Top Places to Get a Craft Beer

Top 3 Craft Beer Places in South Jersey

  1. Iron Hill Brewery- Has 10 locations across the tristate area. I recently visited the maple shade location. There they offer good food in there restaurant. You cannot tour their brewery but all the beers they serve are brewed there. They have many house beers as well as release a new beer each month.
  2. Keg and Kitchen Located in Westmont, NJ. Offers your regular noncraft beers as well as extensive list of craft beers. A few can be a bit pricey, but worth the experience. The beers offered come in cans, bottles, on tap, and they also feature specific beers each month.
  3. The Pour House Has different locations one in Exton, PA and the other in Westmont, NJ.  For their Westmont location there on tap list is exceptional with over 22 beers and bottles 139 beers available at all times. So if you’re looking for something new to try this is your place to go.

Top 3 Craft Beer Breweries in Philadelphia

  1. Triumph Brewery- Has many different locations across Philadelphia and New Jersey. They have great food options as well each location offers something different to be unique from a game room, to live bands. As well as many different options for craft beer, so be too sure to go try one of their plights.
  2. Philly Brew Company –Offers many delicious seasonal brews, as well as offers more of a hopper German beer that is delicious. They have many different styles for a small brewery. As well as offers brew tours on Friday and Saturdays.
  3. Yards Brewing Company Has to be my favorite brewery in Philadelphia. They have a lot to offer for a small brewery and keep growing. For more details about my visit at Yards read my post Small town brewery: Yards Brewing Company.

 

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From Fish Worker to Brewer: Matt Lally

Matt Lally, a graduate of LaSalle University. A man who didn’t like beer until he was 22, he was not your typical college kid that got drunk on the weekend to have fun with his friends.  “It wasn’t until I’d had craft beer that I realized that beer could be a delicious, delicious thing,” said Lally.

It really all started after college when Lally would frequent liquor stores that would allow him to create his own 6 packs. Lally then decided to start home brewing in his kitchen. That then led him to look into the history of brewing, styles, and chemistry. This then led Lally to think about taking it on as a career.

Lally now works at Triumph Brewery in Philadelphia. He currently holds the position of Assistant Brewer. Lally got to this position with a lot of hard work and dedication to beer.

At first he chose Triumph because “well they where the only ones that would give me an apprenticeship. It took a lot of time for someone to take me on, it’s a lot of work for brewery to take on an apprentice” said Lally. When Lally first started he kept his normal 9-5 job at Adventure Aquarium, in Camden, New Jersey. He worked at the aquarium five days a week then those other two days he drove to New Hope, to work for free in the brewery. Jokingly Lally said my actual payment was free lunch.

His first days on the job “I shadowed the brewer, watching everything he did until he felt I was ready to do tasks myself.  And I made a lot of mistakes and felt super clumsy for a while, but eventually, I was able to do pretty much all the tasks involved with the job without supervision from brewing to cleaning the taps.” said Lally After a year of being an apprentice Lally was offered the full-time position to become the Assistant Brewer.

Lally can’t name a favorite beer of his when at the bar he tries to get something he’s never had before. But his favorite at Triumph is “probably our Jewish Rye, because it’s so unique.  It takes exactly like a slice of rye bread.  But I can only drink that once in a while. One of ours that I could drink all the time would be our Dortmunder Export or our Irish Red.”

Fun fact about Lally is he is SCUBA certified and a brown belt in Aikido.