11 Philly Brews

Where Philadelphia - - Contents - BY ADAM ERACE

A quick guide to the new brew­eries en­ter­ing the Philly beer scene.


Philly has al­ways been a beer town—the coun­try’s first brew­ery opened here, af­ter all—but in the past cou­ple years, things have re­ally taken off. In­stead of hear­ing the same names that have been dom­i­nat­ing ( Vic­tory, Yards, Troegs, Dog­fish Head, Iron Hill, Stoudts, Fly­ing Fish, etc.) younger up­starts are en­ter­ing the fray with de­li­cious beers, hy­brid brew­pubs and in­ter­est­ing points of view. Here are a few to check out.


The re­gion’s it-brewer is Jean Broil­let IV, who with his wife and part­ner Julie Fos­ter runs, Tired Hands Brew­ing Com­pany in Ard­more, a sub­urb on Philly’s sto­ried Main Line. Both their Brew Café, housed in a circa-1925 for­mer physi­cian’s of­fice, and Fer­men­taria, which has a more ex­ten­sive menu, 180 seats and brew­ing ca­pac­ity for 10,000 barrels a year, are stocked with Tired Hand’s off beat yet de­li­cious beers— of­ten brewed with lo­cal in­gre­di­ents from farm part­ners. 16 Ard­more Ave., Ard­more, PA


Twin broth­ers Sean and Andy Arse­nault hatched a plan to get into the beer busi­ness af­ter mov­ing to Philly from New York in 2005. A dozen years later, they opened Brew­ery ARS on a down­trod­den stretch of West Passyunk Av­enue last De­cem­ber. The cream-brick brew­ery and tast­ing room is al­ready an an­chor ten­ant on the com­mer­cial cor­ri­dor, mov- ing some of the at­ten­tion off Passyunk’s pop­u­lar East side, and lo­cals have been so en­am­ored with brews like Old Stoop City Rye and An­tique’n Sim­coe Sai­son and Sim­ple­ton honey beer, the broth­ers have had to re­peat­edly up ca­pac­ity. 1927-29 W. Passyunk Ave.


“I grew up with a love and affin­ity for the Jersey Shore boardwalk,” says Jamie Queli, strate­gic man­ager at For­got­ten Boardwalk, lo­cated just over the bridge in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. “Play­ing off the whim­si­cal na­ture of sum­mer­time fun, [we] tell a lit­tle bit of his­tory with each beer [and] aim to be racon­teurs of Jersey Shore his­tory.” Like the tale of Dancin’ Dot­tie and her Golden Gals, which you’ll find on the cans of Fun­nel Cake Boardwalk Ale, or the in­fa­mous 1916 shark at­tacks re­counted on the 1916 Shore Shiver IPA. Those brews, plus two new ad­di­tions launch­ing next month, com­prise the Boardwalk’s year-round of­fer­ings. 1940 Ol­ney Ave. #100, Cherry Hill, N. J.


For years, Tri­umph Brew­ery oc­cu­pied an up­per-level space on Chest­nut Street in Old City. When they closed in 2014, Pottstown farmer Deb­bie Grady took over and opened the aptly named 2nd Story Brew­ing Co. Ja­son Ranck, the head brewer since Jan­uary and a vet­eran of Ne­shaminy Creek and Yards, han­dles com­pany recipes like Dec­la­ra­tion IPA and Fritzie’s Lager with aplomb, but is also putting his own stamp on the pro­gram with stuff like Gal­ax­ies Col­lide, an Amer­i­can pale ale with notes of pas­sion fruit. While beers are brewed on­site, 2nd Story isn’t just a tast­ing room. Rather, it’s a full restau­rant where you can or­der brisket pou­tine and choco­late- chunk bread pud­ding to go with your Choco­late Rye Porter. 117 Chest­nut St.


If you live in Lower Bucks County, you know the Ne­shaminy Creek,” says Jeremy My­ers, one of three part­ners in this brew­ery based in Croy­don, the North­east Philly town where said creek fil­ters into the Delaware River. “We have peo­ple tell sto­ries all the time about their child­hood on the Ne­shaminy.” My­ers, Rob Jahn and Steve Capelli founded the brew­ery in 2012 and have grown it into a 35,000-bar­rel op­er­a­tion, with new tap­rooms com­ing to Jenk­in­town and Fish­town this year, where you’ll be able to taste the full spec­trum of brews. 909 Ray Ave., Croy­don, PA

Tired Hands Brew­ing Com­pany

For­got­ten Boardwalk

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