Nodding Head is Center City's most fun brewpub...we all nod in agreement and wish that there were more. Thing is, there's a lot of nodding going on in the Sansom Street (or is it Sampson???) brewhouse. As you reach the top of the long flight of stairs leading up from street level, you're greeted with a tall glass case full of row after row of bobbleheads. They wobble slightly, hundreds of them, as if to acknowledge your arrival.
Over at the bar, while sipping down some of Gordon's fine brews, you're watched over there as well, including the almighty J.C. himself. One of Curt's favorite bobblehead stories to recount involves the beloved 2001 Philadelphia 76ers improbable almost-championship season. During the finals, the brewpub auctioned off (for charity) the chance for a lucky patron to smash the Kobe Bryant bobblehead with a brewer's paddle. The remains are still on display at the bar.
Always fun to have good stories like that to surround good beer. So, what about the beer? Read below for the bevy of precious metal that they've taken home over the years for the beer ranging from lighter to heavier in both body and flavor. Then there's the highly-sought after berlinerweisse of which they sold approximately 50 barrels last year, purportedly the most of the style outside of Berlin.
As you ready yourself for Philly Beer Week 2008, study up on some background notes on Nodding Head and consider yourself lucky to be part of such a vibrant and rich beer region that PBW 2008 will celebrate.
Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant
Location: 1516 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Major Brands60 Schilling; 700 Level; All Night Ale; BPA; Grog; Ich Bin Ein Berlinerweisse; IPA; Monkey Knife Fight
- 60 Schilling
- Silver (Scottish-Style Ale), GABF 2003
- Bill Payer
- Bronze (American-Style Pale Ale), WBC 2006
- BoHo Pilsner
- Bronze (Bohemian-Style Pilsener), GABF 2002
- George's Fault
- Gold (Specialty Honey Lager or Ale), GABF 2005
- Gold (English-Style Brown Ale), GABF 2002
- Silver (British-Style Dark Ale), Chicago Real Ale Festival 2003
- Ich Bin Ein Berlinerweisse
- Silver (German-Style Wheat Ale), GABF 2003, GABF 2004
- Bronze (German-Style Wheat Ale), GABF 2005, WBC 2006
- Philadelphia Magazine
- Best Brew Pub 2000-2001; 2003-2004
- Best Golden Ale 2001
DistributionDraft only at the brewpub
ProductionRoughly 700 bbls/year
History & Tidbits
Major Yearly Events
Where to Find Nodding Head During Philly Beer Week
Weird--all these years I thought I was the only one calling it Sampson Street.
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