At the end of the 18th century, Philadelphia was the capital of the US. While that only lasted 10 years before it moved to Washington, DC, the city’s dominance as the East Coast’s “beer capital” prevailed for another hundred years. In 1920, Prohibition cast a dark cloud over Philly’s reign and the 100+ breweries in the City of Brotherly Love. The oldest brewery in the country, Yeungling, which is located a ways outside the city but adored by Philadelphians regardless, turned themselves into an ice cream factory to wait out Prohibition.
Since 1933, like most US beer cities, Philadelphia has still not recovered to its brewing heyday. But, lately, it’s been getting back on track. The city has always had beer fans, but recently, they’ve begun to put their money where their mouth is, and more breweries have been popping up. Some, like Yards, have helped pave the way, and pay tribute to the city’s glory days with beers created from our forefather’s recipes. The city has a Beer Week, eight breweries in the metro area, and many pubs like McGillin’s Olde Ale House that offer a wide selection of local and regional brews. Want to be number one on this list, get Pat Croce involved!