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Old 05-20-2012, 10:32 PM   #1
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July 1st I will be heading to the Pittsburgh area (Aliquippa) then to Bear Del. then to the Philly area. I don't see that I will have time for brewery tours but would like to find some local Growler shops or brew pubs. Any suggestions?

 
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Old 05-20-2012, 11:17 PM   #2
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Yards Brewing Company. 901 N. Delaware Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19123 215.634.2600

Dock Street Pub 701 S. 50th Street.

Both are in Philly. I've never been to Yards, but I've been to Dock Street. It was quite a few years ago, but I really enjoyed the food and beer.

Philadelphia Brewing company came up on my Google search, but I don't know anything about them. It looks like they have a nice selection though.

You can always sample a few brews before going: You can easily find Yards at a local beer distributor, but I'm not sure if I've seen Dock Street on the shelves recently; it's probably there, I just haven't looked.

However, if you can find the time, head south and visit the current Rockstar of brewing in this area: Dogfish Head Brewery. The brewhouse is located in Milton, DE and they have a pub in Rehobeth Beach. It's a bit of a ride, but their IPAs are very well regarded in the area.

There is also Iron Hill Brewery in both Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, Del. I don't know anything about these guys except that they support the local college radio station

As far as pubs go, I know that Washington Street Ale House in Wilmington, Del. has a good selection of craft brews. McGillians Olde Ale House in the Center City area of Philadelphia has a nice selection also. This place is really old (like when Lincoln was President) and is a really cool authentic Philly drinking spot.

Pittsburgh: They root for the stinkin' Penguins, so what do they know about beer

Good luck and I hope you find someplace you like,
Mike

 
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Old 05-20-2012, 11:38 PM   #3
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In pitt, the churchbrew works is cool. In bear, you could head to Stewarts brew pub. On the way to Pa, stop at twin lake(think this is what it is call, greenville, de). I would stop over in media at pinnochios(pinbeer.com), there is a iton hill there too. Then head to monks or eulogy in philly. Across the street from eulogy is Triumph brewpub. I would walk up to the benalux tasting room. If you have more time in philly, the foodery is a cool bottle shop, belgium cafe, farmacia, larenzos pizza for a slice(don't ask for a topping)
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Old 05-21-2012, 12:25 AM   #4
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As I understand it, Philadelphia Brewing Company was started by a founder of Yards after a falling out. Yards got the recipes and the name, Philadelphia Brewing Co got the brewery. Both make excellent beers. I haven't been to Monk's Cafe but I hear all good things about it. Kite and Key is a pretty cool beer bar, as is 12 Steps Down.

 
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Old 05-21-2012, 12:29 AM   #5
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Sterwart's is in Bear. There is an Iron Hill in Newark and one in Wilmington. But, I'm partial to Sterwarts. Iron Hill hasn't wowed me in a long time. They've gotten really big....really fast.

http://stewartsbrewingcompany.com/

http://www.ironhillbrewery.com/

 
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Old 05-21-2012, 12:32 AM   #6
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Like milldog said Stewarts is in Bear, also Two Stones Pub in Newark DE (close to Bear). Two stones doesn't have their own stuff but do have an excellent PA/DE/MD/NJ beer selection and great food.

 
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Old 05-21-2012, 12:38 AM   #7
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In pgh rivertowne makes some good beers.

 
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Old 05-21-2012, 02:18 AM   #8
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I don't live in Philli but my sister does! I am stoked to be visiting for beer week the first week of June!
Monks Cafe is a great Belgian cafe. Great food and excellent brews. Its a must whenever im in the Phila!
I have not been to but have plans on visiting Yards Brewery and maybe getting the VIP tour because my sisters boyfriend is a close friend and old time home brew buddy of the dude that does quality control or something like that. I really like their Ales of the Revolution series which are based on recipes of george washingtons, thomas jeffersons, and benjamin franklins.
Noding head is a good brew pub, Triumph brewery is good,...Philli is a beer city, there are a bunch of great belgian beer spots and and everything else. Surely someone from the city with the low down will chime in.

Oh yea, Have fun!


 
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Old 05-21-2012, 03:22 AM   #9
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+1 on Stewards. Iron Hill is just okay for me. They got big pretty fast bit didn't keep good beer as their primary focus so their offerings have kind of leveled out as far as appeal. Im from Newark, about 10 minutes from Bear. The food is still good just don't expect to be blown away. Make the hour trek to Dogfish Head. They have an amazing thing going on.

 
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Old 05-21-2012, 05:58 AM   #10
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I really like the bar, Local 44. It's in Philadelphia, great place, good beer, great food.
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