. The brewery also operates the Second District Brew Farm in Mileanville that offers a wedding venue and campsite.
Untappd Rating: 3.81 /5 (29,679 ratings)
Three former middle school football teammates are the brains behind Second Sin Brewing Company , a buzzed-about brewery located in a business park off Newportville Road in Bristol. Hatched originally as Gluttony Brewing Company (named for the second of the seven deadly sins), the name-adjusted spot focuses on balance and variety across a dozen taps, leaning heavily on memorably named double dry hopped hazy IPAs like Trillion Dollar Bill, Welcome to the Hop House and Philly Phantasmic, paired with house-specialty popcorn and rotating food trucks.
Untappd Rating: 4.09 /5 (26,058 ratings)
Long an itinerant “gypsy brewer” tied to no permanent home, Joseph Fay finally put down roots in Northampton County in 2017, opening Separatist Beer Project , a bar/bottle shop and separate blendery in Easton. But in 2019 he made his way down the Northeast Extension, opening Separatist South Philly with a quaint dozen-draft bar just off East Passyunk Avenue. Fay, who worked and trained with brewers both in the States and in Europe to hone his personal style, places an emphasis on lagers and spontaneously-fermented beers produced using coolship, a wort-cooling brew method associated with Belgian lambics.
Greater Philadelphia area residents have long-enjoyed stopping by Beach Haven, New Jersey, mainstay Ship Bottom Brewery’s primary digs while visiting the Jersey shore. So it’s no wonder they opened up Ship Bottom Brewery Blendery & Barrel House closer to the city, nearby Swarthmore’s regional rail stop, in early 2022, pouring beers created by lauded brewer Hannah Gohde (formerly of Free Will and Naked Brewing) from 19 taps, plus a hard seltzer bar where patrons can build-their-own by infusing flavors of their choosing. But even before swinging open its Swarthmore doors, Ship Bottom stepped a toe into the five-county area in 2018 with its Beer Garden at Linvilla Orchards seasonal biergarten in Media.
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Untappd Rating: 3.68 /5 (87,701 ratings)
Located in the northernmost tip of Montgomery County, Simple Days Beer has called East Greenville home since 2020, serving up American takes on German styles in a cozy storefront space where head brewer and founder Chris Hink hopes visitors can enjoy clean, refreshing and easy-drinking brews that match their motto of “taking it easy when life itself can seem a little hectic,” from which their name was born.
Untappd Rating: 3.66 /5 (1,282 ratings)
One of the oldest brewpubs operating in the Delaware Valley, Sly Fox Brewing Company ’s original Brewhouse & Eatery in Phoenixville opened in December 1995. Renowned for its diverse styles, Sly Fox brewers have garnered numerous medals at the Great American Beer Festival, including for their Pikeland Pils, the first canned craft beer to win a GABF award. In 2012, the brewery opened its Sly Fox Tastin’ Room production brewery and taproom in Pottstown, known for hosting large events like the Can Jam Music Festival, Sly Fox Cyclocross and Bock Fest & Goat Race. The most recent addition to the family is the Sly Fox Taphouse at The Grove , opened in 2020 in Malvern, offering plenty of outdoor space at a redeveloped shopping center.
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A true brewery for music fans, the The Soundbank Music Room & Taphouse , part of the stellar craft beer scene in Phoenixville, is a live music venue showcasing local, regional and national touring acts that also offers stellar brews, including the Loading Dose hybrid IPA, the Firm Handshake lager and the Aesthetically Functional hazy IPA — all perfect for imbibing while listening to rockin’ tunes. Craft and frozen cocktails, spritzers and hard cider are also available, as well as a pub menu led by a half-dozen varieties of chicken sandwiches.
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Well known for curating exceptional beer-drinking experiences at its New Jersey headquarters, Source Farmhouse Brewery opened its Source Urban Brewery city location in Fishtown in 2020, pouring the same fine beers, brewed on-site, along with an extensive food program. The Philly brewpub serves up locally sourced “farm-to-glass” ales from a remarkable 32 taps of lagers, IPAs, farmhouse ales, sours, stouts and seasonals, including four Czech lukr side pulls and two nitro faucets, and an ever-growing vintage bottle list. And with items like the smash burger, Frankford chicken fried steak sandwich, house-made pretzels and more, Source’s farm-fresh food menu is as dialed in as the beer.
The brainchild of three best friends who began homebrewing as a hobby after graduating from Penn State, Stable 12 Brewing Company was founded in 2015 in a vacant barn (stable 12) at the family horse farm where CEO Rick Wolf grew up, eventually expanding and establishing a dedicated headquarters in Phoenixville. The tap lineup typically features flagships like the Sugar Coated Pony Kisses New England IPA, the Penn State-themed We Are pilsner malt lager and the varied Thoroughbred Series brews served along with pub grub comfort food like nachos, burgers, wings and fried Oreos.
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Already a popular Phoenixville coffee spot since 1997, Steel City Coffeehouse & Brewery ’s then-new owners Laura Vernola and Ed Simpson expanded and introduced its nanobrewery component to the mix in early 2019. Along with well-regarded coffee and kombucha, Steel City offers three beers on tap at all times, including the signature Steel City Lager along with an extensive soup and salad, sandwiches, and baked goods menu that rivals your favorite café, and live music or open mics most nights in their Listening Room.
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Burgundy-born restaurateur Loïc Barnieu partnered with brewer Brian McConnell to open Sterling Pig Brewery in 2015, a sleeves-rolled-up, sauce-on-face departure from the French chef’s fancier concepts in Media, Delaware County. On the beer side, McConnell offers eight rotating small-batch beers tapped on-site, including the ongoing This Little Piggy series of single-hop IPAs alongside a variety of IPAs, porters, stouts and pilsners. But of course, no Barnieu spot would be complete without a stellar menu, and Sterling Pig’s features next-level burgers, sandwiches, wood-fired pizzas and — true to its name — signature barbeque favorites. And down the street in West Chester, the Sterling Pig Public House serves up the same great brews, a more BBQ-focused menu and bar eats, plus cocktails and wine on tap.
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The story behind Stickman Brews ’ moniker is as straight-up as its namesake doodle. Explains partner Ethan Buckman, “We didn’t want anything pretentious or overdone with our branding.” Buckman and his co-founder and wife Kate Sorrento save the artistry for the Belgian, British, German and American-inspired beers, including unpretentiously named offerings on 13 taps like their signature Store Bought Is Fine double IPA and Déjà Vu All Over Again pale ale with constantly rotating recipes and styles. It’s all best enjoyed with selections from a pub-grub menu that includes two house mac ‘n’ cheeses and three varieties of cheesesteak.
Among the more distinctive options in the region’s craft beer community, the owners of Exton’s Stolen Sun Brewing & Roasting Co. combine their triple-pronged passions for craft beer, coffee and scratch cooking into a singular experience. Co-founder Jonathan Zangwill, a veteran of the corporate food industry, offers drinkers 16 beers on tap from nitro IPAs and gose sours to imperial stouts and Czech pilsners, served in the brightly hued hippie-vibe taproom which also features handcrafted onsite-roasted coffees, a small-kitchen pub menu, and a rustic backyard with seating and space for live music.
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A collaboration between restaurant chef-owner Eric Yost and former homebrew supply store owner Corey Ross, Suburban Brewing Company opened on Conestoga Avenue in suburban Honey Brook in 2018 with a small single barrel operation. Needing more space, the brewery expanded in 2021 by moving just five miles down the street to its new 10-bbl 322 Taproom, an expansive brewery concept with 16 taps, a full kitchen, a second-floor lounge and outdoor patio space to enjoy their flagships 322 Pale Ale, China Cat Kölsch, Subby Stout and a selection of creative seasonals, which are also served at Yost’s 24-tap and rustic dining Suburban Restaurant & Beer Garden spot in Exton.
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Using the term “fermentery” to more accurately describe their process (which requires the beer to sit for up to six months to reach desired maturity level), Succession Fermentory is a singular spot in the greater Philly brew scene. Opened in October of 2022, the mixed-culture brewery — founded by brewer Keith Hartwig and chef Justin Kerber — is located on the permaculture-based StellaLou Farm in Cochranville, Chester County. The five-bbl operation focuses on those long-aged brews (and their particular drinking experiences), specializing in farmhouse ales, blended sours, saisons and their Berliner Weisses. Note that tours and tastings are available by appointment.
Untappd Rating: 3.83 /5 (311 ratings)
Open since 2019, Tannery Run Brew Works offers an interior setting equal parts gritty and greenery, with exposed brick and corrugated metal and polish woodwork joining a trellis-like ceiling fixture dressed in vines. Inspired by Tannery Run (the waterway) on which it sits, Tannery Run (the brewery) brings variety to its 16 taps through a practice they refer to as split-batching, or “splatch,” brewing, separating one base brew into halves that are then treated and fermented differently to produce two distinct products from a single starting point. Nearly all of the beers on its 14 taps are brewed in this manner, like the Wheaty McWheatface split into a Weiss wheat and German hefeweizen. Grab a draft or two along with a selection from their seasonal food menu of sandwiches, flatbreads and salads before or after a show at historic Ambler Theater or ACT II Playhouse, both just across East Butler Avenue from the brewery.
Untappd Rating: 3.75 /5 (11,768 ratings)
”Most of our staff is family by blood or family by choice,” explains founder and 20-year Plymouth Township law enforcement veteran Bob Heger of Ten7 Brewing Company , his North Wales nanobrewery which first fired up its kettles in 2018. Named for the police radio ten-code for “out of service,” or going off duty, Ten7 offers both indoor and outdoor seating and as many as 14 styles like fruited sours, hazy IPAs and barrel-aged stouts.
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Starting out as a single suburban brew cafe in 2012, Tired Hands Brewing Company has grown into a kaleidoscope of brands and locations throughout the city and western suburbs, driven in part by the success of the milkshake IPA category they themselves pioneered which has become a sought-after style industry-wide. The brewery’s variety of styles, from ales, lagers and IPAs to intriguing one-offs, can be found across their many ventures including their two Ardmore brewpubs, the Tired Hands Fermentaria and Tired Hands BrewCafé ; on the 11-taps at St. Oner’s , their neon-and-green Fishtown hot dog restaurant also serving housemade kombucha, natural wines, house-brewed coffee and specialty cocktails; at the single-tap Tired Hands Kennett Square Outpost bottle shop (with seating); and in the seasonal Tired Hands Biergarten at FarmerJawn in Mt. Airy.
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Houston, we have no problem. The Fuge in Warminster is the site of the U.S. Navy’s now-decommissioned human centrifuge where space race-era astronauts like Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin once trained to experience high gravitational forces. Today, the Johnsville Centrifuge location is surrounded by an unconventional catering and event space (and future museum ) and, as of 2022, a spirited bar-style craft brewery. The space-themed Tranquility Brewing Company serves its own line of beer available on a dozen taps with out-of-this-world names like Fly Me To The Moon American IPA, Helix Nebula brown ale and The Dark Side chocolate stout. The brewery sits inside a 70-capacity dining area also serving cocktails as well as pub food and pizza from their kitchen, along with weekly quizzo and live music.
Untappd Rating: 3.74 /5 (1,178 ratings)
Beer and social justice go hand in hand at Triple Bottom Brewing Co. , the first brewery in Pennsylvania to earn Certified B Corporation status (classifying it as a business meeting “high standards” in performance, accountability and transparency). As part of its mission to create a “fair chance” brewery, the Callowhill destination prides itself on creating meaningful, living-wage jobs for employees with diverse perspectives and skills who have been incarcerated, experienced homelessness or have otherwise been left behind. The self-described “brewery with a mission” also walks the green walk with electricity pulled entirely from wind power and trash diverted away from landfills. That mission extends to creating well-crafted brews — dozen-or-so beers including lagers, IPAs and a number of special releases — served in a homey, comfortable atmosphere alongside a DiBruno Brothers -partnered menu.
Untappd Rating: 3.76 /5 (13,098 ratings)
Since 2003, the New Hope location of Jersey-born brewpub mini-chain Triumph Brewing Company has offered a rotating lineup of eight draft selections including sensible, balanced and largely traditional ales and lagers, like the year-round Bengal Gold American IPA and KellerPils German pilsner, as well as rotating seasonals. The rustic-modern New Hope space serves thoughtful small plates, entrees, sandwiches and salads both in the multi-level inside space and on the open-air patio overlooking the New Hope Railroad.
Untappd Rating: 3.52 /5 (70,356 ratings)
With a laid-back and chill vibe, Troubles End Brewing is aptly -named. Brought to life in 2020 by three guys behind Philly’s well-known Pistola’s restaurants and former Forest & Main lead brewer Zach Svoboda, the family-friendly seven-bbl Collegeville brewery offers an extensive 25 taps of pale ales, stouts and several saisons, a side-pull draught and plenty of guest slots, plus zero-proof cocktails and wine on tap. The industrial-style tasting room, adorned with reclaimed wood and steel walls, offers views of the exposed brew system and a large stage for live music. Equal parts restaurant and brewery, the wide-ranging American menu lists over 30 items, including brunch favorites and plenty of vegan and vegetarian offerings.
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Brewer Mark Mayer — who notably does have red hair — opened neighborhood brewery-taproom Twisted Gingers Brewing Company in a 100-year-old tavern space in the Manayunk -Roxborough area in 2019, serving eight drafts complemented by a selection of scratch pizzas made with a special beer-infused “brewhouse dough.” Staples at the brewery (which features a 34-foot beer can mural at its entrance) include Mayer Light, an easy-drinking blonde ale the brewer concocted to wean his father off macro-label light beers, and The Farmhouse saison, based on the ales served in this same location a century ago. The brewery also offers a kiosk at the Flourtown Farmers Market in Montco.
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An award-winning brewpub from Easton’s Two Rivers Brewing Company located inside the Trolley Barn Public Market in Quakertown, the family-friendly Two Rivers Taproom opened its doors in 2019 serving craft beers like the Trolley Barn Lager, the Broad St. Belgian Blonde and the new Phillies-inspired Bedlam at the Bank double-hopped American pilsner on 10 taps. Guests can also enjoy indoor and outdoor seating, live music, and a small menu heavy on burgers and sandwiches.
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Slinging pints and pizzas since 2017, Urban Village Brewing Company is the handiwork of Dave Goldman and Tom Revelli who united their passions for brewing and baking to build a cheesy and fermentable paradise in Northern Liberties . Goldman creates boldly flavored beers with an open mind and a creative streak from flagships like the popular Super Villain IPA and Experiment 6.0 light lager to barrel-aged seasonals. Executive chef Chris Davis’ white subway-tiled kitchen is built around scratch cooking, specializing in brick oven pizza, with dough gently leavened from a natural sourdough starter, available in up to 14 varieties.
The newest addition to the booming craft beer hub of Perkasie in Bucks County is Van Lieus Brewing Company , which opened Halloween weekend 2022. Halfway between Free Will and Mystic Ways Brewing on Walnut Street, the 5-bbl brewery is the creation of father-son founders Jim and Galen Barr, who first started brewing in the basement of their South Jersey farmhouse. The 35-seat tasting room (a former Texaco) serves a variety of brews from their eight taps including rotating selections of New England and West Coast IPAs, ESBs, kölschs, lagers and takes on other British styles plus a nitro tap for Irish stouts and more.
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Housed in the circa-1889 Yardley National Bank, Vault Brewing Company ’s allure comes as much from its speakeasy-in-a-bank-esque design — wrought-iron caging, safety deposit boxes, the original four-ton vault door that opens into the cellar — as its beer. On offer: 10 selections on tap, including session-friendly IPAs, pilsners, wits and a sweet potato ale, along with a kitchen serving a hearty menu of small plates, sandwiches and seven gourmet pizzas straight from their wood-burning oven. And just a five-minute walk south is the brewery’s Vault Smoke House barbecue restaurant and taproom, a full-service satellite location in the Tannery office park, with nine taps and plenty of brisket, smoked sausage, pulled pork and ribs served with Memphis, Alabama and both North and South Carolina-style sauces.
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Founded by childhood friends Ron Barchet and Bill Covaleski who met on a school bus in 1973, Victory Brewing Company began operations in 1996, making for an over-quarter-century of bold beers for drinkers who love big flavors. Victory, one of Philly’s most-impactful brands, distributes nationwide and operates multiple locations across the region including spacious Chester County brewhouse restaurants in Kennett Square , Downingtown and Parkesburg ; the vast indoor-outdoor Victory Beer Hall at XFINITY Live! in the heart of the South Philly Sports Complex ; and an expansive 14,000-square-foot brewery and taproom at 1776 Ben Franklin Parkway in Center City. The latter offers 28 brews on tap (including five location-exclusive “Philly Brew’d” taps) served across two indoor bars, a pet-friendly outdoor bar, a beer garden, sidewalk seating and a rooftop patio accompanied by a scratch-made pub menu heavy on beer-inspired entrées and Philly faves like soft pretzels, cheesesteaks and loaded fries all topped with Victory Prima Pils cheese sauce.
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Originally planned for Glen Mills, veteran-owned VK Brewing Co. & Eatery shifted gears last minute, opening inside the beautiful and historic circa-1796 Ship Inn building in Exton in late 2022. The brewery opened serving from ten taps including their now-flagship Grand Opening West Coast IPA and Haunted Haze hazy IPA. While the ten-bbl brewery sits next-door in a former horse stable, the taproom and restaurant occupy the first floor of the 18th century stone edifice once patronized by George Washington, Andrew Jackson and even Jackie Kennedy. The restaurant offers burgers, pasta dishes and stone-baked pizzas, along with a (coming soon) raw bar as well as an outdoor patio that seats 40.
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The von Czoernig family team at von C Brewing Co. can claim some serious brewing cred as sixth-generation brewers descended from third-great-grandfather Christian Schmidt who first brought lager yeast to Philly from Germany in the 19th century and founded the iconic Christian Schmidt Brewing Company in Northern Liberties in 1860. Each successive generation produced master brewers, culminating in the opening of the 20-barrel, 16,000 square foot von C microbrewery tasting room and beer garden in Norristown, voted “ Best New Brewery in PA ” in 2021 by Breweries in PA readers. The brewery offers 19 taps serving up stouts, pilsners, sours and lagers including the original Pils Legendary Philly Lager, a “very pale” American lager based on their family’s 160 year old recipe.
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Situated among the rolling hills of Bucks County , Warwick Farm Brewing — owned by two fathers and their sons — is literally going back to its roots. Located on a historic 22-acre farm atop the highest point in Jamison, the farm-to-glass microbrewery and brew farm grows many of its beers’ own ingredients on-site. These ultra-fresh beers are then served just steps away, in either the new 5,000-square-foot tasting and taproom with 24 draft lines, the fireside seating area, the refurbished 1,500-square-foot wraparound deck, or the expansive biergarten and 18-foot beer trailer with its own draft tap lines, all overlooking newly planted hop fields and the Little Neshaminy Valley. The brewery serves up traditional to experimental styles, and plans to expand its ingredients and its space with an orchard and a sour cellar, among other additions.
Siblings Tim and Steven Way, proudly describing themselves as “two red-headed brothers from Jenkintown ,” turned their shared passion for craft beer into a family business, opening The Ways Restaurant & Brewery in neighboring Glenside across from the town’s SEPTA regional rail station in 2019. The 75-seat brewpub taps into the talents of both Ways brothers, with Tim, a veteran of well-known Weyerbacher Brewing in Easton, covering plenty of stylistic ground on his taut brewhouse setup featuring his Tim’s Home Team Brews stocked full of IPAs, stouts and pales, while chef Steven offers up clever pub fare and salads in addition to the signature corn tortilla creations served from his award-winning Smokin’ Tacos food truck.
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In 2018, a quintet of college friends banded together to open Well Crafted Beer Company , a versatile brewpub located in a century-old Lansdale building that once housed a Masonic temple. The massive 5,000-square-foot space is evenly split between a brewhouse and modern-industrial restaurant-taproom, offering a 20-tap bar, a bottle shop and a stage for live entertainment. Brewer Rick Solomon and his team have made more than 180 recipes on their seven-barrel system, including flagship beers Nitro Blonde Americano ale with lactose and coffee conditioned on single-origin coffee from Lansdale’s Backyard Beans, Mother Of Perle kölsch and the fruity, fragrant Hop Monger IPA. The brewery recently expanded to a second location eight miles south at Ambler Yards, serving 13 craft brews on tap along with a regular rotation of food trucks.
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Philly brewery community mainstays Will and Bill Mangan closed up the Devon location of their McKenzie Brew House in early 2022 to transform it into a more casual neighborhood brewpub, reopening as brand new concept Will’s + Bill’s Brewery . The laidback Berwyn hangout offers a throwback ski-lodge vibe with seating for 200, two fireplaces and walls covered with portraits of famous Williams. Will’s + Bill’s offers a dozen house beers on tap, live piano music and a diverse upscale pub menu from chef Antonio Bedoya.
Untappd Rating: 3.67 /5 (1,755 ratings)
It’s a real family affair at fast-growing Wissahickon Brewing Company , an award-winning production brewery, tasting room and full-service beer garden opened in East Falls in 2017 by the Gill clan, a dad and his sons and daughter who began by homebrewing in their mother’s kitchen. Their selection runs the gamut from IPAs and lagers to pilsners and porters served in a friendly neighborhood taproom with a casual, lived-in feel and a daily lineup of local food trucks. Dogs are welcome into the brewpub space that’s also home to regular community-friendly events, including yoga classes, quizzo, game watch parties and special programming.
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Residents of King of Prussia were long an underserved local beer enclave until the opening of Workhorse Brewing Company , the brainchild of co-founder Dan Hershberg, a marketing and business veteran of such diverse stops as ESPN, the Phillies and his own popular Northern Liberties’ Philly Phaithful sports T-shirt shop. In 2016, Hershberg — with zero prior beer experience outside of personal consumption — launched his Workhorse brand to quick and universal acclaim. Within two years, Hershberg, alongside president and head brewer Nate Olewine (formerly of Devils Backbone and Victory Brewing), opened Workhorse’s mammoth KOP 30-bbl Rolec production brewhouse and tasting room. The pair will both tell you their M.O. is rooted in approachability, offering well-made beers that are simply enjoyable to drink and don’t demand any esoteric graduate-level sensory analysis. The result: a line of signature ales and lagers like the Queen of Prussia and Line of Succession session IPAs, as well as limited seasonal beers.
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Launched as a nanobrewery in Bryn Mawr in 2017, buddies Dan Shaw and Bob Bagonis soon decided it was time for their Wrong Crowd Beer Co. brewing operation to grow. The pair partnered with restaurant industry vets Kelly McGonagle and Kara Dougherty, opening a new production facility, taproom and scratch kitchen 20 miles away in West Chester in 2020. The taproom features two dozen draft lines from their 15-barrel brewing system, with new selections out every Friday, enjoyed along with a crowd-pleasing menu of wings, sandwiches and a dozen varieties of pizza on housemade dough.
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As the driving force behind one of Philly’s most popular beer brands, Yards Brewing Company president Tom Kehoe (along with co-founder and still-occasional collaborator Jon Bovit) helped ignite the craft beer revolution in Philadelphia, momentum he’s sustained through considerable humanitarian efforts as well as unwavering standards for his brews. Established in a small garage in 1994 — starting with its still-on-tap ESA extra special ale — Yards Brewing’s profile skyrocketed over the next three decades, expanding its headquarters location five times through Manayunk, Roxborough and Kensington before settling into its current 70,000-square-foot site in Northern Liberties in 2018. Powered by green wind energy, the brewery, taproom, restaurant and beer garden pours from 25 rotating taps including classics like Philadelphia Pale Ale, Philthy hazy IPA, Love Stout nitro and Brawler English Mild alongside “first draft” new beers. The brewery’s motto of “Brew Unto Others” is reflected in its commitment to quality in its beers and to the greater community and a pledge for long-term sustainability. If you’re on your way out of town (or into), enjoy a flight before your flight at their airport outpost by the American Airlines Admirals Club in Philadelphia International Airport ’s Terminal A-East.
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Untappd Rating: 3.62 /5 (688,985 ratings)