8 Best Breweries and Brewpubs in Philadelphia

Beer lovers, set down your pints and take a look: We have the definitive list of the best spots in Philadelphia to sip a tasty brew. Rich Wagner, a Pennsylvania beer historian and SideTour host, highlights his top picks for great beer made right where you’ll drink it.

Yards Brewery

Philadelphia’s oldest and largest production brewery, started in 1994. It’s now in its fourth location right near the Sugar House Casino. Well-known for their “Ales of the Revolution,” they produce a variety of beers including specialties made on an original three-barrel brewing system. The tasting room is open daily.

901 N. Delaware Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19123 (215-634-2600)

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Philadelphia Brewing Company

Housed in the old Weisbrod & Hess Brewery building, Philadelphia Brewing Company has tours every Saturday from noon to 3pm, when visitors can sample their brews. Kenzinger is their popular flagship brand, but they’re also known for seasonal brews, mainly available on draught. PBC recently came out with a dry cider and has plans to expand to a variety of ciders.

2440 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125

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Nodding Head

This brewpub is Philly’s leading award-winning brewery. Located in the shadow of City Hall, they produce a wide variety of interesting beers including “Ich Bin Ein Berliner” Weiss, a nearly extinct wheat beer style that its brewmasters brought back to life.

1516 Sansom, Second Floor, Philadelphia, PA (215-569-9525)

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 Triumph Brewing Company

Originating in Princeton, NJ, Philadelphia’s Triumph Brewing Company is the third of a chain of brewpubs. Located in Old City and surrounded by a plethora of beer bars, it holds its own by making top-notch ales and lagers.

117 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (215-625-0855)

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Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant

It’s the city’s longest-running brewpub, established in 1997. Famous for Schuylkill Punch, the brewery is located on the river and boasts the largest outdoor patio and deck in the city. Their beers are now distributed and can be found in bars throughout the region.

4120 Main Street, Philadelphia, PA 19127 (215-482-8220)

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Dock Street Brewing Company

This brand dates back to 1985 and has won many awards. Currently located in an old fire station in West Philadelphia, they’re also known for their gourmet pizza. The brewmasters are always pushing the envelope to create unique and unusual beers of the highest quality.

701 S. 50th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143 (215-726-2337)

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Earth Bread Brewery

Located in Mount Airy, Earth Bread and Brewery is a family-friendly restaurant and brewpub featuring flatbreads made in a wood-fired oven. Owner Tom Baker is very interested in beers of antiquity and brews an assortment of styles, many of which are unique to his brewpub. There is also an impressive lineup of guest craft beers on tap.

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Iron Hill Brewery

The location in Chestnut Hill is the seventh of a chain of highly successful brewpubs based in Delaware. Each brewery offers a core of regular beers, but each brewer gets to showcase his talents with his own creations, many of which have won awards at the Great American Beer Festival.

8400 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118 (215-948-5600)

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St. Benjamin Brewing Company (Opening Soon)

The newest entry to the Philly brewery scene, St. Ben’s is slated to open in the near future and will be the fourth craft brewery to renovate an existing brewery building in Philadelphia. Housed in the old Finkenauer brewery stable building, they’ll start out as a “nano-brewery” and pub, with a brewing system on the order of three barrels.

1710 N. 5th St. Philadelphia, PA 19122

Learn more about Philly’s fascinating beer history while you whet your whistle on Rich’s SideTour, a bar crawl of historic taverns and craft beer tasting.

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