On this Thanksgiving episode the crew tastes some of what Philadelphia brewing has to offer. Justin regales us of beer walls, amazing drinking spots, excellent food and other surprises that he found on his trip to the city of brotherly love.
Our buddy Chef Tony Cresser for your next affair – https://www.instagram.com/chef_tony_cresser/
Dock Street Brewery
701 South 50th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143
In 1985, amidst a proverbial sea of watered down and adjunct-plagued lagers, Rosemarie Certo and Jeffrey Ware founded Dock Street Brewing Company, one of the first post-prohibition craft breweries in the country – and Philly’s first all-grain brew pub.
Fast-forward about a decade to 1996 and Dock Street would become the 26th largest microbrewery in the country, producing over 25,000 barrels of beer a year, distributing to 24 states, and earning medals in the world’s most prestigious beer competitions.
Our name, Dock Street, was chosen in honor of the seaport district which was, in the late 1700’s, the largest producer of beer in the then-newly-formed country. Today, we still brew with the spirit of Philadelphia’s sudsy history in mind.
Beer: Bohemian Pilsner
Flavor Text: “Brewed in the style of the original Pilsner beers of Bohemia. We use an enormous amount of Czech Saaz hops and pilsner malts to produce its bright golden color and soft, nutty flavor. The balance is clean and crisp with a gentle hop nose and a long, dry finish.”
- Mark: Growler
- Kevin: Pint
- Justin: Bomber
4120 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127
Started in an old textile factory the first batch of Manayunk Brewing Company beer was tapped on October 17, 1996. Since then, we have brewed more than 600 different varieties of beers, and have been selling these sought-after styles all around Philadelphia and New Jersey. Our brewers continue to explore new takes on classic styles, especially when it comes to sour ales and India Pale Ales. You will no doubt see our delivery truck bringing goods to happy customers throughout the Philadelphia region!
Mr. Renner’s daughter took over the building in 2004, and runs the restaurant and brewery along with her business partner Mike Rose. Since then, they have expanded the restaurant by installing a stone pizza oven and sushi bar, as well as a chic banquet space for weddings and meetings. We’ve also begun to offer kayak tours along the adjacent Schuylkill River during the warm months.
Beer: Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Porter
Flavor Text: “Chocolate and peanut butter come together in perfect harmony to create Crunch, our luxurious and decadent spin on our traditional porter. With bold chocolate and coffee notes, Crunch is rich and smooth with an insane malt profile and delightful roasty peanut aromas.”
- Mark: Bomber
- Kevin: Bomber
- Justin: Bomber
Saint Benjamin Brewery
1710 N 5th St, Philadelphia, PA 19122
Saint Benjamin Brewing Company is a craft brewery and taproom operating in Kensington, Philadelphia. The brewery is located in the historic carriage house and stables of the defunct Theo Finkenauer Brewery. At Saint Benjamin we interpret classic styles and design new creations such as the India Cream Ale and Junto, our coffee kolsch.
The name “Saint Benjamin” is a reference to founding father Benjamin Franklin. The idea for this brewery was devised in founder Tim Patton’s 190 year old home and former firehouse in Philadelphia. The founder of the city’s fire companies, Franklin was also an avid home brewer.
Beer: Inca India Style Cream Ale
Style: Cream Ale
Flavor Text: “A classic Cream Ale re-imagined. This golden ale starts with fine pilsner malt and American grown corn. It ends with a combination of Cluster and Simcoe hops. Hopped with old-school Cluster and modern Simcoe, giving the drinker a citrus laden hop profile that is sure to leave you refreshed.“
- Mark: Pint
- Kevin: Taster
- Justin: Pint