For a smaller, more niche experience, head south to Brewery ARS, the garage brewery on East Passyunk. The beers echo a heavy Belgian influence, thanks to co-founder Sean Arsenault’s time spent sampling beers all around Europe while his co-founding brother, Andy, was stateside getting his master brewer certificate. After opening in December 2016, the pair has offered more than 56 beers and 70 batches, garnered a cult following that expands beyond the neighborhood.
The beer you shouldn’t skip: ARS always has something new to try, but its porters are always a solid pick. Check out the latest option, the toasty, chocolaty Ashland porter.