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There’s a certain magic in drinking a pint in the place where it was brewed. Philadelphia’s love affair with craft brewing has made for a city full of thriving breweries, nearly all of which are home to cozy barrooms designed for the clientele to get a taste of the action while enjoying freshly brewed pours straight from the source.
Crime and Punishment Brewing
Opening up in Brewerytown, this storefront operation puts out fascinating and crazy affordable beers. Look out for seasonal specialities (pictured at top) like Disturbing the Beets, an American wild ale brewed with sour brett and beets, Peaches N’ Crime, a stone fruit Berliner wiesse and an easy drinking Indecent Exposure, a single hop ale highlighting the amarillo variety.
2711 W. Girard Ave.; 215-235-2739
Dock Street Brewing Co.
This West Philly pizzeria and brewery (pictured below) has been going strong since ’85 with an approachable menu of sharable pies and fan favorites like Rye IPA and English Old Ale along withseasonals and one-offs like Jip the Blood, a bracing sour with blood orange puree and cask pours of Salted Sorachi Pale Ale.
2nd Story Brewing Company
Tucked into a cobblestone block of Old City, this bi-level brewery is putting out ambitious recipes. Expect Five Mile Ale, a roasty, English style brew made with three types of barley and a seasonable IPA known as the Perpetua Crusher. The menu offers all sorts of beer-geared snacks like a ploughman’slunch and house-baked pretzels and cheese fondue.
117 Chestnut St.; 267-314-5770
Yards Brewing Co.
Brewery tours are offered during the weekends, but weekdays are a much better option when sampling freshly pulled pints of Yards’ beers (pictured below). Recipes created with the Founding Fathers in mind are a particularly intriguing way to learn about Philadelphia’s long standing love of all things beery.
901 N. Delaware Ave.; 215-634-2600
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