TapRm's City Beer Guide: Philadelphia

TapRm’s been adding more and more cities to its portfolio, which means two huge, important, exciting things. One, it means more high quality craft beverages being delivered to more doorsteps across the country. As you may or may not know, we love to talk about that. But two, it also means we’ve got more bona fide beer destinations to talk about here--cities that are bursting with must-visit breweries and bars that make them stand out to any beer fan on any map. 

Last time we talked about a dream beer day, we gave you a guide to Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Today, we’re setting our sights on Philadelphia. Here are some of the best and most fun spots to drink beer we love at TapRm.

Monk’s Cafe

Many of the brewers and beer industry VIPs we know and love today started their journey at the revered Monk’s Cafe, so it’s only right to start your beer day there. Monk’s is an institution, a tangible love letter to Belgian beer that’s evolved to include craft essentials from near and far. Fill up on a cheese plate and don’t miss the mussels with pomme frites--you can choose from five mussel preparations made with different Belgian ales.

264 S. 16th Street, Philadelphia; Check their website for more info.


Victory Brewing Company

From there, take a 15-minute stroll to Victory Brewing Company’s Philly taproom. Victory is one of the OG icons in craft beer, and it’s a must to stop by and sip some of the brews upon which that sterling reputation is built. Either Victory is already a favorite of yours, or you’re about to understand what the consistent fuss has been about with staples like the Hop Devil IPA

1776 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia; Check their website for more info.


Love City Brewing

It’s just under a 25-minute walk to your next stop, a can’t-miss example of the creativity and quality making Philly an under-the-radar craft beer destination. Love City is committed to brewing beautiful examples of classic beer styles, and keeping things simple so the focus is on the thoughtfully made drink at hand. The taproom is a welcoming hang, and you may have to make a decision to just spend whole the afternoon there or keep on exploring…

1023 Hamilton Street, Philadelphia; Check their website for more info.


Yards Brewing Co.

In another quick stroll--about 12 minutes--you can reach Yards Brewing Co., and if you haven’t realized yet, your day is really becoming an eclectic adventure of trailblazing American craft beer titans and younger, buzz-worthy innovators, which really paints a picture of Philadelphia’s vibrant brewing scene. Sip some craft beer history in Yards’ modern and spacious taproom, in the form of the Yards IPA, Washington’s Porter, or Philly Standard golden ale.

500 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia; Check their website for more info.


Urban Village Brewing Company

Your Saturday will really start to turn into a Saturday Night, baby at Urban Village, where the music is always dance-worthy and the vibes are laid-back and fun. There’s pizza and more if you’re feeling hungry, and plenty of non-beer drinks if any friends in your group prefer. But don’t sleep on the stellar beer here, like the tropical, juicy Wrong Way IPA.

1001 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia; Check their website for more info.


Commonwealth Ciders

If you’re up for a bit of an excursion, use the half-hour walk to Commonwealth Ciders to take in some sights and sounds and stop wherever you fancy along the way. It’s time to switch things up a bit, with some next-level fresh, flavor-packed cider. Commonwealth ferment their ciders dry and add no artificial flavors or sweeteners, allowing fruits and spices to really shine in perfectly, satisfyingly dry cider form. You can just grab some ciders to go, making this a great stop as you get toward the end of your adventure.

2440 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia; Check their website for more info.


Bar Hygge

End your night at Bar Hygge--full disclosure, this will require a ride via the rideshare or cab situation of your choosing. But it’s more than worth that step to settle into this spot, that fully embodies its namesake concept of a warm environment where one can enjoy the good things in life. And that definitely includes elevated comfort food, and pours of Bar Hygge’s house-made beer, Brewery Techne. Excellent brews like the Gunter Kolsch are more than up to the challenge of perfectly punctuating a day of great Philly beer.

1720 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia; Check their website for more info.


Some quick road trip options!

There are so many incredible breweries just outside of Philadelphia that you’re going to want to make a list of day trip options here. Get some friends together, take turns being the designated driver for different excursions, and explore the greater-Philly-area offerings!


Vault Brewing Company

Vault is in Yardley, which is about 45 minutes to an hour’s drive from Philly. There’s something for everyone here, from a crowd-pleasing classic pilsner to a whole selection of hoppy, hazy IPAs. Plus, there’s a menu of mouthwatering food, and there’s usually live music to jam along with, too.

10 South Main Street, Yardley; Check their website for more info.


Neshaminy Creek Brewing

Just about 35 minutes outside the city is a popular favorite, Neshaminy Creek. IPA lovers, pilsner enthusiasts, stout fans--they’ll all be happy here. You’ll find 15 to 25 taps boasting flagship beers along with special seasonals and one-offs. There’s a lovely beer garden for outside hangs, and rotating food trucks.

909 Ray Avenue, Croydon; Check their website for more info. 


Lancaster Brewing Co.

It’s worth the trip, just over an hour and a half, to feast upon the delicious food menu and many eclectic taps at Lancaster Brewing. Red ales, wee heavy Scotch ales, bocks, milk stouts, New England IPAs, fruited wheats, dry-hopped pilsners--there’s so much to try and love for every kind of beer fan here.

302 North Plum Street, Lancaster; Check their website for more info.


Tröegs Brewery

Tröegs is roughly a two-hour trip, but trips don’t come much more “worth it” than this. In fact, we recommend making a whole weekend of it, since this brewery is just six minutes by car from the sugar rush that is Hershey Park. You can indulge your inner kid and your inner beer geek--Tröegs is an essential jewel in the crown that is American craft beer, brewing standout examples of different styles that other breweries hope to be able to emulate. Try something new, but don’t forget to enjoy a Perpetual IPA.

200 Hershey Park Drive, Hershey; Check their website for more info.

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