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Philly has the best beer in the country

They also claim that Philadelphia — scrappy, blue-collar Philadelphia — drinks more fine Belgian ale (reputed for its history, potency and adventurous flavors) than the Belgian capital of Brussels.

“Without a doubt, this is the best beer city in the country, and I could make a case that it’s the best beer city in the world,” says Peters. “Philadelphia doesn’t have that brewing culture that you’d find in Cologne or Munich, but … we have incredible local breweries.”

The sheer variety of available beer — the thing, more than anything else, that separates Philly from other beer cities — has its roots in one man’s trip to Belgium, more than 20 years ago. …”I think I was the first one to say it, years ago: Philadelphia is Brussels on the Schuylkill,” says Beaumont, author of Premium Beer Drinker’s Guide (Firefly Books). “It’s got the best Belgian scene anywhere but Brussels. And really, a lot of the Belgian beer we have today in the United States is here because of the pioneers in the Philly area that really pushed things — Tom Peters, [distributor] Eddie Friedland.”

“I always hear about Portland and all of these brewpubs,” adds Don Russell, who writes the “Joe Sixpack” column for the Daily News. “And, yeah, it’s a great beer town. They have a great scene there. But they don’t have what Philly has — they have nowhere near the kind of import scene that Philly has. We’ve got six Belgian beer bars in town now, and we’re drinking beers here in Philadelphia [when] there’s only one other place you can drink them: Belgium.”

In fact, Russell says in his forthcoming book, Joe Sixpack’s Philly Beer Guide: A Reporter’s Notes on the Best Beer-Drinking City in America (Camino Books), that Philadelphia and its suburbs are now home to more than 400 bars and restaurants that offer impressive beer selections. Take a trip to Denver, he says, and you might find 20.

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  • Reply Mike

    Good article Chris but next time show the source and author to give credit where it is due.

    But good to see my hometown is getting the respect they deserve for beer.

    July 24, 2008 at 7:19 am
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