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6 Philly taps make 'best beer bar' list

"We needed to walk out of these places saying, "Now there's a bar that really, really cares about your experience with beer," say the editors of Draft Magazine.

6 Philly taps make 'best beer bar' list

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Six Philly area bars have made Draft Magazine's sixth annual list of the best beer bars in America.

Editors write: "After six years ... we had to rethink the definition of a top-notch beer bar. New ones are opening every second, and “good beer bar” no longer equals a zillion taps; there’s just more to it now. We needed to walk out of these places saying, “Now there’s a bar that really, really cares about your experience with beer.” So what does that mean? Having well-cared for, thoughtfully selected beer with an eye toward variety, trends and tradition, in the kind of place you’d want to stay awhile, delivered by someone who knows their stuff. We don’t want to send you to a place where the server doesn’t look up from her texting when you ask questions, or where you’ll be told a saison “is basically a lager.” (And yes, both of those things happened on our visits.)"

In a stunning development, two of the bars - Memphis Taproom and Strangeloves - are owned by the same couple, Brendan Hartranft and Leigh Maida.

See the article here.

The locals:

Eulogy Belgian Tavern, 136 Chestnut St.

The Grey Lodge Public House, 6235 Frankford Ave.

Memphis Taproom, 2331 E. Cumberland St.,

Monk’s Café, 264 S. 16th St. 

Strangelove's,  216 S. 11th St. 

Teresa’s Next Door124 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne

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