The Most Essential Craft Breweries in Philadelphia
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Whether the Eagles are good or terrible, whether we’re business-as-usual or quarantined, one thing in Philly is always certain: this is a premier beer city. We have some of the earliest iterations of micro brewing to our name, and plenty of history and craftsmanship to back it up. Though COVID-19 has redefined so much of this year, the city’s top breweries have still been hard at work to translate the brewery experience to the comfort of your home, with to-go, delivery, and nationwide shipping initiatives hitting new levels, delivering everything from classic drinkers, heavy stouts, and fresh batches of quirk. Though the reach of Philly’s craft beer scene spans vastly across the city’s surrounding counties, we’ve rounded up 14 of our favorite breweries in Philadelphia proper to get you started.
Human Robot Brewery opened in Kensington just before COVID-19 shut down the city, but you can still sample its beers with outdoor seating or pick-up. The brews include two types: human, which tend to be in the vein of classic European-style beers, and robot, which gets more experimental. With fall on the horizon, you can opt for a pale German-style Oktoberfest, or the fruity Pineapple Cherry Splash sour.
How to order: Order for pick-up online.
Attic Brewing Co. marks itself as the first craft brewery to open in Philly’s Germantown neighborhood. Amid COVID-19, Attic now offers outdoor seating as well as beer takeout and delivery. Some stand out brews include the Electric Whiskers Hazy Double or the Cat Boss Approved West Coast IPA. We’re noticing a theme.
How to order: See the delivery and pick-up instructions online.
Manayunk Brewing’s massive outdoor waterfront deck and eclectic drink selection have kept it going during the pandemic, with takeout options and socially distanced Eagles viewing events into the fall. Keep on the lookout for Yunkin’ Pumpkin’ this season, or if you’re in the mood for something sweeter, the Brotherly Love Mango Guava hard apple cider.
How to order: Order takeout online or outdoor go for dining.
The Center City outpost of Iron Hill (there’s also one in Chestnut Hill, as well as the suburbs), is open for outdoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery, including four-packs of the returned Pumpkin Ale, brewed with vanilla, spices, and real pumpkin. You can also opt for one of Iron Hill’s curated football night takeout options, which comes with all the right nibbles (think wings, pizza, ribs) and brews to watch the game.
How to order: Order takeout, delivery, or make an outdoor reservation online.
Separatist’s HQ is in Easton, but a newer East Passyunk tasting room has helped bring its hops, lagerbier, and spontaneous ferm to the city. The American Cream Ale is its any-time Bohemian Pilsner for easy drinking, while options like the Hipster Blood is fermented with 600 pounds cherries for extra tart and sweetness in a deep red hue.
How to order: Order pickup or delivery online.
A growing brewery-in-planning, Two Locals is run by brothers Rich and Mengistu Koilor, who plan to make it the first established Black-owned brewery in the state of Pennsylvania. As Two Locals continues to build, you can sample its creations -- like the popular Nubian Brown Ale -- as it collaborates with other area breweries and brewpubs.
How to order: Follow on Instagram for pop-ups and events.
West Philly and Point Breeze
Dock Street Brewery is the long-running predecessor of craft beer in Philadelphia -- and probably beyond. The first location opened in 1985. Since then, the spot has flourished, with the Cedar Park location adding a cannery for private events and cocktails, and a second brewery opening in Point Breeze. And if the beer isn’t enough, Dock Street happens to make some of the best pizza in Philadelphia.
How to order: Order takeout and delivery online.
Crime & Punishment popped up a few years ago in Philly’s aptly named neighborhood to offer creative brews and unique Russian-influenced grub. During the shutdown, C&P has expanded its delivery route and upped its to-go options with growlers, pint, and glassware options. Don’t skip the funky Shamanka, a sour ale complete with pineapple, guava, and coconut.
How to order: Call 215-235-2739 or use CashApp to place an order for pickup or delivery.
Evil Genius made it big with quirky beer names and a taproom filled with nostalgia, but even as COVID-19 makes visiting said taproom not quite possible, Evil Genius has been growing. With the launch of its hard seltzer line last year -- as well as the seasonal returns of favorites like Santa! I Know Him! or the newer blood orange hop bomb Cool Story Bro -- there’s still a lot to take in. Sample everything in person at the outdoor beer garden or get the goods delivered.
How to order: Make a beer garden reservation or order for pick-up, delivery, and shipping online.
Over in the Piazza, Urban Village is still going strong, luring beer lovers with its foodie-friendly menu and outdoor patio seating. Some to-go options, if you’d rather imbibe from home, include the Nektar Crowler, a traditional Belgian with some peach, apricot, and spice, and the sweet malty Rua Beoir. You can also go for a four-pack of the Super-Villain IPA, made with oats and milk sugar.
How to order: Order pickup and delivery online.
Love City is just a couple of blocks from the Rail Park, meaning you can get your quarantine walk in and get some local beer to boot. Love City boasts a wide, airy space now available for both indoor and outdoor dining, as well as beer pick up, delivery, and shipping. The Love Fest is the perfect Oktoberfest beer, with touches of caramel and dark fruit, while the signature hazy IPA Eraserhood is a nod to Callowhill’s alternative moniker, packing a punch with orange, mango, and juicy hops.
How to order: Order pickup, delivery, and shipping online.
Philadelphia Brewing Company has been going strong since its 2007 opening, taking great pride and inspo from the history of Philly in creating its brews. The brewery has yielded such local classics including Kenzinger and Walt Wit, and when the season is wright, Winter Wunder is the perfect cold-weather beer with plums, spice, and cinnamon. Both the online store and outdoor beer garden are currently open.
How to order: Order delivery and pickup online.
Yards is one of Philly’s most quintessential breweries. The space is open for outdoor drinking and dining, giving you a chance to pair some of its BBQ-centric items with the new Unter Dog Oktoberfest (because Eagles) or the small-batch Hazy IPA, Big Hayes-y. Don’t forget some of the other Yards favorites, from Brawler to Love Stout, to outfit your sampling of seasonal specials.
How to order: Order curbside pickup online.
For the ultimate niche beer experience, Brewery ARS operates out of an East Passyunk garage. The collection of beers suggest 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 garnered a cult following that expands beyond the neighborhood.
How to order: Order cans and pre-filled growlers to-go online.
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