Philadelphia’s Best Beer Bars

Put down the pinot — Philly’s in the midst of a full-fledged beer moment. Here are our favorite bars to indulge in

The Best Bars for Education & Events

The Foodery’s Beer Classes
At these sessions (which take place all over the city), students sample 10 representative varieties of a certain style (two-ounce pours of each!) under the direction of one of the Foodery’s beer pros.

Grey Lodge Pub
This Northeast bar is known for its offbeat beer events, like Half Way to Thanksgiving Day on May 21st, when the Pub will tap some leftover fall beers and serve up some T-Day grub.
6235 Frankford Avenue, 215-825-5357,

Monk’s Café
Consider this fair warning: Monk’s brewery dinners sell out so fast that your best bet is going to the restaurant to score tickets the day they go on sale. For the June 15th Russian River Brewery -dinner, that would be the 3rd of May.
264 South 16th Street, 215-545-7005,

We applaud Master Sommelier Melissa Monosoff’s approach: She’s created an "If you like … then try …" method of categorization, which groups beers based on their flavor profiles. A boon to novices and experts alike.
100 Gulph Road, Gulph Mills, 610-520-1200,

Tria Fermentation School
Tria’s beer classes keep on rolling throughout the summer: On May 19th, there’s a special event with Tom Kehoe of Yards (see page 95), and on June 8th, -Tomme Arthur of Lost Abbey/Port Brewing Co. discusses barrel-aging.
1601 Walnut Street, suite 620, 215-972-7076,