Your Philly craft brew Christmas, courtesy of Lisbon Wide, Sly Fox, Crime and Punishment Brewing, Evil Genius Brewery, My Local Brew Works, Attic Brewing Company, Love City Brewing, and The War on Drugs.
While I tend to be a cocktail man across the whole of the Christmas holidays, I also can’t deny that the season is bright with specialty brews and craft beers coming from this, the City of Brotherly Brews.
The first two items come courtesy of My Local Brew Works (MLBW), the world’s first custom craft brewery focused on special events and contract brewing, and their freshest seasonal Philly offerings such as their Peach Pitt and their Taking Care of Business Custom Beer.
For something in person, and tied to one of Philadelphia’s finest bands, The War on Drugs, there is the “Drugcember to Remember” craft beer being served at Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown this week for TWoD’s multi-night stand, a concoction from Forgotten Boardwalk Brewery.
Further up in Fishtown, there is the Evil Genius Brewery, Bar and Beer Company’s famous holiday beer – this time, titled “Santa!! I Know Him!”. This bone-dry Belgian style, seasonal Saison, 7.2% ABV is brewed with rose hips, chamomile, black currants and dark Belgian candi syrup. And yum.
It might not be particular to Christmas, but at Sly Fox Brewery in Pottstown, you can’t go wrong with their hearty Royal Weisse Bavarian-style Wheat Beer (13.5 OG, 11 IBUs, 5.6 ABV) at the holiday.
Because I am a David Lynch fanatic, the Eraserhood IPA at Love City Brewing Company in Callowhill will have you seeing flying reindeer and burning, bloody Bobby Perus. Germantown’s Attic Brewing Company cooks up a mean Plugstreet Belgian Blonde. Crime and Punishment Brewing Co. in the Art Museum area might seem summery with its Galaxy and Vistok Double IPA with Citra and its Shamanka Sour Ale with coconut, guava and pineapple, but who can’t use a dose of sunshine?
Then there is the Lisbon Wide, currently being poured at Grace & Proper in the Italian Market which features a Mini Bock with a full shot of Ginja traditional Portuguese liqueur for an uproarious snort.