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Hot vax summer? This glorious season brings a return to social opportunities Philadelphians mostly missed out on last year, like taking advantage of the city’s breweries.
And 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.
Many breweries are welcoming guests back to their restaurants, taprooms, and outdoor dining set-ups this summer with free music, outdoor markets, and lots of beer on tap. Making a visit won’t just get you good drinks — it’s a way to support the hard-hit hospitality industry.
Here are 10 great choices for local breweries to check out in Philly this summer.
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.
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. Open Wednesday and Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturdays 2 to 9 p.m., and Sundays 12 to 7 p.m., the menu includes six beers at any given time, and offers 4-packs and growlers to go.
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.
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. Sundays you’ll find an outdoor market with more music, local vendors and food trucks..
1445 N. American St.
Another Kensington area nano-brewery, this relative newcomer produces a huge variety of beers you might never have heard of before 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.
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 — 30 varieties to be exact — and there are always lots of activities indoors and out. Check social media for weekly events like food truck pop-ups, live music, and Quizzo nights..
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. Offerings include a wide range of beers, including vanilla porter Vanilli on the Hilly and West Coast IPA Double Double Birthday.
701 S. 50th St. and 2118 Washington Ave.
Dock Street Brewing was the city’s first microbrewery — established in 1985 — and now has two locations, in West Philadelphia and 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..
Purchases can be made online
This operation may be new to the public scene, but the two brothers have been practicing their craft brewing since 2016. 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.
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 spactious, wood-filled taphouse in Spring Arts also has a deck with outdoor seating, open Thursdays through Sundays, and beers are sold at farmers markets and shops, too.