Monday, June 19, 2006

It’s hot out — have a cold one (from Philadelphia)

Philadelphia was recently ranked the fifth best beer town in America by Celebrator Beer News.

That’s certainly not bad, but we humbly contend that Philly could be rated even a little higher, perhaps at three behind Portland and San Fran. Sure, Seattle has some good beer, but with the growth (in both production and quality) from the region’s better breweries in the past ten years, we don’t have any reservations about placing Philadelphia in the top three.

In fact, we think you should get out there and taste them yourself.

Next time you’re at your favorite watering hole, give one of these fine local brews a try.
We think you'll like what you find. (And if you already partake in Philly's bounty of beer, be sure to pass on your wisdom to someone else.)

Refreshing seasonal choices (perfect for cooling down this summer):
Flying Fish Farmhouse Summer Ale
Yards Saison (throw an orange in there if you’re feeling crazy)
Troegs Dreamweaver Wheat or Sunshine Pils
Victory Sunrise Weisbeer
Dogfish Head Aprihop
Stoudt’s Weizen

Old stand-bys:
Flying Fish Extra Pale Ale
Yards Philly Pale Ale, India Pale Ale or Extra Special Ale
Dogfish Head 60 Min IPA
Victory Lager
Stoudt’s American Pale Ale
Yuengling Lager

There are plenty more, but those are some of our favorites and that’s a good start.

Seriously, try a local next time — afterwards you can even give yourself a bat on the back for supporting a local business.

Celebrator Beer News rates the top ten beer towns in America [Beeryard]

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