Philly has a reputation as one of the most unapologetic, unique corners of America. For instance, when you think of “what is Philadelphia known for,” their fan-favorite chant of choice, “Nobody Likes Us, We Don’t Care,” might come to mind as it echoes from the corners of South Broad Street up to the Liberty Bell once Eagles season kicks into full swing.
But when it comes to its brewery offering, this city really knows how to show the love.1
That’s because its dozens of breweries—from tiny micro shops to fully franchised giants—offer hundreds of fantastic experiences where families and friends can gather.
It’s truly a craft beer lover’s paradise.
Whether you’re a hop head searching for a citrusy fix or a no-frills drinker who bleeds pale ale, we’ve got a craft brewery that’s perfect for you. Below, check out our roundup of seven Philadelphia breweries you simply must try.
And the best Philadelphia breweries are…
Without further ado, let’s get to the good stuff—the best breweries in Philadelphia you need to visit now. Note: For the love of good beer, we’re not playing favorites here. Our recs are “ranked” alphabetically—hopefully encouraging you to try them all!
#1 Brewery ARS
Smack in the middle of the famed Passyunk Avenue sits a white-painted garage door that still recalls its rugged South Philly origins. Roll up the door and you’ll find ten barrels and a whole host of refreshing, innovative creations, like:
- The Fields of Spring Saison, with notes of clove, white pepper, and cracker
- The Devour IPA, featuring zingy Sauv Blanc vibes
- An easy-drinking German style Pilsner—perfect for game day!
#2 Dock Street Brewing Co.
Looking for fun date ideas in Philly? Why not try visiting Dock Street Brewing Co? With its clean, light-filled interior and Mediterranean menu, this female co-founded brew hub—the first to open in the city since Prohibition—has repackaged itself as a boldly contemporary South Philly favorite.2
Not a gluten guzzler? Check out their lineup of cocktails, which include a coconut and chicory pecan spin on the espresso martini and a mezcal, tequila, and cilantro concoction called the Tiger Uppercut that’s making our mouths water as we write.
#3 Evil Genius
Even if their eclectic roundup of hop-forward favorites doesn’t totally suit your taste, you have to hand it to the evil marketing geniuses behind Evil Genius: The names of their beers slap. To that end, consider trying:
- The #Adulting, a straightforward, guava-infused IPA with a pleasingly buzz-friendly ABV
- The There’s No Crying in Baseball, an American-styled IPA with notes of mango and biscuit
- The Purple Monkey Dishwasher, a lip-smacking blend of chocolate and peanut butter that’s as smooth as it’s sinfully delicious
#4 Iron Hill Brewery
Take in the bright lights of Center City in this spacious urban beer-drinking destination that’s been a staple on the brewery scene despite its Delaware roots.
With a deep lineup of beers from the very hoppy to the spiced and fruity and malty and sweet, you may have a hard time choosing. But Iron Hill offers flights, which pair perfectly with Philly cheesesteak egg rolls (don’t knock ‘em until you try ‘em) or Baja-style fish tacos.
#5 Love City Brewing
Hop lovers, unite! This beer lover’s classic in the heart of historic Callowhill offers a rich collection of IPAs—among other things—in the so-called City of Brotherly Love.3
Feast your eyes on the charming yet unpretentious taproom of Love City Brewing, then quench your thirst with zesty citrus vibes, assertive berry flavors, and tropical tanginess. Or go for a malty, foamy, caramelly stout—and good luck making that tough decision.
#6 Philadelphia Brewing Company
From light-bodied pilsners to bold, citrusy IPAs, this East Kensington staple has been brewing refreshing pints with local flavor for over 15 years. With a sunny, dog-friendly back patio, a full bar, live jazz events, and more, the Philadelphia Brewing Company is a pleasing spot and a go-to retreat for weeknight or weekend hangs.
#7 Two Locals Brewing
Some of the best news for Philly beerheads came in early 2022 with the announcement that Two Locals—the city’s first Black-owned brewery—would open doors in 2023.4 While the hunt for the perfect venue continues, you can support the business by grabbing a four-pack off their website.
But don’t snooze on those brews—enthusiasm for the creative offerings is high, and they usually sell out fast.
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We can already picture the incensed comments rolling in: why didn’t we include Victory Brewing? Where was Yards Brewing Co. on this list?
We understand if you’re upset because your bottling works of choice didn’t make the cut. At the same time, slipping you the first buzz on the local favorites that aren’t getting the loudest love is kind of our thing. Your experience should be unique!
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- Bleacher Report. From South London to South Philly: ‘No One Likes Us, We Don’t Care’. https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2760569-from-south-london-to-south-philly-no-one-likes-us-we-dont-care
- University City District. 20 Years, 20 Stories: Dock Street Brewery. https://www.universitycity.org/blog/20-years-20-stories-dock-street-brewery
- The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. City of Brotherly Love. https://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/themes/city-of-brotherly-love/
- The Philadelphia Inquirer. Two Locals Brewing Co. has signed a lease to open Philadelphia’s first Black-owned brewery. https://www.inquirer.com/food/two-locals-philadelphia-black-beer-brewery-20221107.html