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The Best Breweries In Philadelphia

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Lauren Gruber
Updated: 24 November 2016
Philadelphia is known as a beer city. Hosting some award-winning and expert craft breweries, there’s no shortage of great beer to drink here. Read ahead for our list of the best breweries in and around Philadelphia.
A row of Victory taps lines the bar at the Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, PA.
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Victory Brewing Company

With an extensive brew list and friendly service, Victory Brewing Company is a staple in the greater Philadelphia area. The restaurant space is open and clean with vaulted ceilings, and on the tour, the guides will let you appreciate the subtleties of hops by letting you into a room to smell all the hops they use in their different brews.

Victory Brewing Company, 420 Acorn Ln Downingtown, PA 19335 610-873-0881

A shot of beer drinkers sitting at the Yards Brewing Company tasting room watching sports on TV.
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Yards Brewing Company

Welcome to America’s first fully wind-powered brewery. Although there are often large crowds on the weekends, it’s best to go then for a free brewery tour. The brewery, located in the Northern Liberties neighborhood, boasts five signature ales like the Love Stout and Yards IPA in addition to their Ales of the Revolution and other seasonal releases (such as the Saison), as well as their featured cask beers. The friendly staff are helpful, congenial and wiling to talk about the beer. Since this is a brewery inspired by British ales, learn all there is to learn about beers. Open-toed shoes and high heels are not permitted on tours.

Yards Brewing Company, 901 N. Delaware Ave Philadelphia, PA 19123 215-634-2600

Free Will Brewing Company

Free Will are emerging as one of the leaders in the sour ale trend. Patrons can enjoy 10 oz. and pints of 18 beers on tap. Four types of beer are available in flights, and tours are offered for freeon Saturdays.

Free Will Brewing Company, 410 E Walnut St, Suite #1, #10 Perkasie, PA 18944 267-354-0813

The Philadelphia Brewing Company functions from an old warehouse in Fishtown, Philadelphia.
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Philadelphia Brewing Company

This brewing company is known for its Kenzingers and Walt Whits. The brewery, with its affordable beers, always has a feeling of blue-collar casualty while achieving the refreshing, local brews Philadelphians have come to love. Before your tour, patrons may sample all of their beers on tap for free. Although the tours might be a little short, the Brew Masters who guide the groups are entertaining. Pro-tip: get there early so you have enough time to try all your samples before the tour and then enjoy the time afterwards.

Philadelphia Brewing Company, 2440 Frankford Ave Philadelphia. PA 19125 215-427-2739

Flying Fish Brewing Company

Flying Fish is a beloved local company in the greater Philadelphia area. At the brewery located in New Jersey – just over the river from Philadelphia – there’s an impressive variety of year-round beers, seasonal specialties, weekly one-off and barrel aged beers. Tours are on an on-going basis during tasting room hours. Remember that when the facility is operating, not all areas of the brewery are accessible during the tour.

Flying Fish Brewing Company, 900 Kennedy Blvd Somerdale, NJ 08083 856-504-3442

Tired Hands Brewing Company

This microbrewery, located just outside of Philadelphia, offers some of the best and most unique flavors around. The small batches the brewery distributes are inspired by the farmhouse brewers of France and Belgium as well as traditional American brewing. They have won numerous awards and were ranked one of the best new breweries in the world by ratebeer.com. Although the beer list is mostly farmhouse ales, there are also a few American hop-friendly inclusions.

Tired Hands Brewing Company, 16 Ardmore Ave Ardmore, PA 19003 610-896-7621