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Ardmore, Montgomery County

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Victory Brewing Company

Downingtown & Kennett Square,
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Ambler, Montgomery County

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Philadelphia

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University City

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Phoenixville, Chester County

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Yards Brewing Company

Philadelphia

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West Chester, Chester County

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Mt. Airy

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Lansdale, Montgomery County

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Parkesburg, Chester County

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The Philadelphia Craft Beer Trail

See why the Philadelphia region is one of the best places for beer in the world

Philadelphia has always been a beer city. It was in Philadelphia taverns that the American Revolution took hold, and 100 years ago, Philadelphia was known as the greatest brewing city in the Western Hemisphere, or the “Cradle of American Libation.” In the mid-19th through the early-20th centuries, more than 90 breweries operated in Philadelphia proper, and another 100 operated in the surrounding areas. But Prohibition in 1920 brought the brewery boom to an end, and the decline — and near demise — of virtually all of Philadelphia’s beer producers all the way into the 1980s.

Things couldn’t be more different today. Philadelphia, experiencing the same craft beer boom that has thrived the U.S. since the late 1980s, has regained its reputation as one of the preeminent beer cities in the country and around the world. Need proof? Philadelphia has won a slew of beer-related accolades, from being recognized as one of the “The 5 Best Beer Cities in America” by GQ Magazine, to being named one of the fourteen best beer cities in the entire world by Frommer’s. Philadelphia-area breweries and brewpubs also took home seven medals at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival.

Help setting the local craft beer scene apart, Philadelphia breweries range widely in size and scope. There are the major craft breweries like Victory, Sly Fox and Yards, which produce and distribute some of Philadelphia’s most well known and widely accessible craft beers. Then there are the mainstay brewpubs like Dock Street and Manayunk Brewing that have been around for years, putting out consistently great craft beer. And in recent years, they’ve been joined by even newer microbreweries and brewpubs like Tired Hands, Forest & Main and Round Guys, who are garnering ever more accolades and buzz for the region’s beer scene. Many of these breweries have tours and/or tastings at their facilities, and a number of local groups — including Philly Brew Tours, the Philly On Tap tour from Urban Adventures and Liberty Brew Tours — offer comprehensive tours of multiple breweries while covering the breadth of Philadelphia’s beer history.

So where can Philadelphia’s acclaimed beers be tasted, and what breweries can visitors and residents tour? Read on for our comprehensive guide to Philadelphia’s craft breweries and brewpubs, complete with an interactive map to help you plan your visit.

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Urban Village Brewing Company

Taking over a space in the Northern Liberties complex Schmidt’s Commons, Urban Village is the handiwork of Dave Goldman and Tom Revelli, who have combined their comparable passions for brewing and baking to develop this beer and pizza lover’s paradise. Goldman’s early-going stylings include a Rye IPA, a Citra Pale Ale and Beets by J, a Berliner Weiss brewed with more than 300 pounds of beets. Revelli, meanwhile, is a fellow fermentation fiend whose interests gravitate toward naturally leavened dough. Pizzas here are a big food draw, which are joined by small plates and sandwiches.
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Evil Genius Beer Company

Philadelphia

Fun names for serious brews

The two Villanova grads who created Evil Genius pride themselves on innovative styles and funky names like: Purple Monkey Dishwasher Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter, I Love Lamp Pineapple Hefeweizen, Turtle Power Grapefruit Pale Ale and Trick or Treat Chocolate Pumpkin Porter. A 6,000-square-foot Evil Genius brewery and brewpub opened in Fishtown in March 2017.
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2nd Story Brewing

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County

Brews and Bites in Old City

At this two-story craft brewery and restaurant in Philadelphia’s Historic District, head brewer Jason Ranck presents classic ales and lagers, while executive chef Tyson Jordan serves American bar fare, including many vegetarian options.
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Crime and Punishment Brewing Company

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County

Helping Brewerytown live up to its name

Inspired by the words of great thinkers — such as the author of the brewery’s namesake, Fyodor Dostoyevsky — Crime and Punishment toys with a Russian theme in its décor and more. As the first 21st-century brewery to return to the neighborhood known as Brewerytown, the brewpub showcases Russian-inspired fare, like a kielbasa sandwich, a beet reuben and pirogis, in addition to eight rotating beers on tap, ranging in style from a New Zealand-influenced pale ale to an inky oatmeal stout.
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Flying Fish Crafthouse

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County

Putting the “brew” back in Brewerytown

Helping to put the “brew” back in Brewerytown, Flying Fish Crafthouse serves a variety of seasonal and small-batch beers. Complement your suds with artisanal burgers and sandwiches served both inside and alfresco.
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Saint Benajmin Brewing Company

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County

Classic crowdpleasers and new-style brews

Named for Ben Franklin, Saint Benjamin brews on a three-barrel system in the carriage house and stable of the former Theo Finkenauer Brewery, built in the Kensington neighborhood around 1880. Opened in June of 2014, brewer Tim Patton interprets classic styles and design new creations such as the Inca, an India-style cream ale and Junto, a coffee Kolsch-style ale.
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Bar Hygge

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County

Transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary

Earth Bread + Brewery's Tom Baker and Peggy Zwerver teamed up with Stew and Julie Keener of Baggataway Tavern in West Conshohocken to create a brewpub in Philadelphia's Fairmount neighborhood. "Hygge," a Danish concept, represents the idea of making the every day more meaningful, beautiful or special. For the crew at Bar Hygge, that means enabling guests to turn a weeknight or weekend dinner into a cozy, neighborhood experience of contemporary American food paired with the choice of seven house-made brews.
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Brewery ARS

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County

Two brothers turn their brewery dreams into reality

Run by two beer-loving brothers, this garage brewery in South Philly is open on Thursday through Sunday. From IPAs to saisons to porters, Brewery ARS is always brewing up something new.
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Second District Brewing Company

Beer and bar snacks for the South Philly set

Just a few blocks away from Brewery ARS is Second District Brewing Company, a craft beer spot from a team with years of beer-biz experience at some of the area's most popular breweries (Dogfish Head, Dock Street). The brewery serves up more than a half-dozen draft beers and a menu of tasty bar food.
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Roy-Pitz Barrel House

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County

Purveyor of “Liquid Art,” the Chambersburg-headquartered Roy-Pitz Brewing Company brings its product to Philly via this Spring Garden emporium. The colorful industrial space sets the stage for barrel-aged ales like Sour Hound and Old Jail brown, plus inspired bar food like carrot hummus and mojo pork panini.
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Wissahickon Brewing Company

A Father’s Day gift of a homebrew kit led to years of experimentation, and finally this family-owned microbrewery in East Falls. Open Wednesday through Sunday, the tasting room offers house specialties like Devils Pool Imperial IPA and Czech, Please! Bohemian Pilsner.
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Montgomery County
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Neshaminy Creek Brewing's Borough Brewhouse

Jenkintown, Montgomery County

Neshaminy Creek Brewing and its head brewer and co-owner Jeremy Myers have racked up numerous local awards since opening in 2012, which may help explain why the brewery has continued to expand over the year. Its newest project, Borough Brewhouse, is a massive taproom in Jenkintown pouring NCBC beers along with grub from the team behind Revolution Taco.
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Conshohocken Brewing Company

Conshohocken, Montgomery County

Brews and chews with river views

“Conshie” is led by a brewing and ownership team with a notable pedigree. Both owners have received certifications from the Beer Judging Certification Program. The head brewer hails from Yards Brewing Company and his assistant put in time at Victory and Weyerbacher, located just outside the Philadelphia suburbs. At the taproom, vegetarian chili, soft pretzels and street tacos satisfy patrons who can eat them on a deck overlooking the Schuylkill River.
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Conshohocken Brewing Company - Bridgeport

All of the goodness of the original location plus a full food menu

Conshohocken Brewing Company's Bridgeport Brewpub features many of the tasty beers from the brewery's original location (see above), along with the added bonus of an expanded food menu. Find a large array of burgers and a curated selection of tacos, each of which you can score for half-off on respective Burger Mondays and Taco Tuesdays.
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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant — North Wales

North Wales, Montgomery County

10 short minutes from Ambler

A short 10-minute drive from the bustling downtown of Ambler, the North Wales location of the award-winning series of Iron Hills is just off of Route 309 in the English Village Shopping Center.
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Prism Brewing Company

Lansdale, Montgomery County

Brewer/owner Rob DeMaria has gone from contract brewing in a small suburban brewpub to opening his own full-scale brewery with a bottling line and a tasting room. Open daily, the tasting room features everything from veggie wraps to T-bone steaks, plus live jazz and games. DeMaria adds twists to classic styles, meaning you can find him brewing his pale ale with whole-leaf tea and accenting his IPA with fresh local honey.
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Stickman Brews

Royersford, Montgomery County

American twists on classic Belgian beers

From a wild black ale to a Belgian double brown to a smoked saison, Stickman Brews invites you to sample one of its signature beers, all of which are centered around the concept of adding American twists to Belgian-inspired styles. Stickman Brews develops its own house cultures of farmhouse and wild yeasts to use in its beers, which are fermented and aged using an old-school, open-top style. At the brewery, find 11 choices on tap, each paired with a rather entertaining name, like the Hanging with Carnies Nitro Cream Ale and the Fat Guy in Suspenders Black Lager. Check the venue’s schedule for a list of upcoming live music and guest food trucks.
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Appalachian Brewing Company — Collegeville

Collegeville, Montgomery County

Order a beer with or without alcohol

As the local outpost of a Harrisburg brewpub that runs several locations, ABC’s Collegeville restaurant brews the experimental beers for the company. Alongside the alcoholic options are house-made root beer, white birch beer and ginger beer. The vast selection of gourmet pub fare includes burgers, fish and chips, quesadillas and more.
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Crooked Eye Brewery

Hatboro, Montgomery County

Almost two decades years ago, Paul Mulherin’s son introduced him and his brother-in-law to home brewing. Today, the three of them run a nano-brewery that rotates 18 beers on 12 taps in the brewhouse.
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2SP Brewing Company

Aston, Delaware County

Beer and atmosphere without pretension

Delaware County's 2SP Brewing Company has some serious beer muscles behind its operations, including head brewer Bob Barrar, who won 29 medals between the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival with Iron Hill Brewing Company in Media. The brewery's 20-barrel system has churned out a number of brews, including the aptly named Delco Lager, and the brewery distributes to bars in both Delaware and Philadelphia counties.
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Sterling Pig

Media, Delaware County

Striving for the perfect balance of flavor and drinkability

Sterling Pig offers eight rotating beers brewed in small batches and tapped directly on-site. From IPAs to Porters to Pilsners, a wide variety of options seeks to cater to the flavor preferences of everyone that might be in your crowd. Wood-oven pizza topped with innovative ingredients, BBQ, burgers and other savory eats make up the food menu that's served in a dining room overlooking the kitchen. Come chow down with a meal and beer from the brewery or simply take a growler to go.
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McKenzie Brew House - Chadds Ford

Glen Mills, Delaware County

Earning accolades in Philly and beyond

Eaters and drinkers in Philadelphia’s western suburbs have three McKenzie locations to choose from, including this one in Chadds Ford that patrons love trying the beers that have earned the company eight Great American Beer Festival medals and the top prize in a blind tasting of 28 local beers sponsored by Philadelphia Inquirer food critic Craig LaBan.
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Chester County
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Kennett Brewing Company

Kennett Square, Chester County

Jossy Osborne's favorite brews include oatmeal stouts and rye pale ales while Mark Osborne prefers English bitters and German Pilsners. Together, the duo's varying preferences have led them to craft over 20 styles of beer. Opened in 2015, Kennett Brewing Company prides itself on giving original twists to classic styles, offered alongside a menu of casual fare including items like short rib quesadillas and pepperoni flatbreads.
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Stable 12 Brewing Company

Phoenixville, Chester County

Homebrew hobbyists-turned-proprietors pursuing the dream

Stable 12 originated when three high school friends decided to home brew as a hobby after college. They began at the horse farm where CEO Rick Wolf grew up and eventually expanded and established their own business. Stable 12 launched with four classic style beers — wheat, stout, IPA and amber ale — but has since moved on to experiment with saisons, barleywines, Russian imperial stouts and more.
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Victory at Magnolia

Kennett Square, Chester County

The first brewpub in Kennett Square since Prohibition

When Victory Brewing Company opened Victory at Magnolia, it became the first brewpub in Kennett Square since Prohibition. The seven-barrel on-site brewery doles out Victory beers, including two or three exclusive to the Kennett Square location, and offers local Pennsylvania wines and even Victory root beer. A small house menu features chef-inspired daily menu additions.
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La Cabra Brewing

Berwyn, Chester County

Beer-based passion with every pour

Brewer Dan Popernack experiments with seasonal varieties fermented in seven stainless steel and oak barrels at La Cabra, a top-notch brewery in Berwyn. A rotating list of ten beers are on tap at any one time, along with a Latin-inspired gastropub food menu.
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Boxcar Brewing Company

West Chester, Chester County

A full-production brewery with heart

What started in a garage in 2009 has become a full production brewery (that cans its beer) with a Prohibition-themed brewpub. Located in a former music venue, the pub hosts bands and family entertainment. The couple that owns the brewery produces a series called Community Supported Beer, which designates a charity recipient for proceeds from the one-off batches that comprise the CSB program.
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Locust Lane Craft Brewery

Malvern, Chester County

Malvern’s taproom and brewery, open Thursday through Sunday, is so named for the street where its founders met. Inside, a growler filling station allows patrons to stock up on brown ale, IPA and Kolsch, while a living room beckons with comfy seating and games and food trucks supply the eats.
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McKenzie Brew House - Malvern

Malvern, Chester County

A spacious brewpub just off Lancaster Avenue

McKenzie Brew House's Malvern stop sits on Lancaster Avenue, and offers residents and employees at nearby business parks a perfect place for a quick lunch or after-work happy hour. The brewery and restaurant has six of its own beers on tap — keep an eye out for the Route 202 pale ale, named after the highway that runs not far from the establishment.
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McKenzie Brew House - Devon

Berwyn, Chester County

Award-winng brewery's Devon location

Ranked the 35th best brewery in the world in 2005 by CNN, Mckenzie Brew House has a lot going for it, including a long list of awards and a varied pub menu.
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Crowded Castle Brewing Company

Phoenixville, Chester County

Crowded Castle Brewing Company was formed by nine friends with shared a love of beer. Within the group lay a wide range of favorite beer varietals, bringing everything from IPAs to Maibocks to Belgians to red ales to the brewery's taps. The Phoenixville spot offers a limited food menu, too, but also invites you to bring your own food into the taproom when you come.
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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant — Phoenixville

Phoenixville, Chester County

A craft brewery on Phoenixville's main street

Phoenixville's branch of the popular micro-brewery chain lies on Bridge Street, the town’s main drag. As at any Iron Hill location, the beer sampler is always a great way to find just which of the 10 Iron Hill beers on tap you'd like to enjoy as a pint.
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Hollow Earth Brewing Company

Oxford, Chester County

The pared-down atmosphere at this small brewpub belies the decidedly quirky offerings. Visitors can nosh on chicken tacos while sipping beers like Cotton Candy Snowglobe, a hazy NEIPA, and Highly Suspect, a dry-hopped sour ale with pineapple and mango.
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Free Will Brewing Co.

Perkasie, Bucks County

Sours, seasonals, stouts and saisons

Emerging as a leader in the sour-beer trend, Free Will has vastly expanded its downtown Perkasie space to devote an entire floor to making sours. That doesn’t mean the other intensely flavorful beers — think mango habanero IPA — are going anywhere, to the delight of Free Will fans.
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Proper Brewing Company

Quakertown, Bucks County

Quakertown’s neighborhood taproom emphasizes all that is fresh and local, beginning with its 12 taps of beer (chocolate milk stout, dark IPA, blonde ale), brewed on the premises. Set in the historic Palace Theatre Building, Proper also serves PA-centric cocktails, wine and burgers.
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The Other Farm Brewing Company

Boyertown, Bucks County

A self-described “sleepy little café” located in the former Boyertown Brewery has transformed itself into a nano-brewery that welcomes collaborations and experimentation. Brewers rely on local produce for some of their beers, including the rare Saisonner style, which can be sampled with a seasonal choice of infused apricot, blackberry, cherry, blueberry, peach or raspberry. Depending on the time of day, visitors can eat breakfast, sample local ciders, meads and wines or enjoy time in the beer garden. Note: The beer garden experience includes the opportunity to chow down on BBQ and either listen to live bluegrass and honky tonk or rise up for an electric dance party.
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Bucks County Brewery

Pipersville, Bucks County

Making the world a better place one beer at a time

Owner Andrew Knechel takes advantage of his proximity to his next-door neighbor, distillery Hewn Spirits, to simultaneously brew and distill products using shared ingredients. The devoted conservationist brings food trucks and music to the 2,500-square-foot brewery every Friday night.
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McCoole's Red Lion Brewery

Quakertown, Bucks County

Small-scale, single-barrel brews in a historic inn

Using a single-barrel system to fine tune recipes and experiment on a small scale, Quakertown's Red Lion Brewery tapped its first keg in November 2013. Find Red Lion beers always on tap at McCoole's at the Historic Red Lion Inn, the brewery's namesake restaurant.
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Mad Princes Brewery

Buckingham, Bucks County

Taking the extravagances of King Ludwig II as inspiration, two brothers named Ludwig concoct an eclectic selection of small-batch potables that ranges from Solebury Sweet Wheat (American style honey wheat beer) to Fassloch Kaltesbrau (bourbon barrel coffee stout) to Dead Squirrel (Belgian strong ale). The onsite tasting room, open on weekends, has a German beer hall vibe, and a friendly, personal approach.
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Tower Hill Brewery

Chalfont, Bucks County

Culinary Institute graduate and landmark local deli owner Stan Kreft sources from local farms for his seasonal restaurant food menu, and he brews classic styles to match. The hoppy Powder & Rock IPA, the Robert Hare’s Porter black beer and the spicy Tatra Mountain Smoked Ale are just a few of Tower Hill’s top varieties.
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Broken Goblet Brewing

Bristol, Bucks County

Unique flavors and crowd-pleasing entertainment

It’s true that Broken Goblet Brewery produces some unusual beers (think tea-infused beers and a high-gravity saison), but what may be more notable is the fact that the office-park brewery comes equipped with a soundstage and professional audio/video capabilities. That means trivia nights, karaoke, comedians, live music and movies, along with seven beers on tap and some noteworthy hot-dog concoctions, such as the Uncle Paul Dog, with peanut butter, jelly, marshmallow fluff and bacon.
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Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co.

Croydon, Bucks County

Bucks County’s first brewery and tasting room

A former River Horse Brewing Company brewer and Seibel Institute graduate, Jeremy Myers, along with friends Steven Capelli and Rob Jahn, opened Bucks County’s first brewery, tasting room and gift shop in 2012. Myers won the Philly Beer Scene Awards’ “Brewer of the Year” in 2014, and then took it home again, along with “Brewery of the Year,” in 2015.
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Naked Brewing Company

Huntingdon Valley, Bucks County

Flavor-packed brews in Bucks County

Up and running in its present location since 2012, the nano-brewery that was started by two homebrewing friends churns out ales like Pomegranate Wheat, Carpe Noctem Black IPA and The Gentleman Imperial Stout. Several dozen bars in the Philadelphia area sell its rare black currant and ginger spice wheat beers, not to mention a variety of sours and one-offs.
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