There are many very good breweries around Philadelphia. These craft breweries are small, but they produce very delicious beers that are available throughout the area. they also offer tours of the breweries and tastings of their beers. The brewers and workers are very willing to introduce people to the products they make.
Yards Brewery was located in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia until September, when the owners and the brewers parted ways. The new brewery is moving to 901 N. Delaware Ave. Tom Kehoe, the brewer, is retaining the Yards name and is continuing production of their ales.
Right now, there are no tours of the Yards brewer, since the brewery is in the process of moving. Check the web site on the Links page for more news and tour information.
The is the newest brewery in Philadelphia. It is the brewery formed by the from Yards. It is located at 2423-39 Amber St. in Philadelphia. It is located in the Kensington neighborhood. The brewery is the former location of the Weisbrod & Hess Oriental Brewing Company, and housed Yards Brewery until this year. The brewery has a large open hall which, when occupied by Yards, was the tasting room. It was a great place to try all the beers.
Bill & Nancy Barton, Tom Kehoe's partners at Yards, have just started the process of brewing test batches. John Rehm, one of the brewers is keeping track of the beers that PBC is testing on his blog.
Victory Brewing Company is located just outside of Philadelphia in Downingtown, PA. In addition to being a brewery, Victory has a restaurant, a store, and beer sales. The restraint is open from 3 to midnight Monday thorough Thursday, 11:30am to midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 11:30 am to 10:00 pm on Sunday. The brewery was founded in 1996 by Ron Barchet and Bill Covaleski. The brewery produces 15 varieties of beer.
If you go to the brewery for a tour, keep in mind that they only offer tours on Friday and Saturday at 4:00 pm. They only offer the one tour at 4. Granted, if you miss the tour, as we have done a few times, you can still enjoy the restaurant and have a few Victory beers at the bar.
Weyerbacher was founded in 1995 by Dan and Sue Weirback. It is located in Easton, PA, which is east of Allentown on route 22. It's not entirely local to Philadelphia, but if you have a day to leave travel outside of the region, Weyerbacher is a fine brewery to visit. The brewery specializes in "big beers," or stronger beers with more body and higher alcohol content.
The brewery sells beer and growlers of their beer, but only on Saturdays. The tours are offered every Saturday at 12:30, 1:15, and 2:15. The tour ends at a sampling room where you can taste the beers being produced at that time, fresh from the brewery.
Tröegs was founded in 1997 in Mechanicsburg, PA (out near Harrisburg). Chris and John Trogner founded the brewery after experience the craft beer movement in Colorado and Philadelphia. The brewery produces 9 different beers including four seasonals and distributes in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and Virginia.
The brewery has a tasting room and a gift shop which are open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 12 to 4 pm. The brewery offers free tours every Saturday at 2 pm. They usually take about 30 minutes. The tour starts with tastings of the Tröegs brews, and people taking the tour are advised to show up early to enjoy the tasting room.