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17 Essential Philadelphia Breweries

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Philadelphia is a beer-drinker’s town, and a recent boom in new places to sip suds proves it. From no-frills micro-breweries to large-scale motherships, these are the must-visit spots.

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1. Wissahickon Brewing Company

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3705 W School House Ln
Philadelphia, PA 19129
(215) 483-8833
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An unpretentious, family-owned shop with plenty of reasons to visit: live music, bar games, beer yoga (yes, really), and regular food trucks. Wissahickon offers flights of eight beers and tours in a lively setting. This is a destination brewery on the rise, offering solid beers like the popular Kelpius Kave. Plus, the space is pet friendly. 

2. Tired Hands

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16 Ardmore Ave
Ardmore, PA 19003
(610) 896-7621
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It isn’t necessary to leave the city limits for good beer, but in the case of this cult label, it’s mandatory. Having made an international name for itself among aficionados, there is a steady stream of pilgrims picking up growlers to take back to their beer caves. Why? The Belgian and French-style farmhouse ales here are some of the very best.

3. Philadelphia Brewing Company

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2440 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 427-2739
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Philadelphia Brewing offers one of the best local beer experiences, with a flight of five beers for $10and free tours on Saturdays. There’s a deck, occasional live music, and a friendly staff. Open since 2007, this is an essential Kensington mainstay.

4. Saint Benjamin Brewing Company

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1710 N 5th St
Philadelphia, PA 19122
(215) 232-4305
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This attractively trendy, shabby-chic brewery serves excellent food and offers tours on Saturdays. Experience flights of both seasonal and year-round beers in a space that feels more like a restaurant hangout that also happens to make its own killer suds.  

5. Evil Genius Beer Company

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1727 N Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19122
(215) 425-6820
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Exposed brick? Check. Skylights? Check. Evil Genius boasts a hip, industrial-chic space in Fishtown serving tasty and inventive beers with names like #icanteven and Gwyneth Paltrow’s Head Was In a Box. Intrigued? Fortunately for enthusiasts, the limited-production beers here earn the right to be called whatever they want.

6. Crime and Punishment Brewing Co.

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2711 W Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 235-2739
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Named for the Dostoevsky novel, this relaxed brewery serves up Russian-esque fare like dumplings and a beet Reuben with Russian dressing. The beers on offer include fascinating rarities (at least in the U.S.) like Polish Grodziskie, made with smoked wheat. There are also more mainstream options, like their softly citrus-tinged pale ale.  

7. Bar Hygge

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1720 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 765-2274
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Pronounced “Hoo-guh,” Bar Hygge lives up to its name with a cozy setting, alongside a lineup of excellent beers and a focused kitchen (confusingly, not Danish). Expect curiosities on tap such as a “sourdough” beer with rye, a lemon meringue IPA, and a banana-walnut stout.

8. Urban Village Brewing Company

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1001 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(267) 687-1961
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Excellent brick oven pizza and outdoor fire pits make for a good game-day option at Urban Village. Sample multiple drafts in a setting with neighborhood brewpub vibes, and don’t sleep on the happy hour.

9. Goose Island Brewhouse

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1002 Canal St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 560-8181
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Chicago-based Goose Island likes to say its beers are “brewed for food,” so it’s good that the Philadelphia brewery outpost offers elevated pub grub including mussels and dry-aged hanger steak. Beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev bought the company in 2011, rendering it a poster child for either the staggering growth or sellout of the craft beer movement. Ultimately, inability to keep up with demand made for the decision to sell — and sampling a Sofie with charcuterie or a Matilda with pork, it’s easy to understand what the fuss is about.

10. Yards Brewing Company

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500 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 525-0175
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The massive Yards Brewing taproom is a sun-drenched and cheerful space designed for the whole family. An ambitious menu features foie gras poutine and even ramen: perfect for Yards enthusiasts who want to see where the magic elixir is made.  

11. Roy Pitz Barrel House

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990 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 995-6792
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A large octopus presides on the wall of Roy Pitz, a brewery a few short steps away from Union Transfer, making it an ideal spot before or after a show. A quirky urban space and a seasonal menu of salads and sandwiches make for a well-rounded beer tour stop.

12. Love City Brewing

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1023 Hamilton St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 398-1900
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Situated just down the street from Roy Pitz, the new Love City brewery features “approachable” beers (pilsners and lagers) in a 9,000-square-foot former industrial space. It’s an especially good spot for those weary of too-weird beers who want to imbibe in a charmingly arty and low-fi spot.

13. Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant

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1150 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(267) 507-7365
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Local chain Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant just opened its 15th location in the greater Philadelphia area and this one is right downtown. The newest Iron Hill is part of the East Market development and includes an onsite brewery that can produce 900 barrels a day, seats for 275 thirsty (and hungry) patrons, and outdoor tables. The food menu is massive, with a section of gluten-free fare and several kid-sized options.

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14. 2nd Story Brewing

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117 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(267) 314-5770
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Located in the heart of Old City, 2nd Story features a light-drenched room and a comfortable wood interior. It’s made for groups in the heart of Philadelphia looking for a place for snacks and true-to-their-style beers like tripels, stouts, and lagers.    

15. Dock Street Brewery

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701 S 50th St
Philadelphia, PA 19143
(215) 726-2337
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The OG brewery in Philadelphia, Dock Street manages to churn out some of the best brews in the city while also serving some fine pizza. So while West Philadelphia may make this brewery a destination for many, the trek is well worth it.

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16. Second District Brewing Company

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1939 S Bancroft St
Philadelphia, PA 19145
(215) 575-5900
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This hip, convivial bar and brewery serves inventive beers and mighty delicious nosh in a rustic-chic warehouse space. Noteworthy vegetarian and vegan bar food (think: vegan pork rinds) pair with eight taps in regular rotation.

17. Brewery ARS

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1927-29 W Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19145
(215) 960-5173
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Relaxed, hole-in-the-wall vibes and short hours (open only four days a week) may keep the mainstream away, but that makes it all the better for true beer aficionados who know that twin brothers Sean and Andy Arsenault make some of the best beer within the city limits. Catch food trucks on site on select weeknights and weekends.

1. Wissahickon Brewing Company

3705 W School House Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19129

An unpretentious, family-owned shop with plenty of reasons to visit: live music, bar games, beer yoga (yes, really), and regular food trucks. Wissahickon offers flights of eight beers and tours in a lively setting. This is a destination brewery on the rise, offering solid beers like the popular Kelpius Kave. Plus, the space is pet friendly. 

3705 W School House Ln
Philadelphia, PA 19129

2. Tired Hands

16 Ardmore Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003

It isn’t necessary to leave the city limits for good beer, but in the case of this cult label, it’s mandatory. Having made an international name for itself among aficionados, there is a steady stream of pilgrims picking up growlers to take back to their beer caves. Why? The Belgian and French-style farmhouse ales here are some of the very best.

16 Ardmore Ave
Ardmore, PA 19003

3. Philadelphia Brewing Company

2440 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Philadelphia Brewing offers one of the best local beer experiences, with a flight of five beers for $10and free tours on Saturdays. There’s a deck, occasional live music, and a friendly staff. Open since 2007, this is an essential Kensington mainstay.

2440 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

4. Saint Benjamin Brewing Company

1710 N 5th St, Philadelphia, PA 19122

This attractively trendy, shabby-chic brewery serves excellent food and offers tours on Saturdays. Experience flights of both seasonal and year-round beers in a space that feels more like a restaurant hangout that also happens to make its own killer suds.  

1710 N 5th St
Philadelphia, PA 19122

5. Evil Genius Beer Company

1727 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19122

Exposed brick? Check. Skylights? Check. Evil Genius boasts a hip, industrial-chic space in Fishtown serving tasty and inventive beers with names like #icanteven and Gwyneth Paltrow’s Head Was In a Box. Intrigued? Fortunately for enthusiasts, the limited-production beers here earn the right to be called whatever they want.

1727 N Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19122

6. Crime and Punishment Brewing Co.

2711 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Named for the Dostoevsky novel, this relaxed brewery serves up Russian-esque fare like dumplings and a beet Reuben with Russian dressing. The beers on offer include fascinating rarities (at least in the U.S.) like Polish Grodziskie, made with smoked wheat. There are also more mainstream options, like their softly citrus-tinged pale ale.  

2711 W Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130

7. Bar Hygge

1720 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Pronounced “Hoo-guh,” Bar Hygge lives up to its name with a cozy setting, alongside a lineup of excellent beers and a focused kitchen (confusingly, not Danish). Expect curiosities on tap such as a “sourdough” beer with rye, a lemon meringue IPA, and a banana-walnut stout.

1720 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130

8. Urban Village Brewing Company

1001 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Excellent brick oven pizza and outdoor fire pits make for a good game-day option at Urban Village. Sample multiple drafts in a setting with neighborhood brewpub vibes, and don’t sleep on the happy hour.

1001 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

9. Goose Island Brewhouse

1002 Canal St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Chicago-based Goose Island likes to say its beers are “brewed for food,” so it’s good that the Philadelphia brewery outpost offers elevated pub grub including mussels and dry-aged hanger steak. Beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev bought the company in 2011, rendering it a poster child for either the staggering growth or sellout of the craft beer movement. Ultimately, inability to keep up with demand made for the decision to sell — and sampling a Sofie with charcuterie or a Matilda with pork, it’s easy to understand what the fuss is about.

1002 Canal St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

10. Yards Brewing Company

500 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

The massive Yards Brewing taproom is a sun-drenched and cheerful space designed for the whole family. An ambitious menu features foie gras poutine and even ramen: perfect for Yards enthusiasts who want to see where the magic elixir is made.  

500 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

11. Roy Pitz Barrel House

990 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

A large octopus presides on the wall of Roy Pitz, a brewery a few short steps away from Union Transfer, making it an ideal spot before or after a show. A quirky urban space and a seasonal menu of salads and sandwiches make for a well-rounded beer tour stop.

990 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

12. Love City Brewing

1023 Hamilton St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Situated just down the street from Roy Pitz, the new Love City brewery features “approachable” beers (pilsners and lagers) in a 9,000-square-foot former industrial space. It’s an especially good spot for those weary of too-weird beers who want to imbibe in a charmingly arty and low-fi spot.

1023 Hamilton St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

13. Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant

1150 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Iron Hill [official photo]

Local chain Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant just opened its 15th location in the greater Philadelphia area and this one is right downtown. The newest Iron Hill is part of the East Market development and includes an onsite brewery that can produce 900 barrels a day, seats for 275 thirsty (and hungry) patrons, and outdoor tables. The food menu is massive, with a section of gluten-free fare and several kid-sized options.

1150 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

14. 2nd Story Brewing

117 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Located in the heart of Old City, 2nd Story features a light-drenched room and a comfortable wood interior. It’s made for groups in the heart of Philadelphia looking for a place for snacks and true-to-their-style beers like tripels, stouts, and lagers.    

117 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

15. Dock Street Brewery

701 S 50th St, Philadelphia, PA 19143
Dock Street Brewery/Official

The OG brewery in Philadelphia, Dock Street manages to churn out some of the best brews in the city while also serving some fine pizza. So while West Philadelphia may make this brewery a destination for many, the trek is well worth it.

701 S 50th St
Philadelphia, PA 19143

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16. Second District Brewing Company

1939 S Bancroft St, Philadelphia, PA 19145

This hip, convivial bar and brewery serves inventive beers and mighty delicious nosh in a rustic-chic warehouse space. Noteworthy vegetarian and vegan bar food (think: vegan pork rinds) pair with eight taps in regular rotation.

1939 S Bancroft St
Philadelphia, PA 19145

17. Brewery ARS

1927-29 W Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Relaxed, hole-in-the-wall vibes and short hours (open only four days a week) may keep the mainstream away, but that makes it all the better for true beer aficionados who know that twin brothers Sean and Andy Arsenault make some of the best beer within the city limits. Catch food trucks on site on select weeknights and weekends.

1927-29 W Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19145

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