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Old 03-19-2008, 08:54 PM   #1
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Default Going to Philadelphia - advice on these bars/brewpubs?

I will be in Philly for two weeks at the end of April (missed Beer Week - dammit!). I'll be in the Plymouth Meeting/Conshohocken area, northwest of the city. I'm planning on hitting the following brewpubs and beer bars. Any opnions?

Iron Hill Brewery
Sly Fox Brewery
General Lafayette Inn & Brewery
Teresa's Next Door (beer bar)
Capone's Restaurant (beer bar)
McMenamin's (beer bar)
The Drafting Room (beer bar)

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Old 03-19-2008, 10:04 PM   #2
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Definitely go the The Drafting Room. They have an excellent tap there and the food is very good. They usually have a few cask-conditioned beers available as well (often Victory Hop Devil which is awesome on cask).

I've heard that Sly Fox has a very good double IPA called Odyssey but I haven't had it myself.

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I would try to work in Standard Tap, too. If you can make a run out to the western suburbs, the General Lafayette Inn has some nice brews.

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my 2 cents:

Iron Hill Brewery - north wales = good
Sly Fox Brewery - I really really like a couple of their brews..while the others, not so much
General Lafayette Inn & Brewery - personally, no experience 'cept on tap elsewhere
Teresa's Next Door (beer bar) - thumbs up
Capone's Restaurant (beer bar) - double thumbs up, bottle shop goodness
McMenamin's (beer bar) - meh (I know many others disagree)
The Drafting Room (beer bar) - thumbs up
The Standard Tap - thumbs up food w/ some decent local brew selections

Philadelphia trip with out Monks??

other notables/must hits:

Eulogy
Nodding Head
South Phila Tap Room
Triumph Phila
Grey Lodge
Bishops Collar
Jose Pistoles (mexi beer geekery)
The new dock street
ect..ect..ect.


You might want to check out the beerfly on beeradvocate or ratebeer place reviews and see what floats your boat.

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I would definitely try to get to downtown Philly. In addition to Monks, Ludwig's Garten (Sansom St.) has a great authentic German menu and a huge German beer selection. I've had Nodding Head's Berliner Weiss and highly recommend it. If you like the occasional cigar, there is a great cigar bar over Holt's on Walnut St. called the Mahogany Room. They have a good Belgian selection (bottles) and usually have one unique beer on tap.

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Ludwig's Garten (Sansom St.) has a great authentic German menu and a huge German beer selection. .

IIRC they went out of business recently.
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You have to go to Monks. It is down town, but easily accessable.

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I'm going to Philly for a wedding in 2 weeks. We're staying around the block from Monk's. I hope I make it to the wedding.

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Think about Victory Brewing Company!

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Philadelphia trip with out Monks??

other notables/must hits:

Eulogy
Nodding Head
South Phila Tap Room
Triumph Phila
Grey Lodge
Bishops Collar
Jose Pistoles (mexi beer geekery)
The new dock street
ect..ect..ect.
Oh, I'll probably hit Monk's. I wanted to stick to places close to where I'd be staying, but there are too many good places downtown to miss. Your list looks good, and I also want to check out Manayunk.
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