Raise A Glass: A Taste of the Craft Beer and Spirits scene in Philadelphia

Raise A Glass: A Taste of the Craft Beer and Spirits scene in Philadelphia
12 Aug 2019

Disclosure: Experience was covered by Visit Philly. All opinions are my own.

A trip to Philly is not complete without visiting some of the historic tourist attractions, grabbing a famous Philly steak or cheesesteak sandwich, or for fans of the Italian Stallion, visiting the many Rocky movie filming locations around Philadelphia. But did you know that there is a bustling craft beer and spirits scene as well?

Here are some of the spots I visited on my trip to the City of Brotherly Love.

Raise A Glass South Philly Bar and Grill Exterior

South Philly Bar & Grill

Located at the legendary 9th and Passyunk intersection, home to world-famous Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks, South Philly Bar & Grill has everything you want in a sports bar: a full range of beers on tap, a full menu to satisfy the heartiest appetites, and your favourite Philly games on the many plasmas located around the bar.

Raise A Glass South Philly Bar and Grill Rocky Boxing Glove

There are hints of Rocky everywhere you go in Philadelphia, and that is no different at South Philly Bar & Grill.

Raise A Glass South Philly Bar and Grill Beer On Patio

Top that off with a lively late-night scene and a cool outdoor patio where you can enjoy a beer and some pub fare, South Philly Bar & Grill is a must stop.

Location

South Philly Bar & Grill is located at:
1235 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Raise A Glass Dock Street Exterior

Dock Street Cannery + Tasting Lounge

Opened in April 2007, Dock Street Cannery + Tasting Lounge is a fun space in the brewery’s garage behind the main Dock Street restaurant.

Raise A Glass Dock Street Bar Area

Grab drink, relax in the comfy chairs, and enjoy time with friends.

Raise A Glass Dock Street Cannery Area

Available are draft beers, beer cocktails, cocktails made with local spirits, and draft wine.

My favorite: NiceThings BlackBerry Cream Ale – a collaboration with West Philly-based hip-hop artist Chill Moody. Brewed with flaked corn and fermented cool to give it a nice smooth taste.

Location

Dock Street Cannery + Tasting Lounge is located at:
705 S 50th St, Philadelphia, PA 19143

Bok Bar

This unique spot in South Philly is a former technical school circa 1938, converted into a multi-use space with a rooftop bar. A popular watering hole for locals, Bok Bar is a great place to catch a sunset over the city skyline while enjoying a drink or two. Be sure to check the weather before going… if it rains, there is not much cover.

Location

Bok Bar is located at:
800 Mifflin St, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Raise A Glass Independence Beer Garden Entrance

Independence Beer Garden

Located just across the street from the Liberty Bell in America’s most historic square mile is Independence Beer Garden, 20,000 square feet of outdoor drinking and eating space.

Raise A Glass Independence Beer Garden People At Bar

IBG has a great selection of beer, including Dogfish Head, Evil Genius, Yards, Victory, Flying Fish, and Conshohocken Brewing Company.

Raise A Glass Independence Beer Garden Jenga

It’s a comfy spot with Adirondack chairs, picnic tables, table top and yard games, string lights, and ivy-covered pergolas. Available food includes franks in a blanket, pretzel bites, mahi mahi tacos, lamb gyros, watermelon and tomato salads, and boozy (or plain fruit) popsicles.

Location

Independence Beer Garden is located at:
100 S Independence Mall W, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Raise A Glass Manatawny Craft Spirits Tasting Room Entrance

Manatawny Craft Spirits Shop & Tasting Room

Located just steps from the “singing fountain” in South Philly, Manatawny Craft Spirits Shop & Tasting Room serves specialty cocktails made with their own tequila barrel-rested rum, vodka and white whiskey at a gleaming copper-topped bar lined with salvaged barn wood.

Raise A Glass Manatawny Craft Spirits Tasting Room Behind Bar

During the day, the store is more of a tasting room where you can do flights of all of Manatawny Still Works’ spirits.

Raise A Glass Manatawny Craft Spirits Tasting Room Behind Bar

By night, the bartenders mix up unique seasonal cocktails. Regardless of the time of day, you can purchase any of Manatawny Still Works’ spirits in bottles to take home.

Happy hour is offered weekdays from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

Raise A Glass Manatawny Craft Spirits Tasting Room Bartender and Whiskey

Recommended: A flight of J. Potts Whiskey (smooth white whiskey), Maple Whiskey, Swarmbustin’ Honey Whiskey, and the Small Batch Whiskey Series.

Location

Manatawny Craft Spirits Shop & Tasting Room is located at:
1603 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Raise A Glass in Philadelphia!

With over 15 distilleries and 16 craftr breweries in the gretaer Philapdelphia area, there is no shortage of places to visit and torus to take. However, those Philly brewed spirits and beers are readily available at bars and restaurants across Philadelphia.

Be sure to enjoy a drink or two at one of the places mentioned above, or venture out and discover some of the many other bars and pubs that make up Philadephia’s craft beer and spirits scene.

For more great libation stops in Philly, check out the Philly Distillery Trail and Breweries Brewpubs and Craft Beer Trail of Greater Philadelphia.

Raise A Glass, and drink responsibly. Philly is a very walkable city, but if walking is not your thing, there’s no shortage of Uber and Lyft drivers.

Cheers,
Big Daddy

If you would like me to review your product, service, restaurant, or travel destination, please send me an email at craig@bigdaddykreativ.ca or tweet me at @BigDaddyKreativ

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Craig Silva

Craig is a husband, a father, team leader, senior youth group coordinator, designer, brander, community builder, volunteer, blogger, and social media manager. Craig likes to go camping, travel, go on road trips, watch movies, read with his girls, build stuff, operate the grill, and play bass guitar. In June 2017, PR firm Cision identified Craig as one of Canada’s top 10 most popular male bloggers in the parents and family space. Known as Big Daddy Kreativ, his blog specializes in travel, lifestyle, food, automotive, events, parenting, movies, tech, recipes, health, pets, reviews, and giveaways.

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