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I can think of no better destination for Belgian beer lovers (Belgium itself excluded) than Philadelphia. Whether that can best be attributed to the legendary Belgian beer spots that pepper the city (of which Monk’s Café is the best-known), the local beer writers and restaurateurs who regularly tout the brews, or the fact that a brew-obsessed city will naturally pay homage to one of the world’s top beer-producing countries is up for debate. Regardless, Philadelphians can be counted on to know their dubbels from their tripels.

Philadelphia-area brewers are equally fond of the Flemish tradition, and produce numerous varieties of Belgian styles that range from the traditional to the innovative. Victory Brewing turns out several clean and classic Belgian styles, including Helios, a yeasty Saison. Weyerbacher goes rough-and-tumble with the Belgian inspiration, pumping their huge, viscous, barrel-aged, vanilla-flavored beers (try the dynamo Merry Monks or Insanity) up to sky-high ABVs. And Sly Fox is behind several Belgian styles, including Incubus, a tripel touched with candied sugar.

All of that zest and range can be found at Eulogy Belgian Tavern, which, while not as iconic as Monk’s Café, is not only a worthy addition to the city’s beer-and-moules-frites roster but also claims to boast the city’s biggest beer selection (that’s 300 bottles and 21 taps, folks). It’s nigh impossible to wind up here and not find a beer that attracts you.

That is, of course, assuming that you’re able to make it in the door. This bar’s interior more closely resembles a double-decker closet than anything else, and unless you’re going at off-peak hours you can fully expect to be penned in to the corral of fellow imbibers that is the bar area. Stools are coveted territory, particularly as the small selection of tables upstairs is reserved for diners only; those standing risk being elbowed in the ribs by a harried server between every sip. On my last visit, the bar area was so crowded that the man adjacent to me at the bar mistook my beer for his and drank most of it while I focused on my (very serviceable) frites and dipping sauces. So, Eulogy is not without its risks.

With those risks come bountiful rewards, though, in the form of ambrosial ales. For Philadelphia Beer Week, Eulogy played host to a Barrel-Aged beer tasting, with beers from the old country appearing alongside the aforementioned Weyerbacher’s Insanity and other American additions like Allagash’s Curieux, a tripel that’s aged in old bourbon barrels. Each was better than the last, warming and punctuated with a fiery high-alcohol buzz. As viscous and sweet as maple syrup, these beers were dangerously good.

If you’re able to bear the crush, then (or willing to make do with a liquid lunch), Eulogy deserves your undivided attention – or rather, your slightly bleary, gleefully buzzed, sleepily contented attention.

Philadelphia's Flemish Ale House - Recipes

Shaken and served UP in a Martini Glass with a Thin Mint Floater.

Named for the way Philadelphian’s pronounce “Eagles.” We also serve a Phillies-tini and a Phanatic Irish Bomb named for the Philadelphia Phillies, Freezin Flyer Fantini for the Philadelphia Flyers and a drink dedicated to the Philadelphia Union soccer team. McGillin’s is the best sports bar in Philadelphia with high-def and projector screen TVs on two floors.

Combine ingredients. Shake well and serve in a martini glass.

This original drink has been called the ideal St Patrick’s Day cocktail.

Shaken and strained into a martini glass rimmed with cinnamon sugar, sprinkle with coconut and cinnamon.

One of our most popular holiday drinks along with our Candy Cane Martini, Irish Coffee, Drury Sleigh Ride, Mint Chocolate Chip Martini, Hot Toddy & more. Can be served as make-your-own cocktail.

Philadelphia's Flemish Ale House - Recipes

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$6 Meal:
3-oz Filet topped with 2 grilled shrimp, vegetable, potato & garlic bread
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Celebrate this Mexican holiday at an Irish fiesta! On May 5, stop by for our Pink Margarita (Patrón Silver Tequila, Grapefruit & Orange Liquor), Grand Margarita (Espolòn Tequila, Grand Marnier, Homemade Margarita Mix), Cinco Citywide (Shot of Lunazul Blanco Tequila & a mug of Modelo) plus $5 pints of Modelo and $8 cheese nachos.

Don your best headgear and join us for Kentucky Hot Browns (open-faced turkey, bacon & tomato sandwich baked until the bread is crisp), Marker’s Mark Mint Juleps & “horsing” around. Saturday, May 1.

Cheers! Philadelphia’s oldest tavern is open for indoor dining (with 50% capacity & plexiglass screens) and outdoor dining on Drury Street.

Outside We have 2 flatscreen TVs & space heaters! Sit around the iconic exterior with its neon sign. We have 50 seats plus high tops, tables for 2 and tables for 4 people.

Inside We are open inside with 50% capacity & plexiglass screens. No reservations. Walk-in only. First come/first served.

The historic bar has a full bar with dozens of beers including its three house beers, wine and select seasonal cocktails including lots of hot drinks. The Terrace Menu features McGillin’s most popular appetizers and sandwiches like wings, nachos, the BIG burger, cheesesteak, grilled chicken breast, grilled Reuben and other crowd pleasers, (not the full 10-page menu.) According to Pennsylvania law, alcohol only can be served for on-premises consumption when in the same transaction as a meal. Daily specials not currently available but we do have $5 food and drink specials on Wednesdays & Thursdays from 5-7 pm.


Served with Pomme Frites   16.95 for about a pound and a half


Ommegang Hennepin, fumé, parsley, carmelized leeks, bacon, bleu cheese & garlic


Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Ale, lime, peppers, onions, jalapenos and cilantro


Gueuze, fumé, garlic & parsley

Red Light  

Russian River Damnation, fumet, toasted chilie de arbol, parsley and garlic

Thai Curry  

Monk's Flemish Sour, fumè, Thai red curry, bais, garlic & coconut milk

Philadelphia's Flemish Ale House - Recipes

9495 Roosevelt Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19114

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Welcome to Miller's Ale House – Philadelphia! We're a local restaurant and sports bar located at Grant and the Boulevard in the Grant @ One Shopping Plaza, next to Men's Wearhouse. Come hang out, watch sports, be yourself, and enjoy the company of others without breaking the bank.

We are known for our wide variety of freshly prepared dishes, and daily lunch, dinner, and cocktail specials. From Filet Mignon and original pasta dishes to fresh salads and our signature fresh, boneless chicken Zingers tossed in your favorite sauces, our extensive menu offers something for everyone. To view our menu click here.

With over 75 beer varieties, including sought-after foreign imports and craft brews, signature cocktail pitchers, and loads of specialty drinks, we have you covered any day of the week!

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4. Filet Americain

Don’t order this and expect a juicy steak to arrive at your table. Filet Americain is seasoned raw minced beef which is served cold, rather like the French steak tartare. You can add various seasonings to the beef (which must be very lean) to give it flavor. These include raw or pickled onion, egg yolk, Worcestershire or Tabasco sauce, ketchup, mustard, parsley, capers, salt, pepper, and oil.

You can eat it in two ways: either spread it on bread or toast (toast kannibaal or ‘cannibal toast’) or enjoy it as a main meal with frites and pickles. If you order it as a main course in a restaurant, however, it might be prepared at your table so you can have it just how you like it.

Make your own


Ballantine era Edit

The company was founded in 1840 in Newark, New Jersey, by Peter Ballantine (1791–1883), who emigrated from Scotland. [1] The company was originally incorporated as the Patterson & Ballantine Brewing Company. Ballantine rented an old brewing site which had dated back to 1805. Around 1850, Ballantine bought out his partner and purchased land near the Passaic River to brew his ale. His three sons joined the business and in 1857 the company was renamed P. Ballantine and Sons. The name would be used for the next 115 years, until the company closed its brewery in May 1972. By 1879, it had become sixth largest brewery in the US, almost twice as large as Anheuser-Busch. Ballantine added a second brewery location, also in Newark, in order to brew lager beer to fill out the company product line. Peter Ballantine died in 1883 and his eldest son had died just a few months earlier. His second oldest son then controlled the company until his own death in 1895. The last son died in 1905.

Frelinghuysen era Edit

Following the death of the last son of Peter Ballantine the company was taken over by George Griswold Frelinghuysen, the company's vice-president, who was married to Ballantine's granddaughter.

Frelinghuysen was the son of Frederick Theodore Frelinghuysen and Matilda Elizabeth Griswold. He graduated from Rutgers College in 1870, received his Bachelor of Law from Columbia University Law School in 1872, and was admitted to the New Jersey and New York bars in 1872 and 1876 respectively.

The 18th Amendment was passed in 1920, beginning Prohibition. The company was forced to consolidate, and they manufactured malt syrup to stay in business. The Ballantine family continued to own the brewing company all throughout Prohibition. But by the time the 21st amendment was passed in 1933, the family was ready to sell the company. [1]

Badenhausen era Edit

In 1933, after Prohibition was lifted, the Ballantine company was acquired by two brothers, Carl and Otto Badenhausen. The Badenhausens grew the brand through its most successful period of the 1940s and 1950s, primarily through clever advertising. Ballantine Beer was the first television sponsor of the New York Yankees. It was during this period that the brand was elevated to the number three beer in the U.S. It was also during this period that the company grew into one of the largest privately held corporations in the United States. Ballantine Beer enjoyed a high level of success into the early 1960s, however, by the mid-sixties, the brand began losing popularity. In 1965 Carl Badenhausen sold the company but remained at the helm until his retirement in 1969.

The decline Edit

In the mid-1960s the company went into decline. It was losing market share to lighter lagers with less alcohol content. Despite advertising efforts to revive the company, the owners agreed to sell the brand, the company, and all their assets to the Falstaff Brewing Corporation in 1972. [1]

The new owners closed the original brewery in Newark, started brewing elsewhere, and did not strictly adhere to Ballantine's recipes. Falstaff was successfully sued for violating the terms of the sales contract. [3] The general consensus is that, under the stewardship of Falstaff, the beers remained faithful for a time to their original flavor profile. [4] But Falstaff was doing poorly financially and was sold to Pabst in 1985. [5] At an unknown point during these changes, the original recipes were lost. [ citation needed ]

Pabst continued to brew some of the Ballantine portfolios throughout the late 1980s and 1990s. They stopped brewing the IPA in 1996, and gradually all of the beers were discontinued with the exception of the flagship Ballantine XXX Ale. Throughout the 2000s and into the 2010s, Pabst continued to brew Ballantine's signature ale, but the recipe changed several times. Despite all the ownership changes and recipe changes, many tasters [ who? ] seem to agree that it retains at least some hint of its original character. The most notable changes are a markedly lower bitterness, lower alcohol content, fewer hops, and in general a much less assertive aromatic character. The use of distilled hop oil was discontinued until 2014 when Pabst Brewing Company relaunched a new version of Ballantine IPA. [ citation needed ]

The revival Edit

In August 2014, a version of Ballantine IPA was revived by Pabst Brewing Company. Reports indicate that the original recipe has been long lost however, some pains have been taken to attempt to recreate the palate and distinctive aroma of the original product. [6] The recipe was reverse engineered by Pabst brewmaster Greg Deuhs. Because he had no recipe, he relied on analytical chemistry reports from as far back as the 1930s that tracked the ale's attributes (alcohol, bitterness, gravity level). He also researched what ingredients were likely used, historical accounts of the beer and beer lovers' remembrances. [7]

In an interview in September 2014, brewmaster Greg Deuhs discussed the possibility of bringing back other beers in the Ballantine portfolio: "Just on the Ballantine side we're looking at the Brown Stout, they also made a Bock as well as the Burton Ale, which was highly regarded. I would like to bring out the Burton Ale as the true Barleywine Style Ale that it was.[. ]Right now our hands are full with the Ballantine relaunch, but yes, we are starting to stoke the fire on what we can bring back." [2]

On November 13, 2014, Pabst announced that it had completed its sale to Blue Ribbon Intermediate Holdings, LLC. Blue Ribbon is a partnership between American beer entrepreneur Eugene Kashper and TSG Consumer Partners, a San Francisco–based private equity firm. [8] Prior reports suggested the price agreed upon was around $700 million. [9]

Because Ballantine XXX Ale has in recent years been widely sold in 40-ounce bottles, it is often lumped together with Olde English 800 and other malt liquors in the public mind. [10] This is in direct contradiction with Pabst's vision for the brand today. Pabst revived Ballantine India Pale Ale to enter the craft beer market. [2] It is unclear at this time if Pabst will take steps to align Ballantine XXX Ale more with the brand of the relaunched Ballantine IPA.

In July 2015, during an interview with John Holl, Kashper hinted at the possibility of building a small brewery in Newark, NJ, where the company was founded. [11]

On November 16, 2015, Pabst announced that it would be reviving Ballantine Burton Ale for the 2015 holiday season. This new version was reverse engineered by Pabst brewmaster Greg Deuhs as was Ballantine IPA from 2014. This barleywine style ale has 11.3% ABV, 75 IBUs, and a starting gravity of 26.5 Plato. It is no longer aged 10–20 years in oak barrels, but to help recreate the flavor of the original, Pabst ages this reboot for several months in barrels lined with American oak. The major difference is that this rendition will be sold to the general public, while the original was only given as gifts to high ranking executives at the company, friends of the company, and VIPs such as President Harry S. Truman. Pabst says this is a seasonal brew and have made no comment as to any further plans with Ballantine Burton Ale after the 2015 holiday season. [12] [13] [14]

The Ballantine logo is three interlocking rings, a design known as the Borromean rings. According to legend, Peter Ballantine was inspired to use the symbol when he noticed the overlapping condensation rings left by beer glasses on a table however, this logo was not created until 1879. [15] In some advertising campaigns in the mid-1900s, Peter Ballantine was referred to as "Three-Ring Pete" however, it is unknown if this was his nickname when he was alive. The rings represent "Purity, Body, and Flavor". [10] [16] New York Yankees announcer Mel Allen called it "the Three-Ring Sign." [17]

Throughout the years, Ballantine offered a wide range of different products, some of these include:

Philadelphia Pale Ale Yards Brewing Co.

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3.74 /5 rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap, poured into a nonic pint glass.

L---Crystal clear, medium/light golden color. Fluffy white head had minimal retention and left no lacing.

S---Lemon & some yeasty/bready malt notes.

T---Follows the nose closely. Citrus (lemon & orange) and some bread/yeast notes.

F---Fairly light bodied. Good carbonation.

O---A solid beer, but nothing special to seek out. If a friend had a cooler of these out on his deck, I'd be happy enough.

3.96 /5 rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased from the fridge as a single as part of a mixed six-pack for $2. Bottled on 10/19/2020, so this is almost 4 months old.

Look: Pours a nice deep golden color. Clear beer. A nice white head with tiny bubbles that is holding on nicely while I take my time before diving in. Nice lacing.

Smell: Zesty lemon flavors and a bit of peppery and floral notes on the nose. The malt bill has some caramelly undertones. Get some "lemon iced tea" vibes that I often get with pale ales. Overall, the aromas are a bit subdued.

Taste: This is very crushable. Up front, the lemon zest citrus notes come through along with some sweet caramel malt. "Lemon iced tea" vibes on the palate. Then it quickly washes through the palate and the mildly bitter finish comes through with lemon pith and a bit of maltiness lingering on the palate. Still, the finish is relatively crisp and dry.

Feel: Medium carbonation with a medium mouthfeel.

Overall: Not my first Yards brew, but the first time I am reviewing one. I think that this is a very decent American Pale Ale. It's very much "old school" and it doesn't really knock my socks off, but I think that it is really solid and one of those go-to-beers that you can find just about anywhere in the Philadelphia area and know that it's going to be good. Given that this is already almost 4 months old and tastes quite good also speaks to its shelf stability.

Note from the website: Cascade in the hopback Centennial, Columbus and Simcoe hops

4.22 /5 rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Many times had, finally reviewed. I’ll start with saying that I’m very bias towards flavorful, low abv beers like this so.

Pours a very light crystal clear gold it’s look would suggest something entirely different than what you get.

The aroma is so pleasant, very soft citrus smells, lemon and orange to me. There is also something bread like to it’s aroma.

The taste follows the nose to a tee, with a really subtle sweet note.

Body is light but far from watery. It has a very pleasant soft feel. It finishes nice and dry with just a little touch of bitter.

If you want a light drinkable, subtle, perfectly balanced hoppy beer than it doesn’t get much better than this. Enjoy!

3.11 /5 rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: it’s maybe a little light in color for a pale ale, but it has fluffy long-lasting white head that leaves a sticky coating on the glass

S: honey sweet corn/straw a tiny bit of floral hop really not fragrant and not impressive

T: sweet grain again with a tiny bit of hop at the end it really needs something to balance it out and reminds me of that honey brown beer from college

M: Light medium with a bit of syrupiness and moderate - lovely carbonation

O: Not a pale ale by any means, not even a british pale ale as it really needs balance

3.81 /5 rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank from bottle (I know, I know, but it's a light beer and rather simple. Not too much that you could miss).

Look: Translucent, slight white head. Simple look, but pretty standard for the style.

Smell: Major notes are lemon, yeast, and maybe a little bit of black pepper. Simple, but enticing.

Taste: Again, the lemon comes to the forefront. Not too yeasty despite the smell, and you get a little of the pepper in there. Enough of a malt backbone to balance the citrusy hops, but not at all sweet. Extremely refreshing drinks easier than you would ever expect from a beer without sacrificing taste or quality. They've really nailed the balance of session and flavor here. Can be enjoyed either several in a row, mixed among other brews, or just as a refresher during a meal or earlier in the day.

Feel: Very carbonated, but not absurdly light to the point of being unsatisfying to drink. Can be crushed, or sipped on if one desires either way you'll enjoy it.

Overall: This is probably one of my favorite beers in the session range of ABV. Super easy to just pick up and drink, but provides enough flavor that you won't feel like you're just drinking water. It's far from a standout experience beer, but for what it sets out to be, it accomplishes it. I like to enjoy one with lunch as it provides the experience of drinking a quality Pale Ale but without giving you a buzz.

4 /5 rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a shaker pint.

Look is a clear golden with a head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is malty with a slight floral note.

Taste is clean crisp and dry.

3.94 /5 rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear golden body with white bubbly. Aroma of grass, lemon skin, honey. Tastes of light papaya, grass, citrus, lemon skin and honey and light bitterness. Light bodied. Easy drinking pale, mildly tropical.

3.72 /5 rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Pale, clear appearance with a nice long foamy head retention as well as a slow lace

S: starts with some sweet maltiness with a touch of fruitiness and a mild resiny hop finish at the end

T: pretty much in line with smell except the back end finished with a slightly more pronounced resiny hop taste than the smell

M: mild tingling carbonation flows over the tongue and then settles lightly for a lingering finish

O: I liked this beer, it was a very nice blend of mild carbonation, some sweet malty start and resiny finish

3.92 /5 rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden color, clear and with visible carbonation. A thumbnail sized foam head shows good retention. Elegant and understated color with thick ring like lacing.
The nose opens with hints of grass and tropical fruit. Aroma notes of mango, papaya and banana and coconut. There is also a hint of citrus pith, apricot, caramel and honey malt. Aroma is fruity and inviting.
The taste opens with moderate sweetness while highlighting grainy malts, bready and with a touch of caramel and honey. The fruity hops flavors are somewhat different from the aroma, with more of a citrusy taste and stone fruit, as opposed to tropical. Flavors of grapefruit pulp, light lemon, apricot and peach. Yet, it is not too juicy as the palate is relatively dry along with a dry and clean finish. Moderate to mild hops bitterness balances it well, along with a touch of grass and pine.
Medium bodied, smooth and with a gentle carbonation. Very drinkable.
I enjoyed this one and could see myself having a session with it. I think it deserves higher ratings.

4.03 /5 rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. A crystal clear yellow and gold in color with a modest white head. Really nice crisp citrus aroma with orange and grapefruit. The taste followed. Slight piney and earthy flavor but but mainly citrus as noted above. Clean, bready malt. A clean, dry finish. Light to medium bodied. Excellent Pale ale.

3.32 /5 rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jessica N. for this one. 16oz can poured into 14oz teku. Poured a lightly hazy yellow gold color with an ich of white head that moderate retention and good lacing.

The aroma was mostly slightly sweet malts, with some gentle floral hops in the background.

Similar on the tongue, with a bit of citrus hops at the back end.

Body was the typical medium of the style, and had medium finish that leaned slightly to the sweet side.

Drinkability was good, the beer went down smooth and easy.

Overall, solid, good-drinking, everyday brew. Worth trying if you see it.

3.61 /5 rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Good starting head which recedes slowly. Clear and golden liquid.

Horse hide aroma. A bit earthy. Pale sugary malt comes after the head starts to fade. Very light hop.

More malty than most American Pale Ales but the flavor doesn't match the caramel richness of an English Bitter. The ends up being the most powerful flavor in the swallow. Relatively short aftertaste considering.

3.87 /5 rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Standard but pretty good as far as a shelf pale ale goes - good hop / malt balance, hops are more floral and not distractingly bitter, pretty much what you would expect

3.75 /5 rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 4.6% abv

Appearance- Light amber with light white thin head.

Smell- Doughy cracker, orange peel, caramel malt.

Taste- Lightly toasted cracker, light bready notes. Tropical orange flavor, citric. Becoming more bitter into the finish. Ends herbal and peppery.

Mouthfeel- Medium light in body with medium carbonation.

Overall- A lighter pale ale with good flavor. A craft version of a "light beer"

3.77 /5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden yellow in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a short, creamy white foam with medium low retention. Earthy, herbal hop and malty aromas. Medium bodied with medium, lightly acidic carbonation. Medium herbal and spicy hop flavors with medium malt underneath. Medium hop bitterness through the middle followed by spicy hops that transition to earthy, minty flavors. Finished dryly with a spicy, minty hop bite followed by malty flavors and lingering herbal hop bitterness. Well balanced with tasty, earthy hop character and solid pilsner malt character. Feel lacked creamy or smooth characters but dry finish was pleasant. Easy drinking and tasty.

3.55 /5 rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DATE: March 24, 2018. OCCASION: the annual Father-Son Cake Bake preparation completed early, it's time for an afternoon treat. GLASSWARE: Abita pint. pours a bright, golden orange amber with large, swirling bubbles that build to a crisp, thick, spongy white head. ts lacing is equally attractive, arching lace like sea foam curling upwards. sharp citrus early--lemon, orange, mostly--with an underpinning of pine. fresh outdoorsy smell, with the pilsner malts adding a light touch of toasted malts. solid and respectful of the genre. the medium-bodied palate is slightly oily, lingering in its late strength, and pleasantly bright throughout--consistently effervescent, sticky and textured as an IPA might be, packed well into a 4.6% ABV. the nose didn't belie its citric strength, with orange peel and lemon zest refreshingly in full effect a bit of sweetness from the toasted malts rounds this nicely. I remember a time when "session" ales were called pale ales, and the goal wasn't mega-anything, just a pleasant, flavorful, sessionable pint that knows how to stay out of the way of the events and occasions it accompanies.

4.05 /5 rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yellow light gold color,nice feel with just the right amount of carbonation. Pine citrus aroma with similar taste with a grain Malt addition. Yards is an excellent brewery and this is just one of many great beers they produce

3.8 /5 rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pale straw color with a thick white head.

Pine and grass up front in the aroma and taste, with pineapple sweetness peeking through on the backend. Pilsner-like, biscuity malts behind. Light bitterness.

Medium bodied and crisp. Very refreshing.

4.16 /5 rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

After having a Jefferson Tavern Ale (one of my favorite beers in the world), I decided to give this lighter ABV option a try.

Nearly completely clear, golden yellow. Mild aroma of hops. Clean biscuity taste with a good hoppy bite. Great biscuity aftertaste. Super smooth and moderately light. Yep, these qualities are all to my liking. A superb APA, one that would really shine in the summertime too.

Solidifying Yards as probably my favorite East Coast brewery and absolutely one of the best in the whole country.

3.31 /5 rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

1-29-17 - On tap at The Kimmel Center in Philly during the Last Waltz 40th show. It was either this or the Brawler. Fine pale ale before the show. Yards - Bring more options next time!

4.58 /5 rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Yards Brewing Co. Philidelphia Pale Ale
Look: golden color with a bit of hazeyness to it and full white head. There is lots of lacing on the glass as the head disapears. Good head retention. I noticed sediments in the glass for some reason. Is it not filtered?
Smell: Smells like hops to me.
Taste: Citrus, beer, hops bite and a bit of sourness on the end.
Feel: Pretty good feel, two rows of carbonation going up the glass, so nice and spritzery.
Overall: A good session beer for sure. It has a decent hop presence, but it is not a strong hoppiness at all. It is there, but not powerful.

3.72 /5 rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours light golden yellow. Thin white head dissipates steadily leaving some white lacing and a white slick on the top of the beer.

Smell is very floral, aroma is more reminiscent of an English IPA rather than an American IPA. Touch of lemon, citrus and grass.

Taste is rather grassy and floral with some lemon notes. Grain and cracker malts come through an the back and linger. Slightly sweet. Aftertaste is a slight lemon bitterness with some dried grass.

Feel is light and crisp - rather refreshing.

Overall a nice old school IPA. In some ways its close to an English IPA than an American IPA, but its nicely crafted.

3.75 /5 rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent head, muted nose of malts with some hops sitting in the background. Taste is OK biscuity . Decently carbonated. I can drink this but not at the top of my list. Still the taste blows away a macro lager for sure.

3.81 /5 rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark straw color with just under a finger of head. The nose has notes of the pils malt (which is an odd yet interesting choice). The flavor is somewhat pils like as well. The body is a bit thin. The finish is dry and hoppy.

This is very sessionable particularly due to its clean, lager-like finish.

2.98 /5 rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a calm hazy golden color with beautiful carbonation. Modest head with quite a bit of lacing.

Smells of delightful citrus and grapefruit. Not a whole lot of hop bitterness in the nose.

This beer looks and smells great, but the taste is a little bit lacking. There's a funky, almost sour, bitterness that off-sets the fruitiness of the citrus. It's also undercarbonated which makes it feel quite flat. Very light body for an APA though, which is understandable considering the relatively low ABV.

I'm re-reading this while having it again since it was so damn forgettable I forgot about it. I don't disagree with any part of the review above, except it seems to add up to more than its sums. Solid 2.98 rather than 2.73.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with recipes from Philly's oldest tavern

McGillin's Olde Ale House in Philadelphia has been serving the hungry and thirsty residents of the city since 1860. It is the oldest continuously operating tavern in Philadelphia and one of the oldest in the country. This historic pub was founded by Irish immigrants, Catherine and William McGillin, who raised their 13 children upstairs, while running their business on the ground level.

Last year, McGillin's had to close its doors the night before St. Patrick's Day due to the coronavirus pandemic. Six months later, they were able to reopen on a smaller scale.

To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, McGillin's is serving up cheesy corned beef sandwiches and meaty shepherd's pie topped with creamy mashed potatoes. Although this year's green scene will look different from year's past, McGillin's is ready to pour some pints and toast to a new day!

The Emerald Isle Sandwich by McGillin’s Olde Ale House

This is a McGillin's take on a Philadelphia cheesesteak! The satisfying sandwich gets an Emerald Isle twist from griddled corned beef and melty Irish cheddar cheese.

Shepherd's Pie by McGillin’s Olde Ale House

This is one of the most popular dishes at McGillin's. It's hard to resist the rich, savory and comforting flavors of shepherd's pie. From the velvety gravy and tender vegetables to the flavorful meat and fluffy mashed potatoes, each morsel is more enjoyable than the last.

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Mary Ellen Mullins
McGillin’s Old Ale House
1310 Drury St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 735-5562

With a history going back to before Philly was famous for its cheesesteaks, McGillin’s opened its doors in 1860. In the time since, the pub has only been owned by two families, which plays a large role in the familiar, friendly atmosphere that guests love. Good, affordable food and 29 local beers on tap (as well as plenty of European stouts and ales) keep people coming back. The menu boasts comfort favorites such as shepherd’s pie, grilled reubens and hot roast beef sandwiches, and every lunch comes with a complimentary bowl of soup. The corned beef and cabbage is typically only served around St. Patrick’s Day, but with this recipe from Mary Ellen Mullins (co-owner with her husband Chris Mullins), you can enjoy this traditional Irish meal at home whenever you want. And take note, this recipe makes a large batch, so it’s perfect for parties or freezing for easy weeknight meals.

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