I like beer, and I like running. I also like scenic running – running to destinations with different things to see.
Hence, this morning of February 6, 2011, I set off on the Philadelphia Brewery “Tour” – a 15.1 mile run by, to and back from all of Philadelphia’s brweries and brew pubs located within the city (except for Earth Bread + Brewery, as Mount Airy is too damn far).
First leg: 3.0 miles west to Dock Street Brewing Company in West Philadelphia. Dock Street pioneered the American microbrew revolution. Its new location features good food, good beer and some nice outdoor seating during good weather.
2nd leg: 3.5 miles east and north to Nodding Head Brewery. Picked up Tina and Greg at mile 6. Nodding Head has some varied beers brewed on location as well as good sandwiches. Try the Monkey Knife Fight and 700 Level. Only minor complaint I have is that the rolls are a tad too big for the sandwiches.
3rd leg: 1.3 miles east to Triumph Brewing Company. Stands out as the lone brew pub in Old City. Very spacious and good beer. The bar staff was friendly enough to pose for pictures during a scavenger hunt I was on several years ago.
4th leg: 1 mile north to Yards Brewing Company. Do yourself a favor and go here for the free Saturday tours and beer samples. Then hang out for a while in the nice bar area, which has shuffleboard, a pool table and tv.
5th leg: 1.8 miles north to Philadelphia Brewing Company in Kensington. Kensington isn’t too bad an area in the daytime. Plus, when you run in a group of three, you’re less likely to be strangled. PBC is home of Kenzinger, Walt Wit and other Philadelphia-area named beers.
6th leg: 4.5 miles south and west making way back to Center City. Total mileage: 15.1 miles. Thanks to Tina and Greg for the company!