written by John Henry Scott
Second District Brewing, a new brewpub located at 1939 S. Bancroft Street (between 16th and 17th on McKean), is now open for business. The establishment is the fruit of a two year effort on the part of Curt Decker (former owner of Nodding Head) and John Longacre (who brought us South Philly Tap Room and American Sardine Bar). This ensemble cast of Philadelphia-area beer mavens extends to include Ben Potts, formerly of Tired Hands and Dogfish Head, as head brewer.
Second District will be housed in a renovated garage space in Newbold. The drink menu includes a well-curated tap list of five house beers, brewed on the premises as well as several locally sourced wines and spirits. Opening beers include:
- Camellia Sinensis: an IPA brewed with a variety of teas
- Huy: a stout brewed to mimic the flavor of Vietnamese coffee, using lactose sugar as a nod to condensed milk
- Bancroft Beer: brewed with Pilsner and Maris Otter malt and hopped with Mosaic
- Entwife: an English Style Dark Mild brewed with malted rye
- Saw and Tool: an IPA brewed with a dash of Maris Otter malt. The name is an homage to the business which used to occupy the garage space, J&B Eastern Saw and Tool Sharpening.
Also, look for a collaboration saison called Superb Owl brewed with Tomme Arthur of Lost Abbey to be tapped in the near future. The beer was brewed with Galaxy and Nelson Sauvin hops, rye and yeast foraged from local brewers, Daniel Endicott and Gerard Olson of Forest & Main.
The food menu at Second District consists of a variety of innovative interpretations of standard pub fare including vegetarian and vegan options. Snacks range from jalapeno cheddar corn dogs to marinated olives; sandwiches from beer brats to smoked vegan chorizo.
Stay tuned to their Facebook page for updates as their hours might be limited at first, but look for the brewery to make it’s grand debut Thursday, February 17th at 5:00.