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Old 02-07-2013, 01:17 PM   #1
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So I have tickets to the NHC this year. I will be road tripping it with some friends. We will be crossing the entire southern half of the state (more or less I-76)... Any suggestions of places to check out?

I know we'll be checking out Yuengling and Monks Cafe...

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Depends on how far you want to drive.

Sly Fox and Victory are pretty cool breweries in the Greater Philly Area. Victory is a great brewpub, great food and awesome beer. A bit out of the way but not too far from Yuengling to Philly is Troegs, haven't been to the brewery but it seems awesome. As far as in Philly, you have companies like Yards, Kensington, and some others. What's not too far outside of Philly on the Jersey Side you have just in NJ across from New Hope River Horse (though they're moving, not sure when and if they're still going to do tours) and another one that I don't know if they're going to be running tours by NHC is Flying Fish in Somerdale, NJ (about 20-30 minutes outside of Philly depending on where you are) , they just opened a new Brewery and I think (though I could be wrong) that they're going to have better touring hours than in the past, they used to only do Saturdays from 1-4 now I think they're planning on doing more days, probably at least do the whole weekend. But they ahven't opened up yet fully so I don't know.

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I have been to Victory before on a road trip I took to Dogfish a couple years ago. I love their beers and the tour there was pretty sweet.

Yeah I have Troegs on my list... actually scheduled a tour there for the Tuesday before the conference

Thank you for the other suggestions near Philly. I'll be sure to check them out. Anyone have any insights on places on the western side of the state?

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Get a day ticket for SEPTA, and take the R5 Thorndale Line... You can stop at Ardmore for Tired Hands Brewing (very creative saisons, and IPA's mostly), get back on the train to Wayne and go to Teresa's. It is an amazing beer bar on par with Monk's, and you won't have to deal with the crowds that will most definitely be at Monk's during the NHC. Honestly, I probably wouldn't even bother trying Monk's. It's usually packed anyway, so with all these beer geeks in town I can't imagine what it's going to be like then! After teresa's, get back on the train for your next stop in Collegeville. There is the Station taproom (another pretty cool beer bar), and then a short little walk to Victory Brewing.

That is what I would do anyway.... even if I had a car available to me.

For quick touring with your own transportation though, I would check out Nodding Head (Walking distance from the Marriott) and Yards (Delaware Ave along the Delaware River), Manayunk Brewing company (in Manayunk... you can also site see along the Schuylkill River... i.e. Boathouse Row on the way there, and then bar hop or eat somewhere up along Main Street), and then Dock Street in West Philly.

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Those were obviously some things to do once you are here in philly...

You've also got Appalachian Brewing Company, and Troegs in the Harrisburg area... There are some in Pittsburgh too... East End Brewing company, Church Brew Works, Full Pint.

Lavery is in Erie, but I love all of their beers that I have tried!

Lancaster Brewing Company... Stoudt's are other's you could stop at...

Another cool Brewery in Philly area is McKenzie's Brewhouse. There are a few different locations around. Their Saison has won many awards from the GABF...

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Triumph in Philly too... they also have a location across the river (New Hope) from River Horse Brewing in Lambertville, NJ if you head up that way. New Hope is an "artsy" area, but can be a fun day trip.

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Cool. I'll def be stopping in Pittsburgh as my girlfriend has family she wants to visit there... and I'll need something to do while she's doing that... ;-)

Thanks for the suggestions.

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I would recommend Al's of Hampden/ Pizza Boy Brewing Co. in Enola (Harrisburg area) They are making some good beers and have a nice lineup of guest taps as well.

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Triumph in Philly too... they also have a location across the river (New Hope) from River Horse Brewing in Lambertville, NJ if you head up that way. New Hope is an "artsy" area, but can be a fun day trip.
It's not a brewpub, but if you make it to Triumph, check out Eulogy, which is right across the street. They have a pretty comprehensive beer list.
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Cool. Thanks guys I'll be sure to put these on the list of possibilities for us. Appreciate all the suggestions.

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