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2017 Best of the Philly Beer Scene Award Winners

2017 Best of the Philly Beer Scene Award Winners

Last week, once again, we rolled out the red carpet at World Cafe Live and celebrated the local craft beer industry. It’s a rare night for the industry to take the night off, get dressed up and gather together in support of the incredible beer community they’ve helped create in the Philadelphia area. One-by-one the winners were announced and the recipients took the stage to accept their trophies, with local band Ill Doots playing them on-and-off stage and Round Guys Brewery’s Scott Rudich hosting the evening.  You can browse through the full photo albums from the evening on our Facebook page here.

To get to this point though, there was a lot of work to be done. Back in early April, we surveyed hundreds of people who work in the industry, whether it be for a brewery, bar, retailer or wholesaler. Different surveys were sent to different people, assuring that no one could nominate themselves for any awards. Once the surveys were calculated, we took the top six nominees from each category and put together the final ballot. That ballot was open to the public to vote for about two weeks. There was no set limit to the amount of times one person could vote, but a valid e-mail address was required and any suspicious votes were investigated. Upon the end of the voting period, the winners were sealed in their envelopes until their big reveal last Tuesday.

So without any further ado, here are the winners of the 2017 Best of the Philly Beer Scene Awards:

Philadelphia Bar of the Year

Standard Tap

City Tap House University City


*Monks Cafe*

Fountain Porter

Bru Craft & Wurst


Suburbs Bar of the Year

Hulmeville Inn

*Teresa’s Next Door*

The Pour House North Wales

The Iron Abbey

Railroad Street Bar & Grill

Churchville Inn

New Bar of the Year

Butcher Bar


City Works

*Garage Fishtown*

Lucky’s Last Chance Queens Village

Milk Boy South Street

NJ/DE Bar of the Year

Farm & Fisherman Tavern

The Pour House Westmont

Irish Mile

Oddity Bar

*Two Stones Pub Wilmington*

Jays Elbow Room

Bar to Watch a Game

*The Pour House Exton*

Jose Pistola’s

City Tap House Logan Square

Bishop’s Collar


McGillins Olde Ale House

Best Bar Food

Fountain Porter

Sancho Pistola’s

American Sardine Bar

Brauhaus Schmitz

Lucky’s Last Chance

*Station Taproom*

Philadelphia Bottle Shop of the Year

The Bottle Shop at Local 44


*Bottle Bar East*

The Foodery Roxborough

Food & Friends Rittenhouse

Craft Beer Outlet

Suburbs Bottle Shop of the Year

*Pinocchio’s Beer Garden*

The Loft at the Iron Abbey

Trenton Road Takeout

Capone’s Bottle Shop

Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting

The Beer Store Southampton

Philadelphia Distributor of the Year

Bell Beverage

*Bella Vista Beverage*

Stone Beverages

The Beer Peddlers

Global Beer Distribution

Beer Outlet

Suburbs Distributor Of the Year

Exton Beverage

Big Top Beverage

Bound Beverage

*Beer Yard*

Kunda Bev

Goshen Beverage

Beer Festival of the Year

Lansdale Beer Tasting Festival

Newtown Beerfest

Brewer’s Plate

Washington Crossing Brewfest

*Kennett Brewfest*

Summer Ale Festival at the Zoo

Distillery of the Year

Blue Bird Distilling

Boardroom Spirits

New Liberty Distillery

Manatawny Stillworks

*Philadelphia Distilling*

Rowhouse Spirits

Beer Garden of the Year

*Independence Beer Garden*

Parks on Tap

PHS on South Street

Spruce Street Harbor

Uptown Beer Garden

Watering Hole at Philadelphia Zoo

Brewery of the Year


Evil Genius

Free Will

*Neshaminy Creek*



Small Brewery of the Year

Broken Goblet



Stable 12


Village Idiot

Brewpub of the Year

Crime & Punishment

Dock Street

*Forest & Main*

Saint Benjamin’s

Sterling Pig


Brewer of the Year

Bob Barrar: 2SP

Jon Defibaugh: Evil Genius

Joe Percoco: Sole

*Jeremy Myers: Neshaminy Creek*

Daniel Endicott & Gerard Olson: Forest & Main

Mark Thomas: Vault

New Brewery Offshoot of the Year

Conshohocken Bridgeport Brewpub

Doylestown Brewing Hops & Bar Grill

*Evil Genius Fishtown Lab*

Free Will Peddlars Village Taproom

Iron Hill Huntingdon Valley

Saint Benjamin’s Brewpub

New Brewery of the Year

2nd District



Devil’s Creek

*La Cabra*


IPA of the Year

Crime & Punishment Space Race

Free Will The Kragle

Sole Mosaic Nerd

*Troegs First Cut*

Victory Vital

Yards Rival IPA

Imperial IPA of the Year

2SP Bellcracker

Levante Panic Room

*Neshaminy Creek Shape of Hops to Come*

Sole Buicejox

Stable 12 Wild West Coast IPA

Troegs Nimble Giant

Pale Ale of the Year

2nd District Bancroft Beer

Conshohocken Puddlers Row ESB

*Neshaminy Creek JAWN*

Tired Hands HopHands

Vault Nitro Rye Pale Ale

Victory Summer Love

Dark Beer of the Year

2SP Baby Bob

Conshohocken Burn Everything

Philly Brewing Schwarzinger

Sly Fox O’Reilly’s Stout

Vault Breakfast Stout

*Yards Love Stout*

Imperial Dark Beer of the Year

2SP The Russian

Iron Hill Russian Imperial Stout

PBC Shackamaximum

Victory Storm King

*Weyerbacher Sunday Morning Stout*

Yards Russian Imperial Stout

Barrel-Aged Beer of the Year

Free Will Brown Beard

Levante Bullitt Train

Tired Hands Only Void (Bourbon Barrel)

*Troegs Bourbon-Troegenator*

Victory Java Cask

Weyerbacher Cinnsanity

Belgian-Style Beer of the Year

Weyerbacher Mellow Monks

*Tired Hands SaisonHands*

Iron Hill The Cannibal

Neshaminy Tribute Tripel

Forest & Main Solaire

Stickman Cousin Stoopid

Fruit/Spice Beer of the Year

Evil Genius Ma! The Meatloaf

Flying Fish Blueberry Braggot

Iron Hill Reindeer’s Revenge

*Troegs Mad Elf*

Victory Cage Radler

Yards Pynk

Lager of the Year

2SP Delco

Double Nickel Vienna Lager

Sly Fox Helles Lager

*Troegs Sunshine Pils*

Victory Braumeister Pils

Weyerbacher Line Street Pilsner

Wheat Beer of the Year

*Neshaminy Creek Highwater Hefeweizen*

Philadelphia Brewing Company Walt Whit

Saint Benjamin’s Wit or Witout

Sly Fox Royal Weiss

Troegs DreamWeaver

Weyerbacher Wit

Sour Beer of the Year

Dock Street Jip the Blood

Free Will Whit

Forest & Main Lunaire

Manayunk Belly Flop

*Victory Sour Monkey*

Weyerbacher Riserva

Cidery of the Year

Commonwealth Ciders

Frecon Cidery

Kurant Cider

Ploughman Cider

*Stone & Key Cellars*

Wyndridge Farms

Craft Beer Gives Back Humanitarian of the Year

Mark Edelson & Kevin Finn
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

Brewery Rep of the Year

Erin Dintinger
2SP Brewing Company

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