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 city’s environs. 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 explosion that has enveloped 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, to being named one of the 14 best beer cities in the entire world by Frommer’s. Philadelphia-area breweries and brewpubs also took home three medals at the 2015 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 Philadelphia 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.
Philadelphia Brewing Company
Brewing some of Philly’s favorite and most creative libations
Yards Brewing Company
The brewery that resuscitated Philadelphia’s brewing legacy
Do Good Brewing Company
Where to find it: No tours or tastings are available at the brewery, but check Do Good's official website for a list of bars that are serving its beer.
Saint Benajmin Brewing Company
Where to find it: Saint Benjamin offers tours and opens its tasting room twice a month on Saturdays. Growlers, kegs and other merchandise can also be purchased.
Crime and Punishment Brewing Company
2nd Story Brewing
Dock Street Brewing Company
Award-winning craft brews
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant — Media
Brewery micro-chain has inviting beer, great food and awards galore
Ship Bottom Brewery
Where to find it: No tours or tastings are available at the brewery, but head to the brewery's official site to see which bars and events are serving Ship Bottom beers.
2SP Brewing Company
McKenzie Brew House - Chadds Ford
Kennett Brewing Company
Victory at Magnolia
Victory Brewing Company — Downingtown
The Philadelphia region's largest craft brewery
Victory Brewing Company - Parkesburg
Boxcar Brewing Company
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant — West Chester
Downtown West Chester's spot for hand-crafted brew
Levante Brewing Company
McKenzie Brew House - Malvern
A spacious brewpub just off Lancaster Avenue
Sly Fox Brewery
Some of Philly’s most well known and widely accessible craft beers
Sly Fox Tastin' Room
The Other Farm Brewing Company
Appalachian Brewing Company — Collegeville
Evil Genius Beer Company
Where to find it: No tours or tastings are available, but these brews can be conjured up at bars all over eastern Pennsylvania.
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant — Phoenixville
A craft brewery on Phoenixville's main street
La Cabra Brewing
Stable 12 Brewing Company
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Innovative craft beer just down the Main Line
Tired Hands Fermentaria
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant - Ardmore
The latest location for this award-winning brewery micro-chain
Manayunk Brewing Company
Taking the meaning of “Manayunk” — “a place to drink” — quite literally
Conshohocken Brewing Company
Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant — Chestnut Hill
Northwest Philly's own Iron Hill location
Earth Bread + Brewery
Forest & Main Brewery & Pub
A craft brewer and pub with English leanings set in a 19th-century house
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant — North Wales
10 short minutes from Ambler
Prism Brewing Company
Round Guys Brewing Company
Free Will Brewing Co.
McCoole's Red Lion Brewery
Bucks County Brewery
Triumph Brewing Company
A lively brewpub that rocks all night
Vault Brewing Company
Broken Goblet Brewing
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co.
Naked Brewing Company