With some last minute planning, I was able to make it to Philly Beer Week. Yay! After doing some research, it became clear that Monk’s Café is a staple for beer – and food – lovers in Philly. I made sure this was my first stop of the evening. Due to some technical difficulties, we only made it to one more notable bar before last call. It turns out that Apple Maps doesn’t work that well when you’ve had a few beers and have no idea where you are! Here are some highlights from my trip:
It was a bit crowded at Monk’s when we arrived and there wasn’t much standing room, but we order a beer and stood in the corner. A few bar stools opened up rather quickly as parties were seated for dinner. We had heard Monk’s was known for its sour beer, but we didn’t see any on the draught menu. I started off with the Saison Dupont Cuvée Dry Hopping (2014) followed by a Russian River Damnation and finished with a Firestone Walker Union Jack – recommended by the bartender.
I heard someone order a Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale and immediately started bombarding him with questions. He responded by grabbing an extra glass and pouring me a sample. Did I mention I love Monk’s Café? The beer was delicious and all I could think was why did I just order another beer and why don’t they have this on tap? It turns out Monk’s has a back bar with a different beer selection including Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale on tap as well as several other beers I would have liked to try. Unfortunately, we were on our way out when we made our “discovery,” so I guess I will just have to make my way back to Monk’s café – very soon! Next time, I am heading straight to the back bar.
By the time we arrived at The Farmer’s Cabinet it was quite late. The bar/restaurant had a prohibition era vibe. There were some interesting cocktails I wanted to try, but I was there for the beer. The bar had a “tour of Europe” in honor of Philly Beer Week featuring beers from Germany, France, Italy, the United Kingdom and Belgium. Since I had just returned from Bavaria, I was immediately drawn to the German beers. Many of the kegs were already kicked, so I ordered the only two German beers left on tap: Würzburger Pils and Lammsbräu Pilsner. I haven’t tried too many French or Italian beers, so I was eager to taste those as well. The bartender kindly poured us about half a dozen samples to try. To be honest, I don’t remember what we sampled, but the tasting piqued my interest in French beer.
Reviews to come soon. Cheers to another successful Philly Beer Week!