The Best Craft Beers From Philadelphia

We rank the best IPAs, saisons, lagers and ales from Philadelphia brewers.

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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.

  1. Forest & Main Palomino
  2. Tröegs Nugget Nectar
  3. Tired Hands HopHands
  4. Tired Hands SaisonHands
  5. Victory DirtWolf
  6. Victory Headwaters
  7. Tröegs Troegenator
  8. Victory Summer Love
  9. Sly Fox Pikeland Pils
  10. Victory Storm King
  11. Victory Golden Monkey
  12. Flying Fish Exit 4
  13. Nodding Head Ich Bin Ein Berlinner Weisse
  14. Victory Braumeister Pils
  15. Yards Thomas Jefferson’s Tavern Ale
  16. Yards IPA
  17. Iron Hill Russian Imperial Stout
  18. Yards Philadelphia Pale Ale
  19. Weyerbacher Merry Monks
  20. Sly Fox Helles
  21. Conshohocken Cascadian Dark Ale
  22. Yards Saison
  23. Flying Fish Farmhouse Summer Ale
  24. Tröegs Perpetual IPA
  25. 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.

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