Philly Beer Week happens this month, and that got us thinking: What is the best local brew out there? So to answer that question, we sampled, then we sampled some more. We argued over the best beer in each particular style and who would be the overall champ — One Beer to Rule Them All.
And then, when all that was done, we ranked the top 25 best local beers and stacked them the way your old man or the corner bar would.
So behold -- the Philly Beeramid of Excellence. And drink up.
- Forest & Main Palomino
- Tröegs Nugget Nectar
- Tired Hands HopHands
- Tired Hands SaisonHands
- Victory DirtWolf
- Victory Headwaters
- Tröegs Troegenator
- Victory Summer Love
- Sly Fox Pikeland Pils
- Victory Storm King
- Victory Golden Monkey
- Flying Fish Exit 4
- Nodding Head Ich Bin Ein Berlinner Weisse
- Victory Braumeister Pils
- Yards Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale
- Yards IPA
- Iron Hill Russian Imperial Stout
- Yards Philadelphia Pale Ale
- Weyerbacher Merry Monks
- Sly Fox Helles
- Conshohocken Cascadian Dark Ale
- Yards Saison
- Flying Fish Farmhouse Summer Ale
- Tröegs Perpetual IPA
- Vault Belgian Blonde
All beers were available when the Philly Beeramid of Excellence tasting happened in April.
Originally published as "The Philly Beeramid of Excellence" in the June 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine.