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There’s a ton of good beer here. Among U.S. states, Pennsylvania is second only to California in total craft barrels produced, according to the Brewers Association.
The Philly region is home to a lot of that production, and the number of breweries within the city limits has grown substantially over the past decade.
Here are 10 great choices for local breweries to check out in Philly.
1700 N. Palethorp St.
Looking for a secluded, one-of-a-kind experience? This “fermentary” bottles hybrid beers that are blended and aged in barrels on site. Hours vary, and are announced on Instagram when they are open during the week. The small West Kensington brewery often bottles its beer in green 750 mL bottles, and guests can enjoy sips at outdoor tables next to brewing room.
New Ridge Brewing
6168 Ridge Ave.
This Roxborough brewery opened during the pandemic with the help of food trucks, but has now grown into a full-fledged restaurant. The menu includes six beers at any given time, and offers 4-packs and growlers to go.
Love City Brewing
1023 Hamilton St.
On a cobblestoned alley off North Broad that’s right behind the Rail Park, this woman-owned enterprise has about a dozen beers. With a large bar and lounge and rotating drink menu that includes six beer cocktails, it’s a must-try for enthusiasts. Check the brewery’s website for daily events with food trucks, and activities like cornhole league on Monday evenings.
Attic Brewing Co.
137 Berkley Street
Launched with the help of community investors throughout Germantown, this brewery is open every day. With 16 beers on tap, live music three days a week, and outdoor seating, it’s a great place to meet with friends. Try the Mexican lager La Libertad, or something with a little higher ABV like the maibock Unresolved.
Punch Buggy Brewing Co.
1445 N. American St.
This Kensington area nano-brewery produces a huge variety of beers. There’s the Mach 3 Mango Milkshake IPA, for example, and the Banana Bread Hefeweizen. Follow on Instagram for updates on hours and to find out when the kitchen is serving specialty grilled cheeses and sandwiches — sometimes made with grilled pretzels.
Wissahickon Brewing Co.
3705 W. School House Ln.
Cap off a walk or bike ride along the Schuylkill River with a stop at this East Falls brewhouse near the water. The menu boasts a broad list of beers and there are always lots of activities. Check social media for weekly events like food truck pop-ups, live music, and Quizzo nights.
Chestnut Hill Brewing Co.
8221 Germantown Ave.
This taphouse on just off of Germantown Avenue’s main strip offers a cozy dining atmosphere to try out eight-or-so beers on tap. There’s also cider, cocktails and wine. The food menu is fairly simple, with Neapolitan-style pizzas made in a wood-fired oven.
Dock Street Brewing
2118 Washington Ave.
Dock Street Brewing was the city’s first microbrewery — established in 1985 — and now is located Point Breeze. Flagships like the Dock Strock Amber Ale and the Dock Street Bohemian Pilsner are still going strong, but there are also lots of new options, like the Madam Vice President and the Futuro Italian Pilsner. Check the event calendar for events like Free Music Fridays or to book a behind-the-scenes tour.
Two Locals Brewing
Purchases can be made online
The Koiler brothers operate Philadelphia’s first Black-owned brewing company, and while they don’t have a space of their own yet to serve their growing list of beers — like the popular Nubian Brown Ale — products can be purchased online, at various bars, or at Delaware Avenue’s Craft Hall each weekend.
Triple Bottom Brewing
915 Spring Garden St.
Triple Bottom Brewing’s motto is “It’s bigger than beer.” The mission-driven operation recently became the first Pennsylvania brewery to be recognized as a Certified B Corp — given to businesses that work to reduce inequality and improve their employees’ lives. The taphouse in Spring Arts also has a deck with outdoor seating.