This year for me has been all about traveling to new places and experiencing new things! With that being said, I decided to go to Philadelphia, PA this year for the “Roots Picnic”. I am a huge music junkie so I was really looking forward to seeing the beautiful Ari Lennox perform, getting ratchet with Yung Miami from City Girls, and definitely getting my wind on to Davido!
When I first planned my trip, I had NO IDEA that Philly Beer Week would kick off the weekend I was planning on being their. I definitely believe in divine intervention and I think someone aligned the stars to make this happen! So not only did I get to visit Philly for the first time, but I also got to visit during PHILLY BEER WEEK! While visiting, I didn’t have as much time as I initially thought. My plan wherever I go, is always to see what breweries are in the area. I had asked a bunch of my “beer people” before arriving what I should check out so I had a pretty large list. But I was able to visit a few so check out some pics from Philly.
1st Stop: Love City Brewing - I loved the building that it’s in. I want to say the bartender told me they use to make train parts there and it still has so much of the industrial look and feel. Really cool bar and nice people. I enjoyed the “Surf Beat” fruited IPA. This was the first time I’ve ever heard a IPA called “Fruited” but the citrus fruit additions at the end made this a really easy beer to drink. It cut the hoppiness and bitterness most of us are use to in IPA’s and gave it a really nice flavor.
2nd Stop: Yards Brewing- I'm typically more into the “rugged” brewery tap rooms and this place is huge and feels definitely commercialized. The brewery was really nice and seemed like a cool place to hang out. I didn’t really try anything that “wowed” me, but I got a basic flight and didn’t really get to try some of their others beers. I would pay it a second visit before making my final judgment.
3rd Stop: Dock Street Cannery - This was definitley more my scene and it had a eclectic vibe. My lyft driver was warning me about “the neighborhood” before I got their, but I’m all about being amidst “the people” and especially “my people” so I enjoy this spot. They had live music and a dope vibe. Definitely smaller than the other two. I tried the “Nice Things” cream ale and it was delicious. I loved that the beer was a collaboration brew with a local rapper so he was actually there that night. I also met one of the bartenders who was super cool and dope and even gave me a free can to take home. This is a must go to spot! I also met some dope black girls that drank craft beer and even gave them some swag.