Summer time is just around the corner, and so are the seasonal summer brews. Whether you are a beer lover or just a lover of beer in the summer, you may be looking forward to the crisp, clean flavors of summertime ales. Philadelphia has numerous bars and restaurants, many worthy of being the best. Here are the top five bars in Philly to enjoy a seasonal summer beer for different occasions and styles.
Prohibition Tap Room
501 N. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA. 19123
The Prohibition Tap Room offers some of the widest selection of microbrews in the city, both on tap and in a bottle. You may choose here for the location and microbrew options. Much of their beer is provided by local Yards Brewery so you can enjoy summer ales such as Yard's Philadelphia Pale Ale or Saison. Besides the large beer selection, you can eat a decent meal here as well, especially if you are looking to absorb some beer. The most popular item is the Chinese Red Neck (crispy duck) -- duck meat with chili sauce over pork fried rice -- and for dessert try the coffee glazed donuts.
Sly Fox Brewery
520 Kimberton Road
Another place to grab a refreshing summer time beer is the Sly Fox Brewery. Here, you want to try their award-winning Grisette Working Class Ale. They also craft more than 100 different beers and have been doing so since 1995. One of the best ways to try different beers here is to order the beer sampler. As far as your appetite is concerned, their kitchen cooks up a large variety of appetizers. Some of the most popular choices for summertime are the calamari, quesadillas and crab dip. You also have the option to take out their signature brew in cans. The Sly Fox also has a tasting room, offers tours of the brewery, and has regularly scheduled events.
1210 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA. 19125
Frankford Hall is such a popular beer garden in Philly; it simply fits the needs of many people. Maybe it's because here it is always Oktoberfest. The ambiance is an open hall full of picnic tables that can accommodate up to 400 people. If that is too much stimulation for you, you can enjoy the outdoor courtyard which is decorated with string lights year-round. They have Victory Summer Love on draft as well as Yard's Saison. For food, you can enjoy a variety of both German foods such as German sausages and Bavarian pretzels, plus typical bar fare. You can also have some fun with a variety of assorted games available until 2 a.m. daily.
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Fox & Hound
1501 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA. 19107
Sports lovers should consider venturing over to the Fox & Hound. It is one of the top five bars in Philly and has been recognized as such by "The Philly Hotlist" for three years in a row. The Fox & Hound is an upscale beer bar so you will find many craft summer offerings such as Pyramid Brewery Apricot Ale for those who like a subtle fruit taste and Cigar City Florida Cracker, which is light and flowery or Bitter American for those who love their beer very hoppy. You will find large portions of higher quality food, the most popular being their make your own burger.
1231 E.Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA. 19147
Garage will appeal to beer lovers (they carry several hundred varieties in cans), hipsters, sports lovers (they have several HDTV playing sports at all times) and foodies, since they encourage aspiring chefs and food trucks to serve up their customers. For summertime you can find a Flying Fish Exit 4 here and Schnelby Redland's Big Rod Blonde Ale, which is coconut and lime and sounds like a good time. If you are looking for Skee Ball, they actually have it.
Christina Dagnelli is a freelance writer in Philadelphia and the author of Little Squares with Colors: A Different way to look at autism. Her work on examiner can be found here Examiner.com.
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