Celebrate Barcade’s 4th Anniversary Today

People always ask me to name my favorite bars in Philly. But because I live in East Philly (AKA Camden) I don’t have an urban neighborhood bar to default to and I find myself jumping around a lot instead of repeat visiting. But there is one bar that I end up at more than most and that’s Barcade.

There’s almost always something amazing on tap to drink, and it arrives in the proper glassware. The bartenders seem to be getting friendlier and a little less “more hipster than thou”–especially the women. And while I don’t play the video games, most of my friends do. Add in the fact that it’s low-maintenance and a quick drive home and you have the makings for an ideal late-night spot.

So the good news is, today is the day to thank Barcade’s owners for choosing Philly as one of its locations because they’re celebrating their fourth anniversary. Remember four years ago when Barcade’s arrival marked a transition between “You want to go out where? In Fishtown?” and the ensuing Piazza at Schmidt’s-type suburbanification of the neighborhood? Those who value the neighborhood’s infusion of investment have Barcade partially to thank for that (and Will Reed, too, of course, but this story isn’t about him).

So starting at 2 p.m. today, you can toast to the bar with the following amazingness on draught.

Allagash Tiarna

Avery Twenty Two Anniversary Ale

Bear Republic Tartare

Bell’s 30th Anniversary Ale

Brooklyn The Companion 2011

Bruery Autumn Maple 2013

Cape Ann Chili Stout

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

Dogfish Head Namaste

Fisherman’s Pilsner

Flying Fish “Barrel Aged” Exit 3

Founders Imperial Stout 2013

Free Will Blood & Guts

Harpoon Czernobog

Left Hand “Nitro” Wake Up Dead

Manayunk “Habanero,Lime” Moneyman IPA (cask)

Philadelphia Commonwealth Cider

Russian River Consecration 2014

Sixpoint “Barrel Aged” Signal IPA

Sly Fox Black Raspberry Reserve

St Benjamin Saison Du Jour VIII

Terrapin Liquid Lunch

Tröegs Flying Mouflan 2013

Victory V12

Yards Old Bartholomew 2013

I know, right? You can see they’ve been holding on to some stuff, and it’ll probably be a good night to meet some beer reps, as I expect a lot of them to pay their respects. Happy birthday, Barcade!

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