Philly's Best Craft Beers
Bars, pubs and cafés throughout Philadelphia are offering more craft brews than ever before. Visit one of these cozy haunts for hard-to-find bottles and beer-centric special events.
Tria’s two locations are well known for their convivial atmosphere and incredible selection of wine, but the menu also boasts a smart collection of brews, from obscure European microbrews to local Victory pilsners. Visit for “Sunday School,” an all-day special during which an uncommon beer, wine and complementary cheese are offered at reduced prices. 123 S. 18th St., 1137 Spruce St.; triacafe.com
This might be Rittenhouse Square, but you can surely pretend its Bruges as you sip on expertly crafted Belgian brews and American interpretations at Monk’s Cafe. Don’t miss Monk’s own private-label beer, made by the family-owned Van Steenberge brewery outside Ghent, Belgium. Beer dinners and meet-and-greets with brewers are ongoing throughout the season. 264 S. 16th St.; monkscafe.com
CITY TAP HOUSE
Fireside chats weren’t just for FDR: The City Tap House, with 60 taps of European and American brews on rotation, is hosting discussions with famous American brewers around five enormous fire pits on the outdoor terrace. Now this is a campaign we can get behind. 3925 Walnut St.; citytaphouse.com
SOUTH PHILADELPHIA TAPROOM
The standard beef-and-beer earns a gold star at SPTR, which offers all-you-can-eatand- drink prime rib platters and local craft brews every January. About 10 different firkins (a type of British keg, most commonly used for cask ale) are rolled in for the occasion. 1509 Mifflin St.; southphiladelphiataproom.com