“Neon Gypsy India Pale Ale by DuClaw Brewing Co.—[it's] well balanced with a slight citrus finish. It is a personal favorite as it isn't too hoppy, [and] it's a nice middle-of-the-road IPA for people like me who usually prefer Belgian quads or triples but are trying to broaden their beer choices.” 1934 E. Passyunk Ave., 267-928-4339
“My favorite beer is probably the Neshaminy Creek we did a special for on Taproom's one-year anniversary. They took their J.A.W.N. (Juice Ale With Nugget) conditioned with white peach tea leaves and we had it on the cask engine... I liked it because I love cask beer—cellar temperature, less carbonated. The name is really cool, [and] it's a really good hoppy ale. The peach tea leaves made it a little sweet and balanced it out really nicely.” 2400 S. 19th. St., 267-687-7817
“Oxbow Farmhouse Pale Ale—to me, my favorite beer has to be something eminently drinkable. This hoppy saison offers nice hop aromatics with typical citrus notes, but also floral hints with some grassiness, a light, biscuity body, and clean, bone dry finish. I love big IPAs, but the attenuated hops and moderate ABV means that I can enjoy a dozen of these without destroying my palate... or capability to stand up straight.” 1320 Chestnut St., 215-800-1079
"My favorite beer is the West Coast IPA from Green Flash Brewing Co. in San Diego. In the current beer culture, every brewery makes a very assertive and heavily hopped double/imperial beer. Green Flash's brewing, to me, is more than just an immense amount of hops added to the beer just for the sake of it. The nose is complex with tropical, herbal, pine, and citrus hops notes that everyone looks for in the DIPA style but what sets the beer apart is the really wonderful malty backbone. It makes the beer complete, and one we almost always serve at Barbuzzo."
"One of my favorite beers is Saint Somewhere Saison Athene—I love [this brewery's] natural approach to brewing beer. The use of open fermentation, Brett, and bottle conditioning creates a deliciously complex saison.”1310 Frankford Ave, 267-314-5086
"Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA is awesome for the season, and you can enjoy more than one since [it has] relatively low alcohol. It’s citrusy, hoppy, has good body, and it’s just easy to drink.” 1946 Lombard St., 215-545-0350