I'm not usually in the business of tagging the "best" and the "worst" that the craft beer world has to offer. Just passin' along the information, some insight, and perhaps an opinion here and there. It just so happens that in this case, I find a very compelling case that is difficult to argue. Any arguments will become even quieter, I predict, once the smoking ban goes permanently into effect. Main Line Today publication has bestowed the distinction of having the Best Draft Beer Selection (of the "Main Line") upon TJs in Paoli, PA. The award's accompanying text is pasted below. With TJs keeping normal business hours on July 4th and throughout the weekend, I think it's safe to say you can find me there at some point over the next several days sipping on a Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager and a Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus, with some equally fine food from their beer-centric kitchen. Equally exciting is what's in the pipeline, including another award winner from Penn Brewing in Pittsburgh, the Weizenbock of World Beer Cup 2008 Silver Medal fame.
Along the Main Line, it’s hard to boast about a truly great beer selection unless you’ve got a brew menu that’s equal in weight and substance to a leather-bound copy of the King James Bible. TJ’s fits the bill, with more than 200 beers from far and wide, paired with a staggering 20 varieties on tap. Local and regional greats like Victory, Stoudt's, and Sly Fox are well represented, as are lesser-known selections like Boulder Brewing Co.’s Sweaty Betty Blonde.
Just to spread around some more of the Best Of news, you may also wish to spread around your congratulatory dollars at Iron Hill (Best Kids' Menu); Sly Fox (Best Microbrew-Pikeland Pils); Flying Pig Saloon (Best Neighborhood Bar/Tavern); Brickside Grille (Best Oysters); Beer Yard (Best Place to Quench Your Thirst for Beer Knowledge); and Maia (Best Advance Hype). Check out the Main Line Today website for more details about these awards.
Congratulations to TJs and all of the award winners of 2008.