Scruffy and characterful brewpub in a neighborhood that looks like it’s only recently post-conflict. The beers are decent enough, and the pizza is outstanding. Staff and locals alike are friendly. Decent stop.
This was my coup de coeur in Philadelphia. An out of the way brewpub that almost no one bothers going to. It’s actually not very complicated to reach. Take the metro to 52nd st. station and walk South for a mile or so. The walk is culturally valuable, but let’s just say that if you’re a girl, I would not do it alone after sunset... Once you reach destination though, the whole neighborhood changes dramatically. Bus starts to exist again and the grey sky prepared a spectacular thunderstorm for us that started just as we arrived and finished just as we left. Good times. Once inside, the wood-fired pizza oven welcomes you home and this old building with high ceilings and school grilled gym windows with white walls, random tables and lefty, punk-like waiters are not only a sharp contrast with the neighborhood you’ve just walked in, it also feels trashy and relaxing. We had some superb pizzas here. I must have tried pizza perhaps a hundred times in the United States and I believe this is the best one I’ve had save in Burlington and at Pizza Port. The crust was perfectly crunchy and just buttery enough. Thinking about it all, I feel a strong connexion between this place and Pizza Port. Same type of relaxed mood, great food and great beer. Talking about the beer, they had I believe 8 on tap including an excellent, very hoppy pilsner, a pretty solid peppery saison dupont clone and a convincing IPA. The 4 beers we tried were well above average. It may be a bit out of the way, but is certainly more accessible than Manayunk for instance and this one I’d come back to anywhen.
All I can say is how much service can impact an overall experience. Went there at 1pm on a Saturday. They were not busy at all. Left at 3:30pm - notice how long that took. Waitress took our order (knew we were in trouble when she didn’t write anything down), came back 20-30min later to say, just to make sure I got it right, this is what you ordered. Guess what, she was wrong. To make things worse, our food took over an hour to come out and she still got it wrong. Oh yeah, I forgot to put in your order for fries. She also took a drink order for 2 beers and screwed that up. I honestly think she was stoned (if you get the waitress with black tattooes, beware and I have nothing againt tats as I have a bunch myself). A table behind us had to go up to the cook and get their own hamburger (and he high fived his table that we was finally able to get his food). I had high hopes, especially with the beers listed, but she completely f*cked up the experience...
Nate (330) Indiana, Pennsylvania | August 21, 2012
Stopped here for an afternoon flight of their beers. Good service, nice beer selection. Small seating area (in and out) with a decent menu (though I didn’t eat here). Bottles and growlers to go.
I stopped in around 10:15 on a Tuesday night (they close at 11pm). Was it tattoo night? I swear that 80% of the people in their were tattooed and in the 20-30 age range, including the bartender. This place has sort of a small worn, european cafe vibe. Inside has a long bar, tables, and couches. Seating streetside is also available. I had 5 of the 6 beers on tap, all of which were good or better. They do have growlers to go as well. Food looked good, but I did not eat. Parking is not too bad, especially when compared to downtown. However, this borders a sketchy neighborhood and I would be careful parking too far off the beaten path at night. Even though I did not fit the look of everyone in the place, the bartender and patrons were very friendly. The bartender even served right up until close.I enjoyed brewpub and will return again, and possibly try the food.
A pleasant trip out from Center City on the trolley in the sunshine took me to this excellent brewpub. The building, and the staff, have a rather grungy feel, but are actually charming, the beer was good too. Food also seemed good, and was very popular. Definitely worth the trip.
Nice old firehouse old concrete floors long bar and lots of seating area shame its in a crappy neighborhood, well up and coming neighborhood (slowly) .... The wood oven pizza was amazing had the bbq one and it was tasty .... the brews are always above average they had 5 on tap and a pint was 5 bucks .... the bartender Chris was prompt, friendly and knew his brews... definitely a place to visit and revisit
Really didn’t enjoy it here. The selection was minimal but beers are decent. It felt very stuffy and uninviting and the service was just ok...one of those places where the locals don’t seem to like newcomers. And there was a clove scent about the entire place that was off putting and almost sickening.
I showed up on a Friday evening, and the place was packed with a pretty diverse crowd. Servers were quick to take our orders and get us beer and food. Selection was pretty good for a microbrew, five local brews on tap and two contract bottles available. Parking was easy to find. This is a place to go back to.