11 Philly Brews
A quick guide to the new breweries entering the Philly beer scene.
BY ADAM ERACE
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.
TIRED HANDS BREWING COMPANY
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.
2ND STORY BREWING CO.
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.
NESHAMINY CREEK BREWING
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