15 New Breweries And Cideries To Check Out In Philadelphia This Summer

Visit these new, hyper-local and experimental beer & cider brewers...

A real beer drinker’s town since the very beginning, Philadelphia has played — and still plays — a crucial role in American brewing. In the past year-and-a-half alone, small to larger breweries have tremendously grown Philadelphia’s craft brewing scene.

Philadelphia’s well-established players have expanded into both exciting new digs (Yards) and experimental upstarts (Fermentery Form, Roy-Pitz Barrel House).

Hyper-local neighborhood brewpubs have popped up, providing modern gathering places that nonetheless nod to colonial glass-clinking tradition (Love City, Second District, Urban Village, Wissahickon).

Craft cideries (Hale & True, Original 13 Ciderworks) are entering the fold, offering an exciting alternative for local drinkers.

Plus, practically all of these beer-making operations inventively pair food with drink.

Read on for a rundown of breweries and cideries that have opened in Philly in the last 18 months, arranged in reverse chronological order by opening date.

Kurant Cider

Kurant CiderPhoto courtesy Kurant Cider

This small-batch cidermaker started out sharing space with Free Will Brewing in Perkasie, Bucks County and graduated to its own HQ in Fishtown in June 2018. Their product line, currently available in cans and on draft, includes options like the warm weather-friendly Arosé and Bees, a dry variety made with local honey.

Kurant Cider

When:Opened June 2018
Where:Kurant Cider, 436 E. Girard Avenue

www.kurantcider.com

Hale & True Cider Co.

The interior of Hale & True Cider Co. in PhiladelphiaPhoto by Coleman Yunger for Hale & True Cider Co.

This brand-new cider company just off South Street on the border of Queen Village and Bella Vista pours a lineup of dry and off-dry draft ciders crafted from Pennsylvania apples. The onsite taproom also serves beer, wine, cocktails and light bites to accompany their hyper-local handiwork.

Hale & True Cider Co.

When:Opened April 2018
Where:Hale & True Cider Co., 613 S. 7th Street

www.haleandtrue.com

Love City Brewing

Love City BrewingPhoto by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

Melissa and Kevin Walter unveiled their new brewery and tasting room in early 2018, in a well-appointed Callowhill warehouse space honoring the neighborhood's industrial roots. Selection-wise, Love City provides both accessible flagship brews (Love City Lager), creative seasonal offerings (Eraserhood, a triple-hopped hazy IPA, inspired by former neighborhood resident David Lynch), light fare, “bottomless” bar snacks and food trucks (Thursday through Sunday).

Love City Brewing

When:Opened April 2018
Where:Love City Brewing, 1023 Hamilton Street

www.lovecitybrewing.com

Goose Island Brewhouse

Goose IslandPhoto by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

The Chicago-based Goose Island Brewery, nowadays a brand under the international Anheuser-Busch InBev umbrella, has an eastern foothold in Fishtown with this open-floor-plan brewhouse and restaurant. The 28-tap beer selection includes recipes exclusive to Philly, including MFL, an India Pale Lager; and Spelt Correctly, a crisp, fruity saison.

Goose Island Brewhouse

When:Opened March 2018
Where:Goose Island Brewhouse, 1002 Canal Street

www.gooseisland.com

Yards Brewing Company

Yards Brewing CompanyPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Tenured and respected since launching in Philly in 1994, Yards debuted a brand-new headquarters in late 2017. Green energy completely powers the 70,000-square-foot combination brewery, taproom, restaurant (chef James Burke's menu draws crowds) and event venue. Twenty beers on tap quench thirsts before or after guided tours, which take place seven days a week.

Yards Brewing Company

When:Opened November 2017
Where:Yards Brewing Company, 500 Spring Garden Street

www.yardsbrewing.com

Original 13 Ciderworks

Exterior of Original 13 Ciderworks in PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy Original 13 Ciderworks

A player in Philly's fast-growing cider scene as of fall 2017, Original 13 was inspired by president John Kowchak's grandfather, who taught his grandson how to do it right. In addition to their flagship Sir Charles Hard Cider, named in his honor, Kowchak and Co. serves a slew of craft ciders flavored with various fruits, plus local beer and spirits, and food.

Original 13 Ciderworks

When:Opened October 2017
Where:Original 13 Ciderworks, 1526 N. American Street

www.original-13.com

Fishtown Brewpub

The itnerior of Fishtown Brewpub in PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy Fishtown Brewpub

As Fishtown's local and national profile expands, so grows its craft beer reputation. This pit stop, opened in summer 2017, is a welcome addition. The brewpub and restaurant focuses on English and German traditions, offering signature black lagers, IPAs, wheat beers, a curated wine list and more. The menu of modern, lighter pub fare features many dishes that subtly incorporate the brewpub's hand-crafted beers and other spirits. Highlights include the saison-battered fish tacos, pretzel schnitzel chicken with pale ale honey mustard and the mushroom-and-artichoke dip made with black-lager cream.

Fishtown Brewpub

When: Opened July 2017
Where:Fishtown Brewpub, 1101 Frankford Avenue

www.fishtownbrewpub.com

Fermentery Form

A pet project of three longtime friends that blossomed into a full-on North Philly operation, Form doesn't actually brew on-site. Instead, neighboring St. Benjamin Brewing Company crafts wort to their exact specifications, which they then ferment, age and blend in a series of carefully monitored barrels. The result: crisp, refreshing beers, executed in the style of Belgian lambics and French farmhouse ales, that have garnered a cult following among the city beer cognoscenti.

Fermentery Form

When:Opened June 2017
Where:Fermentery Form, 1700 N. Palethorp Street

www.fermenteryform.com

Roy-Pitz Barrel House

Interior of Roy-Pitz Barrel House in PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy Roy-Pitz Barrel House

In addition to offering beers that originated at their Chambersburg, Franklin County, headquarters, Roy-Pitz uses this new, Spring Garden brewpub to experiment with small-batch, barrel-aged and sour beers. The colorful outpost offers a full menu and an extensive carryout selection.

Roy-Pitz Barrel House

When:Opened June 2017
Where:Roy-Pitz Barrel House, 990 Spring Garden Street

www.roypitzbarrelhouse.com

Urban Village Brewing Company

Beers from Urban Village Brewing Company in PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy Urban Village Brewing Company

In the heart of Northern Liberties, Urban Village is well-suited to satisfy two of humanity's most universal cravings: beer and pizza. Customers quaff pleasantly hoppy IPAs like Huntingdon Drive creamy oatmeal milk stouts like Otis while chowing down on brick-oven pies, smoked wings and fried pickles.

Urban Village Brewing Company

When:Opened June 2017
Where:Urban Village Brewing Company, 1001 N. 2nd Street

www.urbanvillagebrewing.com

Wissahickon Brewing Company

It's a real family affair at this fast-growing East Falls brewery, run by founder/head brewer Tim Gill and an assortment of relatives, including his wife and four children. Available both in the spacious tasting room and to-go, their best-selling beers are named after well-known landmarks in the immediate area, like Kelpius Kave and Devil's Pool.

Wissahickon Brewing Company

When:Opened April 2017
Where:Wissahickon Brewing Company, 3705 W. School House Lane

www.wissahickonbrew.com

Chestnut Hill Brewing Company

Exterior of the Chestnut Hill Brewing Company in PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy Chestnut Hill Brewing Company

At the flagship of the Market at the Fareway, Hillers enjoy a variety of craft beers and tasty traditional and specialty pizzas in a beautifully designed, open-air seating area outfitted with a ping-pong table and plants.

Chestnut Hill Brewing Company

When:Opened March 2017
Where:Chestnut Hill Brewing Company, 8221 Germantown Avenue

www.chestnuthillbrewingcompany.com

Evil Genius Beer Company

Evil Genius Beer CompanyPhoto by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

A significant name in the recent Fishtown food-and-booze boom, Evil Genius opened its doors in spring 2017, drawing drinkers from the neighborhood and well beyond with cheekily named craft-draft picks (#ICANTEVEN, Pics Or It Didn't Happen) and a spacious, interactive atmosphere with board games, outdoor seating and live performances.

Evil Genius Beer Company

When:Opened March 2017
Where:Evil Genius Beer Company, 1727 N. Front Street

www.evilgeniusbeer.com

Second District Brewing

A quirky, welcoming pint-pourer in South Philly's Newbold section, Second District came onto the scene in 2017, courtesy of the teams behind South Philadelphia Tap Room, American Sardine Bar and Nodding Head. The brewed-on-premises draft selection includes many unorthodox choices that shift with the seasons. The menu, from chef Doreen DeMarco, is similarly creative (vegan “pork” rinds, footlong corndogs and more.)

Second District Brewing

When:Opened February 2017
Where:Second District Brewing, 1939 S. Bancroft Street

www.seconddistrictbrewing.com

Brewery ARS

Twin brothers Andy and Sean Arsenault started this small, independent West Passyunk brewery and cafe-style tasting room, focused on small-batching the styles they like best: dark beers, hoppy ales and saisons. ARS' ever-changing lineup provides an incentive for return visits, as does the rotation of food trucks vending outside.

Brewery ARS

When:Opened December 2016
Where:Brewery ARS, 1927-29 W. Passyunk Avenue

www.breweryars.com

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