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Best of the Philly Beer Scene Awards

Best of the Philly Beer Scene Awards

Brewery of the Year: 

Victory Brewing Co.

2013 was a great year for craft beer in the Philadelphia area, between new breweries opening, established breweries taking off, and young breweries continuing to find their way. Victory Brewing Company had what might be their most significant year to date, opening the doors to their second location in Parkesburg, PA and announcing a third location in Kennett Square, PA. The new Parkesburg location houses a state-of-the-art 200 barrel brew house and allows them to produce an additional 225,000 barrels per year!

Brewpub of the Year:

Iron Hill Brewery

Iron Hill continued to grow in 2013, opening up its second New Jersey location and 10th location overall in Voorhees. Along with announcing a soon- to- open 11th location in Ardmore, PA, Iron Hill also had one of the most impressive showings at this year’s World Beer Cup, taking home five medals and their 3rd consecutive Champion Brewery and Brewmaster, Small Brewpub, win.

Brewer of the year:
Jeremy Myers

Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company has wasted little time establishing themselves as a regional favorite. Having just celebrated their 2nd anniversary, Jeremy Myers has quickly gained the respect of the beer industry. From his award-winning Churchville Lager to his rapidly growing barrel program, it’s easy to see why Jeremy has won this title after only two years.

Philadelphia Bar of the Year:
Monk’s Café

Suburbs Bar of the Year:
The Hulmeville Inn

DE/NJ Bar of the Year:
The Pour House

Best New Bar:
Strangelove’s

Philadelphia Beer Distributor of the Year:
Bella Vista Beer Distributor

Suburbs Beer Distributor of the Year:
The Beer Yard

DE/NJ Beer Store of the Year:
Joe Canal’s West Deptford

Philadelphia Bottle Shop of the Year:
Bottle Bar East

Suburbs Bottle Shop of the Year:
The Loft at the Iron Abbey

Beer Writer of the Year:
Joe Gunn

Best Bar Food:
Standard Tap

Best Bar to Watch the Game:
City Tap House

Beer Event of the Year:
Friday the Firkinteenth

An all-day firkin fest featuring over 20 varieties and always falling every Friday the 13th, Friday the Firkinteenth has been a long-time Philadelphia tradition and is consistently one of the can’t miss events of the year, no matter how many times it happens that year.

Beer Festival of the Year:
Sly Fox Goat Races

Pale Ale of the Year:
Tröegs Perpetual IPA

Imperial Pale Ale of the Year:
Victory DirtWolf

Dark Beer of the Year:
Yards Love Stout

Strong Dark Beer of the Year:
Iron Hill Russian Imperial Stout

Lager of the Year:
Victory Prima Pils

Fruit/Spice Beer of the Year:
Tröegs Mad Elf

Belgian Style Beer of the Year:
Weyerbacher Merry Monks

Barrel-Aged Beer of the Year:
Weyerbacher Heresy

Wheat Beer of the Year:
Tröegs Dreamweaver

Homebrew Shop of the Year:
Keystone Homebrew

Beer Gives Back Award- Humanitarian of the Year:
Tom Kehoe

Honoring a person in the industry who does as much for the community as they do for beer, this year’s award fittingly goes to Tom Kehoe of Yards Brewing Company. Between the $5,000 raised from PYNK for the Tyanna Breast Cancer Foundation, to the $20,000 and over 2,000 cases of beer donated to causes such as the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House and the American Cancer Society, Tom Kehoe and Yards Brewing Company donated a value of over $95,000 in 2013. All this, on top of the sustainability efforts, which include being 100% wind-powered, Tom Kehoe truly deserves to be recognized for the great work he does for the Philadelphia area, aside from making us a lot of great beer.

Brewery Rep of the Year:
Ryan Vaughan- Shawnee Craft

Wholesaler of the Year:
Origlio Beverage

Philly Tap Finder Award (for the most searched local beer):
Tröegs Mad Elf

 

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