Phreddie & The 4 Phunks at Nodding Head
Nodding Head brews some of the Philadelphia's most exciting beer and these beers aged in their "Phunk" barrel didn't disappoint. It was a collection of incredibly diverse sours with plenty of funky (phunky?) brettanomyces to keep it interesting. Favorites included Phruit Phunk, barrel aged with blackberries, and The Phunk, a straight up Belgian style sour with hints of caramel.
1516 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (map)
All Day Wood at Resurrection Ale House
Resurrection Ale House was all about the oak on Friday with All Day Wood, their cheekily named barrel aged beer fest. This match up of Lost Abbey's Angel's Share and Hanssens Oude Gueze showcased the effects of oak aging on two very different beers, rendering the Angel's Share sherry-like and almost syrupy, and the Gueze clean and tart.
Resurrection Ale House
2425 Grays Ferry Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19146 (map)
Big Wood Flights at Devil's Den
South Philly's Devil's Den always offers a few flight options but their Beer Week selections were really stellar. For $9 you could sample Rodenbach Grand Cru 2008, Firestone Walker Walker's Reserve Porter, Breckenridge 20 Boubon Aged ESB, and Weyerbacher Heresy Bourbon Aged Imperial Stout.
1148 South 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (map215-339-0855
Beer Cocktails and B. United at The Farmers' Cabinet
Beer Week or not, the recently opened The Farmers' Cabinet has one of the most exciting European beer lists in town. On a recent visit the taps were given over to beers from B. United, a renowned importer of beers from Europe. Our favorites included Bayerischer Berliner Weisse, a citrusy refresher with a welcome low ABV, and Hanssens Kreik, a super sour cherry lambic. The Farmers' Cabinet also mixes up a few beautifully crafted beer cocktails such as The Cockaigne, a lambic based cocktail with strawberry shrub (strawberries macerated with apple cider vinegar) and orange bitters topped off with sparkling wine.
The Farmers' Cabinet
1113 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (map)
Extreme Beer Brunch at The South Philadelphia Taproom
The South Philadelphia Taproom's Extreme Beer Brunch seemed like the only logical way to say goodbye to Philly Beer Week. You can wake up and have coffee any day of the year, but how often can you roll out of bed and order a Pliny the Elder? The Taproom's Extreme Beer list was made up of a whopping 7 selections from Russian River as well as an Allagash-New Belgium collaboration, Vrienden, a wild ale with hibiscus and endive. (Yes, endive. And it was delicious.)
On weekends The Taproom turns out a scrapple, egg, and cheese sandwich that works wonders, making sure that you're full enough to taste your way down their draft list.
The South Philadelphia Taproom
1509 Mifflin Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145 (map