Philadelphia is filled with plenty of amazing bars to try – all of which have beer, no doubt. But when you want something other than your classic bottles or cans, I would say the best place to go is a spot with craft beer. This kind of beer is made in a traditional manner in a small, local brewery. So, I’ve put together a list of spots in town with the best craft beer so you can go taste them all.
From spots with rotating drafts to others with a set list of beers, you’ll find a place you’ll love in this town. Whether you’re hoping to have a meal or just snack a little, my list will also give you the perfect place to visit. Keep reading to learn more about each location!
Evil Genius Beer Company
1727 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: (215) 425-6820
With creative names and delicious beer, it’s no surprise that Evil Genius Beer Company is a popular brewery in town. This spot offers out of state shipping, beer pick up, and even a full regular menu and brunch menu.
Evil Genius Beer Company’s draft list always changes, so you’ll always have something new to try when you visit. If you’re picking up or ordering online, we recommend the there’s no crying in baseball, purple monkey dishwasher, I’ll have what she’s having, or #icanteven!
216 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 873-0404
Housed in a two-level building, Strangelove’s is a great place to grab some craft beer. Though this spot doesn’t make the beer itself, you’ll still have plenty to taste and enjoy at this spot. With a rotating list of 20 beers on tap, you’ll never get bored here.
Offering a wide selection of beer as well as other drinks, Strangelove’s has a drink for everyone, even if you don’t like beer. Be sure to try the Hermit Thrush brattlebeer, Virtue Cider rose, or Fat Head’s pimp my sleigh. Don’t forget to try a New Orleans-inspired dish while you’re there!
Yards Brewing Company
500 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Phone: (215) 525-0175
Located in a huge building, Yards Brewing Company is a spot you won’t want to miss when you’re in town. With a brewery, restaurant, bar, even spaces, retail shop, and outdoor seating, this place really has it all. They even offer tours.
Yards Brewing Company offers a selection of tasty beers including flights if you want to taste a few varieties. Try out the philthy, summer crush, juicy giant, or Washington’s porter. Make sure to grab some food as well!
Urban Village Brewing Company
1001 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Phone: (267) 687-1961
Nestled in Northern Liberties, Urban Village Brewing Company serves up craft beers you have to try to believe. This brewpub brews their beer on site and has a certificate from the University of Sciences for brewing, so you know it’ll be good.
With lots of beer, wine, cocktails, and whiskey, everyone will find something to love here. We recommend the beach day, with the grain, chomping at the bit, or breakfast bonsai. Be sure to grab some appetizers or a pizza while you drink!
264 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: (215) 545-7005
Another spot that serves top-notch craft beer is Monk’s Cafe. Again, this spot doesn’t brew the beer themselves, but they do offer beer from all over the world. Priding themselves on storing and serving the beer in optimum conditions, you can count on having a great experience.
With a rotating lis of 25 beers on tap, there’s always something new and exciting to taste here. Be sure to try one of their bottles as well – they offer over 200 varieties after all. Don’t forget to peruse the food menu as well!
Crime and Punishment Brewing Company
2711 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone: (215) 235-2739
With Russian flare unlike any other spot, Crime and Punishment Brewing Company should be at the top of your list. This little brewpub brews craft beer though the combination of local brewing traditions, new techniques, and inspiration from all over the world.
Head to the brewpub itself or order online pickup to taste the beer at Crime and Punishment Brewing Company. Try out the gleamer, knockturnal schwarzbier, or plainoia. Make sure to grab a Russian-inspired dish while you’re there!
Second District Brewing Company
1939 S Bancroft St, Philadelphia, PA 19145
Phone: (215) 575-5900
Showcasing a brewer with over 14 years of experience, it’s no surprise Second District Brewing company has such great beer. This local brewery offers plenty of house craft beers on tap in multiple sizes.
In addition to beer, they also serve cocktails and wine at Second District Brewing Company. We recommend the bicycle tour, chifforobe, cold cut, or Big Hill Ciderworks if you’re gluten free. Be sure to check out their food menu with plenty of vegan options!
Dock Street Brewery West
701 S 50th St, Philadelphia, PA 19143
Phone: (215) 726-2337
Seeing as Dock Street Brewery was Philadelphias first microbrewery in 1985, it’s no surprise it’s a popular spot. This brewpub serves up award-winning beers, craft cocktails, and some food to go with it all.
Dock Street Brewery offers a seasonal tap, so there’s always something new to try here. Right now, be sure to try the Dock Street madam vice president, Dock Street bean2bean espresso stout, or Dock Street fera bestia. Don’t forget to order a pizza to complete your experience!
Philadelphia Brewing Co.
2440 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Phone: (215) 427-2739
Rounding out our list of craft beer spots is Philadelphia Brewing Co. This local brewery has decades of experience brewing and serving beer, so it definitely won’t let you down. With a focus on brewing traditions and new techniques, this spot says their beer represents Philly well.
Philadelphia Brewing Co. serves year-round beers, seasonal beers, select ales, and former selections. Try out the Joe coffee porter, Berliner Weiss, electro lyte, or Working Cat pale ale. Make sure to look into the brewery tours, too!
Feeling thirsty? I definitely am. After reading this list, it’s pretty clear Philly is a great spot to try a ton of craft beer. With so many different breweries, you may even have to take some time to try them all.
Which spot are you most excited about? Let us know! Did we leave a restaurant out of this list? Make sure you tell us about it and we’ll check it out!