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Original Philly brewery crawl favorite Saint Benjamin did us all a favor this year by opening its taproom in Kensington back in May. The tours of the brewery, while great, are only available from 12-3pm on Saturdays. But now that the taproom is open, you can get your fill of the Inca cream ale or Wit or Witout blonde ale six days a week along with some bites from the full kitchen. We should also mention its recently announced city-wide special -- a St. B’s cream ale and shot of Kinsey 7-Year whiskey from Kensington’s New Liberty Distillery. Whiskey and beer both made in Kensington? Think we’ve found the official city-wide.
The first question you're probably asking is what in the hell is a hygge? The Danish word, pronounced “hoo-guh,” translates to the feeling that happens when you take pleasure in making normal occurrences into something special and meaningful. Makes sense, since beer makes everything better. Right on Fairmount Ave, the brewpub is a collaboration between the brewery team at Mount Airy’s Earth Bread + Brewery and Conshi’s Baggataway Tavern (equally hard to pronounce, but this is Philly after all), pumping out a rotating draft of six craft brews, from double IPAs to the herbaceous gruit pale ale, with other variations constantly in fermentation. If hunger hits while drinking all that beer, Bar Hygge has a full menu with "gastro-pubby" favorites (in the best way possible) and the option to build your own hygge board, stacked with cheese, charcuterie, and other snacky dishes like crispy Brussels sprouts and crudite, served with house bread.
Two years after opening its original location, Conshohocken Brewing Company now has a second outpost down the river in Bridgeport. While the original CBC is more of a functional brewery with a tasting room, the new Bridgeport digs have a full bar and kitchen. For beer options, the Bridgeport CBC has a 12-line tap serving pints of Conshohocken-made beer as well as a few small-batch specialty beers made in the brewpub, for the brewpub. Favorites at the moment include the Puddlers Row ESB (extra special bitter) and the funky experimental series, which includes the Zone of Danger double IPA and the Singularity #1, a Belgian-style pale ale.
Pizza and beer: great combo. On-site brewed beer and wood-fired pizza: better combo. That's why the Sterling Pig has become one of our go-to spots when we make it out all the way to Media (it’s really not THAT far from the city, though). At Sterling Pig, head brewer Brian McConnell oversees small-batch production of eight rotating beers on tap, with a selection ranging from porters to IPAs to everything in between. Try the Snuffler, its flagship IPA, or one of the This Little Piggy series of experimental IPAs made with single varietal hops. If you’re a grab-and-go type person, the Sterling Pig's growler special is an insane deal, with $7 refills before 7pm Monday through Thursday.