You might not have realized how big the Philadelphia craft beer scene has become. It’s always been a boozy city, but as the craft beer movement has taken off throughout the U.S. in recent years, Philadelphia has become one of the nation’s top cities for microbreweries. Of course, that means a craft beer trail has formed in Philadelphia, and you should check it out!

Beer tourism is alive and well in Philadelphia, so you’ll have no trouble finding craft breweries to visit and tour. You can put together your own beer trail from a list of some of the top breweries, or you can let the experts at Philly Brew Tours take you to their favorites. Since there are a bunch of breweries and pubs to visit within the city center, consider planning to stay at a hotel in downtown Philadelphia, and then walk or take a cab from place to place. Here are a few brewery recommendations to get you started.

Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

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Neshaminy Creek has dominated the Philadelphia beer world by taking home a few top Philly Beer Scene awards for the past three years in a row, including best brewery and best brewer of the year. The brewery is in Croydon, about 18 miles northeast of the city. You can reach the brewery via public transit since it’s on the Trenton line. Neshaminy Creek is open Wednesday to Sunday, and you’ll often find food trucks parked outside.

Tired Hands Brewing Company

At Tired Hands Brewing Company, you’ll find farmhouse-style ales like those from France and Belgium, alongside hoppy Northwest-style IPAs. There are two neighboring locations in Ardmore, where visitors can try the many beers on tap. At the Brew Cafe, you can pair your brews with light snacks like meats and cheeses. At the Fermentaria, enjoy bigger plates like tacos and ceviche with your drink.

2nd Story Brewing Co.

You don’t have to leave downtown to try a beer at 2nd Story Brewing Company, which is located just a few blocks away from Independence Hall on Chestnut Street. At 2nd Story Brewing, there’s a brew pub on the bottom floor, and the brewing takes place on the second story. You can stop in during open hours to enjoy a pint with a meal.

2SP Brewing Company

Stop by 2SP Brewing Company on a Saturday to take a tour of the facilities. The brewery gives tours at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The tasting room and brewery are located in Aston, about 20 miles southwest of the city. 2SP Brewing Company encourages patrons to bring food or stop by from Thursday through Saturday to catch one of the rotating food trucks. The brewery recently won the Best New Brewery of the Year award from Philly Beer Scene.

These are just a few of the brewery options you can visit in the Philadelphia area. You’ll find many more listed by location on VisitPhilly.com, along with opening hours and visitor information.

How to experience the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Craft Beer Scene
How to experience the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Craft Beer Scene

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Laura Lynch

Laura Lynch is the creator and writer of Savored Journeys, an avid world traveler and lover of great food and wine.

19 thoughts on “How to Experience Philadelphia’s Craft Beer Scene

  1. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie says:

    I always appreciate a tour the brewery to really get a sense of the process. I think it makes a tasting or a beer flight really come alive when you understand the backstory. Philadelphia is soo close to NYC and I’ve wanted to get there again. I’ll have to keep these brewing companies in mind.

    • Laura Lynch says:

      When I lived in DC, I used to go up to Philly (and NYC) often just to try out the new food options. Seems like every neighborhood has something awesome to offer. You’re lucky to live so close to it all!

  2. Indrani says:

    I am not a beer fan… in fact I don’t take it. But then a tour through breweries would definitely interest me. The production of this beverage from different ingredients has always interested me.

  3. Megan says:

    Great to know Philly has a solid craft beer scene. I’ll be visiting some friends out there sooner or later. Also thanks for the tip of 2nd Story Brewing being right downtown since that is where I’ll be staying.

  4. Carol Perehudoff says:

    This sounds fun. I’d like to do a craft brewery tour, just to learn more about the breweries. I’ve sampled a few craft breweries lately and found them fun and fascinating, not to mention thirst quenching. It’s definitely a trend that’s caught on.

  5. Vicki Louise says:

    My partner would love to go to all of these! He brews his own craft beer and would love taking a tour at all of these places that are rocking it! I’ll be sure to take him on a tour when we’re next in PA

  6. Alina Popescu says:

    While I have sampled local craft beer, I’ve never visited such a brewery (only bigger ones in the Czech Republic). i’d love to go on a tour of a few of them, and maybe sample their product.

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