Food & Drink

How to Spend a Perfect Day Hitting All of Philly's Best Breweries

Published On 01/11/2016 Published On 01/11/2016

Not that we don’t talk about it from time to time, but Philly is one of the best beer cities in the country. And we don’t just mean bars -- there are around a dozen active breweries in the area putting out some fantastic beers. To commemorate Philly’s superiority in the art/science of hops and malts, we've mapped the city's first beer trail -- an all-day, beer drinking schedule that will test your wits, wallet, and water-holding ability. Perfect for a sunny, brisk Saturday.

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Take a tour of Philadelphia Brewing Co.

It’s gonna be a busy day, so head to PBC early to get in line for their free brewery tour. Sample one (or all) of the six beers in the tasting room. We mentioned it's all free, right?

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In-and-out brewery tour at Saint Benjamin

Tours take around 30 minutes, which gives you just enough time to see the operation and grab a sample of Saint Benji's lavender-y Liaison saison or Hopligation IPA.

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Get in line for one of the last Yards tours of the day

Unless your last name is Bolt, you’ll need to take a cab or Uber to get to Yards to make it in time for one of the last tours of the day (they run until about 3:30pm). While there, you can get your third tour of the day, and sample some more free beer.

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Head cross-town to Fairmont for a stop at Crime & Punishment Brewing Co.

Zero beer dollars spent so far! Unfortunately, the brewery tours end here but there’s still lots more great beer to be had, like their hoppy 100 IBUs To Life or the Russian-inspired Grod Inquisitor. C&P also has a full kitchen, so it might not be a bad idea to grab a midday snack.

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Drop by Manayunk Brewing Company for a quick pint

Now’s the crucial moment where you're either in or you're out. Power through, and grab a quick pint of one of the lighter offerings, like the Hidden Lily Witbier or the Bohemian Blonde, at the original brewpub in Manayunk.

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Grab dinner and a drink at Earth Bread + Brewery

You've made it to dinner, bravo. You’re gonna need fuel to make it the rest of the night. Earth Bread + Brewery has some tasty (and healthy) bites, along with a small selection of house-made draft beers. Alternatively, you can opt for one of their alcohol-free house-made sodas, like sarsaparilla or 'nojito' (lime and mint), if you need a breather.

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Head to Conshi and grab an IPA at Conshohocken Brewing Company

You could order one of the nine other house-made beers on tap, but the IPA is our particular favorite. The choice is yours. At this point, you're probably making some poor ones.

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Rest up during the Uber to Tired Hands

At the Ardmore brewpub, the beers are pretty serious, so you’ll want to make sure you can actually enjoy them. Tired Hands is always brewing new, genre-bending concoctions, so come ready to dabble in experimental beers.

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It’s getting late, but Dock Street is open for a nightcap

You need to head back to the city anyways, which makes Dock Street the perfect pit stop along the way. At the West Philly brewery, be sure to sample one of its flagship beers, like the Royal Bohemian pilsner or Amber ale.

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Last call is still a few hours away, so...

The night’s still young, and your crawl doesn’t have to be over. Maybe pop into one of the best beer bars in the city? Or head home after 12 hours of drinking... yeah, it's probably about time to head home now.

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Dan Mckay has tried -- and failed -- to make it all the way through the beer trail with his wallet, cell phone, and dignity in tact. Follow him on Instagram or Twitter @dannypageviews

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1. Philadelphia Brewing Company 2440 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, (Kensington)

This 125 year-old brewery in the city of Brotherly Love specializes in craft ales and lagers that are sure to please even the most discerning of palates.

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2. Saint Benjamin Brewing Company 1710-14 N 5th St, Philadelphia, PA 19122 (Kensington)

Like most things in Philadelphia, Saint Benjamin Brewing Company makes itself an historic home: they brew suds from within an 1870s carriage house designed by Otto Wolf. You can spy right in on the process from the taproom in front, which incorporates reclaimed decor elements, and original brickwork that the owners had to free from layers of paint and paper. Eats are made to soak up beer, with jerk chicken, shrimp and grits, and fat burgers to ground those sampling the 12-pint tap.

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3. Yards Brewing Company 901 N Delaware Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (Nolibs)

Founded by a couple of local homebrewers, Yards Brewing Company and now produces one of the best pale ales in the country -- as per The New York Times -- at a waterfront plant boasting a 100-seat pub. And in addition to supplying both year round and seasonal brews, Yards' parking lot is home to a variety of food trucks, perfect for all-night pairings.

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4. Crime & Punishment Brewing Co. 2711 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130

This popular brewery recently opened up to the public by debuting a taproom and brewpub serving their namesake beers and artisanal bar snacks, our fave of which are the housemade dumplings.

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5. Manayunk Brewery & Restaurant 4120 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127 (Manayunk)

Occupying the digs of an old mill, Manayunk Brewery offers tours of their brew operations, plus comfort food like their baked mac and cheese skillet with Vermont Cheddar.

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6. Earth Bread & Brewery 7136 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119 (Germantown)

This Germantown brewpub has an eco-friendly ethos and serves sustainable brews, snacks, and flatbreads. Get there early on Tuesday for their $2 beer specials!

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7. Conshohocken Brewing Company 739 E Elm St, Conshohocken, PA 19428 (Conshy)

This neighborhood spot just outside of Philly is the perfect place to enjoy some brews with your crew and snack on pub grub, including grilled cheese, hummus and pita, and pretzels.

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8. Tired Hands Brewing Company 16 Ardmore Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003 (Main Line)

Possibly the coolest place on the Main Line, the Ardmore brewery continuously updates its beer menu with a little something for everybody, available in 8oz glasses for sampling, or pints for grown-ups. The brewers often dub their creations with creative names like the IPA Vienna Melt called Neutral Impulse From the Visual Cortex, or last winter’s flowery saison-inspired brew, the Truthbomb. Also, don’t call it a brewpub: it is a brewery and pub. Its pub fare includes artisan bread made on site and fresh selections of cheeses and charcuterie -- not a basket of frings.

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9. Dock Street Brewery 701 S 50th St, Philadelphia, PA 19143

Dock Street takes seasonal craft brews and compliments them with specialty pizzas, like the impossible-to-pronounce flammenkuche, rocking a blend of caramelized onions, apple wood-smoked bacon, Gruyere, herbs, and creme fraiche.

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