Best Bars for Rare Beers
by stephanie smith
Kick back with a pint at Lemon Hill.
With wild takes on Italian dishes such as guinea hen Bolognese and pigtails with fennel agrodolce, this place is not your typical bowl of spaghetti. Order a Stoudts or a Sly Fox for your Philadelphia fix, then move on to the restaurant’s Italian brews, such as Birrificio Del Ducato. 1410 Mt. Vernon St., 215-600- 0017
Enjoy England’s finest drafts from The Dandelion’s unique casks, which produce a less fizzy beer at a natural temperature. Ask for the cask flight and get a taste of five-ounce samplings of all three of the cask ales offered. 124 S. 18th St., 215-558-2500
It sounds exactly like its name: Devil’s Den is probably one of the most fabulously dangerous pubs in Philly. The Den offers 17 rotating taps, including Philadelphia Brewing Company’s Newbold IPA, and more than 200 bottles crafted in places from Scotland to Colorado. 1148 S. 11th St., 215-339-0855
This beer garden will take you out of Philadelphia and straight into the streets of Munich. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available with a choice of two different bars, and around a dozen rotating taps including Yards IPA and a wide selection of German beers. If you’re feeling like a true Deutscher, order your drink in a one-liter stein and try one of Frankford Hall’s signature soft pretzels. 1210 Frankford Ave., 215-634-3338
Lemon Hill has 20 beers readily available from across the world, including brews from Kalamazoo, Michigan, to France. Regarded equally for its bites and brews, the restaurant is owned by The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Company’s managing partner Mike Welsh. If beer doesn’t tickle your fancy, try something off its artisan cocktail list. 747 N. 25th St., 215-232-2299
The tavern offers an impressive list of rare and vintage bottles including selections from The Bruery and Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales. The 10 flat-screen televisions for watching sports events make it a top destination for big games. 1511 Locust St., 215-732-5797
This sophisticated bar tucked into Revel has a rock ’n’ roll vibe and no shortage of compelling, unique beers on tap and by the bottle. Mussels served with pommes frites are a must at this seaside restaurant—replete with knotted wood floors and a bar embedded with shells—conceived by Washington DC chef Robert Wiedmaier, who specializes in French cuisine and offers a menu with a Belgian twist. Revel, 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 609-348-0500
Pub & Kitchen
With an exclusive pale ale made by Brooklyn’s Sixpoint Brewery, Pub & Kitchen is the go-to place for rare beers. The beer menu changes frequently, but you’re likely to find high-end options such as Julius Echter and Firestone Walker. 1946 Lombard St., 215-545-0350
At Standard Tap, locally produced draft beers are featured daily to provide customers with constant variety, including favorites by Climax Brewing Company and Twin Lakes Brewing Co. 901 N. Second St., 215-238-0630
Tria’s school educates students on the finer points of wine, cheese, and beer, which helps them better appreciate the taste and smells of the gustatory goods. Don’t worry—the class won’t rekindle memories from a college lecture hall. Instead, you’ll learn hands-on tips and tricks of the trade from experts who will prepare you to ace the taste-testing. 1601 Walnut St., 215-972-7076
photograph by jason varney
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