Philadelphia has a long-standing love of beer and is home to some of the finest breweries in the nation. Some of these companies have been around since the turn of the century, while others are pretty new to the scene, but they all have one thing in common: They produce excellent brews.
Yards Brewing Company
901 N. Delaware Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 634-2600

Yards Brewing Company was started by two college buddies in a Manayunk garage back in 1994. The brewing company is now located in a 26,000-square-foot wind-powered facility in the Northern Liberties/Fishtown section of Philadelphia. Yards makes 34,000 barrels a year and is known for its sustainable contributions. In fact, the company received the “Penn Future’s Green Power Turn it On! Award” in 2009 and “Greater Philadelphia’s Chamber of Commerce Green Business of the Year Award” in 2010. Everything — from floor to ceiling — has been recycled or repurposed at Yards Brewing. The brewery also offers food, shuffle board, pool and (obviously!) beer in its tasting room seven days a week. Check out the website for special events and hours of operations. Private tours are offered and tastings are free.

Philadelphia Brewing Company
2423-39 Amber St.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 427-2739

Philadelphia Brewing Company first became a part of the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia in 1885. The historic brewery offers seasonal, year-round and specialty brews and was named one of the top five sustainable brewers in the USA by Izzit Green. PBC limits its distribution to local areas to guarantee freshness. The company gets its ingredients for some of its brews from local urban farm Greensgrow Farms, which is located in Kensington as well. PBC offers tours on the weekends; check the website or call for dates and times.

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Flying Fish Brewing Company
900 Kennedy Blvd
Somerdale, NJ 08083
(856) 504-3442

Flying Fish Brewing Company is the first virtual microbrewery — Gene Muller founded the company in 1995 online. He was able to let people into his brewing world by sharing the inner workings of what goes into making a good beer. Muller gained a large following which, in turn, helped him attract investors to help him form a real brick and mortar brewery. Flying Fish is the only New Jersey brewery to be featured in the 2000 edition of “Best American Beers.” Fun fact: Its beers are named after exits along the NJ turnpike.

Earth Bread + Brewery
7136 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19119
(215) 242-6666

Earth Bread + Brewery is known for its organic and, of course, earth-friendly practices. The brewery promotes environmental awareness by using only organic ingredients from local farmers. It also furnished its establishment with recycled furniture. If you are into beer and sustainability, this could be the place for you. Visit Earth Bread + Brewery for fine food and good beer in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia, where you can purchase the art on the walls, too. The installations rotate every two months and feature artists from the Northwest Artists Collective.

Victory Brewing Company
420 Acorn Lane
Downingtown, PA 19335
(610) 873-0881

Victory Brewing Company was started by childhood friends, Ron Barchet and Bill Covaleski. They both started out as beer-brewing hobbyists until their passion led them to leave their uninteresting corporate jobs. They took time to study under the masters in Germany and perfected their own creations from what they learned. Their success has earned them a 300-seat restaurant, which was once an old Pepperidge Farm Factory. Victory distributes its beer to 29 states and overseas to Japan and Singapore.

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