Walking Tour of Early Philadelphia Breweries and Taverns
On March 7, 2008 Rich Wagner led a press tour hosted by the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation as part of Philly Beer Week. The walking tour began at Sixth and Chestnut Streets, where in addition to Independence Hall (State House) and the Liberty Bell, but the sites of the State House Tavern, where some say the real business of forging our nation took place and Joshua Carpenter's “Country Estate” that comprised the block from Sixth to Seventh and between Market and Chestnut Streets which included a bake and brew house (1710). The group made their way to the Man Full of Trouble Tavern at Second and Spruce Streets and heard about some of the nearly seventy taverns that existed in the tour area as well as the city's first dozen or so breweries. Our stop at the City Tavern included a tutored tasting with Tom Kehoe and we had a toast at Triumph Brewery and Restaurant which is right around the corner from the Crooked Billet Tavern, the place Ben Franklin had his first hot meal in the city. All this was topped off with lunch at Tria, and a quick tour of the new Philadelphia Brewing Company. Check out the thebeergeek.com and the Brookston Beer Bulletin's postings.