Sunday, December 03, 2006

Yards is Philadelphia's Beer

While the City of Philadelphia has a rich brewing history (very well documented by Rich Wagner), recent years have not been as good to the city proper. The city's beer bars and the suburban breweries continue to define the region as one of the country's best beer regions. However, it would be a huge mistake to simply writeoff the city, because the Kensington neighborhood is the current home to one of the city's true brewing gems...Yards Brewing. Housed in the former Weisbrod & Hess Oriental Brewing Company building, Yards has called this neighborhood home for the past five years. It originally hailed from the other end of town in the city's Manayunk section. So, now we have two Pinks bookending the city...Pink, of musical fame from the western Roxborough neighborhood and Pynk, of Yards brewing fame in the eastern Kensington neighborhood. Betchya never thought you'd see those two in a sentence together, eh?! So, instead of turning this into a long historical diatribe or effort to heap justly-deserved praise on Yards, here are several pictures from their annual Open House on 12/2/06. Good times and good beers were served up within the confines of the factory walls (and spilling outside, as well). Talked about being ensconced in beer karma! Judging by the crowds, you should be able to figure out that Tom, Nancy, and the crew are much-beloved no matter in which neighborhood they are located. They are, after all, Philadelphia's hometown beer. p.p.s. If you want to have your childhood Christmas/Santa ideals shattered, try reading Santa's lapel sticker!

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