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Philly Brewpub Transit Tour III


Okay, the final itinerary is up – there’s a pdf and jpg of it at: If you have a smartphone or are staying with us the whole time, there’s no need to print a copy. I highly suggest reading the Important Details doc – it gives a good overview of the day.

The brewers from Saint Benjamin’s, who don’t have a building permit yet, are giving us complementary samples at a friend’s house (about five blocks from Philadelphia Brewing Company) from 11am till just before noon. Hopefully not everybody decides to do this, but feel free to join us. If you are interested in this, let me know directly; otherwise, the actual brewery/brewpub tour begins at noon at PBC. You can join us at any time during the day. We kept exactly on schedule the past two years and expect to this year, so if you’re coming later, just use the schedule to determine where we’ll be when.

If you are coming from Center City to St. Benjamin’s or PBC, I recommend taking the 5 bus – it’s the closest transit. Some participants have parked up there, and then made their way after the tour.

The first four stops have tours – 2 public and 2 private. After that, we’re just stopping by the places (none of them do tours). I recommend eating a big breakfast! Also, if you don’t have a SEPTA pass, get the $11 Independence Pass, which should cover the entire day’s transit.

Below is the first page of the Important Details – let me know if you have any questions!

• We will do the tour as one group, with individuals joining and departing us throughout the day.
• I will have an orange flag, so I should be easy to spot throughout the day.
• We need to keep on time – the buses, trains and subways won’t wait for us! – so be mindful of the time.
• I have a countdown light clock. It will go green when there are 15 minutes left – order fast or start finishing up; then yellow with 10 minutes left – pay your tab; and then red with 5 minutes left – get your coat on. When the red light goes out, we are off to the next stop.
• As you’ll see from the schedule, I have buffer time factored in to ensure we make all our connections.
• If you somehow lose us, call or text me [masked]) – there are alternate ways to rejoin us at any point.
• If you are getting a SEPTA Independence pass (still $11), they aren’t sold on buses, so get it at a train station. You can buy it ahead of time.
• Dress for the weather – we’ll be outside a lot.
• Wear comfortable walking shoes. We’ll be walking about 2 ½ miles during the course of the day (the furthest single distance is .6 miles).
• Bring money for beer and food.
• I have the various menus (if you want to see what they serve).
• If you’re going to order food, do it when you arrive! Be prepared to get it to go.
• Be nice to your drivers and servers!


Original post below:



Join us for the third PBTT on Saturday, March 2nd, beginning at noon. We will travel by mass transit (bus, subway, trolley and rail) and on foot to all 9 breweries/brewpubs in one exciting day! You can join us for the full day, or hop on-board anytime. The scheduled arrival times at each location are listed below. I will be posting the complete schedule just before the tour (with what mass transit we're taking when).

There is no charge to attend, and it's pay-as-you-go. There are public brewery tours at PBC & Yards, and we will be getting private tours at Triumph and Dock Street.

*****Pre-tour free tasting of brew(s) from St. Benjamin’s (who don’t even have a brewery yet!). This will be at a private house near PBC. I will send the address to anybody coming (it’s a friend’s house, who knows the brewers) – LET ME KNOW IF YOU WILL BE DOING THIS.*****

Official Start: Meet at Noon at Philadelphia Brewing Company (PBC), 2439 Amber Street.
If you don’t make it there by 1 PM we will be gone and on our way to the next stop!

Visiting the following locations:
> Philadelphia Brewing Company (Kensington) – start at noon
> Yards Brewing Company (Northern Liberties) – arrive at 1:20
> Triumph Brewing Company (Old City) – arrive at 2:38
> Dock Street Brewing Company (West Philly) – arrive at 4:15
> Iron Hill Chestnut Hill (Chestnut Hill) – arrive at 6:21
> Earth – Bread + Brewery (Mt. Airy) – arrive at 7:13
> Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant (Manayunk) – arrive at 8:54
> The Farmer’s Cabinet (Center City) – arrive at 10:28
> Nodding Head Brewery & Restaurant (Center City) – arrive at 11:08

> Be Punctual - We will average just over 50 minutes at each stop, sticking to a strict time schedule. There will be 10 and 5 minute warnings before our departure to catch the next connection.
> Purchase a SEPTA Independence Pass ($11) - it allows all-day city transit travel and will be valid on all forms of transportation that we will be using.
> Wear good walking shoes - we will be walking periodically throughout the day - the furthest walking distance between stops is .6 miles. The total walking distance will be less than 2 ½ miles. And dress for the windy weather!!! We will be outside on occasion, so bring layers.
> Bring money - this is pay-as-you-go. Most places charge for beer and food, so bring enough funds to satisfy your beer and food appetite. Ordering and eating at any stop will be difficult – I have the menus, so you can order ahead or as soon as you get there. Also, we have a slight wait at 30th Street, so you can grab something at Au Bon Pain, McD's, or something else and eat it on the train.
> Transportation - If you’re taking mass transit to and from the crawl (like I am!), here are some tips:
o To PBC - take the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street & Market. Then transfer to the Route 5 Bus (at Front & Market Streets) and take it to Hagert Street. Brewery is across the street.
o From Nodding Head – from 15th and Sansom St, you will have easy access to the Market-Frankford Line and the Subway Line at 15th & Market or Suburban Station at 16th & JFK.

Pictures from last two years at

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  • Ed

    Excellent group once again, and the tours were a lot of fun! Till next year...

    March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was good to meet everyone. Had a great time.

    March 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll meet up with everyone at Yards Brewing around 1:30. Cheers!

    March 2, 2013

    • Ed

      See you there - look for the orange flag.

      March 2, 2013

  • Brett H.

    Change of plans darn!

    March 2, 2013

  • Ed

    Oh, and we dropped The Farmer's Cabinet, since they no longer brew their own beer (used to brew it in Virginia). Hopefully next year Saint Benjamin's will have an actual brewery!

    February 27, 2013

  • Doug T

    I did this a couple of years ago and it was a great time - looking forward to it!

    February 10, 2013

  • Ed

    Sorry, this was the only date that - ironically - worked with the brewers giving us the custom tours (Triumph and Dock Street). At least those not going will (hopefully) be enjoying the suds at the Craft Beer Festival.

    February 6, 2013

  • Pete J.

    Doing the Craft Beer Fest. Have fun, all!

    February 6, 2013

  • Ed K.

    Ahh i really want to do this but im working the craft beerfest for philly beer week

    February 6, 2013

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