Exploring Philly – Day 1
A few weeks ago Maggie and I decided we should take a trip to Philly on this long weekend. A few reasons for this: 1) I had never been (I know — I’m so sheltered) and 2) we heard it’s a great beer town. Seemed like reason enough, but I wanted to get a good idea of some spots we should hit up while we were here, so like with most questions I have, I took to twitter.
Jared from Philly Tap Finder was a huge help and fired off several places that he loved and thought would be worth us stopping at. In our first day, we stopped by 2 of his spots and discovered one of our own.
Before going any further let me just say this, it seems most EVERY place in Philly is a craft spot — that’s probably a testament to the great breweries that operate in the state of PA, like Tröegs, Victory, Stoudts and Yeungling just to name a few (seriously, there are over 70 breweries in this state).
This place was our first spot. Like a lot of things about Philly, this place reminded me of home. There are a lot of cultural similarities between Philly and Boston, and this place had a bit of that, but with some distinctive PA flair. The draft list was awesome, paying homage to a lot of the great local stuff being produced in PA. We didn’t get to eat here, but will make another visit before we leave. Definitely a must if you’re in the Philly area and love good beer.
The atmosphere of The Farmer’s Cabinet is just sick. Seriously take one step through the door and the immersive experience begins. This place feels very much like the inside of a barn, and not in a weird, gross way. There is a ton of raw wood used in the decor, a baunch of feel-flame candles (sounds like a potentially dangerous combo, but I digress), and the bar looks like like it was hand wrapped in sheets of copper. Just awesome. Even better, the beer list. Wow. Their draft list pays homage to some great Belgian brews (I had the De Ranke Guldenbeerg) while also featuring some brews made in their own brewery in VA (Maggie had the Field Hop Grisette). They even had some Edward by Hill Farmstead
Last but not least, we happened upon Eulogy Belgian Tavern. Being a fiend for Belgian beer, I was happy to see all the classics on draft here. This place also has a couple floors, which helped when it got a little busier (am I the only one who has a knack for ALWAYS being in someone’s way?!) Oh and bonus — this place had a few bottles of Pretty Things beer in their cooler.
Not a bad little start to our short stay here. Lots more to do today — better get to it. Hit us up with anymore suggestions, we’re here until tomorrow morning.