In the past ten years, we’ve gained a Philadelphia University, now our fine city has a Philadelphia Brewing Company. And what better location for it then the building that housed the Weisbrod and Hess Brewery over 100 years ago and more recently the Yards Brewing Company. History runs deep here and you can see it in the brewery and feel it in the beers.
After a split in the Yards Brewing Company ownership and management in 2007, Bill & Nancy Barton (with partner Jim McBride) retained the building and equipment to start up the new, and completely separate, Philadelphia Brewing Company in 2008. (Yards, and Tom Kehoe, has moved a couple of miles away toward the Delaware River.) Checking out brewer John Rehm’s blog shows that a heckuva lot of progress has been made in spiffing up the old brewery.
In the meantime, some test batches have been fine tuned and formulated at the Porterhouse Pub further up-river (the Delaware, that is) in Lahaska, PA. The latest news is that the brewing has finally begun on-site in Kensington. All looks promising to finding PBC on tap at your local pubs and distributors (that’s Pennsylvania-speak, by the way) by early spring.
As you ready yourself for Philly Beer Week 2008, study up on some background notes on Philadelphia Brewing and consider yourself lucky to be part of such a vibrant and rich beer region that PBW 2008 will celebrate.
Philadelphia Brewing Company
Location: 2439 Amber St, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Major BrandsKenzinger (Golden Kölsch-style Session Ale; ~4.5% ABV); Newbold IPA (American IPA; ~6.5% ABV); Rowhouse Red ("Philadelphia Rowhouse" style Ale w/rye; ~5.0% ABV); Walt Wit (Belgian-style White; ~5.0% ABV)
Distribution12 ounce bottles expect to start rolling out of the brewery to be available at local beer distributors in late March/early April; will initially only serve the Philadelphia metropolitan market, moving into southern New Jersey in early summer
ProductionAnticipated 10,000 bbls/year
History & Tidbits
Major Yearly Events
Where to Find PBC During Philly Beer Week