Perfect with meals or alone, on a first date or a gals’ night out, beer is the beverage that brings people together. Approachable and easy to enjoy, there are also countless varieties and styles to keep every sip interesting. Stray from the mass-marketed stand-bys and head to one of these sud-soaked Philadelphia establishments to taste some of the truly tasty brews out there.
1 Eulogy Belgian Tavern
With more than 300 bottled beers to choose from, and another 20+ on tap, Eulogy is the city's best bet for selection. The Bible-thick beer list can distract you from ordering, but try to focus. The servers are pretty educated on their wares, so throw out an old favorite and let them suggest something similar but new. Current offerings worth a round include local Bethlehem Brew Works' Insidious and the heavy hitting Barrel Aged Melange A Trois by Nebraska Brewing Company.
136 Chestnut St
2 Monk's Cafe
Famous for their perfect mussles and frites, Monk's dedicated followers are there for the beer. Two bars means there's always double digits on tap, and the story book on your table is actually the bottled beer options. Belgian styles rule here, from refreshing whits to spicy triples. We highly suggest the classic Flemish Sour, a Monk's private-label brew that blends fruit, malt and a touch of pucker for a delicious drink.
264 South 16th St
3 South Philadelphia Tap Room
Philadelphians take their beverages seriously, even more so in South Philly. No wonder, then, that this popular watering hole is always ready with a quality selection of brews on tap. A little something local, a little something imported, the mix is always right on. There's also 70-odd bottles in the fridge for those looking for something special.
1509 Mifflin St
Wine and cheese are solid bets, but the Tria name comes from their three favorite types of fermented food stuffs, and beer proudly makes that list. The options are unique and sometimes rare, but the best part is the way they are described. From color to smell to their resemblence to flowers in a wedding bouquet, the sommerliers on staff help you understand the workings of their beers before you even pop the cap.
18th and Sansom streets, 215.972.8742
12th and Spruce streets, 215.629.9200
5 Grey Lodge Pub
Northeast Philly is known for its bars, but this one stands out of the Coors-branded crowd. Offering a stellar selection of local and micro brews, the pub has been named one of the best beer bars by Beer Advocate magazine. There are typically around 25 beers on tap at any time, including the local fave Yards Love Stout or Boulder Beer Company's Hazed & Confused.