Philly’s status as a beer town is well-documented (what with Beer Week, tons of anecdotal evidence, and the NYT picking up on the fact), but it’s going to get even bigger with the openings of three beer bars and gardens in the next few months.
• On deck for late April openings are Blockley Pourhouse and Mary Oaks from Ned Taddei. Despite the names, Mary Oaks will actually be the more beer-centric spot, with 24 craft beers on tap, 80 in bottles, though Blockley will also be pubbish. Both have Ross Essner (formerly of Taproom on 19th, Rx, and the late, great
Django) as chef.
• Brauhaus Schmitz is set to open in May, and is going to be a no-holds-barred, authentic German biergarten. Unfortunately, it’s on South Street. On the plus side, everything else about it should make up for this: over 20 draught beers, 100 more in bottles, and all the bratwurst a girl or boy could ask for.
• August will bring the Tap House in University City, i.e. 12,500 square feet of drinking space (5,500 of that outdoors), fire pits (!!), and 75 beers on tap.
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