Good beer will be everywhere
"We’ve seen some great examples of beer gardens: Spruce Street Harbor, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society pop-ups, Le Bok Fin, other various pop-ups. Every single one of them has had great, local beer. You’ve got brand new trendy restaurants that used to only talk about their wine lists, and now are just as proud of their beer lists. Music venues, too. Union Transfer opened with a great list of beer. The Fillmore opened and they have Victory on tap. [Good beers] are at all the sports venues now. I was at a Flyers game the other day and I was drinking Hop Devil all night and it was great! Even Han Dynasty had Dogfish Head’s 60 Minute IPA on draft. Good beer everywhere is expected at this point." -- William Reed
Breweries will move back to the city
"I’d love to see the trend of breweries moving back into the city. A brewpub is rumored to be opening up across from Barcade, and another brewery is rumored to move their manufacturing facility into the neighborhood [of Fishtown] as well. I hope that continues, as it ties into the political concern of getting the city to take [beer culture] more seriously as an important economic engine. As other manufacturing leaves the city, here we have something [in our breweries] that can thrive." -- Kristine Kennedy, executive director of Philly Beer Week
Drinkers will declare fierce loyalties
"With the influx of so many beers and new companies, craft beer drinkers are going to become more discerning with what they try. It used to be fun to try the new beer on tap; now it's an unscalable mountain to try with every new beer available. They're going to go with companies they know and trust, and will be less willing to give second chances when they have a bad experience [with a beer].
"On the other hand, they're paying attention to who is purchasing formerly craft companies, and some are turning their noses up at breweries they used to love. As a result, we're going to see more loyalty to independent companies that have been around a while and the few new ones that seem to ‘get it.'" -- Matt Satten