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Does Center City Have an American Microbrew Focused Bar?

Chinon00 Oct 3, 2007 02:00 PM

I’m looking for a joint in Center City that focuses on American Micro from California, Midwest, New England, local, etc. I have a friend coming I town who into to this and I can’t think of one spot in center city (where he is staying) that fits the bill.


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    justkim427 Oct 4, 2007 10:44 AM

    Cinon00 - my hubby suggested McGillin's Old Ale House - the oldest tavern in Philly (my grandmother used to hang out there). They have a great beer selection and good food...gets a bit loud downstairs at times (I sound like an old fuddy duddy). We enjoy it there though. http://www.mcgillins.com/

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      CookieMonster Oct 4, 2007 11:18 AM

      Tons of places in Center City and adjacent 'hoods serve local micros. What about Good Dog, London Grill, N. 3rd, Nodding Head, Race St. Cafe, Standard Tap, or Triumph?

      If you're willing to move beyond American beers, but still want unique offerings, what about Eulogy, Ludwig's, or Monks?

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      1. re: CookieMonster
        FrankJBN Oct 4, 2007 11:35 AM

        I've only been to Ludwigs a couple of times, but I have found their beer selection wanting.

        The offer a nice selection, but both times they didn't actually have in stock the first 4-6 I wanted to try.

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        missfunkysoul Oct 4, 2007 11:34 AM

        i'd suggest bringing your friend to monk's for belgians instead. but that's me.

        lots of micros @ the standard tap in northern liberties.

        or how about going to one of the breweries? that's as local as it gets. nodding head is always good.

        have fun!!

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          Buckethead Oct 4, 2007 11:44 AM

          I don't think there is place that meets your criteria exactly, most places I've been to will have a few local beers (Yards, Dogfish, Victory, etc), maybe a few micros from the rest of the USA, and the rest a mix of imports and the standard Bud Light and its ilk.

          You could take him to the Foodery, that should impress him. You can pick out a variety pack of your own and take it to a BYO for dinner. I was at Chick's Wine Bar a little while ago and remember being impressed by their beer selection, though I couldn't tell you what it consisted of beyond two (!!) beers from Bell's, which is what I was drinking..

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            justkim427 Oct 4, 2007 11:51 AM

            Give Grey Lodge Pub a try - http://www.greylodge.com/. Scoats always has an interesting selection and hard to find stuff. You'll have to drive there though. His site will have what's on tap listed for the week.

            1. Chinon00 Oct 4, 2007 12:17 PM

              I'm talking about a bunch on tap from San Diego, Portland, New England, etc and local stuff too. I'm pretty savvy when it comes to the local beer scene and all I can come up with is major Belgian (Monks, Zot, Eulogy) and major local w/ minor Belgian (Tap, Good Dog, No 3rd). I don't know if this kind of place actually exists in center city. McMenamin's in Mt Airy fits the bill (and is where I'm from) but again he is staying in center city.

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              1. re: Chinon00
                jimc Oct 4, 2007 01:03 PM

                I know it doesn't answer the post and it sounds like you don't want to travel, but if you did and it happened to be this Saturday, the Kennett Square Brewfest is October 6th.


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