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
Visit: The brewery is open every Saturday for free tours, which begin and end in the brewery's tasting room. In fact, PBC's brewery tours were recently named one of the 10 best in the country by readers of USA Today 10Best.
Yards Brewing Company
The brewery that resuscitated Philadelphia’s brewing legacy
Visit: Free tours are available at the brewery on Saturdays and Sundays and the tasting room is open seven days a week.
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
Visit: Crime and Punishment Brewing Company is open Wednesdays through Sundays.
Visit: Bar Hygge is open seven days a week.
2nd Story Brewing
Visit: The brewery and restaurant is open seven days a week.
Dock Street Brewing Company
Award-winning craft brews
Visit: Dock Street Brewery and Restaurant is open seven days a week.
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant — Media
Brewery micro-chain has inviting beer, great food and awards galore
Visit: Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Media is open seven days a week.
Visit: Sterling Pig is open seven days a week.
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
Visit: 2SP Brewing Company's tasting room is open seven days a week.
McKenzie Brew House - Chadds Ford
Visit: McKenzie Brew House in Chadds Ford is open seven days a week.
Kennett Brewing Company
Visit: Kennett Brewing Company is open every day of the week except Sundays.
Victory at Magnolia
Visit: Victory at Magnolia is open seven days a week.
Victory Brewing Company — Downingtown
The Philadelphia region's largest craft brewery
Visit: The brewery offers free tours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and the brewpub is open seven days a week.
Victory Brewing Company - Parkesburg
Visit: Victory's Parkesburg location is open seven days a week.
Boxcar Brewing Company
Visit: Boxcar's brewpub is open Wednesday through Sunday.
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant — West Chester
Downtown West Chester's spot for hand-crafted brew
Visit: Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in West Chester is open seven days a week.
Levante Brewing Company
Visit: Check out the tasting room and get your growlers filled at Levante Thursday through Sunday.
McKenzie Brew House - Malvern
A spacious brewpub just off Lancaster Avenue
Visit: McKenzie Brew House in Malvern is open seven days a week.
Sly Fox Brewery
Some of Philly’s most well known and widely accessible craft beers
Visit: Sly Fox's brewhouse and eatery is open seven days a week.
Sly Fox Tastin' Room
Visit: Free tours of the brewery are available on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons. (Call ahead at (484) 300-4644 for reservations.) The Tastin' Room is open Wednesday through Sunday.
The Other Farm Brewing Company
Visit: The Other Farm Brewing Company is open seven days a week.
Visit: Stickman Brews is open Wednesdays through Sundays.
Appalachian Brewing Company — Collegeville
Visit: Appalachian's brewpub in Collegeville is open seven days a week.
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
Visit: Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Phoenixville is open seven days a week.
Stable 12 Brewing Company
Visit: Stable 12 Brewing Company taproom is open six days a week. (Closed Mondays.)
McKenzie Brew House - Devon
Award-winng brewery's Devon location
Visit: McKenzie's in Devon is open seven days a week.
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Innovative craft beer just down the Main Line
Visit: Tired Hands is open Tuesday through Sunday.
Tired Hands Fermentaria
Visit: Tired Hands Fermentaria is open six days a week. (Closed Tuesdays.)
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant - Ardmore
The latest location for this award-winning brewery micro-chain
Visit: Ardmore's Iron Hill is open seven days a week.
Manayunk Brewing Company
Taking the meaning of “Manayunk” — “a place to drink” — quite literally
Visit: Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant is open seven days a week.
Conshohocken Brewing Company
Visit: Conshohocken Brewing Company's tasting room is open seven days a week.
Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery
Visit: Barren Hill Tavern and Brewery is open seven days a week.
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant — Chestnut Hill
Northwest Philly's own Iron Hill location
Visit: Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Chestnut Hill is open seven days a week.
Earth Bread + Brewery
Visit: Earth Bread + Brewery is open seven days a week.
Forest & Main Brewery & Pub
A craft brewer and pub with English leanings set in a 19th-century house
Visit: Forest & Main is open Tuesday to Sunday.
Crooked Eye Brewery
Visit: Crooked Eye Brewery's tasting room is open Wednesdays through Sundays.
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant — North Wales
10 short minutes from Ambler
Visit: Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in North Wales is open seven days a week.
Prism Brewing Company
Visit: Prism's taproom is open seven days a week and a paid tour is available every Sunday.
Round Guys Brewing Company
Visit: Round Guys' taproom is open seven days a week.
Free Will Brewing Co.
Visit: Free Will's brand new tasting room, completed in late 2014, is now open seven days a week, and free tours are available on Saturdays.
McCoole's Red Lion Brewery
Visit: McCoole's Red Lion Brewery is open six days a week. (Closed Mondays.)
Bucks County Brewery
Visit: Bucks County Brewery's tasting room is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Doylestown Brewing Company
Visit: Doylestown Brewing Company is open six days a week. (Closed Mondays.)
Triumph Brewing Company
A lively brewpub that rocks all night
Visit: Triumph Brewing's New Hope location is open seven days a week.
Vault Brewing Company
Visit: Vault's brewpub is open seven days a week, and you can catch a free tour of the brewery on Saturdays. (Note: Online reservations are required for a tour.)
Broken Goblet Brewing
Visit: Broken Goblet's taproom is open Wednesday through Sunday.
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co.
Visit: Neshaminy Creek's tasting room is open from Wednesday through Sunday. Self-guided tours are available during those hours as well.
Naked Brewing Company
Visit: Naked Brewing's taproom is open Wednesday through Saturday.