Tale of the Tape: Resurrection Ale House


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Resurrection Ale House opens tomorrow at 5 at the corner of Grays Ferry and Catharine. Menu samples will be available with the still under wraps full menu starting Thursday at noon. The Ale House promises to be a beer bistro for the G-Ho/Center City South neighborhood.

The Owners

  • Leigh Maida and Brendan Hartranft are opening their third establishment in under two years.
    • “Port Fishington’s” Memphis Taproom (#11 in the Foobooz Top 50 Bars)
    • West Philadelphia’s Local 44 (#31)
  • Brendan is known to many as “Spanky” from Nodding Head where he was a long time bartender.

The Space

The awkwardly shaped corner location has gotten a face lift.

  • Textured cream-colored wallpaper
  • Sage walls and accents
  • Clear windows, gone is the tinting film
  • Two-tiered bar remains
  • Walls decorated with Art for the Cash Poor finds
  • Vintage beer can arrangement displays 70 beer cans of yesterday
  • Three marble-topped tables occupy what was an odd space at YellO’bar

The Beer

  • Twelve taps
  • One hand pump
  • A focus on Lambics
  • First keg in the cooler, Brewer’s Art Resurrection Ale
  • Rest of the opening tap list:
    • Stoudt’s Pils
    • Slyfox O’Reilly’s Stout
    • Cantillon Cuvee des Champions
    • Schlenkerla Helles
    • Dogfish Head Punkin’
    • PBC Rowhouse Red
    • Brooklyn Sorachi Ace
    • Ommegang Rare Vos
    • Lagunitas Lucky 13
    • Ayinger Octoberfest
    • Russian River Pliny The Elder
    • Yards Cape of Good Hope on cask
  • Bottle list features 6 or so Lambics and a wealth of Belgian strong ales
  • Check the full bottle list and what is on deck for the draft lines here

The Menu

  • Chef Joey Chmiko will run the kitchen.
    • Chmiko comes from Union Trust
  • Lunch, dinner and weekend brunch will be served
  • Kitchen open till midnight seven days a week
  • Menu highlights include:
    • House-made pickles
    • Corn and scallion griddle cakes
    • Twice fried chicken
    • Potato gnocchi with lobster
  • For more on the menu check out Grub Street’s preview

Resurrection Ale House
2425 Grays Ferry Ave
215-735-2202

Some of the information in this post was extracted from the following sites:

Resurrection Ale House [Official Site]
Ale House Rock [Thrillist]
First Look at Resurrection Ale House, Opening September 23 [Grub Street]
Resurrection Ale House in Picturres [Meal Ticket]