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Victory Brewing Company

Parkesburg, Chester County

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Tired Hands Fermentaria

Ardmore, Montgomery County

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Forest & Main Brewery

Ambler, Montgomery County

Philadelphia Brewing Company

Philadelphia

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Yards Brewing Company

Philadelphia

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Dock Street Brewery

University City

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Sly Fox Brewery

Phoenixville, Chester County

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Yards Brewing Company

Philadelphia

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Iron Hill Brewery

West Chester, Chester County

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Victory Brewing Company

Downingtown, Chester County

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Earth Bread + Brewery

Mt. Airy

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Round Guys Brewery

Lansdale, Montgomery 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 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.

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Do Good Brewing Company

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County

Do Good — named both for its deep spirit of philanthropy and for Ben Franklin’s nom de plume—currently produces four beers, including Kenzo Sour and Birra Forte Limoncello IPA. The United Ale is a cream ale with blood orange and coriander that generates money for charities that battle child poverty. The seven-barrel brewery and tasting room, housed in a former textile mill in Philadelphia’s Port Richmond neighborhood, also operates as a shared workspace for craftspeople.

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.
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Saint Benajmin Brewing Company

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County

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, brewers Tim Patton and Christina Burris interpret classic styles and design new creations such as the India Cream Ale and a saison noted for hints of lavender and peppercorn.

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.
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Crime and Punishment Brewing Company

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County

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. As the first 21st-century brewery to return to the neighborhood known as Brewerytown, the brewpub showcases Russian fare in addition to eight rotating beers on tap.

Visit: Crime and Punishment Brewing Company is open Wednesdays through Sundays.
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Bar Hygge

Earth Bread + Brewery's Tom Baker and Peggy Zwerver have teamed up with Stew and Julie Keener of Baggataway Tavern in West Conshohocken to create a new brewpub in Philadelphia's nieghborhood of Fairmount. "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 unique, house-made brews.

Visit: Bar Hygge is open seven days a week.
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2nd Story Brewing

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County

At this craft brewery and restaurant in Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood, head brewer John Wible presents classic ales and lagers, while executive chef Aaron Sheppard serves American bar fare, including many vegetarian options.

Visit: The brewery and restaurant is open seven days a week.
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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant — Media

Media, Delaware County

Brewery micro-chain has inviting beer, great food and awards galore

The East Coast’s fastest-growing group of brewpubs has 11 locations and six of those are in the Philadelphia region, including this one on E. State St. in Media. Iron Hill's acclaimed beers have accumulated a wealth of awards from the nation’s top beer festivals, and the restaurants have earned more than 100 “best of” nods from local and national publications.

Visit: Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Media is open seven days a week.
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Sterling Pig

Media, Delaware County

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.

Visit: Sterling Pig is open seven days a week.
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Ship Bottom Brewery

Wallingford, Delaware County

While continuing to look for a larger spot for his nano-brewery, brewer/owner Rob Zarko has added some eye-catching beers to his early roster of British and German styles. Most notable among them: Whiskey Barrel Aged Baconator Stout brewed with maple syrup, coffee, chocolate, oatmeal and three pounds of Bespoke bacon per barrel, all aged in Dad’s Hat rye whiskey barrels.

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.
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2SP Brewing Company

Aston, Delaware County

Delaware County's new 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 already churned out a number of brews, including the aptly named Delco Lager, and the brewery recently began distributing to bars in both Delaware and Philadelphia counties.

Visit: 2SP Brewing Company's tasting room is open seven days a week.
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McKenzie Brew House - Chadds Ford

Glen Mills, Delaware County

Eaters and drinkers in Philadelphia’s western suburbs have three McKenzie locations to choose from, including this one in Chadds Ford. That gives patrons lots of chances to try 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.

Visit: McKenzie Brew House in Chadds Ford is open seven days a week.
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Kennett Brewing Company

Kennett Square, Chester County

Jossy Osborne 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, served up at Kennett Brewing Company, Kennet Square's newest brewery and restaurant. 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 Angus meatloaf sliders.

Visit: Kennett Brewing Company is open every day of the week except Sundays.
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Victory at Magnolia

Kennett Square, Chester County

Victory Brewing Company’s newest off-shoot is Kennett Square’s Victory at Magnolia, a brewpub that seats 250 patrons, plus another 40 guests outside. The seven-barrel on-site brewery brews 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.

Visit: Victory at Magnolia is open seven days a week.
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Boxcar Brewing Company

West Chester, Chester County

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-offs that comprise the CSB program.

Visit: Boxcar's brewpub is open Wednesday through Sunday.
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Levante Brewing Company

West Chester, Chester County

Taking its name, which means “rising,” from a region in Italy, Levante rose up from two home-brewing friends who wanted to make beers in the explorative tradition of the Old World. There are more than half a dozen beers on tap that range from IPAs to Belgian Wits to an Imperial Vanilla Stout.

Visit: Check out the tasting room and get your growlers filled at Levante Thursday through Sunday.
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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.

Visit: McKenzie Brew House in Malvern is open seven days a week.
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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 sit at the beer garden. Note: The beer garden experience includes the opportunity to chow down on BBQ and either listen to live bluegrass and honkytonk or rise up for an electric dance party.

Visit: The Other Farm Brewing Company is open seven days a week.
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Stickman Brews

Royersford, Montgomery County

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 Twerkalicious Belgian Dubbel and the Doug E. Fresh Nitro Red Saison. A menu of charcuterie and cheese is available for pairing.

Visit: Stickman Brews is open Wednesdays through Sundays.
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Appalachian Brewing Company — Collegeville

Collegeville, Montgomery County

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 enough vegetarian and vegan dishes to keep herbivores happy.

Visit: Appalachian's brewpub in Collegeville is open seven days a week.
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Evil Genius Beer Company

West Grove, Chester County

With brewing headquarters in Connecticut the two Villanova grads who created Evil Genius pride themselves on innovative styles and funky names: Purple Monkey Dishwasher Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter, I Love Lamp Pineapple Hefeweizen, Turtle Power Grapefruit Pale Ale and Trick or Treat Chocolate Pumpkin Porter. Owners hope to construct a brewery in the Philadelphia area in the coming year.

Where to find it: No tours or tastings are available, but these brews can be conjured up at bars all over eastern Pennsylvania.
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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant — Phoenixville

Phoenixville, Chester County
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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 a pint or two of next.

Visit: Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Phoenixville is open seven days a week.
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Stable 12 Brewing Company

Phoenixville, Chester County

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 have since moved on to experiment with saisons, barleywines, Russian imperial stouts and more.

Visit: Stable 12 Brewing Company taproom is open six days a week. (Closed Mondays.)
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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.

Visit: McKenzie's in Devon is open seven days a week.
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Conshohocken Brewing Company

Conshohocken, Montgomery County

“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, three-cheese panini and pulled-pork sandwiches satisfy patrons who can eat them on a deck overlooking the Schuylkill River.

Visit: Conshohocken Brewing Company's tasting room is open seven days a week.
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Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery

Lafayette Hill, Montgomery County

Prolific restaurateur Erin Wallace breathed new life into this authentic Colonial-era inn and named it for a historic battle that took place here. Barren Hill offers a dynamic brewing schedule from head brewer Dave Wood and a hearty menu of creative comfort food. It boasts 16 varieties of house craft beers and 15 guest taps.

Visit: Barren Hill Tavern and Brewery is open seven days a week.
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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant — Chestnut Hill

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

Northwest Philly's own Iron Hill location

Located on Germantown Avenue, Chestnut Hill's main thoroughfare, this popular Iron Hill location in northwest Philadelphia joins Campbell's Place and McNally's in the town's stacked beer scene.

Visit: Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Chestnut Hill is open seven days a week.
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Crooked Eye Brewery

Hatboro, Montgomery County

Fifteen 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.

Visit: Crooked Eye Brewery's tasting room is open Wednesdays through Sundays.
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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.

Visit: Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in North Wales is open seven days a week.
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Prism Brewing Company

North Wales, Montgomery County

In less than five years, 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 gourmet hot dogs to bar food, 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.

Visit: Prism's taproom is open seven days a week and a paid tour is available every Sunday.
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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.

Visit: Tower Hill Brewery is open Wednesdays through Sundays.
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Free Will Brewing Co.

Perkasie, Bucks County

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.

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.
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McCoole's Red Lion Brewery

Quakertown, Bucks County

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.

Visit: McCoole's Red Lion Brewery is open six days a week. (Closed Mondays.)
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Bucks County Brewery

Plumsteadville, Bucks County

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.

Visit: Bucks County Brewery's tasting room is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
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Doylestown Brewing Company

Doylestown, Bucks County

The son of a saloon owner and grandson of a man who opened a beer distributor in 1948, Joe Modestine makes seasonal brews in a full-service brewpub that opened in 2015 in downtown Doylestown.

Visit: Doylestown Brewing Company is open six days a week. (Closed Mondays.)
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Broken Goblet Brewing

Bristol, Bucks County

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.

Visit: Broken Goblet's taproom is open Wednesday through Sunday.
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Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co.

Croydon, Bucks County

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.

Visit: Neshaminy Creek's tasting room is open from Wednesday through Sunday. Self-guided tours are available during those hours as well.
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Naked Brewing Company

Huntingdon Valley, Bucks County

Up and running in its present location since 2012, the nano-brewery that was started by two home-brewing friends churns out ales like Pomegranate Wheat, Carpe Noctum 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.

Visit: Naked Brewing's taproom is open Wednesday through Saturday.
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