A new brewery is always a great addition to Philly’s thriving beer scene.
- Evil Genius Beer Company’s facility is now open in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia.
- The brewery is open five days a week for tastings.
- Sip on Evil Genius’ own beers on tap and eat from a menu of light snacks.
Started by two Villanova graduates, Evil Genius has been operating out of borrowed facilities since its inception in 2008. Now the beer finally has a home to call its own.
The 6,000-square-foot space near The Fillmore and the new Philadelphia Distilling Co.,reclaims an abandoned 19th-century carriage factory on Front Street, adding skylights, radiant heat floors and LED lighting. Salvaged roof wood has been turned into benches and tables, and a 15-barrel brewing system will be producing the liquid goods.
The tasting room or “the lab,” as it’s called in house, is decked out with a concrete bar and exposed brick. A few steps down is the ’90s-style “basement” area with a rec room motif, board games and —bonus!— a Sega Genesis console. In the warmer months, the side yard will be open as a beer garden and can seat up to 150 people.
Tours, Beers and More
So far the bar is offering ten beers on tap, including You Mad Bro? (white peppercorn and juniper berry biere de garde); Ermahgerd! Raspberries! (raspberry Baltic porter); Stacey’s Mom (citra IPA) and I’ll Have What She’s Having (chocolate hazelnut imperial stout). The basic concept is to develop “house” beers to try out on an experimental basis while rotating in some of the brewery’s year-round offerings — which means what you had last week might not be there next week.
Without a proper kitchen, the food is by necessity low-key but quirky by design — Sloppy Joe sliders, hoagie dip and sweet waffle nachos covered in marshmallow fluff, Oreo’s, chocolate syrup and more.
Evil Genius is open Wednesday and Thursday evenings and Friday through Sunday from noon. Tours will begin April 1 and will be offered on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. The $6 tour comes with a free beer at the end.
Cheers to this new brewery in Fishtown! For more on the area’s great breweries, check out the Philadelphia Craft Beer Trail.